ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Culture Change And Intellectual Decline

When the last world war ended in 1945, Europe was gutted, short of all the means of maintaining a normal existence, except that, pre-war, the lower classes had rarely shared normality as the middle-classes knew it. Suddenly there was an equality of diet, dull but not unhealthy, a shortage of clothing, houses and all luxuries, but a general sharing of what there was, and only the rich, taxed to the hill, really complained. Anything was better than war and that had ended. At the same time there was a flowering of high culture. Concerts were packed. So was opera and ballet, new literature was eagerly discussed, art exhibitions were full, and the BBC had started the Third Programme, which enabled everyone to hear on the radio good music, interesting and educational discussions and talks for a small license fee, and generally there was an interest in education, the higher levels of which had become available to all who could pass exams. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Lies, Corruption and Conspiracy

We are living through an age without shame, when corruption is endemic throughout society from the highest elected officials down through the guardians of our laws to those who want a little more of the desirable possessions of life, whether they have much or little. The Murdoch scandal has exposed the lies and cover-ups, the bribes to keep quiet, police attempts to stop the Guardian’s investigations, Cameron’s weak brushing over Coulson’s reassurances that he had known nothing, which even a loyal dog would not believe, while offering no “second chance” to misguided but deprived youth that finally revolted against a society that offered it nothing while removing whatever hope had been there when we had a welfare state. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – CHAIN REACTION

Modern communication technology is effecting events that is involving the forgotten segment of society internationally in a way that no-one foresaw. And that segment is the youth of today, not only the teenagers and early twenty year-olds, but also those younger ones who have to share all the miseries of hard times and the indifference of the affluent middle-age bourgeoisie. The rich get richer and not only do the poor get poorer, but they get far more numerous. And the speed of communication, through all the electronic media, together with the universal spread of mobile phones – nothing is easier to steal – is bringing that generation together internationally as never before. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – THE LAST STRAW

The unfolding of the Murdoch saga brings surprise after surprise, and the whole evil empire shows signs of eventual collapse. How can a press mogul wield so much power that a supposedly democratic country like Great Britain, run by a three hundred year-old party system, can come to believe, at least as far as its leading politicians are concerned, that an election cannot be won without his support?

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ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – THE TIMES WE LIVE IN

Historians will have such a wealth of material to deal with then they come to writing up the first decades of the twenty-first century, that may well drown under it. Around the world there is deepening depression unbelievably incompetent government and administration of industry. This of, natural resources (all dwindling fast) and all social institutions, with widespread corruption that is not even disguised, and a culture of greed, tyranny, and power-lust that is demolishing all the products of civilised rule-of-law, individual and group rights, and decency that it has taken centuries to establish. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – THE HOUSE OF LORDS: THE OBVIOUS FUTURE

There is much current discussion about the reform of the House Of Lords and whether it should be elected or not. It should be elected, but not by the general public that periodically elects one set of mediocrities after another, including some corrupt enough to claim large fictional expenses to add to their already over-sufficient salaries. A new set of Lords (and they do not necessarily have to be titled) should consist of four groups, numbering about a hundred in all and required to be there every day. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Monday Monday — THE FUTURE OF PROPERTY

The Future of Property Among most tribal societies private property does not exist, other than a few utensils and weapons. Everything belongs to the tribe or the group or the society to which the group belong. With the growth of civilisation and national identity much private property developed, with wars and conquest create classes that owned property, land, houses and other things. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Monnndayyy: HISTORY…TODAY…AND HUMAN HISTORY

History…Today…And Human Destiny How much can one say in a few words? There are certain historical dates: 1914, 1917, 1939, 1945, 1989—and 2011 looks as if it will be another one—that has been fixed in historical memory. Recorded history, other than the mythical texts that try to explain the reason for the presence of intelligent life in the universe, go back not much more than the 3000 years and the events recorded are best known through the literature of great poetry, Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Goethe, down to Beckett in our own time.

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ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Monday Man — CHANGE CHANGE AND CHANGE AGAIN

The last century could hardly have been more eventful, although we have become too accustomed to some of its better moments. 1911 was a high point for Edwardinian optimism, the hey-day of expressionism in painting and the European arts, especially music. Der Rosenkavallier, perhaps the most popular opera of the 20th century, emerged that year, Picasso was already famous, much great literature was appearing or being written, while history was getting ready to plunge the world into a catastrophic world war. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – ‘The Worst of Times’ MONDAY MAN RETURNS!

