What is global governance? An interview with Raj Patel



my name's Raj Patel and I'm an activist and an academic based in the United States so governance is that is the cluster of rules and ideas and prejudices that shape the way we move in the world I mean it's it's it can be anything from just for example the layout of a supermarket it's a weird thing to compare to governance but look the milk is always at the back in supermarkets right it's always at the back why because that's where they knew they wanted to get you going through all the store and then coming all the way out to the front to try and get you to impulse purchase your way through to the store because milk is the month the main thing that you're in the store to buy now that's an odd analogy for global governance but actually it's it sort of works because the idea is that there are some sort of very concrete ways that we understand government you know the people we vote for and the the the parties that we were affiliated to but the idea of global global governance is much more subtle it's about the ideas that we often don't question that are embedded in us and ideas that cover the world that seem perfectly normal ideas for example like white supremacy for instance I mean you know the these are ideas that form part of the texture of the way the world works and you know you obviously you have you can see white supremacy alive and well in the United States or in Europe but even the idea of you know sort of norms of beauty year and of fairness in India for instance I mean you see this these these strange norms that make themselves manifest through through ideology and through the apparatus of the state so you have ideologies but you also have the police and the things that get policed give you a sense of what of how global governance works global governance works in the eye you know that the domains of private property of creating new properties like intellectual property like being able to buy and sell the genetic material of seeds being able to buy and sell you know the the spectrum so that you can chop up the spectrum and cell phone service providers buying bits of the of the infrared spectrum or the ultraviolet spectrum whatever it is um so you have this these mechanisms of governance are about the police about ideology about property and those forces are sometimes very obvious like the World Trade Organization but sometimes very subtle like the ideas that we carry in our hearts you know whether it's about two primacy about patriarchy or whatever it is that that also form part of that texture of governance there are no winners in at the end of the day this the the the the system of capitalism that has that has produced the world that we live in that is generating the sixth extinction that is causing trauma and will undoubtedly create far more trauma into the future um is something that affects everyone now part of the in the old days we had this idea of false consciousness so there were there were some people who just couldn't be worked with because they were beyond the pale but I think you know the idea of finding what it is that that most people have in common I mean I think we're we have an idea of who the enemy is of large transnational corporations of the plutocrats of the people who buy the political system but the easy thing is to find our allies in communities around the world who are peasants who are fighting the the food system and the working class and you know women who are oppressed by by patriarchy and we can join together in our oppression and that's that the the people who are very close to the choir but I think part of the the movement building that needs to happen particularly at this moment is for these movements to be articulated so you have black lives matter in the United States you have the the March for women's lives you have amazing movements of resistance in India around patriarchy you have you know three fifty.org and you have a range of movements at the moment and I think what what's important is not only that those movements continue to pull new people in but there'd be some articulation between them that a recognition that actually these struggles are joined not just in the in theory but in practice so back in the olden days when we had this very crude idea of Marxism there seemed to be just one dimension of the transformation agenda which was you know but the working class must seize the means of production and everything's gonna be great we we understand now that there's there's much more to the way that capitalism operates than just alienation from the means of production we understand that there's a dimension in terms of a race of gender we understand that there's an ecology to the way capitalism capitalism has its own ecology and so one of the ideas that myself and my comrade Jason W Moore have been working on is this idea of seven cheap things that there are you know we've sort of identified these sort of seven areas in which you have cheap labor cheap nature cheap fuel cheap food cheap debt cheap care or reproductive labor and cheap lives which is the idea of lives being cheapened by the the power of the the you know of the police of the military and of a certain kind of ideology and those are all dimensions that intersect you know if you want an example of that think of apartheid South Africa in a part it South Africa there was this debate about what is it class or is it race which dimension matters most and I think the the the answer to that question was suppose both isn't it I mean it's both class and race that matter in the construction of apartheid South Africa but actually it wasn't just class and race but it was you know what we're suggesting is a range of things e7v seven dimensions and at the end of the day I think we won't be liberated until we've addressed them all you

Maurice Vega

25 Responses

  1. Maitreya o líder da nova ordem mundial más os dez reis da confederação. Ele destruirá 3 reis logo da sua ascensão ao poder

  2. There's something not real about you Raj. Your acting, and it is intelligent acting witn intelligent concepts, but never the less a Big Act. And Why would that be? I still think you're Maitreya. Would a normal person be putting on a this act. He's acting. Feel it.

