November 21st, 2008

ozarque figure

Politics; becoming Terrans...

I have always claimed that the only thing that could possibly persuade humankind to take even a first step toward world government -- toward becoming Terrans -- was an actual and imminent invasion by extraterrestrials. I believed that, right down to my toenails.

I was wrong. And I am one very astonished little old lady.

If anyone had told me that in my lifetime any president of the United States -- much less a rabidly nationalistic Republican president of the United States who promotes a doctrine of pre-emptive war -- would preside over a meeting of financial poobahs from all over Planet Earth to try to set up global [i.e., Terran] financial regulations, I would have told them they were out of their minds.

The very idea of "world government," of being "a citizen of the world," has -- all my life -- been enough to get people labeled as wild-eyed wicked traitorous anti-American radicals. Never mind the fact that business has gone global; to real Americans, the only way to manage that global economy was for every individual nation involved to have its very own regulations, even when they were mutually contradictory. And yet, in this very year, I have watched us take what looks like a first step away from that venerable tradition. And I have read story after story like this one:


"World leaders agree on more financial regulation," [at http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/business/news/article_1443186.php ]

Which says:
" 'We are determined to enhance our cooperation and work together to restore global growth and achieve needed reforms in the world's financial systems,' said the Group of 20 (G20) leaders which includes the world's advanced economies as well as the leading emerging economies.

Winding up the summit, Bush paid tribute to the efforts of the government chiefs in seeking to tackle the world financial crisis that has triggered global market turmoil."


Who'd have thought it? It didn't take a fleet of Alpha Centaurian warships roaring toward us after all! Just a sufficiently grave threat to our pocketbooks.

You cannot imagine how much this amazes me.



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