It’s Not My Job To Educate You

26/05/2014

Just a short entry to say wow! What an exciting 24 hours it’s been on the old blog front! Yesterday I wrote my views on the feminist movement and the world it is creating and as a result it turns out I’m a misogynist that is hell bent on stopping equality in the world. Here’s the definition of misogyny that I took from my interactions yesterday: “I’m a woman and this man disagrees with my opinion therefore he must hate all women the world over”. In my blog post yesterday I wrote nothing that was derogatory or offensive but apparently I did try and undermine feminism by making everything about men. I received a lot of negative feedback discussing points that were all covered in my original post. It seems that because I’m a man I don’t understand the struggle for equality. On this front I asked a simple question to a few women yesterday who interacted with me, “In what ways is a woman inferior to man in 21st Century Britain?” It seems this question was a bit of a stumbling block for all the warriors out there because not one person gave me an answer. Well they did answer but it went along the lines of “it’s not my job to educate you” and “I don’t have to explain myself to a man”.

I found this equality issue to be an interesting one, I was told that I need to “stop telling women what they should and shouldn’t be and let them be.” One woman said the views I expressed were petty so I asked her why is it my views are petty whilst hers were seemingly of world importance. To this she said I needed to stop crying and whining. Then when I pointed out her logic was slightly flawed she said she wished she could count the ways she did not care. I found this contradictory thought process to be very bizarre.

I go running almost daily down a canal near my house and on the canal there are two swans with a nest. One is male and the other is female and at the moment every time I run past the female swan is in the nest watching over her eggs. Now is she a victim of repression or is she simply fulfilling her role in nature? Should she be out on the canal constantly chasing off the geese like the male to prove she is capable? Am I being sexist for asking this?

I found this article to be very insightful of the end goal of “feminism”. The breakdown of the family unit is the root cause of almost all of the Western world’s social problems. We live in a world where an incredible amount of people, male and female, live very hollow and empty lives but compensate this with materialist goods that unfortunately don’t fill the void. People can fool other people about how happy and brilliant their lives are but there is no kidding yourself when your head hits the pillow at night. I found it very sad that most women seemed to put their blinkers on as soon as they saw the word feminism and automatically went on the offensive, to most of them I wasn’t a human being expressing views, I was a man. An evil man trying to spread his evil ways on the world. All in all I think it is a very sad state of affairs.

This article is authored by Lee Cooper

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The Sadness of Feminism

25/05/2014

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For the last hour or so I’ve been reading about the horrific story of Elliot Rodger and his warped views on the world which resulted in him going on a killing spree. I was going to write about that incident today but then I got side tracked by the feminist frenzy it has caused. It appears that Elliot Rodger’s actions and the reasoning behind it has caused a reaction very much similar to when some meat is thrown into the lions. It appears that the damaged mind of one sick individual is now concrete evidence that all men across the globe are masochist’s who show nothing but misogyny towards women. I’ve been reading all the comments and been quite disturbed in some cases, it’s as if some of these women live in a world where women like Joanna Dennehy don’t exist. They seem to forget that women sometimes commit heinous crimes too.

Before we go on I will make it clear and be perfectly honest and say feminists are not my favourite type of people. I often find them to be very narrow minded and sometimes ignorant. To me they often come across as very bitter souls that seem to be very miserable and devoid of love, for what reasons I do not know. But in saying that it doesn’t mean I have a problem with a woman being a feminist. If you want to be hairy, be hairy. If you don’t want to wear a bra then don’t wear one. But don’t have a bee in your bonnet because the world doesn’t bow down to your feet because you do these things. Feminists often accuse men of hating women but it often appears that the boot is on the other foot in that it is these women who actually hate men.

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I found the “SlutWalks” of a couple of years ago to be a particularly confusing and embarrassing women protest. I fully understand the reasoning behind it, what Officer Michael Sanguinetti said was obscene. Nobody should be raped full stop, clothes should not even enter the equation. But to me these protests were self-degrading for women as they went on marches in protest of all us men who are “pigs”. For me it was just another example of the narrow-mindedness of feminists, that men just see women as sexual objects. Do we not live in a world where the standard procedure on hen night is for a stripper to visit? Do women not buy calendars of buff men with no clothes on as a bit of “eye candy”?

You see when it comes to sex and loose morals it works both ways. I could tell you a tale or two about women who are “pigs” too, like a married woman I know who had sex in the toilet of a bar with a man before going home to sleep in her maritial bed with her husband. Like the women I know who told her boyfriend she was going for a week away with her girls but went to Spain with another man. If you do a quick Google search of “Female teacher arrested” you will find that there is a small crisis within our schooling system of female teachers engaging in sexual relationships with their young students. If you read books like My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday you will find that most women are just as sexual as men.

