What is world politics aiming for?

December 25, 2009 § 6 Comments

It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things. — (Terry Pratchett, Jingo)

10. Globalisation seems to indicate a “multitude of interconnected fatal consequences, social disintegration, a breakdown of democracy, more rapid and extensive deterioration of the environment, the spread of new diseases, and increasing poverty and alienation”.

9. Building military-to-military relations with an unreformed and un-reforming military undermines efforts by citizens to rein in such institutions. Evasion of real civilian control is made possible by military-to-military and political-to-political relations.

8. Economic ties between first and second and third world countries relies too heavily on cheap labour, with inadequate attention given to the rights of workers performing such labour.

7. Investments are too often focused on extractive industries exploiting local natural resources. While profitable to first world investors and their elite local second and third world partners, these investments too often devastate environments with ruinous implications. Let’s name this for what it is: engaging in environmentally criminal behavior such as resource greed. Forests are destroyed for timber or establishing plantations, with no thought to the consequences for local people for whom those same forests created homes and a source of livelihood. Mining operations poison rivers, bays and groundwater.

6. Whole communities are displaced and their subsequent intrusion elsewhere can cause local wars in such elsewheres.

5. Of course, this creates opportunities for a focus on sale or transfer of weapons and entire military bases, joint military training, etc.

4. Repeating colonialist mistakes. Believing we know better than locals. Intervening in a system we do not really know. Ignoring effects of our interventions, especially when staring us in the face. Denial.

3. Distracting people by creating a focus on irrelevant threats. Dangerous move, what with the internet and more and more people becoming aware of the usual and commonly used political patterns. The internet may put enough of a stop that. Telephone had a great social impact. Let’s hope the internet makes a similar difference. How can I believe “others than us” are a threat if I have exchanged with “others” and found them to be very human, and not so “other” at all? When my empath refuses to believe authorities and conjured up “common enemies”, and I think for myself?

2. Copenhagen climate change conference, as if we can stop the climate changing. We can’t. We can only speed things up or slow things down. Slowing down may be worth it, but for what “plan” are we buying time? If not buying time for a plan that deals with some of the mistakes mentioned above, is the Copenhagen climate change treaty maybe another global government power grab? ~500-700 new bureaucracies? New taxes? 2-5 percent levies on GDP? If cap-and-trade is used & “buying allowance” is done with inflatory currencies, does that mean that pollution inflates further too? Is this the new bubble?

1. World politics in the social sense doesn’t seem to get around to address “overpopulation”, a “break-down of ethics and dignity” and “what we can do ourselves to change the world to become better balanced”. Are we being distracted away from manifesting our own dreams for a better world?

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