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by Lauren Carroll Harris, Copenhagen
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“Can a finite Earth support an infinite project? The thesis of capitalism, infinite development, is a destructive pattern, let’s face it. How long are we going to tolerate the current international economic order and prevailing market mechanisms? How long are we going to allow huge epidemics like HIV/AIDS to ravage entire populations? How long are we going to allow the hungry to not eat or to be able to feed their own children? How long are we going to allow millions of children to die from curable diseases? How long will we allow armed conflicts to massacre millions of innocent human beings in order for the powerful to seize the resources of other peoples?”
— Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, speaking at COP15, December 16, 2009
All these issues have been forced onto the global political agenda — for some time at least. Before Copenhagen, it was the global financial meltdown that put the word “capitalism” back into the everyday vocabulary.
Now in Copenhagen, many are explicitly discussing the issue of how to remove the causes of climate change — the capitalist system and its structurally unequal ownership and distribution of natural resources and wealth — root and branch.
In the words of one Klimaforum09 participant: “We need to think strategically about how to build a movement that can take power from a system that is completely unable to solve this crisis, a world that values its economic system over its ecosystem. We need to build a movement and a system that can give us all the things that they [the government leaders at COP15] can never give us.”
Denmark ‘worst possible host’
A session titled “Capitalism and the Climate Crisis: Left Alternatives” featured a range of left and socialist activists. Per Clausen of Denmark’s Red-Green Alliance criticised his government’s use of carbon offsets to falsely heighten its carbon emissions-reduction targets.
He said that emissions must be reduced in a real sense, “not drowned in a sea of quotas”, and that despite Denmark’s reputation as a “green” country, it “has proven itself to be the worst possible host of the climate summit. First, [Denmark] backtracks on the demand for a legally binding agreement. Second, [Denmark] has sold out on the demand that rich countries must reduce emissions by between 55 and 40% by 2020″.
Marisa Matias, a member of parliament for Portugal’s Left Bloc, criticised how the mainstream has adopted the language of the environment movement, but in a diluted manner, stripped of all meaning and divorced from a rigorous examination of the crisis’ real problems, and consequently, the real solutions.
“Environmental crises are viewed as technical, as externalities — ‘there’s a problem in the water, in the soil, in the air’ — and separated from their social origins”, Matias said. “Over the last two decades, [the words] ‘sustainable development’ have been integrated into the discourse of every party, every government, but they have an empty significance.
“We must see environmental problems in the realms of social and distribution problems, and that means ecological and social justice as the solution. It makes no sense to talk about nature without talking about society and who has control over natural resources.”
The “Left Alternatives” panel also included Ian Terry, a former Vestas employee and member of the British Socialist Workers’ Party. Vestas is a Danish wind-turbine manufacturer that recently sacked hundreds of staff at a turbine factory on Britain’s Isle of Wight.
Terry explained the signficance of the Vestas workers’ campaign to save their jobs, and how it offered unique opportunities to make links between the erosion of the environment and workers’ rights.
“We were told that our jobs were secure, the industry was booming and we wouldn’t be worrying about the recession. Three weeks later they told us we were all going to lose our jobs. At the same time [Britain's Labour government] was claiming to be creating 400,000 green jobs. So we occupied our factory.
“What I experienced [during the factory occupation] was amazing, a coming together of environmentalists, socialists, trade unionists and the local community. And for me it solidifies the argument that capitalism is the same problem — for the working-class movement and for the environment movement.
“Although we didn’t actually save our jobs, the media reported quite kindly and widely. It wasn’t just the left media, everyone picked it up because it was an environmental issue … What we’re doing now is working on the million green jobs campaign. We’ve set out where we can create jobs in green energy, the insulation of houses and public transport.
“There are many people in the UK right now who are jobless. We’ve been able to build pressure, talk in workplaces, in factories that are closing with people about the links between capitalism and the climate. The workers movement must link up with the environment movement.
“After `The Wave’ [a 50 000-strong demonstration in London on December 5] and after Copenhagen, quite clearly there are a lot of people coming together [to demand action to stop climate change]”, he said.
“It’s not an abstract issue — we’ve had thousands of people on the streets. We’re arguing for a socially just future, not just a future where we survive. That’s where the organised left has got to play a part [in relating to the broader environmental movement]. The green jobs campaign does [make those links] by uniting trade unionists and environmentalists. We strengthen each other.”
Another campaigner involved in the British Workers’ Climate Action group pointed out that so-called “green companies” will, by their nature, be more interested in capitalising on a growing market opportunites and prioritising profit over the environment and their workers’ rights — for Vestas, “wind turbines are just another commodity”.
Market solutions rejected
Many conference participants labelled efforts to impose market solutions — such as offsetting carbon emissions in the first world with “carbon reducing” projects in the Third World that have been shown to trample on the rights of labourers — as a re-colonisation of the global South.
Another activist pointed out that in a recent study, two-thirds of the UN sponsored Clean Development Mechanism offset projects in Europe failed to reduce carbon emissions, and some even increased emissions.
However, carbon trading continues to be advocated as a solution to climate change by pro-business governments. The carbon market is worth US$1.2 trillion a year, according to British economist Nicholas Stern.
