The Third World War - as seen on TV

2011-08-22 09:15

The first battles in the Third World War have started. Lives have already been lost and property destroyed.

The Third World War is being fought between rich and poor - the haves and have-nots.

The Third World War will be fuelled by perception, entitlement, envy, greed, corruption, obscene wealth, selfish political agendas, envy and a flawed global economy.

The Third World War will get uglier, more brutal and destructive with every day that goes past in which the gap between rich and poor gets wider.

We are seeing the first shots being fired in the Third World War. Civil unrest growing all over the world in protest against political despots, dictators and lack of service delivery.

Rioting and looting in the USA and UK for what seems to be no apparent reason but which common sense dictates is simply pent up frustration at governments screwing up and no end in sight for an era of austerity for which the middle classes and poor have to carry the can.

The Third World War in microcosm is clearly evident right here in South Africa where once again, municipal workers resort to violence, looting and trashing of the streets. Is this annual uncivil war just about money or also largely about the fact that the people who sweep the streets cannot understand why they earn so much less than their counterparts who work in the civic offices?

Service delivery protests in our country are becoming increasingly violent. Sometimes it really looks like we are at war. I believe we are.

The Third World War is one in which the downtrodden feel they have no future, no hope and in many cases little chance of getting jobs while they watch politicians cruise by in fancy cars, dressing up to the nines and drinking only the finest of Scotch whiskies. The same applies to the perception of workers who are laid off while boards of directors give themselves increases that take them from rich to obscenely wealthy.

The Third World War is being exacerbated by the have-nots seeing their own kind being jailed for stealing a loaf of bread to feed starving families while the rich always manage to get away with murder - literally and figuratively.

The Third World War is one in which politics is seen to be a major catalyst. With political parties putting far more effort into staying in power than working for the good of their nations. With political parties pandering to those who provide election funding instead of the good of the nation.

Political parties engaging in petty point-scoring instead of concentrating on the good of the nation.

And most of all, political parties making promises at election time and then unapologetically breaking them one after the other with what is perceived to be arrogant disdain.

The Third World War will be fuelled by big business being perceived by the poor to be struggling to appease the appetites of shareholders and laying off thousands of workers just so that the rich can get richer.

The Third World War will be one in which the poor will only see the flaws in the capitalist system and none of the good.

The Third World War will be given bloody impetus by political correctness and nanny state mentalities both of which do nothing more than increase citizen expectations to unsustainable levels.

The Third World War has already become nasty because the poor see recent economic crises result in them losing their jobs, losing their homes, losing all hope while governments do absolutely nothing, except plough billions into propping up the very banks and other financial institutions that caused the economic problems in the first place.

The Third World War, when you think about it, is one in which just about every incident of violence we see on our TV screens these days has got some direct connection with the increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots.

The Third World War is being sparked by dysfunctional politics and a global economic system that is quite clearly unsustainable.

The Third World War has only just started and it is going to get a lot uglier.

My apologies for totally screwing up your Monday.

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  • Badballie - 2011-08-22 09:25


      Parko - 2011-08-22 10:20

      The 3rd World War will be fought between China and the Allies. The Chinese are already destroying Africa...

      Melanie Walsh - 2011-08-22 10:24

      Actually the middle class will be made to pay and as they live the closest to the poor will be targeted because they seem rich compared to the poor. The rich will get off scott free once again and the people supporting their lifestyle and the countries economy will have to pay as they always do. Who do the striking workers hurt the most? The people who have to have to go to work everyday with a salary that is to low to build wealth, but to high to strike for a better wage.

      DoublySalmon - 2011-08-22 12:41

      "The Third World War" was said so many times that I just stopped reading. I hope the end of the article got better. I'll write the conclusion.. The system has worked for the past 30 years all built on fiat money since the end of Bretton Woods, the answer is another version of fiat money, probably a global currency. We're not going in to war, we're going in to a period of peace because there is no reason for war, it is too expensive and there is little to gain from it. War only starts if there is something to be gained, if we're all equal with no poverty there is no balance and that is when all hell will break out and when a possible WWIII would start.

