Fifty eight years ago, precisely on the 1st of December 1955, on a bus in the town of Montgomery (Alabama); Rosa PARKS refused to leave her seat to a white man and stood firm in dignity against social injustice, fought her battle facing head high all kinds of threats, and came out gloriously chin up.
What truly hit me about Ms. PARKS’s stand were the words she delivered to the law enforcement officers while arresting and hand-cuffing her, she simply said: “I’m sorry but I’m so tired.. Not of work but of all this”. Few words coming out straight from her heart to trigger a nation-wide mobilisation helmed by Martin Luther King’s historical “I Have A Dream”.
Her story isn’t my quest, you can easily discover every detail of it consulting any of the several thousand web sites dedicated to her by just digitising her name; my concern here is the outcome and the sense of her struggle. It’s not only about a simple citizen disputing in court and winning a case against the state.. It is about a system that functions.. About a sovereign ‘Legal Order’ operating under an autonomous ‘Juridical Authority’ pursuing ‘The’ justice not only ‘A’ justice, whereas “All are Equal and subordinate to the Law” is not just a slogan posted behind the Bench in the courts of law, but a dearly treasured principal protected by a sound Constitution, and respected by ALL components of the society.
Legality is the corner stone to which the foundations of a Free Democracy could be anchored.. Nothing else.
Now just because we allowed whomever to delude us into a multitude of complex ideological mazes, we missed one chance after the other to distinguish the one real solution of ALL our grievances, and do whatever could be necessary to uphold it. The solution is not religious, ideological, ethnic, cultural, sectarian, or even racist; the solution simply is “Legality”!
If we can achieve it and establish that sovereign ‘Legal Order’ operating under an autonomous ‘Juridical Authority’ to impose ‘The’ justice that is protected by a sound Constitution, and respected by ALL components of the society; then we shall have a better ‘State’ delivering better ‘Public Services’.. A better public education system practiced in better public schools.. A better public health care system practiced by better medical experts and provided inside better equipped and managed public hospitals.. A better Parliament.. A better public water supply.. A better public energy supply.. A better public infra-structure maintenance.
Only if we defeat corruption and honour legality, we will not anymore allow the blood-sucking International Financial and Credit Institutions to further condition our way of life by their “Structural Adjustments Programmes*” designed only to drive us closely towards dependence and farther away from independence.
Pass On The Word.
Some of the “Standard” pre-conditions imposed by any Structural Adjustments Program can include:
Ø Cutting expenditures, also known as Austerity. And that is mainly in the areas of education, health, agriculture, defense, scientific research;
Ø Focusing economic output on direct export and resource extraction,
Ø Devaluation of currencies,
Ø Trade liberalization, or lifting import and export restrictions,
Ø Increasing the stability of investment (by supplementing foreign direct investment with the opening of domestic stock markets),
Ø Balancing budgets and not overspending,
Ø Removing price controls and state subsidies,
Ø Privatization or divestiture of all or part of state-owned enterprises,
Ø Enhancing the rights of foreign investors vis-a-vis national laws,
Ø Improving governance and fighting corruption.
In practice these terms/conditions are the secret arm by which the unscrupulous major international financial institutions are handling our destinies.