I am going to predict the future.
First, so you understand who I am: I am a happy person with a family. I own my own business. I am not a Democrat or a Republican, but a registered Independent. I subscribe to no particular religion, but enjoy and apply elements of Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism to my life.
Many controversial topics end up in a war of “Church” versus “State.” These debates are of little value. Religions are not appropriate institutions to govern and legislate to a large group of people because in order to work, fundamentalism needs to be reinforced.
But, secular society is flawed, too. The “state” operates via a money-market system which promotes economic slavery, both nationally and globally. The state is little more than laws which fluctuate based on corporate interests.
Recently, a friend of mine returned from a trip to Nicaragua where he shared a single room with a family, showered in a bucket, and witnessed their adulation of America. “We live in a fantasy land,” he said to me.
If you ask the average person on the street why we are such a relatively powerful and robust country, they are likely to talk about free enterprise. They will point to hard work and democracy as the reason why the US currently uses 50% of the world’s resources.
It is not the case.
Why do we have so much compared to others? Authors like Jared Diamond have described a history of guns, germs, and steel. Tracing things back to a time when humans began leaving behind their nomadic, hunter-gatherer way of life to create agricultural societies, a shift occurred in how we live on the planet. Based on certain favorable conditions, some early agricultural societies flourished and evolved, while others did not. Put very simply, these societies then conquered the others via guns, germs, and steel.
The first empires were formed. Civilizations rose and fell. In its most current incarnation, the great empire is the corporatocracy which is firmly intertwined with the U.S. government. The U.S. provides the most capital of any nation to the World Bank, which lends money to struggling countries who are offered “conditionalities” for the loan which are hopelessly untenable. The underdeveloped nation then cannot pay back their loans or the interest and are forced to sell their resources cheaply to our country and / or go to work in factories making our clothes and amenities.
This is global economic slavery.
At home, we are a nation of wage slaves who provide for ourselves food and housing, but exist primarily as units paying into the monumental deficit built into the money market system through fractional reserve banking and interest-generated inflation and debt. We serve the bankers and the corporatocracy.
It’s easy to flinch at this and say it is a bleak, pessimistic view of the world. It is not. It is simply the portrayal of how things are with the rose-tinted glasses removed.
We do not spread democracy to other countries. If our corporations cannot get the resources we need from other countries, we have a simple three-step procedure. First we send in economic hitmen (private “consultants”) to try and corrupt any politician who doesn’t play our ball game. These leaders are sometimes bought off, such as Mossadeq, in 1950s Iran, who was then replaced by the Shah. When this doesn’t work, “Jackals” are used to apply more extreme measures, as with Ecuador in 1981, when Roldos-Aguilera was democratically elected in an overwhelming landslide, his platform that he would use Ecuadorian resources to benefit the people. He died in a plane crash shortly after his election. Or, the same year when Torrijos of Panama who wanted to put the Panama Canal back in the hands of the Panamanian people also went down in a plane crash. When that doesn’t work, as was the case with Saddam Hussein, the military is sent in. The list goes on and on.
People often react to notions like these as “conspiracy theories.” For them, it should be noted that the corporatocracy owns the very media which influences their opinion. Propagandaist movements with marketable storylines featuring dehumanized nations and demonized leaders are used to manipulate popular opinion. “Reds,” “Commies,” “Terrorists” are some of the propaganda terms which come readily to mind.
Still, the hardest thing for most people to swallow is the idea that there is some conscientious malfeasance behind all of this. That in order for such a nefarious empire to exist, there has to be some mastermind behind it all, and that is hard for people to accept. It isn’t, anyway, the case.
We are built to pursue pleasure, avoid pain, and conserve energy. Some people are narcissists, others are not. Some are more susceptible to greed, others less tempted by it. Hence, some politicians can be bought, others stick to their ideals. It all comes down to personal psychology and how each individual was born and raised, and what epigenetic influences helped shape who they are. Aggregately, we then form groups, consciously or not, of different types of people. People who knowingly dump pollutive, toxic materials into a forest to save money, or who look the other way when a dehumanized nation is enslaved are a certain type of people. And for most of us, we aren’t necessarily “bad,” or “good” people, but highly susceptible, especially in an age of endless, fractious stimuli, to oversimplify and become easily distracted by the cultural and religious myths of the day.
