The History of Lies, Fiction & Fairy Tales

Am I the only person to not be really shocked by the current bombardment of different scandals? We’ve had evidence of the Savile/paedophile ring; the ongoing Tax Evasion scams; the ‘untrue’ claims about the Country’s Deficit; the Internal auctioning off of the NHS, the destruction of Workers Rights – the list is endless.

Yet, each tine I read of another layer coming off an issue, more evidence being uncovered, more people speaking up, or indeed. another new set of examples as to how the Elite, revel in behaviour and attitudes most of us quiver at, I can’t help but feel slightly blasé.

Don’t misunderstand me, I am not for a second condoning these actions, however as an amateur History lover, I find myself comparing the conduct of the accused to similar deeds taken by those in Power; Royalty, the Lords & Knights of the Realm in Medieval England,  the Senate of Ancient Rome, as examples.

Most of us have heard how the Roman Empire, and even the Pyramids were built on the back of workers with no rights, or in truth, Slaves. Stories of the local Squire ‘owning’ his people and how that translated into actions such as young girls being taken to His bed on her wedding night, consider she was probably 11/12. We know the tales of King John syphoning off Taxes to fund his personal lavish lifestyle, and his skirmishes with Robin Hood, even Disney recorded this. The fiction of healing women being condemned as witches and being murdered for it. In living history the Third Reich attempted to conquer the World based on a set of LIES.

Throughout time,  Sick & Disabled people, those who were Jobless, Women, Black People, Gay & Lesbian people; in fact anyone deemed ‘different; have being blamed for all wrong doings, have been persecuted and damned by fiction, created by the Ruling Classes. And every time truth about deviance and corruption by the Elite has arisen, another set of Lies and tales of Fiction are contrived to divert the anger of the rest of us.

Chatting with my ever wise, 82 years young, mum the other day, she felt she’d lived through the best 50 years ever, for working class people; she went so far to say she was pleased to be ‘on her way out’ rather than starting now. She actually fears for the future of her 2 great-grandchildren!

What I can not understand is WHY, when people in the Western World today grew up with tales of the Elite abusing the General Populace, yet have experienced relative freedom from that, are we content to bury our heads and think it cant’ happen again?  Wake Up People, the very Rights & Freedoms we experience today, the same Rights our parents & grandparents died for, are being torn away.

Are we prepared to return to the days of being the property of State, the times when different groups are deemed unworthy of the basic needs? You really don’t have even care about history to understand it has serious messages to tell.

 

 

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18 thoughts on “The History of Lies, Fiction & Fairy Tales

  1. Hi nice post, I am sadly often not surprised, as like yourself, I like to have an overall view of history as well. As you say, history is littered with these sorts of scandals, these are just more examples of what the priveleged have always done.
    All the best

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  3. One has to be careful when making sweeping generalisations about ‘The Elite’. Prior to the Industrial Revolution society was very stratified with a complex idea of responsibilities and obligations. The nobility were expected to look after the the poor not systematically abuse them and those that didn’t stand by their obligations were generally ostracised by their fellow nobles. It’s the growth of a ‘Merchant’ class that strains this relationship and their dominance was codified by the ‘reforming’ Whig administration of the 1830s. From that point on there was no sense of an obligation amongst the merchant ‘elite’ to look after the poor, only a sense that they were there to be exploited to garner increasing income for said ‘elite’. The post-war era is a bit of an aberration in many respects and what we’re seeing, as mass employment (in terms of large-scale factory employment) has become the exception rather than the norm, is a reduction of worker power and the re-establishment of the Victorian status quo. Your mother is right, Jayne, we’ve had a golden era and we’re entering a new dark age, at least for those on the bottom rungs of the social ladder.

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  5. I remember Halcyon days, of community, freedom and purpose too.
    That’s why those of us of a certain age perhaps, have witnessed the self serving and feckless, destroy the happy coexistence of peoples of all backgrounds, by destroying the housing, education and employment structures and cultures that enabled us to live together.
    Selfishness causes untold damage to a social species like people.
    Divide and conquer vs clear holistic vision.
    You don’t even need good eyes to see how the poison leaves and bitter seeds have ruined the soup in our cultural melting pot.
    Fear and ignorance were taught to me by history.
    I learned of William the conquered, Anannsi the spider man and Ranjit Singh as well as Franz Ferdinand and Adolf Hitler.
    Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Ghandi and Che Geuvera, even Bobby Sands, taught me that we have to work together, fight together or die alone. If we don’t care, the people we unwittingly place in in power over us, simply hand that power to the kings and captains of industry
    Nye Bevan, Karl Marx, Berold Brecht, George Orwell, look at what we have done!
    Thank you Jayne.

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  6. I highly recommend reading “The Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klein for a very good overview about our current situation, a book that has had me in awe and tears. Despite Kevins points those times were very far from supportive of the sick and disabled, many people then held superstitious views and fear of being infected due to lack of medical knowledge and help was sparse unless you were very lucky. History can be a strange subject and I studied at degree level with economics as a second subject. The “elites” do change over long historical times but ultimately the results are the same, think of communist Countries such as Russia with their special shops for their “top” people.

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  7. Good article, but this bit kills me…
    “Chatting with my ever wise, 82 years young, mum the other day, she felt she’d lived through the best 50 years ever, for working class people; she went so far to say she was pleased to be ‘on her way out’ rather than starting now. She actually fears for the future of her 2 great-grandchildren!”
    …because I think that we all know it to be absolutely true.

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  8. Its possible the reason the police gave that woman a visit is because atos are concerned about their image affrcting their shares and ability to gain contracts . Lets not forget they alteady served a cease and desist notice on a website complaining about them.

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