New world order: part II


The BRIC Group’s (Brazil, Russia, China, India) maiden summit in Moscow this week

The bankruptcy south of the border, thanks to America’s monetary and fiscal and financial institution malpractice, has erased the unipolar reality and left a power vacuum into which new players are leaping.
The latest entry to help participate actively in the New World Order is a concocted coterie calling itself BRIC, the Davos-derived acronym for the biggest up-and-comers economically: Brazil, Russia, India and China.
The BRIC group has absolutely nothing in common except that they want to have a say in the Multipolar world that’s evolved now that the Yankee Hegemon is flat on its economic back. They join the throng which now includes disparate partnerships-for-power such as the original G7 (where Canada is a member even though its economy is smaller than Spain’s or Brazil’s), the G8 (Russia added to the Big Seven even though it’s smaller than Illinois economically), the newly-minted G20 (to deal with the crisis), the G2 (US and China who will eventually run everything), the Cairns, OPEC and have-nots which could variously be labelled as the G50, G100 and G172.

Global government is born
The significance of all this summitry is that the world is rapidly restructuring itself into a system of globalized governance as a result of the meltdown.
The G8 and G20 are functioning like the world’s cabinet.
BRIC, OPEC, Cairns and others are functioning like political parties or coalitions formed to further common interests or as countervails to other coalitions.
“This development is equivalent to the industrial revolution and reformation in history,” declared Commonwealth Secretary-General Ramleh Sharma at the recent Conference of Montreal. “We are talking about the end of geography. The death of time and distance. A compacting world. Non polarity. This means a demand for social justice, redistribution of rights, opportunities and resources not only in national terms, but international terms.”
He said the G172 is as important as the G20 and that the “mainstream will have to take care of the marginalized” just as occurs in developed, enlightened nation-states. He also pointed out that two more clusters of countries — the Commonwealth and Francophonie — are organized and represent 50% of the world’s population, including some of its poorest residents.
“This means the universal wisdom — `do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ — is now the ethic for global government,” he said.

A new global vocabulary
What this compaction or globalization will eventually mean is:
Poorer nations cannot be ignored but will be regarded, like our national “ghettos” or slums, as places where bootstrapping by wealthier citizens is needed.
Dangerous or failed states cannot be ignored but will be regarded, like our dangerous neighborhoods, as places where police must patrol vigorously and investments/spending to help local residents must be undertaken.
Rich countries will be regarded as the world’s “good neighborhoods” where people can contribute taxes or charitable donations to less fortunate countries in order to keep the world safe as well as to help improve global living standards.
This level of collaboration may seem naively optimistic but international cooperation took a giant leap forward after the last catastrophe, the Second World War, when rich and poor allies forged a new world order that rebuilt devastated nations in Europe and elsewhere and vastly improved living standards for 60 years.
Now the unprecedented destruction of wealth is starting to coalesce the world’s leaders and global initiatives designed to  extend human justice and economic opportunity to hundreds of millions more people for another 60 years.
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