Matters in the Air: 2nd May 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.

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 25th April 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180425
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otes of Open Research Group meeting on 2nd May 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180502

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


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:

An Integral Anthropology for an Integral Ecology – Mother Pelican’s rich quarterly resource    http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv14n05page1.html

The real wealth of the Nation, marine biologist and author Rachel Carson wrote in her courageous 1953 protest letterlies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife… Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.” Carson’s legacy inspired the creation of Earth Day and the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency, whose hard-won environmental regulations are now being undone in the hands of the current political administration. Carson was emboldened by a line from a 1914 poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox: “To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of us all.” This underlines our shared search for structures of inclusive justice.

Rent as Public Revenue: Issues and Methods
How to implement a vital economic remedy: eleven essays by leading scholars and activists on practical means for implementing a highly beneficial, widely-recommended solution for a variety of social and environmental problems. Edited by Lindy Davies; published by the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and the Henry George Institute.

Beyond Brexit: the Blueprint
Fred Harrison and Mason Gaffney advise Britain on how it can make its exit from the European Union a win/win proposition for its people, and even for the rest of the continent! Fred Harrison repeats his accurate ten-year forecast he gave when Tony Blair came to power in 1997: The UK has ten years to reform taxes to prevent the next property boom which will otherwise turn to a devastating bust in 2026. Published by Shepheard/Walwyn, London.

INTRODUCING – UNIFY-UK   Our Mission –   We must bring an end to party political tribalism. Britain is broken and the United Kingdom is bitterly divided. It is our belief that many of the difficulties we face are down to the corrosive and divisive effect of party political tribalism. We are a country of talented and creative people. We enjoy many economic and cultural advantages that others can only dream of, and yet as well as great wealth we have great poverty, evidenced by the growing number of food banks and rough sleepers. We face huge challenges such as defeating international terrorism, leaving the European Union and ensuring our children are not saddled with the debt our own generations have built up – but time and again we find that rather than assess the situation and work together to resolve it, our politicians simply resort to petty point-scoring, name calling, and taking intentionally obstructive positions. What might be a bad policy one week is adopted as a good policy the next – purely out of party advantage to try and retain or gain power, rather than because objective evidence-based assessment convinced anyone. Parties continually adopt groupthink to protect themselves and even each other making it near impossible for the public to have any influence on issues that they care deeply about – like the number of immigrants or the lack of housing. To change the behaviour of our elected representatives they need to become less reliant and less in fear of their parties. At UNIFY we wish to see MPs become more autonomous so they can work together independently – as they often do on committees – so that the malicious influence of parties is reduced until they are no longer necessary. This website tells you more about what is going wrong across the UK and how, when you take a step back, you can see that is more often than not our political parties and their lust for power that have either caused the problem they claim to be dealing with – or have made it far worse. We hope you will join us and support us in seeking to end the malign influence of party political tribalism – read on for more examples of what’s wrong and how through UNIFY we can tackle it. www.unify-uk.org

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 23rd: Path of awakening • Tue 24th: Tragedy or farce? • Wed 25th: Real victims lack power • Thu 26th: Messing beyond our minds • Fri 27th: Censorship on the rise • Sat 28th: Health alternatives  • Sun 29th:  Don’t get mad, get even • 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, coordinated by John McCone*, 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 Message from Positive Money, which we have been asked to forward to our contacts:  Dear friend, I’m a supporter of Positive Money. We’re a people-powered movement to reform the money and banking system so that we can have a fairer, more democratic and more sustainable economy. There are lots of important campaigns we can choose to support. But this one is all about changing the root causes of many of the things that are important to me and to our society: our housing crisis, soaring inequality, protecting our environment, an unstable economy. I support Positive Money’s work because I believe reform of the money and banking system will mean a better world for all of us, and I think you should too! Please click here if you’re interested in signing up to Positive Money’s fortnightly newsletter too: You’ll hear about campaign and research updates, events, and what activities you can get involved in to help. The more of us who join this movement – simply by signing up to their campaign online as a starting point – the closer we’ll get to changing things for good. So please will you consider joining me and signing up to Positive Money’s fortnightly newsletter now? Just click this link and it will take you less than 30 seconds: Thanks,

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 30th April 2018: Our prisons’ dilemma:
As reoffending rates are so incredibly high in the UK, there is surely something terribly wrong with prison rehabilitation. Without proper rehabilitation, this vicious cycle – that we all pay for – continues. This poses a fundamental question about how we, as a society, view the role of prisons and the people who run them. On this show, we ask if the profit motive combined with using prison as a deterrent skews rehabilitation. Ross Ashcroft is joined by former prison monitor and criminologist Faith Spear and Dr. David Scott, senior lecturer in criminology at the Open University: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/425506-uk-prisons-rehabilitation-problem/

*See John McCone‘s written evidence on Land Value Capture submitted to the Housing and Communities and Local Government CommitteeFeedback welcomed to John McCone.

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COLLABORATION:
Over time our weekly CCMJ/NRG/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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