0. What You Can Read About in Part 4
Global Political Arena
We all got used to speak about globalisation always referring to the global market, the global economy, the trade, the financial transactions. Part 4 of Isokratia also deals with the foremost important factor. The global human society.
Is a global society in formation? If so is a global political, and socio governing system required. A socio governing system, which can support the rise of the global society. Isokratia Global lays the foundation upon which a global system can be build for the benefit of all.
What is Global Isokratia . Can the same Isokratia principles, be extended to the global cybernetics (governings)?
Quoting from George Soros the Crisis of Capitalism; â€œMarket forces if theyâ€™re given complete authority, even in the purely economic and financial arenas, produce chaos and could ultimately lead to the collapse of the global capitalist system.â€?
With economic globalisation we are witnessing economics of scale without a major element. The element of politics of scale. Isokratia part 4 asks the question whether a global political system of scales is required. It begins the discussion on this hot issue.
Could it be possible that a global financial crisis may eventually sweep away, the global open market / capitalist system itself, as we know it today? Could such a crisis change things from what we now know them to be?
Do we need a political / socio governing system, which synchronises national and international socio governings, relevant to central and local policies. IS this the answer?
Globo Phobia Or Global Economic Imperialism Phobia? Who is afraid of globalisation. Why? Are they justified? What are they really afraid of? Are they afraid of the global citizen. Even the supposed anarchic groups when they demonstrate against certain policies they come form many different countries. If they come form different countries joining in a common cause what is the matter they are afraid of?
Citizen Versus State â€“ Universal Rules Of Engagement
Isokratia Global begins the discussion by asking if the time has come for all of us, in the so-called free or democratic world, to assist and guide the rest of the world in joining, in , at an equal level. Universally valid rules of engagement; IS this what is needed to govern the relationship between states.
Is it time for society to be mobilised, to impose principles of behaviour on the states, who act on behalf of the citizens. Isokratia lays the grounds for society to be mobilised to demand changes in the behaviour of states, towards both their own citizens and the global citizens, outside the single states borders.
Isokratia global begins another big discussion in part 4. â€œOrganisations can and need to spring up, with real global powers. Powers above the national governments. Powers to oversee the execution of the global citizens voted decisions. Powers to put forward proposals as to the global governings, to be truly elected by the population of the global citizens and family. Such organisations will become the executive instruments, with full imposing powers upon the instructions of the global citizens.â€?
How a Global Isokratic mechanism can be set up. Views and ideas put forward. Contributions invited.
Is the setting up of a Global Military Security force a solution or part of an acceptable solution? Can it succeed? What are the benefits, advantages and disadvantages to our global world and individual states? The future possible model of military defences for small states.
Military Industry Versus Global Demilitarisation. What Lost of investment? What loss of work for employees of the military industry? Nonsense! Open Your Eyes Military Industrialist. There are much bigger opportunities for you out there.
Global Courts â€“ Global Police. The need for a global police force, backed by global courts is here. Global courts outside the influence of a single country; Outside the influence of group of powerful countries.
Single Global Currency is another radical call by Isokratia. Why? What for? To whose benefit? Who will win who will loose from the introduction of a single global currency? Is it possible? Another big discussion is starting by Isokratia Global.
On the global issue, do we act now or never? The question now is when and how do we reach the global authorisation needed for a global economy to work in a stable manner? Do we leave it and hope for the best? DO we leave it to the present group of 8 economic powers and their discretion? Do we strengthen the present international financial institutions? Or do we scrap them and introduce, truly globalise authorities, policies, and means such as the single global currency.
Abundance of global issues that need co coordinated efforts and policies for the betterment of humanity. Global health, global education, global transport, global employment, global resourvces especially the important human resource; These and many other burning issues are touched upon by Isokratia part 4.
The globalisation of consumer buying power. The new phenomenon gaining momentum.
1. Global Political Arena
Now a day, everyone talks of the emerging global economy. Little they mention the emerging global human society. Yet that is where our attention needs to turn. To the formation of the global human society. We need to focus on the rise of the global society, which is being formed right now. It’s being formed by individuals, by voluntary organisations, by commercial organisations, by governmental and by regional organisations. Without the existence of a global human society, there will never be room for a sustained global economy.
I speak of a global human society, because we all got used to speak about globalisation always referring to the global market, the global economy, the trade, the financial transactions. Humanity seems to have forgot or ignore the foremost important factor which is the global human society. It is not hard to verify this. Just have a look at the media, from newspapers and specialist magazines, to the television news and documentaries and the internet. Everywhere discussions and analysis are made of all the other factors except of the human factor of the global society.
Yet, the global economy, market trade, are the factors which will drive us whether we like it or not to turn our attention to the to the human factor of global society. Without the development of global economy, there can be no improvement to the global standards of living. Without the advancement of the global economy, the majority of the global public will be sentence to suffering without hope. Therefore, our attention must primarily directed, to the human aspect of globalisation and then towards the global economic and other factors.
Once we pay attention, we will verify that indeed a global society is in formation. Once we ascertain that fact, we will realise that a global political, and socio governing system is required. A socio governing system, which can support the rise of the global society. None of the currently existing systems come even close, in serving the needs of such global human society. Isokratia Global, offers that solution. Isokratia Global is the solution. Isokratia Global is the foundation upon which a global system can be build for the benefit of all.
2. What is Global Isokratia
Isokratia Global is an extension of Isokratia national. The same principles, just extended to the global cybernetics (governings). Under Isokratia Global, the Global citizen will be deciding, whereas the Isokratic governing bodies, will be executing the global citizens decisions. Isokratic Global United Nations with real governing powers. Isokratic Global Security Council, with full membership not just to the few superpowers. Isokratic Global Health Councils. Isokratic Global crime prevention and law enforcement councils with real powers. Isokratic Global Ecological Councils and so on, with real and applicable powers. Without any veto powers. Without any abuse possibilities by the few.
The power of the decision making to always lie with the public at large based on each individual’s vote, not the government, nor on the government’s appointed oligarchic representatives, or their appointed employees.
The executive arms of some organisations to lie with a separate body. Once given an instruction by a global public vote, the executive arm of such an organisation will have the power to execute it, be it military, civil or a combination, without being halted or prevented by any individual country or group of countries.
For this purpose, the executive, or rather executioning bodies, be they military, police or whatever, must be manned by permanent staff members, soldiers, police, judges, researchers, and so on. Such personnel to be drawn from the global pool, with a balanced proportion of members from each region and country. This is to avoid the influence by an individual country’s intervention. This will minimise, if not eliminate, the power of a single country or group of countries, to affect the execution of a global vote, by an international body such as the United Nations organisation.
No single country or small group of countries will be able to interfere or invade another country without the Isokratic mandate from the global community; and equally important no single country or small group of countries will be enable to abstain from such actions when deem necessary and mandated through the Isokratic voting of the global community.
Financing such organisations can be decided in any format. Be it a national contribution or a global tax. Each country member to have to pay a proportionate annual contribution to this force, in proportion to its per capita income, or whatever other means, set as criteria. If a country fails to pay its membership, to be automatically banned or membership and rights suspended.
Economically weak countries can be excluded from the economic burden of contributing towards the financial maintenance of the international bodies, until their economies are in such a state of ability, which will allow them to be able to contribute without harming the economy of their country. Such countries, will still be required to contribute in personnel, raw material, facilities and whatever other form of contributions of which they may be cable.
Membership to these international bodies to be open only to Isokratic and Democratic countries and those with convincing evidence that they are in a transitional state to Democratic / Isokratic system. Every country, financially and technologically unable but willing to implement the Isokratic system, to be able to receive financial grants and training help, to set up the global electronic Isokratic voting system.
When the people of a country demand the Isokratic system and the local regime opposes it on any grounds, the international enforcement body will have the obligation, firstly to put in a vote for action, against such regime. Once, or if such a vote is won, then action to be taken to remove such a regime. The action can be in steps such as first in a financial or trade embargo, and after a set time if necessary and if approved by the global voters even by military intervention.
Care must be taken for the benefit of the public at large. Long-term economic and other types of sanctions have a habit of punishing the public not the regime leaders. The misery brought to the public of a country just because the international community fights against, their leader, must end. As such, swift and decisive use of force targeted specifically for the removal of a dictatorial regime, may be the best pill. Always and only after the full vote for such an action by the Isokratic United Nations body whose representatives will be voting according to the wishes of the voters of the country they represent.
Under our present United Nations system, embargos and sanctions can be easily overused, or just set up for decorative purposes only. Watch this; According to the Herald tribute of 23 January 2001, the USA in the year 2001 had sanctions of some form of another, against 75 countries out of the 193 nations. The reasons are a wide span, ranging from humanitarian violations, to war offences, drug trafficking, mislabelled tuna cans, tariffs and so on. I am not judging the validity of such sanctions. I merely stating facts as to the extend, which may escape the great majority.
I stress again that the circumstances for such votes and actions are only when the people of a country demand the Isokratic system, not just because the rest of the globe demands it to be. If the public of a country at large through their free vote (supervised by the global agencies), lawfully elects a representative who may not be to the liking of the rest of the international community, then the people’s wishes must be respected and upheld by all other countries.
Undemocratic, un- Isokratic system countries, to be allowed reasonable transition times to switch from a dictatorial, or autocratic system to the Isokratic system. Under such circumstances, the transition time to serve a bridge time, whereby Isoklratisation is introduced step by step, until full implementation.
Personally, I am of the belief that, the sooner the better. I believe that if given the chance and exposed to the arguments for and against, all humans educated or not, are capable of forming a balanced opinion upon which to base their voting decision. I rather see the wrong decisions taken by informed individuals, rather than see the wrong decision, taken by one or a few, on behalf of the millions or even billions of individuals.
3. The Need For A Compatible Global Socio Governing System
As global behaviour expands, the need for a compatible global political system, becomes greater and greater. I believe that the principles of open society, in a co-operative spirit, has already given birth, to the shared values, which form the backbone of a global society. The flow is gaining momentum and it can not be stopped. The Global flow however needs to be governed, if disasters are to be avoided and benefits harvest for all.
Before we go deeper into requirements and mechanics of Isokratia Global, lets have a quick look on the currently widely discussed issue; The other reason, why we require a global governing system. Quoting from George Soros the Crisis of Capitalism, “Market forces if they’re given complete authority, even in the purely economic and financial arenas, produce chaos and could ultimately lead to the collapse of the global capitalist system.” The collapse of a system irrespective, of the cause whether is too much regulated intervention, or complete reliance on the market forces, can only be catastrophic.
With economic globalisation we are witnessing economics of scale without a major element. The element of politics of scale. We are already in the early stages of witnessing multinationals dictating policies to governments. In the absence of a matching political system of scales, the economic globalisation will inevitably lead to perhaps the destruction of globalisation. I believe globalisation has much to offer to human development. Therefore I believe a political system of scales is absolutely necessary. Isokratia I believe is the only system that can offer the politics of scales required; in both arenas that of the global socio-governings as well as that of the global economies of scale.
4. Current Global Economic Threat
Political and economic systems go always hand in hand. The world has witnessed huge destruction; Catastrophes, with millions of people dying. Where the root cause has been a purely financial crisis. In some cases such catastrophes, were triggered by financial collapse, which eventually resulted, in the most painful upheaval and changes we have ever witnessed. Examples are the Second World War, which if you like, ignited due to the financial collapse of the German market system. It is a well known fact that the collapse of the German economy brought catastrophe and instability, and became the cause for the rise of Hitler.
As such George Soros statement its true in bi-directional terms both in time and in cause; past and future in the time frame. Upsolute reliance on the market forces and or, too much unattained intervention, or play with the market forces, can be a cause for catastrophe. The human society has experience the past and paid heavy prices by unbearable pain. Lets watch out for the future, to avoid such catastrophes. Lets learn from the past and avoid making the same mistakes.
5. The Global problem today
It would not be stretching it, if I say that financial crisis may eventually sweep away, the global open market / capitalist system itself, as we know it today. As we have seen, it has happened before. Yet humanity needs the concept of open society now, more than ever before. The problem facing us all today, is that we are building a global economy, without a global socio governing political system, to support such global dimensions.
To stabilise and regulate a truly global economy, we need some sort of global governing system, of decision-making; In short, we need a global society to support our global economy. That is where Isokratia Global comes into play. Isokratia is the new global socio governing system, which would allow global political decision making, to match and serve the needs, of the global economy; whilst simultaneously meeting the needs of a truly open global society.
If you like, we need a political / socio governing system, which synchronises national and international socio governings, relevant to central and local policies. This can be none other, than the Isokratia Global system. We are fast moving to a global society, with a global economy. A global society with a global economy needs universal values, to hold it together. The Isokratia system, the principles of which can be applied at all levels, fulfils that requirement. The present day socio governings of representative democracy, is fast becoming incompatible with open society and especially globalisation.
6. Globo Phobia Or Global Economic Imperialism Phobia.
We have seen the reaction of activist groups demonstrating against globalisation. Yet these groups are made up individuals from a large number of various countries. This means that these demonstrating activists, formed a global group. In effect we see a globalise group demonstrating against globalisation. It somehow sounds odd. Why?
The international policies, priorities and actions of today’s national democracies are dictatorial and often expansionist. To some extend today’s international policies camouflage what many label economic imperialism, through which results indirectly to a political imperialism. As such we see extreme protest taken by a global groups, because they fear not globalisation, but they fear of being taken over and exploited by the few economic powers. Be it governments, group of governments, or the powerful multinationals.
Though I do not agree with some of the tactics and extreme actions recently practised from both the protesters and the police alike, I understand the concerns and fears of both sides. The anti global activist, do not fear the global citizen, nor the global public. What they fear are the policies of the few, which have as primary concern, the national interest of the few and not he wide interests of other nations and the global citizens. Sometimes at the expense of other nations and the global citizen.