Dickens was referring to the depth of the French Revolution, but the words are very apposite to 2011, not only in Britain, but nearly everywhere. This will be a year of revolution in many places, to chaotic trouble in most other places and to decline, suffering and misery almost everywhere else. read more —>

ONE 10 • Poetspace

Bebelplatz
We huddle, peer through
the pane of glass at our feet
pebbled with raindrops

as a large man crouches down
with a folded tissue, gently
wipes them away

revealing more to us
than bare shelves
and missing books.

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ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Monday Man – RECOGNISING THE CRISIS; REVOLUTION OF THE MIND

At last a little truth and reality is beginning to emerge from a long period where politicans have treated those who elect them as fools to be gulled with lies and impossible promises, while always careful to feather their own nests. For decades they have become increasingly ignorant and philistine, caring for little other than being leected and living an easy, privileged life. Never having learned much history, treating economics as doctrinal religion and with no general culture or interest in knowledge, they have become the worst body of parliamentary rulers for centuries. At least the new coalition is telling us that our descent into debt and chaos must be regulated as far as possible. It is only thinking of those with enough income to survive a period of increasing austerity, ignoring the plight of those without jobs or even a legal right to live here, and giving no thought to the strong possibility of revolution because that is not part of the British tradition. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: AND NOW … REALITY

The UK election is over. The bombast is past. Now, not only Britain, but most of the world is facing a future that will become ever more difficult even in the richer countries, and catastrophic in the poorer. While politicians, most of whom are profoundly ignorant about the realities of the world and the period they live in, will will continue to make statements about ‘recovery’, ‘back to propserity’, etc. — thinking people and the few public voices that are honest as well as aware will have to come to terms with the single choice that lies before us: either accept a long regime of austerity, that will include rationing of the essential things we need to live, or, sink into a new dark age where hunger, thirst, famine, anarchy and tribal warfare will be the norm. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: BRING DOWN THE PARTY SYSTEM

Politics have always been corrupt, although there have been corrupt, although there have been historical periods when a few individuals have brought up the moral and intellectual tone. One think of Burke, Disraeli, Parnell, Nye Bevan and a few others, often defying their party to say what had to be said. It is the party system that is corrupt and always will be, because all that matters there, is automatic unquestioning obedience to the leader who can distribute patronage, favours, wealth and promotion to eminence and fame. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: ‘FREEFALL BY JOSEPH STIGLITZ’

Every so often a book comes along of such importance that everyone who cares about the world we live in, and the state of modern society as it affects our lives and well-being, should read. Such a one is ‘Freefall’ by the Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who prior to becoming an academic was Chief Economist at the World Bank. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: ANARCHY, RESPONSIBILITY & HUMAN NATURE

The newspapers for several weeks now have been full of stories about the abuse of children. On the one hand there have been all the scandals about the Catholic church, paedophile priests and bishopal cover-ups, on the other of children killed or damaged by terrible parents, guardians or authorities that should have been alert and active instead of turning a blind eye to whatever got in the way of being well-paid for doing as little as possible, and, in the wider world, there are tribal massacres, suicide bombings and terrorist acts that effect all ages at random, and in abundance. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: THE COMING ELECTION & PARLIAMENTARY REFORM

This is not a good time to be making prophecies. What will happen on the 6th of May is very uncertain, but it seems likely, given the general disgust with the greed, corruption, mismanagement and attempts to cover up bad behaviour, common to at least the two major parties, that the poll will be low, probably the lowest since the franchise was universalised, and that reform of our electoral system must then come at last. Here are some suggestions for that reform. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: ‘LAISSEZ FAIRE’ EQUALS LET FAIL

The short reign of Gordon Brown will come to an end on the 6th of May, and looking back, there can be no question of it having been anything other than a disaster. Following in the misguided footsteps of Tony Blair, who simply continued the Thatcherite policy of deregulating as much as possible in order to let rampant greed and civic irresponsibility go wherever it wanted, Gordon Brown swallowed the old line that if things appear to be going well, then they will continue to go on for ever, thereby ignoring all history that, as everyone with common sense knows, says that what goes up in the air must sooner or later fall down. read more —>

