As the BBC fills its screens with scenes of thousands of Venezuelans weeping for their dead leader and hero, El Comandante Hugo Chavez, the nature of the crowds is highly significant. These people are of course Hispanics of a mixed race, European/Amerindian type: Mestizos.
And here we have the real key to Chavez’s politics and why he has been adored by so many in his country. One had only to look at Chavez to see that he too was an Hispanic with a strong Amerindian element in his bloodlines.
Chavez’s championing of the poor of his country was a championing of the people from among whom he himself had sprung. He used his power to transfer the wealth of the country from its European - Venezuelan elites to his supporters – his own kind.
Naïve people tend to believe that judges are even handed and that handing over to them the adjudication of laws on matters of social, cultural or religious importance, for example in the European Court of Human Rights or the American Supreme Court will mean that there will be a fair and neutral outcome. Laws on ‘Human Rights’ for example are absolute, they think, and it only needs a judge, who will by definition be impartial, to draw necessary, inevitable conclusions about how they should be applied in any given circumstances.
Other, especially politically motivated people, are far from naïve. They know that rather than bringing their mighty intellects and legal training to bear to arrive at conclusions based on the intentions of those who made the laws in the first place, what happens very often is pretty much the reverse. ‘Activist’ judges come to conclusions according to their personal preferences and then look for reasons to justify these already-arrived at conclusion, plucking them effectively out of thin air.
Each day, 4 patients in the UK die from hunger or dehydration in our hospitals.
In 2011 a total of 115 patients died from dehydration and 48 died of malnutrition as a direct cause whilst a further 812 were suffering from dehydration and 301 from malnutrition as a contributory cause when they died.
In one case, a patient was so thirsty he dialled 999. The police officer who attended said that he twice witnessed staff ignoring the patient’s request for water.
What is a successful society? There will be different opinions about that. But one thing we can say which only the most perverse would argue with, is that a society which is failing to reproduce itself to the point where it is shrivelling and disappearing is not simply unsuccessful. It is a gross failure.
What Society is for
Because what is society for? For an answer to that we must go to the most fundamental aspect of our material existence; to the human being as an animal. As animals, our sole function is to propagate our genes; to breed.
Some bright spark years ago noticed that one could tell when a mighty, apparently solid Industrial or Commercial enterprise was about to go under. It was when it constructed a glittering new, whistles–and–bells Head Office.
It was something to do with showing that the enterprise, whatever it was, had delusions of grandeur. It was being weighed down with bureaucracy, empire-building, a loss of focus on its core activities and a lack of grip on wasteful expenditure.
By that measure, one could have seen the demise of the BBC, in its present form at least, coming a long time ago. It has just opened a massive new Head Office building at vast expense in which to house its overpaid staff.
Across the Southwest USA from San Francisco to Texas
As Obama is returned to power thanks in large measure to the support he got from the burgeoning Third World Population of the US, it is useful to go across to that country to see just what the impact the transformation of its population into a majority non-European one is having.
If you fly into the vast O'Hare airport at Chicago, all the airport employees seem to be Hispanics, or Latinos as they are often called.
Hispanics thick on the ground this far north in the USA? Yes indeed. Chicago is the second largest Hispanic city in the USA after Los Angeles, which is in turn the biggest Mexican city in the world after Mexico City, the capital of Mexico.