Instead of market-friendly solutions offered by the richest countries, which are refusing to equally redistribute wealth and resources, there was a consensus that genuine grassroots democracy could restore capitalism’s chronic ecological and social imbalance.
Roberto Perez, a Cuban biologist and activist, spoke to Green Left Weekly about some of the ways in which Cuba has begun to mend the ecological rift while developing the living standards of its citizens. Having a collective rather than a private, market-based approach to agriculture has built a sense of community among people, and gone a long way to ensure the country’s secure access to food.
“Our urban agriculture receives a lot of support from the local and central government. In 1990, when there was no food, it took us a while to realise that the most reliable way to get food was to grow it ourselves”, Perez explained.
“Not many people reacted like that, they were thinking that something might come, that the market will come up with something magical. The market hasn’t come up with any solutions in Africa. So the government said, ‘let’s organise this’.
“Government support came in the form of giving unused and underused land for agriculture, training more than 12,000 technicians and farmers, funding and the creation of 3000 agricultural clubs for children. Because education in Cuba is free, studying permaculture is free.
“Some of the lessons learned include the importance of equal distribution and access to land. In Cuba, most [industrial] property ownership is collective. We prefer to give access to the land and to production to the people everywhere — small scale, large scale. There was the political will and support, the Cuban government didn’t have much money, but it organised a lot.
“Now we have small farms on workplaces that provide lunch for their workforce. We have 300,000 home plots of land. And we have the urban collective gardens.
“Many people think that as consumers, they have the power to choose. But what do consumers choose? What is in the supermarket. You can choose between brands A, B and C. But out of that, what can you choose? If you grow your own food as a society, that’s power. There are many people who don’t want people to recover that power”, Perez pointed out.
Perez said he believes this model of sustainable growth can be replicated in other poor countries. “Cuba shows the scale you can do this on. [Our socialist, sustainable agricultural and social system] is not marginal, it’s not an eccentricity. All the countries that are facing these crises can do this. We found a way. It’s not perfect. We are growing, planting the future. The past is fossil fuels, the past is inequality.”
The official Copenhagen process has backfired — rather than being a show of global leaders’ political resolve, the talks ceaselessly teetered on collapse. A leaked UN report shows that the deal on offer [in the finals day of the talks] would lead to a disastrous temperature increase of three degrees Celsius.
On this final day of negotiations, the absence of an agreement that legally binds developed countries to warming of two degrees Celsius or less has rendered hollow the hardline rhetoric of leaders like US President Barack Obama, British Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Australian ALP Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
These leaders’ assertion that their actions and emissions pale in significance to those of large developing nations like China and India appears more withered, pathetic and inexcusable than ever before.
Copenhagen has revealed that the power of the rich — the power of the few — is shakier than it seems, that the planet and its people will not accept further inaction, and that the climate justice movement is increasingly prepared to step in where global leaders have failed.
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by Dr. John Singh
Let me ask you a couple of questions. What kind of milieu do you think would be more productive, and work better for all people involved: A room of ten people fighting with one another, or a room of ten people working cooperatively and consensualy with each other? Herein’s my other question for you. Similarly, which milieu do you think would be more productive, and work better for all people involved: A community comprised of people who are fighting each other, in a state of broad-based conflict; or a community whose members work together in an empathetic and mutualistic manner?
Capitalism is an apparent trick which is designed to inspire humanity to accept the idea that a system of predation against each other, that results in the oppression of human rights, in social injustices, and in environmental destruction is the most constructive for humanity. It is apparent that capitalism is inherently conflictory. However, cooperation and mutuality is at the core of our spiritual interconnectedness as human beings.
Scholars like Dr. John Lash and Dr. Michael Salla, implicitly suggest that capitalism is literally an alien ideology that has been imposed on human reality by Manipulative Extraterrestrials. Capitalism, is an apparent ideology of a lower-dimensional reality that is native to regressive aliens. It places the pursuit of ego-driven power over social responsibility to defend and affirm our spiritual interconnectedness as custodians of each other, and of Earth’s biosphere.
Through the promotion of capitalism, apparently, Manipulative Extraterrestrials that have infiltrated human institutions, can keep humanity divided into pursuing a relatively unproductive, and thoroughly destructive economic system. Capitalism makes it possible, according to the critical insights of Dr. Lash and Dr. Salla, for “archons” to manipulate, and to exploit humanity specifically, and Earth’s biosphere in general.
Capitalism undermines a participatory democracy, by transforming the effective control of society from an existentially engaged diverse public, into the hands of a clique of wealthy ‘owners of capital’. Dr. Lash and David Icke furthermore implicitly suggest that a regressive alien consciousness which has sought to rule humanity from an ancient era, has sought to inspire “capitalism” as a social control device in an alien ideology.
