“The connection between the works of man and the earth has now been disrupted, shattering for centuries–perhaps permanently–the primordial song of the landscape.” ~ Ludwig Klages (German Ecologist and Philosopher 1872-1956)
What are the problems of the modern age?
Environmental destruction, geopolitical wars that have no end, intense global poverty and the largest disparity between the rich and the poor that history has ever seen.
The major problems of the modern age can be connected to globalization.
What is Globalization?
Roughly defined, globalization is the growing interconnection between different nations and cultures. This connection is facilitated by communications technologies that make it easier for people in all corners of the Earth to network with one another.
However, this process is not a rainbow of different cultural ideas and viewpoints – despite what the global elite would have you believe. This is not a diverse garden of co-operative and co-existing lifeforms. This is the spread of a weed that is killing and dominating all other forms of life, politics, culture and ideology. What is the weed? American spread Neoliberal Economics and Democracy.
The Neo-liberal Economic Gangsters:
Neo liberal economics is an American economic policy that is being forcibly spread to the rest of the globe in the name of “freedom” and “democracy.” It is the idea that “free market” economics will allow the demands of the people to dictate production without the “oppression” of government meddling and regulation.
However, this is a lie. There is no such thing as the free market. A majority of the world’s most profitable industries: i.e. the oil companies and big agro-chemical businesses like Monstanto, stay afloat through a series of massive tax payer subsidies.
Without these subsidies, these industries wouldn’t even be profitable. None of the World’s Top Industries Would be Profitable if They Paid for the Economic Capital They Used (grist).
These economic giants are throwing the world’s population into a game where there are no laws, no regulations, no rules and no consequences. These economic gangsters can devastate entire landscapes, economies and countries with impunity while forcing the people of occupied nations to pay the “protection money” for this devastation.When the people cry out for regulation and rules for these companies, they are denounced as “communists” or “fascists.”
After all, the world’s major fascist powers were taken down in the aftermath of World War II. As to Communism, The Soviet Union, the world’s major Communist super power, fell in the 90′s. Doesn’t this make Neo-Liberal Economics and Democracy the clear winner in the world stage? Shouldn’t this be the one policy for the entire world?
Maybe not. Perhaps the fall of Democracy and Neo-Liberal Economics has simply been delayed. After all, America is making all the same mistakes the Soviet Union did: expanding our military power too far and too fast beyond what we can pay for, drowning in debt, and lacking the authority to enforce the most simple reforms. Dmitry Orlov details this theory more in his book: Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects.
Democracy and the Imperialism of Institutionalized Chaos
“Democracy can work as a self-generating virus, strengthening existing and historically ripe democratic societies, but destroying and causing traditional societies that are not prepared for it to descend into chaos.”
Dugin, Alexander (2012-07-28). The Fourth Political Theory (p. 75). Arktos. Kindle Edition.
In other words, the spread of Democracy on a world stage can benefit preexisting Democratic Nations by atomizing the governments and traditions of non-Democratic states. Such chaos makes it easier for imperialist powers and corporate giants to divide and conquer nations in the pursuit of natural resources. This is currently what is going on in the Middle East and Africa. Dictators such as Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Syria’s Assad may have committed harsh crimes against their own people. Yet this harsh approach was necessary for keeping a lid on the chaos and keeping society together. Before American “liberation,” the main cause of death in Iraq was heart failure – the Iraqis also had universal health insurance. The American liberation of Iraq has brought MORE terrorism to the country – not less, more poverty, more electrical outages and more violence between Sunni’s and Shiites (who were previously getting along in Hussein’s Iraq).
Globalism’s Environmental Holocaust
The modern age has seen the greatest destruction of life since the Permian Extinction that killed the Dinosaurs 250 million years ago.
Many biologists and scientists are calling the Modern Era of Extinction The Sixth Major Extinction.
So far, humanity has destroyed 20% of other life forms on the planet…and this number is growing. Not to mention that we are poisoning and destroying the fundamental resources we need to live: water, air and soil. You can read about this in more detail on World Future Fund’s Portrait of Our Planet.
So far, there is no regulatory force that has the power to stop this global environmental destruction. Large companies are permitted to destroy entire eco-systems in the name of capitalism and global “progress.” This progress is deemed a necessary process for the good of humanity. The reality is that this “progress” is a car speeding towards the edge of a cliff and the lifeforms of this planet are the passengers. There is currently no potent authority who has the power to push the brakes on this “progress”. But a pair of brake pedals is exactly what we need.
