Matters in the Air: 18th April 2018

These notes are posted at http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table and its offspring. A core meeting hosts 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 – org@globaltable.org.uk.

• Reports from NETWORKED CITY: NWC-180327 • NWC-180328
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 11th April 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180411
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 18th April 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180418

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The evolved concentration from this table on modelling ‘a people’s integrated social-political-economy of trusteeship in the co-evolution of plant earth’, is now referenced in the paragraph on ICUK below and its advocates have a weekly, Wednesday, focus through which to focus the collaborative discernment of possibilities for radical change. 


FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:

A significant case for why we are boldly modelling a systemic curative for Public Policy today via  www.icuk.life                                                                                                                     Macroeconomics fails because it does not follow the money  Posted: By Richard Murphy on 15 Apr : Howard Reed has argued that we need to rebuild economics, and I agree. He calls the process deconomics beause it requires a deconstruction and rebuidling of all that subject thinks it knows. Again, he is right. As is John Hope when arguing on this blog today that if we are to do so we have to follow the money. He quotes Steve Keen saying: “Fundamentally we do not live in a barter economy. Everybody except economists realise that . Economists model the world as if it’s a barter system. They leave money out of their thinking entirely. No banks whatsoever. No money is necessary. Everything’s barter. And then they start giving guidance about how much money you should create. In their theory the only thing money creation can cause is inflation. They completely ignore the actual process of creating money. [And yet] if you live in the real world ….it uses money.” Precisely. And quite staggeringly true of macroeconomics, with which I have a little familiarity. But this also means something else: it means that macro almost ignores tax as well. Not quite, I agree, because it is in one formulation of GDP, but that’s seen as the residual form of that calculation and all the focus in that form is given to savings whenever it seems to be discussed. And this is not surprising. Because macro, most especially in its general equilibrium form, does not ‘do money’ not can it ‘do tax’ because as modern money monetary  theory argues, they are the flip side of each other. Tax exists to cancel government created money. All its other functions, important as they might be, are ancillary to that. What does this mean? I’d suggest that an analysis as straightforward as this is makes it very clear that if deconomics is to work then it has to start where any good investigation does, by following the money. Macroeconomics does not do that. It fails as a result. Deconomics will succeed where macro has failed if that is what it does. And on the way tax will, necessarily, have to be built into the equation. The result would be radically different, and for one simple reason. It would be based on the economics that the real world can observe. That may be too radical for many macroeconomists, but it is exactly what we need.

Among discussions on Integrity, one writes: “As we journey on into the future to which we can all, all the time, contribute some positive production, service, governance and just distribution. We are all and each, potential, integrated, ‘jobbing’. explorers and executors of the insights of every specialist discipline.”  One implication of this potential is that we should all keep a creative tension between the best development of our ‘professional’ potentiality and the retention of the attitude and aspirations of an ‘amateur’, of a humble  lover of intrinsic values.

YOUR COMMENTS WELCOMED ON ‘the New centrist party gets £50m backing to ‘break mould’ of UK politics  and on responses like : Opportunity knocks for a new party. But will anybody dare open the door?’ Andrew Rawnsley  Read more   Peter and Fred Harrison are to meet Simon Franks in early May, so your reflections on his bold initiative in relation to our explorations would be most helpful.

An associate recommends and your comments would be welcome: “You may enjoy this article  below by Nora Bateson. It is powerful. We are all feeling the tension and yet somewhere inside I am warmed by voices as Nora’s and others.” She supports  the courage we all need. She enables dreams and affirms that there always possibilities for change,  – http://www.thebeyondpartnership.co.uk/events/nora-bateson-liminal-leadership  

This USA conference title “Ecological Civilization and Symbiotic Development,” is- a reminder  that the world is facing many disturbing problems today, and that we are heading in the direction of an ecological catastrophe. Finding an alternative to the current form of modernization has become an urgent issue. The 12th International Forum on Ecological Civilization will contribute fresh reflection on these issues from an organic, relational, non-dualistic perspective that is vital to our thinking and applications. It will attend to luminaries such as John Cobb, leading scholar on ecological civilization, Shuyuan Lu, one of China’s foremost eco-critics, David Korten, co-founder of YES! MagazineKang Ouyang, Director of The Institute of State Governance at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and more in discussing the root causes of the current crisis and how we can create an ecological society. The Queens Canopy of Trees for the Planet’,  initiated throughout the Commonwealth,is another positive goad to our global trusteeship

