A new round of international trade agreements threatens to increase corporate power over national governments. But news out of Germany suggests the deals aren’t inevitable.
Reading across the whole spectrum of the "main street" and "informal" media, on the widest possible range of contentions and issues, I come to the conclusion that we are maybe fast nearing the "turning point"
I feel that opposition to the harmful and inequitable effects of the present way of functioning of our institutions (in the broadest meaning) is increasing exponentially, both in quality, power, scope and quantity
The opposite force is increasing proportionally in the defence of established vested interests and privileges. These defences are now fast becoming real attacks against their contenders, and do comprise killings, unlawful activities by authorities, the military, the security system, big finance and big business, the legal system, media, and comprise swindle, lying under oath, unlawful jailing, torture, terror spreading, assassinations, war and more.
Gandhi is quoted to have been saying:
"They first ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they attack you, then you win…",
Toynbee has analysed the rise and fall of civilizations, and concluded: (I quote Wikipedia’s article on Toynbee):
"Civilizations declined when their leaders stopped responding creatively, and the civilizations then sank owing to nationalism, militarism, and the tyranny of a despotic minority. According to an Editor’s Note in an edition of Toynbee’s A Study of History, Toynbee believed that societies always die from suicide or murder rather than from natural causes, and nearly always from suicide. He sees the growth and decline of civilizations as a spiritual process, writing that "Man achieves civilization, not as a result of superior biological endowment or geographical environment, but as a response to a challenge in a situation of special difficulty which rouses him to make a hitherto unprecedented effort."
I believe we should read Toynbee again.