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The SpudMeister’s Bid For Power

What do we need? The lies have to end. The planet has to be respected. Finance has to be constrained. The common solution to the common problem has to be sought, and delivered. The needs of all have to be met, and markets have never known how to do that.

This is possible. We can feed everyone, house everyone, keep everyone warm, educate everyone, and keep them healthy. People could have leisure, holidays, pleasure and more too. All of this could be done and respect the planet.

But this can only be done communally.

That’s pretty much it really. Gaia insists that the P³ be put in charge and we’re each allowed what he thinks we should be.

10 thoughts on “The SpudMeister’s Bid For Power”

  1. To meet the needs of all, we need plenty of cheap reliable energy and lots of nice smart machines to use it to give us what we want.

    As for the distribution, I’d argue that giving us choice in the market place is the best approach. We certainly don’t need a pack of idiots telling us to want what they think we should have.

  2. Almost all of the kibbutzes of the 60s and 70s are no more. Communal living worked for the first generation… but ran out of conviction when parents wanted to look after their own children more than others. So a communal World Order is also unlikely to prosper. Just sayin’.

  3. “People could have leisure, holidays, pleasure and more too…”

    Ah, Kraft durch Freude at Prora comes to mind.

  4. “We can feed everyone, house everyone, keep everyone warm, educate everyone, and keep them healthy.”
    All of these things would have to be done by the efforts of real people. Is Spud detailing what the contributions of a retired desk-jockey fist-typer will be?

    DiscoveredJoys “Almost all of the kibbutzes of the 60s and 70s are no more. ”
    Stayed at some hippy commune in the West Country for a few days, back at that time. Didn’t take long to work out it was a load of middle-class layabouts sprawled around smoking weed discussing the great plans for what they intended without any attempts (or abilities) to get up & tackle doing them. Thank heavens the girls were looking after the cooking & cleaning. Rescued one of the better looking ones & took back to London to a life of opulent debauchery. She cleaned up nice.

  5. Does anyone know what the fat fool means by “respect the planet”? It sounds to me like compulsory chanting sessions

  6. No one has been in greater denial on this issue than the Tories. Their ‘small state, low tax, the markets know best’ approach to politics is built on three assumptions.

    They are that the planet remains infinite, finance can solve everything by simply pursuing profit and that problems are individual, and not at the level of society, meaning government cannot and should not address them.

    These core assumptions that underpin the modern Conservative’s thinking are all wrong, and they know that. They have committed to tackling climate change. They had to use government-created money via QE to solve the problems in finance post-2008. And they spent a fortune on Covid.

    But, and this is the paradox, although all their actions say that they know that an active state is required, that’s not what they are saying. So whilst taxes reach highs, QE funds are still there, and climate change goes on many Tories still demand small state solutions.

    Where does one even begin with this garbage? The basic problem’s of the ‘Free Rider’ and disincentives, which I even got the fat fool to admit on one occasion, still exist – wishing them away.

    What do we need? The lies have to end.

    “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Maybe we need to have him carry a cross at some point…

    The planet has to be respected

    Which is best accomplished by private property. Most socialist states (USSR, North Korea) have disastrous environmental records

    Finance has to be constrained.

    I’d say almost all the depradations I have seen in the last decade have come at the hands of state functionaries – the appalling services, the corruption, the consistent inadequacy, the profligacy, the lack of accountability – absolutely nothing to do with Finance or Technology. It’s the state that has to be constrained hugely – I’d say you could dismiss 3 to 4 million civil servants and Local government/ quango staff and noone would notice.

    (i) The common solution to the common problem has to be sought, and delivered.

    What if people disagree on the solutions or can’t identify the ‘common problems’? My list of problems is likely to be very different to my neighbours – at best this is a platitude, at worst actively stupid.

    The needs of all have to be met, and markets have never known how to do that.

    Who decides what their needs are – I might deem my needs to include two Brazilian supermodels at my beck and call 24/7 – is Murph going to accommodate that? As Jack the dog says ‘Delusional C$%t’

    This is possible. We can feed everyone, house everyone, keep everyone warm, educate everyone, and keep them healthy.

    Really? So forget his plans for the UK – Spud is clearly a James Bond fan – ‘The world is not enough’? Would be interesting to send him over to Kabul (for example) and explain why girls ‘have to be educated’ – I’d in fact be happy to put into a Crowdfunder for him to make that trip.

    People could have leisure, holidays, pleasure and more too. All of this could be done and respect the planet.

    Thanks Murphy – at your behest I can ‘enjoy leisure’ and holidays – only to whereever you allow me to go. Cheers

    But this can only be done communally.

    You will own nothing and be happy.

    I think even the KCNA might check the veracity of this little missive if it came directly from an email address attached to the ‘Dear Leader’ – certainly I can see why he is often considered a parody account – nobody could possibly satirize such an overeweening self-regard.

  7. “ People could have leisure, holidays, pleasure and more too. … But this can only be done communally.”

    Hi-de-hi!

  8. “The needs of all have to be met, and markets have never known how to do that.”

    Nobody has ever known how to do that. But markets, as the emergent behaviour of collective wisdom, come bloody cl…

    “But this can only be done communally.”

    Er. Yeah. What I said.

    Sometimes I think you’re being too hard on the bloke. He never fails to prove me wrong. How does anyone take this buffoon seriously?

    VP: “Most socialist states (USSR, North Korea) have disastrous environmental records”

    You’d think the Aral Sea alone would have killed off the idea of Socialist Greenery.

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