Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rebuilding Capitalism?

Not only am I about to immediately renege on my suggesting viewing material in the summertime, but I am going to ask people to watch a Fox presentation. On the upside, the video is only a little over 10 minutes long. It also happens to be one of the most disturbing 10 minute periods that I can recall. Please please please have a watch and then, hopefully, come back for some thought sharing.

Now, one of my first thoughts was, "this host sure seems to be calling people (including himself) stupid, selfish and/or lazy a lot". Really though, coming from Fox, this kind of commentary is hardly surprising.

What was far more worrisome was the way in which Steve Brant, who I have this annoying urge to call Stuttering Creepy Android Guy (or SCAG), seemed to be suggesting that next year the UN will be hosting a gathering of some multinational corporations and NGO's. Since these entities claim to be dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility, we seem to be expected to accept that they will design a system of balance which will lead to an eternal period of prosperity for all life on the planet. It isn't hard to imagine that the UN will be presented as the new world authority providing or coordinating the physical muscle needed to enforce this new system of "balance".

Does anyone else think that this sounds like an awful lot like global technocratic fascism?


linda said...

I found that the questions asked were not given a fair chance to be answered as they kept interrupting the poor guy (Fox also put an ad up in front of every bodies names so I don't know them). As close to a gang rape as Fox will ever air actually.
The implications are indeed frightening as you say. And yet, isn't it all (global fascism, technocratic or otherwise) inevitable now?

SoapBoxTech said...

I agree that he was interrupted heavily.

If it is inevitable now tho, what are you and I working for?

linda said...

I don't know anymore.....I used to be working on "saving" others, but I just don't see it anymore (not that I will stop trying, just very disenchanted at the moment)
I had just read a horrific article about swine flu when I came over here for some cheering up:) I am working to survive under the radar as always-that will not change. I don't think that it will be easy. I don't think it will be fun but there is a chance that it will be feasible and I owe it to my children. How about you?

linda said...
The article in case you are interested. Not sure how to take it other than sobering, even if only conspiracy theory (doesn't seem so).

SoapBoxTech said...

I do know what you mean...all too well.

Thanks for sharing the article. How interesting that it got no real coverage. I hope she is getting strong public support somehow.

Steve Brant said...

I'm Steve Brant, the guy interviewed on that show. I'd like to suggest some references you can go to, so you won't think what I was talking about is some UN-effort to impose a new world order or something like that. The project at the UN is called The Global Compact. It is a socially responsible values-based effort to help those business leaders who care about global warming, for example (not just about making money) share ideas for making society a healthier place. There is no "top down hierarchy" functioning here. There are just 10 principles each business leader promises his or her organization will get better and better at implementing each year. Next year's conference is the Leaders' Summit, something The Global Compact organizes every three years. Other, smaller meetings happen all over the world. You can read about all of this at
As for my role in all of this, I have been researching and developing ideas related to how society can shift from a world of Darwinian competition to one in which collaboration is the driving force ever since I read Buckminster Fuller's book "Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth" many years ago. There is a scientific basis to my research, but there is also a humanistic/historical basis to it. I invite you watch the landmark TV series "The Day the Universe Changed", hosted by James Burke. The beginning of the first episode can be found on YouTube here -
This show uses actors and location filming to portray those times in human history when new knowledge caused the universe (as humanity experienced it) to "change". (New knowledge can do that, if a culture is open to it.) Just as that show portrays at least 10, I think, examples of periods of great change; humanity is going through another big change right now. How that change will end up is up for grabs, as there are forces working to resist the shift from a Darwinian world to a collaborative one. But - personally - I would rather live in a world where people work together than one where people fight. After all, it is possible to solve our differences without resorting to violence. Right?
I'll stop for now by inviting you to ask any questions you may have. I'll do my best to answer them. Yes, I was interrupted a lot on that show. And I haven't done a show with that dynamic before, so my comments may not have been as perfectly stated as they could have been. But I respect Fox Business News for being curious enough about my work to put me on, even if they had to create a "point counterpoint" environment, since their viewers expect to see that.
I look forward to hearing from you.
- Steve

SoapBoxTech said...


I appreciate your taking the time to respond to my post, and that you ignored my rather infantile joke about your presentation. I`m afraid I can be rather cynical at times, usually to my detriment.

I have to admit that I am surprised that you came across my little post on my little piece of the interweb. Having said that, watching the interview led me to start looking at The Global Compact but seeing as I am working on the family farm this summer, it is taking some time. I will have a look at the series you have suggested as well.

I will send you an email but I just want to say here that I agree with you about preferring to live in a world where collaboration rather than violence is the main tool used to sort out differences. I just have some concerns about how possible this collaboration really is, on a global scale, within a rather limited time frame. Some of my earlier posts discuss these concerns.

The fact, however, that you seem to care about what one person thinks, leads me to believe that we are likely on the same "side" in regards (at least) to what sort of world we would like to see. As such, I sincerely look forward to corresponding further.

Peace and comfort.