Here we are exploring the necessity for whole system change.
Here we are focusing a good, hard look upon our world’s currently prevailing politico-economic system, seeking out the systemic causes for the unconscionable specter of injustice and devastation that we see in our world today.
Here we face straight-on the fundamentally undemocratic, unsustainable, and, indeed, inhumane, nature of “disaster capitalism” – as presented in the Earth Holocracy Proposal’s Volume Six: Why Whole System Change is Necessary.
There is method to our madness:
The purpose for starkly examining the unconscionable nature of the neoliberal hegemony’s global domination is
- firstly, to present a more accurate picture of geopolitics than readily available through mass media
- and secondly, to provoke a mass knee-jerk reaction – a flaring of popular awareness, conscience, ethics and authentic humanity – of sufficient clarity and strength as to motivate us all to “slam on the breaks” and turn around.
Here we divide our reasons for whole system change into four sub-themes:
Why Whole System Change is Necessary
Part One, Global Domination by the Neoliberal Hegemony, investigates the rise of the neoliberal hegemony and its extraordinary achievement in consolidating global power. We examine modern history in the voices of mass social movements worldwide, independent media, leading investigative writers, legal experts and justice organizations, as well as famed historic personalities who have offered warnings, as well as brazen confidences, to humanity from the “halls of power”. Part One includes a short list of key players involved in consolidating and maintaining global power and wealth in the hands of the (tiny) neoliberal hegemony. Part One concludes with a presentation of the disastrous impact – indeed, the ruthless assault – of neoliberal “free market” globalization policies upon humanity and the world environment.
Part Two, Systemic Global Militarism, looks into the black, inky depths of humanity’s traumatized and morally-injured collective consciousness. We look at the “disastrous rise of misplaced power”, the vast edifice of US-led global militarism, the modern era of “unending war”, the illegal violation of national sovereignty and human rights the world over, the insanity of humanity’s complicity in perching ourselves upon the “high-tech”, apocalyptic brink of World War III.
In Part Two, again the “river running through” the Earth Holocracy Proposal surfaces: Rojava, dear Rojava – championing possibly the closest working model of the decentralized, participatory democracy advocated by the Earth Holocracy Proposal, and… struggling against being bombed off the face of the earth by the US-backed “war of terror”:
“As the imperialist, bloodthirsty vampires of capitalism help each other destroy Syria and Rojava, bombing children into terror and trauma, we rebuild. We take in the hungry, the weary, the displaced and dispossessed. We take in the very people who were responsible for our torture, rape, massacre and oppression not so long ago – and place the warmth cloth of inclusive democracy on their tired, hunched shoulders.” (Hawzhin Azeez, a women’s rights activist, former politics lecturer at Newcastle university and member of Kobane Reconstruction Board in Rojava)
In Part Two, we look at the Reality: “The best estimates are that a ten-year commitment of around $76 billion per year, less than 7% of military expenditures, would lead to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals” (Jonathan Granoff, 2009, President of the Global Security Institute) – eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people; halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger; ensuring environmental sustainability; integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs; reversing loss of environmental resources; reducing biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss; halving, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation; and so much more. Ahem.
We dare to look (in articles so named) at ‘Why Denis Halliday Resigned a 34-year career in the UN‘, ‘The Willful Destruction of Iraq‘ and ‘The Anglo-Americanization of Iraq: The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers‘. Here we face the meaning of the term mnemocide: “the destruction of a people’s cultural memory”: we look at it directly.
We look at the US, Israeli and British secret services’ and governments’ historic and purposeful roles in the “War of Terror”, fomenting havoc by means of illegal invasion and foreign intervention, propagandizing, funding, arming, training and using terrorist organizations – like the self-proclaimed “Islamic State of of Iraq and Syria”, ISIS (with its headquarters in the center of Rojava’s three isolated liberated zones!).
