Private financial institutions and multinational corporations rule the world. In the last two centuries or so, control in most of the world has moved from royalty to governments and ultimately to large corporations. As we have shifted to this new model it seems we have maintained some aspects of royalty and government. Royalty serves as a distraction, while governments are there to execute the agenda decided by the oligarchy controlling the financial institutions and mega-corporations.
Corporations and entrepreneurship are desirable and inevitable and individuals should have the freedom to decide their destiny and gain wealth. Large corporations and individuals should be free to pursue their visions but not through the control of government and at the expense of the people. It seems we have reached extreme capitalism.
Greed for wealth and power has been the driving force behind this shift of control. A few families across the world control the banks and corporations. In turn, banks and corporation control governments and in many case force decisions that make the 0.001% of the population even richer. All you have to do is follow the money to see who´s in control (the subject of a future article).
Since we have been practically born into this model of control many of us tend to consider it the norm. How would our lives improve if mega-corporations did not dominate and manipulate governments and people?
1. Shifting away from Consumerism
Consumerism is strongly promoted by the communication channels under the control of mega-corporations. Large TV; media networks and the entertainment industry are promoting consumerism (I consume therefore I am). Unfortunately in most parts of the world values, beliefs and norms are shaped by consumerism.
Ideas originating from ethics, altruism, philosophy and spiritual movements are capable of moving us out from total consumerism are not promoted by institutions.
2. Progress Driven by Ideals and Not Profit
In the modern world, progress only happens if it makes enough profit. This means that the introduction of solutions that could improve life on Earth a kept in the draw. Governments are not initiating projects that could compete against products and services of the mega-corporations of the world.
Imagine governments initiating health care services based on plant based medicines or allowing and facilitating the commercialisation of free energy technologies at the expense of mega-corporations.
3. Sovereigns States Taking Control of their Destiny
These days the economies of many countries are being controlled by a handful of financial institutions. Governments are forced to pass legislation that will serve creditors to lend more money and make even more profit on interest (see what happened in Greece). The USA and other superpowers have used military or covert action to impose governments (i.e. in Latin America) willing to execute the agenda of mega-corporations and financial institutions.
4. A Better Natural Environment
If governments had power they would be able to plan a gradual and faster transition to cleaner and alternative energies. The technologies have been available for a long time. We are still on fossil fuels because mega-corporations see that they cans till make money out of it. Multinational energy companies want to control the introduction of new technologies at a pace that suits their agenda no matter what the impact on the environment.
Obsolescence is built-in to products to artificially limit their useful life so that they become obsolete, are thrown away and the consumer continues to buy. If governments could regulate this practice and information was available to all of us, consumers would be make better decisions when purchasing products.
5. Improved Health
Healthcare has become lucrative business dominated by huge pharmaceutical and insurance corporations. The agenda of pharmaceutical is driven by profit and not altruism since they are accountable to their shareholders.
If the power balance would change governments would be able to regulate more and promote a more health-conscious society. Although our health depends on what we eat and the quality of our emotions and feelings our society has been conditioned to focus on attacking the symptoms and not the root cause behind a health problem. Is it a coincidence that in some “developed” contries there is a pharmacy and bank in every block?
6. Less Exploitation
In a world were governments would be allowed to pass on legislation many cases of worker exploitation and bad working conditions would be eradicated. Governments that turn a blind eye to poor working conditions are often bribed by the mega-corporations.
7. Fewer Conflict and Wars
Wars are driven by profit and economic domination that is backed-up by corporations. The military-industrial complex made huge amounts from delivering weapons and equipment. Also, during the nearly ten-year war in Iraq privately held US-companies received contracts of $138 billion (1) for services that included providing private security, building infrastructure and feeding the troops.
All that was destroyed during an invasion backed-up by lies had to be rebuilt. Post-war many corporate giants generated huge revenues from reconstructions projects (2).
Under the right legal framework corporate lobbying for wars would be avoided and we would experience a decline in wars and casualties since economic motives would be minimised. In a situation of world peace sovereign states would be able to evolve and develop their economies more effectively.
- A. Young. And the winner for the most Iraq war contracts is KBR with 38billion in a decade. International Business Times, 19/3/2013.
- The 25 most vicious Iraq War profiteers. Business Pundit