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Mon May 18, 2015, 07:37 PM

New World Disorder

On September 11, 1990, President Geoege H. W. Bush spoke of a “new world order.” At the time, many critics assumed it was a clumpy attempt by a poor public speaker to sound inspirational in describing the promise that the post-Cold War held. In fact, it marked one of the very few times Bush spoke honestly, although he attempted to make the plan sound beneficial to everyone, especially US and Soviet citizens.

A quarter of a century later, it is evident that this new world order has not brought stability, much less security, to the world at large. It has helped a tiny minority to prosper. And it is in this context that we should view the TPP -- for it is nothing, if not an agreement by the wealthy elite, disguised as an international trade deal.

Bush attempted to sound like Woodrow Wilson advocating for the United Nations. But Wilson’s post-WW1 attempt to prevent the international tensions that led to warfare was sincere, and based upon both the rule of law, and respect for every nation’s sovereignty. The TPP is distinct: it is an attempt to over-ride governments, and institute the authority of multi-national corporations.

After WW2, a new reality was created in the United States -- a strong middle class. Although looking back, we can see that this was primarily the territory of white men, it would provide opportunity for others to struggle for social justice. And, for several decades, it allowed US citizens to live in a level of material comfort that had not been experienced by human beings in the past. Indeed, it created a lifestyle that most global inhabitants today do not have.

A solid case can be made for the concept that this lifestyle did not improve the quality of life -- except in material comfort -- for many people. This is evidenced by the rates of mental illness, especially depressive disorders; suicide; violence, including but not exclusively gun-related; and rates of drug dependence, abuse, and addiction. This includes, of course, both illegal and legal substances, even those prescribed by a doctor.

America’s military might allowed it to exploit the resources -- human and material -- from much of the world. Exploitation by corporations, including the military-industrial complex, was greatest in “Third-World” nations. Likewise, the USSR had sections of the world it exploited, and competed with Uncle Sam for access to the Third World.

Times changed. The Soviet Union came apart at the seams. US corporations began to cooperate with foreign businesses in manners that displayed a total lack of anything that could be mistaken for patriotism, excepting only their commercials and ads. The leaders of various nations were primarily fronting for these corporations.

As a rule, American presidents talk about their desire for peace. Yet, it would be difficult to identify when we haven’t been involved in wardare -- though not in the manner identified by the Constitution of the United States, nor against specific nations. But a general policy that involves violence of the type that benefits powerful US corporate interests -- including, of course, those of the military-industrial complex.

Indeed, although the general public was distracted, there was even a shift between the exclusive use of the US military, to hiring “private contractors” -- with tax dollars, and without Congressional oversight. These “private contractors” began as the “security” forces of various corporations, which sometimes morphed into a corporate identity of their own. But hey, corporations ARE people. Just ask the US Supreme Court.

While Americans are busy fighting about “social issues” -- primarily rooted in one group’s attempting to prove their church employs the biggest god on earth -- corporations have focused on purchasing the best politicians that money can buy. That’s not to say that all politicians are corporate lap dogs. But most are. And the few who aren’t willing to “rise above their principles” for the good of the team get run over, one way or another.

Non-US corporate elitists know that their populations require a higher standard of living, in order to insure that they can be more fully exploited. And US corporations are willing partners. Heck, they are eager to pay workers less money, not have to deal with unions, or obey pesky environmental laws. And, as we have witnessed, there is a corresponding decrease in US citizens’ living standards. That “middle class” ain’t what it used to be.

We have options. One is to do nothing, and just accept this new world disorder. Another would be to focus entirely upon which candidate favors our positions on social issues; indeed, they are important. A third option would be to exercise the rights, and live up to the responsibilities, that the Constitution provides for. And that obviously includes actively supporting those politicians who aren’t owned by corporate interests.

