Fairer world order starts from below

Fairer world order starts from below

After having followed quite keenly last developments in Euro crisis and the growing gap between developed and developing countries, I have become very suspicious of multinational agencies, like IMF, European Central Bank or NATO, whose only raison d´être seems to be maintaining neo-colonialist order in 21st century. The most alarming fact is, that these agencies have lost their credibility in the eyes of not only eurosceptic members of populist parties, like Finns in Finland, but also in the eyes of us world citizens.

Not many people believe any more in an “equitable world policy and order” and change through multinational political agencies. This applies to climate forums, economical and political meetings, even to world social forum, which gathers together NGOs and individuals interested in promoting “global democracy”.

The only shortcome of these meetings are, that the real structural change that these discussions imply, is impossible. (This applies to governmental niveau also: Finnish government, lead by prime minister Jyrki Katainen from National Coalition, will cut funds for the development policy 330 million euro. Thus Finland will still remains far away from its aim to allocate 0,7 procent of annual GDP for development policy.)

In official statements these “corporate interstate-bound agencies” try to bring on global democracy and wealth for every citizen. However, these aims prove to be impartial, and wealth balance seems to continue undisturbed and –equal. European Union might also start to apply friedmanian shock doctrine in Europe by enforcing first Greece to devaluate their currency. Next in turn are other countries in an emergency situation.

Hope for mankind

The only hope for future mankind may lie in grass-root citizen activism and non-centralism of free citizens, independent of any institutions and ideologies. Call it participatory democracy or Parecon-economy: whatever name you give for this phenomena, it won´t change the essence of it. Citizen activism can hopefully give also politics a better name.

This responsibility of provoking people lies also in writers and intellectuals, but this freedom may be also misused.

We have several very clever fundamentalist intellectuals favouring whatever personally important cause. Jussi Halla-Aho, current parliamentary deputée of Finns, opposes categorically immigrants and followers of islam; his furious adversary Jussi K. Niemelä is a fundamentalist atheist, who sees racists everywhere and is unable to notice his own racism, as many hidden racists often are. Double standard is hidden in the speech of many people in these neo-victorian times. Constant moralizing is understandable in a situation where people fear for various reasons. 

It is easy to become “persona non grata” in this mediatized situation, where only the loudest and the most provocative shouters get their prime time.

Grass-roots activism may not cause structural changes, but neither does this multinational lobbying: it only reinforces the interests of those who are already well-off. The direction should be towards sharing and giving up from your wealth. This is a serious dilemma to consider for the richest one percentage, but also for us all.

Rita Dahl


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