Perhaps it is too simplistic to write this, but I see an unusual
'structural problem' in international society at the moment:-
There is a division into
- an internationalist movement, composed of the various
international organisations, NGO's, charities, groups and committees,
etc., with a service orientation (including most national governments)
- a globalisation movement, composed mostly of commercial multi-national
companies, bankers, and traders (and the USA ?) These companies,
and thus indirectly their shareholders, hold or control nearly
all the world's assets, and all the debts of the national governments,
and act with a profit orientation.
This can be summarised as the International against the Commercial,
and it seems to be a major rift in the world. In particular, from
my limited perspective, there may be two sides of one 'Planetarisation'
movement, but, Globalisation seems to be out of control by the
relevant International 'governing bodies' (which could likewise
be criticised by 'Globalisation' on many grounds). The 'actions'
of globalisation do not seem to have long-term rationality
Strangely, there is no forum for this division into "Globalism
and Internationalism" to be resolved or worked on. Perhaps
the UN is attempting to do this with some of its recent initiatives,
but these have provoked bitter criticism from some of the 'Internationalists'.
How deep is this split ? Is it important ? Should there be a forum
and an effort to try to resolve it ? Where and how can this be
What I have written here is derived from my work at UIA, and
the UIA's founding charter allows the possibility for it to play
a role in a situation such as this. At the moment it does not
seem to in a position to do so. Could and should the UIA play
a role in beginning such a forum ? Is this still part of the UIA's
mission ? Who else could validly do this ?
This gulf between the commercial and the official may also describe
UIA's present dilemma of how it develops its 'products' and funds
I think this is worth further study, and I am interested in it,
but I have little idea of how to proceed (and I am certainly not
qualified or experienced in this field). I would be happy to gather
names to try to evolve a group and make a deeper study of what
is happening, or set up a private section on the message board