The age of nation-states and international rivalry is 500 years old and crashing before our eyes. Unfortunately, it threatens a new dark age that will take us down with it. Yet, a new nexus of human exchange has emerged alongside the decaying systems of the past. We've entered the Gloabl Age, and its innovative social contract is fights to take hold. Along the LocalGlobalNexus – the networks of linkage and interchange between civil society and communities worldwide – people share perspectives as they solve problems and service common needs.
We're all in this together.
Today, our world's problems are global in scope and highly interdependent. No one can escape their reach, and no one should survive by climbing over the struggling efforts of others. We need holistic outlooks and comprehensive agendas. We need to pursue our individual interests in the context of advancing the whole, not the other way around.
We face a complex, deteriorating reality. Social and economic polarization has unleashed terrorism, genocide, starvation, and mass migrations. Unlimited population growth and consumption destroy habitat and eliminate species, robbing people across the globe of the bright futures they deserve. Free market gurus tout individualism and corporate rights while skimming profits and hoarding resources vital to problem-solving. We need science that advocates for remedies that address the plight of the world's vast majority. We need socioecological science to find answers that simultaneously reverse social polarization and ecological destruction.
The Service Age and Its New Social Contract
The industrial order and its fossil-fueled program of mass consumption is in decline, but its political outlooks and most powerful sectors – the banking, energy and defense industries – still dominate human affairs. Yet, a new mode of production, exchanging service instead of commodities, has emerged and must be promoted. We who serve are the rising class, the one with the outlook and ability to lead the world in local-global problem-solving for our common future on earth.
Advocacy and Accountability
No system falls unless it is challenged by a better way. We cannot remain passive in the face of this global socioecological crisis. A Global Consciousness Movement, to demand accountability from the banking industry, must be forged. As the central organizing system of modern human exchang, banks have a duty to serve the public's interest. They must be used to tap the resources of the global economy for human development and ecological preservation, and, to that end, banking must be reformed into a public utility.
Global Problen-Solving Authority and the Commerical Transaction Fee
The global banking system must collect a small fee on every electronic commercial transaction and make those ample revenues available, no strings attached, to the account a Global Problem-Solving Authority (GPSA). The popularly-managed GPSA will oversee a vast, social and ecological problem-solving agenda built upon collaboration between civil society and the global grassroots.
National governments are the product of the industrial era and its hegemonic competition for markets. By their very nature, they are guided by national interest. Though nations sometimes find common interest among themselves, such occasions are transitory. Moreover, no nation or group of nations exercises sovereignty over the global market, and none feels responsible for global problems, except when national impacts are unavoidable. While nation-states and their defense industries will be with us for a long time to come, they cannot be allowed to dominate the problem-solving formations that we develop for our future.
Global Consciousness Movement
Change will only come with mounting, popular pressure from the world's people and our social organizations. To focus the struggle on the banking industry, to mobilize the support of nations and states and to suppress the warmongering agenda of oil monopolies and defense industries, we must establish a Global Consciousness Movement to advance the people's interest in globalization. LocalGlobalNexus has issued the call and invites others to join in building the movement.