One gets the impression that the people in the corridors of power have become so enamoured with themselves, so corrupted by self-righteousness and a lust for power that they fail to understand that what the little people need is a narrative. Something to believe in. A clear sense of beginning, middle and end as a guiding principle of how to live one’s life. Obama seemed to grasp this notion with his “Hope we can believe in” campaign but it would now appear, that like everything else about the modern world, it was nothing more than a slick excercise in branding and the product itself is that same old thing with nothing more than a change of packaging with the words “new and improved” added to the box. Granted this is a cycnical view.
Obama’s ambitions might very well have been honest but then even he could not have imagined the complexity of wrestling the U.S. Oligarchy to it’s knees.. It just doesn’t fit the narrative that we’ve come to believe that democracy gives the population the fairest outcome. Democracy has always been messy but clearly governments of the West need to be reformed in a way that is congruent with the technical and social needs of the 21st Century which have become so intertwined that political systems designed hundreds of years ago can no longer keep up. But there is no time to think anymore. When startups such as YouTube and Facebook can become globally relevant mega corporations in a matter of a few years , how are we supposed to absorb what that means for society, especially how social media is proving to be such a huge game changer in all aspects of life both “in” and “out” of the Internet?
More and more, we are feeling disenfranchised simply because the world doesn’t make sense to them in any way that would be recognizable to our ancestors. The ever increasing “spread” in income distribution is a leading indicator of the social unrest that will invariably follow. But the ever widening gap that no amount of hopium can ever expect to make whole at this point is one of credibility. The world is getting far too complex for the ken of most mortals and this plays into the hands of extremism: particularily Islamism. It is quite remarkable how Iraq barely registers in the news anymore as if the U.S. Army had successfully withdrawn and while Pakistan and Afghanistan are still in play in the MSM they have become but a backdrop to the ongoing crisis of the West. Yet military over-reach is at the heart of the problem. The Financial Crisis and how to deal with the Middle and Near East are interllocking pieces of the puzzle and it all boils down to ENERGY and CLEAN WATER.
Climate change aside, we are running out of cheap energy and clean water and something needs to be done about it fast. Yet the market mechanisms that are our best hope at dealing with that crisis, which is the REAL crisis, are so hopelessly marred by recurring faillure that the trust necessary to grease the wheels is evaporating before our very eyes. Trust equals liquidity. The latter will not return to markets until the former is rehabilitated. If we continue to be shackled by market paralysis than no solution to the world’s sustainability crisis will be forthcoming leading to an unsurpassed outbreak of human depravity.
This is a very dangerous situation that exposes our system to being further infiltrated and taken over by those who have much stronger narratives that give meaning to people’s lives in times of economic and political turmoil. If the Oligarchy doesn’t get serious about living up to its responsiblities to humanity the populace of the Americas and Europe would be best advised to seek out a Revolution that they can believe in lest they succumb to those who already have.