We are witnessing on a daily basis the harmony, with which individuals of various ethnic origins, religious believes, sex, colour, work together for their common interest. I can very proudly state that in our company (Caretower Ltd) which is run by me and my two sons, we employee people of all religions, colours and nineteen different nationalities. Out of about 40 personnel we have 20 nationalities, nine or more religious faiths and multi colour.
Latin’s South American
Even Cuban Americans
Religions: Christian Orthodox, Catholics, Anglicans and Methodists; Muslims; Jewish; Hindus; Buddhists; Singh and may be more.
All working together in harmony with earning our leaving as our common interest. For those who say that different ethnic, religious or colour groups, cannot act together, I say look at the above group. In the absence of interference by political and religious leaderships, they can live and work together. Everyone being proud of their ethnic, religious and colour identity; whist simultaneously respecting everyone else’s identity. Everyone co operating with each other as team members and colleagues. as members of the global society.
7. Citizen Versus State – Universal Rules Of Engagement
The time has come for all of us, in the so-called free or democratic world, to assist and guide the rest of the world in joining, in at an equal level. Universally valid rules of engagement are needed to govern the relationship between states. Safeguard the rights of the individuals, wherever they may be, whichever state they may belong to, poor or rich, weak or strong, alley consider or not.
We do not look to look far to confirm that something like this can be done with great success. The European Union and it’s steady expansion, is nothing different from what I am calling for. A group of countries whose relations and socio-governings are getting tighter and tighter; Their aim being the equal rights at both the country level as well as at the individual Euro citizen level. Just visualise and see the same happening at the global arena.
Perhaps the time has come for society to be mobilised, to impose principles of behaviour on the states, who act on behalf of the citizens. An example here is the influence of the Greenpeace Organisation, which has spread along the international arena. The global mobilisation of the same shared values, have achieved world-wide recognition, of the need and cry of the global citizen, to protect our environment. Not just for one’s own country but for every one else’s country.
Unfortunately now in the absence of a global socio governing system with universal values; In the absence of the right of the global citizens to decide with their votes, on the acts and policies required for our globe, such as the matter of global ecology, we see drastic, and some times extremist measures taken by groups whose sole intention is the prevention of the destruction of our globe. If and when Global Isokratia is establish, the global citizens will make the decisions with their global votes. Under such practices, there will be no need for any group, to resort to extremist acts and behaviours.
Under Isokratia, the global citizen will have a system by which it can assert political control over the ruling national governments. Isokratia lays the grounds for society to be mobilised to demand changes in the behaviour of states, towards both their own citizens and the global citizens, outside the single states borders.
Isokratia offers a true basis for society, to amalgamate into a harmonious, global political society; into a system where the true people’s wishes govern the people’s lives. Similar to the national Isokratia, under the Globally Isokratic world, the people will assert direct political control over their governments, at a national and international level.
When Isokratia Global is established, as it evolves, it will find ways to overcome the obstacles posed by national sovereignty. The pursuance of common interest, in the global society, will force the innovation of solutions, on how to overcome such obstacles. The democratic dictatorial style of government, with civil servants behind the formation of foreign policy will eclipse in time. Just take a look at the European Union. Steady move away from the ethnic sovereignty and democratically dictatorial regimes.
8. Global Harmonisation And the Role of USA
When global harmonisation becomes a reality, no single country will have to bear on its shoulders, the responsibility of being the world’s policeman or financier. Presently the United States has, or was forced if you like, to take on the role of the world’s policeman. From Europe to Asia and every corner of the world, countries look for and seek America’s help and intervention to solve local and regional issues. America was reluctant to enter the second world war. The British, the Russians and other countries begged for America to join the allies. Without America’s help, who knows, today we may all bear German names. Yet, the USA instead of being loved in many parts around the world, America is hated for exactly that role.
9. Heads America wins VS Heads America looses
The reason for this, is because occasionally, the USA can be seen as an aggressor, either from their specific actions, or from the lack of action, or refusal to take actions in other cases. I believe the burden levied on the USA, on both the political as well as the economic arena, it is presently stretched to perhaps unsustainable levels. Such a wide and heavy burton can drive Americans to abuse that power against other weaker nations. Americans are fallible humans too, like all of us.
Unsustainable in all fronts from materialistic, financial, technological, but most of all on human nature weakness, for any single country even a super power, to carry such burden. I believe this state of affairs is as unjust on the USA, as is unjust to the rest of the world. What more I believe it is also dangerous for the Globe;
Dangerous because if the USA resources come to be unable to cope, then the gap left in their withdrawal, will be too big for even some groups of nations to fulfil. As long as we practise democratic dictatorships of upsolute power, the risk of such acts, responses and gabs will become greater and greater. Like all other countries America is practising dictatorial democracy where a single person is given absolute power.
Such gaps, can be an extremely dangerous vacuum for our globe. On the other hand as America bears the role of the global policeman, their actions are increasingly becoming bi-responsive. Each and every act gains the support of some nations, whilst simultaneously the same actions are denounced by other nations. This bi-responsive nature I believe produced both the terrorist acts of the 11th of September, as well as the response in recent developments after the September 11th.
America under the Isokratic system, would become proud, appreciated and loved by all, for it’s role around the world. The Isokratic system offers America and the rest of today’s powerful, or shall we say influential nations, the opportunity to lead the world by being a true partner of that world. The opportunity to practice the same rules, same rules of engagement and same codes of practice, in all cases, in all matters concerning internal and external affairs. The Global Isokratia can remove the burden of responsibility from the shoulders of America.
The opportunity to react or respond, the same way with the same measures, towards inhumane acts, irrespective whether such acts come from allies or not. Most of all, Isokratia offers the opportunity to lighten the burden such as the one America bears currently in the global arena. As such it eliminates the dangers of global dictatorships being developed. It also eliminates the hatred many people bear towards the Americans. Who knows it could even vanish the terrorist acts against America and the American citizens which we witnessed and which are constantly threatened at present. Global Isokratia will enable the American voters to dictate to their governing representatives, their Global rules of engagement.
10. Home Principles And Policies Contradict Foreign Principles And Policies
The present loose international system allows and sometimes even drives, the United States and other leading countries, to behave contrary to their home principles. For instance, the United States was one of only seven countries, which voted against the international Codes of Justice. This was because the US Military objected to its personnel coming under the international jurisdiction; because a group within the US objected to have the same measurements and codes of practice applied to their own citizens. Other countries that voted against international Codes of Justice were China, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Catan, and Yemen.
Nearly all these, are countries which the USA is fighting their dictatorial regimes and leadership. What an irony. The then governments and governors of these group of seven countries, choose to ignore the global rules of engagement governing the international codes of justice. I believe such acts are indeed a sad state of affairs for the human society. As such we have a lot to overcome as humans living on this globe.
Under the present socio governing systems, be it democratic or not, countries have drifted into the habit of dictating foreign policy, based on domestic considerations; Some times based on considerations to please and influential voters; Sometimes totally ignoring the home citizens and their responses. A small example here is the over stretched trade embargo on Cuba by the US, which some say, is aiming to please the Cuban voters of Florida. So we don’t go into the many examples by many countries which are still practice on a daily basis.
11. Above The Law
Present democratic systems even allows unselected executive members to brake national laws. Prime example here are the acts of the ex USA Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. And to some extent his counterpart the then Soviet Union foreign secretary when the two decided to split the world into equal territories of influence and control.
12. Not Any More
Under Global Isokratia, the global citizen will enjoy a system and power with which, the global citizen can assert political control over the ruling governments. Isokratia lays the ground for society to be mobilise, to demand changes in the behaviour of states, towards both the state’s actions in relation to their own citizens and the state’s actions in relation to the global citizen, outside the single state’s borders. Isokratia offers the true basis, for society to amalgamate, into a harmonious global socio governing system; A system, where the true people’s wishes govern the people’s lives.
13. International Affairs And Policy Making How To
Similar to the national level Isokratia, we can expand the same Isokratic principle to the global arena. The Global citizens will be voting for global issues. Then the corresponding global Isokratic governing body, can execute all such decisions.
Organisations can and need to spring up, with real global powers. Powers above the national governments. Powers to oversee the execution of the global citizens voted decisions. Powers to put forward proposals as to the global governings, to be truly elected by the population of the global citizens and family. Such organisations will become the executive instruments, with full imposing powers upon the instructions of the global citizens.
Some of the main or primal areas, which need to be addressed on local, national, regional and global levels are; Military security, Policing, Economic, Finance, Trade, Education, Health, Environment , Social, Crime, Transport and Research. Poverty, Development. All major issues. All vital issues. All issues requiring global input. All issues which if not addressed, correctly, will find today’s world, unprepared to sustain our globe in either political or economical terms, not to mention the military terms.
The necessity for such global organisations, are never meant to be of interventionist nature, where progress will be hindered. Their nature will be of preventing disasters. Protecting the freedom of the global citizens. Safeguarding the global citizens from economic, political and criminal exploitation. Supporting the global human society. Supporting the global economy. Front running the development of the world; aiding those left behind to catch up; helping relieve the misery around the globe with long term solutions not just momentary sweeteners; help avoid disasters man made or not; help alleviate the suffering of the weak.
We are today 4th September 2002, facing a challenging issue. The issue of terrorism and countries supporting terrorism. America if need be is ready to go it alone without any UN involvement to make sure that Iraq’s Sadam Hussein does not come to control weapons of mass distraction.
The world opinion is split between those fearing the eventuality of Iraq possessing nuclear weapons and those withholding the principle of the United Nations Council. A punishing dilemma for many. How many global citizens will vote to see the USA even on it’s own go in to topple Sadam Hussein? How many global citizens will vote against any outside intervention in Iraq?
If eventually the decision is to invade Iraq, would it not be better to know that such action is the result of the global citizen’s vote? Would it not be better to have a clear mandate? Would it not be better to have global military organisations to take such actions on behalf of the global citizens, instead of a single country governed by the a democratic system which allows dictatorial powers to the governors of a country. ( WE came to 2004 now and the invasion of Iraq has been materialised. Catastrophe in Iraq deepens day by day despite the toppling of Sadam Hussein. And yet the global society is still split. Anyway the Iraq matter is out of our subject and I will not enter into a discussion of the merits of the case.)
I have visited Iraq in 1979 and tasted first hand the hospitality of the Iraqi people which I found second to none. The pride and civilised culture which in areas surpassed that of the advance western world. I witnessed an Arab country with full parliament and full voting rights to women. A state of affairs brought about by Sadam Hussein. I have witnessed the metamorphosis of a revolutionary who fought to topple the monarchic system, to slowly drift into a monarch himself. I witnessed the result of upsolute power granted to a single man by the voters, turn a socialist revolutionary to one of the most feared dictators of our present times according to the press.
We have witnessed democratically elected representatives turned to democratic dictators. We have witnessed global affairs were the outside world had to intervene to stop ethnic disputes become global catastrophes by such democratically elected leaders who turned dictatorial in their governing. Serbia and Kosovo are still open global wounds.
These are prime examples why we need not just to move from the democratic system to the Isokratic in national frontiers, but even more important in the global frontiers. The national level Isokratia will prevent the forming of dictators. The global Isokratia will control and address the global arena
14. Setting up the Global Isokratic machine
Many organisations are already in existence, and can be used as the true basis of global society, and global government. The United Nations, the Security Council, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). All we need, is to put them on the right track, the Isokratic principle, develop then give them the necessary powers, to make proper use of them.
The Security Council, with a few amendments, such as open membership to all the members of the United Nations, can be very well designed and structured. It can be very effective in imposing peace, if given the chance. The global security threaten by periodical pockets of locations around the world, can not be the sole responsibility, nor the privilege, of the handful of present member states of the United Nations Security Council. Our global security can not rely on the few with the military muscle, whose governing systems promotes absolute and as such dictatorial power, or absolute power under the umbrella of the Democratic.
When the Security Council, opens the doors to the rest of the world, not to the privileged few with military power, then it can be called the United Nations Security Council. With the recent end of the cold war, I believe the global society, is provided with an excellent opportunity for the Security Council to become an effective, peaceful global organisation, without any veto powers. Veto powers are the end before the beginning of any such organisations and any organisations for that matter. The new constitution and voting system adopted by the European Union can be adopted and build upon to form the voting of a wide membership Global Security Council.
The United Nations could become, more of a real global government; with legislative sponsoring powers, adopting and implementing rules and regulations, sponsored by nations and global citizens, which are Isokraticaly voted by the global citizens. How the voting system operates in relation to United Nations, could be developed and defined. The majorities required, to qualify UN global rule and regulation can be set. Whether is two thirds of the population, or of the UN council members, or a combination of both global citizens votes and UN council members, or any other formula, it can be easily achieve. A viable system can evolve to an optimal status, once the beginning is made.
In a global Isokratic UN, each country’s UN representative, will have to cast his country’s vote, as elected by that country’s citizens under Isokratic voting. No government will be able to cast a vote contrary to their citizen’s votes. Under such Isokratic UN, no powerful nation will ever be allowed to influence, by reward or pressure, member governments, to vote one way, or another. The present system of pressures, bargaining and exchanges of favours between states, is degrading to the human integrity and an abuse to human rights.
Countries who do not abide by their UN commitment and fail to accept the UN regulations, qualified by the majority, will have to be excluded from the global society coalition. Terms, regulations, codes of conduct, and rules of engagement, will be set for the common benefit of the global society. I believe that the present human society, has reached the necessary maturity levels required, to join in common acts, for the benefit of our globe and the global citizens.
I am of the opinion that with Isokratia Global, the people can bring a global open society into existence. This can be achieved by both, non-governmental organisations, that can act together and by the voting power of the single citizen through national and global governmental organisations.
