Thursday, January 06, 2011

Facebook: OCCUPY MONACO!

What a great idea. Pasted from Facebook. Monaco is a secretive jurisdiction - and it needs attention. A similar idea to Mark Thomas' Invade Jersey manifesto. Perhaps they should link up.
Monday, August 1 ยท 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Location Place du Casino, Monaco
Created By King Charlemagne, Papessa Giovanna, Aaron Peters, Gaius Julius Augustus

Monaco is 2.2 km sq - it has 33,000 inhabitants of whom 84% are foreign born tax exiles. There are around 500 police officers in Monaco - external security is provided by France. The only real standing army of which to speak are the 100 bodyguards provided for the royal household.

The facts are simple the Philip Greens of this world (or rather his wife) inhabit these places. We are told in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece etc that capital is mobile and that in a global political economy there is not much we can do about it. Hence the structures of reducing corporation tax, dividends tax etc in a 'race to the bottom' which means that large nation states (in which most of us live) find it increasingly hard to fund themselves as viable welfare states at the outset of the 21st century.

Most of the corporate oligarchs of Europe, be they Swedish, Italian etc maintain a presence in Monaco and the European peoples are told there is nothing they can do about it.

Except that is, use our constitutional rights as European citizesn as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights ( freedom of movement and freedom of association) to show our peaceful disdain for such individuals by occupying their spaces.

From the early modern period of the Peasants Revolt and Wat Tyler to the Jarrow Street marchers there have been dominated peoples march upon the forces of domination and capital (in Britain's case London).

In a global economy with a transnational capitalist class, this action is the exact same response, albeit to changed circumstances.

Instead of Newcastle to London like the Jarrow Workers we go from every nation state of Europe towards this 2.2 km sq. principality and show that the people's of Europe mean business.

Capital is highly mobile in a global economy, but so are people, why shouldn't protest be the same? Thousands of us from across Europe meeting in Monaco would be an intriguing prospect.

Bare in mind that while tax exiles love tax havens for their obvious merits - these places don't actually have standing armies.

So whats stopping us showing our collective disdain? Return flights with exchanges can be the same price as a train to Leeds from London.



7 Comments:

Blogger Simon said...

You do realise Monaco isnt part of Europe, dont you?

2:50 pm  
Anonymous TJN said...

Hmm. And your point is what, precisely?

1:59 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Simon

I suggest you look on a map. Its not part of the EU (a political group), but it is definitely in Europe (a continent). Sorry to be patronising but I don't understand how you could think it isn't in Europe.

8:11 am  
Blogger Simon said...

@Anonymous

I know Monaco is situated on the Europe continent, by the facebook into says

Except that is, use our constitutional rights as European citizesn as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights ( freedom of movement and freedom of association) to show our peaceful disdain for such individuals by occupying their spaces.

Monaco isnt covered my EU laws. They have their own laws called Monegasque Law. Citizens of Monaco may freely protest. There is no mention of non-monaco citizens.

My issue being, people may turn up to protest thinking they have every right, yet laws in Monaco may actually not allow them to. Risking fines or jail if they do.

It's quite an issue the organisers dont seem to have looked into based on the above quote!

2:15 pm  
Anonymous David Bourguignon said...

Facebook has deleted the "Occupy Monaco" page... Their masters have told them it was a bad idea? :-)

3:43 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anoymous Yeah, but he said "part of," not "in."

Wording aside, what with freedom of movement between France and Monaco, and freedom of movement within the EU, we have the de facto ability to swarm it, even if it's not technically in the EU.

4:35 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Simon
Thanks for clarification. Though European Convention on Human Rights is through Council of Europe, not EU. Monaco is a member of the Council of Europe and has ratified ECHR. I'm sure they'd find a way round if they wanted to though.

2:00 pm  

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