The Prostitute State
The summer of 2014 marked the 22nd anniversary of my becoming an active environmental campaigner, after spending time with the Yanomami people in the heart of the Amazon forest and seeing first-
Millions of people across the planet are carrying out similar actions trying to save the planet’s eco-
The 2011 Occupy Movement forced me to stop and think why. The conclusion I came to
was that we no longer live in a properly functioning democracy but rather in The
Prostitute State. From my personal experiences I developed a thesis that this state
has four pillars – a corrupted political system, a prostituted media, a hijacked
academia and a criminal tax-
Pillar 1 – Our Corrupted Democracy
As a senior Lib-
Almost every single former Labour Minister for Energy is a lucratively paid nuclear-
Our sacred halls of learning whether they be primary schools, secondary schools or university research departments are increasingly being taken over by corporate funding. Even in inner-
Pillar 3 – The Criminal Tax-
My efforts to clean-
The UK’s tax-
But it is the final pillar The Prostituted Media which ensures that all of the above corruption of democracy is carried out without fear of the population rebelling to defend our rights and interests. Five tax-
As long as Murdoch (Sun/Times), Desmond (Express), Rothermere (Mail), the Barclay
Brothers (Telegraph) or their ilk monopolise our prostituted media, we will never
create the social and environmental justice that so many of us dream and work so
Thus to summarise, if the rich elites and corporations control the production of
thought, the dissemination of thought, the implementation of thought and the funding
of thought, then we no longer live in a democracy but The Prostitute State.
So What Can Be Done?
Whilst the forces ranged against our ecosystems and social justice are immense. Societies have successfully overcome such odds before. The first and simplest thing is for each of us personally to stop feeding The Prostitute State. Stop giving it your money. Move your bank accounts, energy supply, newspaper, food buying etc away from the corporate controllers. Buy local products, install or use green energy, read The Guardian, invest ethically and eat organic food from Farmers Markets. Every penny we remove from the corporate world helps cut the funds for the lobbyists hijacking our democracy.
But whilst personal action is crucial for our own integrity – it is not enough. Community
action is also vital -
21st Century Great Reform Act
But finally and most importantly we must call on Civic Society, from the National
Trust to our Trade Unions, from our churches to our credit unions, to urgently call
for a 21st Century Great Democratic Reform Act as they did in the 19th century, when
popular pressure from the people overcame the bloated aristocracy through the Reform
Under such a 21st Century Great Democratic Reform Act politicians must be banned
from becoming lobbyists, our precious Fourth Estate cannot be for profit, academia
must be educationally free from corporations and the tax-
And when we do act, make no mistake, the Prostituted Media, the primary pillar of
Yes We Can!
Donnachadh McCarthy FRSA is a former Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats. His third book The Prostitute State was published in 2014.