Pat Richards    

  ... notes on "Global Collectivism"

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Gobal Collectivisim -- or else!

Cultural Diversity -- threat or menace?

Global Collectivisim -- or else!

Absolutist concepts like you have to be "all communist" vs. "all capitalist" ...

or economic maxims like "no one should own property" vs. "property is the fountainhead of all that is wonderful in humanity" ...

... all of this is ancient, old-world polarizing crap. Such concepts are, as they say , "so terribly 20th century" -- useless for coming to grips with today's challenges and the deadly crisis facing human civilization over the next 30 years.

It's long past time to move beyond such squabbling. Communism is dead for all intents and purposes -- and it was never implemented in its pure form anyway. Likewise, there is no longer room in this over-crowded world for the heroic vision of Ayn Rand's unbridled Capitalism Rampant on a Field of Green -- the planet and the people simply can't afford it anymore.

The world has been moving towards an integration of the two extremes into a workable compromise for the last 50 years -- it is now time to accelerate that process deliberately and with planning -- to achieve a sustainable global civilization based on universalism instead of nationalism -- to create new systems that can survive the impact of the huge number of humans now onboard or about to arrive on the planet.

I've called it "global collectivism" and "Community Capitalism" and several other things  -- but its essence is compromise and a willingness to do things differently and with an eye towards global responsibility and stewardship. It's time to stop all this useless bickering about which system is "best" and endless fear-mongering on which Plan will Enslave Us The Worst and instead work out what needs to be done to meet the coming challenges and get cracking on them in one helluva a big hurry. Anything else amounts to fiddling while the planet burns.

Cultural Diversity - Threat or Menace?

I have to say that I'm just not down with the oh-so-politically-correct idea that Cultural Diversity  is so important, so at-one-with-the-planet chi-chi, that any place which is *not* culturally diverse is de facto and obviously backward, bigoted and ignorant.

Look, when you visit a small town in Spain, you expect it to be filled with Spanish people speaking their native language and engaging in their local cultural behavior. No one really wants  it to be a cultural melting pot reflecting the tastes and values of a global community, do they? I hope not. When I visit Backwoods City, Arkansas, I don't want it to look, sound, smell and feel *exactly* like Los Angeles. For that matter I don't even want big cities like San Francisco or New York ending up mere clones of each other, either.

While the mantra of Cultural Diversity is now being chanted  around the world, it is still primarily  in America, with its cultural inferiority complex and self-inflicted, never-healing race-guilt, that you find people spouting off about how cultural diversity in a neighborhood or town or city is some kind of Holy Grail, to be desired and sought after above all else.

This isn't to say that I would *object* to seeing an American or German or African or Vietnamese person on the street or running a shop when I visited that small town in Spain, but I'd be mighty disappointed if the whole place were largely "globalized and culturally diverse" rather than a unique environment of its own. I mean, that's the only reason I'd go to the bloody small town in Spain in the first place, to partake of its Spanish uniqueness.

Cultural diversity is fine as a theory for living together in a global harmony -- but when putting it into practice let's be sensible -- I'd hate to see every place on the planet become so culturally diverse that there were no difference significant differences left between them. That's not diversity at all. That would be a form of global mongrelization.

It is for this reason that I favor the idea of "official national languages" and requiring all signs, legal documents, schools and official government officies to insist on the use of the "national language" -- it is a way of protecting and preserving true cultural diversity. If I drive on the roads of France, I don't expect or want to see street and shop signs in English. And if I've driving in L.A., I don't expect or want to see them in Spanish or Vietnamese.