ONE 9 • Poetspace

Vestibul med perspektiv Swedish
Cecelia Johanna Kopra
inte här, snälla
akuten är runt hörnet
nej, inte här
piccolo på röda mattan, två bagagevagnar i mässing
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ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

Anyone with a serious interest in history knows that there is no such thing as steady progress. There are times when things go forward and life improves, but always there is a counter-force that comes along, stops the advance and pushes human progress back. The golden age of fifth century Athens (BC) ended with the Persian wars, civil wars and then the growth of the Roman Empire, which itself was brought down partly by invasions from Germany and the East and its own internal upsets, but mainly by the rise of Christianity, anti-intellectual and anti-progressive, it always tended to support royal tyranny which was meant to reflect heavenly tyranny. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Mo-Mo-Monday: THE YEAR OF REVOLUTION CONTINUES

Yes, there are revolutions, one after another, and February has only just ended. I was touring Ireland with a theatre production when the election took place, wondering why they even bothered to go through the motions when the polls already knew the result and could declarer the new government without forcing the elector to go to vote. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: ‘THE MEANING OF CAPITALISM’

Adam smith in The Wealth of Nations described capitalism as a method of creating wealth through the use of innovation and invention, which in practise became mass production replacing handicraft and home industry. It also led to driving whole populations off the land and into factories and led to mass unemployment, which made brutal exploitation easy, so that those who understood what they were doing could become rich at the expense of society as a whole. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: ‘FAITH, HISTORY AND FRAUD’

Ever since the human mind began to ask itself the kind of question that animals never ask, such as ‘where do we come from?’, ‘why are we here?’, or ‘where are we going?’ there have been some willing to provide answers, usually to get an advantage. So a priesthood developed to give answers, prophets and preachers, and to them we owe thousands of years of cruel and bloody wars and conflicts that have made life intolerable for a majority of those alive at any one time. There seems to be a need to have faith in something, a religion, a patriotism, a fashion, a cause or a means of making money.

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ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: ‘SIX MONTHS FROM NOW…IMAGINE!’

Although the newspapers are not short of pundits, everyone is looking at the present, while the politicians and their friends who own the media, the bans and the big commercial and industrial enterprises, while looking to the past with nostalgia, and against all the evidence predicting that the recession is nearly over and the good timers about to return, are still refusing to recognise their past follies and face reality. But the general election is looming ever closer and now is the time to look at what will follow it. I shall certainly be wrong in much of the detail, but not think in the general picture of what we will see in six months time. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: THE POLITICIANS WE NEED: HOW TO GET THEM

There are three basic types of elected politicians. First, there are those who are hungry for power, not that much unlike those who seize it somehow, either by leading a revolution, a coup d’etat if they are in a position to affect one, or by turning a successful election into a dictatorship. Dictatorship is in any case what the power-seekers want and the present government is behaving more and more like one through its increased police powers, constant acts of censorship, and decisions taken that effect everyone without in any way seeking public approval. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: THOUGHTS ON DESERTS

Calgacus, the first recorded leader of the early Scottish Picts, who resisted the first Roman invasions, is quoted by Tacitus as saying: ‘They Make a Desert and they call it Peace.’ How true that is today. We with the Americans are among the worst offender in our futile and ultimately doomed attempts to impose an alien culture which we hypocritically call democracy on other parts of the world of which we have no significant understanding, currently Iraq and Afghanistan, although in living memory it includes other places, especially those that once formed the British empire and still does the American one. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: WANTED NEW IDEAS

As 2009 approaches its dismal end and the next British General election looms ever nearer, the political parties are groping desperately for some new ideas and failing to find any. Even Vince Cable, the most articulate and believable member of the House of Commons, and one of the few certain to be there when the election is over, is saying little that is new. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday : THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND

As the depression deepens daily, it becomes ever more evident that no politician has any idea of what the situation really is, or what to do about it. Vince Cable’s book ‘The Storm’, published early this year, gave an accurate picture of what has led to the present crisis, but avoided saying what should have been done. As an active politician he could not outline unpopular measures with the next General election so near. Eventually, these measures must be taken. Robert Skidelsky, who wrote a fairly standard biography of Keynes, has just been published a new work, Keynes: The Return of the Master, which demolishes the inadequate apologias of those who believe that market forces and lack of regulation will eventually bring us back to a growth economy. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: CAN MAN PLAN?

