Transitioning from a Reformed Capitalistic Model to a Libertarian Socialist Model- I’m a Revolutionary

Capitalism is structurally violent. The war on terrorism/drugs is just a war on abused and vulnerable people. Workaholics are rewarded resulting in stress and emotionally detached kids who grow to be addicts.

It seems to me that there are 4 standard or umbrella modes of societal structuring and after listening on numerous occasions to Chomskys description of each along with hours and hours of further study and research, its clear to me that a libertarian socialist model is the correct model currently thought of. It best aligns with human nature and the environment. From there, as I’ve said, we can move to an even more efficient model, an RBE.

But, the question is:

How do we go from the various forms of capitalism we find ourselves in today to a more saner global model.

Firstly, the main point must be stressed that this will have to be a grass roots movement in the mainstream medias face, with strict goals and targets on revolution, gaining traction and support the more we proceed.

Furthermore, this transition/revolution can only work to an LSE model if the people of the US do it first in their country or if many other countries do it at the same time; the latter seems more plausible. As we’ve seen on countless occasions before, the US just doesn’t allow anything outside of their form of globalised free-market capitalism. No justification required on this blog, I assume the readers are aware.

To even begin a revolution at the core of standard doctrine, it seems to me, that we need a climate or zeitgeist among much of the population that a consensus is held on what are the problems and solutions. It becomes apparent in my experience of travelling, that there are many people who want change. Of the ones that do want change there are a minimal number of them who actually know what change might be. They realise corporations are rapacious, governments are unrepresentative and their neighbours seem greedy and competitive but they don’t link the structure of capitalism to any of these.

The need for relevant information dissemination is apparent, the protection of the Internet the most important. The reforming of the most damaging symptoms the next: equality (banking sector, corporations) in Life Support (Waste, Env protection), Security (WAR & Prisons) and Education (Schools and media), which I’ve briefly discussed previously. Then a consensus among the educated population and the ones who see the benefits must be reached and this must gain more and more traction and support while we continue to practise civil disobedience in the face of policies or measures that are outside our principles.

Once enough people have joined, we demand a change in the way corporations & banks work; within the guidelines of our principals. We then minimise the government to its required size-depending on our policies- until a satisfactorily small government is left. It couldn’t completely dissolve but would probably just be a small administrative organisation that will have strict policies onto it self, I imagine.

This is the only route to an LSE, in my opinion, at the national level. But how to do that across countries, on the global scale and in the face of the global capitalists will be one for the history books!! But I can think of no more a noble cause, a no more required course of action and a goal that would most benefit Species, Planet and Life.

I plan to discuss in detail and find/discover routes to transition. I’ll also discuss how it might work and/or look and how when the power is in each and everyone hands, No big brother is required.

But from this moment on I proclaim that:

I am a Revolutionary,

What I do? is try to revolutionise the global economic system in such a way that it works in protection of ALL humanity and in the limits of the GLOBAL natural environment.

I will work tirelessly to that end.

I will unite with anyone who seeks this end and will move in tandem with them.

I won’t stop until I am dead or Victory is realised.

THIS SHIT HAS GOT TO GO.

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Security in Free-market capitalist society

Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country” – Hermann Göring, during Nurumberg trials

“War is a racket, it always has been” –General Smedley D. Butler

Salvador Allende was overthrown because he was a Marxist with great plans counter to American interests. That’s not allowed in a competitive economic system, the big bully on the schoolyard wants all the sweets for himself. So, really to stop war one needs to get at the root cause. Discussed previously

But let me quickly throw my 2 cents in. Firstly I don’t have a concrete opinion on every false flag or ‘terrorist act’ but I do believe a lot of people believe false flags to be true as the nature of democracy leaves War a tough thing to justify to the people.

Naomi Klien describes it well in her book; ‘the shock doctrine’ by saying a democratic nation needs a ‘shock’ to the populace as persuasion for aggression. Is it just a coincidence that Iraq has oil and the US consumes oil by the largest quantity per capita (32 times more than the average African). Or a convenience that the US’s military industrial complex pretty much requires constant war to satisfy itself and that about $750B of tax payer money is spent on the military a year. Crash+“WAR ON TERROR”-Refugees=$$$$$ (for the 1% who profit).

Read more about US interventions and the reasons for them in Naomi Kliens book linked here

But, this is all a requirement in a system of this type where we must compete; it all serves an agenda which keeps the establishment established, i.e the rich rich and the poor as servants. We cannot stop false flags, destructive crony capitalism and imperialism in isolation because it will just rare it’s ugly head somewhere else when the core system incentive remains the same.

We need a new ‘core’ to the system, one of altruism and cooperation as the only means to true peace.

This is discussed in my core piece on economic problems. This among others as simple reforms in areas of modern society as steps toward a transition to a Libertarian Society economic model described in my piece entitled “transition” this then can be grown to a system of relative utopia where money is no longer required and everyone and everything is safe, secure, healthy and happy.

Finally and important, arguably the stupidest thing in the 21st century: The justice/prison system. We have an economy that requires wage slaves and results in poverty as the money goes upwards. Which forces poverty and degradation on a percentage of society, those people are raised in poverty and when they act out by stealing or becoming addicted to drugs, arguably as a means of numbing pain we chuck them in cages as ‘punishment’. It’s not rehabilitation it’s punishment, in the cages with other people all being punished. They come out worse most of the time I imagine. Prisons that profit from the quantity of prisoners they have is a tragedy of the highest order. No further justification is required on this it is absolutely absurd. Constitutions that were written hundreds of years ago are also ridiculous, the world is so different now and changes daily. We need an adaptive law that is based on nature, a natural law.

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Thoughts on education and the media in free-market capitalism-simple reform

The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”

– Sir. Ken Robinson

The media

Information: Genuine Facts about what’s happening or what has happened

Misinformation: Facts presumed as such but are incorrect

Disinformation: Facts provided with the knowledge of falsehood

The mainstream media is currently fully controlled by vested interests in the interest of advertising their products, it’s abundantly obvious to the immediately learned man, they regularly practise disinformation in the interest of their corporate owners and hence the interests of the competitive market, with detrimental effects. To the layman stuck in its charm I feel sympathy. But again, this is not a piece on criticism; there is ample work on this.

I only wish to postulate briefly on a simple reform technique at the national level:

  1. Provide a national media outlet, run by the people for the people
    • No private interests allowed or tied to this organisation
    • EG: The Irish National Media Organisation (INMO)
    • Organised as a cooperative, not-for-profit, answerable to viewers
    • National ‘freedom of speech’ rating provided by the people
    • National ‘transparency index;’ provided by the people
    • National ‘unbiased index’ provided by the people
  2. Provide incentives to encourage community based media outlets
    • Control the concentration of capital to maximise quantity of outlets
    • remove the advertisement incentive for media outlets, subsidise if necessary
  3. Any media organisation is required to be fully transparent and answerable to the people.
    • Private ones can continue but must be fully transparent on who owns them, their balances etc.
    • Each time the INMO finds they have provided Mis or Disinformation they will be reduced in rating until they are shut down.
    • The people will then know the quality of information

Education

Currently we have (in the west anyway) an education system that is more like a factory line up with robots dictated to with no genuine life skills learned. Finally to be punished when they can’t operate effectively in the ‘market’. The more money your parents have the better the school you go to, the more opportunities you have, the better the job you get. The cycle continues with social mobility ever decreasing. Is it rigged in this manner to maintain a stock of worker drones? Probably, but again I’m not here to criticise. See this piece for that.

But let me talk on simple reform here.

Firstly:

NO PRIVATE EDUCATION, always not-for-profit, answerable to the parents/people

Flip the education ideals

  1. Homework should be online ‘khan academy’ style, information dictated to them directly under parent’s supervision, obviously in a fun manner.
    • Children that can’t afford a home computer, the government will provide a ‘learning tablet’
    • One can imagine super cheap ‘learning tablets’, solely with the curriculum downloaded.
  2. Teacher briefly quizzes them on content knowledge from homework and groups accordingly
    • Children who didn’t watch it, don’t get grouped and it’s solely the parents fault
  3. Then class is solving problems related in groups
    • Promotes critical thinking and problem solving
    • Make them be wrong and reward being wrong

Should Children be grouped by age or capability?

  • Age to start with but as they grow older they join groups of like minded children OR unlike-minded ones BUT in an ever refined grouping strategy to make the most effective problem solvers
  • The teachers will require training on how to notice young children’s strengths and weaknesses and scale and group them accordingly

Everything one needs to know about proper schooling can be found by listening to lectures by Sir.Ken Robinson.

Bottom line, this mans education ideals need to be enacted at national level.

With this simple switch in strategy one can imagine a child ever increasing her capabilities in areas that she is strong in until finally graduating with a strong confident knowledge in her strong field, which she can be of maximum benefit to society in.

Check this lecture out on corporate attack on education

Have a look at these great people promoting democratic schools

Sir. Ken Robinsons lecture

Thoughts on free-market capitalism reform- Equality

“Give me control of a nation’s wealth and I care not who makes the laws.”- David Rockefeller

Credit Suisse in 2015 stated that 1% of the worlds population holds 50% of the wealth.

