Part II: Stealing The Global Commons And Everything Else

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While the world focuses on global warming and pandemics, the greatest heist of all time is taking place right under our nose: “For them it means possession of everything: every resource on the planet, all land, all water, the air we breath and the natural world in its entirety, including all of us.” ‚ĀÉ TN Editor
 

“The population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental extension on morality.‚ÄĚGarret Hardin, ‚ÄúThe Tragedy of the Commons‚ÄĚ

In¬†Part 1¬†we explored the ongoing process of defining of the¬†global commons¬†and the claim of the¬†stakeholder capitalists¬†they they should be the¬†‚Äútrustees‚Ä̬†both of the commons and society. We are now going to look at how systems have been established to enable those¬†stakeholders¬†to seize them.

We should be mindful of what¬†‚Äúglobal commons‚Ä̬†means for the¬†Global Public Private Partnership¬†(GPPP). For them it means possession of everything: every resource on the planet, all land, all water, the air we breath and the natural world in its entirety, including all of us.

PRINCIPLES OF THE GLOBAL COMMONS

The notion of the¬†‚Äúglobal commons‚Ä̬†sprang from an amalgam of two principles in International Law. The Tragedy of The Commons (ToC) and the Common Heritage of Mankind (CHM).

In his 1968¬†paper on the ToC, the U.S. ecologist and eugenicist Garrett Hardin, building upon the earlier work of the 19th century economist William Forster Lloyd, outlined the population and resource problems as he saw them. He said¬†‚Äúa finite world can support only a finite population; therefore, population growth must eventually equal zero.‚ÄĚ

While logically this is ultimately true, if a whole raft of assumptions are accepted, the point at which zero population growth becomes necessary is unknown. The evidence suggests we are nowhere near that limit. Eugenicists, like Hardin, have claimed and continue to claim that the Earth faces a population problem. There is no evidence to support their view.

Hardin theorised that when a resource, such as land, is shared in¬†‚Äúcommon,‚Ä̬†people acting in rational self-interest will tend to increase their use of that resource because the cost is spread among all. He called this type of thinking a¬†tragedy¬†because, if all act accordingly, he maintained that the resource would dwindle to nothing and everyone suffer as a result.

Hardin insisted that this¬†tragedy¬†could not be averted. Therefore, as human beings were, in his eyes, incapable of grasping the bigger picture, the solutions were¬†‚Äúmanaged‚Ä̬†access to resources and¬†‚Äúpopulation control.‚ÄĚ

While Hardin‚Äôs elitist ToC concept suggested regulated, enclosed (private) access to¬†‚Äúcommon‚Ä̬†resources, the Common Heritage of Mankind (CHM) rejected the idea of enclosure (privatisation). CHM instead advocated that a¬†special group¬†should be created by international treaty as¬†‚Äútrustees‚Ä̬†of the global commons. Seen as more¬†‚Äúprogressive,‚Ä̬†it was no less elitist that Hardin‚Äôs concept.

The philosophical concept of CHM emerged onto the global political stage in the 1950’s but is was the 1967 speech by the Maltese ambassador to the U.N., Arvid Pardo, which established it as a principle of global governance. This eventually led to the 1982 U.N. Convention on Law of the Sea (LOSC).

Citing the CHM, in Article 137(2) of the LOSC, the U.N. declared:

“All rights in the resources of the Area are vested in mankind as a whole, on whose behalf the Authority shall act.‚ÄĚ

That¬†‚ÄúArea‚ÄĚ, in this case, was the the Earth‚Äôs oceans, including everything in and beneath them. The¬†‚Äúauthority‚Ä̬†was defined in Section 4 as the¬†International Seabed Authority¬†(ISA). Article 137(2) of the LOSC is self contradictory.

The¬†legal definition¬†of¬†‚Äúvested‚Ä̬†implies that the whole of humanity, without exception, has an absolute right to access the¬†global commons.¬†In this instance, those commons were the oceans. While the legal definition speaks of ownership,¬†‚Äúvested‚Ä̬†seems to guarantee the no one can lay any individual claim to¬†ownership¬†of the oceans or its resources. Access is equally shared by all.

Supposedly, this alleged right can never be¬†‚Äúdefeated by a condition precedent.‚Ä̬†This is repudiated entirely by ‚Äúon whose behalf the Authority shall act.‚ÄĚ

Who among the billions of Earth’s inhabitants gave the ISA this alleged authority? When were we asked if we wanted to cede our collective responsibility for the oceans to the ISA?

This authority was seized by U.N. diktat and nothing more. It is now the ISA who, by a condition precedent, control, limit and license our access to the oceans.

This is the essential deception at the heart of GPPP‚Äôs¬†‚Äúglobal commons‚Ä̬†paradigm. They sell their theft as stewardship of the resources vested in all humanity, while simultaneously seizing the entirety of those resources for themselves.

SEIZING THE GLOBAL COMMONS: THE OCEANS

When interpreted by International Law, the CHM appears to place the private ownership of the global commons, suggested by the ToC, beyond the reach of government stakeholder partners. They should have no more right to these riches than anyone else. Legal challenge to any claim should be a relatively straight forward process for any concerned individual or group minded to make one.