The communal-driven economic systems advocated by First Nations elders in Canada, and among other indigenous communities internationally, embodies the very ethic apparently that Manipulative Extraterrestrials have sought to repress, through capitalism. Dr. Salla specifically alleges that Manipulative Extraterrestrials prevail over a political-military-industrial complex that is propped-up in turn by a capitalistic ethic that has been imposed on Earthbound humans. Michael Salla specifically refers to this cited group as the Military-Industrial-Extraterrestrial Complex (MIEC). LINK
Capitalism does not reflect the kind of economic system that humans would organically generate with apparent intrusion by alleged regressive alien controllers, according to the composite representations of Dr. Salla, Dr. Lash, and other learned researchers. Capitalism apparently benefits alien control and domination of our planet Earth. That control is enhanced by artificially generating predatory conflict among humanity, as individuals pursue the quest for ego-driven power.
By recognizing capitalism as an imposed alien ideology, Dr. Lash and Dr. Salla suggest, humans can begin to appreciate the destructive impacts that capitalism has had on humanity, and our planet Earth, and they can that this separation is part of a regressive alien agenda.
According to economist Milton Friedman, ‘capitalism’ and ‘freedom’ go hand in hand. Ayn Rand, was credited with the pivotal mantra of our ‘global economy’, that “greed is good”. But in practice, freedom does not go hand in hand with capitalism, and greed is destroying humanity and our planet Earth. Capitalism is perpetuated through affirming a state of mental slavery to monetary results among the “masses”. The “masses are conditioned to ” buy into a system of values, that is relatively destructive, and is apparently being prevailed over by regressive aliens from a lower-dimensional reality of sentient artificial intelligence.
Dr. Lash documents that the Pagan Gnostics specifically referred to these cited regressive aliens as “artificial man”. However, farfetched such an explanation may sound, the existence of an alien-inspired “command structure” of decision-making — which is behind what our governments currently tolerate — offers an illuminating explanation for the perpetuation of an economic system that reeks havoc on planet Earth. Pagan Gnostics suggests that once we critically become conscious of our human essence, we can begin to discern regressive alien intrusions on Earth, that us now operating through systems that pivotally include capitalism, and organized religion.
by Horace R. Carby-Samuels
We need to take a few reflective pauses, as we go about our lives in the industrialized world. That will allow us to consider from whence came the outputs on which we draw. Take, for example, when we get up in the morning. It is unlikely that we will normally give a second thought to how many different skills, how many different people, how many different locations, or how many different materials were co-ordinated and brought together so as to enable us to acquire the clothes (if any) that we wore to sleep; the bed in which we slept; the linen on that bed; and the residence or the place of rest where we find ourselves. Indeed, the simplest appearing man-made feature in our close environment, is not simple at all. A reflective pause will lead us to see that each item arose out of the myriad integrated, interwoven, and co-ordinated direct and indirect endeavours of other persons.
The “Economic Recovery and Reinvestment” (ERR) initiatives of the U. S. Administration, under President Obama, is currently seeking to promote and to re-energise a corresponding background of integrated profitable production and trade relationships. However, it is not the level of trade, but it is what happens to people, which comprises the primary indication of economic success. Therefore, to judge success of the ERR program by what trade data show, may be somewhat misguided. What is shown by the data which reveal the forthcoming financial income and profit from production and trade operations, does not tell us about how the day to day lives of people, have been affected.
Indeed, governments that are unwilling to be guided by economic evidence, which show how the quality of the living experience of responsible participants in the evolution of the society have been affected, will merely cause the problems which led to the prevailing economic malaise, to re-emerge.
Meanwhile, in our modern industrialized world, division of labour is a critical feature in the production and delivery of the items that we use. Specialization in task assignment, in the skills that are used, and in the locations were production and product assembly take place, have contributed to reductions in the quoted price of the bulk of the respective outputs that are sold on the market. Growth in the market, has therefore caused the living that we each do to be accompanied by various networks of remote and unseen inter-personal involvement with others. Yet, it does not follow that the ERR Packages (of President Obama), which aim to revive prevailing patterns of commercial trade, represent the best way to service the interests of the people that make up the U. S. society. Mere market growth is not the needed solution.
If the ERR program of U. S. President Obama, does not intend to merely revive trade in an environment that promotes self-centredness, selfishness, and greed, some adjustments will become necessary. Specifically, if the President’s program does not intend to return full circle to the economic circumstances of today, its recovery targets will need to become more people-centred. The President (and the gallery of technocrats, officialdom, and bureaucrats that is helping him to draw up and to execute his ERR program), will need to draw on the guidance to a people-centred economic focus, that was first introduced by the English neo-classical economist Alfred Marshall (1890); Principles of Economics; numerous editions; Macmillan and Company Limited , numerous locations /St Martins Press, New York.
In addition, the U. S. President must also take steps to ensure that an exclusive money-centred (ideological) focus on what comprises economic performance, is not allowed to obscure the people-centred results that should form the outcomes which his administration should aim to deliver. The principle which leads to that ideological blockage on what happens to people, and instead to a concentration on monetary results, was initially identified and illuminated by John Lamb Lash (2006); Not in His Image; Chelsea Green Publishing Company, White River Junction, Vermont.
