15460RE: [gaiapc] Fwd: Daily Dose of Resilience: 11/09/2017
- 13 Nov, 2017
The money system is dealt with by a wealth tax and the reduction in monetary wealth as opposed to real wealth. The wealth tax reduces useless dead money and recycles some of it back into the real economy for investment in renewables that substitute for fossil fuels. The biggest way to reduce population growth in the poor countries is to increase foreign aid from the rich counties to 1% of GDP – as they promised to do but reneged on it. For logical reasons which I do not have time to go into, the poor have much higher birth rates than the affluent. Intrinsic values of land and natural resources are set by the government to replace market prices so as to correct for market failure. Speculation (gambling) with money is taxed so the “democractic house” always wins.
Meantime wealth redistribution reduces the huge carbon imprint of the well to do. The problem is not the money system per se but the market price system and inequality in the distribution of wealth’ which, by definition undemocratic. As Louis Brandeis said it seven decades ago “You can have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few or you can have democracy but you cannot have both”.
In democracy, one of the elements of the common good (perhaps the paramount element) is the survival of the planet – or more particularly the survival of the human species. In this light, population control/reduction would be an element of the common good. The focus of the universal, egalitarian public educations system (as in Norway) is on the philosophy of the common good and the related instruments for its achievement – not training for future jobs and technology that promises progress without people. Among other things, it teaches about ecology, population, economics, politics and participation in democratic discourse for what Immanuel Kant described as an enlightened species for perpetual peace. The overall issue in the democratic education system might be “If we do not hang together, we shall certainly hang separately”.
How does your money system work better than that?
That's an interesting review.
Regarding this quote: <<Klein explains a closely-related point, namely that democracy must be suspended for neoliberal capitalism to prevail: In his book Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman presented human liberation and market liberation as flip sides of the same coin. Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz labelled them as “market fundamentalism” (137). In her 2007 book, Shock Doctrine, Klein argues that this extreme form of capitalism (i.e., neoliberalism) can only be implemented when democracy is suspended. >>
I quite agree with the point - that democracy and neoliberal capitalism cannot fit in the same box. But in my view, the money system, and those who control it, represent roots and brains of neoliberal capitalism. So I find it ironic that the Leap Manifesto does not appear to address the money system. (no bell for the cat!) Nor does it the population overshoot issue.
Nevertheless, from the description of the Leap Manifesto, the values and scope of initiatives appear to align very closely with the thoughts behind Blue Planet Governance.
On 2017-11-12 11:03 PM, 'Peter Venton' peter.venton@... [gaiapc] wrote:
Thanks for this. I have attached a much lengthier review of Klein’s book.
The Canadian Leap movement is progressive, not just left. The reviewer got the main point that addressing climate change would “detonates the ideological scaffolding on which contemporary conservatism (i.e. neoliberalist capitalist project) stands. He did not list the Leap’s policies at the end of the book of doubling the minimum wage, free college tuition and medicare - all part of Bernie Sanders’ progressive manifesto. He did not note the list of taxes on pages 246-247 that make the Leap affordable. The reviewer questions how we can achieve such radical demans while confined within the logic of markets. The point of the Leap policies is that all of them correct for market failures that most students of economics have understood for at least seven decades. Really.
For a proposal for the development of a progressive manifesto, see my chapter “Manifesto for a Movement Progressive” in the Cambridge Scholars 2017 volume “Peace Issues in the 21st Century Global Context” by Shreesh Juyal and John Duncan (eds) pp. 353-376.
The review of Naomi Klein's new book is interesting.
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By Jody Tishmack on Nov 09, 2017 04:54 am
Healthy soil is so important for life on earth yet so poorly understood or appreciated. Science and technology brought us the “green revolution”; chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, supersized tractors, genetically modified crops adapted to life drenched with agricultural chemicals. What is rarely apparent to most agricultural specialists is the damage this is causing the soil, basically turning it into ‘dirt’.
By Chuck Collins on Nov 09, 2017 04:00 am
Just as Congress begins debate on the Republicans’ “Tax Cut and Jobs Act,” new revelations have emerged about how wealthy elites around the world hide their wealth. The “Paradise Papers” — the result of a leak from the Bermuda-based law firm Appleby — shines additional light onto the shadowy world of hidden wealth and tax dodging.
By Philip Ackerman-Leist on Nov 09, 2017 03:50 am
As Günther and his cows wove their way through Laatsch, a beeping horn stopped him. He turned around, spreading his arms to slow the bovine promenade behind him, and let the car slip by before he and his cows stepped back into the main thoroughfare for their jaunt from the barn to pasture. The driver had Swiss plates and a business suit. Someone in a rush to make money, he surmised, while he headed out to his fields to seal his own financial fate in several plastic bags.
By Tegan Tallulah on Nov 08, 2017 09:03 am
It’s safe to say that life would not be the same without trees. In fact, all human civilisation is dependent upon them. Not only as a source of valuable resources, but also for the ecological benefits they provide – called ecosystem services. We all know trees are awesome, but most people don’t quite understand all the important things they do.
By Elisabeth Winkler on Nov 08, 2017 05:26 am
Welcome to community-owned Huxhams Cross Farm set on the rolling hills of south Devon on the edge of the Dartington Hall estate. Secured by the Biodynamic Land Trust (of which more later), its 34-acres exemplifies human-scale farming in a world increasingly dominated by industrial farming.
By Samir Dathi on Nov 08, 2017 05:08 am
Despite my various friendly critiques here, it goes without saying that Naomi Klein is one of the most important figures on the radical left today. There are few other activists who are able to make radical arguments that are read by so many and taken seriously in the mainstream.
By Katharine Stavrinou on Nov 08, 2017 05:06 am
Major societal change in the coming decades necessitates new pedagogical design and sustainable instructional methodology. This proposal makes the case for using a permaculture design model as a resource to create an ecologically regenerative pedagogy for a sustainable future.
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