Why From Internationalist Democratic Viewpoint To Nature-Human Centric Viewpoint
- From this issue, (i.e., the issue number 179, January 2003), the Internationalist
Democratic Viewpoint transforms itself into Nature- Human Centric Viewpoint. This
transformation comes from its present perception that Nature- Human Centric Viewpoint is
the appropriate answer to the existing world fundamental reality. Which is that, while an
extremely serious environmental-biological (including human race) crisis is posing an
existential threat to the entire bio-species, all sorts of vested interests and their henchmen,
fundamentalist trends, free style thinkers, etc., are creating ideological confusion, dividing
the people into various factions.
- The prevailing ideological confusion is obvious from the fact that, while the whole
human community is in general agreement on the deadly nature of the above-stated life and
death crisis, it is bitterly divided on its cause of origin. And, obviously, no solution of any
problem is possible without identifying its cause. This sharp division on the proper diagnose
of our most serious issue among different ideological formations has made the former (i.e.,
the fatal problem of enviro-bio crisis) more dangerous, on the one hand, and generated
various types of new conflicts (political, economic and cultural) within the human community,
on the other.
- The various vested interests (denoting all those governments, organisations and
personalities who uphold the ongoing world corporate system, now a standard model for all
existing nation-states) are putting forth one set of theories: different fundamentalists (i.e.,
extremist adherents of free market philosophy and state-led development theory and fanatic
devotees of different religious and spiritual faiths) are advancing their respective
deterministic doctrines and the free style thinkers and activists are presenting their own
thinking as the course of action instead of answering to the existing ground reality and its
starting point. This position is further worse-confounded by the fact that the people, even if
they know that something is going wrong, are unable to sort out its reason.
- Among the various vested interests, the present US administration, standing at the
head of the world corporate system, constitutes the principal trouble-shooter of the world.
Today, it has become the self- assumed policeman of the world and wants the world to
follow its way of life—i.e., its thinking, doing and organising of different things. Contrary to
the interests of the world people and defying all international laws and traditions, it is
pressurising one and all to agree with its propositions that all world problems today can be
tackled through the military solution, that Kyoto agreement on reduction off GHGs be not
ratified by world governments because it affects the generation of thermal energy in the US
and thus adversely affects the lavish living-style of the American people, that the American
citizens be exempted from the purview of the UN approved international criminal court, that
all past non-proliferation treaties on nuclear weapons be abrogated so that the US may
have the right to build its own anti-missile system and that the security council support the
US demand to remove Saddam Hussain from power.
- The reason behind the above-stated US assumptions lies in the US corporate
philosophy of hegemonism or superpowerism. Which, firstly, holds that the theory of free
market economy represents the natural order of human society and hence the US-led
western corporate development model represents the acme of natural justice and is the
most appropriate model for the emerging global order. Secondly, it maintains that the selfinterest
is the motive force in human society and hence the money and money owners,
political power and its wielders and military force and its commanders hold the key to
development, progress and prosperity, while people are nobodies and of little consequence.
Thirdly, it considers that the emerging global order out of present day inter-dependent
nation states needs an international super cop to lord over them. Fourthly, it believes that,
given the present weak economic and military state of the UN, the US, having been the
invincible military and economic super power of the present day world, has the natural right
to lead the world to maintain the normal order of things. Fifthly, it regards that this is the
most opportune time to consolidate the US military and economic power and stabilise the
US global leadership when the emerging regional superpowers, like the EU, China, Russia,
Japan, etc., are relatively weak and unable to halt the US advance.
- However, the myth of US military and economic invincibility is exploded by the
emerging new realities. These, in brief, are: psychologically, the US today is the most
disturbed state of the world where the fear of nuclear, chemical and biological attacks by the
terrorists has become a nightmare for the entire US people; politically, a witch-hunt is going
on against the people in general and the minorities in particular in the whole of America for
tracing out the terrorists; economically, the US economy is sinking day by day, its growth
rate goes on declining, unemployment continues rising to new heights, exports are falling,
the international value of dollar in relation to major world currencies, like Euro, is decreasing
and the state of stock and money markets remains dismal. Culturally, the targeting of certain
particular ethnic communities has weakened the US social cohesion.
- The regional superpowers are, despite their acceptance of terrorism as the main
international threat, opposed to US unilateral world hegemonism. Having their respective
concerns, they stand for a multilateral, like the UN, management of the newly-emerging
- Though the international corporate political chieftains stand divided. They are one in
the general preservation and working of their common system.
- The medium and small nation state managements, with a few exceptions prefer to
remain on the safer side.
- For the time being, it is the corporate agenda whose writ runs throughout the world.
The reason is that there is no alternative agenda in the field, while the state-run model has
already reconciled to its secondary role within the present dispensation.