Under the Global Isokratia, the sovereign states will be forced to co-operate. Public opinion in civil society will result, or bring about the Isokratic model, in both the national and the international arena. Because politicians at the end, will have no choice, but to respond to popular demand. The alternative is for them to be ousted by the popular vote. Which voter will vote against his human right, to have a true say, on all the acts of the socio governing mechanism that he is govern by at both the National as well as the global level.
I believe that today’s global citizens, will engulf and support any principle that has, as it’s inner core, the benefit of human citizen, wherever they may be located, based on equal judgement; Based on the same rules, on same policies and rules of engagement.
Today’s advanced democracies lay the foundation for Global Isokratia to flourish in both the National and the Global arena. The presently elected representatives, can provide the lead in mobilising public opinion. The coalition of like-minded leaderships, from elected representatives to whole countries, will provide the foundations for the building of Isokratia. In turn, this will instigate the beginning of the creation of a global society.
15. Global Military Security.
Control of a global Army formation. How to handle an attack from another country. How to contribute to the defence of military weak countries, against a threat or attack, by another military superior country. I am not a military specialist, however the questions above do not require military expertise. Such decisions and plans of actions can be left to the experts, once a decision is made for an action to be taken.
What we need to be concern at this level is the mechanics upon which the instructions or orders to such a global army will be reached. How to place those decisions directly into the hands of the global citizens. How to avoid having one or two persons with absolute power around the world, to bring catastrophe on our globe on a moment of human weakness and antagonism. How to prevent such situations from ever arising again.
I believe, the initial solution, will be through the formation of effective regional, as well as international military organisations, which will come directly under the control of a global UN government based on Isokratic voting. Pre-define functions which will require any orders from the Global government to have been passed through an Isokratic vote by the Global citizens.
Other solutions can be found until Isokratic system is adopted by all countries. Perhaps initially, the voters for such matters to be a large selected representation of voters from each country. Perhaps the selection of such representative voters to require certain credentials; credentials can be of a mature age above 21; plus minimum levels of education, or any other pre requirements. I am only speculating for only the beginning, the transitional period, until is made possible for all global citizens to have their say. I am aware that there are regions in various countries around the world where the Isokratic voting will not be possible for some time. We can find solutions for such problems.
A solution option on the Global military force, could be the formation of two global military organisations, governed exclusively by two United Nations Military Ruling Committees. In turn such committees could be govern by a truly global United Nations Isokratic Government.
The first U N Military Conflict Investigating Committee will have the sole role of examining, investigating conflicts and recommending policies and actions to the global citizens to vote on. The global citizens votes, will then be the final mandate and decision of this committee. The global citizens voting can be the whole or randomly selected citizens from across the globe, as I mention earlier or any other formula.
The second UN Military Action Committee will be the pure military organisation. This military organisation / committee will only have an executive role. It will only execute the wishes of it’s global citizens, as expressed through Isokratic voting. Such a global military power machine will not have the power to instigate wars, or attacks, or interventions, unless specifically authorised by Isokratic vote, from around the globe, or the region affected if it is just a regional affect matter. Once given a mandate by the UN Military Investigating Committee, the UN Military Action Committee, will be able to take the action mandated, even if that means invading a relegate country.
Both UΝ Military committee organisations to be manned by persons selected from all countries. Furthermore these organisations to have the pre-mandated powers to refuse any action which was not mandated by the global voters. Details of the workings of control and activity of these military organisations can be developed for the maximum, functionality, security and best interest of the globe as a whole.
NATO can be modelled to develop such a UN Military formation, for that matter has served as such a regional military organisation. The EEC are forming their own regional defence organisation. However we have witnessed how NATO as well as other ex regional organisations like that of the Warsaw pact were driven by the two major countries controlling them. The USA controlling NATO and ex USSR controlling the Warsaw Pact. Why?
Why are we witnessing the formation of an European armed force? Because we have seen the abuse of NATO, in some extent for political reasons. As long as the possibility exists, such powerful organisations will be abused. What guarantees we have that in a few years the newly formed European Arm forces will not be abused for the benefit of those within and at the expense of countries outside the EEC club.
Would it not be justifiably arguable by other groups of countries to form powerful military pacts. The Arab world, the African countries, Asia, Latin America. What then if conflicts of interest between two such supper military groups spark a war? What if such organisations fall in the hands of one or a group of fanatics, brainwashed to achieve such control from a young age?
What if one religious group be it from west or east, or far east, see it as their religious duty to destroy another religious group to preserve their philosophies? These scenarios seem extreme in the twenty firs century. Never the less they are possible. As long as one or groups of countries are left out of the global family such scenarios will always be possible.
The Global Isokratic principles will eliminate this possibilities and the possibilities of abuse. Under Global Isokratia , the decision making, is taken away from the individual leader or leaders of a country or group of countries and is shared amongst all the nations of our globe. Under Isokratia the decision is taken away from the career personnel, civil or military, and influencers and placed directly into the hands of the global public.
16. Intervention VS Inaction
Such elimination, of power abuse, will not be beneficial only to those abused, but to those who may be the abusers. For though we may criticise the USA and classify as an abuser, for taking advantage of events, to pursue their own interest out of such events, like many will argue to been the case of the Gulf war, we must also ponder and ask ourselves; ‘What would have happened, in the region and perhaps the globe, if the Americans and the Gulf pack, failed to act’?
If such failure was seen as a green light for nations to attempt to redraw the borders, then whole regions could have erupted in military conflicts. With the burden no longer leaning on one country, or a small group of countries, no country will be open to accusations of abuse of power. No single country will have to bear the cost of preventing catastrophe around the globe.
What are the dangers ahead if the USA backs out from taking direct action to topple Sadam Hussein? Now during 9th draft 4th January 2003 US and British forces are ready standing by).
What are the dangers of escalation if the USA does go it alone in invasive military action against Sadam Hussein? Whichever the final decision, there will be heavy consequences in our globe. If the Americans do not act we could soon witness a biblical catastrophe in the Middle East region, if indeed Sadam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction and uses them.
If the Americans go it alone the rest of the world will live in fear until the American presidents come under the direct mandating votes of their citizens for all their actions. If the European countries are members of NATO why are they moving to create their own exclusive arm force excluding the Americans? Because they fear that they could be subjected to threats and blackmails by the Americans.
Until America adopts the Isokratic system the rest of the world will be in a state of uncertainty. Who knows may be the nuclear disarmament will be reversed to nuclear race again with more and more countries eventually becoming nuclear powers, adding to the existing threat to our globe. Do we have to witness a biblical catastrophe to take action?
I am fully aware, of the devastation and injustice sometimes done by such interventions by powerful nations. Many who were in favour of the intervention in Kosovo case, they opposed the action only because there was no mandate from the United Nations. As a result both sites involve in the conflict were left to suffer heavy death tolls because it was a rush- rush operation lacking the official support of the international community.
I am also fully aware of the injustice and devastation caused by the inability, or unwillingness to act in other cases. I am one of few, who at the twenty fist century, in a European country, I cannot visit my birth place. I can not go to the home I was borne at Famagusta in Cyprus, the jewel of the Mediterranean; The reason is because my town Famagusta is under Turkish military occupation; only because the super powers, failed to take preventative action in 1974, as that taken in the Golf war.
Even now after 20 (now 28) ( now 29) years of Turkish occupation, the superpowers are still failing to take corrective action despite numerous United Nation and Security Council resolutions. Perhaps the Cyprus case has help the superpowers to learn and avoid making the same mistake in the case of Kuwait and Kosovo.
Yet having said that Cyprus could have been a learning experience. In the absence of an effective and powerful global organisation, Cyprus a tiny island, remains divided since 1974 despite numerous United Nation and Security Council resolutions calling for the withdrawal of Turkish troops.
This is despite the fact that the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot citizens have no animosity towards each other. Despite massive rallies on both sides for a peaceful solution.
I have Turkish and Turkish Cypriot friends and employees for many, many years. I share fun moments with Turkish persons in my local Salsa dancing club. I employ both Turkish and Turkish Cypriots for years and we work in harmony. If there was an Isokratic vote tomorrow I guarantee you that 99% of the Turkish And Greek Cypriots will vote to re unite the Island. Witness to this is the 17 Ethnic origins and multi religious, multi colour environment in my present family company which includes Greeks and Turks. There are many more alike.
17. The Alternative Can Be Dreadful
I am a person on the receiving end of the abuse of power by the strong against the weak, in the absence of effective global organisations, which indeed is the present state of world affairs. Yet, I truly dread to see a state of affairs, where the present superpowers acting as global policemen, refuse to play that role. I believe that we must make the best of what we currently have, even if it means the likes of the USA, British, Russia, NATO, or others, in pursuing their own interest, they periodically abuse the system with unfair, or unjust policies and actions to some of those involved. Because I dare say that I dread to imagine the alternative. However we must never stop fighting for a better alternative. Isokratia National and Isokratia Global offer such an alternative and perhaps a final solution.
The richness of the Isokratic global system, is that no single country member, will be allowed to abuse the system in favour of their own interest, or in favour of a close ally. At the same time no single country will have to shoulder the sole, or the major responsibility. Individual countries, will be stripped of the power to act outside the United Nation’s global Isokratic government.
Do not think for moment that advanced economic powers even such as that of the USA is outside the reach of the rest of the globe. Like every other country the American economy is based on imports and exports. A trade embargo from the rest of the globe against any economic power can be catastrophic for those governing such a country who may bring about such an embargo upon their public.
The Global Isokratic scenario, will be even more beneficial to today’s super powers, for they will gain in popularity. In addition they will share with the rest of the world, any expenses in monetary as well as human cost. For example the USA & the UK would have had to bear much less such cost and would have been , saved from all the accusations of bias and abuse of power, if the United Nations have mandated their actions in Kosovo. All America and Britain had to do, was to go through the right channels. Obtain the mandate from the United Nations. Choosing to ignore the right channels, made their saviour actions unauthorised and to some extent aggressive in nature.
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18. USA Specific
I feel it will be unfair not to mention something about the USA, which I must admit, I was surprised to learn my self. Surprised, because we all came to see the USA, in one way or another, as the bully of the world. Sometimes justifiably, because of the actions from the likes of Henry Kissinger the ex US Foreign Secretary, who wholeheartedly supported brutal dictatorships around the world with his humanly unsustainable geopolitics, at times even acting against the laws of the USA governing such actions.
Unfortunately due to past USA history, or actions as the above example, many people around the globe, have a negative view towards America, when it comes to the question of Democracy. Many people know little about the American efforts to promote Democracy. Fully justifiable as the USA openly supported military governments, in a wide spread of countries. Even worse, when we know that USA foreign policy butchered democratic systems and leaderships around the world and replace legal regimes, with illegal dictatorships such as Greece in 1967, Chile and so on.
Even more so, when we know that in some countries American foreign policy, still supports dictatorial regimes, or Democracies run by the military behind the scenes, like Turkey and others. Perhaps the biggest reason why many have a negative view of America and it’s efforts to promote democracy, is the American’s failure to inform people around the globe, of their efforts to promote Democracy.
Many will be surprised to learn of USA efforts to promote Democracy and free and fair elections abroad. Many will be surprised to know, that many argue and demand that the USA must stop trying to promote elections in shaky Democracies, for such fair elections could produce illiberal leaders or even help ignite ethnic conflicts and inevitably fall apart.
There many cases even in very recent times, where the US involvement, guidance or pressure, has been the predominant factor in Democracies being established, expanded, or prevented from falling apart. Last year ( by now a few years ago) in a magnificent manner elections were the key element in democratic transitions on several continents. In nearly every case, the USA was the primary supporter, or sponsor of such elections.
Mexico with the election of Vicente Fox is such a clear case. The result was a break through with the transfer of power to democratic government after a 70 year rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party. American efforts to bring Mexico into the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the main levers of pressure on the Mexican political elite to go ahead with liberalisation.
In Serbia Elections were the stepping stone in the removal of the Democratic elected turn dictator Slobotan Milosevic. It was only the strong resistance and behind the scenes pressure by the Americans which forced Milosevic to accept the peoples vote and admit defeat.
On the other continent in Peru, a similar fate awaited the authoritarian Alberto Fujimori who attempted to hold in power for a third term by muscling in the elections. Again the driving force behind the international community and the Organisation of The American States whose actions resulted in Democracy being upheld, was the USA.
Ghana is yet another such case were the United States played a positive role, by facilitating the promotion of the December 2000 elections which brought the peaceful, and orderly end of dictatorial rule by President Jerry Rawlings. The first ever American President Bill Clinton visiting in Ghana in March 1998 paved the way for the delicate process of democratisation.
There are many other examples. Yet the genuine commitment of the USA to the democratisation of other countries remains as critical as ever. The world will like to see much more such USA democratisation sponsorship across the board, to countries allies or not ,with the American foreign policy. That is why I believe America has a prodagonistic role to play in first engulfing the Isokratic model and then by sponsoring Isokratia across the globe.
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19. Military Industry Versus Global Demilitarisation Lost investment? Nonsense! Open Your Eyes Military Industrialist.
We hear how some laws are passed and others are rejected, in the pretence that demilitarisation would create unemployment and economic downturn. What a great fallacy! Those in fear of losing investment and employment, such as the military industry need not fear. Yes, the creation of effective global military organisation/s, will allow a huge decrease, in military spending around the globe by national states.
Yes, countries coming under the protection of the global military organisations, will need not spend on their defence, the huge budgets that they now do and which most cannot afford to. Huge amounts, which they may now spend on their defence budgets, will be saved. Small, or shall we say weak countries, will be able to obtain managed military services, from the global military machine, at a fraction of what is costing them now to maintain their defence.