The Imperialism of Food:
“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” –Henry Kissinger
Why are there so many starving people in the world? Especially among the developing world. Can’t these people grow their own food? Third World farmers must sell everything they grow in order to pay for the expensive farming methods that have been forced upon them by American companies like Monsanto. This is part of a deliberate strategy to supplant local agricultural with an unsustainable system, a system controlled by one company. Take over the food supply and you control the people (Metal-Gaia: Food as a Weapon).
Throughout history, most people fed themselves, clothed themselves, built their own homes and buried their own dead. Now the modern man does little for himself. He is more impotent than ever before.
Increasingly, a small group of global elite are gaining more and more control over the food supplies and the basic resources we need to live. This global take over of the world food systems is also being co-opted with fertilizer and chemical companies that are forcing a chemically dependent system on the rest of the world. These chemicals have little track record in world history, and there is no telling what these chemicals will do on a global level. (World Future Fund: “The Green Revolution, A New Debt Against the Future”)
The Spread of “Individualism” and The Growing Isolation of Man
No man is an island. Humans beings are not reptiles. We are social and tribal animals that seek approval and love from others. We take pride in being part of something greater than ourselves. Human identity is formed by being part of a shared group of values, rites of passage, rituals and destiny. In order to support a society, a person must see themselves as a part of that society. Is it any small wonder why there are more mass shootings today than ever before? Don’t get me wrong, I know that violence has been the condition of mankind since the dawn of history. There is no question about that fact. Yet the rise in the whole sale slaughter of random individuals in one’s community – for no real reason – is something new (as we’ve seen with the Boston Massacre, the shooting at the Aurora theater, the violence at Virginia Tech and so on). Part of this violence can be traced to the increased use of mind altering, psychiatric drugs.
Yet this random violence also reflects something deeper and more sinister. It reflects a lack of community. It reflects the anger and nihilism of individuals who are not connected to anything at all, and therefore feel no remorse for killing scores of their countrymen. Community was once a bond that existed one step above that of family. Yet now a “community” is simply a collection of random individuals who share your geographic space. How many of us would die for our neighbors? How many of us would rush into a burning building to save our neighbors? How many of us even know our next door neighbor’s first name?
In brief, Globalization is a political and economic system that is supplanting the world’s diverse cultural and political systems with a singular Democratic and Neo-Liberal Economic ideal for all. This system removes the autonomy of a local people to take care of themselves by supplanting age-old customs and traditions with a low brow modern culture that degenerates the spirit of man. Man’s connection to the Earth is severed so he no longer has to “labor like a beast of burden.” Instead modern man is “freed” from the land so that he may work in a factory, an office or at a gas station for a majority of the day. If he is not able, or not willing, to work one of these jobs – he is always free to starve and die on the street. This is a “free system,” so obviously he made the choice to starve and die. The rewards of this system are bread crumbs from the feasts of the wealthy one percent. These bread crumbs are cell-phones and televisions. Because the poor have cellphones now, they are deemed “better off ” than they were a hundred years ago.
The wealthiest one percent of human beings are winners and everyone else is a serf/slave in the largest plantation to consume the planet. “Equality and humanism” are merely the process through which the world’s populations are made equal members of an atomized slave/factory class. In the Global State there are no longer citizens – just pawns who are cheaper and more disposable than other pawns.
“Localism” is the logical counter movement to globalism. It is the return of the production of wealth and culture to the community level (rather than by the wealthiest 1% who own a majority of the world’s wealth).
Localism recognizes that human beings have the following fundamental needs:
- To be a part of the local landscape (via farming and a connection to nature).
- To be a part of a dynamic community that reflects their values, culture and traditions.
- That humans should live alongside nature, instead of in opposition to it.
- That the Earth has rights too, not only human beings.
The Localist Revolution
The French Revolution in 1789 marked the beginning of a radical social upheaval among mankind. While this revolution was unique to France at first, it eventually spread throughout the whole of Europe – and then the world. Before this revolution, monarchies and aristocrats were a society’s most powerful members. The flow of wealth was controlled by cultural elites. Elitism came not specifically from wealth, but from breeding, from a hereditary background that prized a long lineage entrenched in noble blood. The domination of an aristocratic class was the norm in most of the world’s societies. Men and women of high social breeding were expected to be able to have certain cultural skills – such as the ability to play a music instrument well, recite poetry, have intelligent conversations, be well versed in science and philosophy and to understand and appreciate high art.
