By Neil Pitts
Events leading into the present
In terms of the way the whole world moves forward, some events are
significant and some are not. Recently, China moving onto islands in the
South China Sea extended its influence towards Oceania and forced the U.S.
to question its influence over the whole Pacific. Such daring and definitive
moves have a significant impact. Will the British exit from the EU turn out to
be one of these moves? Even though it seems to be more of a subtle
reshuffling on a singular continental level, it also appears to represent the end
of one economic era and the beginning of the next.
The EEC, or European Economic Community was created in 1957 by the
Treaty of Rome. Britain did not join until 1972, on the grounds that it would
find matters of world trade would be increasingly decided by the EU, the U.S.
and Japan. But, we lived in a different world back then. The Soviet Union
occupied much of Eastern Europe and the politics of western Europe leaned
heavily towards the Americas. Germany was divided into East and West. The
world was divided between the Warsaw Pact and N.A.T.O. Now, Europe
trades with Asia and stands alongside Russia under the U.N. The major
problem with global politics has been reduced to tensions between the U.S.
and North Korea.
So, it’s just not so important anymore that we are all members of this big push
forwards. The world-economy was devastated after WWII, but that problem
has now been solved. For example, the EEC became the EU after the
Maastricht Treaty in 1993, as its aims came to incorporate more than just
economic unity. The type of social and political reforms this created, including
rights and responsibilities in the workplace, means that the problem is not just
one of creating economic growth anymore, broader global implications are
involved in terms of the proportions in which it is all occurring.
The future of the situation
In the 21st Century, what we want to achieve now is more than simple
economic growth. The issue of a free and equal society necessarily follows.
This means governments must deliver on a new level, one involving a better
distribution of wealth, better working hours and conditions, increased
investment in healthcare and scientific progress. Ultimately, we want to
incorporate broader issues into our agenda, ones which we will be incapable
of under existing treaties. To achieve this, all European countries cannot be
tied to Europe, just as all Asian countries cannot be exclusively tied to Asia.
Thus, it would appear the next period will involve more diverse and clearly
defined perspectives which will emerge as people need to consciously find
new directions for growth to occur in, compared to the way the world emerged
out of economic necessity in the last period.
The world has always evolved in terms of complementary sets of alliances
which have moved forwards over time as a whole. The only question has ever
been over how .
As human culture has become increasingly civilised, the
number of conflicts goes down, populations go up. But, it is those with the
ability to see how the situation is moving forwards who have profited and,
those who are left behind in yesterday’s ideological arguments who have lost
out. To see the world in terms of these larger periods moving forward is to see
the truth, which people are doing increasingly owing the rise of modern
Maybe if we could get to the point where people can see the world through
their own eyes, then the creation of a fully conscious society will be possible.
At this point, far in the future, questions of war will be traced back into long-
since-vanished issues of social inequality. The question is now, how do we
get there? The more we seem to be solving the problem, the less incentive
there is to actually solve it. People become more complacent, governments
accept increasing levels of corruption and are less tolerant of people who
want to ‘create change’. Some people are even complaining about the onset
of a new totalitarian world order, one in which the 1% of rich educated people
are now able to use the situation to ‘pull the ladder up’ and leave everyone
else behind. But, how could they get away with this if most people were not
so satisfied with the world they live in?
How will we succeed?
If we are to succeed in this new period, we must pay attention to the point the
world is at. The problems we have today may seem greater than those we
had yesterday, but only because the world is moving faster. And, just as it
was yesterday, even a monopoly on power cannot stop progress from
occurring as a whole. With the continued danger of nuclear weapons, which
have been at large since WWII, maybe we can accept these educated elites
are keeping the world safe. Perhaps the real problem of the world-system is
that they are only allowed into positions of power after long and rigorous
vetting processes, to ensure that they will do the important jobs in a fitting
way. As such, while the world is speeding up economically, the rate at which
social progress is being created is slowing down.
This is why, I think, those huge continental masses which formed the world’s
alliances over the last period are starting to break down, because the way
progress is being created must also be subjected to change. Everybody
never agrees on the same direction and, as such, the way we have evolved
of coping with this through the political system means we should now be
entering an age of nation-states who are able to create coherent political and
economic policies of their own, without relying on alliances with others, let
alone the vague idea that there is a general flow to world events.
Ultimately, we are heading towards a situation where we have absorbed the
problem of the way the world is moving forwards and nations all have the
ability to resolve their own issues, regardless of what they are. Of course, this
will give way to another period of asking why we have these issues in the first
place. Over time, more people will make sense of the proportions in which
progress is occurring as a whole. But, one thing we can do immediately is
recognise the importance of relatively small steps in terms of how they are
contributing to the world order moving forward as a whole. Brexit will
ultimately have its own impact on the way things are done worldwide, as it
takes these smaller steps along with the larger, more dramatic moves made
by Superpowers like China, Russia and the U.S. just as there are black and
white keys on a piano.