It is only in the past seventy years that there has ever been the opportunity for one species to obliterate itself (and all the others) in one go. It might have been anticipated that with the first dawning of that awesome power at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the existing global political mechanisms would have been urgently adjusted to ensure that such power was put back in its box or, at the very least, kept under the strictest control. Neither happened.
Despite the advent of nuclear weapons, humanity has continued to rely for its political governance on the same system that came into existence with the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. More or less sovereign nation states continue in violent competition with each other. In those days they wielded swords and primitive harquebuses; nowadays it is missiles with multiple warheads, each one of which can obliterate a city. Alas, not only is the political system basically the same, but also it is the same genetically unmodified, humans wielding the new weapons.
Sometimes individual nations conglomerate into temporary alliances with other nations, but never do they become more than temporary answerable to any external polity (other than to that of a competitor, who happens to be able to exercise a greater military or economic power over them.) Global governance remains as anarchic as it always has been. Individual ‘warlords’ exert the right of military or economic might as it suits them. There is no global authority taking, or able to take, responsibility for either the species’ or the planet’s future welfare.
Hiroshima may have been the start of it, but since then, the situation in regards to human security on this planet has rapidly deteriorated. The weaponry in the hands of nations has become far more sophisticated and destructive. The number of nations having access to nuclear weapons has increased from just one, to at least nine. Nor is there reason to suppose that that will be the end of proliferation. Furthermore, the use of nuclear technology for civilian purposes has spread rapidly, greatly widening the possibility of disasters, such as Chernobyl and Fukushima, affecting the habitability of the globe.
Rampant and sociopathic international corporatism, unanswerable to anyone but select groups of shareholders, (among whom are many of the political leaders, whose electoral funds they contribute to and who make sweetheart deals with them) has replaced national constitutionalism as the most important determinant of how the global economy is organised and its resources exploited. Consequently, humanity looks set on a path that will end up with a climate so modified that, within a century, the planet will be scarcely habitable.
All this is happening at a time when the global population is increasing rapidly and the resources available to support it are declining apace. Corporatism has the power to corrupt and control the legislative decisions of governing elites within nation states. Furthermore, it is giant corporates, which own and control the main stream media (MSM) and have the ability to maintain the moral and political apathy of the citizens of wealthy democracies. Consequently, the abyss between the nations, rich and poor; the politically powerful and the politically feeble, is widening faster than ever before.
As a result of this global imbalance, increasing tracts of Planet Earth are falling under the sway of failed and failing states, or of non-state organisations, some of which, in their desperation, have been infected with millennial views and whose ultimate goal is to instigate Armageddon (for which advanced technology, combined with anarchic global governance has the potential to provide the wherewithal.)
As the wealthy nations, having done so little to improve the plight of the impoverished, become increasingly dependent on advanced technology for their survival, their populations become ever more vulnerable to hostile actions conducted not only by equally advanced competitors, who might have an equal interest in more or less preserving the status quo, but also by these new hostile groupings who seek only its destruction.
Having posted a blog for each of the past forty or so weeks and looking back at my posts, I see that I do indeed look at the world through Khaki-tinted spectacles! I do not apologise. I have young grandchildren and say these awful things in the hope that I can add even a tiny bit of noise to the multiple voices demanding that people abandon apathy and join the fight for reform not only of their own countries, but of the whole international system.
Having set out the parameters of what this blog will be about, I have decided to alter the format of my postings. Unless there is some global occurrence that would seem to merit an immediate commentary, I will in future be posting on a fortnightly, rather than a weekly basis. Alternate weeks, I will instead publish a medley of hyperlinks to other items that have appeared on the Internet. These, have content that could interest readers, but which I might not otherwise include in my normal blogs.
Here follows this week’s selection of Liquorice allsorts:
1. In the next twenty years: a dramatic drop in car ownership and emissions: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-19/driverless-cars-may-cut-u-s-auto-sales-by-40-barclays-says
2. The FIFA scandal – why the USA and why now? The sporting world has also to fall under the sway of any nation hoping to achieve full spectrum global dominance.https://www.moonofalabama.org/2015/05/imperial-nyt-each-fifa-member-one-secret-vote-is-strange-electoral-math.html and an alternative view https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32925637 Given the way advocacy of a Western boycott of the Sochi Olympics was used to attack Russia, my guess is that the BBC report is not far off the mark. Could this be another Western attempt to keep Russia from gaining any international kudos? That is not to say that the blatant corruption at FIFA is not a disgrace to international sport that calls for urgent rectification. However, seeing how soccer hardly rates in the USA, and the corruption of sanction-free crony capitalism is so endemic on their home territory, why should the FBI take this extra-territorial policing upon themselves? Sadly, sport is just another weapon in the armoury of international diplomatic warfare.
3. GMOs – so far Green objections have kept them out of NZ – but will the secret clauses of the impending TPPA force our government to give Monsanto, which already controls over 30% of the global seed market, free rein? https://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/gm-corn-linked-to-cancer-tumors
4. Heads up for the TPPA, in the determined and secretive pursuit of which, even the miniscule New Zealand’s elite appear to be betting their (and our) shirts. https://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/what-is-the-tppa/
5. And now for a good laugh: https://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com/vinny-mr-news-eastwoods-blog/john-keys-real-past-exposed-must-see-please-share-6mins Of course, you cannot take claims like these at face value – even if they are amusing. I thought the most unlikely of the claims was the one about the runaway increase in NZ’s national indebtedness since National formed the government in 2009. One would not have expected it after after all those asset sales, the 2008 decision to make no further additions to the national superannuation fund and the reputation for careful economic husbandry which gives National the electoral edge over Labour. Here are the Reserve Bank’s figures: national debt goes from from 7% to 27% of GDP in just seven years:
6. In my recent blog on Gallipoli, I dealt in part with the Key government’s attempts to obtain a trade deal with Saudi Arabia and how such a deal could reduce the chances of a potentially far more fruitful deal with Iran. Here is some more detail on how the NZ government greased its approach to the USA’s ally. One has to hope that the same FBI investigative team that picked up on FIFA’s misdemeanours turn a blind eye to this one! https://www.facebook.com/ActionStationNZ/photos/a.231204660335083.49804.194540734001476/706381706150707/?type=1&theater