On the opening day of he great international conference in Copenhagen, over fifty of the world’s leading newspapers jointly published a single editorial, emphasizing that this important event must not be allowed to fail. Interestingly, only one American newspaper, in Miami, Florida, was among them: New York, Chicago, L.A. etc. had obviously declined to join the consensus, an ominous signal of the American unwillingness to face reality or to confront the disasters that are now facing us.

There is everywhere and new awareness, except in the countries that either cannot conceive of losing the life-style they have enjoyed for decades or have just entered a new affluence such as China, which is still uncertain which way it wants to go. International careful planning to make a single world economy and level of existence is of course the answer, but is it possible? read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: DEMOCRACY, RELIGION AND PREJUDICE

There are few countries where democracy really works, and usually it is because of a high level education, a unified general culture, and a high level of affluence, with little or no real poverty. Switzerland, with its four official languages, relatively high number of immigrants, many of them refugees from persecution elsewhere, is an exception, but it has a history unlike any other country: set up after the Congress of Vienna, as a group of small ethnic groups in an inhospitable mountainous landscape on condition it committed itself to specialise in highly individual products, such as watches, clocks and luxury chocolate, alpine carpentry, and a little later, touristic pursuits such as hiking, skiing, mountain climbing and elegant hotel keeping. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: POVERTY AND WEALTH

The new century is nearing the end of its first decade, but everyone looks back with nostalgia to the last one, forgetting the terrible wars, the holocaust, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, the suffering that went with the end of colonialism, the tyranny of Hitler, Stalin and many lesser dictators, remembering only the rising affluence that built up a culture of debt, mortgages and spent spend spend. So few now know their history that they have become accustomed to following the unreliable promises of politicians and the blandishments of commercial advertisers…that is until recently when the credit crunch brought back a sense of reality. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: WHEN WILL THEY EVER LEARN?

So goes the song (Where have all the flowers gone?). Politicians will never learn because they don’t want to, because they will never admit that they are wrong, because they care little if at all about human life unless it concerns them personally, and above all because being in office gives them the impression that they are infallible. Their only fear is of losing their office and the power that goes with it. Arrogance comes after they have been in power for a year or so, and when public opnion swings against them they cannot seem to understand why? read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: WHAT’S IN AN ‘ISM’?

At One Magazine’s public day on ‘Lying’, based on Oscar Wilde’s amusing little book on its decay, I pointed out my definition of what a society based on greater equality and fair distribution of wealth might be like, one lady, assuming that I was describing socialism, said that she had passed half of her life under communism in Russia and had firsthand experience of the failure of socialism. I told her that Russia, although it had been under Lenin through a period of violent Bolshevism had never had socialism. She could not have been a particularly competent reader of Marx, because very quickly Stalin had changed a Tsarist dictatorship into a totalitarian dictatorship (of the proletariat only in name), which in a country that was at the time composed almost exclusively of peasants, was very little different. She did not get my point because, as with most people, they connect a name with a situation which might, in reality, have very little to do with its original meaning. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: ‘THANK YOU PETER BRIERLEY’

A simple gesture can speak for the feelings of millions of people, and I would like to thank Peter Brierley, father of the soldier killed in Iraq, for refusing to shake Tony Blair’s hand because it was ‘covered in blood’. Indeed, his hands have the blood not of just of a few unfortunate soldiers, but of the millions killed by bombs on false information about the existence of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ which had already been dismissed as ‘highly unlikely’ by the U.N inspectors. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: A WEEK OF UPSETS

It is difficult to think of any week in which so much has been overturned as the one that has just passed. Members of parliament are in a dilemma. For years they have been making the taxpayers, who are their real employers, pay for personal laundry, house-cleaning and gardening work, housekeeping and repairs, mortgages and many other personal expenses which ordinary people in no way expect their employers to have paid, except indirectly through earned salaries and wages. They have been able to keep away from criticism by having no competent self-regulation and a code of secrecy protected in recent years by Speaker Michael Martin, whose recent elevation to the peerage is a disgrace. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: TIME TO SAY NO!

