posted on Dec, 2 2004 @ 09:22 AM
Politics are defined by economics and communications - given the InterNet, WTO, GATT, World Bank and other international forces - geographic
boundaries are now relatively meaningless. IMHO - Trying to categorize politics geographically ignores the dynamically altered global forest to focus
on relatively insignificant trees.
...Politics is not what it used to be - it's redefined way beyond geographic and traditional ideological terms. For example, the world's ruling
financiers have re-established their historical political power through subsidiaries and over-corporations. Several over-corporations are worth more
than any single nation on earth and most combined. In fact, they already own most of the land and resources in many geographically defined
"countries." ...I think it is a very large mistake not to consider financier-controlled over-corporations as a dominant political force.
...IMO - The main categories should reflect contemporary communications and economic realities, as well as the political power held by ruling
over-corporations - political geography should be a sub-category.
A few ideas, beyond political geography and ideology:
1. Alliance Watch
Both trade and military alliances are important. Such alliances aren't confined ideologically or geographically. The situation bears watching from a
2. Military Expansion Watch
The US administration has been gearing up for aggressive military action for the past four years - expanding troops and nuclear capabilities - in
conjunction with what the world calls "Cowboy Diplomacy." In response, many of the world's countries are positioning to defend themselves against
US military aggression.
Besides Korea and Iran, Russia and China are building or shoring up their nuclear defenses. Nations like Brazil are positioning to defend themselves
by establishing "trade" alliances with more powerful nations like Russia and China - and stepping up their own 'military training exercises.'
The situation bears watching, from a global perspective and in the context of established and emerging alliances.
3. Terrorist Watch
Many nations and groups don't have the resources to build adequate military defenses against corporate or national colonization - and started turning
to terrorism decades ago. The trend has accelerated dramatically over the past four years. These terrorist groups have always been well armed thanks
to US arms suppliers and US intervention in other nations' politics. For various reasons, many now may have nuclear capabilities too.
The primary strength of any terrorist movement is mobility - terrorists move around. Again, the situation bears watching from a global rather than
4. Government Corporatization Watch
Historically, the world's financiers held power over ruling monarchs like kings, emperors and dictators through their personal debt. As a result, the
financiers were the real rulers - the monarchs owed them money so they owned and controlled the monarchs - which meant they also owned and controlled
the nations' land and resources, the people, and the fruits of their labors.
Revolutions in the 1700's through the early 1900's created various systems to give power to the people and break away from the world's controlling
financiers. Since then, the financiers have been working to get it back. Their goal is and always has been to centralize debt with themselves.
The new model of financier-control is the government-as-corporation structure - where government is defined legally as a "corporate entity," a
nation's top elected leader is the CEO, the nation's voters are "shareholders" and all its people are "assets." By forcing nations to structure
legally as corporations, financiers bypass the need to prop up individual rulers and keep them in personal debt.
Government corporations are superficially democratic. Individual citizens have a vote but the power of that vote is extremely limited. The
decision-making power lies with the corporate nation's Board of Directors and owning over-corporation rather than with the shareholders or CEO.
As in business, individual corporate nations are "subsidiaries" rather than discrete and independent entities. For example, the USA, Canada and
Mexico already may be subsidiaries to the same single over-corporation or possibly, are planned to be under the expanded NAFTA agreement.
One of the financiers' tactics is to keep the focus on "ideology." The danger lies in buying into this distraction and asking the wrong question,
"How do we give power to the people?" - rather than the important question, "Who has power and ownership, right now?"
...The "Government Corporatization" category monitors the movement of national governments towards becoming 'corporate entities' and works to
identify the ruling over-corporations. Ie., What is the nation's underlying legal structure? and Who really owns the land and resources, and holds
the decision-making power?
5. Health Watch
Rapidly accelerating health crises and the so-called "aging population" are stressing national and state budgets in the USA and around the world -
and health related programs are going bankrupt everywhere. For example, Minnesota reported yesterday that at its current rate of growth, the state's
health-related budget will consume nearly 100% of Minnesota's total budget within 15 years.
It is neither dramatic nor wrong to say public health is the single most important -and defining- issue facing every nation in the world today.
Corporate financiers are saying the problems are "structural," blaming the victims, and insisting the world's health problems are caused by
"lifestyle" and "personal choices."
In fact, irrefutable scientific research shows that modern health problems result from interactions between infectious disease and various forms of
pollution. ...New diseases and new strains of old diseases are now epidemic - and lead to stroke, heart attacks and cancer. These diseases commonly
are spread in food and water. New mutations are appearing faster than humans can adapt.
Until recently, progression of these diseases often took decades to become disabling or life threatening. Now, progression is more rapid and accounts
for rampant early disability, described euphemistically as the "aging population." As a result, the USA and the rest of the world are facing masses
of people who will be disabled early to become burdens rather than contributing to their nations' economies.
Corporate financiers are blocking the use of available technologies that could prevent the spread of infectious disease in food and water, provide
vaccines, delay or reverse disease progression, and cure epidemic diseases. They 'recommend' cutting everyone loose, to suffer and die without
government intervention or support.
The political argument is that "natural selection" will take care of the world's 'overpopulation' problem, and that survivors will be "naturally
immune" to disease as well as pollution. The science says otherwise.
...The "Health Watch" category deconstructs the spin, highlights the science, and evaluates related public policies from an educated
PS. I still like my "Deny Spin" slogan - but I'm also mighty attracted to "Deny Politricks."