We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The other immigrants: how the super-rich skirt quotas and closed borders

Click here to access article by John Rennie Short from The Conversation
One of the claims for those who promote and support a “cash for citizenship” approach is that it provides benefits to the country, such as increased investment and new jobs.
Short concludes this exposé of nations selling citizenship for cash this way:
...the data clearly show, it [it's] a selling of citizenship for a program with very limited benefits....
So, are we to believe that the capitalist ruling classes of these nations are stupid? I think not. They just need to provide an excuse that fits well with their "democratic" propaganda. In reality, they are merely expressing a fundamental tenet of their ideology: everything is a commodity to be bought or sold. (In this example the market demand and prices are interpreted by each nation's ruling capitalist class.) They want the freedom to live anywhere in the world--it's a corollary of their globalist and neoliberal perspectives. They want borders to restrict the movement of workers, but at the same time they want them erased for themselves--the capitalist elites. When they want to secure highly trained middle class workers (doctors, technologists, academics, etc) from other countries, they have other provisions in their laws to handle this.