20. The future model of small country defences
Managed Military Services MMS, means that countries can assign their defence to the Isokraticaly controlled global military organisation, under the direct control of the United Nation’s Global government. What this means is that a country can subscribe an annual fee, and enjoy the defence machine of the powerful global military army. Perhaps with a small force being stationed is such a country if required.
Such countries will not even have to maintain an army themselves. Instead they can have a national guard, or a national emergency reserve force permanent or not, to be mobilise during internal requirements. The income to the global army, will go towards the Maintenance of the global military force, alleviating the need for some countries bearing the heavy burden of financing such an army. Human resources relieved from military employment need not become the unemployed. They can be engage in the economic activity which will bring growth.
The loss of investment and employment, from such spending curbs, will not materialise. It will not materialise because it will be greatly overtaken, with what it will be invested in employment forming policies, from the diverted defence budget funds. The same industries, the same factories, the same plants, the same commercial organisations, can be utilised in alternative projects relevant to their production. Demand for the services of these industries not only will not drop, but it will increase many fold, as resources human and material are diverted.
All it will change is the type of products they will use their resources to produce. Instead of tanks, we will be building heavy road building machines, to build road networks around the globe. Instead of military transportation machines, we will be building civil transportation means of all formats, land, sea and air. Instead of warships, we will be building freighters. Instead of warplanes, we will be building passenger and freight planes. Instead of bullets we will be producing consumables.
Instead of warfare chemicals, we will be producing life saving medicine. Instead of surgery precision bombs, we will be building machines for life saving and enhancing, surgery equipment. We will need more ports, more roads, more railways, and more airports. Whole regions of our globe, are in need of basic infrastructure building. Look at Africa, South America, China, and Russia. We will need a millennium to build the necessary infrastructure, which will enhance economic activity and improve human life around the globe, for the benefit of all.
We will need bridges to join regions, to join countries to join oceans. Why not a road bridge over the Atlantic making it possible to drive from Europe to America? The army engineers can be mobilised to design such an Atlantic bridge. I don’t know how. Perhaps based on inflatable and moving foundations. Perhaps build stations and cities in the middle of the oceans. We can do it by just diverting the resources presently wasted en mass by each countries arm forces both in human and material inputs.
The same principle applies to the wasted human resource, now engaged as military personnel across the globe. And don’t think that is just the poor nations, that will benefit from such savings and diversion of material and human resources. The developed world, is in some cases even more in need of such resources. In the United Kingdom and most EEC countries as well as in America, there are major shortages in both mankind and material resources to service the needs of their citizens.
There is un sustained long waiting list for hospital treatment due to shortages. Shortages in mankind in nurses, doctors, and general personnel; Shortages in buildings and equipment. Presently in the UK there are great shortages of nurses and doctors. Imagine the military medical personnel being released from the arm forces into public and private health care. The UK is not alone. There are shortages in all major sectors, vital for the development and improvement of both, the developed countries, as well as the developing and undeveloped world.
Shortages in school teachers; shortages in police whilst thousands of soldiers sit around shining their shoes. Shortages in critical research against diseases when thousands of scarce skill scientist spend their time developing weapons creating diseases. In some countries there is a shortage of labour like the teacher’s shortage in the UK whilst in others there are plenty of labour but no finances to employ them like is the case in Greece where there are thousands of teachers whom the state can not afford to employee despite the shortage of teachers in schools. Wherever we look, there are shortages. Wherever we look, there is room for improvement, only if we had available, scarce resources allocated, or shall I say wasted on military. We have those resources now. We have them in abundance, but they are wasted on the over militarisation of our globe.
Those in the military industry, and other economic sectors, who fear loses of income, and employment, need fear not. In fact to the contrary, they stand to make much more profit; Higher profits generated from long periods of sustained high demand. The only difference is that demand for their products and services, will be from outside the military products. The demand for their products by the way it is now a shrinking demand. If they just calculate how many heavy machinery are needed to build the world, they will realise that the numbers, are by the millionth-fold more, than the diminishing demand for tanks and other military equipment. Then they can calculate the long-term profits and employment.
Such a diversion of means of production on all fronts, will fuel centuries and more of steady growth in Global economic activity. Such growth will benefit everyone from the single individual to the big industrialist in every single country. Such a diversion of means of production will generate such a demand that everyone will be a winner in a win – win situation around the globe.
21. Global Police & Global Courts
The policing of internal borders can continue to be as it is and continue to improve, until one day our world will no longer require borders. Until one day freedom of movement and location, will be a global right, with no restrictions. Lets face it. Why do people migrate? Only two reasons. To escape political / military persecution, and for better standard of living on economic reasons. Some of us to get higher education in the absence of such vital facility in our birth place. Every single immigrant whatever the reason behind the move to another country is dreaming of going back home. Every single immigrant will not have emigrated if the basic humble needs of survival and education were available in his own country. Perhaps when we reach a state where human standards of living are more or less equal around the globe, there will be no need for migration and as such no need for border controls.
The one area, where greater policing is continuously needed, is the global arena. At the doorsteps of Europe, and all over the world, we have witnessed organised crime, from terrorist groups, to drug trafficking, money laundering, and lately even sex slavery, to have truly global powers and effects. Similar to a global military unit, a global police force needs to be set up, with full powers, to enforce the law around the globe.
A global police body, directly employed and controlled by the Global UN Isokratic Government . Not the half-baked co-operation between state controlled small units or individual officers, who more often than not fight to establish who will be the star of the show. We can learn from the Americans who use a similar system, with their Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI has powers on a national level, superseding the police powers of individual local member states. These same, or similar principles, can be used as a basis and expanded upon, to cover whole regions and eventually the globe. I invite the experts to come forward with their suggestions.
We are all aware, how present police forces are undermanned. How they have to justify the high expense of sending officers chasing around the world, when they are short in the home front. How slow and under performing the Interpol activities are. How nearly in a routine manner, the investigators arrive too late. How in some countries, underpaid police, are prey to criminals, who pay them not to be at certain places at certain hours. This is not just in countries the like of Albania, or some remote part of the world.
The need to go away from having to drain already under man police forces, is a fact. The need for a global police force, with real powers, endorsed by all the nations. A global police force, under the direct control of a global Isokratic governing body, grows by the hour. There is an abundance of human resources in every country. More than three quarters of the labour force around the world is waiting to be trained and put into useful and meaningful production. All we have to do is invest on the available human resource.
22. Global Courts
The need for a global police force, backed by global courts is here. Global courts outside the influence of a single country; Outside the influence of group of powerful countries. True global courts under the control of the Isokraticaly elected Global United Nations Governments. Global courts, with powers to punish not just individual or groups of criminals, but criminal governments and government members engaged in criminal activity. All we have now, is a selective process, where a politician can take cover in a number of countries.
Even in the severe cases of criminal acts of war atrocities, prosecutions are selective and only administer when popular vote can be gained. For same or similar war atrocities, some are glorified as heroes, whilst others are prosecuted as war criminals, according to popular vote credits and domestic considerations.
The only reason the principles under the existing policies and international courts, are applied selectively, is the absence of a global governing system with effective powers to act on the mandates of the global citizens. Therefore the need for a truly global police force and a global court system, is indeed greater now, than in any other time.
This need will continue to grow in a one-way upward trend. Isokratia Global makes it possible for such a global police and court force to be built, away from the control or influence of single country or small group of countries. True Global police force, with true Global courts, out of the direct or indirect control, or influence of a few states, is the way forward to global peace and global stamping on criminal activities.
A global police force requires global courts to back them up. With the emergence of global economy and global political system, global courts, are fast becoming an absolute necessity; Not just for compacting global terrorist and criminals, but also to rule on cases where activities spread cross country borders.
Such an area is the newly emerging e-commerce and online electronic activity. With the continuing globalisation, global issues will inevitably continue to arise, which will require global courts of justice to deal with. Individual countries, will have to face global courts, for their misconduct and abuse of human rights and any other global issues, such as trade, economics, environmental and other issues.
The Lockerbie bomber’s trial, is a near example of global dimensions. The victims were made of multinational origins. The crime began in a number of countries, and it just happened over the grounds of another country. The victim’s and their countries, demanded a court in the area of the disaster in Scotland. The accused, which came from Libya, rightly demanded a neutral country and courts to judge upon the case. The whole case, is of a multinational character, taking near global dimensions.
23. Global Currency
Money is not an easy concept, although I do believe we humans, have come to know a few things about it by now. The three major factions we are told of money is; itself as a unit of account, a store of value and a medium of change. As such, money represents an exchange value, not an intrinsic value. The value of money depends on the value of the goods and services, for which it can be exchanged.
Compared with when we use money as a tradable commodity, selling one currency to obtain another, then we see that there is no exchange value. Many currencies are not acceptable around the world. Though these currencies have an exchange value in their own national boundaries, they have no exchange value outside their national boundaries into the international market.
For instance, we take Iraqi currency into Europe or any other country, nobody wants it. It has no exchange value and as such no value, as it is worthless. Offer an American or a German, one billion Iraqi money notes and ask them to pay only a single US dollar and they will refuse it. The same would happen anywhere in the world because the Iraqi currency has no exchange value, no face value, outside the Iraqi borders. The same applies to many currencies.
The exchange value of the rest of the currencies around the world even the strong like the US dollar, sterling, Euro, German Mark (oups is now gone) and Japanese Yen, they only have an exchange value, as long as people are willing and can use them for their trade exchanges. As soon as people stop, or shy away from using a currency, it has no exchange value. Automatically such a currency, becomes worthless since it stops having an exchange value.
Therefore, it can be argued that, currency in itself is not a tradable commodity, since it has no trade value. That’s is why is wrong to allow it to be a tradable commodity, or service for that matter. Yet under the present economic activity and trading climate, currency trading not only sounds logical but seems to fit in the economic equation. I believe that this is a total waste and that sooner or later we have to address it.
In some ways, the 19th century version of the global capitalist system was more stable than the current one. The reason for this is because the 19th century financial market system was based on a single currency. Gold. Today in the centre there are three old major currencies ( US dollar, British Pound, Japanese yen) and the newly launched Euro, crashing against each other like continental plates. ( The Euro has since been launched and is fast becoming a strong candidate in the currency market). Then a handful such as the French Franc and D. Mark are fighting for the highest position in the currency league ( no longer the case as it now is 2003?). The rest struggle to keep their currency exchange value; but even so, they don’t worth the paper they are printed in the real currency world. None of the national currencies are based on a face value of gold. Even worse currency has become a manipulate-able tool for governments used for indirect control of economic aims through such actions as devaluations and interest rates manipulations.
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24. Global Currency Speculation
Currency speculation I believe is anathema, to real economic growth. Currency at it’s present paper form value, I believe should not be a tradable commodity. Currency is not a product out of production line. Currency is not a service with a tradable value. Currency is not a consumable product or service. Yet that’s what currency it is being treated as, by the money speculators.
Currency trading and speculating only developed, or came to be due to systematic interference by governments into their currency value, through various manipulating actions such as the control of rates of interest, devaluations and other government policies. As such we can easily identify the present state of currency speculation and trading as one of the ailments developed from within the capitalist system. An ailment, which I believe, has to be identified and removed for the benefit of the capitalist system and it’s survival.
Currency is no longer backed on it’s value by gold. It used to be, that £100.00 of British currency notes or US dollars could be exchanged for £100.00 worth of gold. That has long not been the case. ( Not that advocate any real difference between gold standard and abstract standard). There is no production value, no cost of production, no sale value, just pure, speculative value. Pure speculative value for a means of exchange value.
I believe the solution or cure for that matter to this present state of wasteful trade and speculation in currency is the introduction of a single global currency. That s why I foresee an eventual state of a single global currency. I know it will take time. It is though, only a matter of time. Furthermore it could be the only real long term solution.
Perhaps that will be the optimum currency requirement, for a truly global economy. The fortunes of whole countries, will no longer be subject to the might of the few. Powerful financial institutions and their governors, be it a country, a group, or an individual, they will no longer be able to cause the collapse, or the upheaval of a national economy. Perhaps true competition can then be possible, around the globe. A single global currency, serving the consumer, serving the entrepreneur, serving the state, serving the open market, without the waste generated by today’s multi currency model.
25. Global Bank - Global Currency
Yes a central global bank, with a single global currency, will kill many ailments of the present system. On the financial organisation front, George Soros has put forward some brilliant ideas as bases, which have never been taken on. Others have voiced similar views. Perhaps it is time to do so. I am of the strong belief that a single global currency, will end the currency speculation and contribute to a more stable economic climate around the world, whilst simultaneously it could prevent painful upheavals in some parts of the world market.
Weak and small economies, will no longer be at the mercy of the few strong countries; or even at the mercy of financially powerful individual organisations; Weak economies will not be a prey of even single persons for that matter. Countries undergoing a weak economic times, will no longer be open to abuse, by those who master the economic powers.
We have seen how even George Soros a powerful trader in the currency arena, admitted, that as long as the system offers the opportunity, some one will used it to profiteer. If is not him, it will be some one else. The solution is to prevent such cases to be open to abuse; To prevent such powers to be amazed by a single individual, or organisation over the currency of a state or even a group of states. Abandoning the multi-currency system and adopting a single global currency will certainly eliminate this threat.
Past experience tells us that we cannot leave it to the individual countries to fend for themselves in the international financial markets. Because as identified by many field experts, financial markets are inherently unstable under the present system. They need supervision and regulation. With that, I mean healthy supervision, not deterring supervision, nor politically motivated manipulations and interventions.
26. Do we act now or never?
The question now is when and how do we reach the global authorisation needed for a global economy to work in a stable manner? Do we leave it? Do we strengthen the present international financial authorities? Or do we scrap them and introduce, truly globalise authorities, policies and means such as the single global currency ?
