Day 374: The Politics of Zombies

For those who have been following Italian Politics, the latest news were that Berlusconi was out, confined to his palace under house arrest and unable to sit in Parliament any longer.

People had parties when that happened, the illusion of democracy and of having been able to cast aside the old for something new was too electrifying to pass without a celebration.

What people did not realize was that it was never by the will of the people that he was finally -apparently- ousted, he had been cast aside by those who were much better versed into Politics than he was, those that knew that their word should mean nothing and that Politics should be considered a game at lies and cheating, so, sadly, those left behind were not better than Berlusconi, they were just less bold and crass at making sexist jokes and playing hide and seek with Angela Merkel, but not more honest, please.

Now, onto the new phase of Italian Democracy, where the new elected leader of the democratic party, Matteo Renzi, just invested of his new role as The Bringer of Solutions decided to pair up with Berlusconi (not as a chamber representative since he is now chamber-less but as the head of the party he was left with after the internal schism within his old one) to finally deliver the new elections Law, something that the people have been demanding since the latest revision of an existing law, a law that was considered an abomination and ruled unconstitutional leaving Italy at a stand still for public suffrage.

This is how we ended up with a broad-based coalitions government which has constantly bickered and struggled to produce reforms.
Impressive show of how to glue oneself to a chair that was not designed to just be occupied by ‘asses’ but demanded an active participation -in theory- for the welfare of the people.

For changes to happen reforms will have to be taken all the way into parliament to re-open democracy to the people, we are currently excluded from any decision-making, our current elections law are making sure the people are effectively cut out from politics and the political scene even more than at the time of Mussolini. And Mussolini was a socialist and a reformer who had the welfare of the people at heart and who made most of the social reforms that we have been losing one by one under this pretentious and unjust Oligarchic Regime, where Money and Profit rule and nothing else matters. Imagine that.

Isn’t it ironic that it was Milton Friedman who said that it is a mistake to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their result? So, what can we say after a century of good intentions about Free Markets ideals and Capitalism that delivered no result? Thanks for the good intentions, can we now have programs and models that work in the real physical plane rather than fictional models that have no connection to the world we live in and the undeniable dreadful results they bore so far?

Let’s be clear about the fact that Politics should be everyone’s business and concern, it is through our direct participation that we can reform our systems and we should stop to be blinded by meaningless words such as Freedom and Democracy. If people can’t stand up and demand a different system because this one isn’t working, there is no Freedom and no Democracy and naming parties exploiting the sentimental values of these words should be forbidden and the manipulation of the people should end, because there can’t  be politics without the people as politics was always and only meant to be the representation of We The People at work, to care for the interests of all and not just a bunch who have accumulated all the wealth, leaving the rest of the world with the crumbs and sometimes not even that.

If you want to see changes in this world, you must get involved, those who have the power in their hands have no interest in letting it go to those that don’t even demand it.

And if you don’t stand up, we’ll keep having zombies driving the system like Berlusconi, a dead man walking, resurrected just for a final blow to the Democracy we never had and to the voice of those that believe they have no power to change anything and have, as was originally masterminded, just given up.

Don’t give up, Stand up for change in this world, check out a Living Income Guaranteed, when everyone will have their right to Life declared a basic Human Right and fear and survival will no longer be our motivating driving forces, then and only then we’ll see what we are really capable of doing and what kind of world we can rethink when all are provided for in their basic Human needs.

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Day 365: Berlusconi – Child of a Lesser God

Three days ago Berlusconi has been kicked out from Senate, with immediate effect, due to the final sentence of guilt over his tax evasion trials.

We call his outing ‘decadence’, it’s very appropriate for the fall of Nero, it is just ironic that they would choose this time and this sentence -among the many he had- to toss him out like dirty laundry.

It’s reminiscent of the Al Capone sentence, they finally framed him for a crime he did commit, but come on, he has committed so many that he now, understandably, feels diminished to be succesfully asked to leave for this very minor misdemeanor.

