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27 November, 2016

Critical Thought in action No.1

A recent UK news article stated the UK government was going to crack down on fraudulent whiplash injury claims.

I am currently on my second whiplash injury. The first left me in pain for a year. I also had a form of PSTD, according to the court physician. This time, the whiplash is only expected to last 4.5 months, again according to the courts physician. Unfortunately, I now also have travel stress anxiety, expected to last 7.5 months.

There is one fact I wish to convey. Currently, whiplash claims pay out one to five thousand pounds. However, the costs of administering this pay out are five to twenty five thousand pounds.

Just grasp that little fact for a moment. Should I get 2,500 pounds. The final bill for the incident will be 15,000 pounds.

The government's solution is to increase the costs to ensure that fewer fraudulent claims get paid out. Notice that they are not trying to reduce the costs.

I am not sure what value is placed on my pain but the solicitors company is charging 300 pounds an hour. I am unaware of the court physicians fee.

Obviously, a first order inspection of the government's quest to cut down on fraud is sound. A second order analysis (critical thought) reveals that the actual result will be more fees for those professionals involved.

The associated costs are already five times larger than the payouts.

That is the status quo for you. More for the insiders and less for those who foot the bill.

Doctors and solicitors and police and insurance companies all live very nicely within the society we live in.

Imagine what we could do with all the wealth if we lived in an actual civilisation?

Government today looks more like mafia racketeering the closer I look. The words used are different but the scam is the same.

(I apologise to any gangsters reading this. I know you aren't as bad as current government. I am simply trying to awaken the citizens to the realities of our society by getting them to critically think.)

In conclusion, whoever lobbied the government to get this bill passed is not doing the public any favours. However, a handful of large solicitors firms could find themselves nicely enriched. Why bother working hard when you can pay a lobbyist to influence government policy for your own benefit?

There are many more ways the public are fleeced. Many more ways the wealth of the many is channelled to the few. How much wealth is siphoned off depends upon the level of Critical thinking the public bothers with.

I estimate that most forty hour a week workers in our society would be far better off working just 8 -16 hours a week in an actual civilisation.

Critical Thought is hard, initially. Working 24 - 32 hours a week extra for nothing is a steep price to pay for not critically thinking or simply not paying attention to what your own senses are telling you.

That was quite a specific example. A more general view is quoted below. The stuff I write is hardly new!

"This elite-generated social control maintains the status quo because the status quo benefits and validates those who created and sit atop it.  People rise to prominence when they parrot the orthodoxy rather than critically analyze it. Intellectual regurgitation is prized over independent thought. Real change in politics or society cannot occur under the orthodoxy because if it did, it would threaten the legitimacy of the professional class and all of the systems that helped them achieve their status.
-Kristine Mattis, The Cult of the Professional Class

I found the above quote here http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-27/masters-hypocrisy-incredible-lightness-liberal-thinking

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