Read Chapter 16 “Time Travelling”
Systematic hateful propaganda spread fast across the world, causing unimaginable, long-lasting damage. The idea of them and us entered the social and political stage, splitting friends, families and neighbours. Once that seed of division started growing in people’s minds and hearts, it never really left their consciousness. Soon enough people couldn’t distinguish fiction from reality and truth from lies. The more lies the general public was fed, the harder it became to untangle the truth. In many cases, the truth wasn’t simply attractive enough or was too harsh to get the general public to face reality.
Long-time before the division of the world, the corporations started influencing power by supporting individual politicians and political fractions, which led to the creation of the Corporate Government.
At first, the rise of the Corporate Government wasn’t universally visible. They acted in the shadows, slowly enslaving and addicting the population to their products, promoted by the political class. With time, the corporations got greedy and started to resist any kind of progressive change by spreading chaos and disinformation. The only purpose of this was to cause as much destabilization as possible to swoop in and create a world enslaved to wealthiest few.
Once the balanced fabric of the society was destabilized, the inequality between the poor and the rich grew enormously. This inequality was skillfully weaponized by the right-wing populist parties, which started making people believe that everyone but the government was to blame for difficulties, which implemented austerity and gave enormous privileges to the corporations.
The general confusion created by the propaganda tactics was the beginning of a spectacular end of many thriving economies. Unfortunately, many opposition politicians were too scared to challenge the populist and soon enough adopted the tactics used by the populists, adding only a bit of their own twist to those hateful rhetoric’s. The Corporate Government was successful for many years, keeping on top of the campaign against the truth and reality, spreading more and more elaborates lies and disinformation. In the process, many old democracies fell to the populists, willing to go to any lengths to stop the social revolution at its core.
However, one day an unexpected change entered the political realm; and it came from the most unexpected source. The children decided to take to the streets and to protest against the environmental inaction. At first, the protests were just “amusing” to the political class. But the angrier the kids became, the more often they skipped school. All these protests started creating massive problems for their parents, who weren’t able to work for corporations, which in turn encountered some substantial logistical and financial issues.
Kids can be stubborn when they want to be and reasoning with them is hard, especially when they don’t trust the people doing the reasoning.
No amount of media coverage of the natural disasters got the adults to act as fast as skipping school by protesting children.
That desperate act to save what was left of natural resources and Earth’s beauty started shifting the consciousness of a number of people. That, in turn, led the voting population to demand real change with their votes. The countries that allowed change to grow and expand were soon to form Ecotopia, which became a symbol of resistance to the outdated worldviews represented by the populist Old World.
Women who cared very little for money, influence and power; everything most of their male counterparts in the Old World loved; pioneered the social revolution aided by the Eco Warriors refugees. For years the Eco Warriors were the only ones defending democracy, social norms and the environment. For their uncompromised actions, they were monitored, prosecuted, eliminated and imprisoned. Within a few years, the Ecotopian manifesto became the only disturbing force in the bleak greyness of the global destruction of natural resources caused by the Old World, having to accommodate their corporate plans.
The Corporate Government’s priority was always to oversee the growth of their companies, regardless of the consequences of their actions. All the political decisions made on the local level were putting the corporate interest first, ahead of everything and everyone else. The politicians representing the corporate interests were perfectly content as long as the population voted for them and bought the goods the corporations were pushing; nothing needed to change. Besides, governing over confused population was much easier than rule over people who had opinions and ideas of their own.
To fight Ecotopians ideas, the Old World started putting restrictions on the products shipped to the Ecotopian countries, believing that they could destroy them economically. However, from the very beginning, the Ecotopians were investing in self-sufficiency and innovation, which helped them attract the brightest minds in the world, who wanted to build a socially-just society.
Few years after the polarization of the worldviews it became undeniable that the already strained relations between the Ecotopians and the Old World ceased to exist. At first, the Old World declared a war against the Ecotopians, which was supposed to act as a diversion from the enormous economic and sustainable struggle they were trying to solve at the time.
However, the war didn’t pan out the way the Corporate Government planned. So they pulled all their resources to build a massive wall as the last defining act to divide the progressives from the populists for good.