We have moved on from our own problems to the problems of the world.
The world is too big and too complex for us to comprehend it.
We have not only to cope with the problems but also the problems we cannot understand.
We are too busy trying to figure out how we got here.
Our life, as we have known it for the last 50 years, is not worth living.
The whole of life is now an experiment.
We cannot afford to live in the present, because the past will never be enough.
We must look ahead and ask, What does it mean for us if we live in a world where we can no longer understand it?
I will now start a discussion about how we came to this state of affairs, and why we should want to leave it behind.
A few years ago, when I was first elected to the Assembly, I said I was not an economist.
I said that because we had all the money and the privilege of the country, I did not have the time to analyse the economy or the politics of Ireland.
We had no problems and we did not need to know about them.
And I did.
But in order to understand how we had arrived at this position, we need to understand the nature of our economic life.
The last few decades have seen a remarkable transformation of our economy, the rise of the financialisation of our economies and of our financial institutions.
It has become increasingly difficult for the average person to imagine what life was like in the middle of the last century, to understand what was going on at the top of the political and economic pyramid.
For many people, their sense of economic security was not very high.
It was difficult to understand why we had gone to the great economic depression in the first place, why our exports and imports were so high and why so many people were falling behind.
In the middle decades of the 20th century, our society did not know how to deal with this new reality, the new economic reality.
As a result, the economic policies and the economic development that we had taken for granted were not working very well for a large part of the population.
The consequences were not always clear and understandable.
But I was right.
The problem was not so much that our economic policies did not work as that they were failing to prepare the population for the economic reality that was emerging.
Our economy had been very badly mismanaged by the State.
Our system was rigged.
We did not control our banks, we did, however, control our economy.
The result was a society that was broken, where there was no economic security for most people.
I will come back to this point.
We needed to change that.
We would have been in a much better position to handle the problems and problems that we faced in the early 1990s if we had not been so closely involved in the management of the banks and our economic system.
This was a period when there were a lot of bad debts and many bad decisions made by those who had inherited power from the previous government.
These decisions affected the economy in very different ways.
For example, if we allowed the banks to fail, our economy would have crashed.
We might not have been able to survive the financial crisis of 2008, which was a huge event for the economy.
We also might not be able to sustain our economy if we did the same thing with the banks.
This is why I said in my manifesto that the state would have to take the lead in the restructuring of the economy, and I think that I have said it before, that I do not want to have a state that is in control of the money supply and the banks, who are the real economic power, the real managers of the banking system.
We need to give the banking and financial system, and the financial sector in particular, the powers that they need.
And we must do this by taking back the power to control our money supply.
There are some people who say that the Government should have had a role in this.
We should have a role.
The State has a role to play in managing the economy and in the banking sector.
We can’t have a society where the economy is controlled by banks and the Government controls the banks too.
The banks are the true economic power in our society.
They are not the banks or the Government.
The Government controls our economy and banks, but not the economy itself.
That is why the banks have been allowed to grow, and to continue to do so, at the expense of ordinary people.
We do not have any control over our financial system.
In fact, it is a bit like saying that we have no control over the weather, because we do not know what we are going to get and what the weather will be like in a few weeks time.
The people who run the banks are not in control.
We still have no idea what is going on in the economy at the moment.
The economy does not know anything