In the chaos that characterizes any crisis, explanations increase as so many attempts to impose their vision of the world where the stake is world domination. The chaotic “gap » opened by a crisis is also a narrative war zone whose winners will be either the strongest (for a short period of time), or the most coherent (for a long period).
For the everyday citizen or player, the great difficulty is not to lose one’s head in the middle of these countless story-tellings. The GEAB’s mission since January 2006 is precisely this: helping its readers to look beyond the obvious and the dominant noise and try to get closer to the reality of profound changes. This work is important individually, in the decisions that everyone must continue to make in an unstable environment, but it’s even more important on a collective basis because the choice of narrative is of course a choice for the future. Yet between the narrative imposed by force and that by reality, a society can lock itself into an ideological system or resolutely commit itself to an open world.
In the 20th century, the people who swung to ideological systems disconnected from reality probably had little choice. Today, ultra-connected and multi-informed societies have a real responsibility in the choice of their future. This is why the GEAB and political anticipation, without claiming to be always right, is offering a summary of the narratives attempting to maximize objectivity and help its readers to keep as much distance as possible from events, to distinguish between factual information and opinion, between false and reliable information, and provide the tools to forge and have confidence in one’s own opinion.
We have already mentioned the fact that 2015 would be characterized by a “monstrous overlap” between the world before and the world afterwards, where the two worlds appear to be equal: one by the strength of the tools of power at its disposal and which are still operational (media, armies, finance…), the other by its intrinsic strength.
In reality, the world before is henceforth eminently weakened and its residual domination is no more than the fruit of its superhuman efforts to make its tools of power “speak” in its place, an effort in which it is exhausting itself, much as the URSS exhausted itself in the arms race.
Our team has decided to make public the first part of the Perspectives section, about the tools of power in crisis, knowing that the second part of the section proposes some analyses on the European QE and the euro-dollar rate.
Four tools of power in crisis
Let’s look for a moment where the world before’s famous tools of power are:
. open questioning of the media’s objectivity, their professionalism, their added value, etc… with the Charlie affair an illustrative event of this deep questioning: the contrast between editorial chiefs with ultra-authoritarian methods suddenly proud to wear the “I am Charlie” badge didn’t fail to examine whole classes of journalists, but also citizens, on the freedom of expression; a healthy debate on the Western media’s work on the Ukraine, for example, timidly appears; the question arises as to the relevance of media pyramids really too small (a plumbing problem) able to properly reprocess the immense complexity of a multi-polar, multicultural and multilingual state ... Read