From USA to Europe, the news is now filled with a somewhat sorry state that these societies, or some part of, are finding themselves in. Brexit, Italian polls, France, Germany, and the US elections of 2016, they all reflect the same excitement followed by a sorry state. Indian elections of 2014 also had the same phenomenon with a different outcome though. The trend is interesting but not surprising. It is not surprising because it is the culmination of the political system and of the manipulation of information that we have ourselves let evolve. People let their guards down and allowed themselves to be driven by populist ideas. People allowed media to drive opinions through and, to top it all, participated hyper-actively in promoting. The consequences of these will accelerate the change in the world order already in motion. Societies across the world today are feeling trumped by their own lack of judgment.
First and foremost, it is evident that the hyperactive campaign is taking people on a ride that they feel sorry about only after the fact. What took them on the ride was too much information to digest, the ease of access, constraint of time leading to dim witted response or sharing and manipulation of facts by vested interest to manage public opinion. The overwhelming volume of information, correct and incorrect both, is largely opinion flowing through traditional media, social media and internet. This information flows faster than they can be verified. These follow the populist form of speeches, comments, and campaigns. The larger populace is busy, in fact, very busy. Access to information is at finger tips through connected mobile devices. People cannot discern intentional fake news, sarcasm and satire. Social media in many ways is a phenomenon that went out of control. Anyone from anywhere can start a thought process which has the potential of converting truth and facts to falsity and ridicule. The days are not too far behind us when it was said that a lie repeated ten times becomes the truth. With access to technology, the opinions today are repeated hundred times in the age of tit-bits through social media. Driven by these and not having time to breathe, metaphorically but literally too, people at large are subject to opinion making. The lust for these is further accentuated by the fact that anyone can be the opinion maker. All it needs is a start, and a little bit of programmed manipulation to promote one ill-formed opinion over another. The emotional whirlpool thus created is powerful that one cannot escape from. More and more people get allured into it as pace of campaign picks up. They feed into each other and escalate emotions. The pumped-up adrenaline from the inflated opinion forces them to ignore the intellectual activity of separating fact from fiction and opinion. If one does not learn from it now, then there will be another and yet another. The gadgets of connectivity have become an extension of the human body and we will not have to hold our breath for too long before use of these gadgets will be medically termed disease.
The absence of intellectual exercise is the first problem and a tell-tale sign of the failed education system. Education system, at its best, only improves literacy rates and barely succeeds in training and retraining some skills to survive in the society. In the ancient times, and just a couple of centuries ago in some societies, the intellect was sharpened in the early ages of the subject. Education policy in the last century originating in the West is largely to blame for this.
Today’s phenomenon has an interesting beginning and two instances of backfiring. A decade back, we saw a surge in political uprising in Africa and Middle East. As is argued widely now, all these were initiated through social media. In case of Africa and Middle East these were initiated from a foreign land. The social media giants were allegedly party to this by promoting posts and comments selectively through programmed algorithms. These were run quite successfully. In Syria as well, it did not fail until the guns started firing. These were the beginnings of the social engineering through social media. The backfiring of these social engineering started in India. For the general elections of India in 2014, a similar social media and internet based campaign was run to gather support for a new party and a new face, allegedly funded by Ford Foundation. This campaign like the others were anti-corruption and more importantly anti-establishments. The project backfired because the party which formed the Govt, BJP, after winning in 2014 was way ahead in this game. While the foreign funded campaign through social media, internet and emails were started about two years in advance of the elections in the name of anti-corruption, the BJP which won was on social media and alternative media outlets for many years before and had established its audience. BJP, to their advantage, had a track record of development and had roped in the globalists for their businesses. BJP had a team of smart people with smart word choices. The vested campaign was powerful but could not catch up with BJP’s and was not as savvy and failed to compete with the positive, development oriented campaign and the credibility of BJP. The social engineering through social media and main stream media failed in India because of these reasons.
In the case of US, it was apparently local until the Russian influence came out. Russian influence on the US elections is under investigation, and is awaiting its final conclusion. The pattern in US followed what we saw in India. The republican party candidate ran a campaign through social media outwitting the democratic party campaign. While they beat on the fact that the political system is corrupt and the establishment must be thrown out, their presence on the social media gave them the right lead through the campaign. Just as the Indian leader, the candidate in US cut himself off from the main stream media and spoke directly to people through all the other possible means. They both were not supported by the media and they let the media play their negativity game to give them more time on television and in articles. However, unlike the candidate in India who never went abusive, or took to mimicry, the candidate in US on the other hand did not leave any possible acts to pander. The campaign in US indulged in hatred, displayed lack of statesmanship, threw main stream media out and sustained the entertainment level through campaign. While campaign in India by BJP was of quality, always positive in its tone, and about the social and political agenda such as development, the campaign in US was negative, built on hatred first towards the political establishments and then towards the democratic party candidate. Most people have been disgruntled with the power center in DC and not much had changed. It is the negative campaign and the slapstick entertainment that gained more popularity. It was smart of the campaign to harp on the establishments, lobbying, corruption, a vague promise of a new future, and the entertainment through this hatred filled negative campaign precisely around these sentiments that gained momentum. While this fact itself is depressing, the fact that these were planned and initiated on a foreign land in the case in Africa, Middle East and India, should not be excusable. Many countries have laws specially for outside influence on local politics and election process. This fact that people are outraged and tired of the establishment and media does not mean this will come to an end, just like disenchantment with current politics did not bring about any change. The disenchantment was not sufficient and people continued to elect pro-establishment leaders. If its not intellect, Bhuddhi as its called in Sanskrit, it is hard to predict what will bring an end to such an influence just as most things social sciences are.
