We are convinced that one major key to solving our NHS Crisis is understanding how the neoliberal philosophy of Austerity with its very simplistic messages of
NOT ENOUGH MONEY, TIGHTEN OUR BELTS, TAX BEFORE YOU SPEND
has wrecked this country and many others around the world.
What's worse it's wrecked lives and is now endangering lives. Based on cutting government public services by outsourcing them to private companies and a corporate culture of "fend for yourself if you can afford it" - Austerity is literally killing people.
Thankfully there are economists now, united around the globe, who are finding their voice to question the Austerity regime that stems from the USA Corporate sector. The creation of money, how an economy works... these are the things we as ordinary people are going to have to get our heads round. Once you do it's easy to see we can afford a publicly run NHS.
We've got a simple message for
all your MPs
BRING THE NHS
BACK INTO PUBLIC HANDS
REMOVE THE COMMERICAL MARKET
THAT IS DESTROYING IT
WE CAN AFFORD IT
WE WANT IT
One UK economist who has a shared interest in the NHS is Richard Murphy.
As he said in a recent blog:
"there is no reason why we should not have health care in thirty years time... All we have to do is decide we want it.
Then we can pay for it. It will not be a matter of not affording it. It’s just a matter of setting priorities."
You will see many calls for the NHS to be supported by a specific tax. You'll hear people say "I don't mind paying an extra penny in the pound".
This is - dare we say it - rubbish.
And here's why...
Caroline Molloy points out in
Economists in Australia, USA and here in the UK are beginning to make sense as they challenge the belief system that has been ingrained in the public since the 80's...
Another subject that is part of Modern Monetary Thinking is something called A JOB GUARANTEE.
It's not the Universal Basic Income that is also being touted by many politicians around the world. All that does is feed an unemployment culture and an unproductive society. Professor Fadhel Kaboub explains in a very clear talk given at City University London in April.
For us this simple change in understanding how money is created and how it is introduced into our economy is key to fighting the lie - that the NHS ( and ALL Public Services) is unsustainable and we can't afford it.
We hope you enjoy the video from Prof. Fadhel Baboub. It really is worth trying to understand how important this aspect of politics is in our campaigning. Most of us know how difficult it can be to face members of the public who are adament that there are "too many people using it for free" or "well if we want an NHS they'll have to raise taxes" - well this is where the arguments get easier.
Ask those people: Who makes the money in the first place?
Independent political analysts PUBLIC MATTERS
also explain very clearly
Thanks to Steven D Grumbine of Real Progressives - a USA website/media network that is fighting hard to see Austerity finished. These articles will make you and friends think about the political propaganda of the age - this goes beyond simple party politics. Neo-liberal Austerity has secreted itself into the lobbies of global politics and politicians are spouting it at every level.
We love this. Yes ok it's fun and a little light. BUT... it is truthful.
Outsourcing services to the control of private companies is based at the heart of Austerity - the myth that private companies know better how to provide services and give us more choice. It's a lie and deserves the contempt that this songs gives so well.
The trouble is now in 2019 - we dont have any real opposition to the Austerity machine. More of us are beginning to understand it - now we need to act within our local democracy organisations add challenge all politicians in their promotion of public service sell-offs and disintegration.
Find out how you can help break the myth of Austerity and help save the NHS by visiting our NHS4ALL campaign.