At a Crossroads
Whether we like it or not, the days of the Nation State are numbered. What takes the place of the Nation State will be either a paradigm based on globalization - or one on planetization. Under the Globalization model of "The World', the increasing concentration of power, wealth, natural resources, and authoritarian control into the hands of a small global elite that we are witnessing today will become total. The vast majority of humankind, however, will find itself in circumstances of worsening subjugation, poverty and disempowerment. Wars and more wars ‘not to end in our lifetimes’ as we've already been warned, will set the emotional tone of fear, terror, deprivation, brutality and violence for many years to come.
Globalization isn't chipping away at any one particular nation, but of the whole concept of Nation States. Its advance is insidious, incremental - and largely invisible, with little if any mention of it in the corporate media.
"For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.
(Page 405 of David Rockefeller's 2002 autobiography, Memoirs.)
Some may have only heard of globalization through 'The Battle in Seattle' and other anti-globalization protests. The inadequate and often misleading coverage of such protests in the corporate media left many people scratching their heads and wondering "Why are those college kids stirring up so much trouble?" Seldom is mentioned the fact that under globalization, a body of unnamed international corporate lawyers in Brussels will rule against any member nation who violates WTO treaties by attempting to set their own labor, environmental, food safety, workplace safety and other regulations - with no procedural mechanism in place for appeal. These and other draconian restrictions on any member nation's right to set their own national policies in many diverse areas is only the beginning of what many see as a 'watering down' of the sovereignty of Nations as autonomous bodies with the inalienable right to chart their own course.
With its pro-corporate stance and lack of accountability or redress, globalization increasingly commodifies the natural world and threatens to subject us to greater authoritarian control, economic servitude, and erosion of basic rights.These forces of concentration and control threaten us all. To planetize rather than globalize is the only effective countermeasure to these destructive forces. Planetization mobilizes and empowers us collectively in ways never before possible. It's allied with no political or economic ideology, but represents a much more radical shift in thinking. Its perspective isn't rooted in reformation - but transformation. Planetization represents not a new revolutionary concept - but an evolutionary turning point... From this point foreward we'll either globalize or planetize. It’s up to us.
"The rationale for internal tyranny was defense against external aggression, but the more states grew in size and power, the more coercive and parasitic their ruling classes became in relation to their own subject populations."
Pierre van der Berghe
Worlds of Illusion
Globalization perpetuates the illusion that we live in a conceptual framework of 'The World', rather than on our home planet - Earth. It's an illusion that's both alienating and disempowering. It's hard for us to comprehend at first just how limiting our notion of the non-local space we inhabit has been until now. We can observe ants in a child's ant farm and feel a strange fascination that the ants are so oblivious to the higher order of magnitude spatial reality of the human household they live in, or of the human peering into their little world. So too, from the higher order spatial orientation of Planetization, it will become clearer to us how our present conceptual framework of 'The World' makes us every bit as oblivious to the objectively truer and more meaningful Planetary/Cosmic spatial reality that we really inhabit.
"Once we evolve our spatial grounding to incorporate the Planetary and Cosmic parameters of our existence a commensurate realization of our inherent unity, a unity capable of breaking apart and dissolving our current psychic encapsulation within separate human sub-groups, will not only become possible - but inevitable."