The realities of our world today are a little different. The facts and truths have been made elusive. In the intermediate stages of moving towards complete political manipulation, one can blame the use of populism to keep the truth elusive. The problem both in Africa and Middle East is of conflict between religions. The problem around the world generally is either around religion, and about ‘global business leaders’ or globalists or global elite. The sooner the people of these places, and of the other countries of influence come to realize, the sooner one can find solution. While Africa has two religions struggling with each other, Middle East has all the three. It is ironical when one considers the fact that all the three, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, believe in the same one God and their messengers are of similar scriptural and claimed historical source. On the other hand, global business leaders in this world rose to power only after colonization. These are rich people, some of whom inherited their richness from the colonial loot, with abundant resources and are looking for further expansion. They run large corporations today and operate across national boundaries. They need new laws to be made to push their programs through and thus need to influence policies. Their presence in each of these countries makes it easier. These forces have their own agenda and work together hand in glove with religious institutions as was the case with the vanishing green forest in South America. Both these forces rely on chaos in local societies to keep the masses engaged. Opinionated news is broadcast at a high pitch repeating over and over to feed into the chaos. Perpetual chaos keeps these societies perpetually engaged and the global or geopolitical forces can run through their agenda without much hindrance. The sorry state in Sudan today is a product of these forces. Flooding of information through social media and round the clock news and program channels is the way of propagating this chaos. The noise, which leads to an internal chaos, is addictive.
Under these forces, and particularly the global business leaders, the US and Israel have only grown apart from each other in the last two US presidencies. While the three religions need a protector, they also compete for Jerusalem. Global business leaders are only looking for expansion regardless of survival of a culture or society. They have their eyes on the oil too. While these forces have their agendas, for Israel it’s a do or die situation. Consequently, it was natural for Israel to get close to Russia. As it turns out, Russia came quite handy in dealing with the Syrian situation. Israel could not have achieved the same results, but given the geopolitics and the powers to be, Israel would get punished if it were to do this on its own. While the region is still burning, and will continue to for some time, it must be neutralized for oil, to safeguard Jerusalem and for Israel to survive. In this process, Christianity was to claim a few geographical areas carved out of the ‘troubled’ countries in the Middle East. With Christianity and Islam on two sides, the conflicts can only get bloody. Both these expanded by use of force and sword in their historical past. Christianity changed its ways and used state power to further its expansion. Islam also changed its ways and used population growth followed by force once they cross certain percentage of the population. From looking at life in Israel, one would agree with the necessity of neutralizing Middle East. While the conflict between the two religions is still elusive, however the cost paid so far is inhuman. Perhaps the methods applied were nothing but bad choices. Future of EU is also glim, and with most nations under debt that they may not be able to recover from, Europe will not be in the power game shortly. These debt-ridden nations need conflicts to send their defense forces and supplies to earn from. These conflict help their defense industries. If one did not know, one would find it surprising that most aids to other countries to help in natural or human caused calamities are negotiated. The negotiable part is the interest rate.
Technology was developed in the West in the last century and will continue to give them an edge over others. Funding of research has reduced starting from the Bush presidency in the US giving an edge to others. China arguably has most of the technologies and is able to produce from phones to fighter jets escaping the IP rights. Russia, China, Japan and now catching up India will move the technological innovation to their part of the world in the near future. South America and Africa will also contribute to technology if they revert back to their traditional culture. Europe will also be a victim of the same social engineering which will change the power in most of these countries. With the events in the Middle East, and the development with Mexico, Iran and Australia in the first few days of the new presidency, there is little doubt that US is giving up on its claim of being a superpower. With the new presidency in US, given its inclinations, and the growing influence of Russia and ambitious China, US’ role as a superpower will be reduced at an accelerated pace. If Russia continues on the path it is on now, it will meet with the same fate as Europe and now US. Japan is already working on its defense and the campaign statement from President Trump that countries should pay US for its defense will not remain a matter of conflict between the two. China, whose economy is looking suspect, can rise, but it has to give up its ideas of regional or world supremacy. Given the nature of Russia and China, where they have historically always done what they wanted to disregarding other nations, no wise country will rely completely on these. Russia, in a departure from its communist past, is slowly using Church for its gains across Europe. Weaker governments work best for the global business leaders and religious establishments. Most countries are running under large debt. The winner will either be the business leaders, or the religious institutions, while the governments will be manipulating policies, internal and foreign both. The conflicts around religions will not be solved in the near future. The next supremacy, well overdue, and way past the predictions, was only going to be economic. With the current state of things, the economic supremacy will remain in the hands of global business leaders. In this context, Karl Marx was not wrong in saying that capitalism will turn human beings into resources.
The idea that the two-footed animals who called themselves human beings are privileged has caused much damage. The next world order should be driven by principles which includes all forms of life including plants, soil, water and air. As of now Japan and India are the only two countries which have shown strong sustainable traditions. These two have traditions which has absorbed all others as they came into their lands and did not disregard nature. Religious institutions have tried hard to convert these countries to their belief system and is still an ongoing conflict. The current presidency in US will be critical in determining several things in the world. The change in balance of power in favor of Russia is a matter of time. The institutionalized religions will be back into the game of jealously influencing state power, and most conflicts will be based on the two religions. Globalists, and the institutionalized religions, will thrive as long as chaos remains in the society. Chaos, dumbing down and keeping the society preoccupied in mundane activities through gadgets are the only hindrances in uprising. The day there is an uprising in any part of the world, it will throw them both from their thrones.