Chasing the Dots – Political Principals and Political Principles [opinion]

Yes, we live in interesting times! And those of us born as “boom kids” in the population explosion in the West in the years immediately following World War 2 can rejoice that, apart from a few short lived spats, the major economic powers of our world have avoided major conflict that has allowed incredible economic expansion of both themselves and a few “late starters” such as Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea.

Add to this the phenomenal growth of China though industrialisation and Russia through its primary industry and we have a world that has, up to now, realised that fighting wars, especially as many nations now have the nuclear, chemical and biotic means to destroy everything if push came to shove, is not a good idea. In parallel, however, violent and murderous tendencies are now exposed as this wealthy cabal, in order to maintain its supply of raw materials and cheap labour, promotes instability in nations through both economic and military actions.

Indeed our “smaller” world, resulting from the communications and financial technology is driving a “race to the bottom” reality as poor nations are driven further into poverty by a continuous competitive drive by the increasingly powerful forces of the commercial monopolists parallel cabal of the industrial world. For instance a nation like Bangladesh, incidentally also subject to the rising waters of global warming, is driven to produce clothing in inhumane conditions and with obscenely low wages or their buyers, usually supposedly reputable retail giants, will just move their production to Vietnam or other low cost countries.

Bangladesh is thus in a poverty trap. Many such examples are evident worldwide as the technological and political worlds drive divisions between the weaker nations. Equally, there is evidence that such competition is also polarising the industrial powers to consolidate their competitive positions a new form of colonialism perhaps?

It is also evident that within nations and economic groupings, there is a realisation that there are economic “zones” where economic activity is intense and adds disproportionately to national or regional wealth. Such beliefs are getting the well-off communities of these zones to debate whether they should be supporting the “less” profitable at their expense.

A near parallel situation is growing within the religious and political worlds of ideology, although I believe to some extent this is also driven by financial greed and political madness. The above illustrates, admittedly in simple terms, how our world is being carved up for the benefit of the few aantaged producers and is accelerating the creation of disaantaged societies, both with the disaantaged and industrialised nations and economic zones. Inevitable social tension are rising as the political cabals realise that their powers over consolidated nations and groupings are under threat.

It is also becoming evident that those nations, often within existing political economic groupings, usually small and finance orientated, are apparent in larger states, and give proof that “small can be beautiful” and they can retain their productive wealth through a degree of independence within the major groupings while not losing the aantages of “the whole”. Such is the situation, in say Europe, of Monaco, Luxembourg, Andorra, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein and even Switzerland and several others.

It is thus unsurprising that economic engines like Catalonia, Basque country, Scotland, Sardinia and many others in the world want to have an independent identity whereby they can further add to their personal wealth at the expense of their current parent nation. The almost instant (re)creation of the Crimea into the Russian Federation, apparently with significant approval of the mainly Russian population maybe indicative of changes to come. Certainly no-one is going to war over this annexation!

Thus the question has to be asked whether nation states as they stand, or major political economic groupings, will have to adapt to the wishes of the people to live in smaller, self sustaining states. It certainly appears that large groupings, in order to survive, have to base their decisions on huge compromises of principle that are now, as economic growth becomes saturated by oversupply of goods and money, creating massive inequalities and the people are getting fed up.

This thought, of course, is in direct conflict with the aspirations of politicians who are driven by an increasing need for power over bigger and bigger slices of the world. But this is now not happening as that driving force is seemingly disappearing as societies are rapidly dividing into the rich and the unemployed, especially of youth. We only have to look at Spain where 26% are unemployed and over 50% of youth are without jobs or hope in the near future. And this is where the relevance to our Namibian situation is emerging! Our numbers are the same, although it has to be said the skills levels are much different!

To me it appears that our political systems worldwide are coming under severe challenge as the distortions and corruption of political systems, together with the rise of crime and a realisation that international law lacks teeth and often relevance, that we, as Africa, have to look carefully at future divisions that will emerge from the local, national and regional inequalities! And in our fast moving world we must be prepared for fast moving change!

Our political principals must realise that the principles we were all brought up to believe in, the power of the vote, territorial integrity and the rule of law are under threat and can change overnight. We must be prepared to embrace such change, if driven by the people, without resort to force. The political world has changed almost overnight. Are we prepared?

Source : The Namibian