So, It’s blatantly obvious to the learned man that the banking system/financial system is rigged and controlled by a few people in their very own interest with a system that supports their control. To the layman I thought it was obvious but it seems the average Joe feels there is a problem but cannot comprehend it. But, for the purpose of this blogs topic, I will not be talking about how the financial system is rigged, watch these documentaries, if you need information. I’ll only be talking about solutions but let me be clear: I am not an economic professor or very learned in this field, I just listen to the people who are and they have solutions. I will merely summarise the various options they present in a conclusive and concise manner, then give links to their works/sites.

Firstly, let this be clear, before maybe the 16th century interest was called usary and it was illegal in civilised society. What changed to allow the bankers to profit from other people? They will give you some spiel about ‘ratcheting up the economy’ like they always do in order to conceal their true agenda. But it should be obvious to anyone: a privately owned bank making money from your desperation and out of nothing (interest) is a serious problem. They give loans and then you must pay back more. If money is supposed to be a pricing index in direct correlation to goods and/or services, then this extra money (made out of thin air aka debt) will create immense inequality. They’re essentially loan sharks, concealed behind a nice suit and legislation made in their favour- obviously through provocation.

So, the steps to financial reform are: (links provided to organsiations working on/or with this reform)

  1. Separate the current banks into commercial and private
    • Commercial banks are government owned and give loans out to the people with zero interest, or a small ceiling’d rate. Having a proper ‘ratcheting effect’.
      • They are answerable to the people and can’t make silly bets on property that send the whole planet into recession
    • Private banks are then called Investment banks and people can choose to invest (gamble) with them if they wish
      1. They are required to be fully transparent
    • This can be done at national level soon
  2. Private banks cannot create any money from loans
    • 91% of money is created this way, it’s money from nothing, going to the top from the bottom
      • Also can be done at national level in tandem with step 1
  3. Close the FUCKING tax havens down
    • Multilateral legislation in the form of taxes paid only in original country
    • Multilateral legislation for agreed on corporate tax rate
    • This needs to be done at international level, very difficult in current ‘nationalist fervor’ state
  4. Global Tax on capital
    • Multilateral legislation on taxing the capital in an incremental way
    • Again, very difficult, international required

Obviously, this is extremely difficult in the current ‘nationalist fervor’ state we find ourselves in because each country has different legislation and are out for their own interests. The whore countries (like Ireland) need the economic gains, corporate investment and the people need the jobs. But to allow this to continue is a bigger problem to the planet as a whole and sacrifice must be made.

Again the problem here is a competitive economic system. It’s in a nations best interest to be a whore to corporate globalised interests. Especially small countries like Ireland or the caymen islands, who need to compete with the big boys. True reform of this needs complete reform at the international level but again we’re stuck in a multi faceted competitive economic system, controlled by the people at the very top in their interests. We need change at the very ,very core of the economic system and it must be demanded and enacted by the people. Anything else is just patch work but as I’ll describe in a later piece I feel these reform techniques are required primarily as a stepping stone to create the societal environment to enable the people to demand change to a better system, that works for them and adapts to the requirements of nature. More on this to come.

Read these 37 ways to reform an economy, very well done for a better summary of reform techniques

Watch Lectures by positive money UK

Check this website for Modern Money Theory reform techniques

Read this book by Thomas Pikkety for arguably the most accurate, data full economic literature to date.

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Meat in Capitalistic economics and it’s negative effects- thoughts on simple reform

‘If we all regarded meat as a novelty and had one portion a week, we could drive all the cars we wanted, and fly in all the planes till we got sick of the lovely food” -me

Firstly, there is a paper written that states and calculates that “IF” livestock raring was calculated correctly (by this they mean that the standard practise of calculating emissions in this sector does not cover everything or disregards vital points) then this would equate to 51% of global emissions. If this is true, to a learned person in this field the above statement needs no further justification.

However, One can only argue how correct and accurate this is so let me discuss meat and it’s problems anyway:

Animal raring, and the by-products, for consumption are currently at unsustainable levels. The ramifications of the practise are causing serious problems to the climate, water security, species habitat and human health, not to mention the grotesque inhumane practices currently adopted to produce the products at the level demanded. Some quick facts about it:

  • The Amazon is affectionately called ‘Earths Lungs’
    • Amazon absorbs about a quarter of all the CO2 in the air by the land
  • Amazon being cut down at about 6,000 SqKm/yr
    • 91% cut down for raring livestock
  • Livestock emits 7,516MT of CO2 eq/yr in 2010 according to the UN FAO.
    • Similar to all the road vehicles (4972) and the planes in the world (751) according to the IEA
  • Species loss in the amazon alone is drastic
  • 2500 gallons of fresh water required for each kilo of meat
  • Manure from cattle flows into rivers and out to sea causing huge dead zones

There is the argument, and I can see where people come from, that it’s a natural thing to eat meat. I agree that the food chain is natural but I contend that if we know it’s unsustainable to eat meat and causing harm to our environment then the civilised/obvious thing to do is to cut down on consumption until we reach safe levels.

