Matters in the Air : June 28th 2017

These notes, compiled by Rev Canon Peter Challen, are posted at http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table. A core meeting continues on Wednesdays from 12noon to 2 pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ – now hosted by the Open Research Group. Meetings are open to all on a drop-in basis. This weekly forum is a persistent focal point for many who cannot often get to London but are encouraged in bold initiatives by association and collaboration. We all continue to foster the public sense of the search for inclusive justice. We are trying to sense the richness of our networking without overburdening with detail. We collaborate in order that action may flow BOTH in specified targeted initiatives AND in acknowledgement of our shared commitment to ending exploitation – usury – now exponentially rampant!

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 14th June 2017: OpenResearchGroup-170614

Forthcoming Events:  http://www.globaltable.org.uk/wp/forthcoming-events

ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS: 

Legalized stealing. Not taxes. Civil asset forfeiture, the one “government service”  that’s growing like wildfire. Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/31036.html

 “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller

A RECKONING FOR OUR SPECIES: the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene Epoch    The Guardian  carried a LONG READ  – saying,  ‘Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from  the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they are catching on.’ By Alex Blasdel’  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/timothy-morton-anthropocene-philosopher

TotnesXTed : a lucid 15 min on the paradox of land  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI4trJE8atI  recommending a fine and essential interim palliative, but falling short of the much more demanding and democratic curative we all seek. We need to work for both at every point of access we each can reach.  Btw, there is a of talk going on about LVT > http://earthsharing.org/uk-election-light-land-value-tax/?tm_source=wysija&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=June+2017  –  and  http://www.c4ej.com/Home/general-election-2017   But note that economically speaking,  LVT is small fry when it comes to rents/patents arising from intellectual property? See Peter Frase > https://www.versobooks.com/books/1847-four-futures And, of course, a major theme in Charles Eisenstein’s critique that patents are the capture of a cultural commons, aka the commodification of knowledge: a false commodity pace labour, land and money re Polanyi (whom Frase critiques, btw).

POSITIVE MONEY: Main differences between the current dysfunctional debt-based monetar. system and what we propose: http://bit.ly/1I4DgSXsee also  #sovereignmoney.

CCMJ – last call has gone out for responses to the  2017 Annual Appraisal: this is a collaborative process: see http://ccmj.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CCMJ_APPRAISAL_2017.pdf. One very bold statement reminds us that …..”Usury is a word you don’t hear every day. You don’t hear it on the radio or television talk shows. You don’t hear it in political speeches or in the news. You do hear in all of those places how bad the economy is, and you do hear about all kinds of reasons for why things are so bad and about ways to fix it. But the real reason things are so bad is because of usury. And the reason things aren’t getting any better is because no one is talking about what’s really wrong. …… What we accept today as interest once was called usury, and that through most of history most everyone was against it. He explains in easy to understand terms how the Bible condemned usury thousands of years ago, and how the Church followed the Bible on this point until our Modern era. Mooney ends on a stirring note: Will you be part of the problem, or part of the solution?

INDEPENDENT CONSTITUTIONALISTS UK {ICUK}: recognises the necessity of dealing with BOTH the need for many urgent palliatives within a dying system AND a systemic curative re-design by the participative representative democratic application of an integrated political-economy. It concentrates on the Meta-Narrative within which the UK could shape all its independent but mutually accountable communities. An update is now evolving online. http://www.icuk.life  Please contact peterchallen@gmail.com for latest developments.  Curative change to the political-economy like “poetry happens in two stages, like sculpting; first the imagination, then the chisel.” The ICUK forum  meets in central London every Wednesday between 12 and 2pm. You are invited to make direct  request for details of the venue. The Formal Strategy meeting is on Wednesday 28th June – seek details is interested.

Free Critical Thinking: meetings are now on Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm in St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8TY, opposite Waterloo: http://www.freecriticalthinking.org • A view of Critical Thinking’s scope http://freecriticalthinking.org/9-general/1518-hierarchy-and-the-political-economy and in pithy summary : CT – Hierarchy, theft of the Commons and Usury are the fundamental drivers of poverty, wars, environmental destruction and the enslavement of humanity. Once we understand that, we’re on the road to recovering humanity.

LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – LETSlink  envisages national and regional hubs – dedicated training work is being done with individual LETS groups.  The main website sets out theory and enables enquirers to connect with local groups:  http://www.letslinkuk.net/uk-map.htm.

Further Reports are invited from our associates in the quest for inclusive justice to stir our awareness and effect change through both palliative and curative means.
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COLLABORATION:
Over time our weekly forum has considered important aphorisms that help the development of dialogue that takes us into new understandings of the co-operative task. We revisited those guiding thoughts and now value responses about their use, or about any other enduring wisdom relating to collaboration flow in steadily. “Every serious exchange of ideas for action should begin with AN EXPRESSION OF INTENT , before – with both humility and resolve – possibilities and even seeming impossibilities are weighed with enthusiasm, determination and patience.”