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I can assure you, the world after Bush will not look like the world before Bush! Some important things have been bent, many of them broken. It makes the damage done to Robert Frost’s birches look like a few bent twigs.

by Debbie Menon

Mark Engler in his article “The World After Bush” asserts,“there is little question that the majority of people on the planet ­­– those who suffered under both the corporate globalization of the Clinton years and the imperial globalization of George W. Bush ­– deserve something better.  However, it is far from certain that social justice advocates, who want to encourage a more democratic approach to world affairs and global economic well-being, will be able to sway a new administration. On the other hand, the damage inflicted by eight years of Neocon rule and the challenges of an increasingly daunting geopolitical scene, present a conundrum to the corporate globalizers: is it even possible to go back to the way things were?”

“Don’t think of this as some conspiratorial plot,” he says. — No, I shall not think of it as a conspiratorial plot if he does not want me to; but I would like some reassurances, then, that those big conclaves at the Bohemian Grove and Builderberg are simply social gatherings of old friends who, as gentlemen, do not discuss politics, business, religion or women over dinner.

I can assure you, the world after Bush will not look like the world before Bush! Some important things have been bent, many of them broken. It makes the damage done to Robert Frost’s birches look like a few bent twigs.

I have been meditating on why so many Americans think John McCain is an excellent choice for president over Barack Obama. He is, obviously, and has been declared by, at least one psychiatrist, a psychotic. Perhaps he is in denial of the consequences of some of the things he did in his ten short hours of actual wartime combat. I leave that up to the shrinks to work out.

Perhaps we do live in a world where “success” is accomplished (I distinguish between achievements and accomplishments) only by setting aside all rules and compunctions that might govern our activities, repression of which is recognized as a cause for most psychoses. Perhaps as a nation, Americans have become psychotic, and not only understand him completely, but agree with him wholeheartedly!

Perhaps we have always lived in such a world, where we had to ignore the moral laws of tradition, humanity and “religion” in order to accomplish “success” in the terms in which it is measured in this modern and materialistic world. It seems to me, that most of us grew up realizing this in some small way, that we would necessarily have to set aside some of our moral compunctions to succeed at some things, if we thought them important enough. I remember, however, that most of us also knew that there was such a thing as “right” and “wrong,” “good” and “bad,” and that we not only had the power to decide, either way, but that we might very well be called upon someday to pay back for some of the things we did.

Has the world become so bad, life so cruel, that so many people love John McCain because they understand his amoral, immoral insanity ­– and agree with him? Have the people of America lost their sense of moral value?  What used to be “good” or “bad,” “right” or “wrong” is, now a days, neither? Does no one question the fitness of the solution anymore, but merely look at the endgame and, if they find it agreeable, ask only, “What do you think is the best way to kill them all?”

I found a recent study of Muslim public opinion on Globalization released by WorldPublicOpinion.Org. curious; the study finds that, contrary to the common assumption that Muslims view globalization as a threat to their society, globalization is generally viewed positively in the six predominantly Muslim nations polled: Egypt, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Indonesia, and the Palestinian Territories, plus the Muslim population of Nigeria. I do not place a lot of credit in “polls,” because many of them are not representative of opinions among people who do much about the matters or questions polled, and public opinion is such a fluid and protean thing anyway.

Most “Islamic” nations are Third World, either struggling to establish themselves among the First (or Second) World nations or, simply to survive. Let us not go into the reasons for the want, poverty and tribulations of those nations, which are irrelevant to the questions except for the fact that the misery and want of the people probably contributes to their opinions with regard to globalization. Globalization has been hyped and marketed by the world leaders of the movement, as a “leveling” factor for the people of the world, in which all the lesser advantaged will be elevated to the comfort and opportunities of the blessed First-Worlders, and life will improve for everyone. This has been the historical dream of the poor and oppressed since the beginnings of humanity.

We all know the fallacy of this argument, that establishing norms or medians works in this fashion, but unfortunately, most of the people polled, those actually living in “Islamic” countries in which we find a lot of these substandard or even marginal living conditions, do not. In “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” John Perkins dedicates an entire chapter on “How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions.” Whether John Perkins is lying or not, I, who am not paid to believe one way or another, find his story very “plausible” in the context of recent economic history, and the record of American foreign policy. As subjective as his persuasion is, I am persuaded, and will accept John Perkins at his word. It is all a charade, and this poll is just another part of the act, intended to help persuade the yet unpersuaded that they are going to be left behind by this great, unwashed and unthinking mass of followers of globalization.

We know who will benefit, and who will pay, for globalization. In the world of dairy farming, there is such a process of milking called “stripping.” It involves specialists, or special settings on the automatic milking machines to milk the cow to the very last drop. We live in a world where the economy has already been milked of all reasonably producible profits; it is time to call in the globalists and start “stripping.”

Debbie Menon is a freelance writer based in Dubai. Her articles have been featured in several print and online publications. She can be reached at: debbiemenon@gmail.com.
See also:

Economic Hitmen by John Perkins

 

 


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