Virtual Nations

We know that an evil force has been unleashed on the world because the world's major religions are rising up to fight.  The Muslims think the evil forces are Christians.  The Christians think the evil forces are Muslims.  Many people think the Jews are the evil force.  And the Mother Gaia cult of earth worshipers are rising up against all.  

The mass media has become a gatekeeper to information.  It has been transformed into a tool for propaganda, social decay by emphasizing decadence of all forms, and to create the illusion that life is consumerism and consumerism is life.  

And there have been revolutions in many places in the world seemingly fomented by the United States government via government funded, non-governmental organizations like National Endowment for Democracy (NED). 
 

In the U.S., the government incompetence has been stunning and the solutions offered for problems are either non sequiturs or asinine.  The cognitive dissonance is enough to make one dizzy:

There is a war on terror but we should have open borders

We've been invaded by 12-20 million foreign nationals but we should welcome them as long, lost cousins.

Terrorists want to blow us up - but we don't need to inspect shipping containers.

Poison food and products are being imported, but the government sees no problem with continuing to allow the imports.

Like 10's of thousands of other Info-Warriors on the Internet, I've spent the last several years picking through the brown stuff, searching for the nuggets of truth to try and figure out what the hell is happening to our world because everything is upside down - war is peace, good is bad, right is wrong.  Insanity and Idiocy rule the day. 

No doubt, if everything I've written to document the problems and perpetraitors (sic) were compiled, it would be a book - and a big one at that.   But it doesn't matter how many words are written examining the problems and identifying the connections if the root cause of the problems isn't identified in concise terms that provides the right frame of reference for discussion. 

 

 

"The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit organization created in 1983 to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. The Endowment is governed by an independent, nonpartisan board of directors. With its annual congressional appropriation, it makes hundreds of grants each year to support prodemocracy groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union."

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"(NED) was established by Congress in 1983 to promote democracy abroad.  NED worked with four constituents formed by the AFL-CIO, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Democratic and Republican Parties which together with a widening array of non-governmental organizations (NGO's) seeking to promote human rights in Latin America, wove a web of opinion that enveloped State Department officials". Richard Feinberg, Summitry in the Americas: A Progress Report, p. 42, International Institute of Economics, 1997

Today I read a commentary by Nick Nichols titled, Is Corporate Socialismís Trojan Horse Running Lame?  It seems that Mr. Nichols found the UN Global Compact which is an agreement with corporations to follow principles contained in UN treaties that in the past, only governments signed:

"The global compact appears to be an attempt by the UN to capitalize on the Corporate Social Responsibility movement and circumvent the sovereignty of its member nations".

My immediate thought after reading that was, 'No, what they are doing is treating these corporations as virtual nations'.    VIRTUAL NATIONS!   My God... what a nightmare of a thought!

But the more I think about it, the more I think that's the right frame of reference to understand and to communicate what is going wrong in our world today.    The World Trade Organization, the globalization of corporations and 'free trade and open markets' are what unleashed the evil on the world.  No matter how good the public relations department and how well educated and refined the CEO might appear, an unregulated corporation is like a serial killer with a lawful license to kill - physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

Think about a corporation as a sovereign virtual nation.  Think about how many multinational corporations there are in the world and that under the globalized system, have dominion over you in their market.   Think about a  corporation as a sovereign virtual nation - operating within the borders of a real nation.  The  virtual nation must destroy the real nation to have the full measure of dominion over the resources, the market - and the subjects of the market.    Pictures are better than words to express concepts - so here are a few: - 

Virtual Nations Feeding

Virtual Nation - Beast of Burden

Closeup of a Corporate Vulture

Using Trade to Break Nations