On the other hand, it seems ‘cool’ now to label yourself a vegan or vegetarian and then never enjoy any meat or cheese as if its now sacrilegious to do so. I’m 50% vegan, 90% vegetarian and 10% omnivore, what’s my label? quasi-veggie? This whole thing is ridiculous, stop the labels, eat less meat or none at all if you wish but don’t be a pretentious dick about it.

Anyway, Eating meat was required during our evolution, I imagine, when we struggled to find calories, but this is largely not the problem anymore. We now have an abundance of efficient technologies that can produce sufficient calories and feed the whole population on a diet without meat. Meat could remain a novelty item to satisfy the people who want it.

The problem again is the economic system. Poorer countries need to provide calories to their people, some are starving, therefore they rely on the products for export as a means of development. Brazil for example gains substantial GDP from Amazon destruction related industry but communities and families rely on the deforestation & farming for their livelihoods.

So essentially, in Free-market capitalism, if we wanted to save the atmosphere and have concern for animals & human health, the communities would go without pay, the economic system of the ‘poor’ countries would get worse and the livelihood of the poor would diminish (inevitably).

So the problem is with the economic system not with cows bowls or the farmers, it is just an unsustainable economic system that has no power, no inherent control, no clog in its machine to address problems like this. The problems are fully external, it cannot care.

SO, how do we reform it in a fashion that satisfies it’s current requirements and protect the environment sufficiently to give us enough time to change to a system that inherently reacts to the natural environment & human health?

  • At governmental level
    1. Policy that meat production is 1/7th of what it was per farm*
    2. Subsidise farmers so meat is 7 times the price
      1. Or, meat production substituted for veggies gets incentivised
    3. Policy of 1 portion of meat/wk/capita
  • At a personal level: Be happy to eat meat 1/7th of the time
    1. Chicken on Friday evenings
    2. Pork for Saturday Lunch
    3. Portion of Beef for Sunday Dinner
    4. Fish on Wednesday evening
    5. Condemn anyone who tries to show opulence by eating more meat
  • At community level: support farmers
    1. Work with them to ensure they retain their livelihoods
    2. Requires adapting to the changes and working together
    3. Requires a shift in values to support each other rather than compete

Quickly, an important point is that lots of perfect, fully ready to eat food is wasted (different quantities in different countries), essentially through poor management but you could argue the finer points. Again, it stems from a poor economic system as nobody works together, only against each other. To truly minimise this problem we would need an economic system that doesn’t see human health as an externality. Currently profit is all that’s required and the result is starving people while perfectly good food is produced and thrown out.

As a quick aside: another example of this for clarity: homeless people living on the street while there are empty flats & houses available. It’s not because there’s no house for them, it’s because they can’t ‘afford’ it. People aren’t hungry because there’s not enough food for them.

Quick reform techniques, to minimise it, in the pursuit of a saner system where providing food is a basic right to everyone and not depending on market fluctuations or financial access. (human and environmental health should not be open to the punishments of poor market decisions):

  • Waste reduction through ‘full life-cycle cost’ taken by producer.
    1. Producer must have infrastructure/facilities to fully recycle any good produced
    2. Incentive to use easily recyclable materials in goods production
    3. Incentive to minimise transport (GHGs) and to maximise distribution/reclaim efficiency
    4. This should reduce private property reliance also
  • Community based ‘grocery store-come-restaurants’ run by the community for the community.
    1. Ensures minimum waste as oldest food will be used first and knowledge will grow at exponential rate to ensure perfect quantities & minimum waste

Finally,

At the start I said we could drive all the cars we want etc. but this is unsustainable too, really. We have the current situation because the oil oligarchs have fashioned it that way. There are plenty of alternatives to internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars, especially privately owned ones where they sit for 95% of their lives then carry one person for the other 5% of their lives. Non-private (always full) Electric vehicles from renewable energy is the goal but the point here is that WE COULD burn all the fossil fuel reserves instead of having livestock, if we cut meat consumption right down and allowed the forests to grow. But this is just silly, cut them both down, solving one problem and allowing another to grow is not a solution.

But it does give us time to wrestle and wrangle up the lunatics, the oil oligarchs and the psychopaths playing their crazy little games, games that are causing serious problems and harm. Then we can choose the optimum way of species development at our leisure.

