Do we need a New World Order?

Eclipse Climate change, energy crisis, genocides, religious wars, economic woes and widespread corruption are only few examples of a vast spectrum of threats our society has to cope with. The call for change, peace and safety has become louder with each new issue.

If we don’t solve these problems quickly, the consequences will be devastating for our society and future generations. But could a global government be the solution for all our tribulations? Or is the idea of a “Universal State” just a delusional fantasy of megalomaniacal leaders and conspiracy theorists? Are people even going to accept such a World State?

The Shape of Things to Come

The idea of a unified world government to preserve peace between nations has already been discussed throughout the ages.

Philosophers like Plato or Immanuel Kant, writers like Dante Alighieri, Thomas Hobbes and H.G. Wells imagined utopian societies, a ‘New World Order’ or even a ‘Golden Age’. While their ideas were based on humanistic principles, authors of the modern World War era like Arnold J. Toynbee and Oswald Spengler have predicted a far more pessimistic outcome.

But what is a world government? A global governance is a political system that would make and enforce laws on international level without restrictions. It would require the unification of all nations under a global ruling system or a single ruler with cultural and economical power. This alliance could be achieved either by peace or by force. But only a peaceful unification would ensure a long lasting and stable relationship between each nation and its people.

A World Divided

The European Union is not a new global player but an old one. The EU has hardly the will and certainly not the resources to regain the status of a world leader. The Brexit is just the beginning of the end for the old continent.

The Middle East, despite its wealth, is drowning in ongoing wars or too busy copying the mistakes of the West. Africa is used as “resource cradle” for other nations and with all the turmoil and civil unrest not stable enough to be a powerful global force. South America is a victim of bad economic decisions and drugs; and Russia has proven to be a strong but uncertain factor.

Some believe that China’s economic growth will turn the nation into the next leading superpower. Experts have already set a date: 2025. But natural resources have a limit and Liebig’s Law of the Minimum will ensure a rude awakening for most experts and China.

After the end of World War II, the United States has achieved not only monetary but also cultural hegemony on global scale. America has formed modern society like no other nation before. Needless to say, this kind of influence has its price. Military interventions in Afghanistan, Iran, Vietnam, Iraq and Libya are only few examples of a ruthless foreign policy. The troubled relationship with North Korea does the rest.

The Decline of America

Admired and despised at the same time, the US has many enemies and allies. It is impossible to deny America’s supreme position and its role as ruling force. Calling the United States an empire might go too far for some but imperialism is certainly the political path the government has chosen to achieve and maintain its leading position. But even an empire as mighty as the USA has an expiration date.

German historian and philosopher Oswald Spengler described in his book, “The Decline of the West”, the cyclic rise and fall of civilizations. Spengler does not speak of empires but distinguishes between cultures and civilizations.

According to him, a civilization represents the end stage of a culture. It is no longer creative and growing.

Reasons for the decline and fall of a civilization like the Roman Empire are manifold: a decadent lifestyle, aggressive foreign policy, increased taxation, unrest in colonies, overstretched military forces, loss of civic virtue among its citizens and corrupt leaders; others may blame the invasion of barbarians. Sounds familiar?

With all the economical and political problems and enemies, America’s position as global leader is about to end. The country is no longer a unifying global force; rather the opposite is the case.

After America’s downfall, a new powerful global player has to replace the United States as fast as possible; otherwise the world will be torn apart by different interests with no chance of recovery.

Kingdom Come

Let us assume, the world would be transformed into a Universal State. How could this State succeed?

People have to identify themselves as citizens of the world, a united global society striving for the common good and the improvement of the human race. But this new awareness must not be imposed on society. Only an incorruptible event can unite mankind.

A new global awareness requires a proper ruling government. As history has proven, a totalitarian system must not be imposed on a population. People would reject and rebel against it unless they freely choose such state. This New Order might not be implemented by a single nation but rather by an institution. The United Nations could be suitable for the task. Unfortunately, corruption, incompetence and the lack of real authority prevent the UN from taking advantage of its full potential.

A future global community is possible. The old world has outgrown its usefulness. The question is not if or when a New World Order will happen, but what kind of Order will rule.