It is time to say no to a great many things. First of all to the ridiculous notion that Tony Blair, an ignorant and simplistic chancer if there ever were one, should ever be considered for the new presidency of President of Europe, when it is not difficult to think of many other more suitable candidates. The position will be purely honorific, and if there is one thing to which Blair has proved himself to be completely devoid of- then it is honour. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: WHY NOT AN INCOMES POLICY?

Although politicians cannot see, do not realise it is happening, and are too pre-occupied with their own careers and well being, a radical change is taking place in society. We are constantly told that we will soon return to things as they were, that is to the period of concern only with one’s own financial spending power and pleasures, and a culture based on admiration of role-model celebrities, known- not for their intelligence, creativity and moral excellence- but for their good looks, luck or frequent appearances on television and in the fashion pages. Little thought has been given to the problems of millions of people that are short of the most basic means necessary for their subsistence- those unfortunate enough to be suffering barbarous persecutions and massacres, or even to the natural cataclysms of the a planet which is undergoing violent climate changes that will ultimately affect us all. Climate change, uncontrolled and reckless overpopulation, shortages of food, water and other basic needs: these things can no longer be ignored. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: THE IRRESPONSIBLE SOCIETY

Even in the Great Depression of the thirties, a time we are having to relive today, a sense of responsibility was generally cultivated in most families and classes. This consisted of not spending on what you did not need, not wanting what you could not honestly have, not letting yourself fall into debt if it could be avoided and in general living regulated and disciplined lives, helping others where necessary and not expecting too much out of life, which could be hard and needed much patience. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: A NEW LEISURE CLASS?

The real causes of the long-expected depression (by a few thinking observers anyway) are seldom mentioned. It is not just the greed of a few – bankers, CEOs etc. – but a historical phenomenon that has been growing ever since the beginnings of modern capitalism in the period that followed the English Civil War. This forced the too large and growing agricultural majority population off the land and into factories and whatever town life could offer in terms of employment. Most of it, other than heavily exploited factory workers, went into domestic service, some went into the arm and navy that created the British Empire, but miserable slum life, involving much crime, as captured in the novels of Disraeli and Dickens, was the destiny of a considerable number of the new urban proletariat. This led to the rise of the middle classes which was able to rival and often join the old landed aristocracy, much of it originally created by the Norman conquest. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: TERRORISM, PATRIOTISM, FANATICISM… What’s the Difference?

That which we call monomania by any other name would still be as dangerous… Our Man for Monday, John Calder, discusses where terrorism and patriotism converge and the consequences of governments, the press and militants – to paraphrase George Santayana – redoubling their efforts when they have forgotten their aim.

We use words as mind-set clichés and usually without much thought. George Washington was called a terrorist by the British parliament and, not that long ago, that was what Margaret Thatcher called Nelson Mandela, whose statue now stands proudly in Parliament Square along with Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Disraeli, Gladstone and so many others, including Mandela’s one-time compatriot, although on the other side of the ideological fence, Jan Smuts. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: IS DEMOCRACY A GOOD THING?

Is democracy a good thing? According to Plato who was able to observe it in its early days in Athens, which first invented it, definitely not. It is too open to corruption, either by those who use it through demagogy or whipped-up prejudice or bribery to take advantage of the naivety of simple people to achieve their own ends, or because most people are too unaware of what is best for them to be able to make the right choices. All that remains true today. Plato saw how Socrates, probably the greatest thinker and teacher of his time, was driven to his death by corrupt democracy. Indeed, if it were not for Plato we would not even know of Socrates’ existence, let alone his ideas because he appears to have written nothing down. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: THE CAPITALIST CONSPIRACY

Looking at the last two-hundred years or so, one can see how the growth of capitalism, starting in a small way with industries perceiving a need or possible opportunity to create one, where some new invention had come along, often taking the willingness of people to believe in the value of what would turn out to be a bubble, has developed into what it is now. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Monday Monday… JIMMY REID: VOICE OF THE FUTURE FROM THE PAST

It always pays to look back over old books, especially if they are only partly read. Recently, I came across a book I’d forgotten (I had all but forgotten the author) and while re-reading Power Without Principles, published in Edinburgh ten years ago, I was struck by how little the book had ‘dated’ and partiucularly how much it applies to today, and how all the wrong things in the world that Jim Reid lucidly describes with great prescience are still present, only worse. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – MONDAY MANIFESTO: Politics Again.

