Is this our Britain of Today?


Kleptocracy

Kleptocracies are
dictatorships or some other form of autocratic government, or lapsed
democracies that have transformed into oligarchies, since democracy makes
outright thievery for direct personal gain slightly more difficult to sustain
in the long term and still remain in power, more subtlety is employed.

Kleptocratic
governance means that the economy is subordinated to the interests of the
kleptocrats.

Distributive
states that derive their wealth from the extraction of natural resources or
service industries, can be particularly prone to kleptocracy.  

Redistributive economies that derive their
wealth through taxation of their population have a natural limitation on how
far they can extend the kleptocratic policies on their population without
destabilizing their government through extending their grab to their own supporters
or driving the income producers away from the country or making them withdraw
their labour or capital.

The creation of a
kleptocracy powered by dictatorship typically results in many years of general
hardship and suffering for the vast majority of citizens as civil society and
the rule of law disintegrate.  

In addition,
kleptocrats routinely ignore economic and social problems in their quest to
amass ever more wealth and power.

Some observers
use the term 'kleptocracy' to disparage political processes which permit
corporations to influence political policy. A more accurate term for this type
of corporate influence over a state is plutocracy. 

 

Plutocracy

Plutocracy is a pejorative reference
to the disproportionate influence (both positive and negative) the wealthy have
on the political process in contemporary society.

Positive
influence includes campaign contributions and bribes; negative influence
includes refusing to support the government financially by refusing to pay
taxes, threatening to move profitable industries elsewhere, and so on.

It can also be
exerted by the owners and ad buyers of media properties which can shape public
perception of political issues. Recent examples include Rupert Murdoch's News
Corp's alleged political agendas in Australia, the UK [ref] and the United States or George Soros' efforts to back
left-leaning PACs (political action committees) and the oil industry oligarchy
which may back right-leaning PACs, or of wealthy individuals and organizations
exerting financial pressure on governments to pass favorable legislation, such
as the members of the Smith
Institute
and Political
Research Taskforce

A Plutocracy is a
government controlled by a percentage of extremely wealthy
individuals. In many forms of government, those in
power benefit financially, sometimes enough to belong to the aforementioned
wealthy class. This gives rise to the theory that any governmental system can,
and will eventually progress, or descend, to a plutocratic state given enough
time and resources.

Classically, a
plutocracy was an oligarchy, which is to say a government controlled by the wealthy
few. Usually this meant that these ‘plutocrats’ controlled not only the
executive, legislative and judicial aspects of government, but also most of the
natural resources, including the armed forces. To a certain degree, there are
still some situations in which private corporations and wealthy individuals may
exert such strong influence on governments, that the effect can arguably be
compared to a plutocracy.


The protection
society has against kleptocracy and plutocracy is largely dependent on the
effectiveness of the rule of law to prevent political leaders abusing their
powers, the free flow of information (necessary to properly identify government
wrongdoers) and ability of the population to remove corrupt leaders from
office.

Many such
protections are included in legal documents such as a constitution or a bill of
rights and are also found in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, Article 17. 

Is
this one of the many reasons why this NuLab government want to restrict or remove
our right to know under the Freedom Of Information Act, to suppress what we can
see government doing?

How
IS Tony Blair going to pay for his 5 houses?, with a mortgage bill of £20,000
per month (much larger than his take home ministerial pay). 

Is
this perhaps why David Cameron is calling for a ‘new’ bill of rights (we do
already have one),
and his call to opt out of the Human Rights Act?

 

Is
this the
Britain we want?

How much
government corruption is there? Are there any civil servants or politicians who
are not on the gravy train?

Are there any who are willing to speak out, to be whistle-blowers?

 

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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