Why the world is so unequal
I would like to present to you my understanding of the topic:
Peace not War.
I would like to start by talking about wars.
Not just about wars between countries but also about wars between your cities, wars between kids in the school, wars in the house between kids and parents, wars in your job between workers or your boss…
and do you agree that all these kind of “wars” are always for a common reason?
Interests, all kinds of interest, economic interest between countries, between workers or boss, own interest between students, brothers, sisters… our own interests and selfish society are the reasons that the world have wars.
I remember one day when I was reading a book called: ‘One child, one teacher, one book, one pen’ I read a paragraph written by Malala, a girl who said:
“Peace in every home, every street, every village, every country – this is my dream.
Education for every boy and every girl in the world. To sit down on a chair and read my books with all my friends at school is my right.
To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish.
I am Malala. My world has changed but I have not. “
When I finished reading this I remember that I spent more than half an hour just thinking without doing anything. I thought about the luck of being born where I was born, being lucky enough to have the family that I have, to be able to go to the school and receive education, also to be able to have a full plate of food on the table.
Sometimes I can’t understand why the world is so unequal, why do we live with so many fears? With so many wars? Why we are able to kill innocent people just to show power.
How is possible that in some countries people are born without the rights to choose, countries where just because of your sexual orientation (something that you can not choose) you are put in jail or even given the death penalty, some countries where the people have been at war more than 15 years or starve to death.
And I wonder what we are doing so badly? As human beings we should have the ability to live in a better world than we are building.
To understand about wars, we need to understand the reasons behind them. There are too many reasons probably, but the main one is to have control over others to show how powerful we can be.
The biggest guilt for control over the rest lies with the capitalist system in which most countries live today.
I think, like with everything in life, that over-consumption of anything causes a problem always.
By this I mean that the main problem is not the money, the medicines, the alcohol…
The problem is when we don’t have any control on how we use them. With capitalism, it happens the same way, we don’t want to find a way to use it in a sustainable way, we always want more and more, so we are not able to respect the others, we need to steal from them by creating excuses for the population and continuing to enrich the system.
The solution is to steal from others and to create a war. We need some resources from them that will make us richer and will help us to feed the capitalist system.
When a country gains power, they want to gain more money, land and resources to be richer.
Imperialist and capitalist societies needed wars to get colonies. To get a colony, they needed to fight.
That’s why the military industry is a good business to make money because everybody constantly buys military products to fight. I think that now the U.S. is in a situation where they actually cannot stop the military industrial complex.
When they stop, many people have to lose their jobs in the U.S. and the country cannot make money. To gain money the U.S. has to find an enemy to fight. War is business now.
The Military-industrial complex is not a sector. It’s a connection between the private industries and the state/public affairs like defense (army). So, private companies or monopolies manage a state by interfering in the defense of a country to substitute national interests for their own interest.
This concept was introduced by Eisenhower (U.S. President) in 1961 in his farewell to the American people.
The main idea was that the national government was forced to lead the weapons and military technologies race; to subsidies the industry by creating alliances and networks, worldwide, with individuals and institutions involved in the production and development of the sector.
Additionally, the members of the congress as well as the Department of Defense privately owned military contractors and so of course were interested to keep them going.
Another decisive aspect was related to the imperialist agenda; that focuses on dominating the entire globe.
It was necessary to lead the industry to avoid unnecessary competence or threats outside their allied or areas under control. By dominating the market, the empire could choose its best clients under the “national” interests.
The U.S. has been increasing, year after year, its budget on the sector. Now the U.S. is expending 596 billion dollars from the 1676 billion expended worldwide. (Almost a third of what the entire globe is expending)
Another clear example is about the Shock Doctrine that I would like to explain…
The situation in Chile was terrible because of the economic boycott by the United States, since the United States was trying to destabilize the regime of Salvador Allende (democratically elected Socialist president).
In the time of Salvador Allende, there was a socialist and very equal economy and the state was worried about poor people and their health and education. They began to nationalize the companies of Chile.
The United States was afraid that the project of Allende could expand so he tried to defeat it through an economic boycott, began to remove the credits, to prohibit the export of goods. It was a tactic of destruction for Allende’s government to fall.
Allende promised a revolution in freedom and democracy without wars. So the United States financed the military coup, and used the Chilean military to go against the government. So, the military separated into two factions, those who were in favor and those who were against.
After this democracy and freedom were ended and the military dictatorship was established by Pinochet. The constitution was changed, the parliament was closed, the people were arrested and put into prisons Pinochet introduced another system and there was a crisis since everything changed, because he privatized everything, and this system created the poorest, poorest and richest, richest.
Chile became an unequal (capitalist) country, the market is the one that decides and since a very bad market was created, the only thing that gained was capitalism, and this caused a shock, because suddenly the country was with another system a dictatorship that was very capitalist, that did not work, in which everything disappeared, even political parties.
So here was a big shock across the country, only because of the fear the USA ruined the government of Allende and began a change so drastic and dictatorial with Pinochet where many innocents were imprisoned, tortured and killed that caused much poverty and a great shock.
I think is more than clear that we need to do something.
Although people say they want peace no real actions are being taken. We should be able to live in a society in which we are treated fairly and respected among ourselves, but yet this doesn’t happen.
We need a drastic movement and change to occur in which people place less value on money and power and more value on people and the environment in which we live. Peoples actions are learned from and influenced by others around them and therefore we need to use this as a tool to develop change.
The people in power need to use their positions wisely instead of abusing them and this will have a major impact.
However, us ordinary people can make a difference – change can start on an individual level;
We need to be the change we want to see and from this we then can move towards a society in which peace not war can survive.