As the Brexit campaign comes to its denouement it is becoming clear what is happening in National and Global politics.Brexit is just the opening salvo in a much greater event to come where the spread of the Internet and the AIs that it hosts will provide utter dominance for corporate and government forces within 20 years if they are not resisted. The simple summary of what has happened to date is that Multinational Corporations, Multinational Media and International Banks are calling the shots in the West. The Media Corporations control the information being provided to the People and as a result many of the People incorrectly equate prosperity with Multinational Corporations and Banks and are backing these against their fellow citizens. What do these Multinational organisations
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Brexit is just the opening salvo in a much greater event to come where the spread of the Internet and the AIs that it hosts will provide utter dominance for corporate and government forces within 20 years if they are not resisted. The simple summary of what has happened to date is that Multinational Corporations, Multinational Media and International Banks are calling the shots in the West. The Media Corporations control the information being provided to the People and as a result many of the People incorrectly equate prosperity with Multinational Corporations and Banks and are backing these against their fellow citizens.
What do these Multinational organisations want? They want ever increasing production and wealth for themselves. To maximise their wealth they require no tariffs, no borders, the free movement of labour and a cashless society. Multinational heaven is to receive skilled workers without investing in their training, to receive immediate and guaranteed payment for their goods and to ship their profits to low tax locations.
What happens as they achieve their aim? Firstly they are creating two classes of worker: the corporate employee and the rest. The corporate (and public sector) employee identifies with the aims of the Multinational. These aims are International and unrelated to the prosperity of any particular national economy. Secondly national economies are becoming operated by minimum wage employees and low wage businesses. As an example the pay of UK workers has scarcely moved in the past 10 years:
In the drive to abolish cash the Multinationals are equipping governments with the power to utterly control the population. The cashless payments by smartphone, which will become the principle method of payment, record not only what was bought and how much it cost but also the GPS location of the purchaser. Once established cashless payments will allow governments to deal with any opposition - they can simply cancel the opponent's phone contract.
The Internet has been a huge boon to Multinationals. It has done little to increase the volume of trade but it has been extremely useful for displacing trade from smaller businesses and facilitating payments. It is becoming possible for large corporations to profile customers in minute detail and to persuade customers through their media that this is the most excellent development. It is It is the AIs on the Internet that are the first signs of domination of society by Artificial Intelligence.
Any rules controlling the use of Smartphones and the Internet by multinationals are deeply influenced by the Corporate media which has an interest in making these rules as lax as possible. In the UK the communications regulator, Ofcom, is an industry body so does nothing (it also "enforces" the BBC Charter).
We were all warned about the rise of corporate power in the late 20th century but the corporate media convinced the susceptible that it was all "conspiracy theories". We have all been warned by people such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk that Artificial Intelligence is possibly the greatest threat ever to face humanity but when faced with the obvious truth that this threat is beginning to happen now as large Corporations put AIs on our networked systems we simply ignore it. At present AIs enrich and empower their creators and owners, such as large corporations and China, and this will continue for a few decades. The battle for now is between the People and the Multinationals.
We have a perfect storm for the next two decades of ever increasing control by Multinational business and Government which can only be ameliorated by an honest press but the press is controlled by large corporations like the BBC, Russian Oligarchs ("Independent" and Evening Standard) and other dubious corporate characters. Individual journalists and jesters tow the corporate line to ensure continuing employment.
No-one is representing the People. The Corporate Media label all resistance as "Populism", characterising those who oppose ever greater corporate and bureaucratic control as "populist". Worse still, corporate employees, public sector workers and the people who have become dependent on Smartphones and the Internet take the corporate viewpoint as "expert" and inevitable.
Multinationals can be limited by National Governments but not by regions of countries. This means it is in the interests of Multinationals to promote ever larger governing units such as TTIP, the EU etc. where they can use their lobbying power to maximum advantage as well as ridding themselves of tariffs and other obstacles to capital and labour transfers that might control them.
We are currently witnessing a battle between National Economies and Multinational companies. If Brexit succeeds then other countries will see the advantages of independence and the fight against corporatism can begin in earnest. If Brexit fails then the Corporates and Investment Banks will be rampant and resistance will become increasingly futile as opponents are easily identified and isolated by the system. In twenty years time those corporate employees who nudge each other with knowing looks about the evident stupidity of the populists will realize too late that they have created a nightmare.
Who are the idiots in the current political debate? Are the idiots the people who react instinctively to poor working conditions and poverty or are they the corporate employees and public sector workers who press the Corporate case against the People even after the Investment Banks stole billions from them during the financial crisis?