In Italy we have a certified tax evasion of 250 billions euro, we even know where the money is, I know this because if we didn’t know we wouldn’t know HOW MUCH has been hidden out in the world’s fiscal paradises, we must know as well who the money belongs to, not that we really want to know, they are all friends of friends, they are the Lords of the Manor, the imaginary blue blooded people that still hold titles they can use only among themselves, because we have deposed the king after the second world war, so the game was over, we thought, but some games are hard to die.

Our Politics is a disgrace, even the European Parliament takes exception at how we run this country, the only thing we could agree about with Mr. Berlusconi, is that our Justice system sucks.

Even in this last facetious attempt at justice we could easily spot the problem, justice is just a way to manage the system for those that own it, the problem is that we have a country where no one is really in charge and no one is accountable, we have a Political Corporation that rewards it’s Fat Cats Members, no matter which side they play on, with millions of Euros, while those at the bottom starve and can’t make it to the end of the month.

And yet, all that is Legal, it is legal to pay those in parliament 15.000 euros a month for not attending their duties and it is legal to grant golden pensions to those who only have one legislation under their belt, which in Italy may as well mean 6 months of work, for a life pension scheme that can reach 30.000 euro per month and can be doubled for those that served both in the Chamber and in the Senate.

So Mr. Berlusconi outrage is comprehensible, if he were more like Al Capone he would cry to please charge him for the major crimes he has really committed, tax fraud in a country where 250 billions have evaded taxes is like accusing someone to steal candies when everyone is doing it – what’s wrong with it- it’s a bit like when Prof. Aurity denounced the Bank of Italy for crimes against humanity and he was told that, he was ‘in theory’ right, but the fact that this had become customary practice made it impossible to proceed with prosecution. Get that? If they fucked you once and you said nothing about it, the legal assumption is that you enjoyed it and you lose your right to complain further down the line.

So, really, what is wrong with tax evasion in Italy when everyone is doing it, hasn’t Mr. Berlusconi got a point there?

In truth Berlusconi is paying for his insubordination to the IMF and the Central Banks, for the time when he stood up to not implement further austerity a few years ago because it was not politically justifiable or viable for him, mind you, he never had the interest of the country or of the people at heart, it was a personal popularity concern he had with the IMF and the Central Banking system, which led to him being asked to resign for the underage prostitution case and was then replaced by a technical government, one technically entitled to implement all of the IMF and Central Banking system suggestions and look where it took us, we now have a lower public debt (meaning we owe the banks less in interest on the usury we have grown accustomed to) and an impoverished nation with starving children.

Mr. Berlusconi made the mistake to underestimate the powers that are running the show, he believed he had amassed enough money to be safe from harm, instead, when push came to shove, his men left him for an ‘higher call’, they said the interest of the country was paramount and had to come before his personal interests (which translates in ‘we are all set here and we don’t need you anymore, thankyouverymuch’) plus they knew he had made enemies too powerful to stand by him without going down together and so they let him sink alone, with just a few die hard followers who could not be recycled anywhere if they left his tail.

What did he leave behind? A clean politics fit to bring back employment in Italy and some semblance of a solution?

No, those left behind are still cut out of the same cloth, they are those that want to impose austerity on a country on its knees, those that  have sold out our industries, privatized our utilities and are now in the process of selling off what belongs to all, transforming the real bricks and mortar into imaginary numbers to satisfy a make belief spreadsheet, the SPREAD was never about numbers, was about how willing we were to bend down and let Politics do its numbers while shifting every conceivable wealth from the bottom to the top.

Meanwhile we have become the resigned ones, they must be doing all this on purpose, some days I imagine our politicians having meetings in which they roll on the floor laughing for what they come up with, they work hard to make us disillusioned and disgusted by Politics – and yet, if we give in THAT specific power, that is when we have lost it all, we have lost our Mind if we give up.