Capital controls result in closed economies. A closed economy is a threat to liberty. Yet as experience teach us, like in some Asiatic countries, capital controls and capital export restrictions, were the savers of the collapse of the financial market and economies in such countries. Capital controls would be unnecessary if when, and only when, we reach a single global currency. Then, it could be possible for us to experience a stable financial market across the globe.
The drive for the establishment of a single currency in Europe, is giving the Euro-wide consolidation a tremendous push. If you like, we can use the examples of the EEC as a case of mini globalisation, in both the political and the economic fronts. By now the Euro has become a reality since January 2002 and is gaining in strength despite the weakness of some of it’s major economies such as Germany and France.
Despite threats and warnings of catastrophes the introduction of Euro went smoothly. Despite inevitable teething problems, is gaining momentum. Europe is ready to do away with the vast waist of currency charges on it’s internal trading. Soon another fifteen or so countries are joining the EEC and the Euro in 2004. Who will be next? As much as Russia is mouth watering with the idea as the EEC comes closer to her borders, the EEC mouth waters Russia with it’s vast resources in both raw and technological advancements.
Despites the titanic task the Euro has come to live. Despite fierce political fighting and referendums the Euro is alive. Contrary to the warnings of catastrophe by some of the financial wizards of our world, the Euro is thriving. Contrary to the predictions of the superpowers the likes of USA the Euro is gaining strength. Despite the many forecast that the Euro will not last for six months the Euro is gaining strength over both the other two major currencies the US dollar and UK Sterling. Irrespective of the centuries old UK sterling and US dollar the Euro is gaining ground much earlier than predicted by even the most pessimists. Yet the Euro is still on it’s infancy stages. Imagine it’s strength as starts to walk and when it will start being a front runner.
Yes I accept that such a task of introducing a single currency, will not be an easy one. Nonetheless, I believe it is possible. Further more, I believe it is a vital requirement of today’s global economy and even more important the global society. The USA is a multiple of self-governed states. The most powerful economy in today’s world is like a mini globalisation being made up by individual states belonging to a central organisation. Yet it operates on one single currency, governed by a single federal bank.
Why should it matter if a country is bordering or not. In Europe we have witnessed the abandonment of national currencies with thousands of years national currency history, for a common currency. The most powerful currency of the world the US dollar is a single currency of a multiple of states. The most widely used internationally currency is the USA dollar which is the single currency of a group of states under a central umbrella.
The beneficiaries will be all concern including the big players such as the American economy. At presently American multinationals importing their profits from the world wide operations loose billions on mare currency conversions. These profits could go to the share holders as dividends. These conversion charges could be the difference between being profitable or not some times.
The same can be achieved in a global dimension. I don’t see why the global community can not manage to lay this large founding stone for the building of our global economy. Perhaps this is the pill needed, to eliminate the make and brake periods in the free market economy. To some extent we have a currency with global trading values; A currency which is actually traded world wide and that is the US dollar. Whether it is called a dollar or IsoDollartm or Euro currency it’s immaterial. What matters is to adopt such a single currency, not what it will be called.
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27. IsoCurrency - Global Currency
Perhaps the initial steps required will be through the introduction of a world-wide body or institution, like the IMF (International Monetary Fund); A global currency bank, which can serve national economies. Instead of serving profit making, to serve the stability and gain of the general global economy. I do not see this as a permanent solution although if successful it could be adopted permanently. I see it as a temporary solution, creating a bridge to the optimal solution of the introduction of a single global currency.
I believe the integration of all national currencies to one global currency will eventually, in years to come, be the optimum stabilising solution. It could be that we will first see such integration by small groups of countries abandoning their national currency for a territorial group or regional currency. An example here is the one being formed now in the EEC, with the introduction of the ECU which has become the currency of all the member countries of the European Economic Union. Even those temporarily left out such as the UK, are trading in the Euro. UK stores and companies trade in Euro already.
African countries, the Arab world and other regional groups could already be talking behind the scenes of similar moves, as they watch and learn from the European experience. Despite the vehement, sometimes fanatic rhetoric based purely on nationalistic, fascist reasoning against the ECU, I believe the ECU will eventually overcome the many obstacles, which lay on it’s path and become a success story. ( we are already witnessing it’s success).
Once the world economy reaches the state of one global single currency, then we will have an Isokratic currency situation. This will become one of the strong foundations for a truly global economy, which will provide stability to all trades. It will also provide protection to individuals whose savings could no longer wiped out overnight by real, nor artificial for that matter, currency speculations, which can result in forced, or voluntary devaluation in national currencies.
In final analysis, I believe a currency is neither a commodity, nor an asset of any value to be traded. A currency is no longer based on gold reserves nor any other commodity reserve. None of the scarce economic resources are involved for the production, nor for the trade of a currency value. A currency is neither a consumable nor a dwelling and it provides no service. A currency has no use and no benefit, other than a means of accounting exchange for trading goods and services.
Therefore, it can be argued that it cannot be classified as a trade able product or service. All valuations of currencies are based on speculation and expectation. It only takes the president of a country to engage in a flirtatious act outside his marriage, and we see the value of that currency tumble with dramatic effects on both the business community and in final effect, on the public at large; thus affecting both the national and the international economic arena.
Let’s not forget, that economic upheavals, were the caused of many wars, including the second world war. Lets not forget that even today, the world suffers heavy and painful blows, due to economic instability. Such painful blows can push a nation back in negative development, which result in lower standards of living, instead of forward development with increased standards of living. Don’t think for a moment that this does not happens in our current times. Great examples here, are Russia and the ex Soviet Union Republics; Even neighbouring countries which were under the communist system such as Bulgaria, Rumania and others. Millions of intelligent people live below the poverty level even within their low cost economies.
Therefore one can easily argue that economic stability and prevention of economic waste is part of the formula for the development of the socio governing and development of our globe. As such I believe a single global currency is a necessity, not a luxury. A necessity long delayed.
28. More On The Waste Arising From Multi Currency System
A classic example of why we need one global currency, is the continued waste of funds by intervention from governments. Under pressure from political party gurus, pressure groups, multi-nationals, and other aspects, within each country, all based on fears that a depressed financial crisis in one region of the world, could spread to their countries, governments embark in massive waste.
Paradoxical contradictions in policies and aims, between some of the regions countries like the G7, in reference to the Euro which were experienced in the international currency arena. During the third week of September 2000 ( Daily mail Sept 21st 2000) at first, leaders such as the chief economists of the IMF commission, hammered the Euro and send it trampling down. Then the G7 will come to its rescue, for they quite rightly feared that a speculative devaluation of the Euro would for sure spread to their own currencies and world trade instabilities. Outsiders will complain for the steep under valuation of the Euro, whilst insiders like the Italian leaders and Portuguese leaders, will love the chief IMF economist, because due to the gross under valuation of the Euro, their export businesses were thriving.
On Tuesday 19th September 2000 as the IMF’s Chief Economies Michael Mensa said that the Euro’s weakness was a problem, not just an embarrassment. He then called that the time was right, for intervention to prevent any further decline of the Euro. Yet at the same time the leaders of Italy and Portugal issue statements against any intervention to boost the value of Euro (only because their export business was thriving, benefiting from a weak Euro). They blamed the American high interest for the under value of the Euro against the dollar and other currencies. Contradicting statements to suit each other’s goals at the time. ( afterwards as at December 2004 things have been reversed with low American interest allowing the dollar to slide against the Euro and sterling and Bush smiling)
The warnings by the IMF’s chief economist Michael Mensa triggered a fierce and angry back lash. Portugal’s central bank government Veto Constancio, who said the comments by Mr Mensa, were inappropriate and which somebody in his position would not normally make. Italian Prime minister Juliano Armado said the weak Euro was helping his country’s firms because their exports were now cheap. More contradictions from leaders and professionals.
Hans Peter Stihl made the statement saying that the strength of the US economy and the US high interest rates were the main reason for the Euro’s weakness. He added that the Euro’s current state was good for growth especially European exports. Yet, despite the position from those concerned within the European Union, the intervention went ahead.
The G7countries agreed to the use of foreign exchange to buy surplus Euros in the market place in the hope of driving up the Euro price. The buying came in three waves early on Friday 22nd September just as dealers were squaring their books for the weekend. Contradicting wishes and actions. The Europeans wanting the Euro to remain at a low exchange value but others technically pushing the Euro’s value up by artificial buying.
As news of the intervention broke, the Euro stretched from 80 cents to more than 90 cents and then slid back to 88.30. Co-ordination in the intervention involving all G7 governments, the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Canada and Italy is irrelevant. The last time they acted together was to save the Japanese Yen in 1995 and again, amid building concerns that Japan was moving into a depression which would could spread across Asia and the rest of the world. Did they manage to avert the depression in Japan? Of course not. Just a big waste.
What we are experiencing is vast wealth being wiped out, or created, on pure speculation. Yet the effects of such currency movements, are both sweet as well as sour. Sweet for those few taking advantage. Very sour for those who come under the market turmoil and menace of such fluctuations? Be it countries or individuals, or small and large business organisations. All absolutely unnecessary. Unjustified. Unfounded. All totally avoidable, un-allowable and intolerable, within a system of a global single currency.
Even the present powerful world institutions are powerless to curb such absolute waste. In an age when trillions of dollars cross the currency markets each day, finance ministries and central bankers are powerless on their own in turning the tides. For their action to work, they have to bring the big foreign exchange dealers along with them.
Despite the G7 heavy intervention to prop up the Euro there have been some indications in recent days of the big global investment funds getting nervous about betting against the Euro. Britain’s Chancellor, Gordon Brown, has been auctioning his gold reserves, replacing them with Euro. Why? Especially when Gordon Brown is not ready to join the Euro. Because export growth resulting from an under valued Euro, could mean that in the near future they Euro economies could overtake North America in the growth stakes. Also because the Chancellor needs to make money. However playing in the currency market with the UK’s public money can be dangerous! ( By end of 2002 the gold value outstrip all other forms of investment!). As the first signs appear of the slow down of the American economy, after a lengthy ten year growth, some people panic and they engage into desperate acts which can bear no fruit.
Sometimes is hard to justify the actions of the G7. Paradoxically and against all indicators, the Euro is massively undervalued, despite having seen the massive intervention of the G7. The question must be asked why? Why this waste? Why this massive intervention when the indicators do not match their worries?
Finally by end of 2002 with the American attack on Iraq looming and the massive drop in share values especially in England and America the Euro is gaining momentum and reached to $1.04.
Is it due to politics, or due to national interests? Is it related to the intense pressure from the big American multi-nationals, whose profit performance is measured in dollars? Why will that matter? The American governments worry about the value of multi-national shares. Because these multi-nationals operate in the Euro, their profits are made in Euro and then they are converted into dollars. This process of conversion from Euro to dollar caused them losses of billions in profits. These profit losses in turn affect the share values of these companies at home. These share fluctuations then affect the rest of the stock market, which in turn affect the whole economy at home; which in turn affect the every day citizen and investor.
Is this not a clear waste? Is this not a waste for a company’s profits? American or not if they have rightly earned their profits in parts of the world not trading in heir own country, why should they waste large sums just to convert their profits into their home currency.
Having a brake 14th September 2004 00.18 Sofia Bulgaria
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29. Who pays the price?
American stocks have suffered major profit declines over the twelve months of August 1999 to August 2000. (Even worse up to end of 2002). For example, despite aggressive international expansion, McDonalds has slipped 24% over the same period of August 1999 to August 2000. The same is true for a host of other multi-nationals, from Colgate-Palmolive to Gillette.
Again, again and again, the Euro currency punctured value has cost America’s biggest companies billions, as they exchange their Euro profits back into dollars. Even in the lucrative IT industry, which is dominated by American multi-nationals, they head for the same. An example here is the microchip giant, Intel.
I will ask the chief executives and the finance directors of these multinationals caught in the trap of losing their profits only because they have to convert such profits from one currency to another; “ Would you not rather have a single global currency? Would you not rather have kept these earned profits? Would you not rather show these profits to your shareholders?”
I will ask the same question to the shareholders of these companies; “ Would you not rather have these wasteful currency conversion cost as cash in your pockets in the form of higher dividends and higher share value?” It doesn’t take a genius to see the answer to these questions.
These attempted market interventions, as we see are totally based on either combine political motives, or narrow-minded national interest. Who is bearing the cost of these massive interventions? Who will pay the final price? The global citizens. Who profits from this unnecessary waste? No one.
All these brief questions and examples, indicate the necessity for a single global currency. Such examples point to the urgency with which we must address the global single currency issue. If we are to stabilise our markets and avoid bust and gloom periods in regions across the globe, an essential ingredient is the introduction of a single global currency.
30. Global Education
The Global Isokratic principles will follow the betterment of services such as education as well. Global, national, regional, local; Combined and independently, always based on the vote of the member citizens, for the offering of equal opportunities, for the encouraging and cultivation of talent and excellence, out of which eventually everybody benefits. The findings of our forefathers and the innovations of the individuals have not benefited the innovators only. They have benefited all humanity.
Through education humanity, reached today’s advance stage in both technological, and behavioural terms. Education continues and will continue to be the flare of development; The inner core and foundation of the advancement of our world, of our civilisation. Through education, we have seen the development of talent and invention, which fuel today’s high standards of living. Through these innovations by single persons, or by research groups, the whole of the globe and mankind has benefited.
At least in parts of our globe education was and will always be the number one major factor contributing to development and advancement in all spheres of life. I say at least in parts of our globe because there are still many parts around the world, where education is scarce and only available to the few privileged. Privileged only in financial terms! There are still many places where education is only the privilege of the few with the economic means. Don’t let your mind deceive you by travelling only to the third world undeveloped countries. Even in advance western economies it costs a fortune now a days for someone to go to University. Thousands of brilliant brains do not make it to higher education.
