In looking back at history, it would appear that politics as a philosophy is far older in the Human society than corporate or market thinking, reaching back to Plato with Socrates and the vision of ‘The Good’. Market thinking is often sourced to before the industrial revolution, as some clever men found ways to privatize land and thus create the foundation for property and prosperity for the few. It does however also seem like market thinking is the smarter of the two, as it is coming up with solutions that are far more advanced and far more flexible, than the governments, in how to maintain and develop our societies. It has even been said by economic thinkers of today, that when the crash really hits, the corporations will be there to pick up the pieces (that is us), from the governments that has failed to protect it’s people and thus our countries will be run by corporations, which sole purpose is to create more wealth to those already wealthy, while enslaving the rest to produce, buy and consume for the wheels of the economy to turn. One could ask whether this is not already the politics that is being promulgated by our governments, and if so, are the governments not already existing as corporations or within the corporations, as separate entities only existing with the sole purpose of growing and generating profit for a select few?
This is especially seen as each government is expected on to take care of its own citizens, while the Global community is being neglected and overlooked, as each country is solely responsible for itself, even though the suffering of some is directly due to the exploitation by others – most often done shielded behind of corporations with no moral, political or legal obligations and therefore with the means to do whatever is necessary to squeeze the last drop out of any oilrig or diamond mine in the world.
One of the most important aspects of politics today, is the merging of governments with companies and corporations. In looking at this movement, it is not so odd as companies are build on the principle of profit and financial growth, only abiding the laws of the free market, which gives them power to act in ways that seem unlimited –with regards to human rights and environmental issues as well as with regards to marketing and public relations. In democracies, the governments are bound as the voice of the people and thus answer to the people, often within the ideological questions of how to live together and how to attain harmony and prosperity within our nations. A big difference between corporations and governments is however that corporations has the freedom to move and act globally, where governments are bound by bureaucracy and borders. And where democratic governments live of votes, the corporations live of profit. These two have now merged, with the introduction of the consumer-citizen – It is advanced survival 101.
Governments are only necessary as long as the fear of the people rebelling is relevant. Once the people are pacified sufficiently, they too will become expendable. It seems that the politicians today have embraced the corporations to such an extend that it is impossible to see where the one begins and the other stops. The governments have literally become corporations that exist solely for profit. The most fascinating aspect of all of this is that obviously behind the corporations are people – but because the corporations have been given a life of their own, as symbols, whatever is done within them is justified because it is not personal – it is business. An example where governments do the same is with the American governments handling of the prisoners in Guantanamo bay. The symbol of the company brand called America, allows them do bend their own rules and laws as far as they can, to get what they want – in this case either revenge or oil, but certainly not justice.
An entry into politics might be difficult in itself – but it is the symbiosis between governments and corporations that is the biggest challenge. Politics is no longer about creating the best possible society for everyone on Earth (which it should be), but about protecting the prosperity of the few, while keeping the masses pacified. In a country with civil war and corruption, it is easier to get away with pollution, with exploitation of children and women, with paying unacceptable wages and keeping people from forming unions. In wealthier countries it is more sophisticated as people like to think they are free, that they are doing good – which is why the bubble is created through television and media to create the illusion that we know what is going on in the world, that it is being taken care of by our governments and by a united Global community (that in reality does not exist) so that the people don’t feel guilty that they have more than the rest and thus can continue consuming, while still being encouraged to fear for their survival just to make sure that everyone keeps producing and that no one bites the hand that feed them, even though that hand is not the loving parent in the form of a caring government, but in fact the people that are exploited and abused in the name of profit in countries where we are not responsible, because our governments are not responsible, essentially because the corporations are not responsible and so the cycle is complete.
The challenge with removing power from corporations is that they operate globally, exploiting the land, resources, animals and people of one country, while the profit is being relocated to individuals in other countries – therefore political sanctions cannot work, without a global initiative that specifically deals with the money system as well as with supporting the countries that are being exploited. Because the corporations are basically running the world, a change in the political systems and thus in how we are currently managing our world, cannot happen without changing the way we deal with property, value, stocks, exchange and essentially as money is only thing that corporations respect and abide.
Essentially the point is to stop creating what is currently being created – which is based on consumption. Consumption by definition is to use something up until there is nothing left of it. For some reason this self-evident fact is being completely ignored by basically everyone in this world, that is not Directly experiencing the consequences and thus it is allowed to continue. The reason why it is the people in the top of this self-cannibalistic food chain that has to Stand up, is because those are the ones that create it through the acceptance of life being lived as consumption, through corporations and governments and how each of us live our lives.
The solution of an Equality System which is based on giving everyone Equal Money is the only solution that puts an end to the otherwise endless consumption and thus the only solution for a future on Earth.
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