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It all boils down to that burning question that is a favourite of feminists, are women sexualised in our society? Without a doubt the answer to this question is yes, but this sexualisation applies to men just as much as it does to women. There is a war on society being waged through our culture, our culture is being destroyed and as a result so are our morals. It is quite ironic that the last post on my blog before any of these events happened was titled Rediscovering Lost Values. It is at this point where I feel most feminists are misguided, they fail to see that culture is manipulated and as such they play a big role in a divide and conquer tactic that is detrimental to human relations. Women want equality and it was only last week I was writing about Emmeline Pankhurst. But the thing with equality is that women have it now, it is no longer the 19th century where women are voiceless in the kitchen. It appears that like some gay rights activists, some feminists are fighting a battle that has already been won. Women now have the same rights as men and are excelling in the world. Now I know what all the hardcore defenders of feminism that read this are going to come back at me with, they are going to say not all women have rights and some are still oppressed in the world. That would be true but it can’t be denied that the majority of women in the Western world are free to do as they please.

I’m not a man that hates women, I love women. Although I’ve got no kids I imagine Will Smith was right when he said that he believes a man and a woman raising a family together is the purest form of happiness we can experience. But of course the family is under attack, women no longer want to be mothers, they would much prefer to climb that career ladder only to find it doesn’t offer the fulfilment they thought it would. I am 24 years old and single and the reason for this is because it is a very difficult to be a young man at this moment in time, Chris Rock was right when he said I feel sorry for the guys that gotta pick a wife out of this bunch. Believe it or not, despite what you constantly see on TV most men don’t want sluts, men want women who are ladies. Men want a woman who is going to be strong and loyal and the problem lies in that the modern young women is not a very nice person. She is self-centred, she is shallow and she is superficial. To find a young woman who you can have an intellectual conversation with that doesn’t revolve around fake TV shows, celebrities or fashion is very hard thing to do today. This no doubt applies to most modern men too and it is this chasm between men and women that is creating people like Elliot Rodger.

Human Needs

The point of today’s post is to try and balance the books because I’ve been getting pretty sick and tired of reading toxic spiel about men being evil monsters that lack respect. Some men are monsters yes, just like some women are. But in most cases mens needs are very basic and they are just the same as a woman’s needs; love, care and attention.

But of course in the modern world these things are seen as soft and weak. Men and women move around with their guard constantly up, nobody wants to expose themselves and become emotionally attached to another person because we live in a world of increasingly loose morals in which there is a high chance that you are going to get hurt. And when a person gets hurt on a deep soul level the pain can last for a very long time, in order to avoid this pain we are often once bitten twice shy. This is why we have a nation of men and women who see each other as the enemy and denounce each other as all being the same when it comes to immoral behaviour. It is this wedge being driven between man and woman that is the source of so many of the personal problems that people face today. My own personal opinion is that women who base their outlook on how men treated women in the 19th century serve no purpose other than causing further fragmentation.

“There are no people of colour problems, no ethnic problems, no women problems, no poverty problems…there are only human problems, and these problems can be solved because these problems have to do with what everyone wants in life.” – Jacque Fresco

If you feel I’ve misunderstood what it means to be a women in the modern world then please feel free to share your thoughts.

This article is authored by Lee Cooper

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Britain’s Wealthiest Are Wealthier Than Ever Before

18/05/2014

Britain’s wealthiest are wealthier than ever before  with a combined fortune of almost £520billion according to the Sunday Times Rich list with the Hinduja brothers top of the list with a combined fortune of £11.9billion. The total wealth of the 1000 richest people in Britain jumped 15% in one year. This comes a couple of weeks after we were told that there are more billionaires living in Britain than ever before. Can you imagine how angry, how sick I felt this morning when I read this bullshit as the nation’s poorest are suffering hardships through needless austerity?Wealth expert Philip Beresford said “the richest people in Britain have had an astonishing year. While some may criticise them, many of these people are at the heart of the economy and their success brings more jobs and wealth to the country.”

It is this kind of warped thinking that fuels all our problems, without sounding like Vladmir Lenin it is the indebted workers of this country that are the heart of the economy, as they are the heart of any economy. As I have said before we live with two economies, the debt economy in which the majority of us live and then there is the stock market economy which is completely decoupled from the debt economy and has no bearing on reality whatsoever. Record level debts? Stocks rise. Thousands laid off due to lack of industry demand? Stocks rise. For the people in the stock market economy the possibilities are endless because they have the God of the new world on their side, they have access to CAPITAL! For the rest of us left languishing in the debt economy there has been no economic recovery and it seems the bad times are here to stay, as it is purposely designed to be.