  3. This man think to be master, but he is a master of bullshit, a true imposter.

    God has cursed you Raj Patel

  4. If this video was financed by the EU commission, and is the responsibility of the "Hands on the Land" alliance, bears the seal of the EU, how does it not reflect the views of the EU? "The observer is the observed" J. Krishnamurti

  5. Daumen unten einen Sandwich kostet immer noch 1- 3 euro in Europa und soll es so bleiben, dass ist ein KLugs…r. DO not believe Him, Jesus will winn!! Gebt ihm keine Regierungsmoeglichkeit, er wird die Welt zerstoeren, God bless die guten Menschen

  6. Why we need mister Patel to make things chipper then they are? Should not be the responsibility of the governments all around the world? We don't need another"presumibly" Genius with a good heart but less emotions to change the world instead! We need need love and compassion like the one and only master teached us 2000 years ago!my humble opinion…

  7. BLM…. Women's March… my God man, do you not know the evil that governed both these movements? Soros gave millions to keep them going… The have caused more division than ever, and more hysteria. good grief…

  8. He doesn´t sound or looks like the Antichrist…he sounds like the old boring moronic British gentleman whom think England shall rule the planet all over again

  9. I find it intriguing that the vast majority intuitive first impressions of this man are that he is up to no good despite the fact that much of what he is saying are real problems in the world that desperately need to be addressed…. How someone says something tells you far more about them than what they are saying

  10. In this video Lord Maitreya is speaking about the Novus Ordo Seclorum, the new world order, the mark of the beast required for buying and selling through world governance.

  11. This guy rambles endlessly, never really making any direct or concrete points. He mentions white supremacy being 'alive and well' after making an arbitrary point about milk being in the back of the grocery store. HAHA – is this a joke?? Or are people really dumb enough now, that they are willing to lap-up this bullshit?

  12. Thanks Raj for your very nebulous and spurious points. I see your points… Men are ruling bafoons, rich white Christians are oppressors, and rebel groups are good.

  13. White supremacy in N america and Europe? What about yellow supremacy in China. When a black man is voted Prime Minister of China I'll take that statement seriously.

