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Exercise in Credulity

Published: March 7, 2009, Author: JayTaber

After all the central bank shenanigans of the last decade, you’d think citizens would be a little more leery of government intentions, but apparently not. Even the privatization of public wealth through investment bank Ponzi schemes hasn’t yet shaken the people’s faith in centralized problem-solving.

Perhaps the most looming example of this misplaced trust is in the international arena of adapting to climate change. Through the auspices of the United Nations, the central governments of the world are crafting plans to manage all aspects of modern life. Nothing will be left untouched by the UN and its member states.

UN agencies like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization will coordinate with central banks around the globe to organize flows of cash, resources, pollution and armies to back up their agreements. Human rights and democratic development will take a back seat to these plans.

While citizens of these member states rightly have an interest in seeing climate change problems handled openly and effectively, the reality is that backroom deals between governments and industries are already taking place. Their plans, in effect, are not oriented toward solving these problems, but rather how to take the most money from public treasuries for themselves, while simultaneously managing public relations campaigns to convince us they are saving the planet and humankind. In other words, same old.

While this news may be disheartening, it is nevertheless true; to keep the faith in the system that is presently devastating our global economy and environment, is indeed an exercise in credulity.

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