Inequality

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The wealth of Britain’s wealthiest has jumped 15% in one year, how can that be? Well it is because they aren’t on zero hour minimum wage contracts. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed 2013 with RECORD closing highs. It was the best year for the Dow since 1995 as it rose 26.5%. The S&P 500 closed the year up 29.6%, its best yearly closeout since 1997. The Dow closed at RECORD HIGHS 52 TIMES in 2013. The FTSE 100 closed the year up 14.5% and the FTSE 250 has finished up 29%. In January I wrote this, turns out I was right:

“What this means is that for some 2013 has been one hell of a year, an absolutely blinding year on the old financial front. If you’ve got a friend who’s got a friend, who is preferably a member of government or in public office then you are going to get spoon fed money in the form of great deals like the privatization of the Royal Mail which was sold greatly and suspiciously under value.”

Now I am in no way against wealth, I wish everybody was wealthy. I’m in no way against entrepreneurship, if you are a bright person with a great idea then you should be allowed to develop it and reap the rewards. That is why I respect men like James Dyson, a wealthy man who is living a great life on the fruits of his work. But what I am dead against is class warfare and fraud. We are living in times where a two tier society is being created, if it hasn’t already been created. When the majority of the world’s population is drowing in debt to crooked banks and the world’s 85 richest people have more wealth than the poorest 3.5 billion people combined there is something drastically wrong. We live in a world where 85 people have a combined worth of $1 TRILLION whilst thousands of people die each day because they have no food and water.

The world is operated under a fraudulent and corrupt finance system, the men and women who crashed the world’s economy are living better than ever before. They have not gone to jail for their crimes.  We have the mega wealthy who oversee an army of wage slaves. But the wage slaves are happy because they have bread and circuses, Nando’s and X-Factor. A very telling sign of the times for me was the fact that four new entries in the rich list were the people behind Candy Crush Saga with fortunes of hundreds of millions of pounds. Whilst the world’s wealth is sucked into the pockets of a small minority the wage slaves are happy wasting their time in unproductive ways playing addictive yet ultimately pointless games. We argue over which sham government we want next to sell public assets to private companies and then we go and watch football.

Rat Race

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Education is key to get ourselves out of the rat race, we need to learn to play the game:

“If you look at the life of the average-educated, hard working person, there is a similar path. The child is born and goes to school. The proud parents are excited because the child excels, gets fair to good grades and is accepted into college. The child graduates, maybe goes to graduate school and then does exactly as programmed: looks for a safe, secure job or career. The child finds the job, maybe as a doctor or a lawyer, or joins the army or works for the government. Generally the child begins to make money, credit cards start to arrive in mass, and the shopping begins, if it hasn’t already. Having money to burn the child goes to places where other young people just like them hang out and they meet people, they date and sometimes they get married. Life is wonderful now because both men and women work. Two incomes are bliss. They feel successful, their future is bright and they decide to buy a house, a car, a television, take vacations and have children. The happy bundle arrives. The demand for cash is enormous. The happy couple decides that their careers are vitally important and begin to work harder seeking promotions and raises. They work harder; become better employees, even more dedicated. They go back to school to get more specialised skills so they can earn more money. Their incomes go up but so does their tax bracket they’re in and the real estate taxes on their new large home, and all the other taxes. They get their large pay check and wonder where all the money went; they buy their shopping on credit cards. The children reach 5 or 6 years old and the need to save for college increases as well as the need to save for their retirement.  That happy couple born 35 years ago is now trapped in the rat race for the rest of their working days. They work for the owners of their company, for the government paying taxes and for the bank paying off a mortgage and credit cards. Then they advise their own children to study hard, get good grades, and find a safe job or career. They learn nothing about money, except from those who profit from their naiveté, and work hard all their lives”-Robert Kiyosaki

The whole world is on the path to oblivion in the name of greed, the future is looking dreary for many because a select few want all the sunshine for themselves. We are on a road that is unsustainable and unless we want to experience the chaos that has befallen Ukraine we need to change our course. I once saw a meme that said “The rich of the world check your Rolex’s, the time of revolution is upon us”. It may have been correct.

This article is authored by Lee Cooper

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You Create Your Own Luck

11/05/2014

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”- Thomas Jefferson

The above words are so, so true and if only people realised. There is an old saying that if your mind can conceive something and your heart believes it then you can achieve whatever you want in life. This is true too, as long as you are willing to roll with the punches and grind it out when things get hard there is nothing you can’t do in life. The problems most people face stem from their basic attitude and outlook on life, last week I wrote an entry where I expressed my views on this matter:

“Everybody has the opportunity to make the right choice, whether they do or don’t is up to that person. Granted it is harder for some but it is never impossible. If I have over simplified the issue then in my eyes that is a good thing because when you break life down to its core elements it is actually very simple, it us ourselves that make life complicated. It is just as easy for somebody to get themselves to the library and better themselves than it is for them to shoot up and go down the path of oblivion. It is down to each individual to be a product of their environment or be all they can be, it is very rare that a person comes from complete destitution and a place of absolutely no hope, people always have options regardless of circumstances. If there is one thing the people of this country are addicted to then it is the victim mentality and the people who don’t like hearing this the most are the people who like to portray themselves as victims. If people want to argue against people being responsible for their actions then who do we blame? God? The Government? The weather? The alignment of the planets? Sure the Government creates social conditions that can be very hard to overcome, especially if you are born at the bottom of the pile like I was. But you don’t sit back and wallow in your misery or self destruct at the first available opportunity, you fight twice as hard as everybody else to get to where you want to be in life.”