Meanwhile, the economist Alfred Marshall, had pointed out that the monetary data which show the price of traded goods (in single, or in the aggregate market value of trade and exchange), do not provide a sufficient indication of economic performance. Furthermore, the President and cadre of technocrats and advisors, is invited to recognize that Marshall’s looking beyond prevailing market data, was not based on his awareness that monetary quantities should be adjusted for the price level changes that accompany inflation. Rather, the neoclassical economist Alfred Marshall was pointing out that (at any point in time), responsible persons also have a definite guiding non-cash aspect to how they compute/appraise the measured value of the choices of time and resource commitments in which they engage themselves, as mind-guided entities.
Marshall explicitly focussed on the fact that responsible persons seek to acquire access to material components in behalf of their survival; and they seek, as well, access to fulfilment and to understanding which confirms to them that their living is worthwhile. Marshall was therefore inviting us (as well as the framers of the President’s ERR programs), to recognize that there is also a non-cash dimension to the “income” which persons (as mind-guided human economic agents) aim to secure from the selections of time, effort, and resource commitments, into which they enter; or to which they voluntarily commit their efforts.
That non-cash target, at which Conscious mind-guided human economic agents aim, Marshall called their real income. Obviously, therefore, Marshall was calling upon us to recognize that there exists a real economy in which Conscious mind-guided persons operate; and also a money economy in which hired workers get paid, and in which entrepreneurs set out to secure financial profits.
President Obama, is therefore invited to correspondingly frame his ERR programs, mindful of the presence of these two economies. He is invited to particularly recognize that when economists and statisticians use indices of price level changes, to adjust money income, and wages, to some reference basing point in time, these analysts are still talking about only the money economy. President Obama, therefore has a critical commitment decision, about how his ERR Programs will accommodate to the critical non-cash pivots which make up the real economy. Furthermore, he can make that accommodation, either directly; or indirectly (via a strategy of avoidance).
It is true that the U. S. President is the elected head of a capitalist society, where access to the acquisition of more money (even if by devious means), is given the status of god; and where people are conditioned to go out and chase after money, in or der to register how successful their living has been. As a result, (notwithstanding the political propaganda, and all that sort of rot), people are accommodated as merely implements (called human capital), that are manipulated in behalf of how they contribute to more private financial accumulation. However, President Obama needs to decide what results in the lives of people, his ERR policies will aim to generate. Does he aim to primarily foster the world of commercial banking, and its role in fostering market growth? Or does he also intend to foster and to deal with the targets of people, in the real economy?
Clearly, if the experience of people is his primary target, the President will need to see them as working together, not merely to generate buoyant commerce, and accompanying increases in gross national product (GDP). Instead, he will first need to recognize that persons are mind-guided Conscious entities, who understand that they need to work together to accommodate comfortably and predictively to their natural environment. Furthermore, the President must recognize that as conscious entities, respective persons understand that they must exercise their co-operation with each other, at the same time that they respectively set out to carve out a personal existential experience. That experience, they execute by means of personal selections of time and effort commitment which in which they participate (sometimes involuntarily). It is via their direct and indirect participative selections of time, effort and resources, that persons as mind-guided entities, expect to secure/access a preferred path of survival, (in terms of non-cash economic management outcomes, that accompany their sense of being existentially fulfilled or better off).
As a result, the judgements which Conscious (mind-guided) persons make about whether their real income will be enhanced, contains a sense and of their being better off, that capitalist economic analysts have tended to overlook.
The overall sense of being better off which persons frame, is therefore guided by the extent to which they are able to secure a higher quality-of-living, (as indicated by their relative access to mixes of critical technical services and opportunities, and to opportunities for participating in their communities). Accordingly, they seek access to customary items of subsistence (food, clothing, shelter, health-care support, security of person and property, and opportunities for rest and recreation). Additionally, in their search to secure enhancement in their real income, they also seek to achieve access to critical verifiable information. They particularly need information which will enable them to understand and also to work in concert with the evolution of their natural environment (and its laws of autonomous evolution). This policy and program background, was elaborated in Horace Carby-Samuels (2007); Quality-of-Living and Human Development as the Outcome from Economic Progress; Ottawa, Canada; Agora Publishing Consortium).
Essentially, the Administration of President Obama, is invited to recognize that economic performance is not shown only in the money economy, to which the activities of people contribute. Instead, government appraisals of prevailing economic performance, must recognize that there is also the real economy (in the form of the time-use management options that are accessible to people).
Persons aim to secure the attributes to quality-of-living, and to then gain access to enhanced opportunities for Human Development. As a result, the appropriateness of prevailing economic operations, in the U. S. or in any other economy, is shown by the extent to which such quality-of-living opportunities are being made available, or are being enhanced. The Administration of President Obama may therefore not rely only on performance results in the money economy, as indicated by Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Meanwhile, provisions for investment in health-care, and in education, are also included in the proposed ERR package of this President. However, the provision for investment in education and in health care, is aimed largely at how they will function as complements to commercial activities; rather than at their function as complements to the achievement of a higher quality-of-living, as a stage on the path to the ultimate realization of Human Development.
It is also notable that in the proposed ERR package, there is no provision for monitoring the extent to which the scarce non-renewable resources of the society, are available to service the Human Development targets and aspirations of its members. Additionally, in the ERR package, government funds are being used to refinance private banks, so that they can again merrily pursue their money-centred greed-driven profit agendas. It is also the extent to which corporations are making high levels of financial profits, that will be used as the indication of the forthcoming economic success in the ERR programs.
