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The New World Order
or
Stop Globalization -- I want to get off

Siv O'Neall, Lyon, France

A Crisis Papers Guest Essay

March 23, 2004

 

The hired hands of Big Business, the thugs who are making up the somewhat credible-looking façade of the government of the Unites States and many other countries are well on the way of changing the complete mechanisms by which the world is run.

Their buddies in Europe in this Mafioso enactment of the big scheme are the new socialists, Gerard Schröder of Germany and the New Labour apostle Tony Blair of Britain. The so called rightist governments of France, Italy and, until recently, Spain are not noticeably different from the ‘new socialists’. They seem to have reunited themselves in what is known as the ‘third’ way. Left and right seem to be concepts without any real meaning and at this stage of the game, we seem to be all charging forth to accommodate the robots with the cold hands who have bought up the politicians of the world. It’s a champagne and caviar party for the 1% of the 1% of the people of the earth and the rest of us are paying for it.

The buying of the world is what this is all about, the privatization of all the utilities that we thought of as belonging to the realm of local and federal government. Naïvely, it seemed to us that everybody on the planet should have a right to clean water, a non-toxic environment and even, if the standard of living is up to the task of supplying it in a specific country, such utilities as proper sewerage and electricity, access to basic education and freedom from religious persecution. And if the standard of living is not up to this task, then for shame, make it up to the formerly so mercilessly exploited countries and pay them back for the disgraceful and humiliating ways you once treated them during the colonial and the slave trade era.

The world can, at this point, well afford these fundamental humanitarian rights. The big ‘if’ however, is: does the world want a reasonably egalitarian division of wealth and resources? The present state of the world does not point in that direction. We are in fact moving very fast in the completely opposite direction, as the mass of the wealth of the top one percent of the people of the world equals the combined wealth of millions of poverty-stricken masses in Africa, Asia and in Latin America. In the United States itself, millions of people do not have sufficient means to afford proper housing, food, health care and schooling. And this even more so than in Europe, where the highly praised and by many Americans hated and feared “socialist” system keeps the larger part of our populations from starving or living this life on the fringe that can hardly be considered living. The ‘socialist devil’ is a notion kept alive by the propaganda spewing mass media playing up to the corporate world. I am by no means though implying that we in Europe have found the humanitarian formula for a reasonable distribution of wealth. People in Europe are also dying from cold and excessive heat and general social negligence, maybe just in a somewhat more visible way than in the often forgotten corners of the United States and in what is generally called the third world.

However, the ‘populist’ governments of ‘old’ Europe are gradually and very discretely being undermined by the new winds of corporatism, privatization and blindness to the basic needs of the people. Humanitarian considerations are being ignored for the profit of the very few and extremely greedy corporations which assure us that they will supply all people, without consideration of race, creed or social standing, with the universally needed commodities and rights to a civilized life. They promise green pastures without the slightest intention of being held to their promises, once they have taken over utilities and services. They, like their puppets in government positions, are totally callous, totally unaware of any ‘basic rights’ for all people. Money speaks – everything else is ignored.

The mafia that is running the world in the name of God and democracy are as little concerned with those laudable ideas as the cavemen who killed their enemies for a desired booty. In fact, the sense of humanitarian cooperation and sharing, at least within the tribe, was most certainly more strongly developed in those ‘uncivilized’ times than in today’s grab-what-you-can-get-your-hands-on mentality. 

And I haven’t even begun to mention how the planet is gradually being made not just the booty of the wealthy few, but also and foremost is being made into a waste land that will not in a near future be able to sustain the growing population of the earth.

The challenge to the minority of the people who are aware of the self-destroying state of the world and of the deepening chasm between rich and poor is not to try to convert the owners of the wealth of the planet, which would be a totally hopeless venture, but to force a change by the brute power of the masses of people who have during the past few years amply shown that they are not going to put up with being robbed of their very shirts. The millions and millions of angry people will not put up much longer with the self-serving structure that the very few are busy installing on this planet, the callous and blind charging ahead in the name of financial profit to the accompaniment of the growing decay of the world.

Previous empires have all been caught by their own excesses and the essential thing at this time is to make it happen sooner and not later. The mental disorder of greed and hunger for power and Machiavellian rule must be seen and treated for what it is, a highly contagious disease that will have disastrous consequences if not fought back by all possible means. Not tomorrow, but today!


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