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-08-22 14:37

      @DoublySalmon - You are talking like a person who has never read the Revelations of the New Testament. The War will come. Yes first there will be short lived global peace (but it will be enforced by means of the military) - and rightly so, a single currency. The "new" peace you are expecting will even become more corrupt than the current one. As with everything in life - If you consolidate all your belongings into one basket, you have the ability to save, but you are also more vulnerable to lose everything. Consolidation is not always a good thing.

      realist - 2011-08-22 15:16

      That is what we are seeing in sa. The lower classes gunning for the middle classes because of their 'wealth'. Meanwhile it is their entitlement that makes them think that they should have the same, eg a house, a car, a swimming pool. This perception is fueled by idiots like malema.

      Sentient_Entity - 2011-08-22 15:33

      If humanity were to engage in such a foolish form of conflict as described in this article. The conflict would be fought between the rich and the poor, with both sides being funded by the middle class.

      DoublySalmon - 2011-08-22 21:35

      Wolraad Woltemade Duh - that is why I said what I said.

      Aitsa - 2011-08-22 22:14

      Badballie, rare words of wisdom on this site. Time for the middle class to start getting the moer in.

      open-minded - 2011-08-26 16:23

      we all suffer from "normalcy bias" syndrome...Expect and prepare for worst!!!...

  • Shivermetimb - 2011-08-22 09:28

    Wow Chris, you sound like you should be the lunatic pastor at a fringe church in the American outback. Probably there you might find a few wacky supporters. Stick to commentating on the ad industry, you are much better at that.

      Met - 2011-08-22 11:26

      Like it or not- The world is exactly as it is described in 2 Timothy 3, 1-4 There is much more and every word is proving to be absolutely correct and yes, Shivermetimb, even what you are saying is fulfilling prophecy even though you dont realise it

      Shivermetimb - 2011-08-22 11:43

      So Met, if I say yes according to you I dont know that I actually mean no, and if I say no I dont know I mean yes? Give me a break! Read Asterix and the Soothsayer - the genius soothsayer convinces the village idiots that at the end of the storm the sun will shine, and they all hail his genius. And so I prophisise that after the economic downturn the world will get richer! All hail me!!!

      Met - 2011-08-22 12:10

      The word says in Psalm 37 that I should not fret about you. This may come as a surprise to you. It also says that God laughs at the mockers. So, dont make a fool of yourself. Economic downturn? I suppose that you believe that soon, we will as in the past, have an upturn again. Somehow the mountain of debt, the underlying problem, will simply evaporate!

      Shivermetimb - 2011-08-22 12:18

      So what Met, you are now God? Because I had a chat to God just now and he assures me he is not mocking me at all, because I am right. And I dare you to tell me that I did not talk to God!

  • Illuminus - 2011-08-22 09:29

    'The Third World War will be given bloody impetus by political correctness and nanny state mentalities both of which do nothing more than increase citizen expectations to unsustainable levels'. Political Correctness should be added to the DSM.

  • AntiRacist - 2011-08-22 09:35

    Thats why people are secretly arming themselves, becoming resistant to the crap dished out as service delivery etc, What people don't realize is that law abiding citizens are starting to think like criminals, racist etc, its all about survival, The problem is not the racist loud mouths on News24 threads, but those who silently prepare in the shadows, I see it everyday where people have had enough! There lies some trouble in the future!

  • Just Greg - 2011-08-22 09:45

    Rioting and looting in the USA ? I must have missed something this weekend as I have not seen or heard of any of this Rioting or looting in any of the 50 states... Time to go make some kool-aid I guess.

      Adriaan - 2011-08-22 16:05

      Yea, I also completely missed the USA riots, maybe it happened while I was taking out the trash, or going to the loo, I can't say, it all happens so fast these days.......

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-08-22 18:02

      the revolution will not be televised. go suck on some more CNN teat, sheep.

      james4usa - 2011-08-22 22:09

      On the 4th of July Black gangs were beating up whitey and flash mobbing, ie gangs run into a store rip it of in a matter of minutes and dissapear.From Florida to New Jersey. 2 weeks ago ditto happened in Wisconsin.

