20 Jun Canada & The Changing World Order
I’d like to start by stating a few concepts that I believe to be true, looking at today’s international business, political and economic landscape. I feel like this blog post would be a great opportunity to talk about these items and look at Canada’s role in the evolving “New World Order”.
When I say “New World Order”, I don’t mean so in the sense of rebellion or conspiracy theory. I am talking about the world as it is now, in terms of power and influence, compared to other points in history – and the evolution and potential obstacles we may face as part of our young millennial generation.
In today’s business landscape – we are seeing a couple of very interesting phenomena. One being – we are seeing many whole markets, being replaced by platforms. I mean this in the sense of, for example, the taxi cab market, being slowly challenged and replaced by an iPhone app called Uber. In a growing number of cities across North America, Uber is taking hold. While cab companies, some even backed by Mafioso influence, are failing to stop the expansion.
Calgary, for example, has just legalized Uber as a transportation option. Now if you have ever been to Calgary, you’d know that the taxi cab business there is completely monopolized, and not fitting consumer needs. If you try to get a cab during Calgary stampede, you will know what I mean.
This is a key accomplishment in the “market to platform” trend in Canada. I believe that Winnipeg, not too far in the future, will also benefit from this technology while age-old industries like taxi cab companies will be forced to an “age of disruption” and ultimately massive change.
When an entire market changes in this fashion, it’s very much a paradigm shift. Many industry leaders typically do not see it coming, as their traditional KPI’s (key performance indicators) are still performing. However, the validity of such KPI’s have changed. Slowly, a company may be measuring the wrong things without knowing it until it’s too late. Take Kodak, for example, in the photography industry. Their print photography methods had performed quite well right until the end – where digital pictures and photo sharing had completely changed how people take pictures.
Another example is Air B&b. Just like Uber, Air B&B is starting to disrupt the hotel and lodging industry by crowdsourcing the option to rent out another person’s room or home when traveling. Air B&B’s competitive advantage, stated on their own website, is the following: “experience a place like you live there”. Pretty attractive marketing? I think so.
These new platforms are changing many age-old markets – and rapidly. Technology is moving faster than we as a species can accommodate. Moore’s law states that by 2045, artificial intelligence will overcome the entire world’s population of brain power. This concept is known as technological singularity, a point in time where AI surpasses us completely (Kurzweil, 2005). Will humans, or even us as Canadians, be ready in a sociological, economic, or political sense? Probably not. In this paper, I’ll explain deeper on how we got here, and the challenges we face.
World Politics, War, and Influence
Carlos Rizowy, political speaker and active influencer has argued that we are still not sociologically or politically done with World War 1.
Shocking? Maybe. But here’s the reasoning.
What date would you say World War 2 had ended? The mid-1940’s? You’d be correct, but only in a military sense. The war had ended, but that war changed the world in many ways over the subsequent decades. There is a 50-year gap between the military end of World War 2, and the sociological, political and religious end of World War 2. Immediately after World War 2 – we had the cold war, the iron curtain, the Berlin Wall and so forth. World War 2 really ended, much further along, when Poland entered NATO and the European Union.
However, while World War 2 has now concluded from all perspectives, we are still not yet done with World War 1.
What we are seeing today in the Middle East, is a fallout from the colonies and power dynamics created from ages ago in World War 1. What is currently being challenged today in these regions is the world order that was established after World War 1.
When the Ottoman empire collapsed in 1917, the region was left open to be re-divided by the powers of the time. Boundaries and laws were created, separating each area by their conquerors. Al-Qaida, ISIS and other Islamic fundamentalist groups are today attempting to displace what had been established during this time.
Many groups and organizations now more than ever are striving for world peace, and the abolishment of war, genocide, and death.
But to understand why this is not quite reasonable, we need to take a step back, historically and evolutionarily speaking.
In what decade, in your life, or mine, has there ever been complete world peace?
In what period, in complete human history, has there ever been peace?
In what era, in any biological or natural history, has there ever been complete global, or universal peace?
There hasn’t been. This is why the idea of peace, is merely a point in time when one or more powers are locked in a position of mutual benefit and harmony. This position can, and has always been, disrupted.
Historically speaking, let’s take Athens, a peaceful nation full of scholars, mathematicians and scientists of their time. A great place to live with astounding quality of life, however they were unable to defend themselves and had since been conquered.
Let’s take Sparta, a powerful society of warriors and generals. A nation so powerful they were able to outsmart and out-compete vastly larger rivals of the time. However, nobody wanted to live there, as the quality of life was poor.
