This is the first in what I plan to be a series of articles examining the current world situation which appears to be increasingly headed to another major economic crisis and the possibility of a major world conflict. Either of these events will undoubtedly devastate the lives and livelihoods of billions of ordinary people across the planet. This comes at a critical time in history, when in the face of a climate crisis and ever more voracious exploitation it seems that corporate profits and governmental paralysis are dooming many species to extinction—and perhaps the humanity itself. Continue reading “Nations Under Attack (Part 1): In the Empire’s Gunsights”
Quora is a strange place where people pose a variety of questions on all sorts of topics. Many of the questions are from a range of people, some genuinely asking questions to find answers and others trolling for angry responses or merely the bored who incite earnest replies from the more serious minded for a laugh. Quora must have me profiled as an atheist because I tend to get a lot of questions and answers in my feed related to religious questions. Many of these seem to be from the religiously minded who seem to pose leading questions that appear to be aimed at encouraging atheists to give up their ignorant ways and see the light – a sample of such questions from my Quora feed as I write this include the following gems:
- As an atheist, who will you turn to in your hour of need? Will you just accept your fate willingly without any additional source of hope?
- As an atheist, why is it hard to believe in a superior being?
- Why would an atheist suggest that more people should read the Bible?
- What is the psychology behind atheism? What motivates people to believe in atheism?
- Is atheism and agnostic the same thing or are they similar?
- As an atheist, what would it take to convince you of God? Think about your answer more before you just say “evidence”. What specific evidence could be only attributed to God that would convince you of God?
If Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine is an eye opener, Michel Chossudovsky‘s The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order is a truly earth shattering documentation of the wanton destruction of entire countries and human lives that has been prosecuted with the sole objective of accumulating wealth for a select few.
Most of us in the live lives where people behave with some degree of caring for the society they reside within and the people around them. The idea that there are people who have the power, influence and resource’s, let alone the will, to deliberately crash the economies of entire countries for nothing more than their own enrichment is outside most of our experience. Yet, Chossudovsky documents this happening on a global scale. His book constitutes a catalogue of misery and destruction remorselessly inflicted on hundreds of millions of people across the world.
For most of us respected international financial bodies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Word Bank are hazily assumed to perform functions connected to promoting the welfare of people of the world. We assume that since WW2 such institutions under the United Nations are there to stabilise weaker economies and promote world progress toward eliminating poverty. In fact, as Chossudovsky documents, nothing could be further from the truth.
I am not sure how I missed it, but although Naomi Klein’s third book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, was published in September 2007, it was not until eight years later that I finally came across it. By that time, Naomi had moved on to considering how responses to climate change were impacted by economic and political forces, including many of the forces that were the subject of her earlier work. This latter work resulted in her 2014 book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.
When I did finally come across The Shock Doctrine in early 2015, it was a complete revelation to me as a documentation of how an extreme economic and political ideology has been spread throughout the world. It turns out that many things I had supposed to be normal and obvious about how the world is ordered have been selected and shaped to appear so and my conceptions of fairly recent historical events were revealed to be woefully incomplete as far as how the world has been reshaped by US centred interests during the last 60 years. Continue reading “Awakenings: The Shock Doctrine”