DB’s post made me choke with laughter :D
As for the situation - there are two main approaches towards legislation. One, the dying, conservative one, is about promoting values, morals, forming the citizens into good, lawful beings. The other assumes that, in short, all the citizens are egoistic cunts and the legal system must prevent that egoism from doing damage and sometimes using that egoism for the general wellbeing (free market, for example).
The complete resignation from the first approach, not that it works well, results in corruption and greed. The second approach doesn’t work as well as it’s supposed to, though the European Union is doing a good job here - with the consumer laws, for example. But that’s not the level we’re talking about, are we?
The protesters seem to have 2 problems. One - evil companies. Two - I want more money.
One. The banks, drug makers, oil companies and other greedy motherfucking huge businesses live off corruption. The average country administration stands no chance. They tempt too much. They feel no danger. The responsibility dissolves, normal ways of ‘justice’ don’t work against them.
I see one option for that, but nobody will do it. Collective responsibility, just like the good ol’ Stalin times. Or not really. If a bank/whatever commits a serious economic crime defined by law, whole it’s fucking board loses their jobs and gets a ban for working in the business for the following couple o years. That’s something they would fear.
Other measures? I don’t know, but if someone will do that, it shall be the European Union. I don’t want you to think that I’m some EU lover, but that’s where EU excels. It’s huge. The commissioners earn ridiculous amounts of money. They don’t need the bribes, as they already live on the highest possible level. EU is much more resistant to corruption.
Two. As for UK - get more tax from BP. I’m all for brutal taxing of resource companies. It’s not those fucking collars’ achievement that the oil or gas is where it is. These are natural treasures and they should profit the nation as a whole. And the companies would still make profit, no matter what. Look at Norway - that’s how they roll and they made themselves a paradise of a country, partly on oil.
That won’t suffice though…
But I don’t think you can blame those protesters entirely. I can tell you a bit about my country. There are lots of unemployed young people here. People with higher education. If they do have a job, it’s some miserable office, corporate work. It is not entirely their fault that they were unsuitably directed. We have way too many students in my country, it shouldn’t be possible. But that’s not the students’ fault, that’s the system not working. But after the harm is done, and people were educated for jobs they won’t get, what are we supposed to do? Tell them to kill themselves?
I can’t see things improving anytime soon.
As for jobs, this one’s interesting: