“if a man does not keep pace with his companions it’s perhaps because he marches to the beat of a different drummer” Thoreau…
We need to build what I call a New Earth Commons Society which uses a non-inflationary Commons-Non-Debt means of exchange; this culture could live ‘side by side’ to a scaled-back capitalist system– one where the focus was commercial and industrial/technical.
The merit of my idea is that it would allow as many people as much choice as possible as to which system they want to live under. The present worldwide financial monoculture is reaching all natural limits and cannot be sustained– 2 billion practitioners is the likely limit. In all likeliness, this system reached its limits in and around 1950. I think the postmodernists grokked this and is in part what they were getting at.
So this new emerging New Earth Commons culture would have to have a guaranteed dividend for all its people. There are boundaries that would be legislated into the present system: Real-estate would be limited to a one home per person initiative and the present speculation on personal real-estate would end ( it would be allowed commercially in a stripped down capitalist system ). Health-care, education, ecology would all be traded in the N.E.C system with the stable mode of a new commons currency. I figure that by 2100 the two economies might divide into 2 billion participating in the reformed capitalist economy and about 8 billion partaking in the N.E.C. economy. A large part of the N.E.C.economy would be using the current recreation infrastructure; also the voluntary aspect of the N.E.C. would mean most people in that economy would commit to living simple ‘green’ environmentally sustainable lifestyles. A very large part of the culture would be having the infrastructure and education aimed towards mastery in any given interest. I concede the mindset of misanthropy would need to replaced with true philanthropy and not the phony kind the billionaire oligarchs reap today.
A new emerging N.E.C.civilization needs to have four pillars that are off-limits to capitalist exploitation:
2-housing: with a one house per person initiative put in place ( end the casino speculation on homes). Everyone is allowed one piece of private property. And yes, you can own as big a house as honest merit allows; but you only get to own one!
Implied in the new Four Pillars is the end of usury; especially usury as a tool of economic predatory behavior.
These four areas need to be the foundation of a New Earth Commons Non-Debt Currency Civilization.
I see this idea as a compromise in the long, bitter, futile war between Marx and the capitalists. But again, my prediction is ruin brought on by the capitalists. Here is why:
1)The Global Capitalist’s are continuing 500 years of imperialism. Islam is the new threat to their hegemony, so Islam needs to be tamed just like the aboriginals, or anyone one else that has gotten in the way of this beast. A large part of globalism today is the security of the oligarchy and its energy infrastructures.
2) This form of Global Capitalism is powered by the biggest Ponzi scheme in history: fiat currency and fractional reserve lending. It is that aspect of the Globalist’s system which has created the massive, unnecessary, bureaucracy. Get rid of that system and you get rid of the unnecessary bureaucracies.
3) Are we really going to talk about this without mentioning any Zionist agenda?And could we please talk about any Zionist agenda without debasing ourselves with anti-semitic rhetoric?
4) The free trading of goods and services now has to be juxtaposed with a non-necessary exploitation of the earth and its life-forms. The present exploitative systems of capital were fine in 1850 but are unsustainable in the near future. Can we please agree that pollution has deadly consequences for humans and other life-forms. Can we please educate ourselves on the laws of thermodynamics and come to understand that there are real natural boundaries on a finite planet with finite resources.
A non-debt New Earth Commons currency juxtaposed to a living dividend paid out to all people is a necessary need for a sustainable future. This dividend would be received along with education on ecology and commerce ( teach people that humanity cannot do whatever it wants when it wants ). We need to end the literal WELFARE of a system which takes care of the top 10% first ( The WELFARE for the elite) while at the same time promoting austerity for 90% of the planet ( the fighting for the left-over crumbs).
On the Western Welfare States: it was never going to be healthy or of much efficacy to give someone a few hundred bucks every month and tell them they are on their own. What any sane system would do is put in place an infrastructure of basic living needs being met juxtaposed to mandatory education on how to reach higher potentialities. The truth is the current social safety net is all about supporting the intermediary bureaucrats and not about the effective utility of helping people meet their potential as human beings. I suspect the system, as it is, has been put in place by cynical misanthropes.
The New Earth Commons Civilization is the antidote!
Occasionally I get into some creative writing:
The year: 1670
Location: the throne of the Lord of Karma situated beyond an immeasurable vast void that separates the material universe from spiritual godhead.
The Lord of Karma, ” The cries of the souls of the merchants, artists, and actors, musicians, and common people are reaching unto thee, my Lord.” ” The Brahman priests and warriors have abused their authority for 10,000 years upon the Earth and the consequence of their indulgence has come unto thee.”
The Spirit of Godhead, ” I sanction thee to allow a re-balancing of the karma’s and see that the merchants, artists, and actors, musicians, and the common people of the earth re-address the inequities of the priests and their warriors. ” ” See to it that the next 300 years on earth gives rise to equality of the merchants, artists, and actors, and musicians, and common people. ”
The Lord of Karma, ‘ Your will be done, Sri!”
