There is something fascinating about the numerous videos of the Sri Lankan riots, but until this morning I couldn’t figure out what it was.
Yes, it’s heartening to see politicians fleeing the country because of the anger at their decades of stupidity and corruption. But that is just schadenfreude; a somewhat ignoble reaction. It’s more than that. I kept looking at the videos. I just ‘got it’.
The Sri Lankan people are united in anger at their overnight impoverishment. They have no fuel for their vehicles, not even enough food to eat. The result is that the politicians are on the run and the military can be seen to be doing very little to contain the situation. The mob is simply too large.
What I finally ‘got’ is the significance of the people being united. In the West, people have been deliberately and successfully divided – by race, religion, culture, topical issues which change the moment they run out of steam, and even gender. Those who have done, and continue to do, the dividing will succeed only until people are hungry. At that exact point, the people will abandon their manufactured differences and set their eyes on the real enemy – the supercilious politicians and their sponsors who have, with their lust for control over the lives of others and their personal greed, destroyed the economy. The economy is the foundation of society. Both thrive, or both fail, in lockstep.
They have killed the goose that laid the golden eggs.
The delusion that governments are the centre of societies can last only so long as the economy is prospering. When an economy collapses, then these blackguards can be seen in their true light.
Like cockroaches, that light will see them scurrying for cover.
Sri Lanka is not an outlier; it is a vivid example of what is coming, deservedly, to politicians throughout the West.
Vale Golden Goose.