Oneness Versus the 1%

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

In actuality, it is actually in regards to the 0.001% — the small variety of billionaires and centibillionaires who’ve turn 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 world 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 for the reason that Earth summit in ’92. I have been doing the Biodiversity Conference, drafting of clauses, together with Article 19.1, which principally 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 is not any resolution at all. As famous by Shiva, if the local weather is already altering for the more serious, engineering temperatures, deflecting daylight, dumping iron fillings on the ocean and chemical substances 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 ebook, she additionally discusses COVID-19, and the way this engineered pandemic has catalyzed the switch of wealth to the wealthy. Whereas world 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 financial 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 financial system, as a result of I began to work on the seed in 1987.

Firms wished to personal and patent life. That is how my journey on GMO began. However additionally they wished to vary the commerce legal guidelines. They wished to personal seed as their creation. They wished 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 observe 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 won’t enable this lie of seed being Monsanto’s invention.

I labored with our [Indian] parliament, I labored with our authorities to put in writing legal guidelines. Article 3G [says] seeds are usually 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 know-how charges …

Principally, what we have now right this moment is that this switch of wealth. Monsanto’s habits can also be the large tech’s habits. Do they produce something? No. They solely acquire rents on digital platforms. They’re lease collectors …

I noticed the seed concern with Monsanto. I mentioned, ‘Right here they’re amassing 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 principally lease collectors. What they’ve achieved with this pandemic is actually create a closed financial system, which depends upon them and their lease assortment.”

The eight-minute video under supplies a sobering abstract of the large wealth switch that has occurred in 2020 because of pandemic lockdowns, throughout which small companies have been compelled to shut whereas large multinational corporations have been allowed to remain open and thereby monopolize the market. The tip result’s the most important switch of wealth in fashionable historical past.

The Finish of Democracy

Shiva goes on to evaluate how India mobilized in opposition to Walmart’s encroachment, which threatened to destroy native companies. The COVID-19 lockdowns, nonetheless, have prevented the identical form of mobilization in opposition to the tech and retail giants.

As native companies around the globe have needed to shut their doorways for months on finish,’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 dad and mom haven’t any smartphones. So, we’re seeing an engineered imposition of an financial system. A wholesome financial system grows as an evolution with decisions, with justice, with fairness …

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

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

In India, they not too long ago eradicated all labor legal guidelines, and so they’re making an attempt 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 Sport

As defined by Shiva, all of those corporations are primarily lease collectors. Fb turns our minds right into a uncooked materials that’s then capitalized upon. “Gates is especially vicious as a result of by 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 acquire new rents and make new investments. “That is why irrespective of how a lot he offers, he will get richer and richer,” Shiva says. “A real giver would get poorer.”

In her ebook, she explains how, with out Gates, there could be no industrial 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 purpose to create new medicines. “He’ll do biofortification to resolve the vitamin drawback. He’s significantly vicious,” she says. As for what the last word objective is likely to be, Shiva says:

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

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

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

The International Merger

In addition they need to merge all of those numerous industries collectively — agriculture, know-how 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 financial system through their asset funds.

“Companies do not personal themselves anymore. Even the companies are owned by the billionaires, the identical BlackRocks, the identical Vanguards management each massive firm, Coca-Cola to McDonald’s to Boeing. Take 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 suggests the billionaires elevated their wealth. Throughout 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 rising. That’s merging with IT and knowledge know-how and the tech barons, and it is merging with biotechnology and the chemical business.

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

As famous by Shiva, whereas Massive Biotech claims GMOs will save your well being and defend the planet, these pesticide-laden vegetation are in truth doing the exact opposite.

We Are the Throwaways

There’s additionally the problem of social justice. She cites Gandhi, who mentioned that when you’re doubtful about what the fitting factor to do is, “convey the face of essentially the most susceptible individual to your thoughts’s eye and do what is nice for them.” In case you suppose it’s going to hurt them extra, do not do it.

“They intentionally need to do away with massive components of humanity,” Shiva says. “First by starvation, then by illness. They need a digital financial system, they need a sick financial system. In any other case, you would not be spending all of your time on Massive 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 convey the world, and humanity, to a brink. That is why we have now to behave and discover artistic methods …

All of those tech barons who’ve taken over the financial 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 foundations 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 this stuff is popping out of left subject. They have been rigorously deliberate for a lot of many years. We now see clear proof {that a} “nice financial reset” is within the works, which can transition all the pieces over to digital currencies.

As famous by Shiva, the economic revolution shifted our mindset to 1 the place we considered nature as lifeless. The outcome was ecological destruction and the fragmentation of society. The approaching financial reset is principally 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 principally doing is giving massive 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’re going to create algorithms to promote that knowledge again. However all of that is now being lowered to carbon within the soil. You will get zero % for what you develop. You can get no wants of yours met by meals and fodder, however we’ll will let you commerce within the world market on the carbon in your soil, and that is what would maintain you alive. This entire financialization of nature is one facet.

The second facet within the nice reset is to redo the financial system to make it seem like 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 acquired Microsoft’s patent, [which] principally reduces human beings to customers. Our mind exercise is tapped into in numerous methods. Everybody needs to have good put on nowadays. I ought to name it spyware and adware. That knowledge goes by algorithms. These algorithms will determine what [we are worthy of and] Bitcoins can be allotted to us.

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

I feel the entire concern 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 financial system, they took over our minds. They principally transferred all of the remaining wealth to themselves.”

Extra Info

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“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 methods, of our well being and our residing methods, and the connection between our well being and the well being of the planet. At this level … it wants lots of brutal violence to impose. So, to the extent they will maintain the virus as their defend to cover behind, they may.”

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

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

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

We have to be neighborhood. We should keep in mind that we’re interrelated to the remainder of life on Earth and to society. That is why we have now to be speaking [about how to] rebuild regenerative economies … I feel we misplaced a number of time considering the one concern was power, how power is produced. We misplaced 20 years of how meals is produced.

I actually imagine that if individuals begin changing into conscious that consuming good meals is the only most vital [strategy for health], and rising meals in the fitting manner is the only most vital half to regeneration of the planet, this may rebuild neighborhood …

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

How is our public cash the brand new subsidy to create the infrastructure for greed, quite 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 stay 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 do away with them. If there’s one challenge we should always have, it is methods to do away with the robber barons, no matter it takes …

I do not suppose we have now the posh to be hopeless. Hope is one thing it’s essential to domesticate every day. Cultivating hope is cultivating resistance. Cultivating hope is cultivating the technique.”