Our Global Problems Require Global Solutions

The problems that we are currently experiencing are global in nature, which require a global infrastructure to meet global solutions. We can no longer live in a finite world within political systems based on universal competition. We need to learn to live globally in a sustainable way in which we can grow in a responsible way within the limits provided to us by the natural environment that we all depend on. Global solutions require global institutions designed to deal with them. What I will be presenting in my next series of blogs are ways of creating the global institutions necessary to meet the global problems that we are now facing and that we are going to be increasingly facing in the future.

Time for a Change

Because of change, modern society in terms of its political and economic structure has become dysfunctional. The interests of those that control the power of the nation-state has become its liability. Because they see their own interests in national terms, the political elites would first save themselves in a effort to save what they see as the best of the nation.

In order to remain relevant, nation-states have provided the corporate sector with the natural resources and labor as well as market for the disposal of their products. Because people feel that they are not receiving from government what they voted for, people everywhere are frustrated with their political establishment and its lack of effectiveness.

People feel alienated in a system in which they see themselves as being powerless over their own lives and at the mercy of those that they have elected into office. In the face of global events, the old structures appear powerless and seem to have lost their effectiveness in a world that is mainly dictated by economic interests.

The global problems that we are now facing are all the result of the nation-state system’s inability to control global events. In fact the nation-state system is being controlled by the global events of their own making. The corporate institutions, made possible by the nation-state now determines the paths that the nation-state must follow.

Today they not only provide use with what we have to consume, they also provide us with our employment. It is the corporate sector that determines how we will live or if we should die. Their property rights have trumped our human rights. Humanity and our natural environment have become mere resources to be exploited for profit and personal gain.

Our nation-state system has led us into an era of neo-corporativism in which corporations determine our future and the desires of the few dictate the lives of the many.

If we are to determine our own development, then we need to take control of it ourselves. We need to be the ones that determine what kinds of institutions develop based on our need for them. In other words societies of the future must be based on the needs of the public that they serve.

We are Entering a Global Era

The problems that we are now facing are beyond our nation-state system to deal with. The effectiveness of our nation-states has diminished. No longer does the nation-state reign supreme. We are leaving our nation-states behind and entering a new collective global era whose institutions we have yet to realize.

Our global problems are moving us toward this global world in which our old ways of thinking are more of a hindrance than an asset. Our global problems will require that we can depend on each other’s cooperation if we are going to meet our common global concerns collectively.

Global climate change, the global recession and the potential swine flu pandemic among others are all reaffirming that globalization is here and, therefore, we are gong to need real global institutions necessary to deal with them.

Global Organization for Global Problems

The political integration of humanity has historically been the result of the level of problems that we had to face.

In early human history our human existence and problems were local and immediate.  Security from wild animal and other human beings forced us to organize ourselves into bands of fifteen to thirty people for collective security.

As our security interests became larger, so did the forms of organizing ourselves to meet them. We went from city-states to kingdoms and now nation-states each designed to deal with the level of problems that they were encountering at the time.

Today our problems are global in nature. They are far beyond the capabilities of our nation-states to resolve on their own. To deal with them we will need to form global institutions that would be capable of dealing with them.

Global problems require global solutions, which can only be effectively provided through global organization.  How this global organization will be designed will determine the nature of life for the people of earth.

Are we a “We” Society or a “Me” Society?

If we are to survive as a human species, then we need to start looking at ourselves as members of the human species. Our common problems are now global problems that we are facing together.  Our problems are interlinked and can only be resolved in a global manner. But our institutions are national in character and, therefore, are able to see the world only according to their national interests. We live in a “me and mine” society and what we need is a “we and our” society.

A “we” society would be one in which we would see ourselves as extensions of each other. In a “we” society we grow as a result of one another not in spite of one another.  In a “we” society we would see ourselves in terms of our similarities to one another instead of our differences. This would make our differences our human variety and a sign of our human capability.