Morality of Power and Greed

Morality of Power and Greed

I spent some time outlining the fundamental problems we face as a society and how, according to experts, if we don’t change our ways now, we’re headed toward ecological, economic and societal collapse....

The progress of humanity through the centuries, and behind every critical event, in every culture and every era, we find repeatedly the same two driving forces—omnivorous human greed and the quenchless thirst for power.

Regardless of culture and era, human kind seeks to acquire whatever needed to satisfy 5 basic needs:

  1. Security
  2. Shelter
  3. Food
  4. Sex(for pleasure or reproduction)
  5. Selfexpression

-The more they acquire the more power they have to have better and more food, sex , house ,security, etc etc and its then that the mess began and never stops.

If we just recall the great rule-makers of history—Moses, Plato, Solon, Jesus, the Brahmans, the Buddha, Lao-tzu, Confucius, and Muhammad—they had all (might have been real characters or fictionary) laid down virtually all the principles that advance a fair and just society. Destructive deeds and often amazing accomplishments of history’s ruthless rule-breakers. These Grand Acquisitors, range from the warring chieftains of tribal societies to the robber barons of the nineteenth century and superpower nations of the twentieth. With a kind of historical inevitability, the actions of these dynamic acquisitors result in crusades and jihads, in revolutions and long, bloody military conflicts, in two world wars and catastrophic terrorist attacks. Defying historical orthodoxy, we humans have continually failed to benefit from the lessons of our own history. And we continue to invest power in politically and economically greedy acquisitors. Hopefully we cannot only gain further insight into what lies behind today’s news headlines but also realize the means to a more civilized future.

The basic problem is greed and a monetary system that’s based on fundamentally flawed and unsustainable principles. It’s a complex, messy world we find ourselves in. Our obsession with perpetual growth and the cracks that are finally appearing in the prevailing economic system is at the root of the problem, which is exacerbated by related issues such increasing power and influence of China, rapid depletion of resources, escalating climate change and the disturbing rise of fanaticism, including radical Islam and a new wave of xenophobic, right wing super-nationalism.

Nature of Humanity: Greed

Greed, a desire that is born within us. Once we get a taste of a deliciously wonderful part of life, we want more. We don’t want just a taste, a bite, or a serving’s worth. We want as much as we can possibly obtain – we want it all.

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – Ghandi

As the quote above implies, greed has no limit. Even if we have more than the world can give, we just want more, more, and more. Around the 18th century, the British took control over India, justifying their doings by claiming they were industrializing other nations that needed it. They (Great Britain) was already a powerful, industrialized nation, but, of course, ended up wanting more power, more control over the world – they wanted to be the strongest of them all.

“The point is, there is no feasible excuse for what are, for what we have made of ourselves. We have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality, dividends before decency, fanaticism before fairness, and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others” – Iain Banks, Complicity

People may think greed is okay, since it’s the nature of humanity to want more than what we have. But in fact, it’s not okay. We should be happy and content with what we have close-by, because it’ll be too late when it’s actually gone. We can’t miss what we never had, so why want more? It’ll just be more things to miss when it’s gone. Nothing lasts forever, so appreciate what you have right now.

Mirror Mirror on the wall who is the greediest of them all?

There is a plan for the world - a New World Order - devised by an American/European financial elite of immense wealth and power

This oligarchy controls the politicians, the courts, the educational institutions, the food, the natural resources, the foreign policies, the economies and the money of most nations. And, they control the major media, which is why we know nothing about them.

Modern democracy, as we know it, is less than 250 years old. For most of history, except for this brief period, the world has been ruled by powerful elites who wielded absolute power over their societies, controlled the wealth and resources of their known world, and dominated their people by force. The New World Order cabal plans to restore this model of totalitarian rule on a global scale.

The endgame will be a one-world government presiding over the earth for the benefit of global oligarchs and their superclass functionaries, leaving the mass of humanity as serfs, to serve the elite, while suffering impoverishment and immiseration. The plan includes scientifically engineered global population reduction (viruses/vaccines/genetically-modified food), cutting the world's population to less than one billion, leaving the earth's resources for the exclusive use of this global oligarchy.

The Morality of Power

Does might make right, as the old saying goes? Or are people in power largely governed by the better angels of their nature? It would be difficult to argue that power is not immoral if you consider, in the same breath, the Turkish genocide of Armenians during and just after World War I; the genocide of six million Jews during World War II as part of the Nazi’s final solution; the millions of Russians and Chinese killed by Stalin and Mao, respectively, as they consolidated power; the killing fields in Cambodia; the mass killing of Muslims in Bosnia; the genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus in Rwanda; or the slaughter of innocents in Darfur. And these atrocities occurred just in the past one hundred years of human history.

Left-leaning American journalist and muckraker Lincoln Steffins argued that, “Power is what men seek and any group that gets it will abuse it.” At the other end of the political spectrum, James Madison, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and its fourth President, said, “The essence of government is power, and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” And Edmund Burke, British statesman and philosopher, warned that, “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”

Economic-Political Systems:A way to avoid chaos in rulling the masses

1.Capitalism vs Socialism

Capitalism and socialism are somewhat opposing schools of thought in economics. The central arguments in the socialism vs. capitalism debate are about economic equality and the role of government. Socialists believe economic inequality is bad for society, and the government is responsible for reducing it via programs that benefit the poor (e.g., free public education, free or subsidized healthcare, social security for the elderly, higher taxes on the rich). On the other hand, capitalists believe that the government does not use economic resources as efficiently as private enterprises do, and therefore society is better off with the free market determining economic winners and losers.

