Global domination is today sought to be continued to be exercised by the Oligarchy in the Western world by using Money, Trade, and the fear of Climate Change. Institutions and the systems, procedures, measures, and standards laid down by them are all designed to further such domination. It is time we in India woke up, and recognizing such efforts, take steps to counter them by setting up our own Institutions and Research Centres and calling for more appropriate, transparent, and equitable systems, procedures, measures, and standards.
Understanding what Money is –Control of Trade and Transactions – Climate Change – How to use all such factors for control and domination – what can we now do to make it equitable for ALL?
Money, as a store of value and as a means of exchange, makes trade and transactions possible in todays’ global world. (See – Money – Financial Boom & Bust Cycles). It also greatly empowers those who control its flow and allows them to, in turn, influence policies and even manage governments. It was mostly the handlers of the money who, working through the royal advisors and institutionalized religious heads, directed and controlled its application. To understand the real reasons for the cause of any circumstances, the advice has always been – to look for the Motives and to Follow the Money!
As Angus Madison noted, between 1 AD and 1500 AD, India was the world’s largest economy, with about 30 percent of the world’s GDP, followed closely by China. Between 1500 AD and 1700 AD, China may have marginally overtaken India, but again from 1700 AD India took the number one spot, despite the looting and depredations by invaders, mainly Islamic. Obviously our Monetary, Societal, Governance and Trading systems were highly efficient and effective in those times. However, the development of trading guilds and industrial and military technology in the West, and the colonization of India by the European powers, mainly and most effectively by the British, who looted India in a systematic and large-scale manner, over 45 trillion US Dollars, not counting the loot taken earlier by the ’Nabobs’ of the East India Company and other European Powers. India’s economy after 1750 AD was soon brought down to negligible levels and the Country made poor.
In the olden days wealth was owned mostly by the Kings and Monarchs. If the Nizam of Hyderabad or King Louis of France were the richest men in their time, it was not because they ruled over the richest kingdoms. Actually, their kingdoms were one of the poorest, as they squeezed whatever they could from their populace. Ofcourse, India had many other Kings and Rajas almost as rich, who did allow the populace to also become rich and prosperous. However, even in those days it was mostly the handlers of the money who, working through the royal advisors and institutionalized religious heads, actually directed and controlled its application.
Over time their guilds became Banks and other financial institutions that strengthened their grip on the creation and flow of money and its application to such levels as to even form governments and then promote policies for their own benefit. The western progress was, and even today is, based on the ideas of scarcity, competition, domination through War, and prosperity through piracy, looting and enslaving.
In the western world, from the Renaissance times, that boomed based on the knowledge and technology taken from India, and monies mainly from India and later from Africa and the Americas, these money handlers worked for this purpose. They slowly and steadily increased further control over the world, developed their military in wars amongst themselves and against the indigenous people they colonized and converted, and increased further control over the monetary systems while steadily pushing many of the institutionalized religious bodies into the background even as they continued to pay lip service to them, except, to an extent, the Catholic Church, and use them for their own benefit.
As As Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa said – “When the White men came to our world, they had the Bible, and we had the Land. ‘Close your eyes and pray’, they said, and when we thereafter opened our eyes, we had the Bible, and they had the Land.”
This contrasts greatly with that of the Indian idea of civilization and progress. Conquest and looting were not a concept in the Indian way of progress. The Indian way was based on Dharma/ethics, cooperation, with the attitude of ‘Manthan’/ Cooperation, the idea of using a rope not for a ‘Tug of War’ but to use it to together churn the ocean of possibilities thus leading to abundance for all and valuing the pursuit of knowledge not only for progress but also for its spiritual benefits. Even today this difference, between the Western/Communist way, and the Indian way, is evident in their respective approach to progress and manner of dealing with others.
Today, such institutions of the western world, like the Central or Federal Banks, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the various regulatory bodies under their direction, such as the World Trade Organization, clearly control the flow and application of money and rules of Trade worldwide.
This therefore leads to the question – ‘For whose benefit?’ – Of People as individuals, or Communities, or Nations, or Governments?