Oneness Versus the 1%


On this interview, social justice and anti-GMO advocate Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., discusses her e-book, “Oneness Vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom,” which she co-wrote together with her son, through which she argues that the ultra-wealthy elite are liable for a majority of the environmental, monetary and well being crises presently going through us.

In actuality, it is actually in regards to the 0.001% — the small variety of billionaires and centibillionaires who’ve develop into ultra-rich over the previous 30 years or so. Most of them did not exist earlier than globalization. The 1% is only a helpful metaphor for the ruling elite that the writer thought could be simpler to speak.

One of many key gamers is, no shock, Invoice Gates, whose wealth and “philanthropic” efforts have garnered him unprecedented affect over agriculture and international well being insurance policies that threaten meals safety and human well being.

“I used to be in Paris for the local weather summit, and I have been doing this UN Summit because the Earth summit in ’92. I have been doing the Biodiversity Conference, drafting of clauses, together with Article 19.1, which mainly required biosafety and evaluation of GMOs. So, I used to be very stunned that, for the primary time, the billionaires have been on the stage with the heads of state,” she says.

The Ongoing Switch of Wealth

One of many “options” to local weather change provided by this billionaire membership was geoengineering, which in actuality isn’t any answer at all. As famous by Shiva, if the local weather is already altering for the more severe, engineering temperatures, deflecting daylight, dumping iron fillings on the ocean and chemical compounds within the sky, and creating synthetic volcanoes, you are merely creating extra issues with out fixing the unique one.

On the finish of the August 2020 replace of the e-book, she additionally discusses COVID-19, and the way this engineered pandemic has catalyzed the switch of wealth to the wealthy. Whereas international lockdowns have decimated small companies and left many to wrestle financially, the wealthy have amassed incredible earnings.

“The 2008 disaster was very clearly about deregulation of the monetary economic system,” she says. “It was about collateral, it was about taking securities, bundling up danger, after which the system completely collapsed as a result of it was actually buying and selling in fictions. However I have been engaged on the economic system, as a result of I began to work on the seed in 1987.

Corporations needed to personal and patent life. That is how my journey on GMO began. However in addition they needed to vary the commerce legal guidelines. They needed to personal seed as their creation. They needed an mental property treaty within the GATT. I first heard this in a 1987 [United Nations] assembly.

That is after I determined: a) I’d save seeds, b) I’d maintain monitor of the GATT and the World Commerce Group (WTO). The antiglobalization motion grew out of that, and the Worldwide Discussion board on Globalization. We shut down WTO in Seattle, which reveals the facility of the individuals. We is not going to permit this lie of seed being Monsanto’s invention.

I labored with our [Indian] parliament, I labored with our authorities to jot down legal guidelines. Article 3G [says] seeds should not innovations. That is what has prevented Monsanto from ripping off Indian farmers much more than they did. They have been taken to courtroom now for the unlawful assortment of expertise charges …

Principally, what we’ve got as we speak is that this switch of wealth. Monsanto’s conduct can also be the large tech’s conduct. Do they produce something? No. They solely gather rents on digital platforms. They’re lease collectors …

I noticed the seed subject with Monsanto. I mentioned, ‘Right here they’re accumulating rents from seed, which they did not make. Then we cannot allow them to personal it.’ In impact, whether or not it is Amazon or Gates, they’re mainly lease collectors. What they’ve achieved with this pandemic is actually create a closed economic system, which will depend on them and their lease assortment.”

The eight-minute video beneath offers a sobering abstract of the huge wealth switch that has occurred in 2020 due to pandemic lockdowns, throughout which small companies have been compelled to shut whereas big multinational firms have been allowed to remain open and thereby monopolize the market. The top result’s the most important switch of wealth in trendy historical past.

The Finish of Democracy

Shiva goes on to evaluation how India mobilized towards Walmart’s encroachment, which threatened to destroy native companies. The COVID-19 lockdowns, nevertheless, have prevented the identical sort of mobilization towards the tech and retail giants.

As native companies all over the world have needed to shut their doorways for months on finish, Amazon.com’s energy has exploded. Amazon is even encroaching on grocery suppliers.

“I used to be simply studying a paper, that the tremendous rich within the U.S. have transferred $50 trillion to themselves [over the past 30 years; the globalization period] … Whereas they rob you of your job, they’re nonetheless extracting [money from] you for that compelled software program program on digital funds, for software program applications on … digital schooling.

