Dystopia – THE GREAT GLOBAL BACKLASH



1984 
Today

Delusion Fields

When Eric Arthur Blair wrote the novel 1984 he cemented himself into the Twentieth Century as one of the great writers.

It is now 2014, some thirty years from the date that was the title for this work and one has to ask the question:

Is life imitating art ?

There are some other examples of this frightening world that we live in today, such as Brave New World, Blade Runner and Soylent Green, to name a few. To reflect upon these works specifically Nineteen Eighty Four, one is left with very strong mixed emotions regarding our current situation and where we may be positioned as a species in another thirty years. Our Western culture is one of hedonistic narcissistic overindulgences and self gratification, whereby, through an insatiable appetite for consuming the latest product and or service in pathetic attempts to achieve a satisfactory level of being satiated, in a lifestyle that is shallow, false and unsustainable, we are left highly dependent upon technology and over medicated in a regime of anti-oxidant, multi-vitamin & anti-depressant pills.

The golden utopia of tomorrow is what we are spoon fed via the intravenous drip that is attached to us twenty four seven and is our pager, cell phone, tablet, laptop or flatscreen television. We gossip and discuss the most insignificant details about some individual who has randomly floated to the surface and been portrayed as a unique human, and we do this for five seconds before we dump them for the next person and or gadget. Terms such as retail therapy in our spiritual quest for happiness and the meaning of life we have accepted and made to be our best friend.

Yesterday, BTW we downloaded the latest widget that is available to us for 99 cents so that we can have a more functional easier life 24/7 but let us not get carried away here for we need to keep this post in a KISS format. CCTV for security and peace of mind so that in the event that we are raped, robbed or murdered, the authorities can peruse the footage before it goes viral on Youtube or Instagram or becomes a Tweet and maybe, just maybe goes to trial. What a sad day it is when Blade Runner is a world wide televised court room scene in the Republic of South Africa involving the manslaughter or murder of a young woman.

If we are to look at our world today and describe it in one word what one word would that be ?

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The writers preference here is Hamartia as a description for the whole tragic situation and current state of affairs. The disturbing truth about describing our world today in this one word, is that it is so, through a calculated deliberate set of circumstances and not through some comedy of human errors. The tragedy is that we have become what we have become and we are left to surf this wild steep trajectory of the Twenty First Century with no social backbone of reform and we place our hopes and dreams into the hands of tyrants and technology.

When Nineteen Eighty Four was first published 1949 circa, the Great Depression and World War Two had occurred and we humans set about building a better tomorrow. Somehow we have lost the plot in where we have allowed ourselves to wander and now we are most certainly lost. Aristotle wrote about this Hamartia as a tragic flaw and indeed we humans are flawed and our history proves how vicious, complex and self absorbed we truly are as a species. Brother against brother and state against state as we live in a morally bankrupt modern world and the welfare of man is in a state of eternal conflict.

How then does the world become balanced again and move away from the dystopia that currently exists. If human beings are truly to become evolved, if we are truly to move towards a global self actualisation, then what cathartic exercises do we need to undergo or to religiously follow. The dumbing down of society has been an ongoing well orchestrated highly successful execution of oppression and population control by multi-generational power brokers from both church and state. The proletariat, us mere mortal folk who are the modern serfs, require a long term plan of strategic moves in a R evolution to take back our future and our children’s tomorrow.

 The Great Global Backlash

Nouriel Roubini |

Anaemic economic recovery has given populist parties

an opening to blame foreign trade and foreign workers

“In the immediate aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, policymakers’ success in preventing the Great Recession from turning into Great Depression II held in check demands for protectionist and inward-looking measures. But now the backlash against globalization—and the freer movement of goods, services, capital, labour, and technology that came with it—has arrived. This new nationalism takes different economic forms: trade barriers, asset protection, reaction against foreign direct investment, policies favouring domestic workers and firms, anti-immigration measures, state capitalism, and resource nationalism. In the political realm, populist, anti-globalization, anti-immigration, and in some cases outright racist and anti-Semitic parties are on the rise. These forces loath the alphabet soup of supra-national governance institutions—EU (European Union), UN (United Nations), WTO (World Trade Organization), and IMF (International Monetary Fund), among others—that globalization requires. Even the Internet, the epitome of globalization for the past two decades, is at risk of being balkanized as more authoritarian countries—including China, Iran, Turkey, and Russia—seek to restrict access to social media and crack down on free expression”.

One does not need to be violent or to wage a war against government and state. If we are truly to move forward towards a better world with equality and sustainability, then we simple ordinary citizens need to unite together as one mob, with one voice to achieve our one objective, in the utopia that we deserve and can truly create. Presently we are a fractured fragile 7,300,000,000 mob of sheep that are just surviving and when we can become a well rehearsed finely tuned and well honed collective, we shall then, not just survive, but, we shall truly live.

