London Global Open Table: 24th February 2010

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

We are a network in search of ways to inclusive justice – see Global Table. The air is alive with …………doubts about money…… and the grip of power elites. 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 asked last week for a ten minute rule on initial contributions so that discussion of matters raised and other interests can have their share. So I am encouraging people to report in advance the essence of any matter they wish to bring to the table.

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

Telegraph Sunday 21st – Guppy – as forwarded in the week – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/7273332/Darius-Guppy-our-world-balances-on-a-sea-of-debt.html
Letters – Tomlinson to Kotlikoff, Baron to Timms, Challen to G of BofE
Ian Mason will be giving the Annual Economics Lecture of the School of Economic Science on Thursday March 11th at 7.15pm at Hinde Street Methodist Church, opposite Mandeville Place. Its title is “World without Want.” Apply to SES for tickets
Activity in the Ecumenical Movement. Paul Morrison present Poverty experts and churches urge government to close wealth gap Twenty-six leading poverty experts, including many church leaders, have challenged the Chancellor and Opposition finance ministers to seize a once-in-a- generation opportunity to close the gap between rich and poor. In a week that has seen inflation spike, unemployment rise and public sector finances deteriorate further, poverty experts from the Get Fair coalition are calling for political consensus to build a credible plan for a lasting reduction in poverty in the UK.
Norwich Conference May 1/2 ‘Post-Usury Economy’ PC, AD and CC
– Flurry of discourse on ‘property’ to report – and – Robin Smith on FAQ on Land Value Covenants
– Many of us are all plagued by computer problems. I have registered – at £6.99 pm – with www.helppconline.com and have already had valuable cleansing work and excellent advice on-line by their engineer. If you are troubled by computer hiccups you might be interested in visiting their site. PBC
‘CITIZEN ETHICS’, the CURRENT Guardian initiative www.guardian.co.uk/citizenethics – Comment is sought this week in readiness for a response by the leaders of the three main parties next Saturday. Extracts in last Saturday’s Guardian – the full 60 pages as above.
– Ellen Brown in Yes! Magazine — “Campaigning for State-owned Banks” – www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/campaign-for-state-owned-banks – and see her own website:
www.webofdebt.com
May 19 visit to the Table of Robert Howell from NZ
– Wall Street s War Against Main Street America By Prof. Michael Hudson URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17667
An article on The Guardian website draws attention to the way corporate power threatens human rights. It particularly draws attention to the way global corporations are designing contracts, mostly with developing countries, that guarantee their profits by overriding the sovereignty of elected governments to make laws, grant social rights to citizens or introduce laws to protect the environment. The article is titled “Reining in the corporate monster” and the wrap line reads “Big business must be forced to temper its obsession with profit and align corporate practice with social justice and democracy”. www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/feb/17/reining-in-corporate-monster – As always there is more on the AABA website – www.aabaglobal.org. Prem Sikka
Other matters of Monetary and Fiscal reform
– Forum for Stable Currencies – Sabine’s persistent work
– Call4Reform – Dyson – May applied to NHS – draft UK legislation
– CEJ contining its initiatives – Smith, Bowman, Challen
– Money Education – Koenig, Bell and Chitty
– Natural Law and Ecology – Joseph Milne
– Law and its inhibiting aspects – Davies and Ecotort

Lent: ‘What people are learning through hungering for justice is that trying to come up with policies for a better world is not enough. We need changed people to want them and to make them work. That involves re-shaping our desires, not just our political hopes. At its best, that is what fasting is all about.’ Simon Barrow
– The following data may be of interest.. www.economicstability.org/

– And the following from John Kendall………
BBC Forum has this week good introduction into the alternative currency problematics. Check the Forum of Feb 14 and particularly www.lietaer.com Not common to hear such open language from people involved in current economics. And, sure, there is the recent series of the Archdruid Report dealing with the matter.