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Refugees, Western Governments and Me

“WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”

Smedley D. Butler, War Is a Racket

I just finished a week volunteering at the Dunkirk refugee camp in North France and I feel I need to blog about my experience, my reasons for helping and my position on the causes. This is a blog on macroeconomics and in my opinion all refugees today are economic refugees, as War is really just about economic control as Major General Smedley eloquently describes in his book.

Firstly I want to congratulate ‘Utopia56’ for the exemplary job they have done in making this camp liveable, even a place of dignity for the refugees. Further, a thanks to all my colleagues that give up time in their lives to help these poor displaced people. This is a point in my life I will never forget and that’s thanks to the organisations, volunteers and very grateful refugees. In my experience the refugees are decent people, just trying to make it in a crazy world, where for some reason people from a foreign land have caused them so much harm, forced them to leave friends and family, their home and country.

To say they are just looking for a ‘free-ride’ in the west is just offensive, ridiculous and reductive. Whoever holds this position is either ignorant, intensely stupid or arrogantly holds an agenda. The west tries to control the world and it’s resources, gets rich by exploiting countries in their own interest and then condemns people for trying to come to where all the resources are, just in pursuit of a better life. It is arguably the most ironically hypocritical circumstance in the history of humanity and it really gets me vexed.

My experience

I spent nearly a week in the camp, working with the organisation Utopia56. I worked 12 hour days, cutting vegetables, distributing food, cleaning the camp (involved clearing rubbish bags and providing new ones), Standing at entrances to the site for security, handing out donations, laundry, making things with wood, we also dug a trench for refuse water (under the guidance of a professional builder).

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There is much more to do, but mostly I spent my time in the ‘bike workshop’ because I’m pretty good with my hands, basically a heap of old bikes and bits, try to make a bike from the pile. Also, help the kids that come along to fix up their bikes. This I found most rewarding, I started one morning trying to make a toddler girls bike out of the scrap, and by 5pm, with the help of a very capable Iraqi guy, it was ready to go. A young girl was ecstatic with it.

Over all, the work was not hard and the hours were long but rewarding. The refugees are very grateful for your help and are always happy to see you and say ‘hello my friend’ with a smile and are eager to learn about you/your culture. They are honest, decent people trying to make a living for themselves in desperation while still remaining positive, graffiti like ‘still I am positive’ and responses to ‘how are you’ with ‘I am surviving my friend’ are common. If you’re reading this and are concerned, I highly recommend sparing a week or more of your life helping (follow the link above).

Bottom line, it will take a lot more than a few bombs to destroy these people, they’re strong, you can’t win you crazy psychos, there’s people like all those volunteers I worked with there that are concerned for them and that will fight you every step of the way, keep your warmongering to yourselves. Plotting in your silly board rooms, tied up in your stupid looking suits.

My Reason for helping

Let me state; the governments of the west do not represent me, I condemn NATO expansionism, terrorism in all it’s forms and complicity to War. I went to Dunkirk to try to show those people, in what little way I could, that I am concerned for their well-being and apologise for the actions of the people that are/or have managed to gain control of me. I’m Irish and even though Ireland is not part of NATO I feel the same level of disdain and responsibility, for example we shouldn’t be allowing U.S planes to stop in Shannon en-route to bomb. I am also a EU citizen but more importantly a human of Earth, whatever is causing these problems to my brothers and sisters must stop. I am partly responsible for it, and so is everyone else. Our collective apathy is as bad as the actions.

My position

Imperial agendas, economic hegemony and hence NATO expansionism is the cause of this, NATO is the 21st century empires war department, and the refugee crisis in Europe is nothing more than a symptom of Imperial agendas by sociopaths. NATO’s purpose pre-Russian empire collapse was to protect against Russia. Now what are they doing? Expanding to the east of Berlin ever more. ISIS is a direct result of this, and it suits their agenda.

Continuing War is profitable as resources can be extracted more easily and the home-population can then be more easily lead, preferable to them in an ever-increasing autocratic manner. Study anything by Noam Chomsky on expansionism for a very well articulated explanation of this.

Further, a position I agree with as it seems logical, noted by respected and knowledgeable people like Ken o Keefe, Gearoid O Colmain and George Galloway, to name a few, is that ISIS is funded by the very people who claim to be fighting them, perpetuation of war is the agenda, it’s profitable!

It seems logical to me that If they really wanted to destroy ISIS they could. NATO is by far the most powerful force, probably ever. It’s ridiculous to think ISIS could contend if not supported and if NATO used its full arsenal. The result is refugees, displaced families, death and suffering. All in the name of profit. It sickens me but it’s just another symptom of a sick system, rotting at its core.

