November 10, 2014

Kilkenomics reveals the equity in our heritage

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Who would have thought that an economics and comedy festival would sell out in Kilkenny?

Certainly five years ago when the idea was first mooted, the notion that the festival would get stronger and stronger appeared to be fanciful – but it has. Kilkenomics in now going into its sixth year and the gigs seem to sell out faster and faster.

The Web Summit we are not, but the perplexing growth of this event (on a much smaller scale) and the international interest in it, suggests that this fusion of Irish hospitality and global debate could be an interesting growth area for towns and cities around the country in the years ahead.

I have just come out of Cleere’s pub where there was a packed show about breaking down economic language. It will be broadcast today on the BBC World Service – our radio partners.

Indeed our media partners this year reflect the international dimension to the festival. The Financial Times has come on board as our global media partner and this alliance allows us to project out to a greater audience.

Can you imagine how many other festivals could be started in Ireland?

Consider the interest in festivals that are stripped down and in some way different, but where the audience has a great time, in a great city and so the chemistry, for some reason, works.

One ingredient that is crucial is the city itself: the streets, the architecture and the ambiance. Today, I want to reflect on that and the much misunderstood economic power of heritage and why we mess with it at our peril.

In its review of Kilkenomics last year, the FT wrote the following: “All weekend, Kilkenny’s theatres and bars were packed for what is probably the only comedy economics festival on earth. Kilkenomics has been described as ‘Davos with jokes’ and ‘Davos without the hookers’. It may be a model for the world.

Some of the speakers were big-shot American economists. But they came unpaid, and once in Kilkenny, far from global power, everyone shed their guru status. It’s such a small place that almost any pub you stumbled into, however far past midnight, was bulging with famous economists in T-shirts gabbing with ordinary punters. Most tickets to events cost from €5 to €15. This wasn’t a Goldman Sachs investors’ conference.”

The reviewer went on to say: “I’ve been to lots of festivals and conferences, but Kilkenomics may be the best. More than that: it felt like democracy.”

As you can read from this reviewer (we paid him very well!), the city, its bars, theatres, streets and ambiance are an essential part of the festival’s appeal.

The aim of the festival is to bring top-notch economists from all over the globe out of their comfort zone to a city they have never been in. Had the city not been attractive, they might have come once and not again, but no, they are queuing up to come back. This year we have the head of the world’s largest bond fund, South Korea’s leading economist, thinkers from India, Latin America, Europe and Britain – as well as some of our own.

We ask the economists to break down complex ideas, which are usually shrouded in difficult language and if they don’t do this willingly, the stand-up comedians will bash commonsense out of them.

On the comedy side, inquisitors include Ardal O’Hanlon, Des Bishop, Barry Murphy, Dermot Whelan, David O’Doherty, Colm O’Regan, Kevin Gildea, Eleanor Tiernan and Karl Spain.

It shouldn’t work, but it does.

An essential element is Kilkenny itself.

To be honest, I didn’t know much about Kilkenny before we decided on it as a venue. However, my partner in crime on this venture, Richard Cook, is already the man behind the highly successful Cat Laughs comedy festival in Kilkenny.

He assured me that Kilkenny had all the essential ingredients.

The moment we started looking at venues in the city, I knew he was right. I understood we could be onto something special, but we still had a long way to go.

After all we had to convince international economic superstars – used to commanding huge fees – to come to a country they didn’t know much about, to a city they’d never heard of, to be grilled by stand-up comedians and to do it all for the good of their health. However, the minute the first major player, the Columbia economist, Jeff Sachs, arrived in Kilkenny, he was enchanted by the city. On a crisp, clear, November morning, I took him for a stroll in the gardens of Kilkenny Castle, then down the hill, up to High Street and on towards St Canice’s Cathedral. The spires of the various ancient churches gave the city a truly medieval feel, which for an American was beguiling.

We forget the impact of this experience on visitors at our peril. Heritage, history and the architectural echo of our past are all priceless.

This is what we are selling to foreigners and as our visiting economists are some of our best salespeople, the impact of the city adds enormously to the experience.

Of course, Sachs had a blast and told his friends about this bizarre festival in this beautiful small city. They, in turn, told their friends.

All the while, the city of Kilkenny provided the essential backdrop for the festival.

