The first half of the 20th century was dominated by a struggle to find economic supremacy through military action. Both WW1 and WW2 that included the imperial war in the East that Japan started in the interests of securing South-East Asian domination and through the capture of the wealth of others (their natural resources and the slave labour that came with those conquests), was all for their nation’s economic benefit.
In the second half of the 20th century and the start of the 21st century a more destructive mechanism has evolved, that of globalization. Indeed when the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) came about it was no good to go to war for economic gain as a military WW3 would destroy the world forever as we know it. As most leaders of sovereign nations are cowards, as they always send others to war and never themselves (as an example it is over 500 years since a leader rode at the front of his army in battle in the UK), even they knew that there was no future in exploring global conflict as that would lead to their own demise and death also.
Therefore a new mechanism had to be born where other nation’s wealth could be captured without MAD entering the equation. Initially though this was not the purpose, as globalisation and liberalization of markets was seen as the way of preserving peace that would never allow MAD to escape out of Pandora's box. Unfortunately with most well intentioned thoughts, this has now been corrupted over the last half century to the benefit of the global multi-nationals and supported behind closed doors by their politicians. Globalization therefore equates to the new form of warfare, economic warfare. Unfortunately this is far more deadly than conventional military world wars as they continue in perpetuity, capturing wealth wherever for the corporation and the world’s wealthiest individuals. Some of them will not even know this, but indirectly they are causing inequality to expand year-on-year across the globe. For the reason why they do not see what is happening and where they are driving this situation is because all they see is their personal wealth amassing as a new year begins and that’s all that counts. The super-rich are therefore blind to what is happening but where as the population of the world heads towards 10 billion by 2050 and possibly 15 billion by 2100 (UN possible projections using different scenarios but remember there will not be a WW3 because of MAD), it is common sense that the people will eventually rise up against globalization and the super-rich (together with their politicians). Indeed as presently 0.7% of the adult global population according to the 2013 report by Credit Suisse controls 41% of the wealth of the world and 50% of the world’s people only control around 1% of the world’s wealth, this is a global cinderbox that will rise up eventually. For the definition of a cinderbox is ‘a burned or partly burned substance, that is not reduced to ashes but is incapable of further combustion. That is what has happened to the people with the advent of globalization that has gone so sadly wrong for the future of humankind.
Therefore those in Davos should know in no uncertain terms that they are reaping a whirlwind of destruction in the 21st century through their sheer greed and nothing more. Indeed as China continues its march to economic supremacy with the help of western corporations just looking for their own gain and not the gain of their people back home, the ‘West’ will become increasingly impoverished as the years go by. You see these people are not bothered whether their home country losses masses of jobs as has been the case through globalization to press, as that means very little to them. All that counts is their personal wealth.
It is also clear now that behind closed doors big business is pulling all the political strings. For in this respect it appears that the global corporations (a mere 2,000 of them controlled 51% of the world’s economic turnover last year) has succeeded in creating a system (globalization) that makes all working citizens simply the ‘cash-cow’ to be exploited wherever and where our politicians do literally nothing. The USA-EU trade agreement is a fine example here of the corrupt power of big business taking over the world and the direct control of citizens, as this trade pact will even allow corporations to rise above sovereign laws themselves. You think that this is mad and could not possibly be, just wait and see our politicians sign up to it adhering too their indirect master’s wishes.
In this way steadily the world is becoming a far more volatile environment for all to live therefore and this is being driven by the sheer greed of the few. No ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ here and all perfectly true if people would open up their minds.
But the corrupting agent in all this is the ‘party’ system in politics that wants power for itself, not the people. This is what corrupts democracy and the reason why a new form of government has to be created before things do really get out of control. For poverty and inequality drives all this warlike conflict through corruption and the greed of the few…nothing else if common sense is used.
Therefore it is time that people realised that when they are voting for a better life they are in reality voting for the ‘party’ and where this corrupt system will eventually lead us all to the abyss. Time has come therefore to change the democratic system that totally panders to the ‘party’ and vote for anyone else except the system that has brought us to a world in constant conflict…all brought about by the political and economic greed of the very few.
For over the years we have come to understand the mindset of globalization and where when tens and hundreds of billions of dollars is concerned, the people can go to hell.
Single examples of this are where the mighty corporations have stopped the introduction through their governments of the ‘cure’ for all hard drug addicts, as it would mean that the big pharmaceuticals (nearing a US$ 1 trillion a year global turnover) would lose tens of billions in sales and another through the destruction of the only strategy that has stopped bird flu in its tracks (1997). Why would governments do this if the corporations were not pulling all the strings in the background as a cure for class ‘A’ drugs would save 100s of millions from the scourge of drug addiction and were the highly contagious human-to-human bird flu will according to some take over a billion lives the next time around. Indeed Dr. Margaret Chan Director-General of the WHO has stated many times that it is not a question of if but when. Unfortunately we know of many more where government and vested-interest global industries have colluded in going against the people’s clear benefit in the quest of personal wealth.
Therefore these powerful corporations are now dicing with the lives of hundreds of millions and where our politicians now do all their bidding. This is what globalization has done for the world and is increasingly doing so. Unfortunately these people are leading us all to times of unending global conflict but where they appear to be oblivious to the fact. Indeed when the conflict comes as it will, the military will inevitably join on the side of the people, for that is where they have their roots.
Dr David HillWorld Innovation Foundation