Some countries like Bulgaria have adapted their university educational system so that bright young can continue their studies whilst taking up full time jobs. Still better than nothing. However these students ( who are the great majority of the Bulgarian students) are forced to study for twice as long periods for the equivalent diploma for which an English student can obtain within three years.
We as humans have just tap at the outskirts of human natural talent and ability. To cultivate, develop and take advantage of the talent available, we need to encourage it. We need to cultivate it. But most of all, we need to make it available to all, not just the few, for ingenuity is the preserve heritage of the rich minded people nor the rich countries, nor the few rich families.
The human resource, has proved to be the most important in all means of production. The input by the human resource is the driving force for the development and advancement of our civilisation. As such education must take precedence, over all investment. Investment in the human resource, will always be the most vital cause of advancement and betterment.
The vast majority of our scientist come from the masses not from the few privileged rich boys and girls who have access to special schools and private tuitions. The vast source of this human input is still uncultivated. Vast talent goes wasted in our globe. Such talent can only be cultivated if we invest in a global education system. ( I hear many say “ he is gone crazy asking for more and more global institutions and ideas”)
Similar to voluntary services by Doctors and nurses who offer their services to deprive parts of our globe to help where there are great shortages to hospitals and trained doctors and nurses, We can start by setting up such High schools and universities around the globe. Both governments and private sector can sponsor such activities. I am sure that a great many number of academics will love the offer their services in exchange of just the chance to be away for a few years. A global organisation setting policies and directing activities in a global format is of the up solute necessity now a day.
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31. Global Research
We have seen how the cost of research, has acted as an obstacle in advancement; not just in poor countries, but in even the advanced economies. Innumerable examples of inventions, which have been taken over and made possible by American institutions. Even inventions from advance countries such as the UK and Russia. The Americans are reaping those rewards. And deservedly so, since they were responsible for bringing to live, many inventions which laid in shelving for many years in other countries. Many inventions, which enhanced human life around the world. Ha is why the Americans worth to be congratulated in this aspect.
Space research, has demonstrated the need for close co-operation, between the super powers. Even during the times when they saw themselves as adversaries. We witnessed the USA and the ex Soviet Union, embarking on joint projects. Ironically, each country initially will only authorise such high spending, under the military umbrella or justification.
We need more. Much more of such co-operation, not for a military purpose, but to push our development frontiers further out, for the benefit of mankind. We need much more scientific and research co operation in a global level; Not just between the few countries, but between many countries across the globe. Global search, direction and help, is required, to harvest our know how and expand it for the continues development of mankind.
The globe, is in great need of many remedies, from disease cures, to industrial advancements. The solution is to establish global research units. To allow the development of talent, which can invent and produce solutions, to our global problems. Global needs are abundant. Education, health and environmentally friendly energy are such top priorities.
Energy is amongst the top urgencies. Our globe’s energy reserves are fast being depleted. Without such energy, present life quality, may not be sustained. As such the energy issue is an issue in need of urgent global research. The need for a new and environmentally friendly form of energy, is gaining momentum. Such research should not be headed only by commercial institutions with limited resources. Nor by the few advance countries for they have their limits too. Such research should be a global affair.
We are in desperate need of energy which doesn’t cost a fortune like it does now. Speculation of war in Iraq and the rest of the world have to pay higher oil prices. It has reached laughable status to rely on just oil as the major energy source especially when we know that is a depleting resource. We need energy which can be as close to zero cost as possible.
Even in advance economies such as that of the United Kingdom, at this moment and time of the advance age, thousands of old age people, die every year, because they can not afford the energy cost to run heating in their houses during the cold winter months. In other countries, people die of heat strokes, during the head wave summer months, because they cannot afford the simple pleasure of cool freshness, produced by air conditions.
We seem to have invented the means, but we can not afford them. Basic needs such as energy, should have a cost of insignificant amounts. A cost affordable to all. If you ask me it should be excluded from taxation purposes for that matter. The Americans again lead the way helping their industry and economic activity by maintaining low cost oil and petrol prices. Can we not learn from each other?
The heavy grouping of the oil producing countries can generate economic upheavals with catastrophic results around the globe. Remember the familiar phrase of imported inflation during the 1980s economic crisis? A crisis which went on for some years and spilt into every economy, every industry with catastrophic results.
Areas of research such as energy, require huge funding and expertise input. This kind of funding and input, are beyond even the giant commercial organisations. They are even beyond government funding powers. Such research requires global effort, global input, from around the globe, from all aspects, finance, technology and expertise.
32. Global Health
Another priority is health research. Cancer, AIDS, are but a few of the areas in need of global research. With our more frequent human interaction through travellings, new viruses are forming, which spread faster and faster around the globe. They all need global-powered research, which lies beyond the affordability, of the majority of individual countries, or the commercial pharmaceutical organisations. Private pharmaceutical organisations need to see a return in their investments. This requirement frequently results in the un-affordability of their products by the majority of the public.
There are vast number of illnesses for which humans have developed the cure. Yet because is too expensive these cures whether medical or mechanical, are not made available to the public without the financial means. Such research development and cost of production if under the umbrella of a global health research organisation, can become vastly cheaper and affordable to the many. Such investment will see great numbers of saved lives. Even more important such health research will result in the betterment of the quality of life for those in need.
State and private sectors need to come together and lay down a global health program. A program on research and development, training and administration of health services around the globe. Activities which can not be afforded by single nations or organisations can be made affordable on a global level. Such activities can be located in low cost countries not just the advance economies.
National health, will soon no longer be the prime question. Global or international health, will be the primary importance. Diseases are already spreading globally. Patients are already travelling to and from country to country, in search of therapy and cure. Many are dying, just on the merits of financial inability to pay for such health care, be it therapeutic or preventative.
At the present state of affairs resources like hospitals and doctors may lie idle, or partially used in one country, whilst people are dying, on long waiting lists in another country. Don’t think that I am talking only for poor undeveloped countries. Now days ( it is now year 2002) this subject is daily on headlines in advance economies such as Britain. Yes people are dying on hospital trolleys because of luck of health resources.
We need to manage and harvest these resources in a global level, to a maximum effect to bring relieve of suffering to millions of people. I believe it to be a disgrace of our times when we have excess health services in some countries and regions and still allow people to suffer and die in other countries with shortage of health services.
Diseases, and new strains of illnesses, speedily spread from country to country. Global virus outbreaks, become more and more frequent. Remember the chicken bacteria epidemic in recent years. It begun in Hong Kong, but rapidly spread around the world. AIDS, no one even knows where it originated first. From which country it was exported. We suspect, we don’t know. Yet in no time it has spread worldwide.
Animal transmitted diseases like the mad cow and foot and mouth disease, can wipe out the whole live stocks of a country, or a region, whilst posing a threat to humans at the same time. The need for global health is not coming. It came long time ago.
What is delayed, what has not come as yet, is the long term, well planned, global health policy and activity. Unless we set up a global health organisation we will not come even close, to solving our global health problems. Unless we act now, we may not be able to face tomorrow’s health threats and challenges.
33. Global Transport
Transport creates wealth and opportunity for local, national and international interest. None of today’s advance economies, could have been advanced, without the huge and continues investments they made in their transport infrastructure. Global transport facilities are needed, for both the advancement of the poor nations and the enhancement of advanced economies.
All forms of transport. From land transport programs in the form of roads and rail networks, to sea and air transport networks. All are in urgent need and a pre-requirement, for the development of the global economy and the global society. Global transport strategies are urgently in need, which will benefit both the local, national, regional and in turn the global economy and society.
We have the facilities. We have the industries. We have the know how. All we need, is globally directed policies. Global policies to divert production, from military to civil infrastructure in a global dimension. Other surplus capacity industries, such as the car industries, can be diverted towards such global projects. In so doing, employment is preserved and increased.
At the same time, profit opportunities are created for the commercial companies and organisations. Opportunities that will also create healthy economic activity, which will expand employment and sustain healthy economic growth benefiting the mass consumer market as well as the entrepreneurs.
Developing the means of transport is again not enough. Making it cost effective to use is a major factor. Now a day it cost a fortune to travel from one country to another to promote business activities. Similar to low cost energy and communications, low cost transport is a must have factor for the development of global activity. The development of global activity in all fields from the economic to education, research, health and so on.
Invest in transport infrastructure in all regions especially the under developed counties and regions. Set up production plans for the production of heavy road and other transport making means. Train the locals and let them set up extensive transport networks. Enable them to enter the economic arena and offer their services and products to their local as well as the global consumers. The globe will benefit from such activities. Countries will slowly become self sufficient. Each country, each region have their own resources to offer to the globe.
34. Global Communications
Global communications is yet another arena where we need to act and invest as a global group. The mere cost of global communications prevents the global development. Just the cost hinders the opportunities which could be offered to the global labour market. If international telephone charges are reduced to that of local or regional charges then millions of jobs can be created around the globe to offer opportunity to skill labour imprison in their low economic activity countries.
Instead of employing 40 in my company I can expand and employee hundreds. I can expand my companies activities easier and cheaper by just having access to local rate communication charges. Others can make the same in greater scales. Such improvements and availability of global communications is not beneficial only to the poor regions. The advance economies will benefit tremendously as well.
Instead of having to import skill labour, which puts pressure in the housing market and other local services such as the health service and even policing and affects the local market and residents, the employment of foreign labour at their local home will results in gains of the advance labour importing countries. There are many other advantages to both the exporting regions as well as the importing regions. Whole new markets and industries can spring up, just by the advancement in technology in global communications and the access to local charges for such technologies.
A small example we can all learn from is the American style. Local call charges are free! They only pay regional interstate charges as I am told. Trade between the states thrives. Tell this to the Europeans and others where even within the EEC group calls between charges are charged at international extortion rates. The further out you go the higher the call charges are which hinder the development of economic activity in such countries despite being poor economic countries.
Communications is as vital to the local and global economy as is transport, finance, energy, raw and human resources. It is time that we realise this fact. It is time we start doing something about it. The telεcoms are given monopolistic powers and through their high charges are withholding the development of economic activity at both the local as well as the global arena.
35. Many questions need to be addressed Solutions need to be found for the adoption of the Isokratic model for both the national as well as the international / global level.
Many questions need to be addressed. Balanced solutions need to be reached, on the Global Isokratic manner. For example, would small countries, like Cyprus or Malta, have a one vote, the same as a large country, such as USA, China or Russia? If so, will this be fair, just or balanced within the spirit of Isokratia? Would they not be justified if such larger countries raised the issue?
A lot of groundbreaking work needs be carried out, before a true Isokratic UN global governmental functionality is established. Wouldn’t the argument that vast populations do not necessarily mean they have the ability to reach the correct decisions, be valid? Wouldn’t it be just to give everyone educated or not the choice to decide right or wrong? Many questions arise, for which if we truly invest our minds to it, we will find the correct solutions and develop the right formulas.
Enough for tonight my eyes can not stay open 22 September 2004 00.15 a.m. Sofia Bulgaria
Back to work 22 September 2004 21.56 Sofia Bulgaria
How do we balance the decision making in the Global Parliament, irrespective of whether it is called United Nations or Iso Global Government or whatever? Perhaps a balanced solution would be a formula to begin with. Such formula will be, where the majority of individual member countries votes, is matched with the majority of the citizens votes, from the participating countries.
It could be another formula. Perhaps the majority of the Iso voters of the local area concern country or countries should have priority in the issues concerning, or affecting them only if is an exclusive regional issue. Not so if it has global effects. Solutions will, be developed. As long as it is based on the Isokratic principle, where the Isokratic citizen decides, so that such global Isokratic governing body does not render itself non-factional, nor become vulnerable to the power and might of the few; be it individuals or groups.
A UN global Isokratic parliament, would be the real protection of peace. Global Isokratia would be the terminator of atrocities. Isokratia, will take away the possibility of central government and certain leaders, supporting inhumane acts by certain countries, because of economic, political, or other problems and pressures and influences.
Such a United Nations Isokratic Global parliament, can have a governing role, on universal resources. Another area in need of detailed thought. Another area where your contributions can expand and formulate policy and details. Again I invite thoughts and contributions from anyone around the globe for our globe.
36. Undeveloped countries
What about the undeveloped countries. Some of which may have never even experienced democracy, or any form of libertarian governing system. Most of which may not have the infra structure necessary for implementing Isokratia. It may be that they must first become democracies, before they can become Isocratically governed countries.
It may be that they will first have to learn how to walk, before they can run. A natural stage before Isokratia would be a democratic stage for a few years. Yet I see no reason, against a straight move into the Isokratic system. However, if those concerned elect a staged introduction, I see no harm in that either. As I said earlier, I rather see the wrong decision taken by informed voters, rather than see the wrong decision taken by one or few representatives of the voters.
37. Global Labour Market
The gap left between advanced economies, of the developed world and the undeveloped countries, is reflected in the global labour market. The search for cheaper labour cost, becomes the motive for the creation and even the continuing maintenance of such low cost economies. These low labour cost bearing economies, have become an absolute necessity for the stability of not the capitalist system, but the advance economies of our times. Simultaneously, the need for low labour cost, becomes a motive and a necessity, for the development of such countries, with low economic activity. Is it a catch 22 scenario?
The norm now, is the natural and accepted method of industry relocation. We witness the relocation of whole industry production from region to region and from country to country; even from continent to continent. Such examples are the continuing emigration of the labour intensive industries, such as the clothing and shoe industry. Other examples can include even heavy production industries, such as the electronic and car assembly industries.
Asia and the Far East, along with the South American undeveloped countries, used to be the main pool of low labour for such industries. The Ex Soviet Union countries, such as Rumania, Bulgaria, Poland, along with other European peripheral countries, such as Turkey, Morocco and Syria, are at the present time, pools providing low cost to all labour intensive industries.