Addendum (27-05-2016)

It came to my attention that this is not obvious to some, so let me put it in to clarify: Obviously, the situation is very complex and it’s reductive to state that every problem is due to NATO expansionism or imperial agendas. The internal struggles of the region have a part to play, so does religion, so does a myriad of other things that I can’t even begin to comprehend. The Kurdish majority in the camp is probably due to some form of racial oppression but again….pandoras box. My point is that, imperial agendas in that region are to blame for a lot of the instability and as a ‘westerner’…I feel…VEXED about and somewhat responsible.

An analogy to conclude

Imagine a rotting tree please. The dying leaves at the bottom of the tree are the refugees or homeless; the few healthy ones are at the top, sucking all the nutrients. The twigs are jobs, holding the leafs, were more and more become skinnier and weaker, barely holding the leaf. The branches are corporations (globalisation), with a sole interest in broadening itself in complete disregard for the leaves and the Tree as a whole. The Trunk is a Nation, a Free-market capitalistic nation for example- ever growing, disregarding the replenishment rate of the nutrients. The roots are in competition-providing the tree with nutrients that are acquired at the expense of the other roots and trees, greedily disregarding the soils replenishment rate.

The soil is the environment or society as a whole.

If we want healthy & happy leafs, who don’t risk their lives trying to make there way to the top (where all the nutrients are) and who have strong twigs with responsible branches, a prudent trunk and concerned roots. We need only stop intoxicating the soil with poor values, educate in a proper manner. Provide nutrients to the roots that teach cooperation and altruism. How? Intends to be discussed in this blog.

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Darwin, Dawkins and Deists

I just finished reading ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins and I want to get this out of my head before I go back to this blogs major topic: Economic system reform and thoughts on transition. Religion is a major topic of discussion but not part of the scope here, so let me get it out of the way and leave it there.

  • Theist=        Belief in a personal God that is in your head, answers prayers etc.
  • Deist=          Belief in a God that isn’t in your head, only started the universe.
  • Agnostic=    Equal argument that there could be a God as couldn’t
  • Atheist=       Don’t believe in a God

Dawkins claims to be Atheist but I pose that currently everyone that is atheist is agnostic, because that ‘Crane’ which he describes in his book to explain the evolution and beginning of the cosmos is currently non-existent, as he says. Darwin’s evolution of life, which is blatantly obvious, explains life on earth. This does not automatically qualify the same principals for the cosmos. Hence, Dawkins must be agnostic until the day we do prove this ‘cosmic crane of information’. Maybe an apt title would be ‘Ath-agnostic’ where ‘there is equal argument for God as not but I’m more inclined to believe not’ and people who are more inclined toward the ‘God’ side of agnosticism would be Thee-agnostic. But this complicates things even further, it’s already a rigmarole of labels already.

Which leads me to my main point here, that this whole argument is abundantly complicated, frustrating and currently unsolvable. The only ‘religion’ that tries to evaporate this cloud of ignorance is Buddhism and they aren’t considered a religion (in the truest sense), they merely say that the answers to these questions are unsolvable and only causes you ‘Dukha’*, the most apt English translation for that I found is: ‘angst’, when reading, ‘Buddhism plain and simple’ by Steven Hague.

So, I was born a Christian but always questioned the bullshit of it, Conceited to being a deist when I was old enough to pose my own argument or thoughts on the subject. Then after more research I related to Buddhism but only really the parts where they contend that ‘seeking these answers, cause you dukha’ and that life is like a river-just go with the flow, death and pain are parts of life. And it did cause me dukha, previously every time I sat on the toilet, I exhaled a sigh and questioned my purpose, it’s frustrating. But I did not agree with all the other bullshit they package with it-funny hats etc.

Therefore, I have a title for my beliefs (or non-beliefs) and the lifestyle that follows, and it is:

‘Apatheist’– key word is apathy. Where essentially, I care not for the discussion, there may or may not be a God but I don’t care to waste anymore of my energy on the question because it serves nothing, only more angst.

  • I will live my life as I see fit with the goal of pursuing maximum happiness.
    • The blatantly obvious fact (to me anyway, neo-liberals might disagree) that my happiness is fully dependent on everyone else’s happiness makes a ‘religion’ with positive morals- socially egalitarian.

This does not suggest that when we are apathetic to the question of Gods existence we are automatically Apathetic to the question of the beginnings of the cosmos. On the contrary, the goal of describing the crane of logic to the beginnings’ of the cosmos is the same, but now we don’t have to try dis-prove something that, in-fact, was never proved in the first place.

