The hired hands of Big Business, the thugs who make up the somewhat
credible-looking façade of the government of the United States -- and
many other countries -- are well on their way to changing the 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 meaning and, at this stage
of the game, the world seems to be charging forth to accommodate the cold-handed
robots who have bought up our politicians. It’s a champagne and caviar
party for only 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:
a non-toxic environment
proper sewerage and electricity
access to basic education
freedom from religious persecution.
And in places where the standard of living is not up to this task, then for
shame, make it up to the formerly exploited countries and pay them back for
the disgraceful and humiliating ways they were treated during colonial and the
slave trade eras.
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 opposite direction as the mass of 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. This is even
more than in Europe, where the highly praised “socialist” system,
hated and feared by Americans, keeps large parts of our populations from starving
or living life on the fringe. The ‘socialist devil’ is a notion
kept alive by propaganda-spewing mass media playing up to the corporate world.
I am by no means implying that Europe has found a humanitarian formula for
a reasonable distribution of wealth. People in Europe are also dying from cold
and excessive heat and general social negligence, 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 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, unaware
of any ‘basic rights’ for 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 more strongly developed in those ‘uncivilized’
times than in today’s grab-what-you-can-get-your-hands-on mentality.
I haven’t even begun to mention how the planet is gradually being made
not just the booty of the wealthy few, but also is being made into a waste land
that will not, in a near future, be able to sustain the growing population of
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. The 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, with their callous
and blind charging ahead in the name of financial profit in the face 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!