We hearken to the reasons for Palestinian civil society’s call for a comprehensive and immediate military embargo on Israel – a call disseminated by the wider Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement:
BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT & SANCTIONS MOVEMENT:
Israel is only able to carry out brutal massacres and deliberately kill Palestinian civilians because of the willingness of governments, institutions and companies around the world to cooperate with Israel’s military and weapons companies.
Military assaults on Palestinians are used by Israeli military companies to test and market new weapons and military technology. Israeli weapons companies market their products as “field tested”, by which they mean that they are tested on the bodies of Palestinians.
Israeli military companies such as Elbit Systems are key drivers in the proliferation of both drones, and a ruthless model of securitization and militarized repression to the world.
BDS Movement – Military Embargo
Part Three in Volume Six is titled “Propaganda, Conspiracy and the Matrix of Deception”.
Now, neoliberal apologists insist that we live in an “economic democracy”: that the people vote for the world we live in every day – with their pocket books.
Obviously, great masses of humanity are actively engaged in the “GRUNCH of GIANTS” (to use a phrase coined by Buckminster Fuller) – that is, the “GRoss Universal Cash Heist” of the “debtocracy” – the global financial rulers, the neoliberal hegemony. The people of the world’s nations that have been successfully brought under neoliberal domination, have not only their government, banking systems and corporate industries under centralized control, but also their mass media, education, entertainment, and the “career options” of their daily lives are also under intensive neoliberal control. So, yes, we’re complicit in our own destruction: it’s “the world we know” – “the world we’ve been born and raised in”. But, this section questions – in graphic posters and honest evidence: “Is this really the best we can do?”and “Is this really what we want”? It is the contention of the Earth Holocracy Proposal that the answer to these questions is a resounding “No!”. The many who are not yet rising up are, for the most part, not yet aware of how extreme is the current system’s multi-level attack upon the people – how threatened our very existence actually is. (Our ability to function and think is also severely hampered – on just the physical level – by toxicity, nutritional deficiency and exposure to highly damaging electromagnetic field pollution.) Many still believe – as Denis Halliday did, as David Korten did, as many did and do until they see for themselves – the lie that they are somehow serving the advancement of society or the common good – trying to save lives, spread democracy, cure cancer, protect the environment, or whatever. The system is corrupt; it is based on lies. It is killing us. Sorry. Sorry that we are – most of us – reliant upon, and complicit in, the destruction of humanity and the earth. Like I said, this is the “put on the breaks, and turn around” section.
The title of Part Three’s first article, “Propaganda and the Manufacturing of Consent” – as well as its first quote: “Propagandists labour to disguise the obvious, to conceal the actual workings of power, and to spin a web of mythical goals and purposes” – are from the famed political dissident, Noam Chomsky. The article looks at the deep extent of the neoliberal conspiracy of ‘manufacturing consent’ for such an inequitable, unconscionable, destructive, insane system. As Javier Moreno, the editor of El Pais, noted in 2010: “The WikiLeaks papers… conclusively reveal the extent to which politicians in the West have been lying to their citizens.” A reproduced section of a John Pilger article examines the extreme power of propaganda to delude a citizenry: “Since 2002, a pioneering media unit at Glasgow University has produced remarkable studies of reporting and propaganda in Israel/Palestine. Professor Greg Philo and his colleagues were shocked to find a public ignorance compounded by TV news reporting. The more people watched, the less they knew. Greg Philo says the problem is: so imposing is the power structure of the media – as an extension of the state and its vested interests – that critical facts and historical context are routinely suppressed. Incredibly, less than 9 percent of young viewers interviewed by Professor Philo’s team were aware that Israel was the occupying power, and that the illegal settlers were Jewish; many believed them to be Palestinian.” And this is despite the International Trade Union Confederation’s – and countless others around the world – publicly condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestine! Amazing.
