In 1989 History Came to an End!
In 2009 History Came Back Again!
Once upon a time there was a big ship. It was tall and strong and beautiful. It sailed the seas so stately-so. It visited all the oceans. It withstood storms. Resisted high waves. Broke chunks of ice and tilled on through to its destination. In its wake its friends followed comfortably. They depended on the big ship to open new frontiers for them. For decades everyone was happy. Then the ship stalled. It began to take on water. Will it sink? Will it slurp into the deep and suck along with it the leading industrial nations? Why not?
If one needs evidence that the DisUnited States of Northamerica has lost its stature as the so-called “leader of the world,” it might be wise to visit one of the hundreds upon hundreds of think tanks in existence where muddled “thinktankers,” in disarray and desperate, can be scrutinized. It is as if these intellectual obscurantists have mislaid all sense of reality—theirs! They have been smitten cruelly, and their haughtiness has been placed on a backburner. One of them—who, as did Columbus—presumed the world was flat, that it was finally a level economic playing field for the entire globe, has so much egg on his face, he hesitates to appear before public audiences to avoid being pelted even more.
For twenty years these dabblers, these eradicators of History rode high on their megalomania touting here, there and everywhere that their Northamerican-Anglo dynasty, their Judeo-Christian “Democratic” Capitalism was humankind’s best destined political aspiration, the winner of the tug-of-war between autocracy and democracy, and that the globe would be showered with the manna, from the heavens above, produced by the unselfish efforts of a worldwide oligarchy working night and day for all our benefits. Amen, brothers and sisters, Amen! Amen!! Amen!!!
Listen to once-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, The Little Fat Witch, on 19 February 1998: “We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future.” They certainly do! As of today, each and every Northamerican, all 300,000,000 of them, owes Chinese banks $3000! And who knows how many other liabilities Northamericans will have to reimburse in coming decades to pay off their bacchanalia of greed and corruption.
Those Jesuit-like conventionalists, padded with the lovability of their verbal drivel, who had divided the world up among the DUS, Europe and China, are in for another merciless jolt: the free-falling deterioration of respect for Western Civilization and its Judeo-Christian “Democratic” Capitalist hegemony suspected by all on all corners of the globe.
One can observe that the most vociferous proponents of the anti-autocracy crusade are those who have become tyrannical themselves. Very often they are in cahoots with authoritative coteries that influence, flagrantly, the mechanisms of that “democracy” they define as the one which belongs to the people. These elites block the average citizens’ likelihoods of participating in their government by employing economic, legislative and judicial obstacles which serve to wall out qualified political personages in opposition to them. The despots spiel on about the “openness” of their “democratic” system, but, in fact, it is “clubby” and restricted to the few. When elections are held little choice is offered. There is a political echo rebounding throughout the “democratic” domain: “One party is just about the same as another.” Voters do not choose, they ratify. Government is under surveillance. The legal arrangement is used viciously to punish political enemies. For minor political reprobates there are prison stretches often founded on trumped-up charges. The DUS’s detention system is a shameful, shoddy conglomeration of injustice and inequality both of which promote recidivism.
The media too often works hand in hand with this oppressive cabal, and at press conferences queries are posited to accommodate political postures. All journalists know well what questions they dare not ask. Any individual who possesses the minimum inkling as to what is evolving in this world, can predict, sarcastically, the questions noodle-headed penny-a-liners posit at these journalistic jamborees.
The conservation of supremacy has become more critical than the endeavour to manage an economy more resourcefully and fairly for all. That is an obvious imperative. Body guards, super-protected limousines, isolated summit latitudes and longitudes (Bill Gates pronounced that video-conferencing will be the next stage in the electronic evolution) and foodstuff tasters come together to deflect our attention from pertinent issues. The image of a supernatural-like, almost religious happening is screened for us to give the sense that there is in progress some only one of its kind paranormality.
While concentrating on matters considered more important than ones which truly affect the lives of citizens on our planets, politicos have been irresponsible and dangerously naive. Particularly after the Second World War—yet well before that—three crucial life-threatening dilemmas afflicting the human race and the planet upon which it exists were marginalized and discussed, as a rule, with put-off-to-tomorrow expressions of aloofness:
I. The Population Upsurge. In 1961, there were more or less 3,000,000,000 Earthly inhabitants. Today, the world is approaching 7,000,000,000. Modern science has designed agricultural methods which have removed for many the burden of having to grow their own food. As a consequence, people have roamed from rural areas into enormous megatropolis. There they have stressed unimaginably the Earth and the resources it offers us endangering their own lives and those of their neighbours. The strain in the biosphere and the consequent disasters that ensue are corollaries that necessitated consideration at least a century before.
II. The Spectre of Injustice & Inequality. Throughout the world people are outraged and violence, more and more, has become the exclusive outlet for many. Half the world lives on a daily pittance that would buy someone a bag of French fries/chips in an industrially advanced nation. The distribution of wealth is dramatically lopsided. Poor people believe that they are the victims of the industrial world’s voracious appetite for their natural resources, and the historical sense of grievance they bear, exacerbates their condition and goads them on to voice disapproval.
III. The Haves & The Have-Nots. The world is tending to divide itself into two mammoth movements: the “rich” and the poor, those who have and those who have not—if but a little. Already, rage is being foisted upon the Robber Barons of the Judeo-Christian “Democratic” Capitalism, and people, from all socio-economic strata, duped by banks and financial organizations, are rebelling as never before. The situation is so desperate, government leaders are joining forces to plug those gaps left by the horrible debauch of self-indulgence and sleaze now that the party is over.
There is a money factory in Washington, DC. Officially, it is called the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Engraving money is a complicated process which involves more than sixty-five separate and distinct steps. The Money Factory declares that in FY2008 38 million notes/bills were produced each day with a face value of about $629 million. In FY2008, a total of 7.7 billion notes, at a cost of 6.4 cents per note, were delivered. Ninety-five percent of the notes printed each year are used to replace notes both in and out of circulation. (By the way, if you had ten billion $1.00 notes and spent one every second, it would require 317 years for you to go broke. [See http://www.moneyfactory.gov/]).
Well now, where do we go from here? Multiply 7.7 billion by 6.4 cents and see what you come up with! Enough to see the Dow Jones drop another 100 points? Enough to realize that a little more than one note, of differing denominations, is printed for each and every human being on Earth. What does this say about economic planning? What does this mean for Judeo-Christian “Democratic” Capitalism and Socialism?
We are not going to solve the world’s problems printing paper money! What is at stake is very much further from the lone consideration of economic factors. If the world is to survive, it must come to reflect on those basic concerns which affect each and every one of us. People must come together. Governments must encourage the interplay of social and political affairs which reach out to all. President Barack Obama will not be able to “pull it off” because the DUS has not the respect of the rest of the world.
Authored by Anthony St. John
6 April 2009