This is not even a remote possibility. International Law, as it pertains to the¬†global commons, is a meaningless jumble of inconsistencies and contradictions that ultimately amounts to¬†‚Äúmight is right.‚Ä̬†For anyone to challenge the GPPP‚Äôs claim they would need to retain a legal team capable of defeating the UN‚Äôs and a judiciary willing to find in their favour.

The¬†‚Äúlaw‚Ä̬†is ostensibly designed to leave us imagining that we have¬†‚Äúprotected‚Ä̬†rights and responsibilities towards these shared resources. Whereas, if subjected to any reasonable scrutiny, the legal notion of the¬†global commons¬†looks more like a diversion to facilitate a robbery.

If we look at the ISA‚Äôs record of¬†stakeholder engagement¬†we quickly find their¬†Strategic Plan for 2019 ‚Äď 2020. This succinctly outlines how the scam operates:

In an ever-changing world, and in its role as custodian of the common heritage of mankind, ISA faces many challenges‚ĶThe United Nations has adopted a new development agenda, entitled ‚ÄėTransforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.‚Äô[‚Ķ] Of most relevance to ISA is SDG 14 ‚ÄĒ Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.‚ÄĚ

The shared resource ‚Äď global commons ‚Äď of the Earth‚Äôs oceans are not freely accessible to humanity as a whole anymore. Rather, the ISA determine who gets access to oceanic resources based upon Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Effectively they have turned access to the¬†global commons¬†into a new market.

The most vital questions we must ask is how these allocation decisions are made and by whom. This will reveal who controls these new highly regulated markets. The ISA state:

States parties, sponsoring States, flag States, coastal States, State enterprises, private investors, other users of the marine environment and interested global and regional intergovernmental organizations. All have a role in the development, implementation and enforcement of rules and standards for activities in the Area‚ÄĚ

In addition, the ISA will:

Strengthen cooperation and coordination with other relevant international organizations and stakeholders in order to‚Ķeffectively safeguard the legitimate interests of members of ISA and contractors‚ĶThe rules, regulations and procedures governing mineral exploitation‚Ķare underpinned by sound commercial principles in order to promote investment‚Ķtaking into account trends and developments relating to deep seabed mining activities, including objective analysis of world metal market conditions and metal prices, trends and prospects‚Ķbased on consensus‚Ķthat allows for stakeholder input in appropriate ways.‚ÄĚ

The Global Public Private Partnership (GPPP) of governments, global corporations (other users of the marine environment), their major shareholders (private investors) and philanthropic foundations (private investors) are the stakeholders. They, not us, will have an input to ensure the rules, regulations and procedures will promote investment that will safeguard their interests.

In the space of a few short decades, broad concepts have evolved into principles of International Law which have subsequently been applied to create a regulatory framework for controlled access to the all the resources in the oceans. What was once genuinely a global resource is now the sole province of the GPPP and its network of stakeholder capitalists.

THE GLOBAL COMMONS ARE GLOBAL

We should be wary of falling into the trap of thinking the GPPP comprises solely of the western hegemony. The stories we are fed about the global confrontation between superpowers are often superficial.

While there are undoubtedly tensions within the GPPP, as each player jostles for a bigger slice of the new markets, the GPPP network itself is a truly global collaboration. This doesn’t mean that conflict between nation states is impossible but, as ever, any such conflict will be fought for a reason absent from the official explanation.

SDG’s led to net zero policies and they stipulate, among a swath of enforced changes, the end of petrol and diesel transport. We are all under orders to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) which the vast majority won’t be able to afford. In turn, this means a massive increase in demand for lithium-ion batteries.

Manufacturing these will require a lot more cobalt which is widely considered to be the¬†most critical supply chain risk¬†for producing EVs. The World Bank estimate that the growth in demand for cobalt between 2018 and 2050 will be somewhere¬†in the region of 450%. To say this is a¬†‚Äúmarket opportunity‚Ä̬†is a massive understatement.

The ISA have granted 5 cobalt exploration contracts to JOGMEC (Japan), COMRA (China), Russia, the Republic of Korea and CPRM (Brazil). When located deposits become commercially viable, as they undoubtedly will, the corporate feeding frenzy can begin.

Corporations, such as the weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin, with its wholly owned subsidiary UK Seabed Resources (UKSR), are also among the many ISA stakeholders. UKSR received their exploration license for the South Pacific in 2013. As an ISA exploration contractor, UKSR stakeholders are free to submit their recommendations for amendments to the ISA regulations governing their own mining operations.

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About the Author

Patrick Wood
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
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justsayin

They only took what Satan gave them because they worship him. But it is temporary, this world is going to be completely destroyed and what will they do when they HAVE nothing? “28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value… Read more »

Paul Mitchell

It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes before people are once again drawn and quartered, boiled in oil or whatever the brutal feudal forest laws were at that time for peasants hunting deer in the royal forests….today huge swaths of land that used to be for everyone…is heading once again for royal control in cahoots with the corporate minions as the royal’s aristocracy? This called fighting “climate change”.

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Erik Nielsen

Slavery. The problem is they sit on the military, all the nukes. A little difficult to be David with a sling and 5 smooth stones these days. But we must!