You may think that your problems are seperate from those of others, that the working poor are seperate breed from the unemployed, that the abuse of the disabled and elderly has nothing to do with discrimination against gays. If you think this, you are wrong, and it is a misjudgement fostered by the divide-and-rule propaganda of the Ruling Class.

The harsh wind blowing from the heart of the American Neocon valley is one that will sweep away all social security benefits. It will fan the flame of ‘Christian’ right-wing prejudice against gays. It will pit wealthy pensioners against poor ones, and everyone against the disabled and mentally ill, who will join the ranks of the bog-standard nursing home resident in being made to feel as if they are a burden on society, and would be better off dead.

Roger Malcom Mitchell’s analysis of this Ruling Class strategy (, 2015), is as relevant to the UK as it is to America, for ‘food stamp mamas’ read ‘food bank junkies’; for ‘hard working young’ read ‘young aspiring families’. The weasel words differ, but the message of division is the same.


It is the old “divide-and-conquer” game. Create hatreds by:

– Playing the middle class against the poor by talking about “food stamp mamas,” and claiming the poor are cheating the system.

– Playing the young against the old, by claiming the old are rich, lazy takers, being supported by the hard-working young.

– Playing the old against the disabled, by claiming the disabled are cheating the system and taking money from the old.

– Playing the workers against the immigrants, by claiming the immigrants are criminals who are cheating the system and “taking your jobs”.

– Playing the whites against the blacks, by claiming the blacks are criminals, and a danger to the white community.

Who plays this game? The rich. Being a tiny minority (1%?), the rich need to make the poor and middle classes fight among themselves. That is the plan for you; that is how the 1% controls the 99%.

Mitchell lays bare the central lie in the scarcity of funds myth. He states that social security payments ‘do not exist before they are paid’ – they are ‘an accounting fiction’. A précis of his argument in a UK context is: ‘If you receive benefits, the (government) sends instructions (not pounds) to your bank, telling your bank to increase the balance in your account. At the moment your bank follows those instructions, (electronic pounds) are created — not before. The ( electronic pounds) did not exist before your … account was increased’. It is so with governments. The entire Greek ‘debt’ is an electronic construct – thousands of lorries did not bring billions of Euros to Athens – pressing buttons on a computer keypad did.

This is not saying that the entire economic system is a fiction, at least not one without real and dire consequence – those not credited by the government will not be able to exchange their credits for food or shelter,  the same principle applying to  governments. They are out of the game.

What is implied is that this system awards credits as a means of enabling the rich to stand on the heads of the poor. The banker who gambles on the future price of commodities is rewarded a thousand times more than a nurse; the nurse is rewarded more than those employed on the minimum wage; they more than the unemployed. It is a system of incentives. If all bank accounts were credited with £10,000 per month, who would be the nurse, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker? Who would polish the shoes of the Ruling Class?

By the same token, there is no raiding of one government department to pay for the spending of another. This is another fiction – one which, again, is not a fiction without real and dire consequence. The neo-Conservative Party plan to cut the welfare bill by a reported £12 billion, whilst ‘ringfencing’ the budgets of the NHS and Foreign (bribes for arms sales) Aid. It has no need to. It uses the concept of scarcity to justify the punishment of the ‘undeserving benefit scrounger’, who must be ‘incentivised’ to push themselves up Mount Snowden in their wheelchair, or to turn off the voices in their head to listen to what the customer wants with their burger.

They must be saved from themselves, only work brings Salvation, as John Calvin used to preach; only work makes you useful to society, and not a burden to it. As Roger Malcom Mitchell summarised: ‘If you fall for it, your punishment will be of your own making, for one day, you will find yourself in the minority being demonized’.

And where can demonisation lead? The Germans began forced sterilizations in January 1934, sterilizing an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 people diagnosed with “feeblemindedness”, schizophrenia, and epilepsy. It was dressed in a coat of legality. Hundreds of Hereditary Health Courts were created, made up of two doctors and a judge. Doctors were forced to register every known case of hereditary illness. The sham of judicial process was given by the setting up of Appeals Courts, but few decisions were reversed.

Forced sterilization was the precursor of the systematic killing of the mentally ill and the disabled. In October 1939, Hitler decreed that a “mercy death” could be given to “patients considered incurable according to the best available human judgment of their state of health”. ‘Mercy death’ was a sick euphemism; a cover for the extermination of the mentally ill and disabled, thus ridding the State of persons considered a financial burden.

They were put on a bus and sent to killing places, mostly former psychiatric hospitals, to be gassed like vermin, as they stepped into showers with fake water nozzles.

This is not to suggest that the politician who talks of the mentally ill or disabled, with barely concealed flaring nostrels and dilated pupils, would support such extreme measures, for a general attitude might not succumb to an extreme conclusion, but there are more subtle forms of extermination: American neocons are discussing a plan to give those on long term social security benefits a lump sum pay off. That bribe will be yours to do with as you wish, including buying a business to support your future needs. A slow bus to a town called Oblivion. You will also be offered a lump sum to pay for A&E visits, operations, and care in old age, all dressed in the mantra of consumer choice. The same bus to the same town.

It all comes here eventually.

The British Ruling Class suckle on the corporate American teet.

You dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.

lenin nightingale 2015

About leninnightingale

A nurse who for decades challenged the nursing establishment, echoing the voices of the silent many- the downtrodden nurses, students, care assistants, patients, and relatives that the 'system' overlooks. This site will present issues that many fear to engage in, prefering to believe what they are told by the Government's 'Ministry of Truth' (i.e. 'Lies').
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25 Responses to KILLING THE WEAK

  1. Carol Dimon says:

    Fantastic links as ever Rosemary. People need to read them and add to them.

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