The Irony of History: the NWO revisited

The Irony of History: the NWO revisited

(A version of this article was published in Blogcritics on April, 2009)

I

A month ago, I wrote a two-part piece on the New World Order – an intellectual exercise, or so I thought — a what-would-happen kind of thing if and only if. “Welcome to Star Trek, The Next Generation. It’s sooner than you think!” was the line I used. A catchy phrase, I was congratulating myself.

Well, I no longer think it’s either catchy or funny or any of the above. Subsequent events have convinced me beyond a doubt that what I was entertaining as a remote possibility was quickly assuming the dimensions of an impending reality. Which only goes to show the difference a month can make.

II

Since the eighties, the latent theme of American politics has been the growth of corporate power. The political responses were many and varied. Some looked the other way, taking the path of least resistance. Others viewed this development as an opportunity to enrich themselves through shady deal-making and exchanges of quid pro quos – the practice of lobbying, an integral part of the American political landscape, providing the excuse. Others yet, the most sensible of the bunch, waited on the sidelines, awaiting a showdown.

III

And a showdown it was going to be since you can’t serve two masters at once. As the global conglomerate was gaining in power, enabled besides by crooked politicians and public officials, the ability of the government to control the abuses and set the tone for the nation was quickly on the wane. The culture of corruption permeating all levels of business and government, and the resulting collaboration between public and private interest, couldn’t continue indefinitely. Sooner or later, a sense of decency and moral outrage was certain to prevail. The corporation and business interests were bound to become subservient if the government – the idea of polity – was to recoup its rightful authority in all matters affecting national interests. It was only a matter of time, I was sure, and I looked forward to this showdown with great hope and expectations.

IV

Well, it never materialized. Instead, the corporations have overreached, rendering the whole scenario null and void. A perfect opportunity, you might say, for the government to take over the reins and re-establish itself as the rightful master. That’s why I viewed the present crisis as a godsend: it produced the requisite kind of result by bringing the business world to its knees without bloodshed or ugly confrontation. Now I have second thoughts.V

V

Drastic times call for drastic measures, or so we’re told. And in that spirit, we’ve seen the new administration set itself about the business of correcting the abuses and bringing order out of chaos. We’ve seen bailouts and bankruptcies, the capping of the executive pay and the firing of GM’s CEO, the fury over AIG bonuses and quiet takeover of US major banks, the stimulus package, and the pork. In short, all the right moves with the full support of the public. And yet?

VI

What we’re seeing is the culmination of Imperial Presidency, a concept articulated by Arthur M Schlesinger Jr. in the sixties.. Heck, we see the beginnings of Imperial Government. And the scary thing is – there is no viable opposition since the public is all behind it. But that’s what you get when the opportunity knocks on the door. Since the corporate world had folded, the government took over. And given the absence of any foreseeable resistance – since the public sentiment is behind it – there’s no stopping it.

VII

Either way, our prospects are anything but rosy. One way or another, we shall see the erosion of our freedoms and cherished way of life. And I don’t care whether it’s the US or some other government in The Hague or in Timbuktu that will be at the helm. Sooner or later, mark my words, we’ll all be under the thumb.

VIII

Only a week ago, in the aftermath of the G20 summit, Gordon Brown, PM, spoke openly of the NWO without any apology, as though it was the most natural order of things and, in a manner of speaking, preordained (see the video). And our language, currently in vogue, only reiterates the direction we’re going:

  • Global problems demand global solutions
  • What affects one affects all
  • We’re all in this together

Uniformity is what the future holds — uniform currency, uniform international law, uniform way of life. To all of which I say, enjoy while you can!

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