Yet after the French revolution, we saw the rise of the mercantile class – a class that previously had a low position in the social hierarchy. With the rise of the mercantile class, money eventually became more valuable than culture, history or tradition. A rich person with bags of money could be influential, even if they were more crude and barbaric than a poop throwing monkey. The rise of the mercantile morality throughout the world has eventually lead to the degeneration of almost all aspects of life. Modern art and music for example are designed for the lowest common denominator of man. Most monkeys actually could produce better art and music than what is popular today.
This mercantile revolution was assisted by technology. Its tangential rise alongside of the industrial revolution was no coincidence. The ability to mass produce a homogenized cultural good placed “the middle men,” the factory owners and the merchants at the height of society – above kings and queens. Every aspect of life was transformed to mimic this new industrial life. Even schools became miniature factories where knowledge was streamlined and the students homogenized, so that they could all become obedient cogs in a well oiled machine.
Yet the end of this mercantile age is drawing near… in the same way that technology created a strong middle man back in the 18th century, today’s technology is enabling something quite new and different.
The Role of Technology in the Localist Revolution
Many antiglobalist folk view technology as a dire evil that must be limited or stopped. It is true that technology has led to much environmental and human destruction. Yet technology is a double-edged sword that can really only be as good (or bad) as the people who wield it.
Today’s technology unlocks new possibilities. Possibilities that cut the powerful, mercantile middle man out of the game altogether.
With solar and wind technology small communities are increasingly able to produce their own energy without being connected to a global oil economy or an electronic grid. For example, there are Mongolian tribes that are meeting all their power needs with solar panels.
Via the internet many of the large department stores that sell books, movies and music are going out of business. The publishing companies that control culture are losing their grip. More people are also able to work at home, bringing the production of wealth back home and away from the office/factory.
With 3D printers local communities and individuals will be able to meet many of their own production needs without being dependent on factories. Many people will even be able to print out their own guns and weaponry.
Localized Warfare: Local communities and individuals are also increasingly able to develop biological weapons and bombs that can devastate the authority of the state. Before we get any starry-eyed notions about a people’s liberation, we must remember that the government has vast mechanisms of technological warfare at their disposal: drones, biological weapons, assault rifles, tanks, nukes etc. Yet even with this impressive arsenal, the American Military is still losing the war in Afghanistan against a people with stone aged technology.
Indicators of a Localized Revolution
The Rise of Nationalism: The rise of Neonationalism and Nation States may seem paradoxical in a globalized world. Yet the world map is constantly being revised to account for the constant creation of new nations. In 1945, the United Nations counted 50 nation states. The twentieth century closed with a record of 200 nation-states (Gods of the Blood, page 3). So far, globalization has brought disappointment for many in the 20th century. While it may have brought new technology and medical advances, it has also brought political and financial instability. As the ranks of the young and unemployed continue to grow, nationalism is becoming more appealing. Many would rather be a citizen of a nation, rather than a pawn in a global pyramid scheme.
The Rise of Pagan and Earth Based Religions: Pagans, don’t bust out the mead yet, officially we are small minority of the major world religions. Christianity and Islam are still the major religions of the world. Yet all over the world, there is a growing interest in Paganism, Spirituality, Ancient traditions, and the return to an Earth Based spirituality.
A Growing Interest in Natural/Local/Sustainable Food Systems: Factory farms still account for a majority of food production. Yet there is a growing number of people who are interested in organic and sustainable food. While many aspects of the organic food revolution are duplicitous, the rising interest is still note worthy in itself. More and more, young people are beginning to embrace the natural over the synthetic. People are cultivating their own gardens on urban roof tops or sharing stock in a community vegetable bed.
A Growing Demand For Environmental Protections Among the Majority: Protecting the environment and “going green” is a growing concern for more and more people around the world. America is lagging behind the rest of the world in this movement because we cannot summon the political will power to put necessary protections in place. As natural resources dwindle, the insistence on environmental protection will become a militant demand – rather than a simple political one.
The Rise of “Intentional Communities”: A community should be more than a random assortment of people who share a geographic boundary. There are a growing number of individuals who realize this fact. The number of ecovillages and ecocommunities are growing. These are communities devised preemptively for a unified purpose – mainly, to create an energy independent community for environmentally aware individuals who want to live together. See Ecovillages. However, this intention can extend beyond energy and environmental needs. Specifically, for the return of tribal and communal living.