In lasting societies, you cannot have power without intelligence, and you cannot have intelligence without power.
Next, let’s assume the United States had a major economic collapse and was financially and militarily unable to support their territory. Would Mexico stay within their bounds, or attempt to conquer upwards, to the cities of Los Angeles, Houston, etc.? I’m betting they would, like every civilization in human history – they would attempt to expand their ideas and culture in their own best interest.
The next section we will go into this a bit deeper with an example case of the United States, which economically and socially impacts Canada more so than any other nation.
The United States: Vision & History
When the United States forefathers established the nation, they had a vision to create a better society than was in existence in their present day. While there are currently many problems and downfalls to our North American culture – one can say we are currently winning the war in globalization. This is to say, we as a nation in Canada, are winning the war for the minds of the people worldwide. This means that more people across the world want to be like us in western society, than we want to be like them. In this sense, we are winning. Disregarding economic deficits, we are still the “brand superpowers” of the world.
If the founders of our western civilization were to be alive today, they would be very happy with how we’ve established our position in the global economy, despite many current downfalls and moral shortcomings. We’ve still managed to maintain our “brand power”. This can be seen across the globe, everywhere. Our main export – has traditionally been, and will likely always be, democracy and free enterprise. Democracy is the ability for one individual to aggregate among peers to create the future they collectively want to create. This circumstance does not exist in other types of societies. In socialism, the government possesses the economic and cultural influence to run the nation entirely. In Theocracies, the religious power has the ability to overrule all civilian wants or desires. With democracy, this is simply not the case. The invention of the aggregation of all individual wants and needs was such a groundbreaking movement of the time.
In today’s world, many of our previous enemies are now our strongest allies, because of how we’ve exported our beliefs and political systems. This can’t always be done without war, and often has been imposed violently on others for the greater good, which is in the aspiration of world peace.
Our strongest ally in Europe is undoubtedly Germany (Not Britain, which would be our most reliable). This is after complete conquer, surrender in World War 2 and destruction of their totalitarian system of the time.
Our strongest ally in Asia – Japan. After nuclear bombs, and many wars in the Pacific.
The dollar bill states “NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM”, the new order of ages. This was by design, with the pyramid structure (all of which makes the order possible) and the top of the pyramid, the all seeing eye, which represents the superpower this structure creates globally. The strategic vision of western culture has been executed according to plan over the past 200 years.
In this sense, the vision of our forefathers has manifested true. We’ve created a western civilization, built upon democracy that has leading worldwide influence to all those in favor, and with those not in favor.
Even though terrorism attacks are increasingly prevalent in today’s world, this is simply a way in which war has still seeped into our current society to challenge our ideals and belief structures.
Interestingly, in no other point in history, has a tactic of war such as terrorism been publicized as its own entity. Terrorism is in fact, just a tactic of war. War has changed throughout the years and adapted to globalization of democracy and free markets, however, it is still in essence, war.
In no instances, in publications of the World War 2 era, has concepts such as “blitzkrieg” been publicized such as “terrorism” is publicized today. Make no mistake, just like blitzkrieg, this is a tactic of war, just being downgraded and discounted within western society in order to minimize its influence and downgrade its effectiveness.
Many nations today are now democracies, not because they chose to do so, but because they have lost in wars which democratic ideals are forced upon them by western beliefs.
In essence, western society is a free market democracy and libertarian society that places individualism above that of government control. This coincides with the beliefs of Christian and Catholic religious institutions, which are also prevalent in the west.
Between Christian and Muslim – there is a very vast, and conflicting polarity.
In Christianity, one is liberated with god. Power is with the individual to decide how, when and where they are to follow the beliefs of their religion.
In Islamic texts, one is to surrender to gods will. True Islamic followers must believe that they surrender themselves to the greater good of their beliefs. They shall not amass goods and wealth for themselves. They should however, spread the word of god, and bring forth followers unconditionally.
This creates a problem. Many Islamic followers today believe the teachings of Mohammed. However, in the Islamic text, Mohammed was not only a prophet, but a warrior.
Let’s pretend you were to become Jesus today; right in this moment. If you were Jesus, you may be inclined to travel down to Wall Street, and stop the investment bankers from pursuing vast greed and wealth for the sake of wealth. You’d do so by simply talking to them using understanding, love and reasoning. You’d lead by example, and amass a following by doing so.
What would you do if you were Mohammed today? If you were on Wall Street, the situation would look much different. If people did not follow your proposed structure, you would have no choice but to force them. You’d be a warrior, in the name of god; much like Mohammed was.
