The Challenge of Governanace

And the need for a new paradigm

We have all been born into a social and economic system that has been steadily becoming more corrupt, unjust and entrenched over the generations. Over the past 600 years or so Europeans have exploited the world by taking resources and dispossessing populations of their natural heritage. This form of profiting by theft, and the rules governing money have allowed the concentration of wealth in the hands of the less than 1%.

Today our world is ruled by capitalism and supposedly free markets, but these markets are not exactly free, they are tightly controlled as is our system of governance. We believe that we are living in a democracy, but like the Greeks of ancient times who have been falsely credited with the invention of democracy, it was only ever the aristocracy that got to vote and the majority who did the work never had any say in the political system.

In today's world even though public has a right to vote in most countries, opinions and electoral decision-making are manipulated through the media who in turn are promoting their own self interests instead of the collective they are charged to serve. Today's governments are run by global corporations and not the people they were originally intended to serve.

In effect we are living under a form of fascism and we can see that more clearly in places where human rights and civil rights are brutally oppressed by government forces who are supposed to be protecting the people. They are not protecting the people at all, they are only protecting those in power and the right of the corporations to strip away the wealth and resources from countries for the amusements of the top 1%.

Democracy and communism have both been taken over by capitalism and Communists are typically those people who want to redistribute the wealth of the rich and replace those on the top. As we see with today's China this is the game they are playing. Kingdoms and dictatorships can actually be more benign as we saw in Iraq, Libya and Syria, these were progressive modern countries before the USA and its allies destroyed them.

"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul." ~ George Bernard Shaw

Money as the root of all evil

Money per se is not evil, it's simply an idea. What is so wrong about money today is that money itself as a commodity that is traded around the world which in effect gives the rich and powerful the ability to control the economy of all countries and force countries to comply to their will. This is one of the things we must change if humanity is to survive - and to do that we can simply cancel all debt.

In communism they talk about a redistribution of wealth, such a redistribution has a capacity to be grossly unfair because somewhere in the system there has to be someone who decides who gets what. However if we were to simply abolish debt and probably credit at the same time, not only would all debt cancelled, but all the things those debts are for would become the complete property of the purchaser. Therefore if you had a mortgage, you would suddenly be mortgage free and a homeowner.

Such a move would shut down all stock exchanges and put a lot of bankers out of work, but they would have the same freedom as everyone else to get involved in their local economy.

How capitalism is Killing Itself.
Abby Martin with Dr. Richard Wolff

An overlooked aspect of capitalism is that it requires low cost or free resources - the raw materials to make things from. Today resources are running out and the countries that the wealth was stolen from to begin construction of the capitalist dream are demanding fair treatment.

Dr. Richard Wolff, Peter Joseph and so many others have a similar perception and although solutions vary between the various pundits, change is important because without it we shall all perish. Anyone today who has a roof over their head, a full belly and is reading this has a better standard of life than many kings and queens of yesteryear. There has never been a time in history that such a large percentage of the population experienced such comfort and affluence.

Given today's scenario of climate change, scarcity of resources, sea level rise, pollution and social unrest, human civilisation only has another 20 years or so to stave off total collapse and the mass extinction of the human species. We don't need to worry too much about the planet, it will carry on happily without us but it seems such a tragedy that we have come this far and become so attached to our ideas that we are unable to change and save ourselves.

Requirements for humanity's long-term survival

Firstly we need to abolish debt and the possibility for incurring further debt. There will still be marketplaces where goods can be bought and sold, there will still be factories making things except the factory workers will own the factory. This is not communism, this will be a new socialism or perhaps we could call it communalism.

Secondly we would need to reform education to teach the truth of life as we know it. We need to teach how to live in harmony with nature and with each other but perhaps the most important lesson that we all need to learn is how to value human life. We are the apex lifeform on this planet which carries a responsibility we have long ignored. Yet this human body and life is the most sophisticated piece of technology that we somehow completely overlook. We have come to live our lives seeking essential gratification which is transient and doesn't produce any lasting happiness. And learning about who we are, we need to ignite that search, that enquiry into our very in nature and let out the joy from within.

Thirdly, I'm not talking about abandoning any social or political structure, simply the reformation of them. Our TV and media organisations instead of pushing commercial advertising, they will be sharing inspirational stories and practical steps for the betterment of life on earth without any advertising. They were once more become a public service and still being tools for mass mind control.

Fourthly, all these steps must go hand-in-hand but here we need a transformation of energy, agriculture and environment. In terms of energy we must leave a smaller footprint and completely cease the manufacture of plastics. Fewer cars and better public transport long with localised food production will reduce our need for oil. All are rivers need to have trees planted at least a kilometre either side and smaller streams scaled accordingly because forest cover increases rainfall and helps to stabilise the climate.

Peter Joseph, founder of the
Zeitgeist Movement on Abolishing Capitalism

Peter Joseph is the founder of the Zeitgeist Movement, a grassroots, worldwide organization that advocates an alternative economic system based on sustainability, cooperation and human need. His most recent book, ‘The New Human Rights Movement,’ delivers a startling exposé about the violent oppression that defines our economic order, while issuing an urgent call for global activism to unite to replace it. Abby Martin sits down with Joseph to talk about the contradictions and crises of capitalism and what he advocates to save the future of the planet from catastrophe.

A revolution is required

This is a revolution that requires no cutting of heads and no violence yet there will be those individuals and countries who are so attached to the ideology that is destroying life on earth that they will require some persuasion. As you have seen in recent years, the USA interferes in everybody's business and if anyone dares to not follow what the USA dictates, they will either be invaded or have their eligible processes in a belated by agencies of the US government on behalf of the corporations who control everything. Therefore any country that adopts these changes is likely to suffer a degree of corporate wrath administered by the forces of the US government.

The revolution is actually to get as many people as possible talking about this and using the existing political processes to bring about change. In terms of New Zealand politics, labour and national are a little like good cop bad cop because they are entirely controlled by foreign corporate and political interests. Around the world the Green party is better placed to be influential because it has a foot in the door so to speak. The Greens portray themselves as environmentalists yet on the other hand in the desperation for votes they promote immigration of refugees hostile to the indigenous population.

As yet there are no candidates representing the zeitgeist movement or any groups of individuals sharing a similar vision. Organisations such as the Isha foundation have a focus on the technology of human well-being which is also vital to this movement as I have mentioned above because the technology of being human is at the core of the original Hinduism.

A new paradigm

Would you like to live in a world where we share what we have and enjoy this creation? Would you like to wake up in the morning and enjoy what the day had to offer instead of hurrying off to work where the business owner profits from your time and input? The new paradigm that many are discussing is simply a change of direction and changing the way we think. And still worrying about what is mine and what is yours, we simply share what we have with a wider collective. If you remember that every day in this world a third of the population is malnourished, as inadequate shelter and yet 40% of all the food produced in the world is wasted. This new paradigms would reduce waste and actually improve economic output because it would be serving human need and not human greed.

You may fear that life will become more primitive, I think for most people life become richer and more rewarding because life would be about dealing with the fundamental reality of existence as opposed to media induced fantasies and the confusion caused by political manipulation. In other words we would be free to determine the nature of our own lives. Of course many of the laws and statutes would have to change and politicians would have to serve the needs of the people instead of their own best interests but unless we change, mass extinction is a certainty.


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