Whether we choose to exist as a “Nation” or as part of a larger “European Union” that choice while important is not as important as the decision as to whether we wish to live our lives in a democracy or under a system of authoritarian rule. Both the Irish Republic and the European Union (representing 27 states) have moved from their democratic foundations and are moving toward an autocratic system of governance. All of the European treaties in the past fifty years are designed to centralise power in the hands of a commission. (appointed not elected) Each Commissioner is deliberately sworn to represent the European union and not their national interests. While human and civil rights are placed at the forefront of the political promotion of the European Union it is the financial well-being of an “elite” which determines the economic policies of the European Union (EU)
A new economic order is evident on all the major continents. and the source of the wealth of American, Chinese, Russian and other Billionaires is accrued mainly from the Extraction industries, (Oil Gold and Minerals), the Food, Drinks and Drugs industries (legal and illegal) The Pharmaceutical industries (health and cosmetics), Arms Industries (Guns and Missiles), the Entertainment industries (performance, sport, and gambling) and the Technology Industries (Electronics and Communications). All purportedly exist to satisfy the needs of consumers, and many Billionaires have made fortunes on the basis of satisfying those needs.
Some Billionaires are genuinely philanthropic while others display signs of philanthropy mainly to secure public acceptance of their status and influence. Many billionaires employ financial management companies who seek to influence the political systems (democratic or Autocratic) in order for to increase by any means the wealth of their employers. However there are also many investment fund managers (private and institutional) managing billions of dollars worth of investment funds, and determined to exercise their influence over governments so as to increase the return on investments. (and their commissions) With the willing compliance of governments across the world they exploit the consumer and the worker, often to the extent of enforced slavery to enhance their wealth.
Democracy offers us the chance to manage and share the worlds resources, to protect the consumer, reward the worker and protect the environment.
We should reject “Trickle Down” economics.