      Leftyloosy - 2011-08-23 09:33

      Yeah like the US media would cover it. Look how they tried to paint what was happening in wisconsin.The media tried to make like it was a few hundred people protesting, when the truth was that it was closer to 100000 people. You dont even know you are been censored.

      AntiThesis - 2011-08-23 10:54

      You people are just astounding. @k1dbl4ck and Leftyloosy - Wisconsin was mob violence(racially motivated) and not riots, do you even know what the difference is? @Leftyloosy, do you have any idea how many people 100000 are?

  • Ke maketse - 2011-08-22 09:52

    I feel you Chris. I feel like everyday I'm getting closer to joining this Third World War. On the poor side of course

  • qhuggett - 2011-08-22 10:11

    Its so true. I have often wondered if the people of the world should all come together. A global march! Where we say to all out governments enough is enough!

  • HorusZA - 2011-08-22 10:12

    I can't disagree. After recently watching "Inside Story" and "Capitalism: A Love Story" which explain how greedy bankers and investors caused the economic meltdown and still got away with their obscene bonuses and new positions of power, I also got the urge to throw a petrol-bomb through a bank-window. It's just not right...

  • AntiThesis - 2011-08-22 10:31

    Chris, I am sorry have to say this, but you give me the distinct impression of someone who has absolutely no idea what he is talking about. If you have nothing else to write about, maybe just don't write anything. Over the last few centuries we have seen an unprecedented wave of despotic and totalitarian governments and political systems give way to democracy and libertarianism - the middle east is caught right in the center of this transition, don't let the current unrest fool you - people are only fighting to have peace and be free from inhumane oppression - as people have always done and will always do. The riots in London is criminal elements and nothing more. What riots and looting in USA? You also mention service delivery protests, strikes, and the overthrowing of despotism and economic instability in one foul swoop. Don't confuse people's greed and unhappiness with their will to survive and lead a peaceful live. You talk about perceptions - I think your perception of the world around you is based on you being overwhelmed by factors that is not related and your inability to make sense of various world events.

      Jared Drake - 2011-08-22 10:45

      Anti, I totally agree with you. It doesn't make sense that he talked about riots and looting in USA? I haven't heard from there yet. Thank you for the comment!

      Mad Hatter - 2011-08-22 11:14

      And when everyone is a have not ? Think everyone will hold hands singing kumbaya ? Same thing as when the Roman Empire fell , we entered the dark ages for close on a millenia. You'll see human suffering and loss at unprecidented levels. I agree with Antithesis , in 1900 there were 1.6 billion people and now we have 7 billion , this is a rocketing trajectory and thats a good measure of success over the last century. We were also a lot poorer in history ,no human rights,no electricity, no running water, archaic medical treatment,no sewage systems , no cars , little communications (no-instant global communication) and the feudal system for the greater part of our history .

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-08-22 18:11

      if all you people will just dig a bit deeper than what CNN and Reuters SPOON FEEDS you, maybe, just MAYBE, you will realize whats really going on.

      AntiThesis - 2011-08-23 06:28

      Oh do tell k1dbl4ck, please share your third-force freemason demonic world domination conspiracy-theory with us. And no, not everyone gets their information from CNN and Reuters, but also don't believe the nonsense that Icke tells you.

      AZB - 2011-08-23 08:51

      Anti, you cannot deny the fact that the world in 2011 is very different to the one in 2010 and before. With your wise comments here it seems you know a lot; please write an article explaining what is happening and how to fix it. Maybe it will be somewhat valuable to us compared to just downtalking others.

      AntiThesis - 2011-08-23 10:15

      AZB, its called progression, which as it always does, brings with it an abundance of growing pains of course, as the human cultural and social evolution always has. Why people always want to read end-of-time prophecies and doom-and-gloom into it all is beyond me. Sure there are some serious problems that the world face on economical and social levels, but I would like to think that we have the collective means to find solutions to them, even if the political will does not always reflect this. Humanity has overcome much more serious challenges in its brief history on this planet, and we have an amazing knack for survival. The nations who are currently locked in a state of unrest due to people being tired of oppression and totalitarian governments is obviously destabilizing to their own and the global communities and economies, but there is no substitute for liberty and freedom that will succeed in the long run. In the long run the overthrowing of these regimes will be LESS conducive to a world war than the alternative Chris Moerdyk simply packaged current world events into a Third-world-war-gloom-prophecy which speaks of ignorance and an inability to correlate these events with proper cause and effect - and even more disconcerting is the number of people who collectively nod their heads in agreement.

