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Right Ecological alternative; (Apr. 14, 2010)

            The current capitalist economy is founded on this marketing strategy “What is good for everyone has no value.  Value is acquired when people get respect simply for acquiring  “luxury” products and services that are considered better than what common people can afford.”  The corollary is “The higher the price of a commodity then the more demand on it;  anyone who can afford it is doomed to purchased.”

            What has been happening since this ideology took roots in the mind of people?  Consider a chemical factory that is highly polluting to the environment; at the beginning, clean and clear water and air were available for almost free.  Now, water and air have to be first “depolluted” in order to be used in manufacturing products.  The chemical company has to invest heavily in new equipments and techniques in order to clean water and air;  the company is also required by law  to offer healthier work environment to workers and personnel.

            If competitive markets dictate the proper price for a product then most small companies will be unable to raise prices to recoup additional expenses in investment; small companies will thus be acquired by financial multinationals that can enforce monopolistic prices for a duration until courts ponder on the litigations. Multinational companies will set “luxury” prices for elite classes and classes trying to to afford the new products.

            Now, suppose the previous dictum changed to this formula “Only products and services affordable to almost every working person are dignified as good ecological products and merit to be produced. We can be much happier and more satisfied when luxury images are branded as immoral and polluting.”  In this case, financial multinationals would have hard time selling overpriced items that very few people judge as badge of honor for respectability in society. 

Figure the case of expensive fur coats: many people who can afford purchasing these coats avoid wearing them in public for fear of being pelted with raw eggs. Even synthetic coats that resemble original fur coats are now being declined: Common people lack discriminating taste!  A woman wearing a fancy looking fur coat could be heard screaming “Please, don’t soil by coat. This is synthetic. Do you want a proof? I sell it for cheap; any taker?”  Why be harassed in public if just the image is shocking?

            Capitalists know how to reform and accommodate new economical trends to staying in business as long as the first dictum is working fine in the mind of people.  What is needed is a revolution in attitudes regarding class distinction based on the acquisition of luxury items.  Consumers have to be politically guided by responsible environmental organizations in order for the level of pollution to stabilize for capitalists to start effective transformation into sustainable earth economies.  

With the added expenses in pollution taxes and newer equipments and techniques for ecological changes then expensive items are becoming necessarily polluting; luxury items are simply affordable to the polluted minds and morals of elite classes and the envious factions in the middle classes!

Lalla Hagoura: UN Charter scarecrow; (Apr. 13, 2010)

            Siesta time after lunch is sacred in hot climate but kids care to play all the time.  An alternative to convincing the kids to keep their peace for a couple of hours was to invite an old storytelling aunt.  The aunt of Fatima Mernissi barged in from the city of Tetouan and scared the hell out of the kids with lalla Hagoura story.  Lalla Hagoura turned out to be a malevolent old hag that hides in dark staircases and then disembowel kids making noises; the only way for loud kids to be saved was for the mother to show up on time and ward off the calamity. Thus, the rowdy kids split into two clans: one clan opted for silence and hanged to mother’s skirt when escalating staircases and the other clan decided to start waking up early, entrap lalla Hagoura, and then lapidate her with stones to death.

            Freedom of expressions, liberty of conscious, democratic institutions, separation of powers, and equal civil rights to all regardless of gender, race, color, origin, or religious affiliations turned out to be lalla Hagoura that everyone wanted to see but never showed up.  Lalla Hagoura became the code name of what is unknown and thus scares off people.  One of the many faces of lalla Hagoura are the articles of the UN Charter that occasionally a few international gathering divulge the secret of the existence of the Charter but that the general public never read or is aware of being international super laws that should be applied to mankind regardless of political regimes or religious dogma.

            All States in the UN have signed up on the Charter but all States prefer not to take out the skeleton out of the closet; every State desires its own charter commensurate to its political structure and the best way to tame the little people and the frustrated masses.  A few States teach courses in “civic education” for kids, or what amount to fairy tales of how government institutions function. Civic education courses are barely communicated to grown up students for a good reason:  Teachers would feel terribly embarrassed of questions demanding details on how “civility” coincides with real applications by government institutions.  When the UN Charter will be taught and disseminated in schools as pre-requisite to human education and knowledge development?

            It would be a great milestone to humanity if a President or Prime Minister of any State delivers a candid speech on how the State laws fair with the articles of the UN Charter that was written in San Francisco in 1945. The UN Charter supersedes all States’ Constitutions according to the signatory States. Societies’ organs were asked to keep the UN Charter in their mind and do their best to teach and educate and disseminate the articles to the new generations and to develop respect to human rights, civil rights, liberty of conscious and equal rights to all. UN resolution 116 of 1947 stated: “Any State desiring to be member of the UN must apply a formal declaration of accepting the UN Charter.”  Thus, formal declarations poured in stating that the signatory State is a democracy with parliament and intending to enact laws compatible to those of the Charter; foremost laws were stating freedom of thinking, of conscious, and liberty of changing religious convictions.

            Instead of conducting public debates on the meaning of each article and the proper application of the Charter and what are the representative procedures most States ignored their citizens and signed up hurriedly in order to side among the victor States. The UN Charter has become a scarecrow skeleton that should be best kept a secret to the general public.  Even the developed States that claim to represent “humanist civilization” are disseminating lalla Hagoura scare tactics whenever their interests do not match with recalcitrant States.

            The new code names are loyalty to the status quo and complete obedience to the ruling classes. Most Arab State leaders enjoy the status of caliph for life and as such are to be revered as infallible. Modernity means engagement in civil laws and the separation of State and religious powers; the secret for enduring power status was to monopolize communication Medias; this can no longer continue: Internet and satellite channels are forcing despots to re-assessing their controlling techniques.

            The best definition for a democratic political structure is when laws prohibit State administrations from manipulating religious beliefs to State interest; laws are not enough: effective laws have enforcing articles attached to them with sets of harsh punishing consequences.  This definition of democracy has corollaries such as separation of power institutions and representation of the public with no discrimination among genders, race, origins, or religious affiliations.  It is about time that the UN Charter be revisited publicly and frequently and not simply be used as a scarecrow to pre-emptive wars, either physically or psychologically.




April 2010

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