 

Author: Christoph Topitschnig, BA

 

 

385 million children are living in extreme poverty

Poverty2A new report by UNICEF and the World Bank Group has been published:

“Children are not only more likely to be living in extreme poverty; the effects of poverty are most damaging to children.  They are the worst off of the worst off – and the youngest children are the worst off of all, because the deprivations they suffer affect the development of their bodies and their minds,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “It is shocking that half of all children in sub-Saharan Africa and one in five children in developing countries are growing up in extreme poverty.  This not only limits their futures, it drags down their societies.”

Some facts:

  • 767 million people globally were living on less than $1.90 per day in 2013, half of them under the age of 18.
  • extreme child poverty is based on data from 89 countries, representing 83 per cent of the developing world’s population.
  • About 45 per cent of children are living in households subsisting on less than $3.10 a day per person, compared with nearly 27 per cent of adults.

 

For more go to UNICEF

 

 

Crisis of Leadership

The upcoming presidential election in Austria and America will shape the future of both nations like no other.

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Three years ago, I tried to establish a political party in Austria, but was unsuccessful. I was concerned that once again my home country would fall in the hands of the wrong leader. Since then, the situation hasn’t really improved; on the contrary, it became progressively worse in Europe and in other parts of the world. Problems haven’t been solved, just delayed. Now, we pay a heavy price for it.

German historian Oswald Spengler wrote in his acclaimed book “Decline of the West” (1918) that at the end of the western civilization, money would rule absolutely. Every democratic process and every political action would be decided and managed by money. According to the author, only a Caesar-like-figure could be strong enough to oppose and overthrow this so called money-dictatorship. For Spengler, businessman and mining tycoon Cecil Rhodes embodied such a Caesar-figure.

Today’s political elite is no longer fighting for the greater good, but for money and power. Their close tie with the financial sector has made them decadent und no longer trustworthy. They’ve become out of touch with the general public’s needs and concerns. However, people want a leader, who understands their struggles and burdens. Somebody, who will save them from the evil in the world, and make their fears go away. People call for a strong ruler; the question is – who will answer the call?

The US presidential election has brought foul-mouthed Donald Trump in the center of attention. Like Cecil Rhodes, Trump is a businessman and tycoon with political ambitions. He may share the spotlight with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but it is Trump, who knows how to leave an impression. He enjoys shocking his audience with questionable and radical statements about Mexican immigrants and women. His showmanship of a willful autocrat has enticed a large group of voters, who desire a strong leader. A boss, who will bring back the glory of past America and who will protect them from all kinds of aliens.

But the US presidential election isn’t the only one this year. After May 22, Austria will also have a new president for the next 6 years. (Update: The Austrian Supreme Court has decided to redo the election on 2nd October.)

Among the final candidates is Norbert Hofer, member of the Freedom Party. Hofer, a right-wing ideologist, supports a restrictive immigration policy, while his opponent, left-wing liberal Alexander Van der Bellen, is an open-border advocate.

The current situation in Austria benefits Hofer, though. The country has been overwhelmed by an unusual high amount of immigrants. In addition to the refugee crisis, the nation faces the highest unemployment rate since post World War II, a stagnated economy, an ever-growing national debt and a self-destructive government. A recent series of violent incidents caused by asylum seekers has reinforced stigmas and fears.

But Austria is just one of many European states whose citizens are increasingly drawn to nationalistic parties and personalities. Like New Yorker journalist John Cassidy has pointed out, candidates such as Marine Le Pen (France) and Viktor Orbán (Hungary) have gained support for their right-wing populism. The European Union (EU) is to be blamed for this debacle.

Brussels’s inability and unwillingness to deal with conflicts is a clear indication for a leadership lacking competence and foresight. A relapse to nationalistic politics is the result. The refugee crisis, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and ongoing financial tribulations will probably be the deathblow for the EU and its ill-prepared and weak management.

Besides secular citizens, religious institutions and their faithful followers are also seeking strong guidance. They are praying for a redeemer, who will come and deliver them from their mundane plight. Christians are anticipating the return of their Savior; Muslims are hoping for the 12th Imam and Jewish communities are expecting the arrival of Moshiach.

Devine or not, the question remains: Who will be Spengler’s Caesar? Who will be the great ruler that will bring an end to the Money Age? (If something like that is even possible.) Maybe strong leadership doesn’t necessarily have to come from an individual, but can also emerge from an organization.