Peace,
H2O Man

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Reply New World Disorder (Original post)
H2O Man May 2015 OP
AuntPatsy May 2015 #1
H2O Man May 2015 #13
seveneyes May 2015 #2
H2O Man May 2015 #14
NYC_SKP May 2015 #3
H2O Man May 2015 #15
Dont call me Shirley May 2015 #4
H2O Man May 2015 #16
Dont call me Shirley May 2015 #19
hootinholler May 2015 #5
H2O Man May 2015 #20
Wilms May 2015 #6
H2O Man May 2015 #21
Wilms May 2015 #25
WHEN CRABS ROAR May 2015 #7
malokvale77 May 2015 #9
H2O Man May 2015 #27
antigop May 2015 #8
malokvale77 May 2015 #10
Scuba May 2015 #11
malaise May 2015 #12
cali May 2015 #17
fadedrose May 2015 #18
PufPuf23 May 2015 #22
raouldukelives May 2015 #23
Ichingcarpenter May 2015 #24
JustAnotherGen May 2015 #26

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:39 PM

1. Excellent thought provoking Op, than you for sharing..

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Response to AuntPatsy (Reply #1)

Tue May 19, 2015, 08:11 AM

13. Thank you. AuntPatsy!

This OP is the third version of an essay that I've been trying to write for a few weeks. It was inspired by DU's "cali," who has been serving as such a valuable resource for our community on the issues involving the TPP. But the first two attempts were too long, and I doubt many people would have read them.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:49 PM

2. Still waiting for that Deux Ex Machina

 

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Response to seveneyes (Reply #2)

Tue May 19, 2015, 08:12 AM

14. Thanks!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 07:49 PM

3. Thank you for this timely post, H2O Man.

 

I've been told that outsourcing and global trade are inevitable and of little concern.

That economic powers would trend toward increasingly unsustainable and shortsighted models does not surprise me, but when our government and our party leaders begin to help them grease the skids, I have to call them on it.

We are blessed in this nation with the human and the natural resources we need to be self-sustaining (if we don't mind cutting down on cheap consumer goods).

The very least we should do is to ensure that what trade we do engage in is regulated carefully and to the benefit of the workers and consumers and environment at each end of those deals.

Be well and thank you for the post.

Recommended.



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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Tue May 19, 2015, 08:17 AM

15. Well said.

Thank you.

I understand that politicians have to deal with corporations. Indeed, our government(s) -- local, state,and federal -- are in reality not-for-profit corporations. But when they serve the economic needs of corporations first and foremost, that translates to putting the benefit of the obscenely rish 1% over the good of the 99%. And that is definitely not "democracy." In fact, it demands the destruction of the Constitution.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 08:20 PM

4. Well said H2O Man!

The thought of Borderless Global Corporate Feudal Kingdoms is a bad one.

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #4)

Tue May 19, 2015, 08:24 AM

16. Indeed, it is a bad one.

Your description -- a "Borderless Corporate Feudal Kingdom" -- is 100% accurate. In his book "We Talk, You Listen," published about 45 years ago, Vine Deloria wrote that the people in the US had two options: to begin to recognize that the Constitution (including the Bill of Rights) could be used to advance groups' rights (marriage equality being a prime example), which is the positive potential of tribalism; or return to feudal life. The teepee/longhouse versus the castle.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #16)

Tue May 19, 2015, 09:00 AM

19. The teepee/longhouse/pueblo had a much more egalitarian system of living than the castle.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:05 PM

5. Thanks for the food for thought H2O Man

I still don't understand how a nation that is peopled by so many generous folk can be so God Damned stingy.

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #5)

Tue May 19, 2015, 09:24 AM

20. That's a good question.

It fits in with some of what I'm reading today -- Fromm's "The Sane Society," on concepts of commerce and human worth. I've been making outlines in my mind on two topics: the one you mention, and also "authority."

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 09:09 PM

6. Now, let's see. Who's a candidate to fit that bill?

 

Sanders/H2O Man 2016

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Response to Wilms (Reply #6)

Tue May 19, 2015, 09:32 AM

21. Thank you.

It is important that good people run for "local" office, as well as the higher offices. And, obviously, important that people of good will actively support those good candidates, both during and after the campaigns.