Poor Indian youngsters, who may afford a common schooling, now can’t afford schooling as a result of their mother and father don’t have any smartphones. So, we’re seeing an engineered imposition of an economic system. A wholesome economic system grows as an evolution with decisions, with justice, with fairness …

True economies would say, ‘Here’s what I deliver. If my digital [currency is] higher than your money, select it. Is my compelled vaccination higher than your immunity? Make your alternative.’ The minute alternative is faraway from individuals’s life, democracies cease. When the selection is faraway from our circumstances of being, our circumstances of residing, then life is threatened …

What’s globalization however deregulation of commerce? It’s knocking down each regulation that was put in place by democratic societies for the safety of the atmosphere, the safety of well being, the suitable to schooling, the rights of staff. Now that is what’s being focused.”

In India, they just lately eradicated all labor legal guidelines, they usually’re attempting to take away the Farmers’ Rights Act, in addition to environmental legal guidelines. That is what permits for the switch of wealth to occur, Shiva says.

The Finish Recreation

As defined by Shiva, all of those firms are basically lease collectors. Fb turns our minds right into a uncooked materials that’s then capitalized upon. “Gates is especially vicious as a result of via the Gates Basis, he pretends to be doing philanthropy,” she says.

However with each philanthropic endeavor, he carves out new colonies from which he can gather new rents and make new investments. “That is why regardless of how a lot he offers, he will get richer and richer,” Shiva says. “A real giver would get poorer.”

In her e-book, she explains how, with out Gates, there could be no business gene modifying, for instance, which is the brand new GMO. He created an organization referred to as Editas Drugs Inc. to facilitate the patenting of these new climate-resilient vegetation, with which they goal to create new medicines. “He’ll do biofortification to unravel the diet drawback. He’s notably vicious,” she says. As for what the final word objective could be, Shiva says:

“The very first thing is, in fact, they need to use their money-making instruments to make more cash. So, it’s a dictatorship of the expertise stability. That is why individuals ought to be paying much more consideration to the violent imposition of digitalization.

A number of my mates, who by no means studied the roots of those violence programs, who by no means understood that agrichemicals got here from Hitler’s focus camps and that the agrichemical trade is the poison cartel liable for the genocide, they’re persevering with that genocide.

Applied sciences as instruments of domination and exploitation should not impartial. A number of progressive suppose, ‘Extra digitalization, extra democracy.’ How can a surveillance economic system be an enlargement of your freedom? You need to have the programs in place, the laws in place, the alternatives in place to have the ability to make these applied sciences a servant and never your grasp.”

The World Merger

In addition they need to merge all of those numerous industries collectively — agriculture, expertise and finance. Shiva recounts how, in 2016, India banned all money and made digital transactions obligatory. In quick order, “90% of poor individuals misplaced their financial savings, their incomes,” she says, as small, native economies evaporated. In the meantime, the rich elites additionally management the world’s economic system by way of their asset funds.

“Companies do not personal themselves anymore. Even the firms are owned by the billionaires, the identical BlackRocks, the identical Vanguards management each large firm, Coca-Cola to McDonald’s to Boeing. Have a look at something within the world, it is the billionaire cash and their asset administration funds.

Final yr, BlackRock elevated its wealth from $1 trillion to $7 trillion, which implies the billionaires elevated their wealth. In the course of the lockdown, they invaded much more deeply into the Amazon and have become richer.

So, these funding asset administration funds are the billionaires’ wealth, and it’s growing. That’s merging with IT and knowledge expertise and the tech barons, and it is merging with biotechnology and the chemical trade.

That is why they’re speaking about digitalization of agriculture — farming with out farmers and, worse, meals with out meals. One of many large pushes of Gates and Silicon Valley is into faux meals.”

As famous by Shiva, whereas Huge Biotech claims GMOs will save your well being and shield the planet, these pesticide-laden vegetation are actually doing the exact opposite.

We Are the Throwaways

There’s additionally the problem of social justice. She cites Gandhi, who mentioned that for those who’re doubtful about what the suitable factor to do is, “deliver the face of essentially the most weak individual to your thoughts’s eye and do what is sweet for them.” When you suppose it would hurt them extra, do not do it.

“They intentionally need to eliminate giant components of humanity,” Shiva says. “First via starvation, then via illness. They need a digital economic system, they need a sick economic system. In any other case, you would not be spending all of your time on Huge Pharma; you’d spend your time ensuring that the smaller farmer would not get destroyed …

On a planetary scale, we’re seeing these irresponsible, grasping, detached, callous males deliver the world, and humanity, to a brink. That is why we’ve got to behave and discover inventive methods …

All of those tech barons who’ve taken over the economic system, hiding behind the virus, are all leaping into life sciences. Google has a brand new life sciences division. This would be the last defeat of Mom Nature, At a time [when] the world is waking as much as the principles of nature and wholesome our bodies, wholesome ecosystems, an eco-healthy planet, they’re nonetheless carrying on the Colonial franchise of defeating Mom Nature.”

