The Problem With Global Institutions

The problem with the global institutions we already have and have had is that they all fail to maintain the integrity of the processes by which they are supposed to operate.

The pattern is always the same (as it regrettably generally follows human failings).

Most of the global institutions…

…firstly are established with the best of intentions

… secondly they do a few good things, score a few little wins and then use marketing graduates and lawyers to promote themselves to the world as saints

… thirdly they receive support from other do-gooders and get funded and resourced to do more

… fourthly, they build bureaucracies to leverage actions and words to do more – fifthly they attract the crooks and sharks because they are well funded and naive

… sixthly the few good people left in the institutions leave because they see the start of corruption and wasteage in the institution and they get kicked out anyway because they are marked

… seventhly the snakeoil salesman move in to smooth the waters of discontent and to maintain funding for the fat cats, sharks and crooks and pirates

… eighthly the snipers (metaphorically speaking of course) are employed to take out any remaining dogooders who could squeal and upset the party by leaking the truth

… ninthly the institution is left alone because it is so big and powerful that it cannot be questioned and it has its own security forces anyway

… tenthly it runs for as long as it can suck the world dry along with its team mates and buddies until it either implodes through internal self destruction and violence, or is destroyed by wartime.  After its destruction and after many deaths of good (but lazy) people by bad people, the environment either goes black for a while (as everyone is tired) or we start again at step 1.

The only way to prevent this boom bust lifecycle is establishing a self regulating and self checking process of institutional integrity, which hopefully will come sooner rather than later.

Such a process does not involve Presidents, revolutions, socialisms, capitalisms etc. It requires only sound thinking, a few smart strategies and a few resources in the right places to implement the process, the rest will follow for as long as the POW seek equality freedoms and security, and in accordance with humanity’s 96/4 rule.

7 responses to “The Problem With Global Institutions

    • “Sir”,

      With all due respect, the problem with the existing systems of control, whether a monarchy (the rule of one) or oligarchy (the rule of few), is very simple … they serve only the interests of the ruling class, who exclusively populate the positions of authority within all these systems, regardless of national identity. If a single class manages all the means of control, it’s no wonder they live lives of unimaginable privilege. And to protect that status, the Masses are made to feel inferior and excluded because of that implied “inferiority”. Thus we have the story of the subjugation of the People by their Rulers from the dawn of civilization. And until the People realize their inherent power to self govern and assert that power via a democracy, that story will continue on, forever and ever. Amen (ra). : ) > –

  1. true.. history surely has a way of repeating itself.. what we need is to find a way to get off the cycle and change, either for the better or for the worst..

  2. If you truly want thoughts, I will give you mine.

    I think you are doing 2 things here:
    1. Overgeneralizing
    2. Underestimating

    You are overgeneralizing the problem.
    A), A ‘global institution’ is a hard to define idea. The UN and The World Bank are considered obvious global institutions, however separating them from the rest of the institutions is a difficult process without some sort of definition of global institution.
    B) Global institutions come together from a number of different backgrounds. International Organizations like NATO fall under this idea as well, however those who created NATO were doing it for the sake of protecting themselves. This may still fall under your ‘best of intentions clause’ however if NATO had specific politicians who already had been within the system, they undoubtedly could have put things pandering to their own ‘less than best of intentioned’ ideas into the system.
    Each global institution arises from fundamentally different backgrounds and to over-generalize about them should betaken with a very light approach knowing that this specific evaluation may fail to understand the truly in-working of each institution and what needs to be addressed in each.

    You are Underestimating.
    You give only a small paragraph to thought on how to fix the problem brushing it off to ‘only sound thinking’…
    Everyone’s ‘sound thinking’ is different… so that first off doesn’t make any realistic sense in a statement. To say it takes ‘only sound thinking’ means in reality it only takes ‘sound thinking’ of your kind of thinking to fix it.
    If it were so simple of a problem, we would have fixed it in earlier times before now and/or had pockets of people who had solved the problem and are not worried about it. However that is simply not the case.

    In fact, those ideas you brushed aside as being irrelevant: “Presidents, revolutions, socialisms, capitalisms” are people’s methods of using their knowledge to fix the issues wracking society. This fundamental approach will continue to be applicable to even these global institutions.

    I myself find the largest issue with Global Institutions their undemocratic process. They are placed completely by our representatives even though they could have more say or hold themselves over the heads of our elected representatives. A democracy should instate these institutions with elected members to represent the people of the world and therefore pander to their ideas.

    And, on a final note, I agree that some institutions will fall. However, some institutions are not impossible to fix at the point they are now. Take for instance the institution of the United States government. It has problems, and everyone knows it, and currently there is a huge upheaval in political views all throughout the United States. HOWEVER, it is not that violent, and in fact life is going on as usual. That is because the United States as an institution has made it so that it can fix itself while never being destroyed and while it could have problems for a while, people can use the processes within the institution to make the institution good again.

    There is more than meets the eye on many an issue, and all of this should be approached delicately. I applaud you, however, for taking a step by step approach to the issue, I just warn you to take a step back when you are evaluating and realize there is detail you may be blurring in your attempt to make a bigger picture, and some of those details could be vital to finding the truth.

  3. Your efforts to set up this site and GlobalDemocracy.com, and produce a superb video are to be applauded for highlighting the basic structural problem behind many of the 21st century’s failings.

    However, I though the idea was for the President to voice his opinions when a consensus had been formed on GlobalDemocracy.com? Here, and in your previous posts on a world constitution and thoughts on the financial crisis, you appear to be writing a personal blog, not acting as a mouthpiece for others.

    My full thoughts are here: http://failedstateblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/globaldemocracy-com-is-let-down-by-the-baffling-president-of-the-world/

    My overall message is keep up the good work! I just think the role of the President, so to speak, needs to be a little clearer.

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  5. Global democracy requires a code where people can come to common ground and reach global solidarity. We have a greater voice than just one vote. Our voices create change via social media. I love your concept but it is missing something. We need to develop apps for the semantic web that allows social media lobbyists to reach common ground and create change. That rising in intelligence converges into unity. We require a social media code that anyone can use. We require new friendship cube apps to implement peaceful, democratic change and empower world citizens with the ability to make positive change via social media. There is a great transition occuring from social media or Web 2.0 and into semantic, node-based responsible media or Web 3.0. A global democracy will only be able to function if we implement and develop the semantic web and the apps that give us a voice, creating one from many and order from chaos.

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