Over the first five years of Kilkenomics, we have hosted dozens of economists (people who travel a lot) from all over the world. All of them comment on how brilliant it is to be outside a big international metropolis, in an intimate architectural gem, surrounded by Irish history.

From The Set in Langtons, to Bridies beside it, from the evocative Hole in the Wall and the cozy, almost conspiratorial, back of Cleere’s Pub and the restaurant for an economists’ brunch at the Pembroke Hotel to the marquee events at the Ormonde Hotel, the venues and the streets and cafés of Kilkenny make Kilkenomics.

So too does the welcome all the local traders give to this strange troop of dismal scientists and stand-up comedians.

Seeing the thrilling result of this ephemeral chemistry – part venue, part street, part city, part guest – where the audience and performers hang out together in the city, is why it saddens me to hear that the County Council want to go ahead with a new road through the heart of the old city, the so-called CAS, or Central Access Scheme.

There are many more qualified than me to discuss urban planning, but one thing should be clear to all: getting traffic out of – not into – the city, thereby preserving its integrity, is essential.

All great cities are walking cities. And all beautiful medieval cities have ancient preserved centres. We preserve them because they are valuable and precious.

Cities are highly sensitive eco-systems, where a change in one area can have unforeseen consequences for other areas, as traffic and commerce shifts.

This weekend, Kilkenny is in the global spotlight with economists and journalists from all over the world rocking into the city. It would be a shame if the charm of the city itself were tampered with before properly entertaining the alternatives.

  1. Pat Flannery

    “… the County Council want to go ahead with a new road through the heart of the old city …”

    County Councils decide hardly anything anymore. In fact they hardly ever even take a vote. The CEO (County Manager) merely announces a “decision” as unanimous, without a formal vote.

    This poses the question of who are the real decision makers. Who is managing the county managers?

    Local reporters print whatever their County CEO hands to them. There is no questioning. This makes local reporters mere stenographers.

    CEOs are always shocked when I, as a mere member of the public, ask searching questions. My unwelcome questions reveal that it is unheard of for local media to closely question a County CEO. No wonder county officials are so arrogant.

    This lack of accountability is why local government is such an effective tool of central government. Asking searching questions about who is behind Kilkenny’s “Central Access Scheme” would be a good place to start.

    • Legally_blonde

      You have hit the nail on the head. The electorate, local or general, would rather go to comedy festivals with economic themes than ask searching questions of their political representatives, to whom they grant the power to make decisions that will affect their lives. At a public council meeting, they can challenge and frustrate. In a comedy show, the equivalent of salons in France and Russia before their revolutions, they are irrelevant.

      • Eric

        i don’t know how many council meetings you have attended where you can challenge and frustrate, i think the lack of any ability to engage can be frustrating, yes, very much unlike any of the kilkenomnics events where all ideas could be challenged and openly discussed. the real problem with our councils is that even the elected have no power, and that they are irrelevant is deeply undemocratic.

  2. sravrannies

    It happened in Sligo about 10 years ago – very long debate about whether by-pass should go through or around the town. Traders/Chamber of Commerce won in the end as they were concerned they would lose business if traffic went around the town so, now it just cuts the town in half!

  3. Colin

    Hi David,

    Glad to hear Kilkenomics is going from strength to strength.

    I couldn’t make this year’s festival for reasons beyond my control, but keep it going and I’m sure I’ll be there again soon.


  4. Adelaide

    I would highly recommend Kilkenomics and I hope it goes from strength to strength, it was my first visit last year and we had a wonderful event-packed three days.
    Except I’ll not be going again for an ‘insight’ I had while listening to the many contributors over the three days. I realised the economists (who were mostly entertaining and articulate) were moralists. Each ‘economic’ discussion was fundamentally a discussion on morals couched in economic policy talk, and each economist was espousing economic policies based on their moral world-view. Either I agreed with their world-view or I didn’t. Indeed the ‘economics’ soon revealed itself to be irrelevant, each show was the airing of prejudices and virtues by people calling themselves economists.
    Example: for some reason this has stuck, from one of the contributors on austerity. “A weak government is led by public opinion, a strong government moulds public opinion and therefore must not be swayed by public opposition.” A person with this mind-set will espouse economic policies that ignore or override the democratic will of the people. It has nothing to do with objective fact-based scientific economics, and then I realised, such a thing does not exist, ‘economics’ is a meaningless empty term, it has so scientific footing, economics is merely a platform for a speakers’ podium: Talking heads. Entertaining and articulate sometimes, but I just no longer take them seriously, though some take themselves very seriously, I find ‘economics’ increasingly removed from reality and rather pointless bar for its entertainment value.

