by Tony Cartalucci
"And our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in the history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants. It is well within our power to destroy our civilization, and perhaps our species as well. If we capitulate to superstition, or greed, or stupidty we can plunge our world into a darkness deeper than time between the collapse of classical civilization and the Italian Renaissaince. But, we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth, to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet. To enhance enormously our understanding of the Universe, and to carry us to the stars." -Carl Sagan, astronomer
Indeed, we teeter on a precipice upon which technology and human innovation will either free us from chains that have collectively bound us since the beginning of civilization, or enslave us within a global scientific dictatorship that will crush us so completely we will cease to even be human. They, the global elite know this, while the average person snickers and giggles at what is perhaps the greatest struggle with the most at stake ever in human history. As the global elite mobilize the summation of their power and wealth on a daily basis, many of us do nothing at all to assert ourselves or our claim to our own destiny. Worse yet, many of us witlessly pay into a system that seeks to supplant individual human sovereignty and achieve the ultimate culmination of megalomaniacal dominion over the human race.
A fear stalks the global elite however - the fear of inevitable technological breakthroughs slipping from their monopolistic grip and into the hands of the people. Technology like file sharing, blogging, open source software, and cheaper hardware have allowed the masses to challenge and in some ways dismantle the structure of domination the global elite are attempting to build over free humanity. Rules and regulations, bills like SOPA and PIPA, and other legal tactics attempt to stem the tide or indeed reverse it. In other ways, this "disruptive technology" is below the radar of most in both politics and throughout the public - but a potential battlefield the global elite are already preparing to fight upon.
One example, and perhaps the most profound, is that of advanced computer controlled manufacturing that is starting to appear on desktops around the world. An article on the globalist Lowy Institute's "Interpreter" notes the emergence of this technology in an article titled, "The replicator: Life imitates Star Trek," which concludes, "I don't think we yet have any idea of the disruptive capacity of such technology, for good and ill."
The implications are that the average person will be able to design and create their own goods and no longer depend on the crass consumerism that has characterized, aligned, and controlled society for the last several decades. Instead of having the TV tell people what they want, people could decide for themselves. And while we could collaborate globally, we would be able to decide locally how best to employ our time, energy, and resources to solve local problems. The blending of designers, manufacturers, and end-users would make collaboration and the erasing of the concept of "intellectual property" an inevitability. It would deconstruct walls standing in the way of progress like never before - as well as diminish both corporate profits and the unwarranted power these profits have granted corporations for generations.
And while computer-controlled manufacturing entering into the hands of the masses would bring a quantum leap to human progress, reducing material scarcity as the technology improved, none of this is being talked about in political or public circles beyond a handful of universities and enthusiasts who genuinely want what's best for humanity. In attempts to garner government support, many organizations are told specific rules exist that prevent governments or corporations from assisting projects that turn consumers into producers and thus opening the door to the personal manufacturing revolution.
It is a good bet that the upper echelons of the global elite are well aware of the impending personal manufacturing revolution - and would rather keep it silent. Concepts and predictions of "universal constructors" have been around since the 1940's. Even the most obedient and servile amongst the globalists' helping hands would see the value and allure of such a paradigm shift finally becoming reality and might be tempted to stray from servitude if such ideas became more mainstream. Keeping this quiet buys the elite time to put their global system in place, increase interdependency between people and nations as well as increasing dependency on their contrived international institutions - when technology already exists that make such global empires both unnecessary and entirely unpalatable.
Globalists through deindustrialization have made it more difficult to continue making advances in manufacturing technology that would normally trickle down to hobbyists and the general public. Perpetuating and celebrating ignorance and ineptitude amongst a population that now values pop stars and athletes more than those seeking to advance the frontiers of humanity has also served the global elite well in staving off this paradigm shift.
The wisdom of Carl Sagan yielded the observation that we live in a society constructed on science and technology, but where the public has little or no knowledge at all regarding either. So then who, Sagan asked, is determining the fate of humanity? The answer is simple, the corporate-oligarchies that hold a monopoly on science, technology, and engineering and who seek through rules and regulations to defend, consolidate, and expand further that monopoly. In many ways we already live under a scientific dictatorship.
We are faced with a series of decisions. Do we allow the petty, short-sighted self-serving corporate oligarchies to continue dominating society by our paying into their system on a daily basis? Will we allow corporate-funded think-tanks like the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations to continue determining national policy for us, but on behalf of their corporate sponsors? Will we continue hoping for political leaders and political solutions to come and improve our lives for us like needy children? Or are we prepared to grow up as a civilization and take on these responsibilities for ourselves? Are we prepared to starve into extinction the antiquated elitist parasites that have misled us from one dark age to another, one war to the next, from one economic depression to even worse, and who have brought us to the edge of perhaps the most frightening abyss in human history?
Personal manufacturing is here, a paradigm shift of immense proportions stands before us. People around the world are already utilizing it to solve real world problems, as demonstrated by MIT's FabLab - and improves lives where politics have categorically failed. Society will continue to march forward with an expanding scientific and technological infrastructure. It is up to us and our will to get involved that will determine whether that infrastructure serves the elite or the people.
Above all others, Americans should be scientifically and technologically literate. The "bread and circus" of corporate-funded spectacles like the NFL, American Idol, and all the other pointless diversions that have absorbed our time and energy and even our own will to determine our destiny are like the ancient Sirens of Greek mythology guiding us into the rocks of our own destruction. It is time for us to determine whether we will command the direction of our own destiny, or if the cage the global elite have constructed around us incrementally is sufficiently comfortable enough to resign the destiny of humanity for.
For those interested in personal manufacturing, the above Interpreter article features the "Makerbot" designed and constructed by a collaborative workspace in New York City called "Resistor." America used to have a thriving DIY industry, with an abundance of clubs, organizations, contests, and publications. Today there is a resurgence - only this time augmented with technology like personal manufacturing that has immense implications that go beyond a constructive pastime.
It would be a good idea to connect with these people and add our talent, energy, and free time to something more constructive than vegetating on the couch behind the glow of the Fortune 500 TV programming that has lulled a great nation to sleep. The future is as bright as we make it - not through merely voting and protesting, but through the use of our two hands and to whom we choose to pay our money, time, and attention to. The fate of humanity is determined each and every day by how we choose to spend these personal commodities. Technology has reached a point of no return granting whoever wields it, control of human destiny well into the foreseeable future. Let's make sure it is we the people that are wielding it.