“The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.”
– Oscar Wilde
Every few years US intelligence agencies release a report outlining how they think the world will look in our near future. The most recent is an attempt to project forwards into 2030. In a nutshell the power of the US is going to continue to decline as China’s rises. One of the more interesting factors outlined in the report is the acknowledgment of the increasing power of the individual in relation to governments. The idea of a third world war is seen as being unlikely and the Mayan calendar doesn’t even get a mention!
According to NPR the intelligence agencies appear to be concluding that there is a pressing need for an overall global authority to help contain the problems they foresee.
By the year 2030, for the first time in history, a majority of the world’s population will be out of poverty. Middle classes will be the most important social and economic sector. Asia will enjoy the global power status it last had in the Middle Ages, while the 350-year rise of the West will be largely reversed. Global leadership may be shared, and the world is likely to be democratizing.
Or you can download the full PDF report here and hopefully add your own thoughts into the comments section of this piece.
The release of this document chimes perfectly with another story where Pope Benedict XVI is said to be calling for the implementation of a remarkably similar solution to the world’s problems. The Examiner reports:
New World Order? Pope Benedict XVI is calling for the “construction of a world community, with a corresponding authority,” to serve the “common good of the human family.”
The pope made his call for a new world authority on Dec. 3, while speaking to a plenary session of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The Council is scheduled to meet for three days to discuss the theme of “political authority and global governance.”
For many, the notion of a global moral authority brings to mind frightening visions of a dystopian New World Order, a totalitarian one world government. However, Benedict claims the world authority he envisions is merely a means to ensure global peace and justice.
It’s nothing new for the Catholic Church as his predecessor was hot on precisely the same idea, Guardian 2004 Pope calls for a new world order. It displays remarkable tenacity though, given that the potentially horrific consequences of centralised power structures currently surround the Vatican from all angles in the form of the disastrous EU project. I personally find it difficult not to wonder if the vanity of these so-called world leaders might be getting the better of them in places. Particularly given the fact the “GLOBAL TRENDS 2030: ALTERNATIVE WORLDS” report even admits many of the EU’s current problems have their roots in the inherent difficulties caused by giant centralised power structures:
Europe is a special case: economic and fiscal issues are entwined with political decisions on the future of the EU, including more centralized powers for EU financial management. EU leaders want to avoid a breakup of the euro zone even though current efforts to avoid such an outcome have resulted in a crisis atmosphere, sowing uncertainty about Europe’s future global markets. The current mode of crisis management is unsustainable over the long term. Possible solutions such as a multispeed Europe will spawn questions about Europe’s capacity for unitary political action. Economic divergence and market volatility are likely to continue to characterize the EU throughout much of this period even if—as some expect—“Europe is well on its way to completing the original concept of a comprehensive economic and monetary union [and] . . . will emerge much stronger as a result.”
 One example from last month (15th November): The Daily Record, “Riots take place at anti-cuts protests across Europe”:
“In Italy, protests turned violent as well, with some of the tens of thousands of students and workers clashing with riot police in several cities.”