With the exception of 9/11, Americans have not faced actual conflict right here in our homeland since the Civil War. We have sent soldiers to fight all over the world, but it has not come home to threaten our lives and our homes. But world history is not a history of life on our planet. It is a history of conflict and war.
Everyone knows that the planet existed long before humanity arrived. Animals ate each other for lunch and dinner, but it was an otherwise peaceful place. When mankind arrived, however, and gradually took possession of earth, things changed. There are a number of reasons why mankind is so volatile that we will discuss here, but the focus of this article is to emphasize that mankind is irrationally warlike. It seems that we will never run out of people on our planet who believe that they have the right to control others and tell everyone how to live.
From the very beginning of civilization, conflict has taken place in which humans fought over the control of land…hunting grounds, water rights and crop areas. The law of the jungle surely was original law. The alpha male ruled and protected the group and made the rules. Throughout history as populations grew, all societies were created through war and conquest. In more recent times, world war I was an attempt by Germany to take control of all of Europe. In World War II, Germany again attempted to take control of large segments of the world while Japan attempted to take control over all oriental nations. Still today, all nations have their own military and military alliances to protect their borders from invasion. There is, in fact today, an even greater threat to the sovereignty of all nations on the planet in the form of the New World Order. This new threat began in 1947 after World War II as a secret organization with the goal of enlisting many wealthy and powerful people and their children for the purpose of eventually subjugating all nations of earth under the control of the United Nations which was formed at that time. So, the first reason for conflict and war was to gain control over other people and their land, and this continues on an even larger scale to this day. It appears that there is no new land available to fight over. All of the planet is occupied. So now, we fight over who will control it all.
The earliest history of our planet comes to us through religious records which are also the earliest sources of ethics and morality. As intelligence in mankind began to grow, we began to assume that our planet and all of us were created by some almighty deity or God. We assume that our God had the right to rule us and tell us how to live and this belief began to replace the laws of nature and became the rules by which we live in society. But so many religious beliefs grew throughout history. And all religions had their own hierarchies. So many different societies resulted. Religion became the second major reason for conflict and war on Planet Earth. Although Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in and honor the same God, wars over religious belief fill history books. Islamic middle east nations hate Israel and have gone to war to eliminate it as a nation. Radical Islamists invade and conquer villages in many countries including Africa, India, the middle east and southern Europe and spread the Muslim religion through war. Christian and Muslim wars are legendary. Jews integrate into other societies and bring Judaism with them. Catholics, Protestants and Greek Orthodox Catholics all disagree over religious tenets and persecutions and wars have resulted. Buddhist and Hindu religions also created rules for societies in oriental countries and India. Greek and Roman gods lived in the skies and were also warlike. Religious beliefs are deeply imbedded and resistant to change.
Originally, all societies on Planet Earth could be described as kingdoms. From the earliest groups ruled by alpha males until recent times, mankind lived in kingdoms. A king ruled militarily, the lords owned all the land and means of production and supported the king, and everyone else was a serf and worked for the lords. Several centuries ago, revolutions took place in western Europe and Russia where the people ousted kings and new societies emerged. The idea was spreading that the people created products and should share more substantially in the profits created. Democracy and Communism were born. Democracy spread to many areas of the planet because European nations had colonized many areas of the world. But both Russia and China, which had both embraced Communism, attempted to spread communist influence into eastern Europe and other oriental countries. Wars were fought by western nations to attempt to halt the spread of Communism. So, the third major cause of war on Planet Earth has been type of government under which people want to live. Russia has also attempted at times to spread communism into the middle east and Latin America.
Communist societies are socialist. While they have the right to elect members of their government, members of socialist societies have no right to own property or the means of production and only those approved by the government to produce products and services are permitted to accumulate wealth. Democracies embrace a capitalist system in which any person may own property, produce goods or services and accumulate wealth. Socialism and communism are very different types of societies and major conflicts have arisen over these ideological differences. Many wealthy and powerful people contend that capitalism leaves too many people behind economically and is unfair. If this powerful group is effective and subjugates all nations under the control of the United Nations, it is likely that capitalism will be dramatically muted. Many others understand that it is likely that all progress that humanity has seen in recent centuries has arisen because of the capitalist system. Capitalism is responsible for the birth of all inventions in the industrial revolution because average people are rewarded for their benefits created for mankind. Would we still be basically a worldwide agrarian society if capitalism never existed. Nevertheless, economic differences between socialism and capitalism remain a major impetus for conflict at present and for the future.
