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  • Don Chisholm
    The review of Naomi Klein s new book is interesting. Don ... Subject: Daily Dose of Resilience: 11/09/2017 Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2017 13:04:02 +0000 From:
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      The review of Naomi Klein's new book is interesting.

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      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’.


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      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.


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      Hi Don, 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
      Message 2 of 6 , 12 Nov, 2017
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        Hi Don,

         

        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.       

         

        Regards

        Peter

         

            

         

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        The review of Naomi Klein's new book is interesting.

        Don



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        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.


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        A Precautionary Tale: Excerpt

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        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.


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      • Don Chisholm
        That s an interesting review. Regarding this quote:
        Message 3 of 6 , 13 Nov, 2017
          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. 
          Don



          On 2017-11-12 11:03 PM, 'Peter Venton' peter.venton@... [gaiapc] wrote:
           

          Hi Don,

           

          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.       

           

          Regards

          Peter

           

              

           

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          The review of Naomi Klein's new book is interesting.

          Don



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        • Don Chisholm
          Peter, do you have a copy of your chapter “Manifesto for a Movement Progressive” in  the Cambridge Scholars 2017 volume “Peace Issues in the 21^st
          Message 4 of 6 , 13 Nov, 2017
            Peter, do you have a copy of your chapter “Manifesto for a Movement Progressive” in  the Cambridge Scholars 2017 volume “Peace Issues in the 21st Century Global Context”, that you could share?
            Don


            On 2017-11-12 11:03 PM, 'Peter Venton' peter.venton@... [gaiapc] wrote:
             

            Hi Don,

             

            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.       

             

            Regards

            Peter

             

               




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          • Peter Venton
            Don, 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
            Message 5 of 6 , 13 Nov, 2017

              Don,

              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?       

               

              Peter  

               

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              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. 
              Don



              On 2017-11-12 11:03 PM, 'Peter Venton' peter.venton@... [gaiapc] wrote:

               

              Hi Don,

               

              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.       

               

              Regards

              Peter

               

                  

               

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              The review of Naomi Klein's new book is interesting.

              Don



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            • Don Chisholm
              Peter, you end with:  Wow, that simple question could require a very long and subjective answer! So I ll
              Message 6 of 6 , 13 Nov, 2017
                Peter, you end with:  <How does your money system work better than that?>
                Wow, that simple question could require a very long and subjective answer!

                So I'll make a few points that I think are meaningful in this mini debates:

                1: First, I would not not say my suggested system is better but simply that it operates within a significantly different frame of reference - a paradigm different.

                2: Your envisioned money system may well be the best approach for working within the existing system from our position today.  However, my personal view is that there are so many warts that have grown into the greed-based model that only a reboot to a new basic operation system that works quite differently - after a massive crash (Jubilee) - might deliver some hope of dealing with our predicament of very large human-activity overshoot of planetary resources.  Sorry about the the computer language metaphor, but I hope it conveys my thought.

                3: I don't feel there is much likelihood of implementing the changes you suggest, from within the system, in any meaningful time frame, given the rate of decline in Gaian and energy well-being indicators. 

                A few of the warts are:
                >Most of the lands of the world are in the hands of private
                ownership.
                >The volume of money in the system has no relationship to the
                resources within the system. 
                >A majority of the people (80%?) are likely to oppose any
                change that will effect their personal status/wealth.
                >Large corporations today are, by design, psychopathic.
                >Giving fiat $ to the poor may reduce population but it
                increases resource throughput.

                4: However, I'm strongly if favor of all efforts toward the outcomes you describe because they hope to bring improvement, enlightenment and heading within the existing system.  Such efforts will/would be a prerequisite for the shift toward a global governance, as described in PBG, IF there is an economic meltdown or some other bifurcation event that does not wipe us out in nuclear war.  The Paradigm Junction chapters describe the nature of Blue Planet Governance 50 years after paradigm change.   So the work you describe, and that of Naomi Klein, of Gar Alperovitz (The Next System), etc. all build toward the possibility of acceptance of an enlightened form of global governance at some point. 

                5 I think that it is essential that some of us describing a form of governance that response like true regulator withn the dynamic system that we are a part of.  

                As they said in the Red Green show, 'keep you stick on the ice, we're all in this together' :-)
                Don




                On 2017-11-13 11:22 AM, 'Peter Venton' peter.venton@... [gaiapc] wrote:
                 

                Don,

                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?       

                 

                Peter  

                 

                From: gaiapc@... [mailto:gaiapc@...]
                Sent: Monday, November 13, 2017 10:12 AM
                To: gaiapc@...
                Subject: Re: [gaiapc] Fwd: Daily Dose of Resilience: 11/09/2017

                 

                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. 
                Don

                On 2017-11-12 11:03 PM, 'Peter Venton' peter.venton@... [gaiapc] wrote:

                Hi Don,

                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.       

                Regards

                Peter

                 

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                The review of Naomi Klein's new book is interesting.

                Don



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