In a chance encounter I met a representative of the Earth Council Embassy Trust recently and after being thoroughly lectured on the need for radical change to the entire structure of human society I was inspired to take a closer look at the whole issue. My assailant on behalf of Mother Earth and her starving millions I shall henceforth refer to as ‘Mr. B’ was passionately misinformed on a number of issues and yet he persevered with his message that the only solution to the world’s problems was to ‘turn the pyramid of power over’.
Mr. B’s impassioned monologue (as there was no room in the conversation that would have enabled me to turn it into a true dialogue, or, heaven forbid, a debate) first alerted me to the fact that the world is in crisis. Apparently the origins of this crisis are in the very way that we govern our worldly existence and in the way that the wealth and power of the present world order is unfairly distributed across the world with a small percentage of the world’s population having the greatest portion of the wealth and power. Of course Mr. B’s solution to this is to deprive those wealthy and powerful nations and people of their wealth and power- nothing fascist about that at all.
The whole plan boils down to having everyone in the world agree to establish a worldwide association called the Earth Council. In this scheme we will have everyone on Earth agree on the 21st December 2012 to vote to replace the United Nations with this new organ of peace and prosperity. According to the literature available from the Earth Council website this vote will take place on the internet. That’s a sure fire way to make sure that the whole process will be secure, accountable and incorruptible. The world will then be divided into twelve regions each with two representatives sitting on the esteemed council. The most fundamental principal of the plan though seems to be the most impractical idea of all. The power to govern is to be removed from the hands of elected officials and given directly to the people as the hierarchy of power in society is inverted and our elected governors are reduced in status to mere administrators of the people’s will. Of course this means that all decisions will ultimately have to be put to the people for a vote so if there is a pothole that you want fixed in the road in front of your house I would start a petition now if I were you.
Horizontal hierarchies aren’t new and the concept has floated around the fringes of rational thought for a long time with the most recent example being the leaderless state of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The ultimate result of this lack of leadership has been the dissolution of the OWS movement as it has lost its focus and its core messages and objectives have been lost in a morass of antiestablishment conspiracy theories. As with the OWS movement, the Earth Council has no real concrete goals other than to get people to get involved, but once the crowd is assembled there is no plan in place for where they will go. According to my illustrious Grand Inquisitor Mr. B, on 21 December 2012, when the world either says yes or no to whether they will call a world vote or not, his job will be done and he will be knocking off work to let other claim the glory (and the wealth and power too presumably). So if anything, the objective of this group is to create a leaderless angry mob, that’s always a good solution to a world crisis situation.
Mr. B was also keen to name drop and told me all about the Council of African Nations, Arab Spring and of course OWS and the accord that had been struck with these toothless media giants to get people involved in our New World Order. Of course the fact that all of these so called people’s movements have lost their way isn’t at all important; it’s the solidarity that counts. Mix this with a liberal dose of eco-totalitarianism a smattering of half learned Hatha Yoga and the portrait of Mr. B is complete right down to the intolerance for anyone that wants to question the manifesto. It obviously didn’t resonate with me as he took back some of his promotional literature and dropped the conversation with me to indoctrinate someone else who looked, on the surface to be more resonant with the message. Alas this turned out not to be the case and so I never found out how the Earth Council will bring peace to the Middle East nor how they will feed the starving millions of Africa.
The problem with these kinds of ‘organic’ movements is that they leave common sense out of the equation when they are making their calculations. Utopian dreamers are by their nature already far enough removed from mainstream thinking that they don’t see the simple things that will make their world changing plans fail before they begin. In most instances it is little more than pseudo-spirituality masking eco-vegan fascism and a strange exercise in ego stroking for people that feel that it is especially unfair that such a fine specimen as themselves should have incarnated into such a disadvantaged position in the world. It’s tough to be poor. Instead of facing reality it is easier to believe in a Keynesian-Illuminati conspiracy to dominate the people of the world so that they can be enslaved into servitude for the elite of the world’s wealthiest few. I personally cannot fathom how it is easier to believe in secret cabals of faceless financial despots than it is to accept the fact that greed itself requires no real conspiracy to keep it alive. Rather than calling for the government that we have to be more transparent and accountable it is easier to overthrow the whole system to one that is so obviously chaotic and impossible from the first?
I don’t claim to have the solutions to the world’s problems (even my ego isn’t that big) but I do know that schemes like these are never going to fly. I am never concerned by the New World Order types who want to make the world a fairer place, I know that they won’t get the masses to stop watching television for long enough to listen to their fairy dust anyway.