Years ago I was visited by a group of little men in brown Robes. They showed me lots of things about the future. One of the things I saw when with them was the break-up of nations. I found this hard to take in and I expected it would be a rather messy process, but it seemed to proceed in a way that looked like a strange combination of logical, surreptitious, and natural…although there were certainly lots of arguments and court fights, complicated by natural disasters, assassinations, and regional fights. In reading the few snippets of information coming from those who have been allowed to see the TPP, TiSA, and TTIP agreements, I was reminded of what I saw with the Robes – the rise of corporations to power, which then precipitated the break-up of nations. The trade agreement that was “fast-tracked” through the U.S. Congress has sealed the power of corporations, up-staging government altogether, usurping the power of nations and making them redundant, almost unnecessary. This will lead eventually to the coalescence of fiercely bio-regional agreements that become corporations in their own right in order to balance the power of the big corporations. The difference between these regional corporations and the big global corporations will be that the regional ones will care deeply about their people and their corner of the Earth. As of yesterday afternoon, the TPP was approved by the Senate. The whole thing was kept secret because it accomplishes the take-down of the nation and transfers legal power to corporations. The bottom line is that we no longer have a sovereign nation. The Robes warned against trying to go back to what was. As they predicted, we would not pay attention to what was really happening until it was too late. Suffice it to say, the day of the nation is over. The questions we have to ask ourselves might include:
- What can we envision that might be even better than what we used to have?
- What do we need to be creating that looks beyond the ascendancy of the corporation and compensates for its shortcomings?
- How has our government infantilized us, and what do we need to do to take responsibility for our lives?
- How should we be positioning ourselves to move into the future?