  • AerynDawnSee - 2011-08-22 10:42

    Brilliantly well-written. We need more people with the guts to speak the truth so that the rest of us can stop following the dark forces, like sheep, and wake up to the fact that we are being totally brainwashed and misled by the people in power who claim to care. 'Power to the People, PEOPLE!!!

  • Alison B - 2011-08-22 11:14

    Excellent article.Those disagreeing to the article obviously fall into the "have" category as they have no idea what it is like to struggle to get to work each day, & while at work, remain loyal & focused while hearing talk of staff retrenchments while bosses getting increases, surf the net & go off on "team builds" & incentive trips.

  • MACKAROONEY - 2011-08-22 11:16


      terblanche.s - 2011-08-23 14:13

      I would just like to point out that he is not a journalist who writes "articles" He is a columnist who just writes opinions. Don't take it to be the truth.

  • AlisAxis - 2011-08-22 11:21

    This is so true. And it plays directly into the hands of self serving opportunists with political ambitions and unbridled lust for power and wealth but who make the right noises. The poor and middle classes should unite. The super rich don't give a fig. They've bought their safe havens or built their bunkers.

  • FIO - 2011-08-22 11:32

    Steven Hawkins reckons we have less than 100 years left of sustainability on earth. As we get closer to maximum carrying capacity like rats in a cage there will be fighting for resources, with the winners being those who have a head start - the rich (and dare I say clever) since isn't survival for the fittest, in whatever form it comes. The 3rd World War as presented here is simply a fight for survival, we all know who the winners will be. Certainly not the ppor, they'll be the casualties, the expendible for the "cause".

      AlisAxis - 2011-08-22 11:44

      How long will the rich be able to sustain themselves without others to feed off?

      Mad Hatter - 2011-08-22 15:29

      As long as there is one guy who wakes up and goes to work and another that wakes up and opens a beer.

  • cr1t - 2011-08-22 11:33

    I say ship the poor off to Antarctica.

      cr1t - 2011-08-22 11:37

      I mean those annoying poor people always complaining about the stuff like the price off food they will see how good they had it when all there is to eat is penguin.

  • Ryan Bird - 2011-08-22 11:43

    And the worst past is that we will support it and will give governments the power (ammunition) to fight it.

  • Maverick - 2011-08-22 11:46

    The solution is very simple. Vote for a better political party who will improve things, if not then stop whining and stop this war talk nonsense. The 3rd world war will be something far beyond your comprehension.

  • innasticks - 2011-08-22 11:46

    One could say the third world war have actually started when trade started many centuries ago and today's have and have nots are in a different battle in the same war. In fact one of the many underlying reasons for the start of the second world war was that Nazism found a receptive audience in a economically poor Germany. Point is it is not a new war and it will not end ever.

      mkerruish - 2011-08-22 15:19

      It will end in one of two ways: 1. Human extinction, or 2. A steady-state economy

  • Andy - 2011-08-22 12:18

    Wait for it - yes I can hear the sound of sweet oil going up to 300 dollars a barrel - welcome to the book of revelation that says it will take a full days wages just to feed yourself, not even your family. Then those that call themselves good and decent will show the other side of their moral standards - pushed to our limits - mankind will show just how heartless and animal like we can be - no compassion, just survival.

  • Louis - 2011-08-22 13:15

    The third world war will be a war of the races. Not a war between haves and have nots.

      Aitsa - 2011-08-22 22:38

      Ja, the earth is flat and was created in seven days, dwis.

      knopkierie nel - 2011-08-23 20:58

      Maybe between the 2 biggest religions in the world!

  • Victor - 2011-08-22 13:27

    The 3rd world war, being fought in 3rd world counties and financed by First world countries and arms to extract resources to make first world countries wealthier and 3rd world countries poorer...