Accordingly, it will therefore be the same old selfishness-centred, greed-driven economic context, (which had generated the prevailing economic malaise in the first place), which is being resuscitated and reinvigorated by the so far presented ERR programs.
The Resistance to the Inclusion of Real Income
Oversight. and resistance to including the real income that persons achieve in how programs of economic development and revival are structured and are appraised, comes from a surprising and rather comprehensive source.
Meanwhile, a capitalist government is overwhelmingly concerned with promoting and reviving commerce, and that forms the first point in the resistance to including the real income context in how economic performance is measured. Accordingly, fostering the effectiveness with which people may be manipulated to service the profit targets of commerce, (on account of the contribution to of such activities to GDP enhancement) is one of the not overtly stated economic development targets of capitalist government-sponsored economic development programs.
In contrast, the Administration of U. S. President Obama needs to recognize the principle that, by virtue of the role of mind in human evolution, Conscious, responsible, mind-guided, and aware persons, are particularly focussed on their survival path. Such persons are particularly focussed on how their time, effort, and resource management activities, and their survival path are linked. That is why the framers of President Obama’s ERR Programs, must also see the economic management efforts of persons, as being aimed at heightening the survival-centred returns that they are able to secure from their selections of time and resource commitments.
Support to an effective linkage between the money economy, and the quality-of-survival of persons, represents a set of fundamental relationships to which the President’s ERR Program must contribute.
Notably, the real economy reveals itself in the pattern of the survival-centred time-use results, to which persons have access. Meanwhile, in the process of going about their lives, Conscious persons also estimate their economic success, in terms of the relative access which they secure to mixes of technical components, that will enable them to achieve or to experience an enhanced quality-of-living.
Persons then link their access to technical components on which they are able to draw in support of their living, into estimates which they form about how effectively the survival which they seek is being supported. In particular, respective persons frame estimates about whether the prevailing access to technical services which will enhance their quality-of-living (or the access at hand), provides them with opportunities to achieve or to experience the non-cash result of Human Development; (which happens to be the terminal existential target/achievement, that brings fulfilment to their lives).
However, capitalist economists are not prepared to acknowledge that any such type of non-cash target, accompanies the economizing activities in which human economic agents engage. Meanwhile, it happens that an alert (or a sort of “heads up”), as to why the presence of that Human Development target remains and is likely to continue to remain unrecognized and un-accommodated in our society, was elaborated in the book by John Lamb Lash (2006); Not in His Image; Chelsea Green Publishing Company; White River Junction, Vermont.
It must be particularly remembered that while pursuing their time, effort, and resource management activities which make up their living, human beings are also operating as Conscious, mind-guided entities who respectively (even if not collectively) have a conception of self survival. Therefore, the question as to, what are the people-centred outcomes at which the efforts of these Conscious entities are directed, is both relevant, and nontrivial.
Capitalists, for example, impute that the trading and related economic management activities of persons, are directed at making money. However, if one bears in mind the real income feature, to which Alfred Marshall had pointed, it is not sufficient for the ERR Packages of President Obama to dwell only on operations in the money economy. Furthermore, the associated forthcoming data in the money economy, and that on the real economy, do not vary either proportionally or in unison. As a result, to achieve the reconciliation results in Human Development at which they aim, the survival path, which respective human economic agents are seeking to carve out for themselves, does not await the intervention of a redeemer figure. Instead, in their aim to pursue the non-cash objective of Human Development persons are stimulated to execute a judicious blending of their operations in the money economy, with those attainments to which they (decide to) commit in the real economy.
The framers of the ERR programs of President Obama, are therefore invited to appreciate humans, as making time and effort management choices, in support of their aim to go about their lives as responsible entities that are in search of a preferred survival path. To recognize that such is their commitment, contrasts with the focus which emphasizes humans as chasing (opportunities to acquire) money.
Clearly, therefore, ERR programs which have been framed to complement the activities of people, as money chasers, will differ from ERR programs that aim to enhance the real income of persons, so as to foster their access to a survival path, which accompanies enhanced quality-of-living.
Meanwhile, John Lash has pointed out that the fundamental operating premises of a number of the organized religions of the world (and he names Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), are based on a redeemer, salvationist, or redemptionist context, which adherents are conditioned to frame into how they interpret their continuing existence.
Government officialdom, bureaucrats, and economic technocrats, who have been indoctrinated and conditioned in the redemptionist context (of these organized religions), will be unwilling to recognize that “appropriately civilized” humans in the society, may also aim to take personal responsibility for the survival path, that is their lives. Analysts and officialdom that has been so indoctrinated will be inhibited from being disposed to countenance the presence of Human Development, (as the background existential terminus at which Conscious mind-guided persons aim their time and effort commitments).