“A week is a long time in politics,” said Harold Wilson, and equally often quoted is Harold MacMillan’s reply to being asked why carefully planned policies so often go wrong: “Events, dear boy, events!”

Well, recent weeks have proved both statements not only relevant, but significant, in that a revolution in our political system is now inevitable, fuelled by an awakened public interest that has not been seen in our – until recently – trivialised society for a very long time. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday – PRIVACY, PRESS INVASION, COPYRIGHT, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY etc.

Many topics, but all interrelated! Information fed to the press by whistle-blowers about the extravagent expenses of M.P.s and others is leading to a political showdown that is generally welcomed, except by those involved. Other press revelations about the phone-tapping of mobile telephones to get spicy details about private matters is more questionable, and there have been some high-profile cases involving plagiarism of established copyright, as well as libel about such press figures as Lord Black and Desmond, owner of the Daily Express and many erotic publications. The whole question now arises: what is it good for us to know, how important is it to protect privacy and how far does intellectual property extend? read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday – THE ONLY ECONOMIC ANSWER: UNGLOBALISATION

“There is nothing we can do about globalisation,” said Tony Blair some years ago. Then the great easy-to-foresee disasters began. There was Enron, there was Lehman Brothers, there was Nothern Rock, Royal Bank of Scotland… and round the world enterprises failing, sometimes being rescued reluctantly by their national governments, sometimes not. Too big to fail is the lame excuse made in some places. Both Tony Blair and this second statement are wrong. So let us look at the causes and then what can be done. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: O TEMPORA O MORES! WORSE AND WORSE

There has probably never been a good time. We quote Cicero, Wordsworth, Dickens and countless others, who mostly decried the time when they were condemned to be alive, and now that our own long period of apparent contentment is over, at least in the more fortunate parts of the planet, we can look at the mess around us, where the newspapers daily uncover something else to disgust us and question the hypocrisy that enables us to go on living with ourselves.

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ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: ACCEPTING THE UNACCEPTABLE

The laws of the Medes and the Persians, so the old saying goes, were unchangeable. It seems to be a feature of all animal life, including that of most of our human race, that we live in a situation, good or bad, that we expect will stay the same. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Monday, Monday: YES! THEY’RE ALL ROTTEN, ALL THE SAME…

The dissatisfaction with politics and politicians is pretty near universal just now, expecially in Europe. While Obama stands out as an emblem of hope, there is much pessimism about the problems ahead of him and a feeling that they are far too large for even his abilities, given the deepening of world recession and the volatile nature of American culture.

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ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – John Calder Man for Monday: PROBLEM #1, EMPLOYMENT

We have a government that does not know what to do and an electorate anxious to vote, but not sure what it wants to vote for. It certainly knows what it wants to vote against. We have an international crisis that is mainly economic, but also a clash of cultures, faiths, nationalistic fervours and class and intellectual differences under which lies a deep and growing fear of what the future holds in store. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: YOU, YOURS, & BLACKS IN ABERFELDY

editors’ note: If you know anything about John Calder, one of the UK’s most notorious publishers — who has brought us Alleg, Beckett, Duras, Hiss and Selby. Typed in London on a manual, mailed to and re-keyed in Glasgow, ONE Magazine is pleased to present the second article from the Man for Monday.

Man is an animal, and all animals have certain things in common – one of them being a natural, tribal instinct. This means that prejudice against anything that does not belong to our own tribe is perfectly normal, as is the loyalty to one’s own tribe. Colour, race, religion – or even the fact of living a few miles away – arouse suspicion, dislike, even venomous hatred. This applies as much to rats and birds as to humans. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: ENLIGHTENING THE UNENLIGHTENED

Our’s is an interesting period. Everything has grown too bigand complex to be understood except by a few very intelligent people who areinterested enough to examine events and what has led up to them, and most ofthose are rogues who are looking for a what to take advantage of a world thatis not understood by those in authority, who only follow events long after theyhave occurred, and are wildly casting around for a cure which they will never find, because their thinking is only to go back to the past. They cannot imagine any other future.

