There were massive demonstrations in Europe against the impending treaty regarding a free transatlantic trade zone among the European Union, US, and Canada.
In Germany alone, 250,000 people demonstrated, which underlines the crucial importance of the problem.
In short, the treaty provides for less regulated trade between participants on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Within its framing, fewer restrictions will hamper corporations and companies that export and import various goods. At first glance, everything looks fine: intensity of collaboration grows and cooperation among partners strengthens…
However, people are concerned that in practice the agreement will grant corporations excessive power and will alter existing laws and rules to serve the interests of big companies.
Today, the laws in principle, protect consumers’ interests, for example, that the meat they buy does not contain an excess of hormones or from unapproved medications so the population is not exposed to the danger of contamination and infection
Now this barrier could be undermined by easing state supervision that will allow corporations to do anything that benefits their wallets.
It will be more difficult for governments to call them into account and to legally restrict the market to the detriment of corporate earnings. As a result, big businessmen and corporations will grow stronger than their governments and will eventually dictate their will to their countries’ administration.
Beyond the Law
It’s not just another fear; it’s an ongoing process. Many years ago, I was invited to lecture in Switzerland. There were two buildings next to each other in the street: a bank and a government office building. A person who accompanied me joked that major decisions are not made in the Parliament, but in the financiers’ lobbies: every minister stops at the bank on their way to work and gets instructions there.
In fact, it is not a joke at all! During the last 10-15 years, a new situation emerged: people who have lots of money prevail over their governments. Business is now global, and this gives commercial companies unprecedented power and opportunities.
They can maneuver, move their operations and capital from place to place, and exchange resources “beyond official borders.” For them there are no boundaries. An army of well-trained lawyers is always at their service of them; they have enough money to buy anything, including governmental institutions. It is common knowledge the more money you have, the fewer laws one observes.
As a result, governments are dependent on big business.
The only exception are totalitarian regimes. Their degree of freedom is also limited, but they retain the decision-making power and do not have to consult and coordinate their resolutions with the rich. But any dictator can be neutralized by a “Rothschild,” by a financial elite aspiring to world domination.
The Benefits of Big Business
As a result, it runs the system, which is based senior businessmen. There are only a few dozen people—although, in fact, we are not talking about people, about money, about corporations. And, of course, they are “running the show.”
That is why our world is becoming increasingly global and integral. All of its parts are interconnected. Everybody depends on everybody. And this is good! Thanks to modern Croesus, we quickly discover that the world is round and inseparable.
A positive point here is that this promotes the realization of the evil that is essential to initiate the treatment. We reveal a disease: our connection in this joint and mutually dependent world is wrong! Our unity is negative. It’s as if we all live in one apartment, one country, one common space, not limited by artificial borders, and at the same time we continue hating each other.
Do I really care about fluctuation of yuan, or euro, or dollar? How do I personally depend on them? And yet, I do depend on them a hundred percent. Corporations “project” their global games on my personal wallet.
So big business “opens our eyes”: it binds and impacts us more than governments, demonstrating that the world is united.
At the same time, big business remains in the shadows: moguls and huge corporations impact politics, but I don’t see how the governments do their bidding and rely on the explanation of current events by TV newscasters.
Citizens of the World
Overall, this creates a situation of mutual guarantee, but with a negative sign. We all seem to depend on one bank, one source of supply, one mind, one desire, which is big business.
Theoretically, if the most influential people in the world gathered in one room, they would be able to determine everything that happens in the world. Their decisions would come true if not for the upper force.
So, their single power does not leave me much choice. I cannot, as before, ignore the distant events and neglect what is going on in other countries. Now, anything that happens around the globe is important to me, because today it all affects everything.
If we feel that the world is inseparably connected, it makes us “citizens of the world”: I depend on everybody and everybody depends on me.
Let’s say, I live in Europe. Why do I care about the local government if there are no borders and I can settle wherever I want? Differences dissipate, laws unify…
The last time I was driving on European roads, I didn’t see much difference. Just when I entered Switzerland, I had to pay a fee. Otherwise, there are no borders!
People acknowledge that the world is unified; we recognize our interdependency. However, so far our unity doesn’t do us any good; rather, it hurts us.
Mutual Guarantee With A Negative Sign
Question: What does negative mutual guarantee mean?
Answer: We live in society; I, along with others, care for the common good; I contribute to the community and do not worry about the fact that others do the same. Everybody serves everyone else: some people take care of safety, some trade, others manufacturing, some medicine, some education, etc.
This is the ideal. In reality, it is quite different. We live in a big world where nobody cares about others. On the contrary, we either neglect our neighbors or take advantage of them. As a result, something unclear, incomprehensible is filling the vacuum of irresponsibility and anarchy.
“Our People” Rule
But the purpose of the power large corporations acquire is to build a suitable system of services for themselves. This tiny tip of the pyramid of the world provides itself with everything it needs. They have their own schools, universities, medicine and so on.
When the Queen of Jordan needs medical treatment, she knows where to go. She is seen individually without regard to political or diplomatic relations of her country with others. At this level, they all are “together.”
Thus, corporations created a kind of “international government” that has a real power. After all, the main force in our world—it’s money.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/8/15