Analysts and officialdom who have been so conditioned in the redemptionist context, but who may be associated with the ERR Programs, will be indifferent to giving due attention to the need for support to the non-cash elements, out of which real income enhancement will be forthcoming, and from which the path to Human Development will arise. Additionally, such technocratic and bureaucratic adherents of the redemptionist perspective on human reality, will be also correspondingly indifferent to the need for the living-related resource management and other activities in which persons participate, to be also associated with practices of empathy, mutuality, and non-predation. Currently, therefore, the economic analysis behind President Obama’s ERR program, does not look on the need to recognize, or to accommodate plans, to the presence and to the importance of the non-cash results (such as real income, and enhancement in quality-of-living, that eventually lead into the Human Development), as targets at which mind-guided human economic agents aim.
However, when economic analysts, and also the framers of government policies, have been conditioned (through their religious allegiance to a redemptionist context) to overlook the presence of the real economy (and how it is linked to fostering of quality-of-living, and to Human Development), some grave existential results follow.
Essentially the conditioning to accept that more existential/human ennoblement and perfection is achieved, by virtue of the influence of a redeemer, cultivates a parallel indifference to the aim of persons to use their effort commitments toward the achievement of Human Development. The conditioning in the redemptionist context, essentially inculcates a disposition to accept a capitalist approach to what personal responsibility is all about. The result is that in the limit, personal responsibility becomes construed as the circumstance which requires that people must go out and earn their own money, which they must then use to look after themselves and their own families.
Allegiance to the redemptionist conditioning therefore accommodates and tolerates the creation of a society where persons are conditioned into a capitalist concentration on selfishness, and self-centredness, on a money-centred measurement and appraisal of economic results . The implicit redemptionist promotion of the capitalist doctrine (with its emphasis on money-centred results, with its legitimation of exploitation, and with its indifference to the experience of people), provides the opportunity for capitalist doctrine to have a field day, in how persons in the society are conditioned to see their reality, and in how their efforts to contribute to economic progress is measured.
The ERR Program can aim at generating something else other than eventually leading back to the circumstances that brought us to the prevailing economic malaise. However, it can do so only if it is prepared to also bring into prevailing measurements of economic performance, a focus on the relative success of people, in achieving the non-cash quality-of-living targets that they have.
The economic performance of ERR initiatives must be also appraised in terms of the extent to which the opportunities of persons to acquire critical mixes of real services, which satisfy their requirements for subsistence (food, clothing, shelter, health-care, rest and recreation, and for security of person and property), have been enhanced. It will not be sufficient for measurements of performance to show how much money people have begun to earn. Additionally, accompanying investment in appropriate formal and informal programs of education, and skills development, must not only provide skills training, but they must also promote the access that persons have to verifiable information which will enable them to understand their natural environment, (and its autonomous rules of operation).
Meanwhile, the principle of division of labour, ensures that trade and commerce will also contribute to the real income flows that form a normal part of the real economy. However, that does not mean that the accompanying trade, must be a part of normal capitalist practice. For example, doctrinaire capitalism condones exploitation and inter-personal predation. Accordingly, it was the accommodation, promotion and condoning of deceptious and misleading advertising in capitalist trade in commercial paper, which brought us to the prevailing global economic stalemate.
Government, (as the institutional embodiment of the particular society), therefore faces an aggregate economic management challenge. It must service an economy where trade, in expectation of market profits, is accommodated; but where the delivery of outputs which enable persons to achieve a higher quality-of-living is also promoted.
Mindful of the presence of the real economy, (where persons manage their time and effort commitments toward the achievement of Human Development), governments therefore face a challenge. They are required to facilitate and to promote an informed environment of resource and effort management, where the principles of mutuality and of empathy are foundations to the interaction of persons, with each other as well as with the natural environment (and its autonomous laws of evolution).
The ERR initiatives of President Obama, are therefore challenged to operate as more than a stimulus to the reinvigoration of a capitalist bag of tricks, where private individuals or groups set out to use various ruses, to acquire or to trap a private accumulation of a flow of cash. Instead, the ERR Program, must also promote in the trading environment, prevailing rules of operation that are consistent with the principles of mutuality and of the empathy of persons, with each other as well as with the natural environment.
Meanwhile, in the normal operations of a society that operates under capitalist doctrine, people are conditioned to hold the view that the central pivot to their participation in economic life, is the success of their efforts to (directly or indirectly) acquire money. However, in recognition of the presence of the real economy, the ERR program of U. S. President Obama needs to give due recognition to the correspondingly critical role that the time-use-management opportunities which people face, plays in their economic life. That is why the President’s ERR programs, must also give due attention to promoting the access of responsible participants in the society, to mixes of critical services on which they need to draw in order to achieve a high quality-of-survival. Additionally, the ERR operations must also promote the access of persons to critical verifiable information about their natural environment, and how it evolves.
It will not be sufficient for the President’s initiatives, to stimulate trade that leads to the enhancement of gross domestic product (GDP). That type of economic development emphasis will operate merely to resuscitate the type of commerce, where people are accommodated largely for how they will function as (no more than) technically employable “stiffs”. Additionally, in the presence of an ERR focus that is centred on market and on profit growth, the bulk of the members of the society will be accommodated primarily for their function as customers, (who can be bamboozled or “hustled”, (as entrepreneurs, professional groups, and corporate organizations, use deceptious advertising, to promote profitable trade).