What is going on is our responsibility, we are here just like everyone else, we are equally responsible to those empowered to screw us, because We empowered them, yesterday I saw a mother on TV who is now in the Senate with the 5 Star Movement, saying just this, that she doesn’t take the Guilt Trip offered by Berlusconi who wrote in his letter to the M5Star ‘ if you now go ahead and vote to cast me out you are in fact killing Democracy and this will be a Shame you will have to Live with’ and she said ‘NO, we will vote you out because we are in a Democracy and I would have felt ashamed if I had not participated to change the way things are, if I didn’t stand up to come and tell you all that it’s Enough, that would be shameful, but I left my job to stand here and make sure I don’t leave to my children this world as it is, because it sucks and we allowed it to get this far and it’s up to us all to correct it now.’

If you believe Life is a Human Right, if you are tired of being entertained by Court Jesters who keep up the magic tricks  pretending to change things while they keep reshuffling powers and wealth among themselves (except when one gets thrown out in the street like Berlusconi – but we’ll survive that), stand up, consider our proposal, spread the word, become part of the decision, because We Are The ones That Decide if we take another dish from the Monopoly Kitchen or if we set up our own, a kitchen that will feed all equally, a system that consider all its parts not in terms of profit but in terms of needs it’s possible, it’s doable, we just have to say so.

Living income guaranteed for All is Here, say ENOUGH and stand for it as part of the Change you want to see in this World.

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Day 358: Berlusconi, I go down -I take MY Government with Me

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In August of this year Berlusconi was -finally- convicted to a 4 years jail sentence.

I have written before about him so I won’t go into lengthy explanations of why a conviction in a lifetime of bribery, conniving, mafia associations, tax evasion and sex with underage girls while in office was just long overdue, what I want to write about is His current all reaching indignation.

And who would not be indignant after a lifetime of getting away with murder only to land a jail sentence at 76 for a ‘minor crime’ by comparison to his lifelong law breaking, law trampling, law deriding at the cost of 2 million euros in legal fees that he had no trouble forking out.

Instead of being grateful that he got away with murder for so long, instead of giving a break to attacking the judicial system, to calling all magistrates ‘communist with a personal agenda’, and all the legal proceedings against him as a ‘personal attack’ confusing and convincing  the sheeple that believe that he is a poor persecuted billionaire, he is on a full on mission to have the government fall.

While he was on trial, his party, the Liberty Party (yes, because he got an American education on how to sell words and dreams to the poor and needy) threatened to resign en mass if he had been convicted.

Unfortunately there are no Laws to prevent that, and being his party an active part of the governing coalition that would mean the breakdown of the current government and anticipated elections, not that he cared of disrupting the functioning of our system while preaching that the system should work for the people, he obviously meant His people, his Lawyers, His Toy Boys and Toy Girls that he has put into the Parliament one by one making sure to always have a hand both on the legislative system and on the vetoing system, in case anyone tried to pass obscene Laws such as the one that would like to no longer see convicted criminals sitting in Parliament or the Law to cut the obscene public financing of political parties in a time where the government is calling everyone to make sacrifices to endure this bottomless, unrequired austerity.

That was fun. Then he was convicted and they did not resign because they feared the Italians would take over the Parliament to slap them in the face one by one, they feared for their safety as we were THAT close to the French revolution solution.

And now we are at it again, since the conviction has become effective -no don’t worry,  jail will never be an option for Berlusconi, he has the choice, -like everyone else I assume in the full sense of ‘The Law is Equal for everybody’-  to either go to jail, or stay at house arrests or do social work. This is why our jails are full to the brim, everyone else has chosen JAIL for themselves, in these times it seems a wise choice, you get 3 meals, a roof over your head, free dental and medical and a sort of camaraderie that is hard to match, you may even find a boyfriend or a few in jail,  who could in all honesty resist such treats? Just about Berlusconi it seems.

He said he won’t be kicked out of Parliament like a criminal, although until now I was under the impression that someone convicted of a crime, actually, convicted of a few crimes all the way into the 2 tier legal system we have in Italy, WAS a criminal, instead he said that Italians should thank him for everything he did for us.

And who can argue with him, let’s see, what did he do for us, let’s look at it through the eyes of the Court:

• Last October, a court found Berlusconi guilty of tax fraud and false accounting, sentencing him to four years in jail and a five-year ban from politics. Berlusconi’s lawyers appealed, and the Supreme Court heard the case in July.

