1. At 06:30: Beware politicians mouthing the word “reform”
Think about what it takes to be preselected – what sort of toady you actually have to be – and therein lies the seed of our doom as far as our “leaders” go. If we wish to speak of true “reform”, then reworking the set-up of parliament as a whole is the only way, as so many have been saying …
… but who will start the ball rolling? What sort of mechanism, short of a total breakdown of society, can begin this process and how dangerous that would be in the wrong hands.
2. At 16:00: The grand illusion
John Buchan again :
They won up to a point, but they struck a bigger thing than money, a thing that couldn’t be bought, the old elemental fighting instincts of man. If you’re going to be killed you invent some kind of flag and country to fight for, and if you survive you get to love the thing. Those foolish devils of soldiers have found something they care for, and that has upset the pretty plan laid in Berlin and Vienna.
And in Brussels. And at the UN. And in the offices of JPM and GS. And in the Scottish rite.
And so on. The nation state, long past its sell-by date in the eyes of the global elite, is a most useful concept indeed to maintain for the survival of the species.
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