  • Barry62 - 2011-08-22 14:26

    It does not matter the name of the war, but it will be a war. I read over the weekend that Genocide Watch changed SA from stage 5 to stage 6. I would encourage people to go to their website to see why. Not my words but theirs that whites and foreigners might be attacted. attached is the definition for stage 6 (pity the media did not pick it up.... 6. PREPARATION: Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity. Death lists are drawn up. Members of victim groups are forced to wear identifying symbols. Their property is expropriated. They are often segregated into ghettoes, deported into concentration camps, or confined to a famine-struck region and starved. At this stage, a Genocide Emergency must be declared. If the political will of the great powers, regional alliances, or the U.N. Security Council can be mobilized, armed international intervention should be prepared, or heavy assistance provided to the victim group to prepare for its self-defense. Otherwise, at least humanitarian assistance should be organized by the U.N. and private relief groups for the inevitable tide of refugees to come.

  • Leana - 2011-08-22 14:34

    MMMM. Sounds to me like Communism has a few good points?

  • Francois - 2011-08-22 15:26

    Thumbs up, Chris. You seem to have put a lot of thought and effort into putting this across. Thanks for that, I think it's important we all see where things are going, unless we collectively change our approach.

  • Adriaan - 2011-08-22 16:11

    Someone once said: "The New World Order is creating revolutions in countries to spark unrest and lead to war, so that they can afterward install a puppet government to do their bidding in future, whatever that may be." Could very well be the case, I don't know.

      Zee - 2011-08-23 07:33

      Precisely! Well said Adriaan.

  • shadow - 2011-08-22 16:28

    You did not screw up my Monday Chris. Thanks for putting things in perspective so very well. However, the fact remains that the fancy fellows in their fancy cars do not care a hoot and the rest of us - well, we work for the benefit of those fancy fellows ( they are bullet proof by the way ) so we have a choice - like it or fight it. I wonder which it will be? Can we solve our domestic problems graciously? That is pushing it a little in my humble opinion. Perhaps it is time to ask the question; "When do people get Gatvol and how do they react?" Interesting times are ahead of us and those in control should be starting to get somewhat nervous. Payback time? One can run but not hide.

  • Pieter du Plessis - 2011-08-22 17:10

    The bottom line is this - if you do not understand above article - you are probably a "have" that is stuck in you "pinky and the brain - rule the world" attitude. You are contributing to making the "have nots" more angry - and sorry to say no amount of guns or laws can stob the mob ... It is coming ..

  • Tc - 2011-08-22 18:48

    When plugs are pulled and the fight against the government starts, I wonder on whose side I will want to fight? Interesting thought.

  • Mundu - 2011-08-22 19:57

    Moerdyk you are an idiot. You think if you say Third world War enough times we'll believe it. Get back under your rock.

  • VELOCITY - 2011-08-22 20:05

    Do you actually get paid to write this drivel Moerdyk?

  • security10 - 2011-08-22 21:19

    The 3rd world war has begun many years ago and is fought between the Christians and the anti christ. Do yourself a favour and buy the book called Jerusalem Countdown , written by John Haggee. Your eyes will open quickly. If you are finished, pass this book over to others. You will not regret one day that you have done it.

      Aitsa - 2011-08-22 22:40

      Ah, yes, thAt's the bit I'd missed out on... Not. If you're gonna be this superstious, why not concentrate on happier superstitions?

  • HowardX - 2011-08-22 21:44

    At least this nonsense includes one glimmer of truth: the middle class is certainly under ideological attack. The middle class is NOT, however, under attack from the poor in some kind of regurgitated class war. It is under attack from the lower strata of society, by "entitled" yobs who have never learnt the benefit of making any effort to improve themselves, or are too lazy or ignorant to do so and have been promised Nirvana by socialist/Marxist demagogic politicians. And it is under attack from above, by the new "one-size-fits-all" global corporate/govt new world order that sees it as nothing more than a consumer/tax cash cow to be milked and conned into buying their crap and voting for the same a-holes. It is under attack by nanny states that resent the fact that the middle class is educated and therefore dangerous. It is being attacked by stupidity, mediocrity, political correctness, envy and pretty much anyone who wants to milk other people's wealth created by the middles class' productivity, ingenuity, industriousness.