I got so many people coming back at me with such negative comments over that article, they wanted to blame everything on circumstances or other people. It saddens me when I think of how many people have the wrong attitude on life and create their own obstacles and problems. I have experienced many instances in life where I have created my own luck, the latest one being this week when I got myself a job. Before I explain what happened though I want to share another quote:

“If we pay attention, we can find a greater life, no matter where we are, no matter who we are, no matter what our circumstances are. If you tune into the mysterious coincidences in your life, if you discover and then follow your intuitions, you will find that there’s a door of opportunity for a greater life for you. You can’t be a victim and do it, but if you go beyond that, if you find a way out of whatever circumstance you’re in, whatever block you think you might face, what happens is that it works. It always works. The only thing that holds any of us back is not believing that it works.” -James Redfield

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Around three weeks ago I made a conscious decision to have a change of direction in life and find myself a full time writing job. This decision triggered a chain of events that have led to me getting what I wanted. Three weeks ago I wrote an article about Manchester on a Saturday. The next day, Sunday, I was in the pub watching football and I saw an old friend there. That evening she read my Manchester article and sent me a message to say she enjoyed reading it. I messaged back saying thank you and we exchanged messages until she asked what I was doing with my life.

I explained that I was looking for a writing job and she said that the place she works is always looking for new writers and that she would check if anything was available for me. The next day she messaged me saying that I could go in for a week’s experience if I wanted to. So last Tuesday I went to the office in Manchester and when I got there I was told I could have a weeks work experience at the company but there wasn’t any job positions going. They said if I proved myself to be a good writer and they felt like it would be a shame to let me go then they would see what they could do, they wanted me to put them in a position where they couldn’t just let me leave. So I did just that and on Friday I was offered a newly created job role of being the editor of a website called www.huddled.co.uk which I gladly accepted.

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Now I don’t write this in a self indulgent way (okay maybe a little, it’s been a tough two years and feels great to have a job again!) I write this because it shows that with the right aims and the right mental attitude there is nothing you can’t do, you never know what helping hand life will throw your way. As the above picture shows it is all about helping yourself before you expect others to help you. I started this blog purely to write down my own thoughts and share them but it turns out I’m a better writer than I thought I was and people like to read my words and off the back of that my life has changed direction.

I will now be writing for two websites, I will find the time to write down my personal thoughts on the political/social/economic spectrum on this blog and the other website will be, dare I say it now I’m a paid writer, professional views. I’ve been very fortunate to land such a good job because the website I will be editing is for business professionals in Manchester and I’ve been given pretty much a free reign in what direction the website can go as long as it’s not offensive. It is a good opportunity to make the business men of Manchester see that they have a responsibility and duty to the city and the people who survive through employment. I will be in no way biting my tongue, there is huge inequality out there which must be addressed and if there is anyone who can solve these problems it is the men and woman who operate businesses. All in all it is a positive development and I am happier than I have been in quite a long time. Keep your eyes peeled for quality content coming out of www.huddled.co.uk

This article is authored by Lee Cooper

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The Difference Between Sympathy and Facts

02/05/2014

Yesterday I wrote down my views on drugs and addiction to which I have received mixed feedback, some people agree with my views whilst some misunderstood them. I don’t have to defend what I say to anybody but today I will explain the reasoning behind my views. Firstly I will reiterate something I have said in the past, the overall aim of this blog is to share my thought provoking opinions in order to raise awareness towards the things happening in the world that receive very little attention. Will my thoughts please everyone? No. Do I claim that my thoughts and opinions are always right? No. And without sounding like an arrogant dick I don’t write for popularity and I don’t write to please anybody. I write about whatever I feel is an important issue at that particular moment in time and I write whatever comes to my head because this is my platform to share MY thoughts. I am just a man sharing his thoughts and I don’t pretend to be anything other than that.

The case of Peaches Geldof took a turn for me yesterday from the obsession of celebrities to the problem of drugs and addiction. I said how the whole incident has brought to the surface a pet hate of mine, that Peaches was a victim of the disease of addiction. I said  I saw one tweet that said addiction is not a lifestyle choice but a cruel disease. Then I said in my eyes this is completely incorrect, substance addiction comes as a result of your lifestyle CHOICES. I said I understand that addiction is a huge problem but like I saw somebody else say, you don’t get addicted to heroin out of the blue. Then I shared this passage from a previous post of mine:

“In recent weeks I have written about accountability with the focus being directed mainly at the police and other government institutions. Today I’m going to be shining the light on us and how in our cynical society it is becoming all too easy to just blame other people for things which we should be taking some personal responsibility for. This line of thought started for me this week when I read an article in The Guardian by Russell Brand which says Phillip Seymour Hoffman is another victim of extremely stupid drug laws. Wrong. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was the victim of his own choices and actions.