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South African Colour Not Just Black & White

South African Leadership

“ Transformative Government ”

 

There are still some serious issues that the citizens of South Africa are facing, two of which are unemployment and violence. Unemployment can be broken up into the four racial groups African, Indian, White and Coloured by researchers and from the fifty three million population within the country the white population is the least effected, then the Indian, coloured and the most effected are the Africans. Cheap labour from the pool of unemployed is just part of the capitalist machine from an industrial age that is pre-twenty first century.

 

Unemployment allows employers the opportunity to control the exchange rate of reward for labour, and a high level of unemployment, especially within the unskilled and semi skilled workforce is a modern form of slavery.

Segregation gives way to Apartheid which provides the specific mechanism for maintaining cheap labour and power and through an elaborate complex system of continued dominance and control the most effected are those indigenous peoples who have been suppressed and ill treated who are still oppressed, even though there has been more than twenty years of change.

 

Supposedly, South Africa is the most developed country in Africa and yet has such a strong link between capitalism and poverty. I see two children from one family skipping down the road of life together, holding hands in a commonality between unemployment and poverty and oh how they struggle to survive. It is not clear to the writer if there is a Marxist answer to the Myriad of issues within the capitalist system in the South African context. It is clear however, that anarchy is not appropriate in violent revolution to achieve the social reforms that are required and needed in South Africa for the proletariat to rise beyond their continued oppression. What is required is access to quality education and the encouragement and support to pursue this opportunity.

 

If we assume that two percent of the world owns the capital then just over one million South African people hold the power over the other fifty two million workers. Okay, it is a very flawed argument but it gets the point across that the rich are few and the poor are many, within South African society. Multi generational unemployment is a common element within society and it would be one area that the constituents could focus on between now and the next election. It is time to radically change South Africa with an educational opportunity for all South African citizens that is a need and a right for all, and not just for the privileged.

 

 

 

Violence is a major concern within South Africa along with crime in general. It is widely acknowledged that South Africa has a very high rate of murders, assaults, rapes (adult, child and infant), and other crimes compared to most countries. Around 40 people are murdered everyday in South Africa and these numbers are regarded as being consistent with a developing nation. There are approximately the same number of murders daily in the USA with six times the population of South Africa, there is still some work to be undertaken in reducing the numbers. What are the motivational factors behind the violence in South Africa, identify these and then work on effective grass roots methods of eradication.

 

Part of the violence may be due to xenophobia, or be due to what is known as a violent hate crime, which can also be violent attacks on individuals on account of their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or other similar attributes, or a combination thereof are serious abuses of the rights to life, liberty and security of the person, threatening the equal enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms. The most recent example of xenophobia would be during the 2008 period when Zimbabweans were targeted, either having their houses burnt to the ground or where they themselves were murdered.

 

Youth unemployment and youth gang culture also involves a level of violence related to turf and territory, profit and loss. Youth gangs exist and thrive within South Africa, some of these involving the purchase, distribution and sale of illegal drugs. It is far safer and better for the individual in their daily struggle to be either associated or directly involved with the strongest local gang, or at least a gang, rather than to be solo in the quest for survival. Prevention and intervention and social reform is not possible without the effective solutions from both government and non government collaboration and consultation.

 

Transformative Government or Transformational Government is not possible in South Africa presently. The high expectations of the democratization of South Africa have been dulled and numbed over the past twenty years. Transformation has stalled, the pace of reform too slow and the economic growth too limited. What social reform has been successfully implemented during the Zuma Government ?  Let us argue that transformative government commenced in 1990 under President de Klirk and when Mandela was released from twenty seven years of being imprisoned. Let us also argue that the next transformative move was the 1994 election where the African National Congress won 62.5% of the votes, and on May 7th 2014 President Zuma’s Government won 62% of the vote.

 

 

 

 

 

Mandela was not a prefect man and was mortal, just like any politician and person. Mandela did however possess the ability to establish unification and to fuse people together and to have them focus on the aims and objectives

and to enthusiastically strive to achieve the end goal. What was unique about the batten being handed to Mandela by de Klirk was that Mandela continued the challenge to bring South Africa together by establishing trust with all parties concerned in the process of negotiation and or government.

 

Transformative Government maybe possible but without real trust and truth and transparency, little social reform and development will happen because the political spin doctors will simply broadcast free prescriptions with painless pills that are merely placebo in the short term. When South Africans call themselves South Africans first and then secondly identify their ethnicity and or origin, then the day will come where they can be a united group and common voice and demand government to transform itself and lead with vision and direction towards a better tomorrow for all South Africans. Without trust truth and transparency in South African politics, there is no Transformative Government.