England’s abolition of Queen’s College in Colombo in 1870 was a blow to would-be engineering students in Sri Lanka.
‘Before you study the economics, study the economists!’
e-Con e-News 7-13 November 2021
England’s abolition of Queen’s College in Colombo in 1870 was a blow to would-be engineering students in Sri Lanka. In colonized India, engineering schools were producing engineers by the 1850s, yet this was blocked here. The English thus thwarted education in the real sciences and arts.
By arts, ee means not the so-called ‘fine arts’. Not frames hanging off walls or ‘poetry slams’, as promoted by European cultural agencies like the British Council, German Goethe Institute, Alliance Francaise, or ‘American’ Centre. ee means the real arts that make our world move forward – the making of machines that make machines. The engineers produced here now appear to know nothing of such modern production (see ee Focus, English Prevention of Technical Training Facilities in Sri Lanka).
• The origins of the cyanide capsule for suicide during war in Sri Lanka, has been traced to the English here during their World War 2. They brought Chinese here from Canada to train as suicide fodder. They also disguised those Chinese to act as a Japanese invasion force, marching from Galle to Colombo, to test the ‘loyalty’ of the local population. The suicide capsule – L-pill – was invented by English & US secret services, and was later introduced to the LTTE (see, Random Notes).
• ‘English corruption was soon apparent within 2 years of their invasion in 1795. The Physician General noted that officers, who were rewarded with arrack & toddy rents, were promoting alcoholism in the ranks. The English Eastern Collector almost went to war with the English Trincomalee Commandant over arrack sales. The Colombo Collector was profiteering from rice. The Commissary General sold bad pork to troops. Hugh Cleghorn, first colonial English Chief Secretary in Lanka, was sacked for embezzling state money from the pearl fishery!’ (ee Focus, English Invasion)
• The testing of the Chinese organic fertilizer was done by German lab Schutter Global Inspection & Survey Co Ltd. The media refuses to divulge Schutter’s links to European exporters of chemical fertilizers, like Unilever, Ceylon Tobacco Co, Baurs’, etc., who have been vociferous in their denunciation of the Sri Lankan government’s organic policy.
The organic certification industry has been hijacked. This does not mean we should continue to grow and eat toxic food. The need to control agriculture multinationals, who have the power to subvert national policy, is key to preventing poisoned cultivators and consumers. In the US organic industry, farmers pay private certifiers, thousands of dollars. The certifiers have a conflict of interest, because they really don’t want to blow the whistle on fraud… (Random Notes)
• ee dislikes the confusing term, ‘neoliberalism’. The latest phase of capitalism, that neoliberalism seeks to explain, is this: capital without a working class opposition, with unions, if any, reduced to bargaining for private gain (ee Workers, Neoliberalism).
This is what JR Jayawardena delivered in July 1980 by sacking 50,000 workers in one blow, launching decades of terrorism. This was done at the behest of the Employers Federation of Ceylon (ee Focus, Bosses).
The media only mentions unions when there are strikes, with images usually showing people holding up banners, shouting on picket lines. There’s absolutely no discussion allowed in capitalist media about the terms and conditions of most workers. Unorganized workers are subjects of media pity, like stray dogs. The business media, meanwhile, is full of headlines of companies claiming ‘Best Workplace’, ‘Most Gender-inclusive’ etc. Who on earth are they kidding? And what do advertising agency workers think about writing such copy?
• The media is dedicated to spreading amnesia. Journalism is about writing for today so as to be forgotten tomorrow.
The Bank of Ceylon was set up because the English banks dominating Sri Lanka, would not lend to Sinhala people. They would lend to Chettiar and other Indian merchant sects, who would then lend to people at enormous interest rates.
Banking reform is the need of the hour. The budget makes no mention of this. Banks have grown fat on the largesse of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT, money printing). But they must be forced to invest in local modern production: This finds no words between the teeth of the Finance Minister (Random Notes).
• ee is no expert on budgets. There’s a big difference between ‘proposals’ (which use the grammatical infinite future tense, as in ‘We propose to…’) and implementation. There may be some good policies but they’re more like frameworks for policies. Until the actual ‘accounts’ are publicized, it’s hard to comment.
Current exports are all highly dependent on expensive imported inputs! Some ee analysts insist the only way the government can run the economy right now is to expand import substitution (especially in energy, food, machinery, etc.) and the printing of money (which some call MMT). to finance real import substitution. The current Yugadhanavi fiasco is meant to prevent self-sufficiency in energy.
The capitalist media priority is to demand devaluation of the rupee (which has been going on unabated since the 1960s). They then demand selling off national assets and public corporations that provide a public good. And most important of all, they attack any remaining working-class power, which is the only powerful means of public oversight.
• There’s very little governments are allowed to do to redistribute wealth in a modern economy, says former Greek Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis – and he’s referring to European countries. Markets are being replaced by platforms, which hide profits and pay no taxes. Governments are being taken over by technofeudalists, like Google, Facebook. Central Banks are now slaves and can only print money to bail out banks. Workers are exploited at work & at home – every time they open an app, apps make money. Google and Facebook are secretly taking over the national health service in England (ee Economists, Technofeudalists).
Continued on: eesrilanka.wordpress.com