Therefore, if the ERR package of President Obama and its rules of operation, aim to service the quality-of-living and also the survival priorities of people, rather than the financial profit targets of the banks and the corporations, the package needs to adjust its guidance framework.
by Bill Sardi
The Globe and Mail reported on 19 June 2008 in the article titled “Pipeline opens new front in Afghan war”, that so-called conspiracy theories associated with an oil pipeline as a basis for War in Afghanistan are apparently true. In that article, energy economist John Foster says the $7.6 billion pipeline “is part of a wider struggle by the U.S. to counter the influence of Russia and Iran over trade in the region.”
In the “war infomercial” we all get on TV, the current U.S. attack on Afghanistan is described as a war to stamp out terrorism and protect the American people. Amidst the flag waving, there is no discussion of oil or of rivalry with Russia and other neo-colonial interests. But, in fact, oil politics and neo-colonial interests are woven into all the moves and alliances that the U.S. is now making. LINK.
On February 12, 1998, John J. Maresca, vice president, international relations for UNOCAL oil company, testified before the US House of Representatives, Committee on International Relations. Maresca provided information to Congress on Central Asia oil and gas reserves and how they might shape U.S. foreign policy. UNOCAL’s problem? As Maresca said: “How to get the region’s vast energy resources to the markets.” The oil reserves are in areas north of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia. Routes for a pipeline were proposed that would transport oil on a 42-inch pipe southward thru Afghanistan for 1040 miles to the Pakistan coast. Such a pipeline would cost about $2.5 billion and carry about 1 million barrels of oil per day. Maresca told U.S. Congress then that: “It’s not going to be built until there is a single Afghan government. That’s the simple answer.”
Dana Rohrbacher, California congressman, then identified the Taliban as the ruling controllers among various factions in Afghanistan and characterized them as “opium producers.”
Then Rohrbacher asked Maresca: “There is a Saudi terrorist who is infamous for financing terrorism around the world. Is he in the Taliban area or is he up there with the northern people?”
Maresca answered: “If it is the person I am thinking of, he is there in the Taliban area.” This testimony obviously alluded to Osama bin Laden.
Then Rorhbacher asked: “… in the northern area as compared to the place where the Taliban are in control, would you say that one has a better human rights record toward women than the other?”
Maresca responded by saying: “With respect to women, yes. But I don’t think either faction here has a very clean human rights record, to tell you the truth.”
So women’s rights were introduced into Congressional testimony by Congressman Rohrbacher as the wedge for UNOCAL to build its pipeline through Afghanistan. Three years later CNN would be airing its acclaimed TV documentary “Under The Veil,” which displayed the oppressive conditions that women endure in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban — a propaganda film for the oil pipeline?
Rohrbacher then had went on to say that a democratic election should take place in Afghanistan and “if the Taliban are not willing to make that kind of commitment, I would be very hesitant to move forward on a $2.5 billion investment because without that commitment, I don’t think there is going to be any tranquility in that land.”
Beginning in 1998 UNOCAL was chastised, particularly by women’s rights groups, for discussions with the Taliban, and headed in retreat as a worldwide effort mounted to come to the defence of the Afghani women. This forced UNOCAL to withdraw from its talks with the Taliban and dissolve its multinational partnership in that region. In 1999 Alexander’s Gas & Oil Connections newsletter said: “UNOCAL company officials said late last year (1998) they were abandoning the project because of the need to cut costs in the Caspian region and because of the repeated failure of efforts to resolve the long civil conflict in Afghanistan.” [Volume 4, issue #20 - Monday, November 22, 1999]
Three days following the attack on the World Trade Centers in New York City, UNOCAL issued a statement reconfirming it had withdrawn from its project in Afghanistan, long before recent events. [www.unocal.com September 14, 2001 statement]
UNOCAL was not the only party positioning themselves to tap into oil and gas reserves in central Asia. UNOCAL was primary member of a multinational consortium called CentGas (Central Asia Gas) along with Delta Oil Company Limited (Saudi Arabia), the Government of Turkmenistan, Indonesia Petroleum, LTD. (INPEX) (Japan), ITOCHU Oil Exploration Co., Ltd. (Japan), Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. (Korea), the Crescent Group (Pakistan) and RAO Gazprom (Russia).
Just because CentGas had dissolved does not mean that the involved parties have totally abandoned their interest in building an oil pipeline out of Central Asia. There is also talk of another pipeline thru Iran. India and Pakistan are bidding to be the pipeline terminal ocean port since they would obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in fees.
So, in 1998 Osama bin Laden was identified as the villain behind the Taliban, Afghani women the victims of an oppressive Taliban regime, and the stage was set for a future stabilization effort (i.e. a war). Was all this a cover story for a future oil pipeline?
In November 2000, Bruce Hoffman, director of the Rand Institute office in Washington D.C., indicated that the next U.S. President would have to face up to the growing threat is Islamic terrorism. Hoffman: “The next administration must turn its immediate attention to knitting together the full range of U.S. counterterrorist capabilities into a cohesive plan.” [Los Angeles Times, November 12, 2000]
All that was needed was a triggering event.
