Matters in the Air: 13th June 2018

These notes are posted at http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table and its offspring. The Open Research Group hosts Global Table meetings on Wednesdays from 12noon to 2 pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ, 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 – info@globaltable.org.uk 

Presentation by Ashburn Holder on Food Speculation: ORG-FoodSpeculation

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 6th June 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180606
Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 13th June 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180613

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

FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:  

A sobering summary of the Trump effect by  Yanis Varoufakis ; As horrified as we may be at Trump’s uncouth antics, it is important to understand the tectonic shifts underpinning them. Note the final paragraph https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/11/trump-world-order-who-will-stop-him?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=277807&subid=285666&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

Richard Murphy explains ” MMT: economics for an economy focussed on meeting the needs of most people.  On 10th Jun 2018 David Howdle posted a comment on this blog in which he said: Professor Murphy, thank you for your thoughts which I find most interesting. MMT resonates with many supporters. However, not with all by any means. – Comments welcomed!

Prem Sikka: This article may interest you. It is a comment on a bailed out UK bank being slowly privatised but without any meaningful corporate governance reforms to tackle institutionalised sleaze. https://leftfootforward.org/2018/06/the-rbs-sell-off-cant-hide-the-tories-failure-to-clean-up-its-rotten-culture/  You are most welcome to add your comments and stimulate the debate.

Simon Duffy writes: It strikes me that your thinking in ICUK has much in common:  http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/our-work/democracy-in-sheffield.html  She shared with me your idea and some of your paperwork. It struck me that your thinking and ours closely aligns. We are also running a campaign – led by Gavin Barker – who I’ve copied in: Constitutional Reform | Our Work | The Centre for Welfare Reform. Our strategies are different but our goals seem similar. Would it be worth talking more and seeing if we can support each other’s efforts? Best wishes  Simon Duffy

Richard Nelson’s “Massively transformative invention enabling everyone everywhere to live in  place of natural abundance and durability through change is advancing dramatically. Please have a look at this virtual reality video of the WikiPOD proof-of-concept structure which can be adapted to use as a Vertical Farm or a Human Habitat with integral life support systems providing abundance of food, water and energy.   see https://we.tl/5ZTLl7VSY6  •  www.PODnet.is

New Lucas Plan campaign:If you have seen preliminary versions of Steve Sprung’s film THE PLAN, on the story of the Lucas Plan, you’ll know how inspiring it is and what a great contribution it makes to our movement. Steve is now about to launch a crowdfunding application for the final technical stages of completing the film. The New Lucas Plan working group will be supporting the campaign and Steve has had endorsements from Ken Loach and other significant figures. The New Lucas Plan group would be very grateful for any support you could give it, either by making a pledge yourself or forwarding the publicity to your network. For now, you can see the trailer at: http://theplandocumentary.com/. The Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/The-Plan-Documentary. I will be in touch next week with more details. Best wishes, Dave King

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CCMJ: Christian Council for Monetary Justice (www.ccmj.org) – “the real reason things are so bad is because of usury/exploitation. 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, 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 knowledge. A 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: June 2018: • Mon 4th: Media on trial • Tue 5th: Accountability and power • Wed 6th: Solidity versus perception • Thu 7th: “Free” market capitalism • Fri 8th: Sponsors of revolution • Sat 9th: War on cash (and on us all) • Sun 10th: Anti-Semitic is oxymoronic
• 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 is working on much-needed national and regional hubs to enable dedicated training for 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. See John McCone’s written evidence on Land Value Capture submitted to the Housing and Communities and Local Government Committee. Feedback welcomed to John McCone.

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:-]

MOTHER PELICAN JOURNAL – June 2018 –  www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv14n06page1.html.   Some of the rich contributions eg Solidarity Economy: Building an Economy for People and Planet, by Emily Grey, by Nathan Hagens : Toward a Sustainable Wellbeing Economy, by Robert Costanza, Elizabeth Caniglia, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Ida Kubiszewski, et al: As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, it’s time to resurrect its vision of global sharing and justice, by Adam Parsons ; The Truths We Have In Common, by John Michael Greer: Returning to the Commonplace, by John Michael Greer. pick the one that catches your attention and send us critique.

RENEGADE INC: Monday 11th June 2018: The global economy – what lies beneath? Stock markets are near all-time highs, bankers are taking big bonuses once again, and America is shaping up for the mother of all global trade wars… What could possibly go wrong? Is the global economy back to ‘business as usual’… www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/429387-global-economy-business-trade/

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COLLABORATION:
Over time our weekly CCMJ/ORG/ICUK fora have 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.

All Things Sacred –   June 5th, 2018 When we think of politics, economics, or education, sacred is probably not the first word that comes to mind. And yet, resacralization of our systems and institutions, not to mention our rivers, forests, communities and actions may be what is needed most in this chaotic hour. Disconnection from the sacred underlies  our most wickedly complex problems. When we divorce our actions from a deep-felt sense of union with all Life, competition alone drives ‘progress’. The pursuit of unity – spiritual progress – requires cooperation. In this newsletter, Glenn Aparicio Parry explains how “many of our (country’s) most cherished precepts were adopted from the living example set by the Iroquois and other north eastern tribes, beginning with the very concept of uniting separate nations, or states, into a larger entity. The model for this was the Iroquois Confederacy.”

 

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