    • Pat Flannery

      Adam Smith’s first job was as professor of moral philosophy at the University of Glasgow and his first book was not The Wealth of Nations but The Theory of Moral Sentiments. You are right, all economists merely peddle a particular morality.

    • “Economic efficiency has been the greatest source of social legitimacy in the United States for the past century, and economists have been the priesthood defending this core social value of our era.”

      —Robert H. Nelson, ECONOMICS AS RELIGION

      “The problem is, of course, that not only is economics bankrupt but it has always been nothing more than politics in disguise.”

      —Hazel Henderson

      “Economics is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man.”

      —Henry Hazlitt

    • “There is growing evidence, then, that finance, not technology, is primarily driving inequality. That means it is not inevitable, but the product of laws and institutions, not silicon chips.” from the above link account.

      Finance is driven by credit. credit is driven by the central banking system.
      our currency (money) is credit.

      to remove the current structured inequality we have to remove the central bankers and their fiat money scheme. Period. Amen. Nothing else will work or accomplish that.

    • Adam.

      Paul Mason would make an excellent panel member at Kilkenomics. His reports on the previous Eurozone crises were excellent.I look forward to his coverage of the next leg of the implosion.

      Enjoyed meeting you in Kilkenny again & hearing your take on Bitcoin & niche entrepreneur projects. We had our own ‘dissident fringe panel’!

      • Yes I have been suggesting Paul Mason to David for years Andy, I’m sure he’ll be on the roster sooner or later.

        Very good night on Friday! Loved the meal in Rinuccis, and sing songs in Bridies and the Pembroke! See you soon.

        • For 2015 I’ll book a Festival Ticket in advance like last year. Excellent VFM, but wasn’t even sure I could make the flight this year. The days of turning up 10 mins before a show to buy a return/cancelled ticket are probably gone. Hopefully the same vibe can be maintained if events are scaled up for a bigger audience drawn in by the FT. Enjoy the winter sun in Dominica!

        • Paul Mason says he is ‘sick’ of returning to film outside the RBS offices in London after years of scandals, as six banks were fined £2.6bn for foreign exchange market rigging. He asks why no criminal charges have been brought, and says the country deserves a better banking system because everyone is dependent on banks.

          • Adam.

            On a personal level, this is why I mostly suffer negative interest rates on my dwindling capital rather than obey the edict to chase yield in rigged markets. There is no reliable ‘price discovery’. Anyone who thinks the same shenanigans & chicanery isn’t going on across the board is welcome to their wake-up call when the music stops & reality returns. ‘Efficient Market Hypothesis’ my arse!

            The huffing & puffing of politicians & regulators is sheer bunkum. In the UK, a country where people are thrown in jail for stealing a bottle of water, we have overt white-collar Bankster criminality ‘re-framed’ as moral failure by those who have abandoned the Nation State Project to fluff & fawn on their knees before International Capital. I call such people traitors. And EXACTLY the same situation applies on the other troubled island of Ireland. The same shower of eejits, but instead of City Boys we have the Green Jerseys, parotting ‘national interest’ as they fleece the Treasury. Put them all on trial. Extradite them from Cape Cod & Club Med golf courses. Yeah, right…that’s really going to happen. No, it’s not. What’s going to happen is manufactured outrage quickly replaced by another round of the The War On The Poor.

            No wonder some people turn to Bitcoin to rebel against state taxation when it’s so obviously delegitimised such that the working poor/coping classes are forced to fund the entire welfare apparatus whilst these clowns take the piss. That’s all planned by those who park trillions offshore whilst proselytising about open borders for people & capital: they seek to collapse post-war settlement between Capital & Labour by systematically defunding it so the collapsing Middle Class fight with the Working Poor & Underclass for crumbs beneath the Corporate/Bankster table.

