Between 2000 and 2007 a lot of people made a lot of money. There were many generous bonuses for bankers. Then there was a financial crisis. Our government borrowed *lots* of money. The government also bought out a large share of most banks using tax payers money. For some reason the government decided not to run the banks they mostly owned. The banks are turning a healthy profit again and bankers continue to get generous bonuses. Unfortunately, the government doesn’t have any money left, so if you use state services or work in the public sector, then you’re screwed.
Lets just keep our heads down and work hard and hope we get through this okay. Eventually those debts will be paid off and it’ll be okay again.
Hold on. I own part of the banks? I want a return on my investment then, and you can put my cash towards continuing paying the librarians who are about to get fired. Idiots.
I often struggle to convey my ideology to other people when discussing a particular issue. Whether it be my dislike of Facebook, why I use the XMPP protocol for instant messaging, my love for Firefox or why I will never ever own an iPhone.
Luckily, I stumbled across an article written by people much cleverer than me weaving together Green politics, Linux and Firefox.
Like a liberal free trade idealist, I believe that society progresses best when there is more freedom and creativity. We are at a loss in the capitalist utopia of patent protected ideas owned by monopolistic trans-national corporations. Equally, we are at a loss when we have an overpowering state with no opportunity to innovate and provide alternatives, as favoured my some socialists.
We need an open playing field where each player can join in, bringing their unique talents, but with a referee to ensure every one is playing by the rules. This, I believe, is not blue or red, but green. If someone starts their own game and won’t let everyone else join, then we should ignore them, even if they do have a nice new shiny ball!