- Coming to the various fundamentalist trends, the principal free market philosophical
protagonist today has been the Bush administration whose extremist jerks can be seen from
the USA’s terror-vanquishing policy of perpetual war against several so-called terrorist (as
defined by the present US defence minister) countries one after the other; its theory of
economic revival through the initiative of tax-cut exemptions amounting to billons of dollars
(whose first instalment proposes a remission of more than $6 billion) to the MNCs and its
claim of a clean political conduct by enhancing the amount of donations to political parties
by MNCs. While the free market philosophy occupies the central place in the world agenda
today, its fundamentalist faction (like Bush administration) does not enjoy much support.
- As to the adherents of the state-led development theory, they had already suffered an
unsustainable loss in the collapse of the communist bloc (particularly in the former Soviet
Union and China). Now, a few die-hards are, contrary to the world realities, wasting their
valuable lives in the guerrilla wars in a few pockets within Nepal, India, Peru, Columbia, etc.
Despite many sacrifices, the state-led theory carries no weight in the present world agenda.
- With regard to the advocates of the religious and spiritual faiths, three brands stand
out as the most notorious, i.e., the Hindutva in India, Muslim militancy in some Islamic
countries and Zionism in Israel. Hindutva stands out for its dubious role which says one
thing and does the other. This is, because the Hindutva agenda carries little weight in India
and absolutely nil abroad. Muslim militancy holds its influence at several places, but it is not
the dominant tendency anywhere in the Muslim world. Zionism is confined to Israel and has
no influence outside. On the whole, the fundamentalist trends do not command much
influence over the world agenda.
- Turning to the free style thinkers, their pet topics incorporate a jumble of incoherent
themes. Their common stand comprises only opposition to globalisation without defining its
cause or its alternative.
- Many of these gentlemen have left leanings, while a sizeable number has been under
the western liberal influence. Some take a middle route, reconciling the positions of the two
sides. There is no single lead here.
- Organisationally they comprise various sects—political, economic, cultural,
environmental, human developmental, voluntary and NGOs.
- As a whole, they attract enough mass audience, but they are a divided house with
each part having its own concerns.
- Their agenda is a mix-up of various strands—like, debt and development, patent
rights, foreign investment, human rights, poverty eradication, women empowerment, impact
of globalisation on labour, peace and security, negative impact of globalisation on
education, proper legislation for unorganised labour, environmental issues like water,
climatic change, forestation, etc., action against the US-led global war on terrorism,
trafficking of women and children, sustainable development, dalit empowerment, etc.
- Obviously, such diffuse topics which can be managed within the ongoing system and
do not reveal any of its fundamental defects, are not often excluded from the corporate
- What response the afore-mentioned view of human world demands of this journal. It
asks for clarifying the issue of right and wrong in our present context.
- To judge the right and wrong in anything, science and logic suggest to observe
whether its subjective perception is in agreement with the objective reality and its theory
(i.e., its ends) corresponds with its practice (i.e., its means) and vice-versa; whether it is fair
under all circumstances; adopts democratic style, peaceful means and consensus as the
main forms of decision-making; regular elections, rotational office-bearers, free and frank
discussion, involvement of all members in the formulation and implementation of the general
line, etc., as the functional norms of organisation. All this helps in one’s proper ego
management and generating modesty in any organisation.
- Going by the afore-mentioned general principles, it regards that its understanding of
the existing fundamental world reality (i.e., the prevalence of a highly serious enviro-bio
crisis) and its appropriate response (i.e., Nature-Human Centric Viewpoint) calls for its
adoption of a goal that restructures (or updates) the current corporate system on the basis
of Nature-Human Centric Viewpoint as the social truth of our times. This means that
environment and humankind constitute its two top priorities and that it views all matters from
the environmental-human angle.
- The Nature-Human Centric Viewpoint lays particular stress on 5 issues: (a)
Environmental sustainability, which means not only to conserve environment, but also to
promote it; (b) Equity, which denotes fair equality and is insured by taking 3 steps—firstly,
maximum income differences to be kept at 1:5 level, secondly, ensuring of social security as
a fundamental right to all deprived, poor, unemployed persons, etc., and thirdly, all incomes
in excess of 1:5 level to be deposited with a UN-controlled global fund which will lend it to
appropriate ventures for economic development; (c) Productivity, which expresses growth
rate or rate of wealth production and will be double as compared to the corporate
productivity due to the greatly developed human and environmental resources, made
possible by equitable incomes and social security for every one as a fundamental right,
global peace and security, politics of peoples empowerment (particularly of women, workers
and scientists-technologists) from the village to the UN level and all other economic,
financial and trading global institutions, realistic and rational economics and culture of
human and environmental values; (d) Democracy, which will make certain the maximum
possible democratic structure by the empowerment of people and by restructuring politics
on humanistic and environmental values; (e) Transparency, which will be established by
making it a fundamental principle of governance.
- Lastly, Nature-Human Centric Viewpoint demands the fulfilment of its
main task by focusing on spreading its awareness among the people, then
raising the level of public awareness to public motivation and further
changing the public motivation into public rational thinking—thus resulting in
the development of a rational human being and a reasonable and sensitive
human community. It impels this paper to take the first step in this direction
by transforming itself from Internationalist Democratic Viewpoint into Nature-
Human Centric Viewpoint. 01-01-2003