            This blog’s quiet nowadays as the ‘crisis’ is considered to be over by most folk. Those still credit worthy within the Herd/Consumer ‘yeast’ petri dish are migrating back from Fear to Greed to binge on another brief Credit Sugar High. Thus pleasing their 1% feudal overlords by propelling the Dow to another fantasy close. Expect Spanish/Bulgarian property roadshows soon.

            George Monbiot is hopeful that the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)” can be stopped in it’s tracks, but I see another Lisbon Treaty situation. How many people in Ireland or Britain even know TTIP exists? If anyone wants to know the backstory to Irish Water & future intersections with Fracking, it’s all encoded here. Don’t expect Economists or Politicians to save anyone, they’re too busy fluffing their corporate masters then recoiling in anger & venting their prison-rape emasculated shame on the The Undeserving Poor to try and regain some sense of personal agency. If I still cared about this stuff, I’d be getting seriously annoyed. But it’s pointless given the average level of awareness or engagement. Monbiot, Mason & Kerrigan appear to realise the smokescreen shroud that’s being wafted over the previous crisis. Blame Gordon Brown & Lenihan, but never actually forensically examine who they were reporting to.

            As for the absurdity of Luxleaks & Juncker investigating Juncker. It’s beyond parody, but shows how secure these tyrants think they are. And people wonder why UKIP are on the rise. The EU’s plot, as is the City Of London, as is the IFSC. The Nation State Project superceded the tribe, clan, fiefdom, kingdom and is now being eclipsed by the Transnational Corporation. And I no longer give a damn…

            “A Gunpowder Plot Against Democracy: This bill of rights for corporations will blow up the sovereignty of parliaments”

            “An Australian firm is suing El Salvador for $300m for refusing permission for a gold mine that would poison the drinking water”


          • Great stuff Andy, I half feel sorry for ‘normal’ people for being milked by the powers that be and the other half of my feeling is utter disdain for them being so thick and letting it happen.

            The whole of society is a total charade – can it continue like this? I don’t know, no one does. I’ll be alright, that’s as much as I can do – especially when people don’t want to be helped or don’t want to listen.

            As you say, they’ll all be out with their credit cards once more and the banks and their proxies will shaft them again.

            That Monbiot article was good, I read it the other day – David can’t stand him though! I reckon he should be in the next Kilkenomics (along with Paul Mason) as I was saying to Liam Halligan the Bard the other night.

            Talk soon, got to get back to it.

          • “We have seen a politician that is for privatisation and social welfare cuts, and that bad enough and now on top of that we get a tax avoidance schemes onto the political agenda.”

            “Who elected him,” Grillo asked. “You now have a president of the commission who was a longtime finance minister of a tax haven.”


          • I tweeted Beppe Grillo in Italian some time ago to inform him that Bitcoin was ideal for his purposes – no response.

            I also tweeted Russell Brand words to tis effect about a year ago – “if you advised your 7 million folowers tomorrow to switch to Bitcoin, central banks of the world would begin to topple’.

            He made some smarmy response about Weetabix but the tweet went viral and he started to talk to Max Keiser about it (who I copied on the tweet) and was on his show a few weeks after. I take full credit for that.

            We have the tools but do we have the where with all and the will? I doubt it.

          • Adam

            We only really scratched the surface of Bitcoin in the restaurant. I’m not surprised by Beppe or Brand, more Bread & Circus merchants it would seem. Gotta go. Real world stuff. Laters!

    • DB4545

      Thanks for posting that link Adam, it’s always nice to get a different perspective. I can’t look at RTE or most mainstream news any more it’s pure PR propaganda nonsense and a waste of my time. The answer is they’ve been fighting back for years by various methods from dodgy tobacco smuggling/drug dealing/nixers/buying and selling dodgy goods/cash in hand child minding/welfare scams etc. But they haven’t been fighting the rich who are very adept at their own scams, the money they make is coming from the average joe paying his/her taxes. A kid born in Finglas lives in a different universe to a kid born in Foxrock. One might plan disrupting the airline business model to make his fortune the other is leveraging his ruthlessness and contacts to take over the distribution chain. The mindset is identical.

  5. Would love to see the afore-mentioned Jeffrey Sachs back at Kilkenomics again too.

    This video is from yesterday.

