Matters in the Air: 4th July 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 Pfreelace, 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 

Notes of Open Research Group meeting on 20th June 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180620
Report from Cooperative Meetup on 22nd June 2018: OpenResearchGroup-180622

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

FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:  

MOTHER PELICAN -July 2018 Cultural Evolution ~ From Patriarchy to Partnership– Homo Economicus to Homo Ecologicus: “We are no longer in a state of growth. We are in a state of excess. We are living in a society of excrescence.” — Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) – LINK TO THE CURRENT ISSUE – some fine articles on our developing themes.

COLLABORATION: Over time our three 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. And we welcome new examples of creative collaboration in our search for inclusive justice.

David Bollier is Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program  at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. See also: http://www.centerforneweconomics.org/.
KEY POINTS OF THE REGENERATIVE DEVELOPMENT MANIFESTO [for fools in praxis, such as us, when celebrities – the angels !! –  fear to tread, in case they lose income or status!]  – We won’t get where we need to go by making compromises surging through the life of the planet. – Nature doesn’t need our protection. She needs our collaboration in the co-creative processes. – The only appropriate response is a local response, in its global context. – Everyone has a role and anyone must be treated with respect. We are in the tough busyness of deepening connections  between differing perceptions and their effects: https://regenesisgroup.com/manifesto/

CCMJ: Christian Council for Monetary Justice (www.ccmj.org) – Usury/exploitation lies at the heart of global distress. Things aren’t getting any better because so few are addressing what’s really wrong – a foundational fault requiring inclusive system change. 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.

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/July 2018: • Mon 25th: The cashless society • Tue 26th: The City of London • Wed 27th: Baby boomer conditioning • Thu 28th: Truth and reconciliation • Fri 29th: Deconstructing Jewish power • Sat 30th: Our origins suppressed • Sun 1st July: Usury is evil? • 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:-]

The Summer 2018 issue of The Social Artist (incorporating The Social Crediter) in two pdf formats, one for reading on screen, the other for printing out as a booklet. These are also available on our website: www.douglassocialcredit.com . Two different and valuable reviews of Jeremy Lent’s ‘The Patterning Instincts -A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for meaning’ ‘

RENEGADE INC: Monday 2nd July 2018: The (not so) free press: Orwell famously said, “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” With print media’s business model in free-fall, newspaper proprietors are increasingly desperate to find ways to ensure financial viability. Does this approach put corporate interests above the interests of readers? Ross Ashcroft is joined by Justin Schlosberg and the editor of Open Media at Open Democracy, James Cusick, to ask how free the UK press really is?: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/431459-uk-press-free-fall/
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                                               NO TURNING BACK                                                                             There is the idea of turning back. But there is no realistic possibility of actually turning back. On  this journey into a stark and crystalline awareness, the first step was the point of no return. Followed some time later by the confounding surrender of control.  That is the way of this. That is the way of freedom.   NA

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