Creationist-‘Gods real because there is no other explanation’

Apatheist- ‘No time for your nonsense, I need to check my latest data’

The beauty of Apatheism is that: Engaging me on the questions of religion is against my religion. Therefore, nobody can ever annoy you or preach their ridiculous beliefs at you anymore, no longer do you have to suffer it, sigh of relief anyone?

Let me say now, I’ve never been happier since ascribing to this way of life. I no longer have this mind-power-wasting angst anymore. I just do whatever I want and don’t get hung up on ‘getting a job’ or ‘pleasing’ everyone else. It amplifies the Buddhist tenants of: life is a like a river, go with the flow, don’t resist it by trying to control everything, Death is just part of life, the river must meet the ocean sometime.

NOTE: Finished writing this, then googled ‘apatheist’, it’s a thing already! My mistake 🙂 well my beliefs are congruent with those of my apatheist predecessors.

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*Dukha or Angst. It’s the constant niggling at the back of your mind that you should be doing something or impressing someone or figuring out what life is about and your place in it and why you ARE. This only causes angst, nothing more, ‘unsolvable questions that don’t require answers, spend that energy on something that creates happiness’

No climate problem, no energy problem, no hunger problem-just an economic problem and its effects

“It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from WEAPONRY to LIVINGRY.”

-R.Buckminster Fuller

That was said in 1981 in the book ‘Critical Path’, however I’m sure it was expressed sooner. The point here is that the technological level in 1981 was satisfactory for material abundance, this is abundantly truer in 2016, where technological advancements have seen leaps and bounds. The internet for example.

The problem we have is the economic system and it’s negative effects stifling technological freedom. I’ve said in a previous blog that there are no illuminati and no reptilian overlords, we only have an economic system with moral negatives at the core and the resulting world we see today with psychopaths & sociopaths in control is a manifestation of such. The resulting climate problems, poverty and environmental degradation are natural ramifications. To sort out all these problems we need only sort out the core problem of a competitive market place with greed as the motive and change to a cooperative one with altruism as the motive, the manifestations & ramifications will then be positives.

How can we achieve this?

Let me first discuss human nature. This is always the first argument in response to a more social socio-economic model ‘The problem with that is that Humans are greedy, it’s in our nature’. This makes me cringe; maybe it’s in your nature, or more correctly in your indoctrinated head. A human’s nature (emphasis on ‘A’ because there is 7.2 billion different humans) can be seen like a bandwidth, illustrated below.

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Where person B has the capacity (nature) to be morally half ‘bad’ or fully ‘good’ and where person D has the capacity to be half ‘good’ or fully ‘bad’, in their ‘nature’. The environment one grows in has total influence on where person A or D will end up on the scale[1]. Hence, in an economic system that rewards and encourages greed/selfishness/competition (essentially, look out for yourself-step over everyone else) then Person B will typically end up half bad and person D will typically end up fully bad[2], if wishing to succeed. There are exceptions however, as person/s A do become fully good, raised in an environment where they are thought to not care for the established measure of success.

The point is: to succeed in this economic system, the more ‘bad’ you are the more successful you are, as a rule. Therefore, the ‘worst’ of us rise to the top while the ‘better’ people question what has happened. Therefore, we need an economic system that rewards the ‘good’ side of our nature.

So, If it’s not human nature, why has this historically manifested?

Because scarcity of resources was historically constant in our species evolution, so competition is apparent. This is the same for any organism on Earth, the difference now is that we are not like any other organism on Earth, we are fully sentient, have dominated and understood the Earth and Universe to a level that we can use tools and machines to manage resources and provide abundance.

So why don’t use our technology to provide abundance?

Because we continue this economic system of competition as the incentive and greed as the motive where it suits the establishment to have control, look out your window for justification. This is no longer required, we need merely make the decision to change to a system of cooperation as the incentive and altruism as the motive, free our machines to provide full automation for us and live in harmony with the environment. The problem is that the psychopaths that have risen to the top are so ingrained into it now, through generations of power, that they want it to remain as it is because they have full control, it’s a power complex of sorts I imagine. They have some how managed to get “HUMAN NATURE IS GREEDY” into everyone’s head, this then justifies their unequal portion of wealth.

So, let me clarify the core argument, and I will always relate back to this in the future:

  1. An ‘economic system’ is a system to manage production/distribution of resources
  2. Resources are the core of human needs, therefore an economic system is the core to manage society and should be used to maximum efficiency.
  3. An economic system with competition as the core human interaction results in negative manifestations in the real world-i.e. Greed, war etc.
  4. Therefore, an economic system with cooperation as the core needs to be incorporated- to instil positive manifestations in the real world- i.e. altruism, environmental concern.

