“The wealth of a country is its working people.” – Theodor Herzl
Is Anti-Semitism, Casteism, Ethnic Hatred, Religious Hatred, Speciesism and other forms of Racism the new normal? Is this how we humans will exterminate life on this planet?
Recently the Sierra Club – one of the oldest and largest US conservation organizations – acknowledged racist views held by its founder, author and conservationist John Muir. In his writing, Muir described Native Americans and Black people as dirty, lazy and uncivilized. In an essay collection published in 1901 to promote national parks, he assured prospective tourists that “As to Indians, most of them are dead or civilized into useless innocence.”
Asians are often described as “yellow, brown, red and multicolored”, Jews are called “satanic, bloodsuckers and termites” and pervasive persecution of Christians has become a norm in the Middle East. Under these circumstances, it seems Covid-19 was a social service done to humans who refuse to evolve as a better species and think beyond colours, boundaries, race and ethnicity. Covid-19 is not a threat to this planet but humans in power have always been the single largest threat to the existence of planet earth. As the fourth industrial revolution (4IR or Green Revolution) is all set to take over the globe in the coming years, we are struggling with the mediocre.
Almost all countries around the globe have passed laws to get rid of racism and race related discrimination. What most countries missed out was to define “racism” in a detailed manner such that appropriate actions could be taken to get rid of it. Racism was always deep-rooted into social aspects such as nativism, xenophobia, otherness, segregation, hierarchical ranking, demarcation of land and continents and supremacism.
The United States is having a long-overdue national reckoning with racism. From criminal justice to pro sports to pop culture, Americans increasingly are recognizing how racist ideas have influenced virtually every sphere of life. Europe is still struggling to accommodate Asians that include Buddhists, Hindus and Jews. These communities seem to be barred from entering Europe. It is critical for this planet that developed continents accept people especially from countries where health, education, physical, digital and environmental infrastructures have collapsed. Some of the developing countries might never ever develop and continue to threaten human existence as these countries refuse to evolve.
It might be too late for human beings to understand the significance of Theodor Herzl’s thoughts. Any further delay will destroy the very existence of humans on this planet. Theodor Herzl is the common man of today, looking for food, shelter and clothes, as the human costs of the Covid-19 pandemic become a burden on all countries. Theodor Herzl stands for a united human race with equal rights, duties and a dignified existence.
Every continent needs to work together to protect people and limit the economic damage. This can only happen by supporting Connected Capitalism. Advanced economies are in a better position to respond to the crisis, but these economies only support 2 to 5 percent of human population. Emerging markets and low-income countries face significant challenges due to anarchy, chaos, blind faith, hazardous bureaucratic systems and nasty politicians. Investors have already removed hundreds of billions of dollars from emerging markets since the beginning of the crisis, the largest capital outflow ever recorded. This means that most of the human population will suffer from hunger, injustice and lack of human aid.
Most countries expected economic recovery in 2021 but it looks far worse and 2021 has only added more chaos to an already volatile planet. Fiscal actions taken by most countries to boost health systems and protect affected workers and firms have been largely inadequate and fail to address majority of human population.
Asia has failed to show any stability and continues to be a region, where there is heavy reliance on global trade, tourism, commodity exports and external financing. Many more countries threaten to follow the Afghanistan (Taliban) model due to increasing corruption, blind-faith and lack of social, judicial and constitutional reforms. The children or the ‘talent of the future’ might have no talent in these countries as large interruptions in schooling and primary healthcare access have lasting impacts on human capital development.
The pandemic highlights the urgent need for health and economic policy action, including global cooperation to destroy Antisemitism, Casteism, Ethnic Hatred, Speciesism and other forms of racism. We need a world without boundaries. All policy changes to reduce uncertainty and improve growth prospects in the baseline scenario will fail if we as humans fail to destroy all kinds of racism from its roots. It is time for all countries to support talent based human migration.
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