As we explore the possible new systems and mechanisms available to advance the new world; it’s important to remember the world has ordered itself many times. Often this ordering signals the changing of an old guard for a newer more efficient system. This change must occur as surely as any other and history teaches us that empires rise and fall as surely as day changes to night. The gaurd is changing.
In 1948, when the United Nations formed, it might be easy to assume that the world was reordering itself. However, what was occurring was a standardization of the current Western World order through necessary social, civil and international institutions.
In this way, we were able to see an accurate reflection of world power based on the Western hegemonic ideology of world governance reflected in the UN Security Council, G7, WEF, IEAE and others. However, today, we see so much change based on actual demographic and sociocultural values because the world has began to tip toward the East and the Global South. Ideological departures have increased, and the old system is excluding itself as more move away from systems they honestly never fully believed in from the start.
In essence, what we see is the rise of new civilisational thought. A new civilization is rising and the current institutions no longer reflect the real-world zeitgist. Samuel Huntington coined the term, “The West and the Rest,” in his famous work, The Clash of Civilizations; outlining the steady departure of the world away from the West. This explains the deep chafing the world is experiencing under older institutions which do not have the flexibility to accommodate the new global brass.
Today India demands environmental accountability from older Western powers; African states decry exclusions from the Security Council, Latin America seeks greater self-determination and Asia continues to push for better connectivity and development demonstrated in the Belt and Road Initiative. In essence, the old Western Colonial model of creating ethnic fiefdoms of imperial elites to rule subjugated non-Western masses is being abolished in the lived experience of the East and the Global South.
This past July 2022, China completed full return of Hong Kong after the demise of a prolonged era of UK Colonialism. But China was not alone, as countless other societies orldwide also celebrated their independence from the tyranny of Colonialism. Many of the people who were once the victims of Colonial powers worldwide have now grown up and taken the reigns of their societies. This means old institutions will need to change. Everything from the World Bank to the UNHCR to heavily Western funded institutions must be abandoned to fit the new reality. A new reality armed with the full force of the information age, and free from the ignorance or timidity cultivated by a brutal colonial past
The truth is that the changing order is more reflective of a change that has already occurred in most people and foreign institutions. That it is unsaid, only lends to its growing dominance throughout the world. The composition of U.N. Security council as well as the overall impotence of the U.N. and many old order institutions as well as their use as political tools of punishment, have left the world disillusioned with both the institutions and their framers.
To advance real goals that are truly sought by the majority of the world, many have come to understand that may mean the obsolescence of alliances that are incapable or unwilling to tackle the real nuanced issues of the world. These institutions will need to be headed by more savvy international actors and built by those it would serve.
The fact is that institutions will need to change. These international, economic, energy and environmental institutions cannot remain as they are. They do not deserve the majority of their constituency, and at this point in the information age, we cannot pretend that they do.
Beyond economics, the second most crucial need for the world is the innovation of world cooperative systems. Constant international upheavals, regime changes and proxy governments are building insecurity and instability into simple processes. More responsible actors will be forced into leadership roles that help stabilize the world order and the economic market. A move away from the adolescent posturing of former sociocultural mores toward institutions that reflect shared values, and not just a shared history of conflict or colonization must arise to safeguard people and property
New institutions require global thinkers providing input from a variety of cultural backgrounds and value systems. It requires mature consensus from players tasked by their societies and traditions to develop cooperative organizations that help solve humanity’s most pressing issues in ways that honor the integrity of every member state.