Chasing the Dots – Is Globalisation Becoming Globularisation? [opinion]

On “Democracy Day” it is about time to remember that democracy is about the continuous and hopefully passionate belief of the people of a nation and their wish to be welcomed into and remain part, as individuals and social groupings, of an ongoing and open dialogue into the behaviour, actions and future intent of their nation.

The underlying reality and often inconvenience of democratic process is there are always groups at the margins of discussion and action who are unwilling to discuss matters, especially with those at the other end of the ‘spectrum’, and feel a need to resort to insulting behaviour, threat of violence or actual violence. Add to this that often one end of that spectrum has physical and financial resources that can bribe corrupt.

And of course, all nations have differing histories of relationships with both outsiders and within themselves have differing national strengths based on natural, climatic or human capacities or just the flow of history. However, we are all different and as many have relocated outside their points of origin, the cultural, social and economic cake differs from place to place.

What is certain is that each national cake, while having its own distinct flavour, has over the years collaborated, either willingly or otherwise, with other cakes in the growth of human organisations.

From this has emerged so-called major powers, influences and organisations that – through common purpose, political connivance and a tangled twist of economic growth and greed – left us in 2015 with a globalised world that is seriously looking like splintering along several axes as our world leaders in many areas have lost touch with the reality of the social needs to maintain peace and sanity.

Whether we like it or not, our beliefs as Namibians, especially those of a younger age, have been completely overshadowed by the superficiality of the cosmetic world of Facebook, lighter skins, once-off clothes, and electronic madness. The latter, a world without answers or changing a future the former boring, of course.

No way is any nation or grouping of nations going to ultimately align themselves forever! Arab nations in general, while oil gave them happy landings, have the power to build almost without limitation, using essentially slave labour from the East. China had vast unemployment in their one child generation who had the benefit of education which fired up the industrial manufacturing explosion able to copy and make USAEuropean products cheaply, a phase now in its death throes! Russia had massive primary resources with which to fund its societal upper end into the world of Mercedes, etc.

The USA and UK have retained their innovative positions while the EU is on a brink of the unknown! Exciting times! Something is going to kick-start a changing world! What drives dramatic change?

History usually gives clues on motive but rarely gets the real action right! A few examples. Our Independence was miraculously aanced as the Soviets collapsed and Cubans ran out of resources – just part of the story of course! Or the Napoleonic follow-up to the French Revolution in the 1790’s that ultimately pulled France through the wringers of failed warfare to the modern state of reasonableness that it appears to be today.

But now we have reached another turning point in history of a similar nature where the people are rebelling! They have watched and indeed benefited from a world that has materially expanded from the growth of world trade and incredible technology over the past 20 years. I suggest that this time is now running out fast.

One percent of the world population (70 million) now owns 99% of the world’s assets – BBC quote! So we have to find a way to make the 2.4 billion living on less than US$2 per day, rise out of poverty! Oh, Namibia’s building land price increases are the second most expensive in the world and our wealth distribution, as measured by a Gini index of 0.66, shows a world-defeating lousy distribution of wealth.

Add to this, our once proud railway system, generally good and well policed roads, our about to be sold-off parks accommodation (once money-making before the political vultures came) and a capital that was once fun and something to be proud of. What have we now?

It still seems to me that our previous belief in globalisation with the benefits of “coming together” is now kicked out of the window and that our only chance of survival is to return to working together within a framework of equality and national pride. Taking democracy back to its real roots and avoiding what I see as international chaos in the not-so-distant future. Namibia is for Namibians!

Source : The Namibian