But, there have always been a few honest gurus able tounderstand what is happening, able to describe it and prescient enough to guess at what is coming next — even to suggest solutions. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday: BRING BACK CLAUSE FOUR

We live, not only in an age of political denial, but one of historical ignorance and total confusion over labels. New Labour never had much to do with Old Labour (which was never called that), but much to do with Thatcherism, imitated and closely followed by both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. We are constantly told that green shoots are visible, but not to me. Large conglomerates are failing, one after another, jobs are being shed, overproduction of many manufactured goods is meeting lower demand because of short of money, and the burden of both national and personal debt is in no way diminishing.

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ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – MONDAY x2: IS THIS A REVOLUTION?

Monday has come early with another blog from the indefatiguable John Calder. The media is exposing corruption en masse in our government and independents are gaining political clout with the discontent masses becoming disenfranchised with party politics. So, John Calder asks, Is this a Revolution?

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ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – MONDAY MANIFESTO: POLITICS AGAIN

“A week is a long time in politics,” said Harold Wilson, and equally often quoted is Harold MacMillan’s reply to being asked why carefully planned policies so often go wrong: “Events, dear boy, events!”

Well, recent weeks have proved both statements not only relevant, but significant, in that a revolution in our political system is now inevitable, fuelled by an awakened public interest that has not been seen in our – until recently – trivialised society for a very long time. Although Gordon Brown, with his back to the wall, is putting up a spirited last-ditch fight to survive, nobody believes that a general election can be long delayed and what the result of that will be is anybody’s guess, probably an unlikely coalition of smaller parties. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Man for Monday – WANTED: A COMPETENT ELITE

Great Britain has always been a country in love with the amateur and only during the last two-thirds of the twentieth century has that in practice, if not altogether in theory, diminished. Sport, for instance, whether in field sports, boxing or equestrian, was an activity for amateurs, usually gentlemanly ones, until spectator interest attracted the attention of commercial interests and big money produced sporting heroes able to earn good money through their talent, thereby attracting regional or sectarian fan-support , which made their sport widely popular, commercially viable and above all: professional. read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Monday Man: CALLING ALL INDEPENDENTS

The absence of any confidence or even belief in the probity or competence of those who have been elected to govern, either on a national or regional level, is now so universal that the question must be asked: Why are so few people standing up to challenge those in power, who it is obvious are interested in little other than feathering their nests and getting re-elected until it is time to retire? read more —>

ONE blogs – JOHN CALDER – Monday Man: LOOK BACK, DON’T STARE

editors’ note: If you know anything about John Calder, one of the UK’s most notorious publishers — who has brought us Alleg, Beckett, Duras, Hiss and Selby, you’ll note that even he jokes that anything electronic, from the TV to computer, tends to malfunction in his presence.

This is his first and only blog, an experiment. Typed in London on a manual, mailed to and re-keyed in Glasgow, ONE Magazine is pleased to present the Man for Monday. If your computer freezes on the article, you’ll know you went to the right place. read more —>

ONE 7 • Thoughts on the Present Crisis

Thoughts on the Present Crisis

John Calder
Although my university training was in Political Economy, I have never practised economics, but I well remember what I learned, and my only surprise about the great financial bubble that has burst is that it took so long. I have been expecting it to do so for most of the last decade. It is useful to look at the events that have led up to the inevitable collapse of the free market economy and perhaps, in time to come, of the capitalist system itself.
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ONE 6 • Edward Louis Bernays: Doctor Freud’s PR whiz nephew

Edward Louis Bernays: Doctor Freud’s PR whiz nephew

Have you heard of this man? If, not, read on . . .

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ONE 4 • Poetspace 4: James W Wood, Rodney Relax and Jane McKie

Listening to the Language of the Birds (Li Bai)
The sky creeps along the city walls: clouds and crows
alight from branches, telephone poles, narrow lanes.
In a canal-side flat a girl is knitting clothes
for fog, mist, drizzle. She hears the birds’ black refrain
and waits: her hands are stopped trains, endlessly delayed;
her hope is this empty room; her tears are the rain.
– Sam Meekings
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ONE 2 • Poetspace 2: Folliet, Calder and French Decadents

Entre Guillemets

“Euphemistically Speaking” or Are You Kidding Me?

Every jest is an earnest in the womb of time”

– George Bernard Shaw

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