CCMJ: Christian Council for Monetary Justice (www.ccmj.org) – “the real reason things are so bad is because of usury. And the reaon 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, in Calvin’s time, ‘Interest’ was watered down to ‘Excessive Interest’. Usury then became exponentially disproportionate in undermining justice throughout the human community. Reports on tackling this  prime issue are always welcome:  CCMJ and ICUK continue to probe and propose a model of genuinely inclusive Public Policy that involves an integrated social-political-economy that includes the introduction of Annual Ground Rent [ use of theh Commons], the abolition of Usury, a universal right to basic living, and the curtailment of those permanent hierarchies exercising exploitative power over others. www.ccmj.org  – recent updates are on:  www.ccmj.org/wp Eg  Be humble about our knowledgeA rich resource for capturing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as his 50th anniversary dawns http://www.telospress.com/telos-182-martin-luther-king-jr-fifty-years-on/

CO-OPERATIVE SOCIALISM – this non-hierarchical alternative to capitalism and totalitarianism, continues to campaign for a non-usurious, fair-world approach to the economy, taking forward ideas promoted by CCMJ and The Spirit Level – for background see the papers section of www.interestfreemoney.org.  The campaign website – in development – includes videos by John Courtneidge explaining the proposal:  http://www.co-operativesocialism.org

FREE CRITICAL THINKING: meets most Tuesdays 7-9pm (last meeting of term 2nd December) – see Events Listing at The London School of Mosaic in the Basement Studio (down ramp), 73-96 Ludham, Southampton Road, Lismore Circus, London, NW5 4SF (Gospel Oak overground /Belsize Park tube): http://www.freecriticalthinking.org • Critical Thinking’s scope: http://freecriticalthinking.org/9-general/1518-hierarchy-and-the-political-economy – 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: http://iei.kau.edu.sa/Files/121/Files/153872_30-02-09-Clive-3.pdf.
Daily Pickings: April 2018: • Mon 9th: Another fine mess • Tue 10th: Syria folly • Wed 11th: To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act • Thu 12th: Lies and propaganda are essential for war • Fri 13th: How to stop war • Sat 14th: Can you handle the truth? • Sun 15th: Oligarchs • Link to Co-Creative Learning: https://cocreativelearning.org

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 democratic application of an integrated political-economy of trusteeship in the co-evolution of planet earth. 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.” The specific pursuit of an integral model for public policy originated at the London Global Table and is now pursued as the emergence of ‘A PEOPLE’S INTEGRATED SOCIAL-POLITICAL-ECONOMY OF TRUSTEESHIP IN THE CO-EVOLUTION OF PLANET EARTH.’ The CURATIVE structural change advocated in the ICUK’s Declaration of Purpose is set within PRINCIPLED-PRAGMATISM. It provides an integrated, and therefore interdisciplinary, context for human response-ability. All specialist Disciplines must be seen to make their contribution to this dramatic description of cognitive behavioural therapy applied to public policy and purpose.”  MP [For those using philosophical and theological studies as an aid, the curative represents a modern perception of bringing the Kin[g]dom into all aspects and language of public policy. 4]. An update of its website is now evolving: http://www.icuk.life.  An informal Strategy Forum meets in central London every Wednesday between 12 and 2pm – you are invited to contact Peter Challen – peterchallen@gmail.com – 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. Newly online groups are being encouraged to work on a county-wide basis.  The main website sets out theory and enables enquirers to connect with local groups:  http://www.letslinkuk.net/uk-map.htm. See PP presentation – Local Exchange Trading Schemes: Integrated Community Currency Model – ICCmodel –  and latest posting on the LETSlink Forum – on Courses in Community Currency.  See record of origin of LETS in the UK via a paper by David Weston given at the 1985 TOES Conference.

LONDON COMMUNALISTS are engaged in discovering a politics of citizenship based on shared public concern. See notes on Communalism based on Murray Bookchin’s: “The Next Revolution” – CommunalismProject00-A4 – They meet 6pm-8pm on the third Monday of each month in the reading room of 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH – dates on the Events page.

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 Positive Money’s latest video about the: Bank of England and a new paper, published in January 2018: Escaping-Growth-Dependency-final_print • Recently screened by Greenwich & Lewisham branch is Michael Oswald’s film The Spider’s Web : Britain’s Second Empire, portraying Britain’s role in creating a global network of tax havens.
• See Latest Report from POSITIVE MONEY on The Future of Cash: PM-180327

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:-]

RENEGADE INC: Monday 16th April 2018: Weapons of mass distraction: With the very real prospect or war hanging over the world, the media has a special role to play in getting to the truth. A properly functioning free press is there to speak that truth and be the backbone of a strong democracy. But what happens when a partisan media stops holding power to account – can it still claim to serve the people or does it become a weapon of mass distraction? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by the economist and political analyst Shabbir Razvi and the former army officer, detective and counter-terrorism intelligence officer Charles Shoebridge: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/424239-weapons-mass-distraction-issue/

“TRANSCENDING POLITICS – A Technoprogressive Roadmap to a Comprehensively Better Future”- by David Wood, who presented his new publication at a meeting of London Futurists on 26th March 2018 – see details here: LondonFuturists-180326

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COLLABORATION:
Over time our weekly LGOT/ICUK fora haves 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.

 

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