Are we all living under a type of Stockholm Syndrome?

This week the news was buzzing with headlines that the UK was back to the pre-recession levels of financial prosperity and that our recovery was outstripping the world. Yes really.

The BBC newspapers gushed as they talked over the newspapers for the day, even smirking as Murdoch chip paper The Sun claimed it was its army of readers that helped save the UK and that we had all suffered along the way to ensure economic recovery, working longer hours for less pay in the process. When I look around however, I do not see a recovery, I see people struggling between pay checks, increased levels of homeless people, food banks and shutters down on a previously busy high street.

Do we really believe this to be true? If so, we must all be suffering some form of Stockholm Syndrome.

The term Stockholm Syndrome is most associated with Patty Hearst, a Californian newspaper heiress kidnapped by revolutionary militants in 1974. She appeared to develop sympathy with her captors and joined them in a robbery. She was eventually caught and received a prison sentence. Today it may well be used to describe the pacification with which the public seem to be accepting the austerity measures which have left 1 in 5 people in the UK being described as below the official poverty line and experiencing life as a daily struggle. We supposedly have the sixth largest economy and yet people in the UK are going to bed hungry, unable to break the cycle, now labelled the ‘working poor’. Now somehow in these times of Orwellian double think we have been patted on the back and congratulated for turning the country around and are expected to be grateful. How is it that we have become so conditioned that we adore our oppressors, so much so we are prepared to sit back and vote all over again for it in 2015?

The only people who have seen their fortunes changed for the better are the economic terrorists that created this recession in the first place, the bankers and their corrupt friends in politics.

Whilst we have lost swathes of public services to privatisation, had pay cuts & freezes, experienced pension robbery, lost homes, taken on zero hour contract work and rely on food banks – privates jets sales have increased… You couldn’t make it up! So next time the media thanks you for working longer hours for less pay, sacrificing your pensions, suffering pay freezes, inflation, gas price hikes etc – remember that the people who caused it are having a fracking jolly. Wealth bubbles up, it doesn’t trickle down.

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We mostly seem to accept austerity as a necessity, with few really challenging it in any way. 50,000 people marched through London on June 21st to stand up against austerity but after the event there were more than double that using credit cards on Oxford Street, artificially stimulating the economy, moving from one shopping experience to the next. So long as we continue to shop and pay our taxes it must be assumed that they are happy for a minority to march. We need to cultivate and nurture a lifestyle of civil disobedience and resistance to the ongoing ideological austerity we are being torn apart with and break free from this Stockholm Syndrome. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

 

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Apathy is manufactured by consent

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

MP pay rises. Banker bonuses. NHS and public sector privatisation fire sale. Demonisation of the poor; All these things are rife within our current system, with the Government targeting minority groups to blame for the economic crises and yet, to this point, largely the public have done nothing about it.

The question is why?

Some have come to call this ‘the one’ syndrome. Everyone waiting for ‘the one’ to come along and lead us out of the darkness, but in doing this we have missed the very essence of the power we possess within ourselves. For this I blame the manipulation of history or should I say HIS-tory.

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History has taught us that individuals made change, my great example of this being the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement in America. History has defined the Civil Rights Movement as Martin Luther King Jnr and Malcolm X, but they as individuals were not the Civil Rights Movement, the people were.

People such as Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a bus, and a million other, faceless and now nameless, people who took part in direct action and civil disobedience, to try to bring about change, were the movement. Without these people and their united actions, there would have been no platform for the likes of Martin Luther King or Malcolm X to speak from and no change.

What we are left in the meantime is a public drifting passively through the ages, waiting for the next messiah to come along and lead them into the light, when all that they really have to do is lead themselves. The rhetoric of our past has disarmed us, done so to create an apathy and feeling of it cannot be done. The truth is that if determined enough, even a small group of people working as a collective and make change and the recent events in Egypt should serve as timely and truthful reminder of this for us all.

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Having a focal point to orate and galvanise the public comes with time, but first people need to take a stand together or else we will continue spinning our wheels, being led by the least amongst us.

We can continue to participate in the lies they create for us or we can begin to create our own reality.