Paul Volcker on Money in
24 October 2018
“There is no force on earth that can stand up effectively, year
after year, against the thousands of individuals and hundreds of
millions of dollars in the Washington swamp aimed at influencing the
legislative and electoral process,”
Direct Democracy would not eliminate the influence of money in
politics but it would introduce a significant safety valve.
Moaning is no substitute for
26 December 2016
Election Campaign promises forgotten, endless criticism in the Media
disregarded - all too often the citizens feel helpless in face of
poorly executed or plain wrong political decisions.
The easy solution is obvious,
but very uncomfortable for the 'Elites' that are in control of
Government and the Civil Servants, Bureaucracies and Quangos that
often benefit from these policies.
A headline in today's Daily Telegraph illustrates this:
aid contractors that do not deliver value for money to be named and
shamed under new plans"
A few questions come to mind
immediately: Who decides what is 'value for money', will the naming
scheme ever be implemented? by whom? and will it have any positive
But the more relevant question
really is: who appoints these contractors? who decides on what terms
they are engaged and who supervises them?
There is zero democratic
control in all this - the citizens have no opportunity to get
And the REALLY important
question raised by this headline is the following: Why should the
citizens be forced to make donations to foreign entitites, many of
them in the grip of corrupt cliques?
There is no hindrance for private citizens to donate whatever amount
of money they wish to give to Mr. Mugabe or to India (which seems to
be able to afford its own space programme).
The state should only do what the initiative of private citizens
In addition, all government policies and their implementation, in
particular the allocation of public funds, should be subject to the
will of the citizens.
Lack of proper Democracy at
heart of our current Crises
31 July 2015
Two events have dominated the
News during the past few months.
debt crisis that has engulfed Greece is intimately linked to the
introduction of the Euro.
Masses of migrants are
crossing the Mediterranean or finding their way to Europe via Turkey
In both cases one can trace
the origins of the troubles to decisions that arrogant governments
took without properly consulting their citizens
The introduction of the Euro
was a project that was supposed to lead to an ever-closer Europe, a
political schimera despite the fact that the economies of the Union
were working perfectly well without a common currency.
Iraq, Syria and Libya were
governed by dictatorships when the USA - and some foot soldiers from
other nations (with the UK most prominent) - overthrew them without
having a clear game plan for the time after the fall of these
Again these policies were
pushed through without any consultation of the electorate.
The current tide of refugees
pushing their way into Europe is a direct result of this
undemocratic way of governing.
So the (bitter and expensive)
lesson must be the urgent introduction of Direct Democracy.