      Aitsa - 2011-08-22 22:50

      Nah, the middle class is mostly under attack by the rich and the venture capitalist. And, of course, the government. We pay more tax than them, we're most exposed to the anger of the poor; we get retrenched in our millions for the benefit of shareholders and our tax money ends up paying banker's bonuses. Time to switch sides, my fellow bourgeoisie!

  • brok3news - 2011-08-22 23:13

    The 3rd world war will begin when Skynet becomes self-aware.

      AntiThesis - 2011-08-23 07:30

      Skynet.....or maybe Facebook!?!?

  • Lo - 2011-08-22 23:29

    The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.

      AntiThesis - 2011-08-23 07:29

      Same applies to religion

  • Olavin - 2011-08-22 23:49

    The enemies here are the government and banker elites, but it's always in wars that they cause The People (middle and lower class) to rise up against each other. The government is very good at creating division amoung The People to keep us in check. They outlawed mob rule so they can feel safer against an uprising, and installed their own paid mob rule (police and military, who are also The People) to do their bidding for them when things got out of control. The government also created the welfare state so that some of The People would remain loyal to them and stand against dissidence. The SA government pushes the race agenda to create greater division amoung The People. They want a war, and they want The People to start it so they can keep their hands clean. So, unless all people wake up to the true enemy, we will just be fighting each other into World War Three. It's us against them, not us against us.

  • Bruyns - 2011-08-23 07:38

    Good article. Watch RT for some info on problems in the USA.

  • CyberDog - 2011-08-23 08:17

    LoL, this third world war has been raging in sandton for years, though its usually over a pair of overpriced JimmyChoo's.

  • one-way - 2011-08-23 09:47

    S. A.s war has already progressed so far in the prep. phase that it probably can`t be stopped by even a politician of Mandelas stature. The political case for war has been made by more than just a few politicians in their references to apartheid , economic revolution and the cause of the continued plight of the poor. Laying the blame for this at apartheids door, capitalism and the white mans control of money. The sad part is that the war will end up as white against black in S.A. and not the poor against the rich. No land grab or nationilisation policy can or will satisfy the growing demand which is swelled daily by irresponsible politicians and their inability to say and do the right things. The winners? Well that`s a given.The guys with money.

  • Mad Hatter - 2011-08-23 09:52

    If we are going down this road, the next big war will be as described by Chris, the resource wars . This will be predicated by the end of conventionally means of exploiting non-renewable resources, essentially no new resouces will be added to the system . Conflict will rise as limited resouces are shared between an ever increasing number of people , tipping points will be reached and governments will be forced to use their military to secure resouces. We'll see Somali (no real govt,war lords,pirates) like areas cropping up around larger , military controlled states. The 'invisible hand' will let this state continue until a human equilibrium is reached where resources adequately satisfy the combined human need and Govt's, civil structures and trade will again be able to be established .Nuclear apocaplyse is another outcome , if just 1 group sees it as a credible weapon ,in conditions where billions will be slaughtered this is a very likely outcome and the human genome and the genetic material of every living creature on the planet will forever be altered. This will not be over a conventional war period but over decades, centuries possibly thousands of years. Population management , technology , space exploration and communications can easily prevent this kind of outcome but requires educated , hardworking and motivated people (basic needs are satisfied). Greed and envy will be the drivers of hate for this war.

  • terblanche.s - 2011-08-23 14:05

    Okay. Ek dink jy is verkeerd oubaas en dis onnodig om te gaan staan en almal in oproer kry oor iets wat jy uitgedink het terwyl jy op n Sondag aand sit en nuus kyk op T.V. As daar genoeg mense die lees en dan regtig dink dis rede om uit te gaan in die strate met wapens en daar is regtig n backlash, is jou storie iets wat dit veroorsaak het. So haal hom maar eerder van die internet af voordat daar teveel mense dit raak lees.

  • Keith - 2011-08-23 16:00

    Well written truths.

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  • turbodosis - 2011-08-24 00:14

    war is war. what you are describing is called ANARCHY...

  • Hügo Krüger - 2011-08-27 17:53

    "I do not know how the third world war will be fought, but I know the fourth will be fought with sticks and stones" - Albert Einstein.

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