The sixth article, Conspiracy is not a Theory, is sub-titled: Secrets, Secret Meetings, Secret Agendas, Secret Societies and Secret Knowledge. It quotes the likes of:
- Former British Defense Secretary and Secretary of the Exchequer, Denis Healey: “World events do not occur by accident: They are made to happen, whether it is to do with national issues or commerce; and most of them are staged and managed by those who hold the purse strings.”
- Former U.S. President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”
- Louis McFadden, US Congressman in 1934: “When the Fed was passed the people of these United States did not perceive that a world system was being set up here…a super-state controlled by international bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world.”
- Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter in1952: “The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.”
- Congressman L. P. McDonald in 1976: “The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super-capitalism and communism under the same tent, all under their control…. Do I mean conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.”
In “Propaganda, Conspiracy and the Matrix of Deception“, issues arising from policies and practices that are routinely enforced while bearing chronically negative impacts upon the people and the world environment, are raised. In an effort to contribute towards opening vital public dialogue and debate on matters that are obscured by governments, financiers and corporations, articles such as the following are included in this volume:
- Millions were in germ war tests: Much of Britain was exposed to bacteria sprayed in secret trials
- Dicamba – The Genetic Editor
- Child Vaccination – State Enforcement of, and Medical Acquiesence to, a Harmful Practice
- Morgellons Disease
Part Four, titled “Popular Rejection of Neoliberal Imperialism”, adds to that which has already been presented throughout the Earth Holocracy Proposal series regarding the people’s rejection of the current socio-politico-economic system, and the people’s pursuit of alternatives. Herein we provide a very small snap shot of popular discontent and world-wide activism against a devastating specter of rampant human rights violations, ecocide, genocide, oppression and and injustice.
We reproduce the relevant Wikipedia entry which clarifies: “The anti-globalization movement… [is] critical of the globalization of corporate capitalism… [It] is also commonly referred to as the global justice movement, alter-globalization movement, anti-corporate globalization movement, or movement against neoliberal globalization”. It’s a “movement of movements”.
The movement against neoliberal globalization is the modern story of the maturation of popular awareness, the affirmation of fundamental ethics and the rise of global solidarity. It is inspiring.
Ultimately, however, it is a story of the realization that governments will not act according to the popular will – as illustrated in 2003 when despite 11 million or more people worldwide having participated in global protests against the invasion of Iraq, the US-led Allied Forces still went ahead with their “Shock and Awe”. We’re still invading and occupying, still mining carbon-based fuels, still fracking the waters, still subsidizing destructive industries, still spreading GMOs, still pursuing neoliberal economic policies that favor the elite to the severe detriment of the people and the earth, still rationalizing the impoverishment of the people and their “common wealth” in the name of fraudulent “public debts”.
The Wikipedia entry, after covering the development and spread of the World Social Forum, tellingly observes: “It has often been argued that in the dominated countries (most of the world) the WSF is little more than an ‘NGO fair’ driven by Northern NGOs and donors – most of which are hostile to popular movements of the poor”. Thus prodded, we must acknowledge that the vast majority of the larger peace, justice and sustainability organizations have been infiltrated and taken over, and their aims radically subverted, by agents of neoliberalism – so as to effectively ensure that “business-as-usual” is not curtailed by popular aspirations… or by popular movements.
Co-founder of the World Social Forum, Boaventura de Sousa Santosis – like many others – is nonetheless an authentic advocate of the people. See the proposal’s celebration of De Sousa’s ongoing work – the Universities of the People – in the Vital Conversation: Opening Up Public Dialogue and Debate
In Part Four, we reproduce a highly illuminating article by Razmig Keucheyan, titled “The French are right: tear up public debt – most of it is illegitimate anyway” which identifies the actual causes of the French debt – clearly showing it not to be due to public over-spending, but rather:
- “a fall in the tax revenues of the state… [due to] massive tax reductions for the wealthy and big corporations [being] carried out since 1980.
