Archive for February, 2011
Article first published as The New World Order on Technorati.
Are we, as a planet, at the glorious, shining horizon of a new world order, one that will be free of autocratic rule and tyrannical despotism? For the vast majority of human history, democracy has been the exception, not the rule.
Ever since recorded history, kings, emperors, and military dictators have hoarded for themselves obscene wealth by subjugating countless masses to the yoke of servitude and oppression. But now, a glorious wave of rebellion is sweeping over North Africa. First in Tunisia and then in Egypt, iron-fisted, avaricious autocrats have been sent packing. Then next, this wave, the sweet-scented contagion of freedom, has reached the door of the more obdurate and brutal despot, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, whose days in power are surely numbered, and who has likely signed his own death warrant by the senseless slaughter of his own people.
Will this wave of freedom continue its giddy momentum to the rest of Africa? …to the rest of the world? Why not. After all, this wave has been generated, in part, by the undercurrent of technology. Cell phones cameras and the Internet, which brings to light every good and ugly thing for every corner of the globe to see, has become the implacable enemy of thug regimes.
Through the new media of transparency, our planet has truly become a world community in which the weight of public opinion is heavy indeed. Our world has become one in which lies and arcane practices are becoming increasing more difficult to perpetuate and maintain. Our translucent world is one where everyone can see what the other has and where democracy is the only means by which to achieve this equity. How can a planet joined together by Facebook remain for long so disparate in the bread and butter of basic human rights and acceptable living standards? It cannot.
It appears that ultimately power does rest with the people. This quest for individual happiness, free from the towering shadow of oppression, will not stop with North Africa. No, the wave of the future is democracy, and it will continue to spread gradually, yet inexorably, to the rest of Africa, to China and eventually to every corner of the globe well before the end of this century. So, as blood of freedom seekers is spilt in Libya -on the bright side- we are witnessing the dawn of a new age.