      • Hi Adam, Sachs talks about effects, about politics, global warming , the 1% booming and the rest suffering. He goes on at length about the monied interest and Wallstreet.

        Nowhere did he demonstrate an understanding of why this is the case. Never once did he mention a central banker or the central banking fiat money system.

        He demonstrated to me that just like every other esteemed economist he is blind when it comes to the root cause of our problems. He like all others will lead the people into thinking he has a solution when he does not.

        The education system has done a superb job of propaganda when it comes to our money system. It is the blind leading the blind for the people. We argue and discuss everything except the real problem.

        People must reclaim their money system from, not the 1% but, the 1/100th of the 1%. Or else nothing changes.

        • Colin


          Nail on the head there Tony. Even David McWilliams is guilty of this. The circus must go on I guess. All I can do in the meantime is improve my understanding of ‘economics’, including economic trends like house prices and try to escape the clutches of some predatory financial instruments attempting to roger me.

          Everyone is on their own, no one cares about anyone but themselves.

  6. Tull McAdoo

    How do you know that a huge vacuum exists in Irish politics? The answer is that you click on the link below, throw your eyes up to the heavens, loudly shout WTF and finally appeal for salvation from anywhere ……..

    Tull wept….

    • Not sure why Panti gets an award as he self-identifies as a Biological-Birth Genital Gay Male. Given that, it’s Mario Rosenstock deserves one for “Debunking Drag & Faux Feminism via Heteronormative Patriarchal Comedy”

      In fact, get Panti, Joan & Mario on a panel for Kilkenomics 2015 to discuss “The Gender Politics Of Neoliberalism Under Ireland Inc” with Deirdre McCloskey as comic compere. Why not? Economics is nonsensical as an existential explanatory framework so comedy comperes becoming contestants/panelists in role reversal is entirely appropriate.

      The arbitrary distinction between ‘comic’ and ‘economist’ is now redundant…..*popcorn*

      “‘Joan Burton’ performs Wrecking Ball | The Mario Rosenstock Show”

      • Haha that would be a hilarious panel Andrew.

        I think I told you on Friday that I heard ‘from a reputable source’ that Enda Kenny is a cross dresser – so he could join it too, the usless twat.

        • Careful now, Adam or you’ll be in Kilmainham! Enda is Taoiseach, which means ‘tribal cheiftan’ NOT ‘Prime Minister’. So show some respect.

          He does wear a lot of make-up…sometimes….but I’m sure it’s just for the cameras….when he’s addressing the nation to explain whether or not he agrees that “water doesn’t just fall from the sky”. Etc. Gene Kerrigan called Enda a ‘chicken’ a couple of years ago, but surely Gene’s wrong. Enda’s pure FG GAA Irish Beef & not into Fish. No idea if he’s into Chicken. Where do these rumours start? *thinking* I’m virtually Vegan, not into Fish, Chicken or Irish Beef. *smirks*

          “Building Mr Kenny’s legacy of deceit and distrust. Parliament or ­people, this Government now ­displays the same ­contempt for both”

          • Fuck ‘im, he’s an ass. If he wants to come over and arrest me for running my mouth then he’ll get a bigger bitch slap than the one he already got off the midget Sarkozy. A bitch slap is all he’s worth.

          • Adam, Enda is going from t.v camera interview to interview so has to have make-up on all day. That probably explains the silly rumours.

  7. Pat Flannery

    The truth about capitalism:

    I would add:

    Irish capitalism: they have two cows, who graze on the abundant FREE natural green grass of Erin. One cow is owned by the Catholic Church, the other by multinational corporations (who own the politicians). Neither the Church nor the multinationals pay tax, but together they consume 95% of the country’s milk.

    The pussy cats who live on the remaining 5%, are allowed to exist in just sufficient numbers to keep the rats (social unrest) in check. Most of the little kittens are shipped away in large numbers to Canada, Australia and the United States. There they multiply and tell how lucky we in the “free world” are to be allowed to drink twice as much (a whole 10%!) of the milk produced in these wonderful new countries.

    Thus the Irish save civilization every day! They teach the world how to be grateful, how to bend the knee and give thanks every day for scraps from the Lord’s table. They are the true modern missionaries.