So, how do we get from here to a society of cooperative altruistic individuals?

Obviously a society of 7.2 billion people is very complex but when addressing the core of society it can be basic in theory, and a cooperative society seems an obvious goal[3]. This blog will discuss how we get to there on a point by point basis but essentially I see: (and I hate to use labels)

  1. A ‘Natural Law Resource Based Economy’ (NLRBE) with,
  2. A ‘Libertarian socialist economy’ (LSE)
    1. As a stepping stone to a NLRBE with,
  3. ‘Socialist’ reform techniques to the current ‘free market capitalist’[4] economy
    1. As a steeping stone to a LSE.

Again, I will not be giving a critique on our socio-economic situation; critiques are abundant and you need only look out the window for proof of fault. But I believe this route is the way to promote, encourage and reward the ‘good’ side of our nature. In the coming weeks/months/years I will discuss how I believe we go through steps 3, 2 & 1 on a transitional scale to a safe, friendlily, clean and fun environment for future generations.

Suggested extra content:

 

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[1] This is even true in the womb, see lectures by Dr.Gabor Mate

[2] The question of what bad and good morales are is another debate. But I think we can all agree on core values i.e. altruism, friendliness, non-violence etc. are good

[3] Again, Indoctrination in the established norm is the reason why it’s considered ‘against human nature’.

[4] No country or economic system is purely capitalist today but again, it’s the label that most suits.

Conjuring Conspiracies as Candles

By Gluaisteán

Our perceptions are fallible. We sometimes see what isn’t there. We are prey to optical illusions. Occasionally we hallucinate. We are error-prone.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

30 cycles on a magnificent lump of rock, spinning around a marvellous nuclear furnace, in a remote area of an incredible galaxy, in a remote area of the incomprehensibly large universe has left me baffled with how my species conducts itself on its own environment, more like a virus than sentient beings. What has allowed the power-hungry to gain control of the group? Have we allowed our inner emotions to shroud our logical judgement to the point where we can sparsely distinguish truth from lies from deceiving others? What is it in us that allows such obvious nonsense to dominate the zeitgeist? This blog will discuss and pose solutions.

One reassuring explanation is posed by Carl Sagan in his 1997 book ‘the demon-haunted world: Science as a candle in the dark’. I hope he would not be too vexed with me as I summarise his 434 page book into a sentence but I don’t have the scope here, allow me to present the core argument as I see it. If you agree with the quote above, then the logical question is: how much of the world today did our predecessors misconceive? A lot! and it seems these perceptions of the truth have a way of conjuring themselves as a candle in the dark when no other candle is present, mostly erroneously. The sentence then: The human mind conjures any answer to questions of reality it cannot comprehend. This opens a path for control seeking others.

Examples of this are abundant:

  • What are those lights in the sky?
    • I don’t know but see the way those few look like a bull when linked?
      • Oh yeah, it does (optical illusion-the stars are light years apart)
        • I was born when the bull was the highest, I’m the strongest, I should be chief.
  • What happens after we die?
    • You go to a cloud paradise if you do as I say, a burning lake if you don’t.
      • Do as you say? why?
        • Because the being who looks after the cloud paradise told me so, see I have this book that he gave me, its says so inside.
  • It seems money always goes to the top?
      • That’s the illuminati, they are a secret group that meets to trick everyone into giving them their money/labour.
  • The people on top have so much power and are so cruel?
    • Must be a malevolent reptilian alien race.
  • I saw something flying in the sky!
    • Obviously an alien race in cahoots with the American government, the government lets them probe people’s anuses.
  • This site is really old, that rock is too large to be up there?
    • That’s because an intelligent alien race used to be here, then they had sex with the apes from back then, we’re a mix of them. (Annunaki)

The point of this is: logical decisions are necessary, critical thought required on all information, analysis to prevent being prey to nonsense. When one conjures up an answer to a tough question, without using the scientific method to conclude an answer, one removes ones energy to solve it. Further it allows you to be open to any answer, which might be to the givers advantage.

It seems our well-meaning predecessors have historically allowed the ‘power hungry’ to thwart, plot and deceive to their own advantage (discussed later). Now it’s to the point where most of us can’t critically think, we’re educated to do the opposite, this will also be discussed later. Conclusively, there are logical answers for all of the problems we see in the world today and these problems will be discussed later and solutions posed, the core problem will be discussed next time, with an alternative given.

Suggested mind-humbling listening/watching; youtube:
Sagan tribute series, number 10, skip to 6 minutes 30 seconds. Listen to that religiously (use of adverb intended)

Thanks for reading ‘Waxy wick: another candle in the dark- shedding light on the abundant nonsense & posing solutions’ new blogs each week.

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