"from each according to his abilities and to eachaccording to his needs." Instead, it has thus farproved to be simply a more extended and morecoordinated version of the system of hugemonopolistic corporations that first emerged inthe early twentieth century.6As the global vil-lage has taken shape, these corporations haveachieved unparalleled political influence. It hasalso become increasingly clear that they areindifferent to the goods and services they actu-ally produce. For their main business is to maxi-mize profits by underpaying and, when desir-able, laying-off workers and by cajoling, tricking,or forcing consumers to buy more and morethings that are less and less important. The glamorous and seemingly unstop-pable spread of the Internet, cell phones, thedollar, and corporate economics has a another,often unpleasant, side that residents of themore affluent neighborhoods tend to overlook.Along the same channels that bring innovationssuch as satellite TV to the far corners of the vil-lage, great fear and anxiety flow about the lossof traditional, local beliefs and practices. In response to such fears, the less privi-leged residents seek solace in what they believeto be the past (even if it is a largely mythicalpast). Old languages, art, and music are revivedfrom the brink of extinction; and ethnic powerand "cleansing" movements arise to challengethe cultural homogenization overtaking the vil-lage. Religious fundamentalism is embraced inincreasing numbers by adherents of the village'smajor faiths: Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism,Islam, and in smaller sects and denominationsas well, in response to the forces of seculariza-tion. Nationalism, and its frequent companionmilitarism, experiences a significant revival in anattempt to counter the reach of multinationalinstitutions. These are not aberrations or myste-rious contradictions. Rather, the current growthand popularity of such movements, and thepotential of social conflict that they entail, are asmuch a part of the global village as e-mail orMTV. As Benjamin Barber notes in his widelyread work on this phenomenon, "the two axialprinciples of our age – tribalism and globalism –clash at every point except one: they may bothbe threatening to democracy."7In the absence of species consciousness,there is no reason to believe that current trendswill cease or even slow down. To the contrary, aglobal village that is not a village for-itself isbound to be a village in continual conflict andstrife: autocratic politics, monopolistic econom-ics, exploitation, religious intolerance, inter-eth-nic violence, and militarism. Of course, theseare hardly new problems. But they are seriousand dangerous in a new way when they occurin humanity's one and only village, with noother place to go and no one other than our-selves to whom we can turn for help. That iswhy the need for all people to see themselvesas one has never been more urgent.