We all know people who cheered the downfall of communism, the “Evil Empire”, some 20 years ago. A uni-polar world of American leadership, a “New American Century” was to commence. Dreams of “peace dividends” abounded… Peace was at hand, and prosperity beckoned.
But something happened on the way to that glorious future. The peace dividend check got lost in the mail. Military expenditures went through the roof to the point that the Unitary power of America was spending more on instruments of destruction, than the rest of the planet combined! America launched a series of wars in the name of liberation that seemed to always involve people of color being slaughtered. Of course, a certain religion seemed particularly targeted.
Asset manias took off like a rocket – first in internet companies, then in housing. The same generation who laughed hysterically when Saturday Night Live did a skit in the late 70’s, that suggested: “inflation is our friend. If we just keep inflation going, we’ll all be millionaires” bought that fable hook line and sinker in the decades that followed. The belief grew that we could all get rich by selling each other our overly-valued homes for ever-increasingly preposterous amounts. Bankers and financiers mastered the art of legalized theft, while corporations were rewarded with tax breaks and ever-rising share prices every time they laid people off, or sent American jobs to some overseas locale.
Contrarians constantly warned that America was on a path to ruin, but almost without exception oracles such as Ron Paul were marginalized or otherwise ignored. Even now, as Rome is burning, talking heads on the news reach for any straw they can, rather than solicit the advice of those who warned of the coming depression in years and decades past.
Some 7 years ago millions of Americans took the streets prior to the start of the disaster that is the Iraq war. They clearly stated what is now obvious but to the most ideologically blinded: the war rationale was a blatant series of lies and obfuscations, hiding a sinister purpose which would end badly for all involved. Nevertheless the war was launched, and the not-so-silent majority was again proven right. Estimates of the death toll in Iraqi lives reach as high as 1 million, and the dead and wounded American lives are estimated as high as 40,000. What a tragic waste!
Here is an insight we can now glean from events of the last 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Capitalism/democracy was not “the answer”, as we were led to believe. Ironically, the only capitalists in America, by definition, are those with capital. And almost no one in America has any of that. Most Americans have only debts, credit lines, and paper assets which have no foundation, as many are now discovering to their great dismay. (The feudal serfs of our age that cheered on capitalism must have brought a belly laugh amongst the “real” capitalists, but I digress.)
Democracy is and always was a poor excuse/substitute for the Republic that the founders intended. Democracy is truly a case of three wolves and a sheep voting on what to eat for lunch. It is inherently and intrinsically flawed, as it guarantees a condition of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Unfortunately most of us labored under the illusion that we were counted amongst the wolves. Increasingly we are learning that we are now, and always have been, amongst the sheep.
So we knew that communism was bad, destined to fail, and were delighted to have seen it’s demise. We are now belatedly coming to recognize that the capitalist/democratic model we thought was the answer, is likewise flawed. We are witnessing its death pangs in slow motion. It is not quite so exciting to see “our” model fall though, since this time WE are the ones being swept into poverty as a result, instead of Russians or eastern Europeans whose names we can’t even pronounce…
There is an additional level of psychic discomfort that comes with not seeing any other obvious economic/social model to follow. If not communism, democracy or capitalism, what is the model that the world should embrace to build the world of the 21st century and beyond?
The central bankers of the world have a plan that involves humanity being enslaved to servicing un-payable interest forever, paid in some global fiat currency they can produce at whim and at no cost to themselves. However, they will find that their plans will fail. Exactly how they will be defeated by humanity remains to be seen. Nevertheless, their failure is assured, just as a tree whose roots have just been cut, is doomed even though it still looks like a healthy plant.
The answer the world is looking for is to be found in a model of one worldwide family under God. Idealistic you say? Absolutely. Nevertheless, this is the solution we are looking for. It is the ONLY solution that will lead us out of the tremendous spider web we labor under today.
A friend of mine and I were discussing recent news events the other day, trying to discern possible solutions. Eventually it became clear that the intense weight of a crushing spider web of contracts, legalities operating under color of law, multiple jurisdictions, etc, were so thoroughly binding every aspect of our lives, that changing the rules at any given level was not remotely enough to set us free.
We need a thoroughly profound change of heart, a deep, to the bottom-of-our-soul realization that every child on the street, on every continent, of every religion and skin color, is OUR child, every senior citizen is OUR parent and OUR grand-parent. Such a profound realization can and will lift us to the new level we all long for.
Left to our own devices, history strongly suggests that this is a pipedream which will never happen. But fortunately for us, we are not being left to our own devices.
History is pushing us to the place that we are destined to go in the very near future. We are being brought to a place where we will have no choice but to recognize that we either evolve or we perish. I am highly confident we as a species will make the right decision.
That fork in the road is not all that much further down the road… Scary? Perhaps, but not if you know that we are not alone on this journey. Preparations have been laid for decades, and the conditions for our ultimate success have already been met…