The United Nations has enormous potential to become a game changer for mankind, at the moment however, it’s only a toothless giant crippled by a staggering amount of corruption and scandals. Austrian aid expert Killian Kleinschmidt, a former senior UNHCR official, revealed that the UN is wasting millions of pounds on celebrity campaigns and vanity projects thanks to an inefficient bureaucratic apparatus. Hollywood stars “raise awareness” and speak about issues that are self-evident and obvious for everyone. Stroking high-profile egos in exchange for good publicity won’t help the UN agenda in the long run. Ultimately, the United Nations has to gain financial independence from its member states, only then it can achieve true greatness.

More than ever before, the world is standing at a crossroads. The middle way is blocked. Only two extreme directions – left or right – are available to choose from. Radicalization and polarization on both sides of the political spectrum have intensified. Our system is broken beyond repair. Not just in Austria or Europe, but everywhere. And like the San Andreas Fault, it’s only a matter of time, until western society will collapse. If it won’t happen in 2016, it will definitely happen in the course of the next few years. By then, a tipping point will have been reached and voters are going to unleash their wrath against the establishment.

In times of distress and chaos, people tend to follow any charlatan, who promises them security and peace. Making a Faustian bargain for prosperity and a good living is never a smart idea. It might be uncertain, what type of leader will be elected in the near future – sinner or saint -, but one thing is for sure – the outcome is going to be life-changing.

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7 Global facts about child poverty (UNICEF)

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UNICEF has posted an interesting fact sheet about child poverty on their blog. You can find the entire post HERE

Summary:

1. Today 1 billion less people live on extreme poverty than 20 years 

2. Children account for nearly half of the world’s extreme poor

3. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 247 million children are deprived of their basic rights

4. 1 in 4 children are living in poverty in the world’s richest countries

5. In almost every country in the world children are more likely to live in poverty than adults

6. Only half of all countries in the world have child poverty data

7. Only one-third of the poorest are covered by social protection

 

 

 
 
 

Kinderarmut in Deutschland 2014/15

Kinderarmut in Deutschland

DIe Zahl der armutsgefährdeten Kinder in Deutschland beträgt derzeit 2.1 Millionen. Tendenz steigend.

Einige Daten zu den schlimmsten regionalen Fällen:

  • 68 % können sich keine Kino-, Konzert- oder Theaterbesuche leisten
  • 69 % können keinen festen Betrag sparen
  • 82 % können sich keinen Restaurantbesuche leisten
  • 20 % der Kinder leben in beengten Wohnverhältnissen
  • 27 % können sich keine neue Kleidung kaufen

Quellen: 

Den Pressetext der Bertelsmann-Stiftung findet man HIER

Einen ausführlichen Report der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung von 2014 findet man HIER

 

 

Kinderarmut in Österreich 2015

Austria_bannerAm 8. April fand in Wien eine Pressekonferenz der Österreichischen Liga für Kinder- und Jugendgesundheit statt. Die Liga veröffentlichte ihren „Bericht zur Lage der Kinder- und Jugendgesundheit in Österreich 2015“.

280.000 Kinder leben in Österreich in Armut. Neben sozialen Benachteiligungen beeinträchtigt diese Armut auch die Gesundheit der Kinder und Jugendliche sowohl physisch als auch psychisch.

Den Bericht der Liga findet man als PDF-Download HIER

Homepage der Liga: www.kinderjugendgesundheit.at

 

 

 

 

Organisationen, die Kinder in Not helfen (Teil 3)

Der dritte Teil widmet sich dem Roten Kreuz. Obwohl diese Organisation eigentlich jedem bekannt sein sollte, schadet es nicht, sein Wissen aufzufrischen.

Das Rote Kreuz

Die internationale Rotkreuz- und Rothalbmondbewegung ist mit 186 Nationalen Gesellschaften die größte humanitäre Organisation der Welt. Das Deutsche Rote Kreuz ist Teil dieser weltweiten Gemeinschaft, die seit über 140 Jahren umfassend Hilfe leistet für Menschen in Konfliktsituationen, bei Katastrophen und gesundheitlichen oder sozialen Notlagen, allein nach dem Maß der Not.

Das DRK ist auch weltweit operativ im Bereich der humanitären Hilfe tätig – sowohl in akuten Notsituationen (Katastrophenhilfe) als auch in der langfristigen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Derzeit arbeitet das DRK in ca. 55 Ländern in Afrika, Asien, Nahost und Lateinamerika.