Some of these countries, virtually steal the low labour cost markets, by artificially holding down their cost of labour. Examples here are the Ex East German and present day Chinese economies. Even raw materials are kept artificially low, to penetrate or hold onto vital market share, of the low cost production group.
By internal controls they are able to hi-jack production in some countries. Even super economies such as the USA complain of low price raw materials being dumped on their market at the expense of their home production, through the use of artificial subsidies and other artificial cost cutting practices. Now a days the rumour is that the Bush administration is considering action to protect their iron industry from such dumping practices.( I believe by now 2003 they have done so).
At other times, the necessity for such low cost production, on both the labour and raw material fronts, becomes the motive for the advanced economies, to interfere and artificially force the continuation of the supply of such low labour cost resources. By the use of their mere economic power and influence, advance economies can and have caused, the periodic collapse of the economies of low labour cost countries.
In so doing, they trigger the collapse of demand, which leads to high unemployment, week economies, and devaluations, which in turn lead to a reduction of labour and raw material costs, in such countries, upon which the advance economies have come to rely on. Such reductions, can be in the forms of both direct lower labour cost by reduced wage packets and by the lowering of the currency value, through forced devaluation. Powerful multinationals can blackmail local governments to change policy to suit their concerns.
This inevitably leaves big gaps in the global economies. These gaps become bubbles, which will keep growing, until one day they over-stretch, over inflate, and burst. These bubbles can be classed as ‘economic ulcers’. Clear examples of this are the creation and then bursting of the Asian market’s bubbles. First, the small ones burst in countries like Malaysia, Korea and so on.
Followed close by, are bigger bubbles which, when they burst, cause explosions in economies such as that experienced in the miracle economy of Japan. The affect of the leading economy’s burst bubble, triggers further bubbles to be formed and burst, on the weaker economies. Such bubbles grow very fast, and burst out equally as fast. In a contagious manner the effect causes further fast growing bubbles, in weakened leading economies. If such situations are not checked, they can lead to global economic upheaval and instability.
If enough of these economic bubbles burst simultaneously, they very fast affect the rest of the global economy, even the advanced economies. It was only the quick interference of the advanced economies, that prevented a catastrophic collapse of the Asian Tiger economies, after the turmoil, which caused the finance industry collapse and which in effect threatened their economy at large, as it sent the Japanese market to stagnation. Why the interference to prevent catastrophe? Was it a Samaritan act? Or was it because they felt that if not stopped it could reach their own economies?
I believe that the advanced economies came to the rescue, only because they felt the threat of catching the bug too. Some say after realising, it was the advanced economies, which triggered or caused the turmoil in the fist place, by the sudden en mass, massive withdrawal of their capital investment. The aim of course, being to maintain the pool, of low cost labour and raw material markets. In so doing they can fuel economic growth at the home front without inflationary pressures. How true is this?
38. Global Labour And Economic Development
Advanced economies have long been exploiting the skill labour market. They will offer attractive packages to the skilful labour of poorer countries which will be un matchable by the local market industry. As such we have seen the brains of the undeveloped world and some developed countries for that matter, to be poached by advance Economies such as the USA. Again we must credit the USA for their innovating investment in the human resource. Something which still many countries do not see the value of the human resource and do not invest on it even today.
The demand and use of global labour, for technical and managerial skills, is rapidly expanding. The know-how of the skilled and advanced skills population within the developing and undeveloped economies, or so called low-cost labour economies, is expanding very fast. The gap is closing by the hour.
This pool of global labour resources, will eventually enable emerging economies, to speed up their own economic advancement. For example, multi-national high-tech computer companies and organisations with their utilisation of the advanced technological means of communications use and employ, the top skilled labour from around the globe.
Through the World Wide Web, teams in various countries and various continents can now group and work together on the same project, whilst remaining stationed in their own country or region of origin. With the new technological advances, such labour no longer has to relocate or emigrate. They can operate from within the physical boundaries of their own countries or continents. Which is wonderful. With improvements and lower cost of communication and transportation we can expand this to other industries.
Examples of this are in abundance. In my IT company I am inundated with small groups, offering their technical services, in sophisticated design and data programming projects, on a by project, or even on a by part of a project basis. I can assign the web page design of a project to a team in India and the data interrogation programming for the same project to another team in Siberia. I can then have my London designers join the various parts together to form a finished product. Many UK companies have already transferred much, or part of their service works, such as accounting, to other countries such as India. Live example I believe here is British Airways. The same is happening in other countries.
Another excellent and specific example of this global utilisation of labour, is that of NAI (Network Associate International). An American computer software company, specialising in anti-virus and security programmes, now expanded to full network solutions. Through their “follow the sun” policy, they operate six research teams, one in each continent under the umbrella of AVERT (Anti Virus Emergency Research Team). The so called “follow the sun” system, means that their customers, wherever they may be around the globe, can make contact with any of the six research laboratories; make contact with a team which is working, even if the local team is asleep.
The technicians of each of these teams, work on the same project, either simultaneously, or at different times. One team can progress up to a point, and then as they finish work, the other team in another continent miles away, carry on working from the point from which the previous team have left it.
These research teams are made out of local and regional personnel. An American company directly employing skilled labour, located around the globe. Such phenomena are not isolated. We will find them in sectors from Finance to Manufacturing across the globe. Such globalise market-driven activities, are creating the know-how, for local skilled employees to venture into their own businesses, and become competitors of their ex-employers.
Brains are the investment of every global enterprise. Brains, however, cannot be copyrighted. Where will this leave the advanced economies? How many of today’s economic powers, will be overcome and perhaps become the colonies of new economic powers? The great shortage of skilled personnel, in the advanced economies is already hindering the pace of advancement.
As a result, we see countries, who traditionally closed their doors to migrating labour not to just open, but to use high rewards, to lure skilled labour into their markets. America in 2000 issued over 30000 visas for such skilled IT personnel. Canada 20000, Germany 20000, Italy 15000, UK 20,000. Most of the skilled labour to migrate will come from developing and undeveloped countries pools of skilled labour. The National borders closures, are being lifted for thousands of people to relocate around the globe. Couldn’t we classify this as the first step to an open border globe? Couldn’t this be the first step towards a global freedom of movement and right of relocation around the globe?
This sudden opening of the doors, may be seen as a threat, since it can deprive the developing world of necessary skilled labour. This to some extent is correct. I am not sure, however, whether I see this as a threat to the development of undeveloped countries who lose their skilled labour to the advance countries.
In contrast, this could be, another opportunity for the economic colonies, to expand faster. For such demand for skilled labour from outside countries, will fuel the further supply of such skilful labour within these countries. Look at the investment in India on the IT industry know how. The external demand for such skills through local set ups is fuelling the drive and further supply of such skills.
In addition finance will be injected into the labour exporting countries as the emigrating skill labour send money back home. As we get used to the movement of labour, we move closer and closer, to an open global market for labour. This could contribute or be the first road, to the true globalisation, of our world, where entry restrictions will be abolished in all countries.
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39. The Global Consumers & Global Mergers & Acquisitions, population relocation.
Merger and acquisition activities are reaching unprecedented levels as industries are consolidating on a global basis. Across countries, such actions become even more common. The realignment of companies is occurring faster than one could have imagined. Global monopolies and oligopolies are beginning to emerge. Examples here are the cases of Microsoft and Intel that are both on the verge of worldwide monopolies. At a national level there are rules and codes of practise to protect the consumer against monopolies and oligopolies. What about the protection of consumers outside the national frontiers.
No market is too far for the global consumer. Technological advancements give the freedom to consumers to buy from national, regional and global suppliers, irrespective of their location. New technology enables people to purchase from anywhere around the world. It enables people to get medical advice, or education anywhere in the country, the region or the globe.
The UK’s private health industry, in the 70s and 80s heavily relied on demand from other countries nearby, such as Europe, and the Middle East. Now we are witnessing a reverse flow where UK citizens buy health treatment from other countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, America, India and even smaller countries such as Cyprus, where surgery seems to be more affordable and waiting lists are non existent.
It is possible in the future that we will see the reverse of influx. Since the industrial revolution and especially during the 20th century, people were abandoning small rural locations, in favour of moving to big cities, just because they can find work more easily at the city. The reversing has already begun. New technologies in the future will enable more and more people to work from home, whilst maintaining daily and instant contact with their offices and or even factories. In the early months of 2003, the UK government is trying to make it an employee’s right to opt for flexible working hours and work from home, despite fierce opposition from employer’s associations. Will it happen?
My workaholic corporate bank mangers Sandra ( Barclays) has been working from home for a couple of years now. She finds it much more productive and less stressful. Less time wasted in road travelling during high traffic times and more cost effective to her employer Barclays Bank.
New technologies enable consumers to both buy and sell products and services from wherever they may be able to achieve better pricing, without having to go to high street shops or industrial areas. I see a time where a reversal of influx of population to cities may begin to happen, where people will begin to move out into villages, some of which may be completely abandoned now.
The same can happen in a wider frame with global dimensions. People move from country to country, from region to region. Live in one country and employed by a company from another country miles away. Live in a certain location during a working life and then migrate to a different location for retirement, within a country; within a region; within the globe.
I believe in a small way it has already started. A great example here is the state of Florida in America. I hear that a population of about 11 million people has more than doubled to something like 26 million now. ( Don’t quote me on these figures please they are unconfirmed but I believe them to be true). Americans are not the only ones relocating. All these will eventually have a global effect.
40. Globalisation of Consumer Buying Power
From the previous analyses we can see that the globalisation of consumer power has already emerged. The global consumer is now a fact of life. Global consumer buying power is growing rapidly day by day. Though in its infancy, through the electronic business known as online trading or e-commerce, already people no longer have to confine their spending to local shops. They can buy their music, books, wine, shoes, clothes, cars, TVs, cameras, holidays, insurance, medical advice etc. from anywhere around the world, by just a click of the button from the comfort of their home.
There are also new advanced facilities via TV connections to the Internet, or mobile phone connections to the Internet. All these further expand the power and choice of consumers, which in effect create and build the global economy.
The flow of such economic activity has already begun. Every forecast is smashed. The flow has already become unstoppable. Any country trying to prevent e-commerce, will prevent themselves from being part of the global economy. Such countries will lose out to those countries who will open their frontiers to facilitate online trading. I have bought goods and services from the internet from various countries as far apart as America and Thailand, ranging from books, holidays, music, software, hardware, medicine even made to measure clothing.
41. Global Distribution Centre
The birth of the global consumer brings new events and state of affairs. I foresee the creation of huge distribution centres in the future. Such centres will be set by both the multinational companies which will try to capture the online retail power as well as the local companies. In addition independent fulfilling houses which facilitate the storage and shipping of goods for a multiple of companies will multiply.
Such huge distribution centres will grow in strategic positions around the globe. Through such distribution centres, organisations will meet the demand of international shoppers. Production can then be shifted from continent to continent and from country to country. Driven by the need for low-cost, lower tariff, market penetration, lower freight charges.
42. Globally Active Banks, Financial Institutions And Their Effect
Financial capital with its’ offshore domicile state, has gained so much advantage, that often, big multinational corporations and international financial institutions, have gained such powers, that their actions, can be impinging, on the sovereignty of state.
Banks and financial institutions, through amalgamation, have accumulated the powers to affect the market economics. They can cause inflationary tendencies, recessions and they do so at national, regional and global levels. At times taking advantage of government instigated policies, with political or economic aims. At other times, driven by profiteering.
Banks and financial institutions have, and will go on causing economic upheavals, if not meltdowns unless they are stopped. Sometimes by the en mass withdrawal of facilities. At other times by the withdrawals of investment funds, from small and medium sized companies; Sometimes by the withdrawal of capital from weak or vulnerable countries.
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We have recently witnessed the Asiatic markets financial crisis. We have also witnessed the collapse of the currency, of even an economic power such as the UK. When the speculative actions of George Soros caused the sterling crisis. Frightening, absolutely frightening. When one man can master such market power, which can affect the lives of millions of people, thousands of miles away from him. In his words the door was open. If it was not him, someone else would have done it. And I agree. Unless we close the door to such individuals and organisations, we will always be vulnerable to their amazed powers.
There is no shortage of solutions to this problem, though we must never stop searching for better ones. George Soros himself, identified such dangers and has put forward some solutions, or at least the basis for solutions, to be built upon. Others have put forward such basis for solutions to be developed.
All suggested solutions require global policies. Banks can be regulated to give periods of notice. For example give notice of one or two years’ notice, before they can call in their loan facilities to their customers, be it individuals or sovereign nations. This can prevent the collapse or national economies. It can also save thousands of healthy small and medium sized companies from collapsing and going into liquidation, triggering economic havoc.
If an investing organisation be it a bank or finance or any other organisation wants to make profit by investing in a country, enterprise or individual, then such an organisation must be expected to respect the right of such customers countries, enterprises and individuals to make use of the facilities offered.
The right to withdrawal without notice I believe should be curbed. Special provisions can be made for sudden demand but only for extreme cases where justification can be shown. The right balanced solution can be developed.
Lets not forget that the individuals behind the decisions of the banks and other financing organisations are vulnerable humans with all the human vulnerabilities and affects from third parties. I was the victim of such human weakness and I know by first hand experience. Fortunately when they called in my facilities without any viable commercial reason, I was ready an d able to meet such demand with savings I had which were not to their knowledge ( if you do not trust them never show all to your bankers, solicitors and accountants) and I managed to prevent or avoid the financial collapse of my family finances. Millions of others were not ready and wil never be ready and have experience this anathema losing everything even their family’s resident. The same of course has been experience by whole states where millions of their citizens buried the consequences.