I had hoped to run on the Democratic ticket for NYS Senate last fall. But another candidate had more support. I was happy to step aside, and support her. But I was disappointed by her campaign. So I plan to get an early start on the next one.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #21)

Tue May 19, 2015, 01:42 PM

25. Count on me to support your campaign.

 

I'm sure everyone will welcome the announcement!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:29 PM

7. We also have a fourth option

and that is starting a non-violent revolution against the multinational corporations that are taking away our rights and controlling our lives.
We do have the right under our Constitution to non-violently change government for our own self interests and for the very existence of all life on earth.
To accomplish that we will have to change many minds. Therein lays the biggest problem.

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Response to WHEN CRABS ROAR (Reply #7)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:54 PM

9. Good post.

PS: My SO is a "Roaring Crab".

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Response to WHEN CRABS ROAR (Reply #7)

Wed May 20, 2015, 11:20 AM

27. Right.

That's the flip-side of the coin per option 3. In order to fight corporation's unhealthy and undemocratic control, we have to do battle with them in the political arena. But, as you point out, it is more than simply doing that -- it involves a social-consciousness raising.

And therein lays the greatest difficulty .....although not doing it insures greater difficulties.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon May 18, 2015, 10:36 PM

8. precisely why the DLC was known as "The Democratic Leadership CORPORATION". nt

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Response to antigop (Reply #8)

Mon May 18, 2015, 11:05 PM

10. "The Democratic Leadership CORPORATION"

I know you didn't mean that literally, but they were indeed a corporation, and we are suffering the awful affects still.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 06:02 AM

11. K&R

 

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 06:13 AM

12. Great read

but I would argue that Reagan and Thatcher introduced the 'new world order. CIA Chief GHW made it worse.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 08:30 AM

17. excellent essay- particularly love the last 3 paragraphs.

 

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 08:33 AM

18. K & R

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 10:44 AM

22. Bump rec nt.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 11:19 AM

23. K&R It is the apathy of evil.

Bad things end when good people refuse to support or profit from them.

I've always felt that was how we ended slavery. It all started with people who refused to profit from evil themselves. Even if it meant they couldn't be taken "seriously" they stood against it.

There can be no doubt that what the corporations are doing to our world and most importantly to future generations is anything but evil.

Obfuscating the truth because it is bad for the bottom line? Even if that truth is that the biosphere as we know it, as our species, as all species, evolved and thrived in, is coming to an end?

We alone hold the power to change it and the idea of not joining with the corporations in the battle against reality is the one that is met with derision, scorn or ignorance.

If the good people lose this battle, we will have lost the war that has raged against intolerance, ignorance and insanity for our entire existence. Every victory, every written word, every artwork created, every small inching forward our race has made will be for naught.

The stakes have never been higher. The call for action never louder.

Extremely daunting and very depressing if you think about it. Which is why most people don't.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 12:02 PM

24. Interesting read H2O Man

The Sopranos and made in America


Made in American was the title of the last show of the Sopranos. I'm only on season 4 right now and after re-watching the series again thought of the strange way in a mythos Joseph Campbell way it is analogous with America.

Tony Soprano, exhibits one part of the American mythos as a psychotic panic attack driven crime boss that must seek psychiatric help to stop his blackouts where in his world the rule of law exists only to be flouted; power to be flaunted; any scruple to be parodied. Which I think what the corporate/banking mafia does to the united states and the rest of the world. He and his gang are the new world order boss. They torture, murder and kill to provide for their elite group. Wars are started to gain economic control for areas of influence.


Carmela Soprano represents the consumer populace of the United States in the sense she has a good wealthy life but has cognitive dissonance on what and whom gives her lifestyle through exploitation of the planet which is why her religion is so important to her and gives her an out for her life's contradiction.


AJ Soprano and Meadow represent other arch types of the American national persona.


The Sopranos held a mirror up to America. It was not about the mafia,!it!was!about!
the family and, in fact, it was not really about the family either, it was about
America


Many have no power to fight the mob or elect the new mob boss
but we need to carry on and fight the good fight.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 01:57 PM

26. Kicked

If I missed the greatness in this OP - I'm sure others did too!

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