    Walking towns are great, but they need parking as well. That said, some road works and changes could be welcomed but the fucking idiots in the councils and planning are sheep. They are currently making Dungarvan into a “bicycle friendly” town. What a fucking sick twisted joke. Who is riding a bike from the hinterlands into Dungarvan?
    Anyway they are “removing parking” and spending money from Europe. As they were told to. PUKE.
    As for the culture of your citys forget it, you wont recognize the place in 30 years, because it will have been politically correct to allow in so called “cultural diversity” You will have to take diversity training so you don’t “offend” the invading cultures.
    You will be told that two mommies or two daddys are just as legitimate a family as your traditional family, one mommy and one daddy.
    You will be told that sharia law and other foreign language documents “must be provided” at taxpayers expense so as to accommodate the “new immigrants” who will bring “their culture” for you to bow down to, and welcome.
    The building blocks of a society has been the two parent family and it is this foundation which will be destroyed by leftist liberal politics in your lifetime, it has already begun.
    Language is the “glue” which holds a society together, but as you stand in line at LIDL, you have to tolerate the checkers speaking to each other, about you, in their native tongue. You will be asked to make the most troublesome drug, marijuana, legal. Don’t do it. Welcome to Ireland. Its end is near so enjoy it while you can, or wake up and resist and say NO! NOT in my country! You want to come live here, here are the rules. Read em, embrace them, or get the fuck out.
    Enjoy Kilkenomics.

    • DB4545

      It’s already too late Smokey. While I’d have issue with some of your views cultural invasion is a fact. A case from 2003 springs to mind in which a baby boy died following a botched circumcision. The judge in the case instructed the jury that “the defendant couldn’t be judged by our conventional or societal norms or value systems”. A child mutilated and dead because some moron butchered him and the judge wanted the jury to use value systems that allow a child to be butchered? Maybe he wanted the jury to use the systems that are in place in sub-saharan Africa, the middle-east, parts of Asia or perhaps the system that ISIS are using with such savagery at the moment. But I certainly don’t. Welcome to Ireland, join in, embrace the culture, make a contribution. Don’t like it? Piss off back to where you came from and ask them for a first world welfare system that you haven’t contributed to and see how far you get.

  9. Deco

    I am recovering from the flu. I meant to get to see Kilkennomics this year, but rested instead.

    The water debacle is a very good primer in why the state system is so inefficient in Ireland, compared to other countries. Our planning starts with the objective of throwing money at involved parties, and some time later gets around to the actual provision of a public service.

    The price being charged for water is twice that of France, per 1000 litres, I have been told. Irish socialism is twice as expensive as French socialism, and the “product” is not near as good.

    Big protest on the Water Issue, December 10th in Dublin 2. At the heart of the incompetent, inept institutional state. Presumably other protests in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Kildare, Athlone, etc…

  10. Deco

    Latest debacle.

    The Irish Central bank has a site for a new HQ. Former Anglo HQ. (Truth is stranger than fiction).

    The details are in the IT. At a time when people are being stretched to the limit, the Central Bank is letting it rip with a very expensive makeover. A new Versailles for the moronic institution that presided over a cathastrophe, and never seen it coming.

    And which is now reporting on how the rest of society is learning to do more with less.

    There is just too much irony in all of this for people to absorb.

    Is Enda Kenny the new Bertie Ahern ? It certainly looks that way.

  11. coldblow


    I probably have a cheek making this request seeing as I haven’t been contributing anything of late (though I have been following your articles) but I was hoping you might write about the Trichet letter, ECB directing Irish policy and the water charges.

  12. joe sod

    I agree about the importance of our heritage and messing with it at our peril. However have we not already gone too far after the mess we made during the celtic tiger especially in rural ireland. Now rural ireland is being assaulted by wind farms and associated infrastructure. Even where county councils are refusing planning permission, Bord Planeala is over ruling them. After huge pressure the Department of the Environment has been forced to revise their planning guidelines for windfarms. However they are delaying the implementation of these new guidelines. There has been a massive push by wind energy companies to submit their applications under the old guidelines. Some of the biggest developments are planned by the Semi state companies BnM, Coillte and ESB. This is how our state operates, our heritage and communities are dispensable when money is involved. It is like the politburo in the old Soviet Union

  13. I was driving through Ganges on Salt Spring Island yesterday. It was about 10.40 and the main street was blocked by local fire trucks. Remembrance day was heavily attended. Cars were parked for blocks around. In Canada, recently, two soldiers have lost their lives from the actions of madmen. The emotional support from the public is large and genuine. The government used it as an excuse to ram through legislation that allows seizure of individuals without the benefit of Habeas Corpus.