This is the fundamental difference we are seeing today in the developing new world order. The problem with Islam, is that the original text does in fact tell followers to force the correct belief upon others. So the differentiation between Mohammed the prophet and Mohammed the warrior needs to be made. Certain countries such as Saudi Arabia, are at high risk of being radicalized for these same reasons. Their beliefs are Islamic, however, they are amassing wealth, embracing western culture of libertarianism, and are not following the religious text. True Islam, is actually what we call “extremist Islam”, and that makes it very difficult to change in the minds of those who follow the teachings.
Oil, Security, and Canada’s Future
Justin Trudeau, our new Prime Minister, does not have a favorable view and policy in regards to the Alberta oil industry. Oil, in my opinion, is in fact on its way out in the coming generations. There are much better renewable energy sources we will be able to transition into in the coming years as technology develops.
Electric energy, already being put to use via Tesla and Elon Musk, shows great promise. Even today, as the world is not yet ready to adopt such technology, the concept still gains momentum on not only the stock exchange but as a cultural idea.
The cultural acceptance is the most important, and yet hardest part when introducing a new way of doing things. Societally, we are not very accepting of change. Our brains reward consistency and pattern, we do not like to take on new ideas without others testing and spearheading it first.
This is why technology grows exponentially, while consumer acceptance seems to only growth linearly. Political and societal change happens very slow. It’s tough to change someone’s mind about something they have done their entire life.
As western culture continues to win the war for the minds of people worldwide, we must also face numerous challenges such as these. The trail blazers will discover different problems than those who do not innovate.
True innovation, one would argue, is something contained to our democratic free market. Imagine that Facebook or Google was invented in China. Yes, you would have a pretty good platform for social or search on the internet, but it would not be globalized and open. The governing force would not allow that to occur, and alternatively possess ownership of the technology to control and restrict it.
This is why I believe we must continue our endeavor to export our greatest asset – democracy, and western culture. This system of growth and individual freedom will create a global environment where no one nation will be alone in tackling their issues.
Right now in Alberta, there is a crisis occurring at critical scale. The oil industry, as a whole, is starting to see large hurdles as the sources are limited and not renewable. Other energy sources are emerging now as competition, and thus, the price adjustments and layoffs are now becoming warranted and real. This is the start of a market change that will not just be contained to a province, or even a country.
Market disequilibrium continues longer than anyone can imagine, and then collapses faster than anyone can imagine.
We’ve already passed that point. The question is, how do we adapt?
There’s a new change in global economics that needs to be addressed – China, for instance, manufactures such as vast amount of our goods. However, they are still governed by the American ideal – more of them want to be like us than us wanting to be like them. In this sense, we are the controllers of the global economy. We control the currency in which everyone else aspires to become part of, and thus economically – although printing trillions of dollars to get out of debt would be a bad idea, one would say it’s not an impossibility … despite global market repercussions.
Let’s go back to the introduction, and the concept of markets becoming platforms. Companies like Tesla are innovating the way for free energy and transportation becoming a commodity. This poses a challenge for us, but not unsurpassable.
The real challenge in my opinion is the moral decline in Western values which we have built our global brand upon – Puritan and Christian values that we have strayed far from in today’s societal structure. Examples such as the Kardashians, Kanye West, pop culture and other forms of freedom of speech, which have allowed every and any human desire and sin to be explored and exploited; we are vulnerable from a societal standpoint. Not to pick on Kanye or any other reality/rap icons, they are simply living out an idea like all of us; proposed upon them through habit and generations of certain values and structures.
With a moral decline, may come a civilization decline; if another way of being becomes favorable to the current status quo. Unfortunately, we may be near such a breaking point. This same issue is most likely driving such extremist groups such as ISIS to form a stronger stance upon us, and fight our influence.
Canadian businesses and establishments should be aware of these overarching themes, as they impact direction and may cause disruptions to our agenda. Many Canadians do not consider this as part of their daily lives, and take for granted the free market democratic society they call Canada. Such individuals may even fight for ideals closer to socialism, without realizing that power of government over individual freedom may mean loss of control to the people that which is governed.
Canada’s future in the business world will depend largely on the United States and most of Europe’s as well. Capitalism is not without its faults, but it does allow innovation and the liberty of individual rights and freedoms. The expansion of these ideas into the remaining territories of the world will ultimately mean more innovation, better quality of life for all, and an increased level of peace and interconnectedness throughout humanity.