By Debbie Menon
Money in ultra-large amounts, and the empowerment which it engenders, goes a long way in sports, and politics. It can make bedfellows of total strangers!
It is a fearsome and destructive power, especially when wielded in the hands of uncaring and reckless ultra-powerful and influential men.
Mark Engler in his article "The World After Bush" asserts: "There is little question that the majority of people on the planet -- those who suffered under both the corporate globalization of the Clinton years and the imperial globalization of George W. Bush -- deserve something better. However, it is far from certain that social justice advocates who want to encourage a more democratic approach to world affairs and global economic well-being will be able to sway a new administration. On the other hand, the damage inflicted by eight years of neocon rule and the challenges of an increasingly daunting geopolitical scene present a conundrum to the corporate globalizers: Is it even possible to go back to the way things were?"
"Don't think of this as some conspiratorial plot," he says. No, I shall not think of it as a conspiratorial plot if he does not want me to... but I would like some reassurances, then, that those big conclaves at the Bohemian Grove and Blunderberg are simply social gatherings of old friends who get together whenever they can for a few beers, high jinks, dirty jokes, and games and that as gentlemen, they do not discuss politics, business, religion or women over dinner.
I can assure you, the world after Bush will not look like the world before Bush! Some important things have been bent, many of them broken. It makes the damage done to Robert Frost's birches look like a few bent twigs.
I have been meditating on why so many people think John McCain is an excellent choice for President over Barack Obama. He is, obviously, and has been declared by at least one psychiatrist, a psychotic. Perhaps he is in denial of the consequences of some of the things he did in his ten short hours of actual wartime combat. I leave that up to the shrinks to work out.
Perhaps we do live in a world where "success" is accomplished (I distinguish between achievements and accomplishments) only by setting aside all rules and compunctions which might govern our activities, repression of which is recognized as a cause for most psychoses.
Perhaps as a nation, Americans have become psychotic and, not only understand him completely, but agree with him wholeheartedly!
"To solve the problem? Kill all of them and pave the countries over... turn it into a parking lot for downtown Tel Aviv!" "Sounds good to me, John... go for it... I'll vote for you!"
Perhaps we have always lived in such a world, where we had to ignore the moral laws of tradition, humanity and "religion" in order to accomplish "success" in the terms in which it is measured in this modern and materialistic world.
It seems to me that most of us grew up realizing this in some small way, that we would necessarily have to set aside some of our moral compunctions to succeed at some things, if we thought them important enough. But, I remember that most of us also knew that there was such a thing as "right" and "wrong," "good and bad," and that we not only had the power to decide, either way, but that we might very well be called upon someday to pay back for some of the things we did.
"You get out only what you put in."
"What goes around, comes around,"
"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
"You get back what you give.... both the good and the bad, tenfold!"
"Dance your heart out while ye can, for there comes the time when ye must pay the piper."
Simple things like that.
Has the world become so bad, life so cruel, that so many people love John McCain because they understand his amoral, immoral insanity... and agree with him? "Go for it, John, I'll vote for you!"
Have the people of America lost their sense of moral value? What used to be "good" or "bad," "right" or "wrong" is, now-a-days, neither?
Is it simply "the way things are done, now-a-days?"
Does no one question the fitness of the solution anymore, but merely look at the endgame and, if they find it agreeable, ask only, "What do you think is the best way to kill all of them?"
Will only the more deeply thoughtful go on to ask, "How many tons of concrete do you think it will take to pave over the grave, and turn it into a parking lot for the Synagogue?" And, "Do you think I could get the contract for painting the stripes? I'm sure that there will be something in it for both of us?" American Shopping Centers and business ventures which can be built in adjacent, and now compliant, countries. The seal on this parking lot must be absolutely impermeable, otherwise in time a terrible stench will arise from what lies beneath it, and the investment will lose its market.
I found a recent study of Muslim public opinion on Globalization released by WorldPublicOpinion.Org. curious. The study finds that, contrary to the common assumption that Muslims view globalization as a threat to their society, globalization is generally viewed positively in the six predominantly Muslim nations polled: Egypt , Turkey , Azerbaijan , Iran , Indonesia , and the Palestinian Territories, plus the Muslim population of Nigeria . I do not place a hellova lot of credit in "polls" because many of them are not representative of opinions among people who do much about the matters or questions polled, and public opinion is such a fluid and protean thing anyway.
Most "Islamic" nations are Third World, either struggling to establish themselves among the First (or Second) World nations or, simply to survive. Let us not go into the reasons for the want, poverty and tribulations of those nations, which are irrelevant to the questions except for the fact that the misery and want of the people probably contributes to their opinions with regard to globalization.
Globalization has been hyped, marketed by the world leaders of the movement, as a "levelling" factor for the people of the world, in which all the lesser advantaged will be elevated to the comfort and opportunities of the blessed First-Worlders, and life will improve for everyone.
This has been the historical dream of the poor and oppressed since the beginnings of humanity.
We all know the fallacy of this argument that establishing norms or medians works, in this fashion, but unfortunately, most of the people polled, those actually living in "Islamic" countries in which we find a lot of these substandard or even marginal living conditions, do not.
Read 'Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,' John Perkins. How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions. Whether John Perkins is lying or not, I, who am not paid to believe one way or another, find his story very "plausible" in the context of recent economic history, and the record of American foreign Policy. And, as subjective as his persuasion, I am persuaded, and will accept John Perkins at his word, until I see evidence that he is unreliable.
It is all a charade. And, this poll is just another part of the act, intended to help persuade the yet unpersuaded that they are going to be left behind by this great, unwashed and unthinking mass of followers of Globalization.
We know who will benefit, and who will pay, for Globalization. In the world of dairy farming, there is such a process of milking called "stripping." It involves specialists, or special settings on the automatic milking machines to milk the cow of the very last drops.
We live in a world where the economy has already been milked of all reasonably produceable profits... it is time to call in the Globalists and start "stripping!"
All we have to do is persuade the cow to stand still while we do it. It is uncomfortable, and she will object as soon as she realizes what is happening to her!
How long must America and Americans suffer these hypocrisies before they do something about it?
About the author: Debbie Menon is an independent writer based in Dubai. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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