  14. Qu'est-ce que la gouvernance globale ?

    Mon nom est Raj Patel et je suis un activiste et universitaire résidant aux États Unis
    Donc, la gouvernance est un ensemble de règles, d' idées et de préjugés qui a formé la façon dont nous bougeons dans le monde. Ça peut être n'importe quoi, par exemple l'agencement d'un supermarché. C'est une chose étrange de comparer avec la gouvernance, mais regardez, le lait est toujours à l'arrière, toujours ! Pourquoi ? Parce que c'est là qu'ils veulent vous amener pour traverser tout le magasin et revenir à la sortie, en essayant de vous faire acheter impulsivement, car le lait est le produit principal dans le magasin que vous achetez. C'est une analogie bizarre pour une gouvernance globale mais en fait ça marche, parce que l'idée est qu'il y a des moyens concrets pour comprendre le gouvernement, les gens que nous votons pour, les partis dont nous sommes affiliés.
    L'idée de gouvernance globale est encore plus subtile, il s'agit d'idées dont nous ne questionnons pas, et qui sont intégrées en nous, et ces idées qui se répandent à travers le monde semblent parfaitement normales, comme par exemple la suprématie blanche. Ce sont des idées qui forment même la texture de la manière dont le monde fonctionne. Vous voyez cette suprématie blanche bien vivace aux États Unis et en Europe. Mais même l'idée de la norme de beauté et tout le teint blanc en Inde par exemple, vous voyez ces normes étranges qui se manifestent à travers l'idéologie et l'appareil de l'État. Vous avez l'idéologie mais vous avez aussi la police. Et les choses qui sont policées vous donnent un sens du fonctionnement de la gouvernance globale. La gouvernance globale fonctionne dans l'idée du domaine de la propriété privée, créant de nouvelles propriétés comme la propriété intellectuelle, comme acheter et vendre le matériel génétique des graines, acheter et vendre le spectre afin que vous puissiez le décortiquer et avoir le service des téléphones cellulaires pour vendre des pièces détachées du spectre infrarouge des anciens.
    Donc, vous avez ces mécanismes de gouvernement à travers la police, l'idéologie et la propriété. Ces forces sont parfois évidentes, comme l'Organisation Mondiale du Commerce, et parfois très subtiles comme l'idée que nous portons dans le coeur, qu'il s'agit de la suprématie, du patriarcat forme la texture de gouvernements. Il n'y a pas de gagnant. En fin de compte, le système du capitalisme qui a créé ce monde où nous vivons, qui a généré la sixième extinction et qui crée des traumatismes et produit encore plus de traumatismes dans le futur, touche tout le monde. Avant nous avions cette idée de fausse conscience. Il y avait des gens avec qui on ne pouvait pas collaborer parce qu'ils dépassaient les bornes. Je pense que l'idée de trouver ce que les gens ont en plus en commun, je pense que nous avons une idée de qui est l'ennemi, de grandes sociétés transnationales, de ploutocrates, des gens qui achètent le système politique. Mais la chose facile est de trouver nos alliés dans des communautés à travers le monde qui sont des paysans qui luttent contre le système alimentaire, la classe ouvrière et des femmes opprimées par le patriarcat. Nous pouvons nous joindre dans notre oppression, ce sont des gens qui sont au centre.
    Faisant partie du mouvement qui se construit, et qui a besoin de se passer particulièrement en ce moment, ces mouvements se doivent d'articuler, comme les « black lives matter» aux États Unis, la Marche pour la vie des femmes, de formidables mouvements de résistance en Inde autour du patriarcat, toute une panoplie de mouvements en ce moment.
    Et je pense que ce qui est important n'est pas seulement que ces mouvements continuent de rassembler de nouvelles adhésions, mais il peut y avoir des articulations entre eux, une reconnaissance, une réunification de ces luttes pas seulement en théorie mais dans la pratique.
    Avant, quand nous avions cette idée très dégrossie du marxisme, il semblait qu'il y ait qu'une seule dimension de l'ordre de jour de transformation qui était que la classe ouvrière doit saisir les moyens de production et tout serait en ordre. Nous comprenons maintenant qu'il y a plus dans la façon dont fonctionne le capitalisme, l'aliénation des moyens de production.
    Nous comprenons qu'il y a une dimension en terme de race, de genre. Nous comprenons qu'il y a une écologie du capitalisme. Le capitalisme a sa propre écologie. Et une des idées que moi-même et Mike Comrie Jason W travaillons dessus est qu'il y a sept choses bon marché. Nous identifions sept domaines dans lesquels vous avez de la main d'oeuvre bon marché, une nature bon marché, un carburant bon marché, une nourriture bon marché, une dette bon marché, un soin bon marché, une vie bon marché – l'idée que la vie a été rendue bon marché par la puissance de la police et le militaire et certaine idéologie. Ce sont toutes des dimensions qui s'interpénètrent. Si vous voulez un exemple, pensez à l'apartheid en Afrique du Sud. Il y avait ce débat sur la classe ou la race, laquelle des deux dimensions importe le plus. Et je pense que la réponse à cela est la classe et la race. Toutes deux prévalent dans la construction de l'apartheid en Afrique du Sud. Ce n'était pas seulement la classe et la race, nous suggérons que c'est toute une gamme de choses, les sept dimensions.
    En fin de compte, je pense que nous ne serons pas libérés tant que nous ne les aborderons pas toutes.
    traduction en français Win Uday Thang

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