From the last two articles you’ll probably have guessed I might be talking about the phenomena of centralisation and decentralisation, and you’ve probably also guessed I’m a proponent of the latter.
Many people are talking of decentralisation as something new. In fact its exactly the opposite, Decentralisation is the way things were for millennia but I’m not proposing we go back to the Middle Ages and beyond.
Back then, and up until now, it has always seemed centralisation, putting things together and creating larger and larger organisations of all types – churches, governments, corporations and the like, was the ‘way forward’. Centralising things has been purported as a more efficient and effective way of ‘getting things done’ – whatever those things might have been.
Although n the earlier centuries this wasn’t ‘easy’, this way of doing things is still very attractive to those people who wish to control what goes on and as a bonus attain power over others.
A global society (with some exceptions in remote places) has been created as more and more people have bought in to this idea and engaged with these central entities, often in the belief they will provide ‘security’ and ‘peace of mind’ and a measure of freedom from having to make difficult decisions and choices for, or by, themselves.
However, as I’ve discussed in relation to business and government, all is not what it seems. Centralisation isn’t working. Or at least it isn’t working for the vast majority of us. It only really works for the fraction of a percentage of the people – those who are at the centre, or in some cases are the centre themselves.
These people are the ultimate powers in their domain, whether it be a nation or a global corporation. They have put themselves in a position where they can dictate how the other 99.9% live. They do this in the old fashioned way by enforcing their rules and regulations and in the ‘modern’ way by controlling the money.
This control through centralisation of money affects everyone from individuals struggling to pay for the basic essentials to regular ‘small or medium sized’ businesses and to local and even national governments struggling to find the funds to pay for the services they have promised and are obliged to provide.
Food, energy and other essentials are controlled by just a few giant corporate global conglomerates. They dictate the price farmers are paid for what they produce, they control the supply and distribution of fuel to generate energy and they control the supply of other raw materials required for every aspect of production.
Some people talk about a ‘global conspiracy’ – it’s not – it’s just what a few people do. There is no ‘master plan to take over the world’, which in any case has already happened.
What led to centralisation in the first place was no-one realised it was happening. There were no means of mass communication, no way of creating any form of transparency or accountability. Everything depended on the speed of a horse or the strength of the wind for ships at sea. It took a long time and no-one saw it coming. It was sold on the idea of making things easier for the people when in fact it’s purpose was to make things easier to control the people.
Things have changed. Now communication is instantaneous. It’s easy to see what’s going on if we look beyond the mass of misinformation and confusing data available. The problem we have now is there is far too much information and most of it is frivolous or fake. The centralists rely on people not knowing what to believe and keep a sharp lookout for signs of their empires being under threat in any way.
But there are two problems which, whether they be governmental or corporate they have to face. One is of their own making, they are just too big, too big to effectively manage and control themselves, and they’re beginning to show signs of strain. They attempt to resolve this by breaking up into smaller organisations but there’s still a ‘central command’ overseeing all things which sort of defeats the object.
The second problem is what I’ll term ‘erosion’. It’s us – ‘we the people’, chipping away at the edges and ‘decentralising’ bits of the operation, financial, governmental and everything else and next time I’ll explain how this is happening.