That’s all there is to it.
Now, what’s going to happen in the future is a logical extension of what is happening now. Right now, for instance, the great continent of Africa is home to seven of the ten fastest growing nations in the world. They are on track to rival Russia and India in their spending power. The way they have been evolving is through entrepreneurships in technology and communications. These nations are going to demand better roads, want to build bridges, need better schools, and so on. In short, they are going to need resources.
According to Jim Garrison, President of the State of the World Forum:
“Taken cumulatively, the integration of the world as a whole, particularly in terms of economic globalization and the mythic qualities of ‘free market’ capitalism, represents a veritable empire in its own right… Few have been able to escape the ‘structural adjustments’ and ‘conditionalities’ of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, or the arbitrations of the World Trade Organization… Such is the power of globalization that within our lifetime we are likely to see the integration, if unevenly, of all national economies in the world into a single global, free market system.”
Essentially, in our exploitation and structural adjustment of other countries, we simultaneously export the myth of our freedom and material wealth. The economically enslaved country naturally covets what we are advertising. From kids wearing T-shirts depicting American pop icons to governments and businesses seeking to model our own, they struggle to do just what we commit them to: become like us.
The only problem is, what the planet needs is 180 degrees the other way around.
It is estimated that by 2050 or sooner, these nations of the world with growing industrial economies, such as China, India, Russia, and these African nations, are going to push the globe into a food shortage crisis of unprecedented implications; we simply are not going to have enough food or any other resources to accommodate an industrialized global society.
The earth is having so many problems now serving the gluttony of the United States, there is no way it will be able to support its developing clones with current fossil-fuel based, corporate-controlled resources. “Globalization” means, essentially, a Corporate America which runs the whole world. There is no other ideology; the naïve sentiment of a global free enterprise where everyone is fairly competing and contributing value is simply impossible within the prevalent (read: only) existing infrastructure.
That infrastructure is a money-market system wherein currency is created out of thin air by fractional reserve banking and interest repayment. Absolutely zero equanimity can be achieved under the precepts of this system. In fact, according to massive studies, more than half of every developing nation influenced by U.S. economic policy has suffered an increase of unemployment, poverty, and famine. This is because that economic policy, and the money-market paradigm which pervades it, is antithetical to equality and empathy. Its lords are profit and social stratification.
At a national level, profit-motive and social stratification have immense implications and tragic, observable results. The dependency, poverty, unemployment, violence, greed, and inequality of any country are not contingent on its President or its law makers. These things are a direct result of the social and economic systems which structure that country or society. Hunter-gatherer societies do not have the myriad problems of money-market, bank-run countries. More communal societies, and nations which have simply less of an idea of personal entitlement have far fewer inequality and pollution-related problems as capitalist countries do.
Imagine these problems on a global scale.
This is the future. A global money-market system where the ubiquitous profit motive fabricates resource scarcity and plans product obsolescence in order to maximize profit. A gigantic “middle-class” which demands the material standard the American middle class does today with controlled, dwindling fossil fuel resources. An enormous, global “lower class” with almost nothing to survive on and nothing to lose, forced to riot and war with one another in a struggle to survive as their lands are further depleted of monetized resources. And an even loftier-than-now and more inimical hegemony of an ultra-rich corporatocracy at the top of it all, untouchable and unimpeachable, wielding the power.
That is the future as it stands.
There is no altering the course; globalization is part of the law of entropy and is inexorable. The only way in which we can possible weather the scope of the growing pains to come is to switch from a monetary system, which favors social stratification, resource scarcity and monetary profit, to a resource-based system, which engenders abundance, equality, efficiency, and sustainability. Oil, coal, gas, and hydrogen need to be swapped for tidal, solar, wind, wave, magnetic, and geothermal power.
Is it possible? That’s one thing I don’t know that any one of us can predict. The only thing we can do is try.