It doesn’t matter what laws are in force regarding any aspect of life the final consequence is always going to be as a result of the choices you make and the action you take. In the case of Mr Hoffman if you choose to be a drug user then prepare for the possibility you will self destruct. Russell’s argument in this case is that we don’t treat drug users correctly. I’m sure if Mr Hoffman wanted it all the help in the world would have been available to him. But we are going off topic, I’m not going to enter that debate of how to treat drug addicts today because it’s a whole different can of worms which I’m not really qualified to comment on. If you have read any of my previous articles or listened to any of my radio shows you will know I am as informed as anyone on the whole “War on Drugs” and the prison for profit business. I know people who have died from drug abuse, I’ve witnessed drug abuse with my own eyes but what I’m talking about today is personal responsibility.

I have very little sympathy for Phillip Seymour Hoffman, if it wasn’t for the fact he has left behind fatherless children I would have none at all. This may sound a little harsh but Mr Hoffman was successful at what he did, he had the world in the palm of his hand to do anything he wanted and he CHOSE heroin which he would have known leads to addiction. It was this choice that has led to his early demise and in the wise words from the film A Bronx Tale there is nothing more tragic in life than wasted talent.

There is a huge drug problem in this country and across the world, extending beyond illegal drugs to include prescription drugs. But with drugs it is all about personal choice, you would have to grow up under a rock to not know what lies at the end of the substance abuse road. Most people take drugs as a release, some people take them to purposely self destruct because their lives have just become so unbearable due to one personal tragedy to the next. But the bottom line always remains the same, people become addicted to drugs because they choose to take them. When I want release I will read a good book because I know the outcome of this activity will be constructive and not destructive. You don’t need laws to deal with book addictions do you, who was the last person to die because of stupid anti-book laws?”

A few people say these views are insensitive, they are not insensitive they are the truth. My views stem from a universal outlook and not the lower level of social groupthink. It is a FACT that people are responsible for their actions, therefore if they take substances that is known to destroy lives then they have brought upon themselves everything that comes their way. But before we continue let’s clear one thing up, I never commented on addiction itself because I am not qualified to do so. I talked about the choices and decisions that come before addiction. The choices are very simple with drugs, do them or don’t do them, say yes or say no. Yesterday I quoted Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five and today I am going to do it again:

“A million magic crystals, painted pure and white, a multi-million dollars almost overnight. Twice as sweet as sugar, twice as bitter as salt and if you get hooked baby it’s nobody else’s fault, so don’t do it!”

Yesterday I had quite a lengthy debate with a person who questioned my stance on this topic because it wasn’t sympathetic enough, that I over simplified the issue of choices. They countered that some people aren’t always able to make the “right” choices due to mental health issues, trauma, poverty, culture and lack of opportunities. They seemed to think that I don’t understand how circumstances dictate what choices people have, I understand that just as good as anybody else. I’m fully aware that bad environments often result in bad choices. But when somebody is offered a pill, a spliff, a line or a needle it is still down to that person to say yes or no, unless somebody has a gun to their head and is forcing them to take it.

Everybody has the opportunity to make the right choice, whether they do or don’t is up to that person.  Granted it is harder for some but it is never impossible. If I have over simplified the issue then in my eyes that is a good thing because when you break life down to its core elements it is actually very simple, it is ourselves that make life complicated. It is just as easy for somebody to get themselves to the library and better themselves than it is for them to shoot up and go down the path of oblivion. It is down to each individual to be a product of their environment or to be all they can be, it is very rare that a person comes from complete destitution and a place of absolutely no hope, people always have options regardless of circumstances.

In a futile attempt to try and belittle my side of the argument the person I was debating with said “It’s not that easy. It might be for you, but just because it was to you doesn’t mean it is the same for everyone.” This only validates my point that some laws are universal, people’s emotions or state of mind do not affect how they work. If you throw something up in the air, it is going to come back down because of the law of gravity. If you touch a fire you will get burnt because of the law of heat. It has been that easy for me to stay clear of drugs because I obey the universal law of cause and effect. If you read books you will become smart, if you take heroin you will become a junkie. I chose the path I took in life and, other than alcohol at the weekend, I have avoided drugs at all costs. Whilst I was out with my friends on the weekends they were spending their money on cocaine and my money was being saved for a trip around Europe that saw me visit Barcelona, Ibiza, Madrid, Bilbao, Lyon, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Milan, Verona, Venice, Naples, Cassino, Rome, Genoa and Turin as well as countless other towns and villages.

