Open Window wrote:
As opposed to a referendum on Lisbon 2, have a referendum to completely disband the Irish Government and hand over complete control( for a period , say 10 years) to the EU
This would get rid of the "jobs for the boys" cronyism and would have the advantage of Ireland once again becoming the poster child for the EU Vision of what europe should look like
After the 10 years , control would slowly be given back to an Irish government that had not spent the time giving and recieving favors from all and sundry
I don't obviously think this is a possible or practical solution , but its got to be better than the way it is now
You obviously don't understand the levels of corruption that exist in the EU. All human institutions of a political nature are inherently corrupt. This is not a solution.
The internet is the beginning of not the solution but the continual movement towards equilibrium.
It is a higher intensity of what needs to be to achieved for what needs to be delivered.
My first post here but been lurking for a while now and really enjoy the discussions and ideas presented here. I have been preaching to my friends along similar lines for a couple of years now, and researching and formulating my opinions and ideas for solutions along the way. I have a burning desire to share these with my fellow humans to encourage change and so have started a blog. I have just published my first post in which I endeavor not to be partisan but to promote a paradigm shift and I would appreciate some feedback on content and composition. Please see below
In 1989 the Berlin wall collapsed, and with it the crippling fear of annihilation. The end of the Cold War marked the start of a period of global optimism. Once the threat of nuclear confrontation between the United States of America and the Soviet Union vanished, hopes for a better future, for a new dawn for human kind and the planet, looked, at the time, well founded. It could not be any other way. Once the conflict that had polarized the world's politics for nearly half a century was over, we could use more resources to create a better world. Are you old enough to remember those days? Do you remember the sense of relief, of hope, even happiness of those days? It seems like a long time ago, but it has been just 20 years.
In 2009, we are facing the biggest economic crisis since 1929. Millions of people are losing their jobs, homes, pensions and savings. The standards of living of the vast majority of the population are decreasing dramatically. We are paying more than ever for our food, heating, and fuel. Unable to afford to buy food for their families, the population of at least a dozen developing countries have taken to the streets, staging riots, and looting food stores. Public unrest and street violence are spreading to developed countries. Millions around the globe, have been thrown back into poverty, erasing any achievement in that regard of the last 20 years. Not to mention the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur, Somalia, Congo, Chad, Mexico, Colombia......
Where are we going to be in 2050? The population of the world will be 9 billion people, up from the 6.7 we are now. Are we going to be able to feed all of us? Are we going to be able to provide jobs for all of us? And what about housing? Education? Health care? Which are going to be our sources of energy? Is it going to be enough for all of us? Or, are wars over sources of energy, water, and food supplies going to become the norm? Are we going have our freedoms cut, in the name of national security?
Everybody likes to criticize our politicians, and now the bankers too. They are the guilty ones. We are in this mess because of them. They took the decisions, they manage our economies. They should be held accountable. But, in the last 20 years, who elected our highly inefficient and corrupt politicians? Who gave them the legitimacy and the power? Who allowed them to squander our chance for a better world? Who therefore, is ultimately responsible?
I believe we do not ask ourselves these questions because ultimately WE are responsible. We have reduced our role as citizens to passive consumer and tax payer, and casting our votes from time to time. We have relinquished our sovereignty and now we are paying the price.
We know that our political and financial systems are inefficient, prone to corruption, and serve the interests of the few. The fact of the matter is that the systems in place are not sustainable, and are not fair. If you believe that the solution to the current situation is simply better regulation of the current financial system, if you still believe that our politicians are going to sort-out this mess, if you think we will carry on business as usual in 2, 3, or 4 years, you are still in denial. And we are in big trouble.
The problem being that, in the 21st century, we have ideologies, dogmas, power and economic structures that were born, 1, 2, or 3 centuries ago. The obstacles are the "vested interests" of the few, blocking the solutions for the many.
As long as the power structure remains the same, none of the solutions will be discussed publicly, or implemented adequately. As long as "back room deals" or "off the record meetings" have primacy over open, public and democratic processes, none of the obstacles to a better world will be removed.
This is a call to all citizens of the European Union, to rebel against the corrupt and incompetent political classes that we all have to suffer in our countries. This is a call to use our anger in a constructive manner, in a democratic and peaceful RE-EVOLUTION to install REAL DEMOCRACY in our countries, and the E.U. This is a call to you, to take PERSONAL POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY, over your country, your life, and your future. This is a call, to you, regardless of your nationality, social class, religion, or political ideology, to install a system that serves us all, and is run for the benefit of the many, not the profit of the few. This is a call to set up new national institutions that facilitate and guarantee our new democratic rights;
1- The right of the citizens to RECALL, at any time, any politician, or public servant.
2-The right of the citizens to INITIATE, and APPROVE by referendum any legislation. The citizens constituting the highest legislative power.
3-The right to VETO any appointment in any public institution.
4-The right of all citizens to have equal access to political life, through programs to facilitate the transition from private citizen, to politician, back to being private citizen regardless of economic status.
5-The right to access ALL INFORMATION related to any public institution EASILY and INSTANTLY with the exception of personal data, and certain judicial processes designated by the judiciary, on a temporary basis.
All these rights can be exercised at local, national, and European levels. These new institutions must use the Internet and new technologies to facilitate and advance this REAL DEMOCRACY, and present all information on a centralized database that is accessible to all.
This RE-EVOLUTION is not going to take place in the streets, it's going to take place in your workplace, pub and living-room. Talking to each other about things that really matter, sharing and discussing these ideas, and not feeling isolated and powerless anymore. This re-evolution is not going to be about finding our new leader, nor about engaging in the divisive left versus right discussions. It's going to be about a battle against ignorance and apathy. This is about a horizontal, grass-roots movement with no ideologies or dogmas, but just one common goal; installing REAL DEMOCRACY in our countries and the European Union.
To achieve this is theoretically simple, force a referendum on these ideas. To win such a referendum we just need to UNITE to achieve the majority, and that's the beauty of this game, because they've got the money but we've got the numbers.
If we really live in Democracies, there is only one Sovereign, the People. And being the sovereign means that nothing or nobody is above you, you are the boss, and the owner of your State.
Are we the people, mature enough to realize the seriousness of the challenges ahead of us and to face up to them. To unite for a common good, instead of quarrelling for our individual crumbs? Are we wise enough to build an alternative, or are we dependent on our "leaders"? Are we free, critical, and independent, or do we live in fear and enslaved?
Only you have the answer.