Want a Localist Revolution? Here is What You Can Do:
No More Fighting Among Ourselves: The right and the left need to stop fighting with one another. Christians and Muslims need to stop fighting each other. Shiites and Sunnis need to stop fighting one another. We all have a common enemy, the wealthy one percent. They are playing a game of divide and conquer, where they bring chaos and social upheaval to those they enslave. This strategy is as old as time itself. The British played the Muslims and Hindus against one another when they conquered India. English colonists played different Native American tribes against one another as they dominated the American Landscape. The victor will always find a way to win by dividing and conquering a more fragmented and disorganized people. Therefore, if we want a local, anti-global revolution, we must all recognize that we have similar needs and a common enemy. Whether you are a radical muslim, a deep ecologist, an anarchist, an eco-fascist, a right-wing nationalist, a left-wing deep green revolutionary, a Reconstructionist christian fundamentalist – we all need to work together, oddly enough.
Because you see, as different as we are, we have the same following needs:
- A need to protect the biological foundations of life against the religion of modernity and progress – because we all need natural resources to live.
- A need be able to experiment with patchwork of different political and cultural ideologies, rather than uniformly submitting to one ideal.
- A need for each community and nation to control their own means of production, rather than having a global elite pulling the strings. Each nation should produce their own farmed goods and basic commodities. Global trade should really only be for exotic luxury items and sophisticated technologies. Exceptions will be made for those in unforgiving climates. They will be allowed to produce a specialty item in exchange for farmed goods.
A system that localizes the basic means of production back to the community would be more economically and environmentally sustainable. A globalized economy is less sustainable because it creates a domino effect where multiple nations can be pulled into austerity and recession due to the actions of a single nation. A globalized economy is also more environmentally fragile.
A globalized economy is a slave plantation where a small number of people enforce their values and culture upon a majority of the world. It is a line of dominoes that can be knocked down by a single domino.
A localized economy, in turn, is a quilt. It is a patchwork of diverse, but autonomous communities and nations that work together for a mutual goal. If one nation experiences economic duress, the rest of the nations will not be contaminated – since they all farm their own food and produce the basics of what they need to survive.
Achieving True Independence:
Within this patchwork of nations, the goals for each nation will be autonomy and environmental sustainability. Here are some goals for each nation:
- Produce more than 50% of their own goods at home.
- Have the freedom to impose the political system that works the best for a given set of people – whether that system be communism, fascism, national socialism, theocracy or democracy.
- Create X amount of renewable energy jobs. The government of each of these nations will have their own economic and independent energy goals. They will each examine the job market and create the number of renewable energy jobs necessary to have productive citizens and an environmentally sound economy.
- Share the mechanisms for energy independence and environmental sustainability. If one nation does not have the technology needed for energy independence, the rest of the world’s nations can pitch in to help that nation get up to speed (this is better than simply throwing money or charity at poor nations, it’s better to give a man a fishing rod rather than a fish). We all share the same planet, so we all need to pitch in towards keeping this planet clean.
- Establish X amount of national parks.
- Reduce X amount of Carbon Emissions
- Replace factory farms with X number of local/family owned farms.
- Swear a military alliance to other localized nations against any nation or power that would violate their autonomy. It takes five fingers to make a fist. If we can unite together to fight globalism we will survive. If we only care about our own individual nations we will not be able to fight a powerful global super power. This strategy is similar to Dugin’s 4th political theory, yet it is a more comprehensive approach that unites all nations with localist goals. I.e. a South American National localist state could form a strategic bond with a European power.
Localism Lead by a Charismatic Leader:
The children’s show Avatar depicted a hero who would help unite the Water and Earth nations against the tyranny of the Fire nation. Yet he respected every nations right to do its own thing and have their own traditional values. In order for a comprehensive revolution to succeed – on a global level – it will need a unified group of leaders – or leader – who can galvanize the masses against a global super power. The leaders of each nation will meet at a UN or League of Nations of sorts. This assortment will be governed by a supreme leader who oversees the process of global environmental stewardship and referee the relations between different nations. If we are a ragtag group of different nations fighting one another, we will eventually be dominated by a more organized power. Yet if a group of autonomous and self-regulating nations can be organized under the guidance of a charismatic leader, they will have much more unity for resisting globalist oppression.
We are all products of the land, we must relearn how to live alongside of the Earth if we are to save ourselves.