The G-20 Announces the "New World Order"

Citizens Respond

Michael Collins

-- A new world order is emerging at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh with
a decision by the group to become the premier coordinating body on
economic issues.  Radio Free Europe, Sep. 26, 2009

The world's most exclusive public club, the G-20, met last week in
Pittsburgh for "the opportunity to take stock of the progress made and discuss further actions
to assure a sound recovery from the global economic and financial
crisis."  The G-20 consists of finance ministers and senior banking
officials from the world's 20 largest economies.  Federal Reserve Board
Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner were there
for the United States.  But the real action comes from the gathering's
function as an informal summit for attending heads of state.

The Pittsburgh Summit focused on changing the regulations governing
the world's financial institutions and processes   In addition to
rewriting the rule book, the "new world order" announced that the G-20
is now the "premier coordinating body on economic issues" which will
benefit the wealthiest interests in each member country.

But it was
more than just about making the banks behave.  In cooperation with U.S.
and foreign law enforcement agencies, Pittsburgh police and
unidentified law enforcement agents unveiled some new programs for
citizens.  These had nothing to do with much needed jobs and health
care, barely mentioned at the meeting.  Rather, the G-20 premiered the
"sonic cannon," a device designed to cause serious pain from ultra
shrill sonic waves beamed at those exercising their rights of freedom
of speech and assembly.

Law enforcement used the more traditional techniques like the
citizen "grab and snatch."  This maneuver has four rapid stages:
 unidentified law enforcement officials show up in an unmarked car;
grab a random citizen; shove him into a car against his will; and drive
off, all without a word of explanation.

The "snatch and grab" (left, video).  The "sonic cannon" (right, video)
was deployed and emitted these exact words:  "Pittsburgh Chief Police:
This is an unlawful assembly.  I order all those assembled to
immediately disburse.  You must leave the immediate vicinity.  If you
remain in this immediate vicinity, you will be in violation of the
Pennsylvania crimes code,

no matter what your purpose is

There were no criticisms of police actions from the G-20 leaders,
many of whom preside over nominally democratic states.  That's probably
because there were no questions from the press.

The power salon has been functioning since 1975 when a smaller, even
more exclusive group met at the request of the then President of
France, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.  The G-8 leaders convened to manage
the economic and social impact of rapidly rising oil prices.  One year
later, prices dipped briefly then nearly tripled after the Iranian

Over the years, the world's financial leaders met periodically,
building the franchise, until the Pittsburgh Summit at which the new
magic number of 20 nations was announced, the G-20.

At an April G-20 meeting in London the focus was on "Stability, Growth, Jobs."  A look at the four working groups
from that meeting shows two focused on international finance and two on
international financial organizations, the World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund.

The ongoing economic struggle of billions of people didn't deter key G-20 figure Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke from announcing that the worldwide recession is "very likely over."  Of course, there's a qualifier.  It will be a jobless recovery which raises the question, just exactly who will be recovering?

The Epitome of Failure

An objective judgment on the promises of the London G-20 meeting,
growth and jobs, shows a complete failure by the group.  The world's
economy continues to slide into oblivion with no remaining bright spots
except for Wall Street bankers and others who caused the crisis.  The
largest U.S. and European financial groups have cash and credit
guarantees of a potential $23.7 trillion (annotation)
to preserve their market positions and executive perks.  These
guarantees were enabled by the actions of some of the very same leaders
attending the Pittsburgh conference.  It's a tight circle.

One sixth of the world population suffers from hunger
largely due to unemployment, high food prices, and the high cost of
borrowing due to the current financial crisis.   Unemployment is
increasing around the world complicated by a largely unmentioned
structural jobs shortage.  A report from the International Labor Organization
shows that unemployment has grown to 190 million worldwide with an
estimated 50 million more to join them in 2009.   Rates of "working
poverty" are expected to hit 1.3 billion people worldwide.

Even if the job market improves, the struggle to buy basic
necessities will continue to pose a challenge for the vast majority of
citizens.  In the United States, for example, there has been no real
increase in per capita income for the past nine years and few net new
non government jobs.

U.S. Income U.S. Census Bureau *

The people who brought the world to this state of decline and
struggle are still in charge.  They're fixing the very problems they

What's their solution?

Change the way banks are regulated.

Sowing the Wind

The U.S. can no longer finance the military presence overseas without major debt.  Foreign wars are simply not affordable.  The banking system is in critical condition, unable to recover except on a superficial level.  The neglect of domestic concerns
in the United States and the ongoing drain of wealth from the middle,
working and lower class have virtually eliminated taxation and the
treasury as a viable source of real funds.

Undeterred, the United States government has begun yet another war
it cannot afford in Afghanistan before even beginning to end the
occupation of Iraq.   At the same time, the government has issued
trillions of dollars in cash and credit for a banking sector with many
banks technically broke.

The rest of the world continues to struggle despite optimistic talk
at the summit.  Japan remains in a recession after nearly two decades
and has just begun a faltering recovery.  In Germany, there are fears of deflation.  China may have exhausted credit and protectionist fixes in an attempt to avoid a major slump.   Spain's unemployment figure will reach 20% soon.

More to the point of globalization, there are 1.3 billion "working poor" (p. 39)
earning $2.00 (two dollars) a day concentrated in South, East, and
Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.  Does the G-20 recovery plan
include these subsistence workers?  When is it their turn to "recover?"

What's the response by the world's leaders?  Regulatory reform of
banking and finance will save us.  If we only have better banking
rules, they argue, we will somehow be able to generate enough dollars
to keep the key enterprises going - financial and military dominance -
while something may come along to help with concerns like jobs, health,
and increased income.

what they're really saying:  it's time to fix a new set of rules that
allow the game to continue in some form that will protect accumulated
wealth and maintain those in power.

While the leaders and their finance ministers workout the latest
scheme to produce a balance sheet that won't generate laughter and
derision, they must ponder the finite limitations of their economies. 
Unlike the exuberance of the 1950's with the assumption of limitless
energy in the form of oil, there's an awareness that the fuel
underlying the entire scheme is increasingly more difficult and
expensive to extract.  Concerns about diminishing returns from
exploration and extraction are mixed with notions that there may be an
end to the affordability of oil given the voracious appetite of two of
the new G-20 members, China and India.

But the leaders can sit in repose at their elegantly catered
conference dinners with the comfort that although they may not be the
managers of a perpetual scheme of "growth" for their incredibly wealthy
patrons, they will certainly transition to the role managing the chaos
caused by their efforts.  Their street level operatives unveil new
technologies and techniques at each G-20 conference to discourage those
who seek to disagree by public assembly and free speech.  When the G-20
is in town, basic political rights here and overseas are suspended. 
It's time for the beat down.

The heavy handed, technically brutish suppression of public protest
are a form of instructive theater that engenders a feeling of
helplessness for many who might otherwise be motivated to resist.  This
in turn perpetuates order and protection for the G-20's ongoing acts of
greed and incompetence inflicted upon the vast majority of citizens in
the nations they represent.  If they quiet the voice of the people long
enough, the leaders may even begin to think that the voices never
existed in the first place.  They can ignore what they've forgotten,
the will of those they govern.


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