July 03, 2009

The Global Justice Movement

Four hundred years ago our planet was thought to be stationary at the centre of the universe. Galileo was tried by the Inquisition and found guilty of heresy for suggesting otherwise. It is difficult to change the way people think – especially when they are bogged down in the status quo.

But this is a time when the old ideas have become stale. We are invoking the law of diminishing returns by doing what we have always done. If our leaders continue to do as they have always done they will magnify the mistakes of the past few hundred years. The rich will get much richer; the poor will get even poorer; the environment will become ever more degraded. But it could yet be worse. As the world balance of power tips over we see the disruption in the Middle East threatening the safety of us all. We see the precarious government in Pakistan – a nuclear power – losing ground to a strengthening Taliban. We have spent trillions on war games and the associated killing machines but we haven’t properly invested in alternative technologies. The current recession will see our already poor investment in research and innovation plunge even lower.

The time is ripe for change. But will our governments be ready to try new ideas, or will they confine their atrophied imaginations to feebly bolstering the old ones?
Our economic system has been built on credit expansion, and it is not sustainable. If you think you have recently lost your job or your money you are wrong. You have been robbed.

New ideas require people willing to be ahead of the crowd, willing to abandon their own ideas when they are wrong, willing to take risks, if necessary, for ideas that are right.

If you are sagely nodding at these comments you are part of the Global Justice Movement. www.globaljusticemovement.org

But what can we do now?

We can stop supporting the banks for a start. We can withdraw our funds and use Friendly Societies, Mutual Building Societies and Co-operatives. A small personal disruption is not too high a price for showing your distaste at current events.

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