The argument of circumstances doesn’t work with me because I am no fortunate son born into privilege, I am from a council estate raised by a single mother. The place I am from is surrounded by drugs and the opportunities are none. Here is a headline from an incident that happened in a house on the street next to mine around ten years ago, this is the environment my views on life were formed: “Pair deny killing man found cut up” (http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/pair-deny-killing-man-found-1194209).

We all make mistakes, growing up I was a bit of a nuisance myself at times.  When I was 16 and still at school I was arrested for being drunk and disorderly after a Friday night of drinking on the streets with my friends. The mistake was made but I didn’t think I am going to become a helpless alcoholic who is always in trouble with the police, I thought last night I made a huge mistake and fucked up big time. My aim was to use my mistake as a lesson to learn from and to make sure it never happened again, which it didn’t.

If there is one thing the people of this country are addicted to then it is the victim mentality and the people who don’t like hearing this the most are the people who like to portray themselves as victims. If people want to argue against people being responsible for their actions then who do we blame? God? The Government? The weather? The alignment of the planets?

Sure the Government creates social conditions that can be very hard to overcome, especially if you are born at the bottom of the pile like I was. But you don’t sit back and wallow in your misery or self destruct at the first available opportunity, you fight twice as hard as everybody else to get to where you want to be in life. There is a distinct lack of personal responsibility in this country and when people aren’t responsible for their actions then chaos ensues. People know drugs destroy lives, we are taught about drugs at school, we see how drugs are portrayed on TV, in the centre of our cities we walk past homeless people with limbs missing from drug abuse, the damage that drugs do is everywhere to see and the simple fact of the matter is that people do them anyway. People don’t like me saying these things because it is a sign of strength which is the complete opposite of the weak victim mentality.

That is not to say I don’t think people who have made mistakes and are suffering from drug dependency should be castrated for their mistakes and be hung out to dry. Like I have admitted the treatment of drug addicts is something beyond my knowledge. If people are struggling and their life is blighted by addiction they should get all the help they can to become healthy again. The funny thing about the people who have disagreed with my outlook on drug abuse and say I am wrong is that they seem to fail to recognise the fact that I am a healthy and fully functioning productive member of society who is not dependent on any substances and takes zero medication. An old saying of the proof is in the pudding comes to mind.

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Peaches Geldof and The Disappearance of Faux Grief

01/05/2014

Well, well, well what a difference an inquest and the word Heroin makes. The legion of broken hearted “fans” have soon changed their tune from just a few weeks ago when Peaches sadly passed away. The bleeding hearts have suddenly dried up and “Peaches gets no sympathy from me” is now the sentiment of the moment. She has gone from “best mother in the world” to a junkie who got high whilst being solely in charge of her two young children. So I was right in saying the grief the nation showed was faux, I was right because true grief comes from love and the loss of that love when someone you care for deeply leaves you. And the magic about love is that if you truly love someone then you do so no matter what mistakes they make.

The fact that Peaches died of a heroin overdose will have no impact on those truly grieving her loss. I noticed there was no national outpouring of grief for the teacher, wife and mother who was murdered in her classroom this week, a woman who clearly cherished life and spent 40 years teaching others. But of course her mother didn’t die of an overdose and we didn’t “know” her so it was only natural we did not mourn her like we do with “celebrities”.

Of course the media are loving it, they can continue the circus with the added bonus of “she died like her mum”. This whole incident has brought to the surface a little pet hate of mine, the idea that Peaches was a victim of the disease of addiction. I saw one tweet that said Addiction is not a lifestyle choice but a cruel disease. In my eyes this is completely incorrect, substance addiction comes as a result of your lifestyle CHOICE. Now don’t get me wrong here I understand that addiction is a huge problem but like I saw somebody say today, you don’t get addicted to heroin out of the blue. Earlier in the year I wrote this regarding my views on addiction:

“In recent weeks I have written about accountability with the focus being directed mainly at the police and other government institutions. Today I’m going to be shining the light on us and how in our cynical society it is becoming all too easy to just blame other people for things which we should be taking some personal responsibility for. This line of thought started for me this week when I read an article in The Guardian by Russell Brand which says Phillip Seymour Hoffman is another victim of extremely stupid drug laws. Wrong. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was the victim of his own choices and actions.

It doesn’t matter what laws are in force regarding any aspect of life the final consequence is always going to be as a result of the choices you make and the action you take. In the case of Mr Hoffman if you choose to be a drug user then prepare for the possibility you will self destruct. Russell’s argument in this case is that we don’t treat drug users correctly. I’m sure if Mr Hoffman wanted it all the help in the world would have been available to him. But we are going off topic, I’m not going to enter that debate of how to treat drug addicts today because it’s a whole different can of worms which I’m not really qualified to comment on. If you have read any of my previous articles or listened to any of my radio shows you will know I am as informed as anyone on the whole “War on Drugs” and the prison for profit business. I know people who have died from drug abuse, I’ve witnessed drug abuse with my own eyes but what I’m talking about today is personal responsibility.

