Here is an exclusive article written for the Guardian Express by Guest Author Agatha
It is no secret that the West is fond of aggression as its primary method of control. Even the United States’ most patriotic school textbooks bleed documentation of Western hostility, coercion and greed.
The total body count of the First and Second World Wars was close to eighty million people; indeed, an insane rate of loss as the combined result of distrust, nationalism and the choice to react instead of resolve.
Further evidence of human suffering at the hands of the West exists in its international exploitation – of emerging countries, and of its own – that has been documented both historically and in the modern day. One of the most obvious examples of this extortion is the way in which the West holds universal influence via its imperious – and undeniably aggressive – financial systems.
The majority of commercials affairs are backed by the U.S. dollar as the principal trading currency. Thus, Western fiscal institutions like the World Bank and its counterpart, the IMF, wield an extensive amount of power. Unfortunately – but not surprisingly – the West has misused its authority once again, and has succeeded in taking advantage of and violating a number of countries through the fraudulent twin creations of debt and interest. The scale of international exploitation is so absurd that it is almost laughable, if it weren’t for the uncomfortably large numbers of innocent people that have suffered as a result.
Living under an oppressive cloud of debt has bred a social and economic breakdown on an international scale, thus creating a global separation within humanity. This is ironic, seeing as we are a part of a species who are all, at their root, one. Perhaps it is that perception of oneness that, in recent times, has resulted in a widespread rejection of Western fiscal control.
In 2001, Jim O’Neill – a then chairman of Goldman Sachs – coined an acronym expressing a set of countries that O’Neill predicted would be the major sources of economic development in the coming years. The acronym, ‘BRICS’, expands into the following countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It is many of these countries that have had their resources, people and very foundations pillaged for many years in the name of owing the great Western giants.
In an event that can only be described as international empowerment, these aforementioned nations have agreed to make a collective intervention on the World Bank in the form of a new banking system. ‘The Economist’ states: “What began as a hook for an investment bank’s research note became a real political institution.” Despite the clash of interests here, the ‘BRICS’ initiative has promise and the seeds of a revolution, heavy on peace and light on human division.
BRICS plans to create a bank for long-term development – one that can be “tapped to stabilize economies during crisis” and, unlike its Western opposition, practices equal distribution. In order to do so, it’s necessary for BRICS to designate their main money supply as one that is interest-free and “stems from a national bank … for the spreading of a real economy.”
Described by CNBC to be “the first institution … [to] chart a new and more equitable world economic order,” the BRICS collective is soon to be joined by Indonesia and Iran, thus adding two more ‘I’s to the acronym. Each country involved in the agreement is valuable in its own right: currently, BRICS is responsible for 30% of the world’s landmass, 40% of its population and 25% of its GDP.
These numbers alone demonstrate the amount of influence held by the collective – and they will only continue to grow as more countries are added. Countries including Argentina, Mexico and Argentina are expected to join BRICS on the basis of their powerful emerging markets. Suddenly, the overturning of the corrupt Western banking system does not seem so daunting. Indeed, once the fear is removed, corporate power exercised on the global populations becomes feeble.
This cooperation within a large percent of the world is inspiring for several reasons: namely because it is a solution to a problem that has dominated our lives for generations, but also because it promotes a unity that the Western controllers seem allergic to. The success of BRICS would result in a massive global change, affecting every corner of the Earth; without a doubt, it would feed millions who are hungry and free billions who are enslaved. This unity is destined to succeed over an institution that has economically and morally driven itself into the ground.
The mutual aid between a poor, resource-rich country like South Africa and an economically strong nation such as China should serve as excellent motivation to work with one another and take your own, individual power against those that control you.
Western domination – particularly in terms of its corporate and banking systems – has served a role in the darker aspects of human history for far too long. However, its people are not to blame; rather, it is the poison of greed – instilled by the few and inflicted upon the billions – that has simply infected our power structures.
BRICS marks a significant change in our world, but it must be supported both directly and indirectly. It is, essentially, a flower attempting to bloom in overworked soil; for that reason, we must work together as individuals and as a collective to allow a brand of freedom that was previously unknown to us. We as the ‘developed world’ do have the option to retract our pride and dominion with the collapse of our fraudulent systems. We can begin to ‘develop’ ethically – instead of monetarily – as one.
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