Major improvements in transportation have dramatically increased trade between nations. As economic conditions in western nations substantially increased wealth and cost of production in those nations, trade agreements were made which allowed corporations in wealthier nations to produce goods for their home countries in countries where those goods could be produced less expensively. This has created large trade deficits in many nations which have persisted in some cases for fifty years or longer. A trade deficit is the transfer of wealth from the middle class of the deficit country to countries which have positive trade balances with it. The United States has been a victim of such trade deficits since about the 1970s. The transfer of middle class wealth takes place because you are creating jobs to produce your goods in other countries instead of at home and you are becoming a purchaser nation instead of a producer. These changes, which have been taking place for the last few decades, are transferring economic power from western democratic nations to communist countries which are getting bolder and more powerful militarily as a result. This is another major impetus for conflict and war.
Despite the tremendous economic and technological growth that has taken place on our planet, it does not appear that there is any reduction in the probability of conflict and war. Militaristic spread of Islam is growing. Communist nations, despite relatively recent setbacks in the 1980s, continue to spread communist influence into other nations and areas of the world and have become more economically and militarily powerful and able to do so. The New World Order has invested heavily to influence control of governments worldwide by believers in the benefits of world control by the United Nations. With the exception of Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump, all recent presidents of the United States have seemingly devoted their administrations to assisting in this effort by adding new members to the UN, NATO, PANAM trade agreements and others. All departments of the US government appear to be on board in this effort. US military appears to be ready for use in efforts against any nation who opposes this totalitarian effort. Major leaders around the world will continue to resist this effort, and it certainly will contribute to the likelihood of additional conflict and war.
What can be done on Planet Earth to reduce friction and chaos and lead to less conflict and war? The primary goal, of course, has to be to eliminate the desire of the rich and powerful who feel that they have the right to tell everyone on earth how and where to live. They actually are the cause of friction. Let’s look at the causes of war individually:
Conquest -The most common cause of war has been the conquest of other lands and people. Predator nations like China and Russia will continue to prey on weaker countries. Target countries need to build military and economic alliances with stronger nations that have common interests. Unfortunately, it is still only military strength that will deter predator nations. We all pray the day will come when all nations respect the right of others to choose their own way of life.
Religion- Religious beliefs run deep. You should live where your religion is accepted and common. If you choose to go to another country where it is not common, do not take your religion with you. Nations with a common religion have a natural bond and alliances will likely work well.
Government – Communist governments have been and remain overly aggressive in their attempts to gain control over other nations. We should not be trading with communist nations or transferring economic power to these countries. Each nation has the right to choose the type of government that will rule it’s people. The wealthy and powerful attempting to help the UN gain full control over the planet must be convinced to understand that they cannot impose their will on everyone. Many leaders will continue to oppose their efforts. We must especially elect officials here in the United States who have the best interests of the people of the US at heart and who oppose world conquest.
Economics – World opinion at present and for the last few decades appears to be that democracy and capitalism provides too much control to the people and that governments must retake control over the population. The wealthy and powerful have control of the media who appear to support this effort by changing history. It must become better know worldwide that all of the improvements in our lives have come to be as a result of democracy and capitalism. The industrial revolution did not take place in Russia or China. It did not take place in India, Latin America or Africa. The industrial revolution that resulted in all inventions that have improved the lives of the citizens of the entire world to some extent or other happened in western Europe and America where democracy and capitalism made it possible. Rather than eliminating capitalism and democracy from the planet, we must allow it to spread worldwide to benefit everyone
Trade – The government of each nation has the obligation to provide the capability within it’s own country to produce everything possible needed by consumers. Each nation should trade only for what it cannot itself provide or what other nations require that they cannot provide for themselves. The United States has been making trade agreements detrimental to the US since the Clinton administration and more are proposed. Other nations are doing the same. Each nation is responsible for it’s own people.
I believe that stability can only be achieved if the world can be divided up into alliances according to common needs, religion, government, economics and trade. These alliances at present would need to be able to defend themselves against predator nations. In my book titled “Past Present and Future of Planet Earth”, I suggest that such alliances become necessary until the day comes when a vast majority of all people on our planet come to agreement on a common culture and way of life. Globalization is not likely any time soon.