    As I proceeded around the diversion I began to wonder about the benefit of war. I thought of all the young men and some women who were conscripted by the state. I thought of the millions who died, and the millions more damaged beyond repair.
    I thought of the grieving families ans lost parents, sons and daughters.

    Cui Bono

    Why the central banking fraternity of course, the Illuminati.

    Then today I came across this blog entry and it made sense to me. With no central bankers perverting the economy war would be reduced to local skirmishes of little account to be soon abandoned. The central banking fiat money system corrupts, perverts and is simply EVIL.

  14. @Legally_blonde @Adelaide @Pat Flannery @AdamByrne @Tony Brogan

    I stopped commenting and/or *ranting* because I’m bored of all this. Economics is just more Bread & Circuses. Marcuse would dismiss it as part of the machinations of Repressive Tolerance & Chomsky no doubt has dismissed it as The Manufacture Of Consent. Commenting on blogs, ranting on Social Media & joining ‘clictivism’ issues is part of the exact same machinery of emotional ventilation. So is voting & agreeing to be kettled whilst marching to protest invading Iraq/Water Charges/Bailouts/student loans/Anthropocene Corporate Collapse. That’s why I mostly don’t do any of those things anymore, and only break radio silence to state it here as another irritating coda to years of arch ironic ‘engagement’ with the humorous cultural debate knows as ‘Economics’.

    I returned to Kilkenomics to confirm/conclude my insights and LOL! at the ‘experts’. Slightly arrogant, but I have brain-power, the jackets & dapper hairstyle to carry it off. It’s *fascinating* to hear the subliminal mood music & feel the pulse of the Economic Caste of “Expert Opinion” at events like Kilkenomics & Hay. And you can do that just by watching body language in bars, never mind what goes on onstage, though that’s mostly harmless pants/Panto fun.

    For me, it’s time to return from the LOL-fest fantasies of Neoliberal Economics to scientific facts & reality. Peak Cheap Oil hasn’t gone away. Fracking is a Ponzie Scheme to find Unobtanium. Etc. Oh, well! Never mind. I’m sure there’s Earth-like planets out there to do a second take like wot was on Avatar The Movie… civilisational/planetary collapse. Sh*t happens…

    It doesn’t matter if it’s designer drugs, handbags or boutique economics festivals, just produce, consume, pay taxes & die: preferably through a prolonged illness that allows banks & corporations to harvest your life savings through ‘free market’ end of life care.

    Citizens/Subjects no longer have any meaningful power other than as ‘Consumers’. The corporate lobbying takeover of ‘Nation States Inc’ is now complete. There’s no sign of any meaningful Consumer Uprising to challenge “Ecocide, Economics, Energy & Entropy: The Four Horsemen Of The Anthropocene Corporate Apocalypse”. That’s another book sketched in Kilkenny over the weekend, but i probably won’t bother writing it because if books were going to change things it would have happened by now.

    I have enough cash to live a modest life of contemplating the death of nature whilst Sovereign over my time, free of consumerist leeches. I have no fear of death & no desire to begin a dynasty to live on by proxy. I’ll leave that to the Norman Royals & Baronets on both islands, such as George Osborne who is ‘heir apparent’ to the Osborne Baronetcy, of Ballentaylor and Ballylemon in the County of Waterford, created 15 October 1629. And I have no intention of ending up in an ‘end of life care’ situation like many Americans suffer where their entire life savings are systematically stripped from them by Corporate “Health Care”.

    Enough already! Ranting’s great fun, but it fires up the dopamine & is addictive. I think I need a break from numbers & theories. I fancy a real job, like a barrista or a dog-walker. Or helping free the island of Britain from the tentacles of Juncker & the City Of London….You *might* see me on T.V one day…but not with UKIP….. LOL!

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