I give you people some more information about the group because I think nobody knows exactly what we are and which are our intention. The group was created as an answer after the Spanish reaction on the 15th of May by Spanish people and with the objetive of make a internacional group here in Edinburgh as an answer to the events have happened in many countries in Europe. Scottish, Irish, Spanish, Greeks, English, Italian and Portuguese people are already involved in "Real Democracy Now" group and we hope more nationalities are going to join us. There is not political partys behind the group, we are only citizens with the same objetive in common. I apoligize for the mistakes I have done with my english.
Here is our manifesto;
A RE-BIRTH OF DEMOCRACY
We are ordinary people. We are like you: people, who get up every morning to study, work or find a job, people who have family and friends. People, who work hard every day to provide a better future for those around us.
Some of us consider ourselves progressive, others conservative. Some of us are believers, some not. Some of us have clearly defined ideologies, others are apolitical, but we are all concerned and angry about the political, economic, and social outlook which we see around us: corruption among politicians, businessmen, bankers, leaving us helpless, without a voice.
This situation has become normal, a daily suffering, without hope. But if we join forces, we can change it. It’s time to change things, time to build a better society together. Therefore, we strongly argue that:
The priorities of any advanced society must be equality, progress, solidarity, freedom of culture, sustainability and development, welfare and people’s happiness.These are inalienable truths that we should abide by in our society: the right to housing, employment, culture, health, education, political participation, free personal development, and consumer rights for a healthy and happy life.
The current status of our government and economic system does not take care of these rights, and in many ways is an obstacle to human progress. The banks and the financial market, supported by the current governments, are allowed to gamble with people’s money in order to make profit. Moreover, when their greedy gambling goes wrong, they receive public funds from the government so they can continue making profit at our expense, whereas we find ourselves facing massive cuts in public services in order to save that money and give it to private corporations that manage banks and financial institutions.
Lust for power and its accumulation in only a few create inequality, tension and injustice, which lead to violence, which we reject. The obsolete and unnatural economic model fuels the social machinery in a growing spiral that consumes itself by enriching a few and sends into poverty the rest. Until the collapse. These cuts, this crisis and the greed which precipitated it are all direct and logical consequences of a global economic system in which profit is more important than the happiness and wellbeing of ordinary people.
Citizens are the gears of a machine designed to enrich a minority which does not regard our needs. We are anonymous, but without us none of this would exist, because we move the world. However, we are constantly ignored and abused by the same few people that are making profit at our expense. They manipulate us using the media, which is another private corporation. They ignore our right to decide over issues that affect our lives, such as cuts, unemployment and political decisions.
If as a society we learn to not trust our future to an abstract economy, which never returns benefits for the most, we can eliminate the abuse that we are all suffering.
We need an ethical revolution that has already been successful in other places in Europe, such as Iceland, Spain and Greece. Instead of placing money above human beings, we shall put it back to our service. We are people, not products. I am not a product of what I buy, why I buy and who I buy from.
For all of the above, I am outraged.
I think I can change it.
I think I can help. I know that together we can.