To be honest I don't see a lot of difference with world politics. The bigger economies are just bullying louts that want to win, rather than play a fair and enjoyable game. Remember it all has to go back in the box at some point! Unless you are playing tic tac toe with a supercomputer that decides to lock you out!
Well I thought I might browse some of the WTO pages and found this reference to a new book out. I do like a book. I can't afford any at the moment, so will just have to guess what's in it. There are links to each chapter, so I am gong to have a look later.
So we have a situation that is a culmination of a world domination strategy. Historically there have been many civilisations that reach this point of collapse. They become unsustainable the moment that the supply network becomes too big.
For instance, I am thinking of the demise of the 'shopkeeper'. Hitler said that England was a nation of shopkeepers, which is why they couldn't win the war.
This means localised economy. The Butcher spends his money with the Baker and the shoemender, and the money stays in a localised economy. With huge supermarket chains setting up outside of towns, and closing down the small business that serves a small local community, we have ended up with the money generated from these mega corporations being sucked out of a locally sustainable community of people serving each others needs and pumping up the bicycle wheel economy that circulates within a localised area.
Over the last thirty or so years we have become brainwashed by our addiction to the media to over -consume. We have become exceedingly wasteful. We have been brainwashed into becoming fashion victims, and have exchanged the economy of our parents/grandparents ideology of make do and mend, with one that reflects the need to buy an ever increasing amount of stuff to replace servicable items that are deemed unaccepteble by 'modern' standards.
This is so evident with things like changing from metric to imperial measurments. It is impossible to replace an item when it is incompatible with a former standard. You have to either pay more for a bespoke solution, or change the whole system to accomodate a new set of standards. Who makes those decisions? They are made by the companies who know that their products have reached saturation!
We have had all our institutions torn down over the last 50-60 years. We no longer have stability of common belief. There is so much conflicting information and dissolution of our metanaratives that we have all become like lemmings heading for the cliff edge/hanger of anarchy. It makes me think of the strong man chained outside the village in Mark Ch 5.
Our desires have been given unparalleled licence with the advent of the credit card. The main culprit being this 'santa hijack' of Christmas! We spend an inordinate amount to appease our loss of meaning, and our need to create a make believe world if only for a few days, where the reality of a true spiritual gift is replaced with the material substitute that holds us captive to it's demands in our need for moments of unbridled excess.
We are actually describing in another form the paradox of the Golden Calf syndrome. This demonic creation formed from our collective conscious desire for representational worth, that the human psyche has never been able to disconnect from the building of civilisation.
We create something that we are in turn ultimately devoured by. In this instance it has been the creation of mythical money, which has been our crowning downfall.
The Bull and Bear markets that are worshipped as though they are temples of money, and sanctuaries for a hedonistic elite of the society. They have feasted to excess and have in turn consumed themselves in gambled hegemony. We are seeing a systemic collapse, an implosion of gambits and hedges being sucked into a vortex of a whirlwind, and it will scatter broken shards across every part of the world.
Or perhaps sanity will prevail, and an ordered dismantling of power from the temples of greed will be undertaken before a worldwide collapse of civilisation is no longer avoidable.
There is in my mind only one solution, and this is to fix prices of commodities like oil, grain, and foodstuffs. We need a stability, a platform that everyone can re-align their economic variance to, in order to make sense of this anarchy.
To allow the oligarchic manipulation of worldwide trends, and power plays at the expense of millions of people is the most totalitarian structure to have 'leaped out of the fire'. In the telling of this crucial moment in the Torah/Pentateuch God tells Moses that the people have already deserted the covenent that they said they would keep. Yet they had no means of understanding that covenent, as there had never been an egalitarian concept presented before. Their response to the vacuum of delay in Moses return was to revert to the empirical concepts of structure already known.
If we read the culmination of the Golden Calf incident, it was ground to a powder and burned, it was thrown in the river and the people made to drink it. For those who wish to live in unbridled luxury at the expense of the wider benefit of humanity, and who can't relinquish their hold on the hypnotic nature of this power even in the face of this turning tide of human awareness, they are the 'posessed pigs' that rushed into the water and drowned, and will do so again when the game plays out to it's conclusion.
Unless we can turn the tide! Can we as humanity find a fissure between the empiricism and imperialism that defines the history of our existance? What new vision is required to make sense of this age? Or perhaps what vision do we need to rediscover? What do we need to do to make sure that every person has a meaningful existance, and has sufficient for their needs, before those of us living in urban sprawling consumerism devour the very resources that need to be made available for all to survive.
I think this is a turning point in our evolution, not just a financial crisis. We all have to ask these questions, and somehow peice together a jigsaw of a world view that is not based on some game of winner takes all.
We only live one lifetime as far as we can be certain. What can we do in our lifetime, in the years that God gives us, the todays of our lives that can make this fundamental shift of the foundations of our civilisation before they sink with the weight of the enormity of need we have found ourselves in?
Strangely, one of the things that comes to mind is something we have all stopped doing... sending letters!
Because we can use the internet we no longer need so many postmen, so we have a very poor service. Yet a hand written letter, even sent by mailboat and taking weeks to arrive, somehow addresses the problem we have of creating a service that employs people. Altering our clothes, and using a local dressmaker, hairdresser, butcher, baker, mending our shoes, all these things provide work locally. It isn't too late to get some of the old hands out of retirement to teach us again.
We need to be able to do things for each other again, rather than rely on mass production. Perhaps to embrace the hand thrown pots and plates from local potters, rather than require the uniformity that comes from machined goods.
Demanding local produce, and going direct to market in the local area so that the farmers are no longer required to sell their produce for such a small margin, and waste so much of it because it doesn't fit the packaging.
We do have the solutions, we have to find them and keep working at it until it works for everybody. Like I said before, none of us need yet another ideology. No one's politics has ever solved these problems, and the moment that religeous denominations get hijacked by political movements we are in even deeper over our heads.
Each religious expression has a value system based in spiritual principles, the moment these are at odds with political agenda there is conflict. It is so important that all of the democratic demonstrations around the world maintain a real perspective of the underlying cause of this revolution.
We want to see the world made a safe place for our children and their children. We want systems that do not impoverish the many for the sake of the few, and we want to make a new start, not simply modify an existing order that will continue to bring forth this beast to threaten us with the fear of the unknown and unimaginable horror of living without it.
We have lived with stockholm syndrome since the beginnings of civilisations. In a sense this is 'The Devil Within'. Our innate need to control or be controlled. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome
The object of spiritual disciplines, is to overcome this matrix, and be in control of these impulses. The very dismantleing of religeous institutions in westernised life, albeit to limit their power initialy, has again left this vacuum that we needed to fill. In spiritual speak, I guess we just made ourselves sick on ice cream! (Or Golden Calf dust).
Perhaps we should throw up and get it over with, and then get on with the job of tidying the place up. There is a lot of work hours needed to clear up all that industrial waste, clean up our waterways, pick up the rubbish, and recycle all those plastics into something realy useful.
Let's try not make it a political movement this time, just a genuine heartfelt desire to make it an equitable world of diversity, where there is a place for everyone to enjoy their heritage, occupation, family, religeon and spiritual heritage, and make friends instead of enemies. We all share this beautiful planet.
The moment we call this movement 'something' we will find it sidelined. When it is undefined, with no name, it does not have a name that can be fought against. It is not anything that has gone before, and it still does not know itself, it isn't ready to!