I have very little sympathy for Phillip Seymour Hoffman, if it wasn’t for the fact he has left behind fatherless children I would have none at all. This may sound a little harsh but Mr Hoffman was successful at what he did, he had the world in the palm of his hand to do anything he wanted and he CHOSE heroin which he would have known leads to addiction. It was this choice that has led to his early demise and in the wise words from the film A Bronx Tale there is nothing more tragic in life than wasted talent.

There is a huge drug problem in this country and across the world, extending beyond illegal drugs to include prescription drugs. But with drugs it is all about personal choice, you would have to grow up under a rock to not know what lies at the end of the substance abuse road. Most people take drugs as a release, some people take them to purposely self destruct because their lives have just become so unbearable due to one personal tragedy to the next. But the bottom line always remains the same, people become addicted to drugs because they choose to take them. When I want release I will read a good book because I know the outcome of this activity will be constructive and not destructive. You don’t need laws to deal with book addictions do you, who was the last person to die because of stupid anti-book laws?”

Drugs are indeed a huge problem throughout the world, is was reported today on RT that Heroin production has hit record levels in Afghanistan. There is also a huge difference in how we treat drugs depending on social status, if Peaches Geldof was poor and uneducated then the calls of her being a “smack head” would be endless. Could you imagine if a Jeremy Kyle guest overdosed on Heroin whilst looking after her kids, the nation would be outraged. It was also announced today that Toronto Mayor has admitted he has a drug problem and will step down from his role as Mayor to seek help. If he was a poor person with no connections he would be sent to jail, it reminded me of the lyrics to the song Whitelines by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five:

“A street kid gets arrested, gonna do some time, he got out three years from now just to commit more crime. A businessman is caught with 24 kilos, he’s out on bail and out of jail and that’s the way it goes.”

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 I guess the message of today’s blog is we need to stop being fickle and tackle these problems head on until they are problems no more. Just remember that everything in this world is all about money. Wars, Drugs, Prisoners, Newspapers that need a story to sell copies, these are all things with vested interests in the misery that is so predominant throughout our world. Instead of lapping up the constant bad news have a think about what you can do to help make a change for the better.

This article is authored by Lee Cooper

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The Mis-Education of An Entire Nation

28/04/2014

These days I find that not many things shock me, but today was one of the days when a story breaks through the barriers and touches my emotions. It was the story that 61 year old Anne Maguire, a teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds was stabbed to death by a 15 year old male pupil. It’s a truly shocking and tragic story on so many levels. From the human level it is tragic that this woman who will no doubt have children and grandchildren set off to work this morning with the usual Monday blues oblivious that she would be murdered by one of her pupils. She would never make it home or see her family ever again, heart-breaking.

It is tragic that this event even happened, it should be a wakeup call to the profoundly sick society we live in, it highlights the problems of a country that is on a rapid descent to the bottom. It is tragic that this story will produce five minutes of outrage before the media sweeps it under the carpet for it to be forgotten about. As it stands the story hasn’t had much impact on twitter, it hasn’t trended yet but the stories of Max Clifford, Kevin Phillip’s retiring, Chelsea and Liverpool and Dani Alves eating a banana are hot topics. There is no instant outpouring of grief like there was a few weeks ago when the world learnt that Peaches Geldof had passed away, it seems people need to be famous for death to be heart wrenching.

From what I’ve read online so far the media is also trying to downplay the incident, Det. Supt Simon Beldon, of West Yorkshire Police has described the stabbing as an “isolated incident” and said there was “no on-going risk to pupils or staff…the situation is under control and officers, including safer schools officers and members of the local neighbourhood policing team, are currently at the school and are liaising closely with staff.” He also said “parents of pupils at the school should not attend the site unless directly requested to do so by the school and the rest of the school in continuing to operate as normal.” How on earth can a school continue to operate as normal when a member of its staff has been stabbed to death by a pupil? The media is reporting on this incident with no human emotions, just generic terms used when reporting increasingly common tragedies like this one

This incident highlights something we all seemingly want to ignore as we live our celebrity and consumer filled lives, it highlights that there is something fundamentally wrong with this country. On Twitter I’ve already seen some people asking for Metal Detectors to be set up at schools as a result of today’s event, this is the complete wrong way to deal with this. That is treating a symptom and not the cause, that is adapting yourself to the problems instead of eradicating them.

