Matters in the Air: 11th Oct 2017


These notes, compiled by Rev Canon Peter Challen, are posted at http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/, to contribute background information for associates of the Global Table. A core meeting continues to host 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 4th Oct 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171004
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otes of Open Research Group meeting on 11th Oct 2017: OpenResearchGroup-171011
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aper prepared by Janos for meeting on 18th Oct 2017: SocialChange-A4

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

FROM ASSOCIATES AT THEIR POINTS OF WITNESS:  

Ellen Brown’s latest article, posted on CounterPunch.org – How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation

Democracy is more than a vote https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4eBSAZleik from the RSA’s Citizen’s Economic Council – to ensure that power is ‘on tap but not on top’ – with the example of participatory budgeting.

Co-Creative Learning: from CT:  https://cocreativelearning.org   and a fascinating comment from Mario Molinari….

LAND SEMINAR to be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9-11am, at Houses of Parliament, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament St, Westminster, London, SW1A 2JR.  Taxpayers Against Poverty is co-hosting this event with the APPG on Health in All Policies and the APPG on Poverty. It will be Chaired by Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Chair of APPG on Health in all Policies. The speakers will include Fred Harrison of the Land Research Trust. The people thrive on Land Value Tax in Australia, Denmark, Harrisburg Pensylvania and other US cities and Hong Kong. The seminar will focus on how it works.

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CCMJ – ..”the real reason things are so bad is because of usury. 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 ‘Interest’ was watered down to ‘Excessive Interest’ and usury became exponentially disproportionate as a source in undermining justice throughout the human community. Reports on tackling this  prime issue are always welcome:  CCMJ continues to take a lead on topics concerning the monetary system:  see our post reporting on the IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice – Interim Report:  http://ccmj.org/wp/archives/3920

FREE CRITICAL THINKING: meets on Tuesdays 7-9pm at The London School of Mosaic, Basement Studio (down ramp), 73-96, Ludham, Southampton Rd, 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.  See also Daily Pickings: Oct 2017: Mon 2nd: Substance and magnitude of labour • Tue 3rd: Independence from whom? • Wed 4th:  Rings within rings • Thu 5th: It’s all in the mind • Fri 6th: Opening minds • Sat 7th: Las Vegas – more questions than answers • Sun 8th: Brexit is a bicycle shed

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 representative democratic application of an integrated political-economy of trusteeship. 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.” 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.  The main website sets out theory and enables enquirers to connect with local groups:  http://www.letslinkuk.net/uk-map.htm.

P2P FOUNDATION in collaboration with the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability at Cumbria University is running a four-week online course on Money & Society – this will be repeated in February: https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/money-and-society-mooc-starts-again-august-20th-2017/2017/08/15?

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 held a seminar in association with RSA on Monday 18th September 2017 – see report by an attendee: PositiveMoney-RSA-170918

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 – a Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability: Oct. 2017: From Artificial Economic Growth to Natural Ecological Stability: feature article by Therese F. Hicks: Relating to All that is: http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv13n09page1.html

THE SOCIAL ARTIST: Note the invaluable resource of the Social Credit Secretariat – see latest edition: Sufficiency – Commons- Home – Rowbotham, Illich et al: www.douglassocialcredit.com

The World’s Common Humanity and US Foreign Policy  by Bernie Sanders  ‘A sensible and effective foreign policy recognizes that our safety and welfare is bound up with the safety and welfare of others around the world.’

Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link. A REPORT FROM THE CLUB OF ROME – EU CHAPTER to Finance Watch and the World Business Academy, by Bernard Lietaer, Christian Arnsperger, Sally Goerner, Stefan Brunnhuber. Executive Summary from Money and Sustainability – www.triarchypress.com – Money&Sustainability_ExecutiveSummary

Renegade Inc:  Mon 9th Oct 2017:  Today there is no more controversial issue in Britain than housing. Depending on when and where you were born, you’ve either been lucky, disadvantaged or plain dispossessed. It’s become the ultimate postcode lottery. Applying ‘free market’ economic principles, successive UK governments have gradually privatized social housing stock and marginalized those who can least afford it. So on this week’s show we ask how as a nation we got into this mess and where next for the Great British Housing Sell-Off? Host Ross Ashcroft talks with the author and sociologist Lisa Mackenzie and the filmmaker Paul Sng who, earlier this year, released his film ‘Dispossessed – The Great Social Housing Swindle’.  https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/406107-free-market-economic-uk/

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COLLABORATION:
Over time our weekly forum has 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. ”Let not your Prayers, Dreams, Visions or Rich Imaginings of justice leading to peace become an alibi for inaction.”

“THE RELIGION OF THE FUTURE WILL BE A COSMIC RELIGION. It will have to transcend a personal god and avoid dogma and theology. Encompassing both the natural and the spiritual, it will have to be based on a sense of intelligence arising from the spirit of all things, natural and spiritual, considered as a meaningful unity.” Albert Einstein