The U.S. is widely considered the bastion of capitalism, and large parts of Scandinavia and Western Europe are considered socialist democracies. However, the truth is every developed country has some programs that are socialist.

An extreme form of socialism is communism.

2.Socialism vs Communism

In a way, communism is an extreme form of socialism. Many countries have dominant socialist political parties but very few are truly communist. In fact, most countries - including staunch capitalist bastions like the U.S. and U.K. - have government programs that borrow from socialist principles. "Socialism" is sometimes used interchangeably with "communism" but the two philosophies have some stark differences. Most notably, while communism is a political system, socialism is primarily an economic system that can exist in various forms under a wide range of political systems.

Comparison chart

The illegitimate power of multinational corporations

As the influence of multinational corporations over public policy continues unabated, the key challenge for those campaigning for social and environmental justice is how to redistribute political power back into the hands of ordinary people.

Democracy is being subverted by the power and influence of transnational corporations that pursue an ideology of ‘selfishness and cruelty’, and we can no longer afford to ignore the illegitimate authority that these corporate entities exert on society.

The current financial and economic crisis has negatively underlined the vital role of multinational companies (MNCs) in our daily lives. The breakdown and crisis of flagship MNCs, such as Enron, WorldCom, Lehman Brothers, Toyota and GeneralMotors, does not merely reveal the problems of corporate malfeasance and marketdysfunction but also raises important questions, both for the public and the academiccommunity, about the use and misuse of the power by MNCs in the wider society, aswell as the exercise of power by key actors within internationally operating firms.Given these and previous similar developments it is surprising that questions aboutorganizational power and politics have not had a more central role in the study of the MNCs.

Why the Financial and Political System Failed

The recent spike in global political-financial volatility that was temporarily soothed by European Central Bank (ECB) covered bond buying reveals another crack in the six-year-old throw-money-at-the-banks strategies of politicians and central bankers. The premise of using banks as credit portals to transport public funds from the government to citizens is as inefficient as it is not happening. The power elite may exude belabored moans about slow growth and rising inequality in speeches and press releases, but they continue to find ways to provide liquidity, sustenance and comfort to financial institutions, not to populations.

The very fact – that without excessive artificial stimulation or the promise of it – more hell breaks loose – is one that government heads neither admit, nor appear to discuss. But the truth is that the global financial system has already failed. Big banks have been propped up, and their capital bases rejuvenated, by various means of external intervention, not their own business models

We have a private financial system that routinely commits financial crimes against humanity with miniscule punishments, as approved by the government. We don’t even have a free market system based on the impossible notion of full transparency and opportunity, we have a publicly funded betting arena, where the largest players are the most politically connected and the most powerful politicians are enablers, contributors and supporters. We talk about wealth inequality but not this substantial power inequality that generates it.

Today, neither the leadership in Washington, nor throughout Europe, has the foresight to consider what kind of real stress would happen when zero and negative interest rate and bond-buying policies truly run their course and wreak further havoc on their respective economies, because the very banks supported by them, will crush people, now in a weaker economic condition, more horrifically than before.

The political system that stumbles to sustain the illusion that economies can be built on rampant financial instability, has also failed us. Past presidents talked of a square deal, a new deal and a fair deal. It’s high time for a stability deal that prioritizes the real financial health of individuals over the false one of financial institutions.

Inequality hurts economic growth, finds OECD research

The single biggest impact on growth is the widening gap between the lower middle class and poor households compared to the rest of society. Education is the key: a lack of investment in education by the poor is the main factor behind inequality hurting growth.

“This compelling evidence proves that addressing high and growing inequality is critical to promote strong and sustained growth and needs to be at the centre of the policy debate,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “Countries that promote equal opportunity for all from an early age are those that will grow and prosper.”

Rising inequality is estimated to have knocked more than 10 percentage points off growth in Mexico and New Zealand over the past two decades up to the Great Recession. In Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, the cumulative growth rate would have been six to nine percentage points higher had income disparities not widened, but also in Sweden, Finland and Norway, although from low levels. On the other hand, greater equality helped increase GDP per capita in Spain, France and Ireland prior to the crisis.

The impact of inequality on growth stems from the gap between the bottom 40 percent with the rest of society, not just the poorest 10 percent. Anti-poverty programmes will not be enough, says the OECD. Cash transfers and increasing access to public services, such as high-quality education, training and healthcare, are an essential social investment to create greater equality of opportunities in the long run.

The displeasing world of greed !

Our world and our life can be easily compared to a racing court where each individual is competing on the edge of his/her seat. We all have become a significant part of an extremely 'heated' competition which has no end ! We all have become desperate and greedy for success, power and money without realizing the consequences of our never ending and unhealthy desperation and wants ! These deliberate attempts to achieve many things of this world can prove to be malicious to us! They can impose a long term effect on our hearts and mind which we would encounter alot of difficulty in permanently removing ! Too much greed for money and power detaches us from emotions, sentiments, feelings and other such wonderful and natural aspects of our life.

Too much need for power can give rise to several conflicts which are nasty and merely displeasing!

Jose Díaz

GARMONT safety & security solutions




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