Humanity reduced to a bottom line.
Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead, they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution.
Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark on a journey against the forces arraigned against them, forces of state and self-doubt.
Ultimately their paths converge on a dangerous road and the discovery of an ancient secret.
One one level this is a story about how different people react the ever growing and relentless pressure of everyday oppression. It explores their journeys as they are broken and rebuilt and investigates their modes and motivations for rebelling.
At another level it is a critique on the darker side of capitalism and free markets and how that has driven us further and further away from the evolutionary advantage that gave us supremacy in the first place. It questions whether the human race has doomed itself or whether we still have the capacity to wrench ourselves from the track we have so tightly committed our society upon.
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So this is how I see things unfolding now.
We need to extricate ourselves from the EU. That means negotiating trade deals, making new laws – you know the ones to replace the draconian laws that the EU apparently imposed on us, working out border controls etc. etc.
Who is going to pay for that? The government – out of the goodness of their hearts? A levy on big business?
Or you and me?
The latter of course – the poor and those who can afford at least. It will trigger more cuts to budgets – more benefits cuts, more council cuts, higher taxes. In other words more austerity.
So who is going to work all the new rules and laws and controls?
Queue lots of companies that will be hired to do it on behalf of the government. Companies who are headed by the friends of Farage and Gove and even Cameron. (He might be vilified by us but he will be a hero of the establishment who has just taken one for the team.)
So we will pay and pay and struggle and while the minority will pocket all the cash.
Of course, the media will be all over that. The papers will be filled with all scandal of the rich who are benefiting from the corruption. We will be fuelled to outrage – we will wag our fingers, write letters of protest (or blog posts) and clench our fists.
Meanwhile – as we are diverted – the NHS will be quietly privatised and the TTIP signed.
The entire episode reeks of manipulating the masses for personal wealth with no regard to the general public.