A while back, our Dear Bawa came up with the concept that all life essentially boils down to Politics. Whatever is taking place it all somehow comes back to politics. I always disagreed and he promised to prove it, but he never did. So instead I'm going to tell you what I believe dictates everything in life; Economics.
What's that Economics? That boring stuff about graphs and supply and demand? How is that relevant to all of life? Well let me tell you Dear Reader.
A good portion of our lives involves corporations, businesses or firms. There is no escaping this unless you're living in some ancient civilization (which would still not allow you to escape economics) as we all consume products from these companies and many of us also work for companies as well. You could almost say business is the lifeblood of the world.
With business being the heart of life today, the moment the economic situation takes a dive, immediately there are life changing repercussions. Thousands or Millions lose their jobs, a situation taking place today. Why does this happen? I'm not really qualified to answer but consumer spending falls which causes corporations to cut down their excess production as no one is buying.
This changes everything. People become more miserable because job security is lower, they are unable or unwilling to buy and various other reasons. Essentially the bad times roll on. Leaders during these times face hard times, and have a high likelihood of being unpopular.
Getting straight to the point, politics too is controlled by economics. Regardless of which man became the President of the United States, the economic policies that would be enacted would more than likely be exactly the same despite all the talk.
Politics is purely smoke and mirrors that paints a nice pretty picture for the masses who are quite frankly clueless about what's really going on. A clear example of this is once again Herr Hitler. Hailed as being the saviour of Germany's economic problems when he came to power, people loved the man.
Little did they actually know that the economy had already largely bounced back under his extremely unpopular predecessor Bruning. This man had actually done the right thing to save the economy by cutting down public spending and increasing taxes to reduce the budget deficit. Obviously this wasn't popular with anyone, rich or poor.
Empires were built purely on economic reasons. Did the British ever want to go on a 'Civilizing Mission'? I think not. The small island prospered with the newfound resources of its Empire's member nations. The central nation always prospers at the expense of member states. Another example? The Roman Empire. Rome always prospered due to its never ending taxes of 'member' states.
If economic resources and the wealth that they bring were infinite, would anyone ever bother to get leverage over anyone else? Would one nation bother attacking another? What for? What would be the GAIN? Nothing. If everyone was rich and had everything they wanted would we ever fight?