One thing that strikes me today is that we have forgotten that banks and multinational companies are only afraid of one thing, like elephants and mice, and that is, funnily enough - politics. If a government decides - as Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia and Iceland, to name a few- to restrain their power, expel them or nationalize them, they can do absolutely NOTHING about it. Sure, they can go cry to the IMF or the WTO, but that's about it. What's more, the "advice" they give to governments, through "think tanks," organizations and other channels always prove disastrous. Always. If anyone can name one good piece of advice we have had from the IMF in the least ten years, I will buy him/her coffee at Starbucks. All the relatively better decisions have always been taken by governments, generally AGAINST the IMF's advice. Politics are the only solution out of the crisis, and by politics I mean long term politics, supported by truly democratic and efficient systems. Oh. Yes. Hmmmm. But our systems... ? Yes, exactly. And that's why we have to come up with new (or old ideas) for a future strong representative democracy (As long as we will need one - as an anarchist I, of course, hope for a better solution one day, but that's another story, probably for another century). So, anyway, here a few ideas I have come up with, that could help:
-Lobbying should be absolutely forbidden and punishable by imprisonment.
-Politicians can only be elected once and for only one charge or mandate.
-Political parties' finances shall be public, as politicians' personal wealth.
-Each media can only have one owner.
-Banks should be strictly divided between savings and investment.
-Small share-holders should have priority of reimbursement in case of a bank's crash.
-Banks should be obliged to have their customers sign a contract in which they accept or do not accept that their deposit can be used by the bank for other investments. If they do accept, then they automatically become shareholders, and accept the risk of losing their money.If they don't accept, they will be on the top list for reimbursement in case of crash.
-A national bank should be created, and available to all citizens and businesses, offering limited loans.
That's my start. Now let's hear yours. The "parcel of rogues" betraying our votes and economy have absolutely nothing to offer us, either now and tomorrow. I am sure we have.