London Global Open Table: 26th May 2010

The Global Table meets Wednesdays 12noon-2pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ. From Bond Street tube, turn left/west into Oxford Street, when you see GAP on the other side, cross over and go right/north along James Street – after a couple of blocks you will come to it on the left.

This Open Table monitors and encourages a wide range of activities in the realms of inclusive justice and the systemic redesign of the economic systems. The Table agreed a ten minute rule on initial contributions so that discussion of matters raised and other interests can have their share. I encourage people to report in advance the essence of any matter they wish to bring to the table. It would enhance the value of this network if regular readers of key books, journals or sites could make brief reports of any significant findings.

As both dangers and opportunities mount rapidly, we should all keep alert to companions in the way. So at the bottom I’ll add some boxes that mark particular areas of persistent activity.

MATTERS IN THE AIR …. Reminding each other of opportunities before us:


1. Call4Reform is a UK-wide campaign to reform the financial system. We have one request – that the power to create money is taken away from profit-making entities (the high street banks), and returned to the state. Doing so would allow us to:
– phase out the national debt, saving £100 million per day in interest costs;
– reduce the tax burden by up to 30%, permanently, or increase government services with no increase in taxation;
– Save 60% on the cost of public infrastructure projects (such as schools, hospitals and public transport), by removing the need to borrow this money and pay interest over 30 years;
– Significantly reduce the risk of future financial crises;
– Significantly improve the stability of the banking sector, protecting depositors and the taxpayer — Create a more stable currency and consequently a more stable economy;
http://www.call4reform.com


2. CEJ and June conference on contributions to system redesign. NEF dialogue – a report.


3. We urge you to sign the official petition to the Prime Minister to support LVT on the Number 10 Downing Street website: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/TaxLess4more


4.Reporting last week’s visit by Robert Corfe and Robert Howell


COMPANIONS IN THE ENDEAVOUR:


• A Major Crash Lies Right Around The Bend – Guy R. McPherson 22 May, 2010
http://www.countercurrents.org/mcpherson220510.htm


• “Collapse, Transition, Great Turning: Why Words Matter” at:
http://carolynbaker.net/site/content/view/1661/1/


• Impassioned Kucinich on the oil spill
http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0521/firedup-kucinich-reducing-earth-smoking-glowing-oily-mess/


• Ellen Brown – latest article from Yes! Magazine —
“More States May Create Public Banks”
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/water-solutions/more-states-may-create-public-banks
. See also www.webofdebt.com, and www.public-banking.com.


• Compass Conference: A New Hope for British politics, anyone able to attend and report back? Register now: June 12th www.compassonline.org.uk.


• Revere Award for Economics for the 3 economists who warned the world Results 13 May 2010 Keen, Roubini and Baker win Revere Award for Economics


• Ellen Brown: “The Growing Movement for Publicly-owned Banks” http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/the-growing-movement-for-publicly-owned-banks

• A huge resource to visit and absorb: Sabine McNeill, Organiser, Forum for Stable Currencies, advocating Economic Democracy through Freedom from National Debt Blogging on behalf of Voters and Taxpayers, and Public Debts with Vested Interest Payments – a 300-year old mechanism with seriously oppressive long term effects –Enforcement of Bank of England Act 1694 an Early Day Motion for grouping cases of oppression, to change the law – 3,100 views Petitioning HM The Queen:
Stop the Oppression of the British people – on behalf of victims of our financial, legal and judiciary system Petitioning the Treasury Select Committee: Stop the Crash Crumble to Equalize the Credit Crunch! – 230 signatures and over 10,500 page views, and Financial Fairness for Voters and Taxpayers, please! 44 signatures and over 3,000 page views

Another ConDem attack on democracy – Ann Pettifor Bankers in charge of the Treasury – Left Futures. http://www.leftfutures.org/2010/05/bankers-in-charge-of-the-treasury/

• Another ConDem attack on democracy – Ann Pettifor Bankers in charge of the Treasury – Left Futures. http://www.leftfutures.org/2010/05/bankers-in-charge-of-the-treasury


• “The Wizard: a new kind of Oz for the age of derivatives and Goldman Sachs” (David Boyle, The Real Press, Ł7.99) A century ago, Dorothy and Toto set off down the Yellow Brick Road to encounter the Wizard. Or was it the money system, as some critics claim? This Wizard is a tale for our own times of beauty, love and courage – and small dogs. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wizard-David-boyle/dp/0955226317/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272399973&sr=1-1