• In December, another court found Berlusconi and his younger brother, Paolo Berlusconi, guilty in a wiretap case connected to the family newspaper Il Giornale. The court sentenced the elder brother to a year behind bars. The verdict is under appeal.

• In February, Berlusconi’s political comeback fell short, as polls produced a near three-way tie, sparking a two-month political crisis resolved only after Berlusconi’s coalition agreed to take on a junior role in the government of Enrico Letta.

• In June, a court convicted the 76-year-old Berlusconi to seven years in prison and a lifetime ban from politics on charges of abuse of power and paying an under-age girl, erotic dancer Karima el-Mahroug, then 17, for sex. The verdict is under appeal.

• Italy’s Supreme Court in July upheld the lower court’s guilty verdict in the false accounting and tax evasion trial, though the jail term was reduced to a year of house arrest. The politics ban was sent back to the lower court to be reconsidered.

Those are just his last one year Court proceedings, he is by his own admission ‘the most tried man in the history of the world’, unsuccessfully obviously because he is still pulling strings and asking to be treated specially, when the only special treatment he should get is the sum of all the years in jail he has been convicted for to be done consecutively, as to rid this country from this media friendly blood sucking parasite.

But his greed has now moved to realms way beyond money, reportedly confined to a 27-bedroom villa for the term of his house arrest, and with his political influence on the wane, Berlusconi can at least console himself that he is $1.5 billion richer than he was when the series of events started but he no longer needs money, Everyone Else’s Austerity made him richer by 26% in one year, popping him closer to join the league of the 100, the 100 richest men in the world according to Forbes, his greed is now for power beyond that of a Roman Emperor, he claims his right to rule, not from house arrests, from the seats of the Parliament where he has too many employees to let go, from the core of what should be our democratic system from which he is not willing to go, not even kicked out, not even jailed in sentences a few times over, he is there to stay and if he goes, he will take the whole government down with him.

A few days ago he broadcasted a video message to the nation -overlooking the fact that the only people who do such things are Aliens and dictators, to claim his innocence, to blame the judiciary leftist system that are trying to put in place a socialist system within Italy (a fact no one has noticed but him, since we have in the last 20 years lost all social buffers, any form o welfare and our labor market resembles more and more a slavery system where we either take it or walk) and to let us know that he has not slept for 55 days and precisely  since the day he has been convicted -for real, for once- to have stolen close to 400 million euros in taxes from the people he is asking  the support of.

Is there a line he will draw for himself where shame will stop him?

No, Money deletes all shame and a lot of money can shift the shame on others, on those that as a result of his cheating the tax system for decades (and be caught just once) have to go without being able to make it to the end of the month, they have to endure the shame of going to the meal services of the churches while he is at another of his petty games in a time of economical uncertainty for Italy that is so grave that we have the current premier, Mr. Letta, on a financial mission to the States begging for help, begging that someone else finds the will to buy out some more of what we have now for sale in a country with no justice and where the fiscal weight is close to the Swedish one with no benefits but to keep in power those that are strangling the people out of their rights, so we sell out, the whole lot, palaces, infrastructures and soon we will put up what is the most sought after card on the Monopoly board, Utilities, gas, electricity and water (never mind we had a referendum and voted NO to the privatization of water), we are out to privatize the common good for the benefit of the few who have enough Monopoly money to get their hands on them and then who knows, the sky is the limit, about 60 million assholes populate this country, so bend over Italians, the fun is just begun.

If you want a system change, it has to start with a Life for everyone, not a miserable one, not an austerity-based-life while some buy the country out but a guaranteed Life through a living income guaranteed for All, to give each other the assurance that Life won’t be on sale anymore, your life, the life of your family, the life of the children to come, because there are buyers out there for them and there isn’t a morality to stop anyone from squeezing the life out of all so they get to have a bigger life for themselves, it will have to be all of us standing and saying no more -and it’s about time.

Stand up for a Life for All, if you don’t bend over, because soon your ass will be the only thing left to sell.

Change is possible, we have to see that we are part of the problem to become part of the Solution for All. Join us.

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