Banks and financial institutions, can be regulated to prevent them from engaging in a sudden en mass withdrawal from national markets, causing their economic meltdown. This is even more important when the size of a national economic is less powerful than a bank or other financial institution. The banks, through their misguided policies, can affect the inflation and deflation of an economy and it has been proven so.
We have seen the likes of banks not passing the full reduction of interest rate cuts to the consumers. Banks need to be profitable, need to be healthy to fuel the economic activity, not to stranglehold the markets. At the same time, banks and other financial institutions must be made to work within certain guidelines, which will prevent their actions becoming catastrophic, especially for the economy of a whole a country,
The same happens in a wider spectrum, in the international and global arena. The IMF at it’s present form and function, serves only as an after pill and that with limited pain killing effects. New global institutions are urgently needed to regulate and smooth the globalisation of both the economy and politics.
An organisation of new factional bodies, needs to be set up, to control the flow in and out of currency, into the developing countries. Otherwise such economies will continue to be one minute on the rise due to funds floating in, and the next minute on the collapse because investment funds are suddenly withdrawn en mass.
At the other end countries must provide for the security of such investments from outside finance organisations. Politicians in such countries must be made to respect these investments and not just change policies affecting such investments from one day to the next. The respect towards the investors whatever shape they come from individuals or organizations, must be preserved the same as we must preserve or introduce the respect of the investors towards the consumers of their services be it individuals, companies or States.
The speculative capital flow is indeed dangerous with today’s institutional inabilities. The absence of global co-ordination and co-operation, makes it even more dangerous by the day. In my view, such unregulated and uncoordinated flow of capital, can cause an economic collapse and as such, cause devastating suffering to people within these economies. Such economic devastation has many times led to a political collapse.
43. Follow The Leaders - Global Formations
With China’s admission into the club, the G7 have now become the G8. The G8 club is for the eight industrial powers of the world. Since it’s formation, the ex G7, now the G8, will formulate policy and the rest of the world have no alternative, but to follow. This follow-the-leader policy has, for a long time now, been proven wrong and totally false. Let alone the fact that the eight sometimes do not even agree between them.
Unless the rest of the players, or all of the players, play a part in policy decision, the system will keep crashing,. Each time more and more painfully. What the G7/G8 fail to see is that each crash no matter how small and how far, it always has a side effect on their own economy. The ferry passes at mid day but the wave formed by the ferry only reaches the shores hours later. A few of these small knock effects and the G7/G8 can then feel the effects, irrespective how remote the origins were. Sometimes these effects can become even more catastrophic for the G8 than the countries they originated.
Primarily concerned with their own benefits, the G8 policies are not always a recipe for the economic illness or epidemics, of the rest of the world. Each time, however, the bug is getting closer and closer to the so-called G8. When the crash finally strikes the inner economic web of the G8 home fronts, then the rest of the world is considered. Only because the G8 have cached the bug.
Many times the bug is created and spread, only as a direct response to the G8 policies, by some other exclusive clubs. Exclusive clubs, can also yield powers to influence global economic activity. When we experience such a phenomenon, it usually results in a momentously, much more powerful crash, than that of the crash of economies outside the G8.
Those of you, who may remember, take your thoughts back to the eighties and the devastating economic effect on the global economy, which was brought about by the response of the OPEC exclusive club to the high cost imposed on them by the G8 exported goods and services. Imported inflation through sudden huge rises I n the cost of oil!
Imported inflation, the worst fear of all markets. As the OPEC countries faced imported inflation from the multiples of price increases set by the G8 from where the OPEC where importing the majority of goods and services, the OPEC had to respond with equally if not higher prices for their goods primarily oil. The end result the G8 fall victims of their own and suffered total economic depressions from the bug of imported inflation which they first exported to the OPEC countries.
Imported inflation laying completely out of each market’s controls, it sparked uncontrolled inflationary pressures. It then spreads to all internal sectors of every economy. Sometimes wiping out whole industries. Sometimes turning whole industrial communities to industrial graveyards. Ask the small mining communities in the UK who have ceased to be.
The G8 may experience and attain much more false, or short-term market turmoil, than the pains experienced by countries outside the G8. The pain can be more intense though. Lets face it, the drastic measures taken by the G8 in relation to global economic state of events, are always administered much later, than they could have been.
When we hear the G8 say they came to the rescue of the world, or regional economies, they only did so, because of the fear that the bug may strike them. Or to be more precisely, to offset the impact in their economies when the bug hits them. It is only when the economic turmoil bangs on the G8’s doors, that they rush to the rescue of the periphery. Untill then though it is often too late for any desire results to be achieved from the proposed solutions.
Since the Second World War, (which was clearly begun, because of the economic instability and upheaval in Germany), various International bodies where formed, with the aim of stabilising and averting such past experiences. We have seen the Security Council, the United Nations, the IMF, the G8, and so on. In fact, it is an illusion to call these formations international. For the likes of National Security Council, the G7 and others, are only open to the few, be it economic or military powers.
Other formations, such as the United Nations, though open to all, it is influenced and used by those in power, for their ambitions and benefits. In fact, if you like, it is because of this abuse of power and direct influence ability, that the rest of the Global economy members, are resenting and are fast becoming uneasy with the few; especially what I call the ex-economic colonies.
Ex-colonies will fight back domination by super-globalise western economies. Even individual members of the exclusive clubs, feel threatened and have begun taking responsive measures. Japan is one such example. They have taken a giant step towards consolidation of their banking sector, with the announcement of a three-way merger between Dai-ichi Kangyo Bank, Fuji Bank and Industrial Bank of Japan. Their united assets will outweigh those of the rivals, such as Deutschebank in Germany and the City Group, to create the worlds largest bank.
This happened in the year 1999, in the month of September. One year ago, nobody could have predicted this phenomenon. Everybody thought that with the collapse and financial crisis in Asia, other countries would gain from it. However in this case, we see that the fruits of the Asian financial crisis are not going to fall into hands other than the Asian countries as easily as people had thought, or as exclusively as some may have thought. The fight back of the economic colonies, was finally even assisted by the few super economies. Why? Because of the fear of the effects reaching the homes of the super economies. A vicious circle which need not be allowed to happen again and again.
Where does this formation of exclusive and powerful clubs lead the global economy? That’s the question we need to address urgently. Do we have to witness these exclusive clubs inflicting pain and misery to each other and in that course to the rest of the globe? Do we need to experience another world war be it military or economic, before we come to terms with such one sited policies? Do we need to experience misery and immense suffering before we get all such clubs joint together into one, truly global umbrella for the benefit of all global economies and all the global citizens?
44. The Rash To Become A Global Player Global Take-overs
The race has already begun. The run to dominate the Global economy is well under way. Already British companies, along with companies from the other three major economies, USA, Germany and France, are taking over the world. According to the Paris-based organisation for economic co-operation and development, the UK companies in 1999 have let the race to globalisation by acquiring foreign rivals. In 1999 British firms spend 164 billion sterling on foreign acquisitions. Overtaking even the USA who has spent 97 billion pounds.
The Germans came third and the French fourth. British companies accounted for one third of the total amount of money spent worldwide on foreign takeovers. Fred Erwin, President of the American Chambers of Commerce in Germany, said “this is just the beginning of a boom in European acquisitions”. A trend, which began by the huge boom of the United States in the 1980’s, will continue in Europe. I could not agree any more.
Across Asia and the rest of the world, the merger globalisation, is watched by executives and government officials very carefully. They have to fight back somehow. They are looking at the Japanese example, with great interest. In Japan the financial organisations merged into a gigantic conglomerate, to lay claim to their global share.
In Malaysia, the authorities have announced controversial plans, to compel the nation’s 58 major financial institutions, to combine into six big players. A number of large corporations merging, or taking over other large corporations across the Atlantic, has been triggered in all industries. Telecommunications, food stores, car industry. The rest of the world is responding to the threat of being forever swallowed by the G8. The rest of the world, wants their share of Global economic activity.
Where will these mergers and take-overs lead? Are they tomorrow’s global economy, founding members? Or are they the ailments of tomorrows global economy? Can they be sustained, within the present structure of world trade? What kind of intervention, are we going to witness, in both the short and long term economic arena? What forms of intervention? Will they be economic, political, and politico-economic? Could they lead, or result in military intervention? All hot and viable questions and concerns.
In the absence of a single global currency and effective global governing bodies, it is not stretching it too far, to see a case ahead, where a super power resorts to military power, irrespective under what etiquette. Will the main etiquette, be in defence of their global companies, under the pretence of the so-called national interest. Could it be under the label of the global interest. Under the present un-Isokratic systems, it is well known, how such big conglomerates influence government opinions and actions.
45. The Fight for the First Global Exchange Market
The race has also begun for the control of the global exchange market. The Europeans lead the way with the London and Frankfurt stock exchange merge. The London and Frankfurt exchanges, said they wanted to pursue it even further, with a merger with NAZTAC. That triggered the race between America’s top two exchanges, to form the world’s largest stock market by merging in the New York exchange (NSYE) with NASDAQ.
The New York Stock Exchange ( NYSE ) is already discussing alliances with nine stock markets including Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, San Paulo, Tokyo and Toronto. It seems that the two American Exchanges, are vying for this, in a climate of consolidation, that could lead to a single global stock exchange.
Indeed, in Australia, Hong Kong and Toronto, the NYSE is hoping to link with the exchanges that already have ties with NAZTAC. At the same time, NYSE is in talks with Europe next, for a proposed merger of the Paris, Brussels stock exchanges. The aim of this planned worldwide alliances, is that stocks can be traded 24 hours a day.
46. Global Wealth Concentration
What will happen when individuals amaze and govern big parts of the global wealth? They cannot spend, nor use such wealth, even if they are to live thousands of lives. For example, Bill Gates. Yet the world must carry such examples, to gain hope for the rest. To gain hope for wealth. Hope for improvement and achievement - material and immaterial. To gain hope for the dream. There is no joy in being without hope. Without a hope there can be no dream. We humans can only live and progress if we an hope, if we can dream.
However the question is already being asked. What will become of the world’s economy, when more and more such single individuals or organisations, gather more and more of the global wealth? When more and more global organisations, amaze the biggest parts of global wealth?
Should there be a voluntary limit? Should there be a control? Such individuals, companies and institutions, through their financial muscles, can affect the rest of the world. They can swallow smaller firms, by buying in through acquisition, merger or take over. They can drain the best brains from around the world, by offering remuneration impossible to be offered even by governments, in other parts of the world. Such individuals, or conglomerate global organisations, can master a pool of all resources, human and material. Some thought the answer may be the braking up, of such powerful institutions. A testing case was that of Microsoft in America. Could this be the solution?
I certainly do not claim to have the answers to these frightening questions. NO single person can even have the answers. Combine the global citizens must look to find answers if indeed there are any.
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47. Global Human Resource
Similar to individual persons and global organisations, individual countries can amaze such powers. A small example is the USA. The Americans have, for a long time, been investing in human excellence, attracting to their shores the best services, the best scientists from around the world, by offering rewards and research opportunities such as scientists could never dream of gaining within their national boundaries.
For this, I give the Americans full credit, for they are the first, not to just simply recognise that to invest in human resources, is the best investment there is, but for practising it too. Projects left on the shelf by other countries, have been given life by the Americans. One such example which springs to mind is The Harrier Jet fighter plane, which was designed after the Second World War in the early ‘50’s by an English designer. Yet that project saw no life until the Americans invested in that project quite a few years later. The Russian water aeroplane, the project abandoned by the Russian government, gained life by the Americans by being able to pour funds in to an abandoned technology. The Russian space rocket engines who are now used by the American NASA.
It is very easy to slip and claim that the Americans are systematically stealing the brains of the world. On the other hand, if the Americans did not, many if not all of these discoveries and advanced technologies shared across the world, will have never seen the light. Would have never been achieved. Would have never pushed technology forward. Would have never contributed to the advancement of our world. Many have missed out. It is easy to say, what does the rest of the world gain? Yet it is equally easy to see that the rest of the world has gained from such technological advancements. Only the rest of the world has to pay the Americans for it now. The rest of the world has to learn!
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Even better though, you can set up your own discussion groups, and develop Isokratia further, promote Isokratia to your area independently of any involvement by me. If your response determines it and means facilitate it, there should be Isokratia group web sides in every language, for each of you to work independently.
Let me repeat. Spreading the word, developing Isokratia further, is the greatest contribution one can make. Putting forward your suggestions for improvement, for enhancement of the Isokratia thought, is the golden, the optimum, the ultimate contribution. Informing your friends and contacts. Making them aware of the Isokratia thoughts. Asking your friends to contribute to the newsletter, which costs nothing, will give us marketing power, to gain financial advantages, to spread the word, to reach those unable to access the book, by the internet.
We need people, and the finance, to translate into all other languages. You can become a sponsor or you can persuade some one to sponsor such an activity. If you have the linguistic knowledge, you can contribute by offering to translate into your mother or another language. Then send us the translation and we will add it to the other languages on the Isokratia web side.
49. Fast Track Major Contribution
You can contribute by lobbying your local and central governments representatives to adopt the Isokratia thoughts. You can contribute by helping your political party, to adopt the Isokratia decision sharing principle. You can contribute, by campaigning for the acceptance of the Isokratia thoughts. Fighting from within a political party or other organisation for the adoption of Isokratia is a fast track action.
If you are a party activist you could be doing your political party a big favour by proposing to your political party to adopt the Isokratic system; for if your opposing party adopts Isokratia first your party may for be push to the sidelines for ever. That is exactly what happened in the early 19th century to the then governing Liberal party in England when it fail to adopt the new social policies which would have engulfed the Trade Unions and the public at large. The Labour party came in and adopted these social policies. As a result even after nearly a century later the Liberal party in Britain is still today a minority party; whilst the Labour party are back in power with landslide majority for a second term now.