In short art is the education of nature. Thus, in its broadest sense, art is civilization. For civilization is nothing other than the unremitting aim at the major perfections of harmony
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)
The present world crisis can be solved only by a general human revolution against outdated concepts…Man is not a blood-thirsty animal, and war is only due to the greed and lust for power of relatively small groups, the conspiracy of the few against the many.
Albert Szent-Gyorgi (1893-1986), Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937
Economic growth on its own does not lead to the realization of social rights and living well. The horizon of equality calls for the distribution of wealth, economic and political empowerment of the poor, the excluded, and the marginalized. It calls for strengthening communities and building societies with solidarity, not exclusive societies based on the accumulation of wealth or governed by the need to make money, avarice, and the grasping nature of the market…It is only through the recovery of control of natural resources that we will be able to garner greater benefits for our peoples, in particular to eliminate poverty, to invest in economic diversification, industrialization, and social programs…It is vital to strike a balance between the rights of Mother Earth, the right to development, the rights of indigenous peoples, and social, economic, and cultural rights – as well as the right of the poor to emerge from poverty… Declaring the human right to water means that it cannot be privatized. Water is life. It cannot be the subject of profit or commerce. In the same way, to resolve major social inequalities basic services such as water, electricity, telecommunications, and basic sanitation, as well as education and health, must be human rights…We must profoundly change the exclusionary structures of financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. This measure should be part of the transformation of the world financial architecture. These organizations cannot be governed only by developed countries, which through clever financial strategies blackmail and oppress developing countries, especially the poorest. This is what we call eradicating financial colonialism in the world…If there had not been a financial crisis, there would be 413 million less hungry people in the world today. It is unthinkable to eradicate hunger and poverty without changing the international financial architecture…With the cost of war spent elsewhere, humanity could overcome many of the problems facing it today such as Ebola, tuberculosis, and other diseases…The summit of states and heads of governments of the G-77 and China adopted a declaration entitled ‘For a New World Order To Live Well’. This ratifies the principles of unity, complementarity, and solidarity, as well as the building of a new world order which would establish a fairer, more democratic system to benefit our peoples…Brothers and sisters, the empire of finance, the empire of markets, the empire of the arms industry, must all fall to give way to the wisdom of life, and life in peace and harmony”.
Evo Morales, Bolivia’s President, speech delivered at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
…We believe in the necessity of building a new UN for peace, for a new world. Where there are no empires who wish to go back to a unipolar world. This is urgent for the world…There is another world where we can all talk, think, and decide. Decide on our countries’ destiny, on peace; there’s a new regionalism that has come up….Recently, there was a very interesting meeting that will impact over the coming years between the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), with new mechanisms for development, and UNASUR in Brasilia. We decided to share experience between the BRICS bank which had just been announced, and the new Bank of the South, the new financial infrastructure from this emerging world, from new regionalisms. Latin America is incorporating itself in new regionalisms with enthusiasm. Based on the experience, there are new ways to establish a roadmap for re-foundation of the UN”.
Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela, United Nations General Assembly, September 24, 2014
I would rather disagree with a case Obama made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
Vladimir Putin, A Plea for Caution From Russia, New York Times, 11 September 2013
People do not strive for change unless they can see that there are realistic, sensible or, at the very least, acceptable alternatives to the present.
Here I provide what I hope will be an encouraging vision of a better future.
Russia, China, India, Brazil and many emerging powers are set on replacing the current financial order (the “invisible hand” of the Washington Consensus: namely, austerity, privatization of strategic assets, lower corporate tax rates, low salaries) which is blatantly biased in favour of the Atlantic Alliance (The lies behind this transatlantic trade deal, Guardian, 2 December 2013; see also Project for the New American Century; A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm; Manifest Destiny).
There are no genuine humanitarian motivations behind this initiative, but rather pragmatism and enlightened egoism.
These leaders have simply realised that, because of the sociopathic greed and hubris (bordering on anti-life pathological lunacy: Ford and GM Scrutinized for Alleged Nazi Collaboration, Washington Post, 30 November 2014; Seeds of suicide and slavery versus seeds of life and freedom, Al Jazeera, 30 March 2013) of a small but highly influential segment of the élites, this planet is in serious trouble, the IMF and the international monetary system will not be reformed, cooperation between nations is out of the question (The IMF’s New Cold War Loan to Ukraine, CounterPunch, 9 September, 2014) and unity in diversity in a more balanced system is, for the time being, an unattainable goal (Perpetual War, and Shame, Is Our Policy, Huffington Post, 11 September 2014; How Perpetual War Became U.S. Ideology, the Atlantic, 11 May 2011; When Genocide is Permissible, Times of Israel, 1 August 2014).