There shouldn’t be metal detectors at schools because in a world that is sane there should be absolutely zero chance of a teacher, or pupil, being stabbed to death. It is the conditions that produce people capable of these barbaric acts that need to be addressed. For me it is very concerning that so many people are all too willing to just view these type of incidents as the new normal and they are to just be expected. This is just another incident to add to the long list of issues that our current government fails to address. This morning, before this tragic incident happened, I posted on Twitter the picture below with this caption ‘Something to bear in mind as our managers aka politicians try to refinance the country through needless austerity’:

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Every aspect of public life in this country is a shambles; our “democratic” representative system, our education system, our transport system, our tax system, the list is endless. What we have been seeing in the past few years is the results of 30 years of bad management and bad policies. These bad decisions have real life consequences but in the two tier society being created the consequences are spilt, the consequences of mortgage fraud by banks are good for the bankers and everybody on board the gravy train but bad for everybody else. Extortionate prices for everything you buy are good for the “Capitalists” that own everything but bad for everybody else. You can think of hundreds of examples of these types of injustices.

Politicians, especially the bunch of silver spoons in power, are so far out of touch with reality it is unreal. A small but very powerful example would be that In 2008 David Cameron said Eton Rifles by The Jam was one of his favourite songs and that he and his cadet buddies thought it was a good drinking song, I don’t think he could miss the message any more if he tried.

It may seem to be all too easy to point the finger of blame at Government but in a world of centralised power the Government and it’s minsters are exactly where responsibility lies. We are currently living through a class war in which not many people seem to be all that interested, especially the people who are on the side that is getting pummelled. The following text is from a radio show I did on 22/12/2013:

“I was going to have a review of the year tonight but I’m going to do that next week. On Wednesday a friend of mine lost sadly lost his brother to a drug overdose, aged 26 years old. It was a shock to everyone and terrible news. And this happened the same week in which Peter Hitchin’s arrogantly and ignorantly claimed that addiction is fantasy on national TV. And just why do comments like this rile me? Because like on so many issues these middle and upper class “intellects” deal only in theory, they go to university and they study economic theory or political theory, they theorise on things they have never experienced first-hand and have no idea what it is like to live that way.

The street I grew up on is on a council estate and what I want to examine tonight is the difference between two people who grew up on the same street. One is now dead, aged 26 years old, his life now over, wasted with no chance to rectify his mistakes. The other is on the radio talking about politics, economics and trying to help bring change to the world. Now I’m in no way comparing myself in an egotistical way but it’s as big a contrast as you can get really and I can tell you exactly what made all the difference in our paths and our choices. The difference is education and guidance.  You see my friend and his brothers up until their teens were brought up in care and come from an unstable home and thus lacked guidance. They did not take school seriously, mainly because they saw the education system failed them. I went to a school called South Chadderton and if you go on Google and type in classroom from hell South Chadderton you will see an article from the Daily Mirror in 2007 which describes pretty much the typical classroom in a state school, and I imagine its only got worse since then. I learnt very little in school and I myself didn’t take it seriously.(http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/inside-hells-classroom-1641380)

But how do our rulers and the upper class get educated? Well they go to the finest schools money can buy and they have mentors, a key word there, mentors. People of experience who guide them and train them on the ways of the world. All this takes place whilst the masses are receiving just enough education to perform. The rulers are taught how to rule and the masses are taught how to sit down and shut up, they are indoctrinated on how to serve. I’m not supposed to talk about the things I talk about on this show, I’m not supposed to know about them! Coming from a council estate I’m supposed to get trapped in the pitfalls of drinks and drugs that surround the place, I’m supposed to be mind fucked by celebrities and football. I’m not supposed to care about social injustice or systematic corruption, I’m not supposed to question the validity of our whole economic model. What we have is a system of oppression that we will explore as the show continues tonight.

My friends brother was a bit of a rogue, he was often in trouble with the police for petty things mainly fuelled by drink, he was a chav as people love to label poor people nowadays. But he was not a bad person, he made mistakes and at the end of the day he was a victim of his environment. The people of this nation are desensitised about the plight of these poor people because of hideous shows like Jeremy Kyle which parade and mock these people, they exploit their low education and make a spectacle out of them. We hate the poor and admire the greed of the wealthy. My friend has lost his brother and his mum has lost a son, they are going through heartbreak and they have lost someone they will never be able to replace. Real human emotions that we all have regardless of our social standing. Here’s a quote from Joe Rogan:

“It’s real simple, if you get an unlucky roll of the dice and are born into a poor family in a poor area then guess what, you’re fucked. You’ve got to figure a way out of that some way or another but the odds are long against you. And this is a real travesty”

How true that is, this is a vicious cycle that is only getting worse,  it’s time to start caring before we regress to a point of no return.”

As today’s events show I was right when I said I assume things have only gotten worse since my time in the education system. Teaching is a noble profession, I admire people who want to dedicate their lives to the service of educating future generations but at the same time why anyone would want to become a teacher today is beyond me. Until we change things there are only going to be more incidents like the tragedy today. My heart goes out to the family of Anne Maguire who should never have lost her life today, I just hope we can change our ways and address our problems before more innocent lives are lost.

This article is authored by Lee Cooper

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