Das DRK als nationale Rotkreuzgesellschaft und Spitzenverband der freien Wohlfahrtspflege bekennt sich zu den sieben Rotkreuzgrundsätzen:

  1. Menschlichkeit,
  2. Unparteilichkeit,
  3. Neutralität,
  4. Unabhängigkeit,
  5. Freiwilligkeit,
  6. Einheit und
  7. Universalität.

(Textauszug: Copyright © Deutsche Rote Kreuz)

Daten & Fakten:

  • ursprünglich gegründet von Henry Dunant, 1859
  • seit 1921 ein eingetragener Verein, in Bamberg, Deutschland
  • 140.000 Angestellte
  • weltweit über 100 Millionen freiwillige Helfer
  • ca. vier Millionen Mitglieder in Deutschland
  • stellt 1.302 Kindertageseinrichtungen mit 94.000 Plätzen zur Verfügung

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Organisationen, die Kinder in Not helfen (Teil 2)

Im zweiten Teil geht es um den Verein Kindernothilfe, eines der größten christlich orientierten Kinderhilfswerke Europas.

Kindernothilfe

„Im Geist christlicher Nächstenliebe stellt die Kindernothilfe die Kinder in die Mitte. In der Achtung ihrer Würde setzt sie sich für das Recht jedes Kindes auf Leben und Entwicklung und für die Erhaltung der natürlichen Lebensgrundlagen künftiger Generationen ein. Die Kindernothilfe orientiert ihr Handeln an den internationalen Menschenrechtsverträgen, insbesondere am Übereinkommen der Vereinten Nationen über die Rechte des Kindes. Das Ziel ist, den Vorrang der Rechte des Kindes weltweit zu verwirklichen.“

(Auszug aus der Satzung des Vereins, Copyright © Kindernothilfe e.V.)

Daten & Fakten:

  • 1959 gegründet
  • Sitz in Duisburg (GER)
  • Budget 56 Millionen Euro (2012)
  • 29 Ländern aktiv
  • 156 Angestellte
  • fördert 32.022 Selbsthilfegruppen in 16 Ländern

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Organisationen, die Kinder in Not helfen (Teil 1)

In den nächsten Tagen werde ich einigen Organisationen, die sich für Kinder in Not einsetzen, einen Eintrag widmen. Beginnen möchte ich mit SOS-Kinderdorf, einer der wohl bekanntesten Kinderhilfsorganisationen überhaupt.

SOS-Kinderdorf

„SOS-Kinderdorf macht sich seit über einem halben Jahrhundert für die Bedürfnisse, Anliegen und Rechte von Kindern stark. Im Mittelpunkt der Arbeit von SOS-Kinderdorf stehen alleingelassene oder vernachlässigte Mädchen und Jungen in Not und benachteiligte Familien. In mehr als 130 Ländern der Welt haben in den vergangenen 60 Jahren Tausende Kinder und Jugendliche in einem SOS-Kinderdorf eine Familie, ein neues Zuhause und damit auch eine Zukunft gefunden.

Begonnen hat die Geschichte von SOS-Kinderdorf 1945 in Tirol. In Innsbruck erlebte der Medizinstudent Hermann Gmeiner jeden Tag die Not, die der Zweite Weltkrieg über Familien und besonders die Kinder gebracht hatte. Waisenkinder, deren Eltern Opfer des Krieges geworden waren, irrten verlassen und allein durch die Stadt. Hermann Gmeiner, der als junger Soldat das ganze Elend und den Wahnsinn des Krieges miterlebt hatte, wollte diesen Kindern eine neue Familie und eine neue Heimat geben. Er hatte die Vision, dass eines Tages alle Kinder dieser Welt in der Geborgenheit einer Familie aufwachsen können. 1949 gründete Hermann Gmeiner das erste SOS-Kinderdorf in Imst, einem kleinen Dorf in Tirol.“

(Textauszug: Mit freundlicher Genehmigung SOS-Kinderdorf Copyright ©)

Daten & Fakten:

  • SOS steht für „Societas Socialis“ (lateinisch für „soziale Gemeinschaft“)
  • 1949 gründete der Medizinstudent Hermann Gmeiner das erste SOS-Kinderdorf in Imst, Tirol
  • Gmeiner begann mit einem Kapital von 600 Schillingen
  • 2012 betrug der Spendenzufluss 122 Millionen Euro
  • in 132 Ländern aktiv
  • weltweit gibt es 545 Kinderdörfer, 222 Kindergärten, 602 Jugendeinrichtungen

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