vision of the neocons and illuminati, a one-world government, presents all the
difficulties and more of the United States as is, "and to the Republic for which it stands, one
nation under god (which god?), indivisible, with liberty and justice for all"
as touted in our Pledge of Allegiance.
That said, the Spanish philosopher
Jose Ortega y Gasset noted in his Revolution
of the Masses (1930) that the United States had a unique advantage for
economic success over its European counterparts. That would be its large land
mass, in which goods could be sold to many more millions of citizens than in
European nations, guaranteeing higher profits, corporate wealth, jobs, and a
growing industrial capacity. Also, an American product could expect to be found
in the north, south, east or west of America with a relatively similar standard
advantage, Ortega y Gasset postulated, created the unique engine of our
economic growth. Yet, that rapid expansion and economic development, which
adapted so well to arms� production for victory in WW II, brought us in the
post-war era to our super-power political status. Along with that came an
insatiable appetite for materials, products, continual growth, the development
of a consumer and military economy. We turned into a dinosaur, with a
one-swing-of-the-tail ability to wreak havoc on smaller nations, right to this
decision making power of the nation for all 50 states become more centered at
the national level, putting an enormous amount of power in the hands of
relatively few people, whose wisdom to make the right choices could easily
fail, and whose visions of government policy could be outright delusional, with
huge, dire consequences. Thus our very strength and size backfired in our
often-tripping lunge to hold to or grasp more power.
The lunge became a
way of life, exacting a frightening toll on smaller nations, who tended to be
less expansive in their political expectations, unless they had direct support
from the US, or its Asian counterparts China, Japan or Russia. It also inspired
a string of Intelligence and military interferences in smaller nations that
wouldn�t buckle to our will.
Also, our national
size and power inevitably seem to give rise to a missionary political zeal, not
unlike Rome�s, or the empire of the great Genghis Khan, Great Britain and the
Ottoman Empire. Though all of these �Empires� did not have great land mass to
start with (nor did we), they had the will to expand via political and economic
aggressiveness. They accumulated untold land and power in time at the expense
of other peoples and their cultures.
our home-field selling advantage, Ortega y Gasset would be startled to know
that our 2007
trade deficit "declined" to $711.6 billion. The deficit with
China alone came to $256 billion, a rise of 10.2 %. This is the biggest gap on
record with a single nation. CBS News reported, �The Chinese imports soared in
spite of a string of high-profile recalls of tainted products.� The single-most
driving factor was lower cost, based on the Chinese worker�s lower standard of
living and reimbursement for his labor.
Is the US democratically governable?
This brings us to the
$64 question: is the US really democratically governable any longer? Are China
and Russia governable? Or do they all inevitably fall in the hands of
bureaucratic elites, hand-in-hand with corporate elites, whose goal is to turn
them into huge money making machines, corrupted by global corporatism at the
expense of the working people.
In doing so, we seem
to have lost the vision of our Pledge of Allegiance. In the time from
Washington and Jefferson to Bush and Bush, power has grown to be centered in
ruling cabals, even a lone family. Democracy, whatever that is, the right to the
pursuit of happiness for all men is in serious danger. The chance afforded
controlling groups to amass vast power and wealth, bringing with it corruption
and decadence from top down to the �common man� has drastically increased. The
notion of the government working for the �common good,� the notion put forth by
FDR�s New Deal around the time Ortega y Gasset was writing, has vanished for
private enterprise�s, free-market looting.
Also, we look at
statistics today and we find that the European nations are less bellicose.
Their workers work-time is lower, their vacation time is longer, their health
and retirement plans better. It seems the superpower, which exacts a
super-effort from its people, provides a less and less than super reward. The
tendency of the superpower to dominate, even enslave individuals, spreads
internally as well as externally.
Why is it a great
historical anecdote that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. It underscores an
assumption that first-responder peons would take care of the blaze. Does Bush
think about the thousands of soldiers, hundreds of thousands of victims, his
wars are creating? Or are they just society�s fodder to his neocon vision?
When, too, does a
growing state cross the line to obsession with world power and lose sight of
the needs of its own people, its need to preserve infrastructure, health,
education and welfare systems as well as defense. Defense, I say, not offense.
There�s a big difference. It is the line we crossed post WW II from being a
great defensive power against an offensive despot, to becoming an offense power
ourselves, citing all countries with contrasting ideologies as our enemies.
At this point, we
became the world policeman. With the fall of the Soviet Union, having broken
its economy�s back with the pressure of a military economy on top of a failing
consumer economy, we became the world�s superpower. It was just a hop, skip and
a jump to see ourselves in a march to world hegemony as Masters of the Universe
-- as in Tom Wolfe�s novel about our financial ruling class, Bonfire of the Vanities.
In fact, the dream of
one-world government is really to expansion of this principal: the notion is to
bring every nation under the canopy of one rigorous set of political ideals,
the Big Brother Holding Company. Of course, the same problem occurs. The power
is centered at the top, along with the wealth and good life, with an
increasingly difficult life as you slide down the food chain of power and
privilege into peon obscurity and wages.
It is every emperor�s
wet dream, this One World Government -- portrayed as the people�s paradise, a
kind of uber-fraternity, like doctrinaire communism, where all men would be
melded from their cultures� dross into a new unified human metal, and live in
harmony and lack of fear. It is in fact totally unreal, and would be more like
the fascist corporatism we see today, where the majority of the world�s
population would be the pawns of a clique of button-pushers who put the rulers
of Orwell�s Oceania in his novel 1984
If today displays the
apex of human government�s evolution, we�re in a huge amount of trouble. And
will it end as Ortega y Gasset predicted -- that increasingly authoritarian
regimes would lead to revolution that would either succeed or end in the
tragedy of fascism.
In fact, as we face a
$9 trillion debt and �financial meltdown,� there is an interesting article from
the Wayne Madsen Report
in rense.com that posits if we don�t repay our massive debt to China, Japan
and Russia, we may face either a major conflict, i.e., battle of the dinosaurs;
if, on the other hand the US decides to drastically raise taxes to pay off
foreign debts, American reaction could be a popular revolution. This �C &
R� document is now circulating in DC.
Think of the birds
Given these humans
scenarios, let�s look at the social constructs of birds and see what we can learn.
Birds are small in size, inhabiting (not destroying) ecosystems across the
world, with some 10,000 highly diverse species, none of them at war as far as I
know. They are warm-blooded and egg-laying, and go back a million years to the
Late Jurassic Archaeopteryx, said to
be evolved ironically from theropod
dinosaurs. The small inherited the earth from the static, possessive,
intelligent, with incredible radar-like systems that enable them to fly great
distances, marshalling their energy from stored weight. They hunt, breed,
flock, and have, it seems to me, a hell of a time. Man�s desire to fly is
undoubtedly an attempt to be a bird. Unfortunately, it takes thousands of
gallons of jet fuel these days to get man off the ground.
Birds mob predators
with a heroic instinct that�s enviable. Despite their petite size they are
creatures of incredible complexity built to cope with elements in the raw. If
it�s too hot they fly north, too cold they fly south. And no one has to tell
them to keep the peace. They keep it. They are the peace of the world.
Do they think of a
one-world aviary in which all of the species could nest and live under the same
conditions, unless it is the sky itself? Are they the true Sufis and wisest of
beings who whirl among us, in our smoke-choked cities, strip-mall suburbs,
genetically-managed farmland, guarded wildlife areas, unprotected Arctic, ready
for the oil pipe�s suck?
Who indeed are these
modest, impeccably dressed creatures who rule themselves in harmony, albeit
subject to the swoop of the hawk and eagle? Their size does not make them an
unsustainable burden on the environment. They are simply part of it,
self-perpetuating, beautiful to behold. How does man, his government, his
empires, hold up to these beings? What must the birds think of us? What should
we borrow from their ancient knowing?
Perhaps the president
needs an aviary on the White House lawn. Each day, he could go out with his
power goggles and study them. Where does their great surge and energy come from?
How can each have its own nest without a subprime loan that ultimately
bankrupts their economy? How have they avoided being so utterly vicious,
violent and psychopathic?
Look how many of
their species give their lives to feed our tables, provide for a hunt that can
end up with a man�s face half blown-off, amazing. And yet they suffer us with
such elegance, urging us to wake in the morning, coo-off to sleep at night. One
is chirping right now in my backyard as I write, as if urging me to speak. Birds
make us look like Swift�s Yahoos, or truly creatures from the deep crawled out
of the ocean to stand on two feet and oppress the rest of the natural world and
Why are �God�s�
nearest and dearest, the angels, said to be in possession of wings like birds?
Why have we claimed ourselves to be at the pinnacle of evolutionary development
when we have become the single most destructive force on the planet and
potentially space? Perhaps the OWG crowd could stop for a minute in its march
to Valhalla and think about it, at least before they�ve destroyed it all or
been destroyed themselves by all whom they oppress.
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York.
Reach him at email@example.com.