As we look at the first 10 years of the 21st century, the world is moving and changing at an alarming rate, and most of it is driven by information technology. This technology like all societal change inventions can be a force for both good and evil, to assist or hinder.
For a long time now I have been looking for the reasoning therefore, the modus, for the rush and plunge into technology driven authoritarian government that has certainly been accelerating and developing over the past 10 years (much slower before that but still in same direction).
Authoritarian government has spread like a cancer and infested the UK, the EU, the US, Japan, Australia, NZ, Canada, in fact the whole western world and is now sucking in much of the 3rd world and former communist states. It has been promulgated and promoted by vested interests in the OECD, WHO, UN, IMF the World Bank and other ‘global’ regulators, with yet more planned. Authoritarianism is on the rise.
In a collaborative form, these institutions, organisations and governments have, over a very short period of time, stolen your investments, savings and identities, created a global recession that has taken your jobs, your hope and in some cases your nations by the export of western values. Destruction of your abilities to maintain, serve and protect you & yours appears to be the objective in order to maintain influence and control.
We see it every day on our TV’s and in the Press, we see it shoved down our throats by our politicians who wrap up their policies in fog and call for yet more global regulation, regional regulation and localisms (by the unelected, selected community spokespersons).
In his article called The Future’s Free or Very Very Bleak, Jock Coats has, for me at least, managed to put this into a form of words that I think just about everyone can visualise, opening your mind and thoughts to the possibilities that could be presented to all of us by this technology yet it also makes very real sense of the draconian laws and regulation that have been heaped upon us instead, along with the unprecedented level of taxation taken to pay for it.
We can either sleepwalk into a totalitarianism of governments and corporations who want to stop this progress in their own interests or we can help it along by showing people that a free world need not be a chaotic and dangerous place.
Jock is Libertarian by nature, however his words transcend all non leftist parties, but I commend his article as reading for all.
This is your freedom, my freedom, and our future. It is a future free from those vested interests that we either fight for, or lose for a very long time to authoritarians and corporatism. The days of a world exhausted by ‘the never ending war’ and devoid of free thought, expression and action as depicted in 1984 and Soylent Green cannot be that far away if we do not confront this now with everything we have left.
And no, not one of the 3 political parties participating in the leaders debate, nor their supporting media, big business, unions and banks, will save us. This is something we have to undertake ourselves, this gives us all every possible reason to vote for smaller parties and independents and reject totally the uniform communitarian proposals put to us by the Lib/Lab/Con, because the status quo will ensure that the future is not ‘fair for all’, it will be ‘free and fair for none’.
Put simply, Power, once gained, is rarely relinquished freely, especially when that shift of power is not directly to the benefit of those who currently it, consequently it must be prised from them.