(CBN) With nation linked to nation through the economics of trade and the financial markets, and certain regions of the world almost perpetually on the brink of war, some believe there’s a real need for world government.
Author Gary Kah has researched groups which support global government. “I believe that we are quite possibly one major world crisis away from world government becoming a reality,” says Kah. “I’m talking about either an economic crisis or a military crisis, or possibly a combination of both.”
In the San Francisco Weekly, Jim Garrison Jr., the head of the Gorbachev Foundation USA, said the planet needs a “Council of Elders” drawn from the highest echelons of politics, science, the arts, and commerce. Garrison predicts that “over the next 20 to 30 years, we are going to end up with world government–it’s inevitable.”
One Global Authority
Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott believes the United States may not exist in its current form in the 21st Century–because nationhood throughout the world will become obsolete. Talbott has defined, shaped and executed the Clinton administration’s foreign policy. He has served at the State Department since the first day of the Clinton presidency.
Just before joining the administration, Talbott wrote in Time magazine-in an essay titled “The Birth of the Global Nation”–that he is looking forward to government run by “one global authority.” “Here is one optimist’s reason for believing unity will prevail. Within the next hundred years … nationhood as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority,” Talbott declared in the July 20, 1992 issue of Time.
The Invisible World Order
On July 17th 1999, 120 member states of the United Nations agreed to create a permanent global war-crimes tribunal, to be called the International Criminal Court. The ICC and other projects like it are signs that the world is getting serious about thinking of itself as a world. As we envision more and more of these global institutions we are simultaneously confronted with the prospect of more and more databases of increasing size and complexity. The time has come to take a step back and ask the question: Are we ready to live in such a place?
Wiring the West
(Steve Harris, The Age Melbourne)
In a six-day live chatroom, 40 heads of state, 250 political leaders, 300 scientists, artists, academics and intellectuals, and 1,000 corporate chiefs (each with $1 billion in revenue) talked over what in the world is going on, and where the world might be going. The annual World Economic Forum is committed to improving the state of the world. It seeks to bring leaders from various fields together to discuss key issues, away from the usual obstacles of bureaucracies, protocols, and media scrutiny.
Whichever word in whichever language, the world’s elite has either fully embraced globalization, or fully accepted it as unstoppable: ready or not, the world is being plugged into one hot-wired, digitized, interactive marketplace, with normal definitions and understanding of time, distance, corporations, assets, value, consumers and government being challenged or transformed with astonishing speed.
(Tony Parkinson, The Age Melbourne)
Technology is shrinking the planet. Satellite communications have seen the cost of a three-minute transatlantic phone call fall from $244.65 in 1930 to less than $4 today. The cost of computing power has fallen by 99 per cent since the ’60s. In 1980, IBM predicted the world market for personal computers over the next 10 years would be 275,000 machines. By 1990, there were more than 60 million PC users. World trade has also expanded exponentially as nations open their markets. A study by Michele Roth, of the Global Policy Forum, found that 160 of the top 200 most influential institutions on the planet today are transnational corporations.
They have overtaken all but the wealthiest nation states. As the 1997 Asian financial meltdown demonstrated, governments can be powerless before the tidal wash of international capital. The Bank for International Settlements reported a flow of more than $100 billion into Asia in one year, and $100 billion outflow the next.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, voiced the growing sense of vulnerability among the political class. “Capitalism hasn’t come up with all the answers. We cannot see prosperity disappear overnight because some boy in red suspenders in New York decides this is not a good currency.”
General Motors has corporate sales bigger than the revenue of the Danish government. Toyota has a turnover greater than Norway’s. The 10 biggest industrial multinationals (Mitsubishi, General Motors, Mitsui, Itochu, Ford, Sumitomo, Toyota, Exxon, Marubeni and Shell) each has revenue bases bigger than the tax take of the Australian Government.
Only the governments of the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Britain and Italy carry more financial clout than the biggest multinationals. But even they may not be able to stare down the cumulative might of global financial markets. In 1992, speculator George Soros “broke” the Bank of England and forced a devaluation of the pound sterling.