Perpetual global war means phenomenal growth for global capital, as opposed to peace, which is bad for business (Blessed are the peacemakers. But are we peaceworthy?).
Their moves signal their interest in setting up a series of regional currencies, on the way to a single world currency that would be an asset for the whole of humanity, in a multipolar world based on the principles of balance, dialogue and compromise (Coalition of the opposing: Why these 9 countries voted against Palestine at the U.N., Washington Post, 30 November 2012; Why the US Is Trying to Squash China’s New Development Bank, The Diplomat, 10 October 2014), retaining multiple currencies and world centres, rather than an instrument of unipolar tyranny using US dollar denominated derivatives as weapons of financial mass destruction. Even Henry Kissinger agrees on this (Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order, Wall Street Journal, 29 August 2014):
A world order of states affirming individual dignity and participatory governance, and cooperating internationally in accordance with agreed-upon rules, can be our hope and should be our inspiration.
In short, the BRICS development bank, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and several other agreements are preparing the ground for a scenario in which, under the rule of law, the US economy is allowed to collapse without destroying the world economy and the new system will be governed by the same self-limiting elites responsible for the increasing affluence of the populations of Russia, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Iran, Brazil, Indonesia, Chile, etc. (China Wages Seen Jumping in 2014 Amid Shift to Services, Bloomberg, 6 January 2014). Which is good, for there is no dignity, democracy and freedom without employment, economic security, and rule of law (Secret tapes pull back curtain on Goldman Sachs, BBC, 29 September 2014).
That said, it is obvious that these nations, like our own, have a long way to go before we can talk about true peace, true dignity, true democracy, and true cooperation.
Because this plan of a rebalancing of the global players is loathed by the ruling, rent seeking élites, and because there is no carefully choreographed secret conspiracy uniting East and West, South and North, this also means that World War III could be on the cards. After all, today’s finance is war by non-military means.
One cannot count too much on the rationality of those who manoeuvre our leaders and, furthermore, the last Great Depression was “resolved” by the outbreak of WWII. It is the last resort to defend US veto power and military spending and the hegemony of the finance machine based in Wall Street and the City, which is premised on the petrodollar: it is safe to say that it will be used.
(a) neutralizing Putin’s challenge (i.e. a multi-polar world order with rules established by multiple centres of power) by putting a wedge between Russia and the EU (this is the ultimate goal of the Ukrainian civil war); (b) suppressing any genuine Arab and Mediterranean renaissance (e.g. ISIS, “humanitarian” bombing and military coups); (c) keeping the EU on a short leash and the euro in 2nd place (Iraq nets handsome profit by dumping dollar for euro, Guardian, 16 February 2003; How the US dollar destabilises the world, South China Morning Post, 3 march 2014); (d) vetoing a comprehensive reform of global institutions (The US Congress is unlikely to pass the required legislation to enact the 2010 IMF Code of Reforms); (e) retaining their control of the energy market (a further struggle between centralization and decentralization); (f) preventing the rise of Africa; (g) halting all efforts to create functioning publicly owned development banks, multiple complementary and regional currencies (Faircoin as the First Global Commons Currency?; Dreamcoin: Africa’s New Hope) and all that is required to change the way money works, in the direction of mutual aid (Argentina looks to China and Russia for support, Financial Times, 10 July 2014; Chile seeks more Chinese investment, South China Morning Post, 22 September, 2014; Ecuador to Develop Its Own Satellite with Chinese Help, Latin America Herald Tribune, 18 September 2014); (h) ignoring proposal for decentralized autonomy (devolution) and federalism at the lowest effective level; (i) appeasing those indebted nations that know full well that they have been blackmailed, exploited and cheated by the Atlantic Alliance (Gladio A & B; Five Eyes) and now demand debt relief and restructuring; (j) and, finally, keeping Western public opinion in the dark about all this, as well as convinced that BRICS countries are the real aggressors.
No small feat, if you ask me. They are unlikely to succeed. They must be desperate, by now, for they have bitten off more than they can chew.
The masses will not consent to an even more centralized order and unprecedented, worldwide rioting would break out, should a war with Russia and China be seriously contemplated.
What most human beings want is a fair balance between micro decentralization and macro centralization; being treated with respect and appreciation rather than as mere consumers/spectators; having a meaningful occupation.
The only true wealth is not oil, gold or even energy: it is human creative and organized activity, our capacity for thinking imaginatively and effectively, for looking at things in new ways and finding ingenious solutions instead of reacting mechanically to the same stimuli.
We are intrinsically worthy because we are unpredictable: no one can tell what we can accomplish. Our potential remains indeterminate. In this lies our dignity as human beings and this is also why dismantling the anti-creative system in which we are forced to lead seldom actualized and often unexamined lives is imperative.
How to reach them: