Global Corporate Domination (part 3)

Globalization has also created systemic changes within society as well as ourselves that will forever change the way that we will see our relationship with the corporations that eliminate our jobs and destroy our lives according to their profit needs instead of ours. The shifting of jobs from the high wage north to the low wage south to the many layoffs that have resulted because of the movement of corporations to less developed markets has brought into question the legitimacy of our current government’s ability to effectively protect their peoples’ interests and welfare from corporate domination and even abuse.

Global Corporate Domination (part 2)

People have been placed in a position where we must accept the economic and political decisions that corporations have made concerning our lives. Our governments like us, their people, are now beholden to the business interests that define both our economic potential and the social welfare of our society, as well as the health of the natural environment on which we all depend.

Global Corporate Domination (part 1)

The first phase of this globalization process has placed us at the mercy of corporations where we must accept the economic and political decisions they make in their own interests, yet also determine our own personal and social health and welfare as well as that of our natural environment. This globalization process has also given us a corporate world that has placed us at the mercy of corporations that we have no direct political control over.

What Is Globalization

I will begin my global presentation by stating that each age is a reflection of its own time and globalization is no different.

For the first time in history our global problems have outstripped our national problems as a result of globalization.

The Economist magazine has called globalization “the most abused word of the 21st century.” No word in recent memory has meant so many things to different people. Some see it as a form of domination by transnational institutions that can only lead to a new kind of chaos. Others see it as a form of nirvana, a blessed state of universal peace and prosperity.

Since its first appearance in 1962 the term ‘globalization’ has gone from jargon to cliché. Globalization as defined by Webster’s dictionary, is “a process that renders various activities and aspirations worldwide in scope or application.”

Global Awareness

This year is the year of change. The global 99% movement and the Wall Street occupation movement as well as the other occupation movements have given us a global awareness that has ignited a call for global freedom and change that cannot be stopped.  We are coming to see that our common human problems are showing us that we are all members of the same human race with the same human conditions. This has provided us with a global awareness in which we see our growing similarities eclipse our perceived national and ethnic differences.

What makes for a good society?

To be able to maximize our human potential we need to have available to us a public foundation capable of launching our abilities. The best societies are ones in which the individuals within them feel that they are a part of those societies. This would require that the people within these societies be able to buy what is produced, and this would depend on the amount of wages available to spend and the taxes to provide for them. At the core of every just society is a degree of public affluence that provides every person with the opportunity to become what he or she can become.

Societies that are designed to work for all have two basic elements and those are high wages and high taxes. With high wages money is spent.   High taxes would provide everyone with the public affluence that would provide people with the necessary support that would allow them to grow.

At the core of this system would be money flow. Money flow would be provided by wages and taxes. Within this system money is seen as the blood of society. As long as money is being exchanged, the blood of society keeps circulating and society remains healthy. Adding money to the system would allow us to stimulate the economy when needed.

There would be no need to save money because the idea would be to keep spending and that would require high wages and a social security system that would allow them to spend. This social security system would provide the necessary social structure that would give an all encompassing support system that people can rely on to protect them in all situations. This all encompassing support system would also require a high level of taxation to pay for it. This necessary social structure and high levels of taxation would move money between them, which would result in continually stimulating economic activity.

New Times Require New Methods of Organizing Ourselves

The upheaval in the world today requires that we reorganize ourselves in ways that would make the system work for us instead of us for those in positions of power. History has organized people according to the needs of those in charge and not the people that they claim to represent. Today a new method of organizing ourselves is required. In the past mankind organized itself for defense from one another.

Today times have changed. Now we need to organize ourselves in ways that will bring us together instead of keeping us a part. This will require us to circumvent those that feel that it is their duty to determine the direction that everyone should take. Organizing ourselves to gain from a new tomorrow that will be designed to bring us together must be based on individual freedom and responsibility. This individual freedom and responsibility must be linked and applicable to all.

This can only be done in a system of organization designed to make the members within it responsible to one another for the reasons that they would have associated themselves together for. This system of organization would also have to be controlled by those that it was meant to serve. This will require that it be formed by those that actually need their services. It will also require that these same organizations be disposable and only have a life span determined by those that they were meant to serve.

This could be provided by a system of organization in which people would politically entrust themselves together in order to achieve their common purpose. By entrusting our relationships together, we would be able to organize ourselves in ways that would benefit those within the relationship because it would be formed to meet the needs of those that it was designed to service. This is what my system of Cooperativism is all about.

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Our current situations here and around the world are showing us that today is more like yesterday than we like to believe. In the past people were expected to subsidize their rulers because their welfare was seen to be all about the interests of the rulers who were seen to be working in the interest of their people. But, of course, the interests of the rulers were never the interests of their people. They used their people’s wealth and blood to enrich themselves at the expense of the people that they always claim to be representing.

Today, have things changed? The rich today are subsidized at the expense of the people. The rich receive tax cuts while the people that created the wealth and whom the system was actually designed to serve loose the security that they worked so hard to achieve. I guess you could say the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Civil Trusts as Free Economic Entities (Zones)

Within my forthcoming book Cosmopoly the civil trusts that would provide the institutional foundation of Cooperativism would be separate and interdependent economies. Civil trusts would be free economic entities that would be formed to deal with all of the particular needs of various groups of people. Within civil trusts members would be able to manage their own entrusted economic relationships. Civil trusts would be free economic entities in which the entrusted membership would pay taxes as a group instead of as individuals.

A system of civil trusts would allow each group of people to collectively deal with providing for their own needs first. The membership of each civil trust would be able to service themselves before their having to collectively pay taxes to any higher levels of government. This would also provide those higher levels of government, the private sector and the non-profits, targeted communities for them to help support and invest in.

The reason civil trusts would be more free economic entities then free economic zones are because they would not be limited to any particular location. The membership of a civil trust could be from many different locations. What would make them members of the same civil trust would be their membership account with it. The membership account of a civil trust would be linked to the products that it would be entrusted to it. This means that no matter where a particular entrusted product was purchased it would be entrusted to the entrusted members that would purchases it.

Entrusted Certainty and Institutionalization

In order to provide a sense of certainty between people, their relationships must be entrusted between those that have them. A system based on entrustment would be about entrusting the relationships between people and between people and their institutions. What makes social entrustment different from all other forms of institutional existence is that it would be impermanent as opposed to the permanency of all of the others. Entrustments would only exist as long as their members would wish to maintain them. Therefore, by forming the institutions of society through entrusting them would make them temporary and the result of the people that they were meant to serve.

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