Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7M3dVnZVPc
Here's my blog:
International law (specifically, in this video, public international law) is not a common-sense system. It is more like a grab-all where states (countries) snatch up all natural resources without any consideration for the future implications of their actions. The customs, norms, treaties and public international ‘laws’ that are formed around this principle of greed can barely contain the overconsumption that capitalistic behavior constantly pushes on natural systems. Overconsumption has become normative and customary profit-creating behavior, and this behavior has accumulated over time to form the current condition of Life on earth- specifically the yawning gap between the rich and poor.
International law has its roots in maritime law because international, or ‘shared’ waters, are the first places states began to interact with each other on common grounds. Fisheries cases are those in which state’s fight over who has rights to which fishing areas. Conflict usually arises when over-fishing takes place, or when certain state’s simply want more than their fair share.
Seafood is a lucrative business, and the economy of many coastal states depends on the resources provided by the sea. No matter how bad the condition of the sea, the sea bed or the species living therein, the economy of a country is always placed above the health of the natural resource. Only when the resource is depleted, destroyed or almost destroyed do states begin to change their behavior- out of necessity- indicating that change IS in fact possible. There are alternatives, there are better ways to live, overconsumption is not necessary and the natural systems that provide for us need change to happen NOW.
In an Equal Money System, the economic system will be changed entirely to stop this endless pressure on the natural systems to meet our ever growing demand. As the minority of human beings profit off of this action, the majority is left starving, or close to it, and natural systems such as fisheries are being devastated.
The Equal Money System will take profit out of the equation, allowing for needed change to not only become ‘affordable’, but to become the focus of all human action. Soon enough, the consequences of our current behaviour will start becoming more apparent and affecting us more directly. Anyone who has any kind of common-sense knows that action is required NOW to reduce our future suffering, and the current and future suffering of the masses, the environment and of course, the suffering of generations to come.
We need only gain control over our own greed and self-interest, and investigate it to see and realize that consumerism is programmed into us from birth. We don’t have to be these programmed working robots that act as cogs in the profit machine, working our lives away to support a system that destroys Life and takes our freedom. We are not free- we are slaves to money. An Equal Money System will allow us to experience freedom for the first time, because we will no longer be the modern-day slaves that we are.
Only the wealthy will not agree with my statements, but I know that the middle-class is corroding. The dream of working hard your whole life to retire at 60 and sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour are slowly fading as the illusion we were sold is proving to be nothing but smoke and mirrors- a lie that benefitted only very few. Middle-class income has only declined in the last three decades; while the cost of living has sky rocketed. I know there is more stress, more struggle and more hopelessness because if you look for the signs you can see it everywhere. What is the point of Life if all we’re doing is working our whole lives only to be able to scrape by, while those below us are starving and those above us are living in the lap of luxury. Only those who choose ignorance and who choose to put blinders on will continue to believe there is some kind of hope or light at the end of the tunnel. Life is not a lottery, we need to stop holding our breath and hoping for a break. Those who choose to open their eyes and see reality will see that the Equal Money Solution is really the only solution that has been put on the table that actually addresses the real problems we are facing.
We simply cannot continue as we are now living. On a domestic level and an international level- one is merely a reflection of the other- it needs to stop. Join the walk- support the cause. www.equalmoney.org.