The postwar era has produced the most remarkable rise in living standards in history. Yet the number of the truly destitute exceeds 1.3 billion. For one-fifth of the world’s population, mainly in Africa, living standards fell during the ’80s. More than 1.5 billion people lack safe drinking water and more than a billion are illiterate.
The charter for global democracy
(Henry Lamb, WorldNetDaily)
In less than a year [September 2000], the United Nations will convene a special Millennium Assembly as a global summit on the future of the world. A Charter to achieve global governance was developed for presentation at the Millennium Assembly. It is called The Charter for Global Democracy. It has already been signed by influential leaders in 56 nations, and has the support of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] around the world. The document is, in reality, a Charter for the abolition of individual freedom.
The first of 12 principles calls for the consolidation of all international agencies under the direct authority of the United Nations. The second principle calls for regulation by the UN of all transnational corporations and financial institutions, requiring an “international code of conduct” concerning the environment and labor standards.
Dozens of documents, all promoting some form of world government, have been circulating for most of this decade. All contain these same principles. The Millennium Assembly will receive these documents and meld them into the legal instruments required to modify the existing UN Charter. It will take a year or two for the legal documents to be prepared and adopted, and another year or two for ratification. The world is truly standing at the threshold of world government.
(Editors: The Summit was convened as planned in September 2000, attended by more than 150 heads of state.)
Controls and limits on personal freedom – already happening!
The European Union is quietly getting ready to approve legislation that will allow the police to eavesdrop both on Internet conversations and satellite telephone calls without obtaining court authorization.
The legislation is part of a much wider memorandum of understanding between the E.U., the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Norway, a non-member European nation. That agreement allows authorities to conduct telecom surveillance across international borders, according to a Europol document leaked to members of the European Parliament.
If approved, the agreement would permit real-time, remote monitoring of e-mail, as well as of calls placed on satellite telephone networks. Unlike most laws in Europe, the agreement will allow law enforcement to listen in without a court order.
(Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily)
* Your e-mail communications and phone calls overseas are being intercepted by a global government surveillance system.
* Your cellular phone calls to your elected government officials are being monitored by the same mysterious Echelon program controlled by the U.S. National Security Agency.
* Your international faxes are also being copied and analyzed by this 50-year-old international civilian espionage organization.
Privacy outside the home is almost extinct. The number of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Britain’s public places has now passed 1 million, according to industry figures.
So dense is the network that in many urban areas people may be monitored from the moment they step out of their front door and be kept under observation on their way to work, in the office and even in a restaurant if they choose to dine out. Over the course of a day they could be filmed by 300 cameras.
(Simon Davies, Los Angeles Times)
Fifty years ago, a bizarre and terrifying novel went on sale in bookshops across the world. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four caught the imagination of millions, and in the process catapulted Big Brother into the international vocabulary. The phrase soon became shorthand for the power of the state, and it helped entire generations to express their fear of intrusion by authority.
To the digital generation, the all-seeing, all-knowing Big Brother is represented by large computer systems. Each adult in the developed world is located, on average, in 300 databases. As these databases converge with the telecommunications spectrum, nearly everyone becomes entangled in a web of surveillance enveloping everything from our bank accounts to our e-mail. To millions of people, Big Brother looms as a chilling warning about the creation of a surveillance society through information technology.
Superficially, Orwell got it wrong-1984 came and went with many of our freedoms apparently still intact. But a closer reading of the book reveals that we are nearer to Big Brother than we might imagine.
In Orwell’s fictional Oceania, a mass of “telescreens,” complete with microphones and speakers, watched over every square inch of public and private space. These devices, centrally monitored, began their life as public information systems and ended up policing the morals, thoughts and behavior of all citizens.
Compare this with the present day, where hundreds of thousands of cameras have been placed on buses, trains and elevators. Many people now expect to be routinely filmed from the moment they leave the front gate. Hidden cameras are being installed unhindered in cinemas, alongside roads, in bars, dressing rooms and housing estates. In the United States and Britain, visual surveillance is becoming a fixed component in the design of urban centers, housing areas, public buildings and even throughout the road system.