- “the increase in interest rates, especially in the 1990s. This increase favored creditors and speculators, to the detriment of debtors”
Keuchyan points out, “Tax reductions for the wealthy and interest rates increases are political decisions. What the audit shows is that public deficits do not just grow naturally out of the normal course of social life. They are deliberately inflicted on society by the dominant classes, to legitimize austerity policies that will allow the transfer of value from the working classes to the wealthy ones… Hence, the audit on the debt concludes, some 60% of the French public debt is illegitimate. An illegitimate debt is one that grew in the service of private interests, and not the well-being of the people. Therefore the French people have a right to demand a moratorium on the payment of the debt, and the cancellation of at least part of it.”
Keucheyan also notes:
“A stunning finding of the report is that no one actually knows who holds the French debt…
Who owns these titles is one of the world’s best kept secrets… This deliberate organization of ignorance – agnotology – in neoliberal economies intentionally renders the state powerless… This is what permits tax evasion in its various forms – which last year cost about €50bn to European societies, and €17bn to France alone.”
Part Four highlights popular rejection of “the pillar of the ‘free market’ economy”: that is, systemic US-led global militarism – presenting
- “An Open Letter of Reconciliation and Responsibility to the Iraqi People” by former US soldiers
- A series of collages (of imagery and fliers) featuring the organizations We Are Not Your Soldiers, Courage To Resist, Iraq Veterans Against the War [IVAW] and World Can’t Wait
- The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement – hearkening to the reasons for Palestinian civil society’s call for a comprehensive and immediate military embargo on Israel: “Israel is only able to carry out brutal massacres and deliberately kill Palestinian civilians because of the willingness of governments, institutions and companies around the world to cooperate with Israel’s military and weapons companies.”
- John Pilger’s account of the Norwegian doctor, Dr. Mads Gilbert, renowned for his heroic work in Gaza, and championing the people’s “right to resist”
- Jewish Voices for Peace – and the young, brave Israeli Conscientious Objectors, the Shministim, – hearkening the ears of our own conscience to Raz Bar-David Varon, imprisoned at age 18 during the final months of 2008 and early 2009, who explained his refusal to serve in the Israeli Defense Force: “I wasn’t born to serve as a soldier who occupies another… The struggle against the occupation is mine too. It is a struggle for hope, for a reality that sometimes feels so far away. I have a responsibility for this society. My responsibility is to refuse.”
In Part Four, with an article titled “Sovereignty Never Ceded“, we turn our attention to the Great Southern Island Continent, known as Australia, where the Original Peoples’ struggle against the illegal occupation of their traditional tribal lands, and ongoing oppression and injustice is a spirited stand held in deep and active solidarity with Indigenous Peoples the world over. This global solidarity was magnificently evidenced by the profusion of messages from all over the world that were read out at the Original Peoples’ “We Have Survived” mass celebration held in Sydney on the Australian Bicentenary Day of January 26, 1988.
We look at how the Australian Government’s “Northern Territory Intervention” / “Stronger Futures” land-grab program – condemned by the United Nations as racially discriminatory and against international human rights principles – typifies the globally pervasive assault of neoliberalism: hard-aimed at the destruction of the peoples’ cultures and unique identities in order to utterly dis-empower, whilst flagrantly violating fundamental human rights – and the rights of all peoples to self determination. The Stop the Intervention movement candidly points out:
“The suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act to seize land, assets and authority has destroyed trust in government and many well run programs. Much of the unprecedented investment of more $1.5 billion has been wasted on government bureaucrats and contractors.
“Alongside the Intervention, the NT government has introduced policies guided by the same approach of paternalism and assimilation including dissolving Aboriginal community councils, effective cuts to homelands and smaller communities, and bans on bilingual education.”
We hearken to the contents of a crystal clear expression of the will of the people the world over for self determination, for the return of decision-making power and managerial control back into the hands of the people themselves, and for the right of all peoples to maintain their cultural heritage as we read the widely endorsed statement titled ‘Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An Alternative to the NT Intervention’ (June 21, 2011).
