The One Party Planet summary of neoliberal domination and opposition

An activist organization called The Rules wrote The One Party Planet pamphlet in 2014 that outlines the impact of neoliberal capitalist elites, the Neoliberal Party governing the world.[i] The richest 1% surpass elected governments in their control. Most of the largest economic entities are corporations rather than nations (1101 out of 1752 in 2011) that manipulate not paying taxes and have the rights of persons in the US thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. In an unequal world, 60% of the population lives on less than $5 a day (according to the World Bank). The richest 85 people own as much as the bottom 3.5 billion people, although it’s clear that “an unequal society is an unhealthy society.” Private banks create most of the money, rather than governments. Corporations ignore climate change and continue to increase the amount of carbon dioxide since the oil industry comprises seven of the 10 biggest global corporations.

The basic neoliberal doctrine, applied under Thatcher and Reagan, is that material growth is good and necessary, as measured in the Gross Domestic Product. The large corporations have interlocking directorates run mainly by white and Asian men who are consolidating their power with trade deals that limit government power over corporations: The North American Free Trade Agreement, Trans Pacific Partnership, Trans-Atlantic Trade and Development Partnership, the UN’s psot-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa. The elite meet face-to-face at the annual World Economic Forum in Devos, Switzerland and developed the Global Redesign Initiative affirming that nations are not the “dominant actors on the world stage.”

The Rules authors call for popular global uprisings like Gezi Park, Tahrir Square and Occupy Wall Street to multiply. In addition to models mentioned in this book, they mention models new to me, the Ekta Parishads, the Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity, the Coalition the Immokalee Workers in Florida, Kenyans for Tax Justice in Nairobi. They point to leaders such as Uruguay’s President Jose jujica who rejects neoliberal polices and reduced poverty, promoting cooperatives. They believe that “something like a cohesive movement is taking place.” Opposing neoliberalism is the growing field of steady state or no growth economics as taught by the New Economics Foundation. The Rules point to a new paradigm of systems theory to understand how to change the system, explained in The Systems View of Life by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi (2014), and recommend other informative books and organizations in their pamphlet.


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