Matters in the Air: 7th November 2018

These notes are posted at http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table and its offspring, including the Open Research Group. 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,, plus the theft of the Commons and Institutional Drag!  Contact the Open Research Group – info@globaltable.org.uk 

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

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FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:
the stream is gathering force

Michael Hudson launches a new book on November 15th, “and forgive them their debts  – LENDING, FORECLOSURE AND REDEMPTION FROM BRONZE AGE FINANCE TO THE JUBILEE YEAR.” Request an introduction via <peterchallen@gmail.com>.  See also: https://michael-hudson.com/2018/08/and-forgive-them-their-debts/

Bob Bollen: A systems thinking view of how change can happen – still at https://tinyurl.com/SysViewChange.

Claudius van Wyk: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/reality-post-truth-world-virtual-google-god-claudius-van-wyk/

Richard Murphy: How to fix the tax system – a Progressive Economy Forum podcast by me – and – Good governance now demands that action is taken on the Brexit referendum  Nov 4.

“Egos think they deserve to be heard not to listen.” Listening to and respecting every contributor is vital for the co-learning.The basic trust we hold :  Earth care, people care and share the surplusVS: https://permacultureprinciples.com/ethics/

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COMMONS and 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 • See latest update on the Co-operative Sector: http://www.letslink.org/forum/commons-and-co-operatives-update/

FREE CRITICAL THINKING: meets Tuesdays  to its own timetable – 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.
• Link to Co-Creative Learning: https://cocreativelearning.org
Daily Pickings: October/November 2018: • Mon 29th: Where did the money go?… • Tue 30th: Exactitude • Wed 31st: Listen to the late Robert Faurisson • Thu 1st: Sovereignty and democracy • Fri 2nd: Bedazzled, conflated and divided • Sat 3rd: Reality check… • Sun 4th: Figuring

*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 social-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 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 – ICCmodelSee record of origin of LETS in the UK via a paper by David Weston, “Green Economics: The Community Use of Currency,” paper presented at The Other Economic Summit at the 1984 TOES Conference as recorded by Paul Ekins in “The Living Economy: A New Economics in the Making”, 1986.  See LETSlink Forum.  

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. Positive Money is the civil society organisation fighting for a banking system that works for people:  www.positivemoney.org • Recent Articles: The History and Future of QE/  • Bank of England on Climate Risk  • Worrying New Data on War on Cash  • Results of Swiss Referendum on Sovereign Money • Local Groups • see also Forthcoming Events

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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BBC1: Panorama: 22nd October 2018: Trapped by My Mortgage: Hundreds of thousands of homeowners thought they had been saved when the government took over their mortgages during the financial crisis. But ten years on, the former Northern Rock customers are still trapped on high interest rates and now their mortgages have been taken over by an aggressive private equity fund. Reporter Andy Verity meets the families who say they have been sold out by their own government: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bp2dsj

Renegade Inc: Monday 5th November 2018: The War for your Mind: The propaganda battle for our hearts and minds has become increasingly sophisticated. Nowhere has this been demonstrated more clearly than over the war in Syria. Media that support regime change have peddled falsehoods as facts which have bounced politicians into taking aggressive military action. So how do we break a vicious cycle that allows the media to facilitate the wanton acts of the military industrial complex? Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by the former British ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, and founder of Media on Trial, Sheila Coombes: https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/443108-propaganda-battle-war-syria/

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