The Nice Financial Reset

None of these items is popping out of left subject. They have been rigorously deliberate for a lot of a long time. We now see clear proof {that a} “nice financial reset” is within the works, which can transition the whole lot over to digital currencies.

As famous by Shiva, the commercial revolution shifted our mindset to 1 the place we considered nature as useless. The end result was ecological destruction and the fragmentation of society. The approaching financial reset is mainly a part of an effort to additional manipulate and shift our psychological framework towards one thing wholly unnatural. Shiva says:

“In India, they attacked and are nonetheless attacking natural and created one thing referred to as the Zero-Funds Pure Farming … What they’re mainly doing is giving large loans to the state, which then offers fats loans to the farmer. Within the meantime, Gates is mining farm knowledge.

He is getting individuals positioned within the houses of farmers to mine knowledge. Then they will create algorithms to promote that knowledge again. However all of that is now being diminished to carbon within the soil. You will get zero % for what you develop. You can get no wants of yours met via meals and fodder, however we’ll can help you commerce within the international market on the carbon in your soil, and that is what would maintain you alive. This entire financialization of nature is one side.

The second side within the nice reset is to redo the economic system to make it appear to be those that at the moment are disposable throwaway individuals deserved it. They created the language of competitors.

[When I was writing] my epilogue, I had simply obtained Microsoft’s patent, [which] mainly reduces human beings to customers. Our mind exercise is tapped into in numerous methods. Everybody desires to have good put on today. I ought to name it spy ware. That knowledge goes via algorithms. These algorithms will resolve what [we are worthy of and] Bitcoins can be allotted to us.

However each baby born is born worthy. Each member of society has equal human rights. So, they’re undoing the whole lot we have put in place on humanity, on human rights, on democracy. That is the place we have to be alert.

I believe the entire subject of the pandemic and the lockdown was helpful for them for 2 causes. One, they might get everybody afraid. Second, they might get everybody distracted whereas they took over the economic system, they took over our minds. They mainly transferred all of the remaining wealth to themselves.”

Extra Data

To study extra, please take heed to the interview in its entirety, and remember to choose up a duplicate of “Oneness Vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom.” You can even discover extra particulars about Shiva’s work on Navdanya.org.

“I personally really feel that this assault is coming at a time when, in India and the world, there is a new rising of consciousness of the planet and its residing programs, of our well being and our residing programs, and the connection between our well being and the well being of the planet. At this level … it wants quite a bit of brutal violence to impose. So, to the extent they will maintain the virus as their protect to cover behind, they are going to.”

I agree with Shiva when she says that moderately than permitting COVID-19 fear-mongering take over our lives, we have to take a look at the infrastructures of life, humanity, democracy, economic system and taxation, “and begin fascinated about who’s taking them away from us.”

“You need to shield that which you treasure,” she says. “Freedom and life are what are being taken proper now … We now have to withstand concern and we’ve got to resist hate. We’re considering beings; allow us to use the minds we have been given and allow us to rebuild group.

Once more, I do not suppose the 6-foot distancing is accidentally. Why do they use the phrases ‘social distancing’ moderately than ‘bodily distancing’? Six ft is a bodily measure. They … need us to overlook that being a human being means being in group. They need us to be customers of devices.

We should be group. We should do not forget that we’re interrelated to the remainder of life on Earth and to society. That is why we’ve got to be speaking [about how to] rebuild regenerative economies … I believe we misplaced quite a lot of time considering the one subject was power, how power is produced. We misplaced twenty years of how meals is produced.

I actually consider that if individuals begin turning into conscious that consuming good meals is the only most vital [strategy for health], and rising meals in the suitable approach is the only most vital half to regeneration of the planet, this can rebuild group …

I believe we have to begin doing homework to say, ‘The place’s the wealth going? How ought to the tax stream look? How is our cash going to make the billionaires richer? How can they maintain extracting extra money out of us?

How is our public cash the brand new subsidy to create the infrastructure for greed, moderately than be the general public assets to create the infrastructure of life, of care and of solidarity? … What in our present authorized framework can cease this hemorrhaging of public cash to maneuver upwards to the billionaires?

These are foundational points. Who’re we as human beings? How will we reside sooner or later? What’s the future we’ll create lengthy after the robber barons are gone, as a result of they have been there within the 1930s and we discovered how to eliminate them. If there’s one mission we must always have, it is methods to eliminate the robber barons, no matter it takes …

I do not suppose we’ve got the luxurious to be hopeless. Hope is one thing you have to domesticate each day. Cultivating hope is cultivating resistance. Cultivating hope is cultivating the technique.”