Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort is the multidisciplinary European. His plan, “The Monfort Plan”, is a proposal that describes a new economic architecture, a new order.
In an article published in the quarterly magazine of the “Financial Times”, This is Africa, Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs wonders whether world leaders would be courageous enough to invent and design new programs and institutions with the legitimacy and the engagement to pull the world out and away from the crisis and target a more fair and sustainable future. A new architecture is the only path towards a better world that we dream of, the world of eutopia (universal welfare state).
So far world leaders have not been courageous -there are always exceptions of leaders who have had to pay a high price, sometimes compromising their own lives- and the peoples have not been motivated to stand up and rebel. In fact, we have been spectators, impassive eyewitnesses. Aid funds were substituted for loans; international cooperation for exploitation; “democratic” multilateralism for plutocratic groups from the most prosperous and developed countries of Earth. Worst of it all was -before a total absence of reaction capability- the substitution of the values for which we had fought hard so many years, for the laws of the market. These plutocratic groups squeezed the United Nations, and the “globalizers” declared and started an unbelievable race to increase weaponry stocks (for past wars, by the way). An economy of war -three billion dollars are spent every day in arms whereas 60 to 70 thousand individuals starve to death-, a virtual economy based on an unbridled speculation with no regulation. In 1991 I wrote “with the Berlin Wall a system has sunk in which equality had forgotten freedom. Now, if the system does not change radically, the alternative system based on freedom that has forgotten equality will also fall”. And both systems had forgotten justice.
As it could be expected, capitalism has now also sunk… but it has been “rescued”. We must be on alert, because we could forsake a great opportunity… and accept one more time that the “rescued” do not rescue those who suffer from hunger and thirst. It is time for the “rebellion of the masses”, peacefully, quietly, with tenacity, to transition from a saturation economy that includes 20% of humanity (the prosperous district of the global village) to a global economy of sustainable development, which in addition to improving the livability of the planet, it increases its number of customers.
“Extreme poverty originates and perpetuates”, writes Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort, “because developed countries have failed to reform the six components of the Axis of Feeble, an Axis that must be defeated in an intellectual war that uses the Weapons of Mass Persuasion. The six components of the Axis of Feeble are: agriculture, trade and labor rights, small arms trade” -what about the ‘big ones’?- “extractive industries, financial architecture, and brain drain.”
Numerous wars of the past defeated the Axis Powers and the East Powers, and current wars -based on lies and simulation- try to defeat the “Axis of Evil”. The “Axis of Feeble” is maintained thanks to the hard work of the Pirates of Heartless Capitalism and the Bretton Woods Elites, who have been serving the plutocrats and who, if things do not change, will use their propaganda instruments to oppose a paradigm shift.
In the first part of his autobiography, the American diplomat George F. Kennan noted that “We of this generation did not create the civilization of which we are part and, only too obviously, it is not we who are destined to complete it. We are not the owners of the planet we inhabit; we are only its custodians.” We will not defeat the “Axis of Feeble” if all custodians do not become active passengers and not mere spectators.
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort’s book is of particular interest because -now that “the peoples” can have an active virtual participation- each and every one of us can begin and take off the Journey of our lifetime. The Monfort Plan is designed -with astonishing imagination- to attract many readers and individuals to key issues for the future of the planet and the humankind. It is through education that the average citizen can increase her or his level of counsciousness. Only if, as a society, we widen our “cognitive space”, shall we be able to compare and will be motivated to work without pause, for the benefit and sake of future generations.
It is urgent that we accomplish decisions when dealing with questions and processes that, because of their very own nature, are potentially irreversible. Years ago, I stressed the importance that, in my opinion, has this “ethics of time”, because we can reach levels of no return in social issues (migratory flows, radicalization of those who have time and again seen unfulfilled promises that were previously formulated…) as well as in environmental issues.
We are approaching a tipping point as a global society. We must become women and men capable of invent the tomorrow. The creative capacity, this mistery, is our hope. Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort has identified a Hundred Expert Dreamers, a sample of those who can serve the global public interest. The Expert Dreamers will defeat the Axis of Feeble and the Pirates of Heartless Capitalism with their wisedom and intellectual strength.
The inhabitants of the blue planet, its custodians, must recuperate the courage of the visionaries of the 1940s and 1950s, who created an architecture who changed the world for good. The Expert Dreamers are the disciples of Roosevelt and Marshall, of Clayton and Kenan, of Monnet and Schuman. Today’s dominant oligarchies have been incapable of embracing the change and have been driven by inertia, the great enemy of progress. Certain financiers and entrepreneurs -“because of their greed and irresponsibility”, in words of President Obama- have led us all to this multiple crisis (financial, geopolitical, food-related, ethical, democratic…) and to a geopolitical situation absolutely paradoxical and overwhelming: China is the world’s most capitalist country and Pakistan is a nuclear power! While the guidelines of Reagan and Ms Thatcher were inexorably implemented, the world remained silent. Now, with a perplexed and irritated world, it is very likely that the scientific, academic and intellectual communities lead this transition from the force to the word.
We must start living a life with a different look, in full color. We must, one more time, dream and love. The Sleeping Beauty must wake up and rescue the Forgotten Continent. The American Giant will fall in love, one more time, with the Sleeping Beauty.
As it is so beautifully advocated by the Earth Charter, it is necessary, in this beginning of the century and the millennium, a new order, “a new beginning”.