The year 1970:
The Lord of Karma, ” Your will has been implemented upon the earth, Sri; the merchants, artists, and actors, musicians, and the common people have affected an amazing culture upon the earth; but the warriors and priests are planning a rebellion against your will and are plotting a plan that will start in 2001; this will give the balance of power back to the warriors and the priests upon the Earth.”
The Spirit of Godhead, “It is how it should be, oh, Lord of Karma, as all things must attain balance, equilibrium, and flow within the material universe’s according to natural law.” ” Oh, Lord of Karma, see to it in the next 100 years that all the castes upon the Earth fulfill their rightful and just balance upon the Earth; that they learn that there is an interconnectedness to all things within their life systems that strives for balance, equilibrium, and justice!”
The Lord of Karma, ” Your will be done, Sri!”
“One billion gagillion fafillion shabadabalo shabadamillion shabaling shabalomillion yen” Dr. Evil
Should civilization cap income to help prevent the oligarch class from becoming all powerful?
Is $100,000,000 dollars enough for one lifetime for one family? That’s a million bucks a year for a 100 year life. ! Can one family live comfortably on that? I would answer, yes! Civilization has to start thinking about capping income and funnelling excess back into The Global Commons ( and not through corrupt charitable foundations.)
” there’s still time to change the road you’re on.” Robert Plant.
It seems to me that the aristocracy became fully aware that God, as laid out in myth, was non-existent; that whatever reluctance to doing anything one wanted with no threat of punishment was thoroughly eviscerated with the advent of The Enlightenment; modernity and the scientific method.
One could argue that the elite has chosen debauchery and decadence as the path most suitable to walk on with this new found knowledge. It appears they’ve even convinced about 10% of the earth’s population that this is the best way forward in a godless universe; that corruption, the will to do anything without regard to consequences is the proper way to proceed in this Renaissance reduced to dirt!
But wait a minute! Is this really the only way forward in a Godless universe? I would argue, NO!
Buddhism, for the most part, has always been non-theistic and there have been times throughout that culture where another choice was possible! The choice of living in humble sympathetic resonance with the earth, its life forms, and other humans always has been and still is possible!
Think about this! And no, this is not a message to make money on within in the spiritual materialism which is the New Age Movement!
Blaming the erosion of cilvil liberties and civil society on liberalism is like blaming food for someone being hungry in a grocery store! That is to say it makes no sense at all! It’s a really poor example of false equivalency.
Here is a definition of liberalism. It’s neoconservative and neoliberal economic policy which have eroded liberal values ( civil liberties and cilvil society) in the post 911 era! So I’m gonna scream if I hear the alt-right blame our current woes on liberalism one more time! Another antagonist here are the radical cultural marxists who it appears are just playing seriously demented head games with society. One has to wonder what kind of hidden agendas are at play, right Mr.Soros?
Of course the people I blame the most are the liberal politicians who sold out liberal values to neoliberal corporate hacks and neoconservative war hawks. Now it’s no wonder you’ve been fired in the U.S. and are soon to be fired again in Canada as the regressive right exploits these false narratives for their own regressive ends .
” give a man a fish, a rod, and teach him how to fish!”
On the Universal Basic Income:
It need not be universal but minimum.
A UBI will be a waste of time if inflation isn’t factored in. Also, just giving people money is useless. The UBI needs to be implemented alongside wealth creation initiatives; and today those initiatives need to be green; it needs to be implemented with laws banning predatory usury against those making less than $24,000 U.S.; it needs to be co-ordinated with tax laws which exempt those under $24,000; it needs to reward and not punish the earning of merited income; these are minimum requirements for this idea not to be a complete and utter failure ! I would add, also, that the mindset of the wealthy would need to change, too; as it pertains to those less fortunate ! So the UBI ( or something like it) juxtaposed to green education and living practices alongside education about humanities human potential . Anything less than this is a waste of time!
” you never really know someone until you fight them!”
Should we be in a non-dual embrace with a false construct?
According to the Gnostic tradition it’s the very last thing one should do! Why would you want to be one with the demiurge’s prison matrix?
I’ll throw Wilber a bone here and say this: Non-Dual spirituality is one of about a half dozen spiritual philosophies/religions that are still valid in 2016–IMO.. But only as spiritual ‘hypothesis’ and not as dogmatic assertions.
“what evil is this that lurks in the heart of men?”
If humanity cannot figure out truth via the processes of logic and reason then we are forever doomed. Anything could be true but we would have no way to know if something were true . Here are three basic principles that have helped me in discerning metaphysical truth when it comes to theism:
1) spiritual punishment if there were such a thing would always have to be just based on human standards of reason and logic. Reincarnation is less irrational than one strike and your out doctrines . Out of the two reincarnation would be more likely to be true. I am not saying reincarnation is true; but rather making a point .
2) universal truth would never be premised on world geography . Claims that God would use such methods fail reasonable and logical analysis . We can reject narratives like The Promised Land of Israel and call it what it is: geographic hubris . Hinduism and a few other religions are also susceptible to this fallacy .
3) we can reject ethnocentricity as a guide for universal truth . No good human parent would divide their offspring and scapegoat one sibling against another . This is ethnocentric inflation which is the number one cause of the problem of evil when it comes to religiosity.