The Earth Holocracy Proposal’s sixth Volume is titled ‘Why Whole System Change is Necessary’.
The volume is divided into four parts. Each Part focuses upon a distinct, yet inter-related, reason for the Proposal’s advocacy for ‘whole system change’.
Here we present Part One, exploring the rise, and devastating powers, of the neo-liberal hegemony – the controllers of international finance, and thereby, of all sectors of neo-liberal globalization, the so-called “free market” economy.
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Foreword to Volume Six: Part One: Global Domination by the Neoliberal Hegemony
Part One begins, most appropriately, with the Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. This is the first declaration of the Occupy Movement – a social movement for real democracy that, occupying Wall Street in September 2011 with a peaceful People’s Assembly, rapidly spread as a global movement of grassroots democratization. The Occupy Movement transformed the dialogue of the people – transferring the focus of popular unrest worldwide 1) from governments to the real seats of power, the private powers of global finance, and 2) from wasting time protesting, and making demands of, impotent and lying governments, to instead address the issues of global inequity and the “occupation” of humanity by the 1%, and instigate, via direct democratic process, practical resolution.
In the second article, we survey the truly extraordinary accomplishment of “the neoliberal hegemony” in centralizing and consolidating global power into their own hands.
In the third article, we explore how the neoliberal hegemony achieved its domination over nations – the destruction of national sovereignty.
We look at the role of ‘Free Trade Agreements’ (NAFTA, TPP, TAFTA, TTIP): “actually corporate rights agreements designed to make corporations more powerful than national governments and to roll back generations of environmental and social progress” (Real Democracy Now!, 2013).
We explore the role of International Treaties, focusing on the Lisbon Treaty (ratified in 2010) which has resulted, as forewarned, in “a Europe dominated by neoliberal right-wing policies in the interests of big business, the privatization of public services including health and education, a race to the bottom in workers’ rights, conditions and wages and a continued drive towards the militarization of Europe” (Joe Higgins, Irish Socialist Party MEP, 2009).
“The new Treaty [the ‘European Union Reform Treaty’ or ‘Treaty of Lisbon’] poses the biggest threat to national sovereignty in Europe since the Second World War… [It is the] blueprint for a European super-state dreamt up by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels… The whole ‘European Project’ is fundamentally undemocratic, unaccountable, and opaque.”
Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. and Sally McNamara, Director of, and Senior Policy Analyst in European Affairs at The Heritage Foundation
We take notice of the 2011 Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s telling acknowledgment (in a speech to the US Congress, March 10, 2011) that “Australia will stand firm with our ally the United States. Australia firmly supports the international strategy led by President Obama and adopted at Lisbon last year”.
With the fourth article, titled “The New World Order has been a long time coming...”, we look at the big picture of the neoliberal agenda of world dominion, noting its policy of tactical advance on all fronts – political, financial, military and social.
In the fifth article, titled “Global Finance: The GRUNCH of Giants”, we look at the “financial front” of the neoliberal hegemony’s ascendancy:
“The powers of financial capitalism had another far reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements, arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations. The growth of financial capitalism made possible a centralization of world economic control and use of this power for the direct benefit of financiers and the indirect injury of all other economic groups.”
Professor Carroll Quigley, 1966, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time
In this article, we tackle the daunting job of trying to comprehend the current – obscure, convoluted, popularly rejected and sociopathic – global financial system. It’s a rather core issue as: “Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is the absolute master of all industry and commerce” (US President James A Garfield). We pinpoint “the apex of the system”, “the BIS” (the Bank for International Settlements – “the central bankers’ bank”). We note key issues concerning Central Banks – including that they are mostly privately-owned; they operate under rules designed to render them free from political interference; they have the power to create currency, (the Right of Issuance), and thereby, control the entire economy; they cause economic instability and inflation (which translates as a reduction in the peoples’ living standard) by their abandonment of the Gold Standard and therefore, the lack of intrinsic value in their currencies; they multiply the intrinsic valuelessness of currency by “fractional reserve banking” – whereby banks hold only a small percentage of their assets in the form of cash reserves; they adhere to policies geared towards bank profits at the expense of the people.
We look at the current “pillar of global finance”, the US Dollar. We hearken to F. William Engdahl’s insightful analysis, (October 14, 2006), of the “Crisis of the U.S. Dollar System”, in which Engdahl attributes the dominance of the US Dollar to two things: 1) the supremacy of US military might and 2) the international financial community’s fear of financial chaos should the dollar (upon which everything now rests) collapse.
Lacking intrinsic value; abstract and removed from the people’s economy of life, yet wielding devastating power over it; bound to policies that serve the interests of (predominantly private) shareholders over customers; and based upon brute force, that is, the power to destroy things of real value, like homes, societal infrastructure and the environment: The current global financial system will not be much missed by humanity – that’s for sure.
The sixth article presents a very short list of key players involved in consolidating and maintaining global power and wealth in the hands of the (tiny) neoliberal hegemony – noting, for example, the significance of the United States (as “the military fist” of radical capitalism), of the highly secretive International Monetary Fund (which sets the policies of the world-dominating G20 central bankers and finance ministers), of “the Troika of the EU, ECB and IMF” (the three unelected, unaccountable, opaque institutions dominating Europe: the European Union, the European Central Bank and the IMF), and of the Mont Pelerin Society – principal fountain-head of Milton Friedman’s infamous “Chicago School” and countless other neoliberal think tanks which master-mind the propaganda and other strategies for ensuring humanity’s complicity with the neoliberal agenda of world domination.
The seventh article shines a light upon the Cloud-Minder ivory tower world of the global elite generally, and the highly influential Bilderberg Group in particular, presenting a graphic of the group’s “global web of influence”and a membership list – both anonymously sourced from the internet.
The eighth and final article in Part One looks directly upon the hard reality of the disastrous impact of neoliberal “free market” globalization – upon humanity and the world environment:
- Amnesty International: “In the 21st century, extreme poverty is the world’s worst human rights crisis. Billions of people worldwide are prisoners of poverty, locked in through injustice and the actions of the powerful.”
- The International Trade Union Confederation: “With few exceptions world leaders and international institutions are pursuing an economic agenda that has created greater inequality and devastating unemployment, undermining democracies everywhere.”
- Social Movements for an Alternative Asia: “The capitalist system is drowning humanity and nature in chaos and despair. In the last century this system based on endless growth and accumulation of capital for a few has surpassed the carrying capacity of the Earth system. Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.5 planets each year, but in reality only 0.7% of the world’s adult population control 41% of the world’s wealth while 68.7% have only 3%. Extreme inequality at all levels and destruction of our home are the two main impacts of this system…”
- Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation: “Doing business is best, they say, where employment protections and rights are weak… Doing business in this context is a crime against humanity. Yet the World Bank, the IMF and sections of the UN defend and promote such ideas… This is not [just] about poverty which can break your heart or conflict which can make you angry… This is evil.”
- George Kennan, US strategic planner in 1948: “We have about 50% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3% of its population… Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives… We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts.”
- Davison Budhoo (a senior economist who resigned after 12 years’ service in the IMF) – taking “the first big step to that place where I may hope to wash my hands of what in my mind’s eye is the blood of millions of poor and starving peoples”, having overseen implementation of the IMF’s structural adjustment policies in which “screaming-in-pain governments and peoples [are] forced to bend on their knees before us, broken and terrified and disintegrating, and begging”.