Matters in the Air: 25th Oct 2017

These notes, compiled by Rev Canon Peter Challen, are posted at, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table. A core meeting continues to host meetings on Wednesdays from 12noon to 2 pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ 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!  Contact the Open Research Group –

Paper prepared by Janos for meeting on 18th Oct 2017: SocialChange-A4
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 18th Oct 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171018
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 25th Oct 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171025

Forthcoming Events:


LAND SEMINAR last Wednesday, October 18. Papers read at the seminar can be downloaded and read at:  • See also report by an attendee: LandSeminar-171018

Reimagining Education in 7 mins via Nic Askew and several eloquent voices

Coalition for Economic Justice: OPEN MEETING: Friday 27th October: from 6:40pm  Fred Harrison:  Building an authentically humane society – policy and language:  Land Value Taxation / Annual Ground Rent / Location Benefit Charge at  School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, Marylebone, London W1U 3AJ, UK  “Britain is faced with an historic opportunity. The break-up of the formal relationship with the European Union obliges both the public and the politicians to consider what the future of the United Kingdom could and should look like. That a new constitutional settlement is needed is driven home by the repetitive nature of the crises that confront all four nations of the UK. The inability of Parliament to once-and-for-all erase these crises emphasises that there is something fundamentally wrong with one or more pillars that prop up the social structure. The major obstacle to change is buried deep in the collective consciousness. A prejudice steers us away from the ultimate source of the most socially significant crises that afflict Britain today. That source is the taxation system. That structure will not be altered until we realign rights with responsibilities, especially as these relate to the administration of the public purse.”

Keeping up with the Diggers on issues of land and the commons.  Comments welcome

See also  The 5 Traps Used to Shut Down and Limit Human Consciousness  Oct 18, 2017 Sigmund Fraud – The human condition is one of slavery, where bondage is psychological and spiritual rather than physical. The post The 5 Traps Used to Shut Down and Limit Human Consciousness… Read in browser »

Young Achievers Engaging with Parliamentarians – Parliament Week Event to be held at the following time, date and location: Tuesday, 14 November 2017 from 18:00 to  20:00 (GMT) – Committee Room 10, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster SW1A 0AA – Details/Booking.

All species, the peoples and cultures have intrinsic worth.

PRINCIPLES: EARTH DEMOCRACY – Vandana Shiva  & Thomas Berry

  1. The Earth community is a democracy of all life.
  2. Diversity in nature and culture must be defended.
  3. All beings have a natural right to sustenance.
  4. Earth Democracy is based on living economies and economic democracy.
  5. Living economies are built on local economies.
  6. Earth Democracy is a living democracy.
  7. Earth Democracy is based on living cultures.
  8. Living cultures are life-enhancing.
  9. Earth Democracy globalises peace, care and compassion.

CCMJ – ..”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 was once called usury, and that through most of history almost everyone was against it.” All the great faith traditions forbade usury for thousands of years. The Christian Church emphasised it until ‘Interest’ was watered down to ‘Excessive Interest’ and usury became exponentially disproportionate as a source in undermining justice throughout the human community. Reports on tackling this  prime issue are always welcome:  CCMJ continues to take a lead on topics concerning the monetary system:  see our post reporting on the IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice – Interim Report:

FREE CRITICAL THINKING: meets on Tuesdays 7-9pm at The London School of Mosaic in the Basement Studio (down ramp), 73-96, Ludham, Southampton Rd, Lismore Circus, London, NW5 4SF (Gospel Oak overground /Belsize Park tube): • Critical Thinking’s scope: – in pithy summary: “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.”  See Clive Menzies’ paper in the Islamic Economics Journal of King Abdulaziz University: Reform Proposals in the Monetary System for Attaining Global Economic Stability:  See also Daily Pickings: Oct 2017: • Mon 16th: Middle England reads its way to servitude  • Tue 17th: Survival of Spaceship Earth according to the Structural Elite • Wed 18th:  Human Cattle Awakening  • Thu 19th: Origins of city states • Fri 20th: A modest proposal made fact • Sun 22nd: Comforting words, sinister motives • See also: Co-Creative Learning:

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 participative representative democratic application of an integrated political-economy of trusteeship. It concentrates on the Meta-Narrative within which the UK could shape all its independent but mutually accountable communities. Curative change to the political-economy like “poetry happens in two stages, like sculpting; first the imagination, then the chisel.” An update of its website is now evolving:  An informal Strategy Forum meets in central London every Wednesday between 12 and 2pm – you are invited to contact Peter Challen – – for latest developments and meeting venue.

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:

P2P FOUNDATION in collaboration with the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability at Cumbria University is running a four-week online course on Money & Society – this will be repeated in February:

POSITIVE MONEY has branches all over the UK to campaign for debt-free issuance of currency, which are often listed on our Events page.  They campaign for a fairer, more democratic and more sustainable economy.They held a seminar in association with RSA on Monday 18th Sept 2017 – see report: PositiveMoney-RSA-170918 – see also their latest video about the: Bank of England.

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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PUBLICATIONS & BLOGS – reviews always welcomed:

Mother Pelican – a Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability: Oct. 2017: From Artificial Economic Growth to Natural Ecological Stability: feature article by Therese F. Hicks: Relating to All that is:

Renegade Inc: Mon 23rd October 2017: Michael Hudson on Junk Economics: Mainstream economists continue, in vain, to try and make the world fit into peculiar models that are based on junk ideas. But there is a cohort of economists who have steadfastly resisted this alternative reality. Their work focuses on re-building the flawed science to reflect the real world. Host Ross Ashcroft talks with economist Michael Hudson in New York, whose latest book ‘J is for Junk Economics’ calls out the Orwellian language and doublethink that mainstream economists have been hiding behind for decades:

THE SOCIAL ARTIST: Note the invaluable resource of the Social Credit Secretariat – see latest edition: Sufficiency – Commons- Home – Rowbotham, Illich et al:

The World’s Common Humanity and US Foreign Policy  by Bernie Sanders  ‘A sensible and effective foreign policy recognizes that our safety and welfare is bound up with the safety and welfare of others around the world.’

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Over time our weekly forum has considered important aphorisms that help the development of dialogue and takes us into new understandings of the co-operative task. We revisit those guiding thoughts regularly and always value responses about their use, or about any other enduring wisdom relating to collaboration as they flow in around us. ” The humility of not knowing creates the space to discover much more”. “Human minds are designed for time travel”

“THE RELIGION OF THE FUTURE WILL BE A COSMIC RELIGION. It will have to transcend a personal god and avoid dogma and theology. Encompassing both the natural and the spiritual, it will have to be based on a sense of intelligence arising from the spirit of all things, natural and spiritual, considered as a meaningful unity.” Albert Einstein

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