We celebrate dramatic instances when people collectively acted according to their conscience. With just a photo, we feel the power of the visual statement made by Thai riot police when they laid down their helmets, refusing to act against their own people. We recall an article and photos from the Arab Spring when a million people flooded Tahrir Square and the Egyptian army sided with the people in 2011, ultimately ousting Mubarak. The article titled ‘The Right to Act According to Conscience’ is basically included as an appeal to people serving in the military and/or working in virtually any sector of the globalized economy, to act according to their conscience – to get hold of accurate information, initiate discussions, and change things. As Mahatma Gandhi pragmatically advised: “Be the change you want to see in the world” – because it is the only way we’re going to make the shift to a viable, sustainable, humanly rewarding future – by the actions taken by each one of us. Let’s all have great stories to tell our grandchildren, eh?
Auntie Karen Roberts, a Bundjalung woman, points out:
“There are three sides to every story: the lie, the truth, and justice”.
As the sixth volume of the Earth Holocracy Proposal series draws towards its closing – and the age of deception and systemic corruption draws towards closing – we turn our attention to the very relevant issue and practice of Restorative Justice.
Restorative Justice (explains the relevant Wikipedia entry) is a facet of a broad social movement of Restorative Practices that promote “mutual responsibility for constructive responses to wrongdoing within our communities”.
Restorative Practices are applied in diverse situations: “The criminal justice field uses the phrase ‘restorative justice’; social workers say ’empowerment’; educators prefer ‘the responsive classroom’; while leadership consultants choose ‘horizontal management’.”
In Restorative Practice, “offenders take meaningful responsibility for their actions, taking the opportunity to right their wrongs and redeem themselves, in their own eyes and in the eyes of the community”. According to John Braithwaite, restorative justice is “…a process where all stakeholders affected by an injustice have an opportunity to discuss how they have been affected by the injustice and to decide what should be done to repair the harm”.
WIKIPEDIA, THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA – ON RESTORATIVE JUSTICE:
Restorative justice is an approach to justice that personalizes the crime by having the victims and the offenders mediate a restitution agreement to the satisfaction of each, as well as involving the community. This contrasts to more punitive approaches where the main aim is retributive justice or to satisfy abstract legal principles.
Victims take an active role in the process. Meanwhile, offenders take meaningful responsibility for their actions, taking the opportunity to right their wrongs and redeem themselves, in their own eyes and in the eyes of the community. In addition, the restorative justice approach aims to help the offender to avoid future offences.
According to John Braithwaite, restorative justice is: “…a process where all stakeholders affected by an injustice have an opportunity to discuss how they have been affected by the injustice and to decide what should be done to repair the harm.”
Dr. Carolyn Boyes-Watson (2014) at Suffolk University’s Center for Restorative Justice [explains] “…restorative resolutions engage those who are harmed, wrongdoers and their affected communities in search of solutions that promote repair, reconciliation and the rebuilding of relationships.”
It is, of course, an understatement that there has been a lot of wrong-doing, a lot of harm caused – at all levels of the Earth Community. I think we’ve all had quite enough of the “first side to every story”: Enough of the Lie. It’s Time to Speak the Truth. It’s Time to Restore Justice.
We give the last word – in the six volumes of the Earth Holocracy Proposal – to the Original People of Australia. Here we represent ‘The Burnum Burnum Declaration’, delivered by Original Activist Burnum Burnum on the Australian Bicentenary Day, “Invasion Day” or “Sovereignty Day” of January 26, 1988 – when, in an act of mock audacity, he planted the Aboriginal flag on the white cliffs of Dover and “claimed” England for Original Australia.
Burnum Burnum’s torrent of caustic humor concludes:
“Finally, we solemnly promise not to make a quarry of England and export your valuable minerals back to the old country Australia, and we vow never to destroy three-quarters of your trees, but to encourage Earth Repair Action to unite people, communities, religions and nations in a common, productive, peaceful purpose.”