Plan locally, act globally by Ton Haex
This is the first of a series of articles that will outline a strategy for creating a world system that supports just economies and ends war in the process. Basically, the strategy rests on the recognition that the central problem in the world today is the corruption of governments, particularly the U.S. government. Its goal would be to combine the individual efforts of citizens in "democratic" countries to divest the global economic elite of the power to dictate the choices citizens have of those who will represent them. If successful, such a strategy would effectively prevent the economic elite from dictating the domestic and foreign policy of the nation, as well as of its partners and client states.
The next several essays in this series will elaborate on specific elements of
When you mention the developing "New World Order" to people who still think there is a two-party system in the United States, eyes roll. Anything you have to say afterward is dismissed before it is out of your mouth. Many Republicans are closer to understanding what the "New World Order" is than are partisan Democrats. They recognize that there has been a fundamental change in the way the federal government operates, starting with the first banking bailout. They acknowledge the effects of financial manipulation of the economy, but mistake it for a socialist takeover by Democrats rather than the fascist coup that it is. Partisan Democrats believe that the only problem is Republican politicians, and the solution is merely to elect more Democrats, whom they equate with "champions of the People." Any debate about partisan politics is therefore a distraction from the real issues.
The obvious truth is that both parties have been
systematically corrupted by powerful financial elites who put their interests
over those of the rest of us. Therefore, one of the objectives of any strategy
must be to find a way to get partisans to understand that neither party
represents them. Liberals and conservatives are already beginning to work
together on selected issues. If we can connect these issues to a larger agenda
and convince partisans that the issues are more important than whether a
candidate is a Republican or a Democrat, it is possible to develop a strategy
to take back America for the People.
Congress already ignores the clear will of the People on many critical issues. The only way we can change that is to work together. We must agree that our overarching goal is representative democracy. If we can put aside ideological differences, it is possible to pressure our elected representatives to act according to the common will. Americans have proven capable of putting the candidate over the party when given a reasonable choice. They will do it again, if they understand that it is the only way to make their votes count. We can worry about consensus on other issues after we get the attention of Congress by taking out a few entrenched corporate puppets.
With election campaigns having become largely a matter of who can generate the most funding, and with corporations and the wealthy free to spend unlimited sums to influence elections, only a fool would think that voters can influence decisions in Washington before strong campaign finance reform is instituted. We must find a way to guarantee that members of Congress know their jobs depend on supporting a Constitutional amendment to effectively ban corporate expenditures to influence elections, while limiting the amount individuals can spend to buy the candidates of their choice. The only way to do this is to make support for such an amendment the litmus test in every Congressional campaign where a candidate of any party can be found who will pledge to amend.
The first goal for assuming popular control of the United States government and restoring national sovereignty to all nations is to define the fundamental problem in a way that most people agree on. We then have to educate average Americans and citizens around the world about the danger of allowing the U.S. government to be controlled by the economic elite. This common understanding is necessary to find a solution, since Americans must speak with one voice to merit the claim of representing the will of the People, and citizens of other nations must stand with them against the same global financiers who control their governments, directly or indirectly. It is critical that those with the biggest audiences outside the corporate media understand and communicate the urgency of putting aside partisan, national, cultural and religious differences to save humanity from perpetual economic slavery. Ultimately, even the survival of human civilization as we know it may depend on reining in the global financiers. It is evident, for instance, that a failure to check the power of corporations in the fossil fuel industry, which have trillions of dollars in assets, will doom millions as a result of increasing global climate instability.
For those who question the existence of a relatively small group of individuals so powerful that they can manipulate the global economy, consider this:
1) 147 of the largest international corporations hold 40% of the assets and collect 60% of the profits of over 43,000 transnational corporations. Almost all of the top 25 are financial institutions. The most influential individuals in each are also members of the Boards of Directors of others. They are at the top of the pyramid of the global economic elite, whose power we must attack.
2) Through interlocking directorships and financial resources that dwarf those of even the United States, international financial institutions have come to control key economic sectors, including energy, telecommunications, insurance, and health care. In addition, they control a financial industry that generates 40% of U.S. GDP--wealth that the common citizen never sees.
3) Six corporations control virtually all of American mainstream media: Disney, Time Warner, Viacom, Newscorp, CBS and NBC. Moreover, corporate donors heavily influence the content of "public" TV and radio in the U.S.
4) It is estimated that there is more than enough money held offshore by wealthy citizens to pay off the U.S. debt.
Most Americans have almost no knowledge of how the economy
really works, having been brainwashed into buying the myth of the free market.
This is the essential assumption of the Washington consensus. The other
demonstrably false tenets of this neoliberal model are that globalization is
inevitable, that endless growth is possible, and that national economies
struggle in it only if they do not adhere to financial and monetary policies
that allow the rich to accumulate enough wealth--which magically trickles down
to those who are willing to work hard enough.
This is an economic model that in the final analysis is nothing but a scheme cooked up by international financiers to consolidate their control. That consolidation, as the financiers see it, will progress until they essentially run everything through their proxies in governments and the corporate intermediaries they own.
Ironically, as taxpayers around the world accumulate massive debt owed to the very individuals who crashed the global economy, the global economic elite counsels austerity. This leads to slashing of government services, job loss in nations with no industrial base or with excess capacity in the face of reduced demand, and, finally, to the sell-off of government assets to pay the interest on the accumulated debt. As job losses mount and wages and salaries decline, the tax base is undermined--a problem that is magnified by corporate and individual tax breaks for the rich. This cycle is, moreover, ultimately self-defeating, since the worker, in contrast to paper money, is the only source of real wealth.
Americans are starting to grasp the enormity of the fraud perpetrated on them, but are far from organizing effectively to do anything about it. It is considered a major victory that Larry Summers, one of the chief architects of the global Ponzi scheme in derivatives, was not selected to succeed Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Fed, passing once more through the revolving door between Wall Street and government. A real victory, however, would have been to see both Summers and his co-conspirator, Timothy Geithner, former Secretary of the Treasury under Obama, put in prison. Yet, none of the principal criminals responsible for the global economic meltdown has been prosecuted. And, meanwhile, "too big to fail" banks have used taxpayer bailout money to buy failed financial institutions for pennies on the dollar, making them even more powerful.
Here is the difference between most socialist nations and
those that by definition are fascist: In
a centralized socialist system, the political class generally controls the
economic elite, and they work in tandem to promote the interests of both. Venezuela and some other Latin American
countries are notable exceptions to this rule.