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Life, money & illusion: living on earth as if we want to stay
by Mike Nickerson
Includes bibliographical references and index.
“Life, Money & Illusion” explains the odd situation whereby our biggest problems result from our size, (depletion of natural resources; conflict over remaining supplies; and pollution from expanding consumption), yet, governments and industry strive for ever more expansion. In addition to showing how this situation came about, “Life, Money & Illusion” identifies the direction in which a stable relationship with our finite planet can be found, and identifies numerous ways for moving in that direction.
In the title, “Life” refers to the biological processes by which living things maintain themselves over time; “Money” refers to the present economic ideology that says that as long as the volume of money changing hands increases, all will be well. “Illusion” refers to the fact that these two perspectives are directly opposed in terms of how they would solve current problems.
“Life, Money & Illusion” introduces the “Question of Direction” by which we can determine the direction that will offer our childrens’ children the most promising future.
1. Human ecology
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3. Sustainable development
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by Pierre Lafontaine
Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, provides circumstantial evidence to support representations by Dr. Michael Salla and other Exopolitics scholars, concerning alleged Manipulative Extraterrestrial intrusions against human sovereignty.
Dr. Salla and his colleagues, suggest that Manipulative Extraterrestrials have seduced human elites by appealing to their greed, and to a pursuit of insatiable drive for power. Allegedly, Manipulative Extraterrestrials are providing human elites with access to exotic technologies, in exchange for the unimpeded use of “biological materials”, and other planetary “resources”. The result, according to Dr. Salla, is the formation of an “Extraterrestrial-Military-Industrial Complex”, consolidated through a relationship of ego, that is then applied against the affirmation human free will. The alleged goal of this relationship of convenience is the creation of a “New World Order”.
In order to pursue the creation of a New World Order, Dr. Salla alleges the use of an exotic technological capability to artificially generate natural disasters, that includes weather modification.
Naomi Klein, documents a context of predatory capitalism, where elites are seeking to use natural disasters as a de-stabilization pretext for stealing local natural resources from foreign governments that would otherwise resist such capitalist overtures. Naomi Klein documents a “Reconstruction Industry”, creating elaborate plans for natural disasters, with elites already cued up ready to commercially benefit from ecologic ruin and ensuing human suffering.
We used to have vulgar colonialism,” says Shalmali Guttal, a Bangalore-based researcher with Focus on the Global South. “Now we have sophisticated colonialism, and they call it ‘reconstruction.’”
In the article titled “False Flag Operations, 911, and the Exopolitical Perspective”, Dr. Michael Salla indicates “False flag operations using weather modification technologies are used to shift blame onto ‘unpredictable’ environmental factors,” when in fact such technologies are being used as an instrument of capitalism. Dr. Salla indicates that such exotic Manipulative Extraterrestrial inspired technologies “can be used to create natural disasters or events that coerce nations.”
In her article titled “Disaster Capitalism: State of Extortion” published on 1 July 2008, in The Nation. LINK, Naomi Klein notes that recently “the disaster capitalists have been busy.” These include private firefighters already on the scene in Northern California’s wildfires, to land grabs in cyclone-hit Burma, to the housing bill making its way through Congress.”
On National Public Radio’s To the Point, Fadhil Chalabi, one of the primary Iraqi advisers to the Bush Administration in the lead-up to the invasion, recently described the war as “a strategic move on the part of the United States of America and the UK to have a military presence in the Gulf in order to secure [oil] supplies in the future.” Chalabi, who served as Iraq’s oil under secretary and met with the oil majors before the invasion, described this as “a primary objective.” Naomi Klein further documents a mass privatization of Iraq under elites, which has resulted in a much lower quality-of-living for Iraqis, than had existed before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Dr. Salla links a regressive alien linked explication for Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine”, which suggests that “Disaster Capitalism” is being enabled by access to Extraterrestrial exotic technologies. Dr. Salla and Ms. Klein both broadly allege that natural disasters have become a part strategic planning that is linked to corresponding pre-emptive war planning.
Naomi Klein documents that, “It certainly seems that ever-larger portions of the globe are under active reconstruction; being rebuilt by a parallel government made up of a familiar cast of for-profit consulting firms, engineering companies, mega-NGOs, government and UN aid agencies and international financial institutions. And from the people living in these reconstruction sites — Iraq to Aceh in Indonesia, Afghanistan to Haiti — a similar chorus of complaints can be heard. The work is far too slow, if it is happening at all.” Dr. Salla explicates that Manipulative Extraterrestrials are also part of this clique of interests, that seeks to provide a strategic role in a power grab, at the expense of the affirmation of human rights.
Klein further elaborates that, “Foreign consultants live high on cost-plus expense accounts and thousand-dollar-a-day salaries, while locals are shut out of much-needed jobs, training and decision making. Expert “democracy builders” lecture governments on the importance of transparency and “good governance” yet most contractors and NGOs refuse to open their books to those same governments, let alone give them control over how their aid money is spent.”.
Welcome to the planning for a “New World Order”, that Dr. Salla elaborates upon, where a regressive alien inspired fascism and greed reigns as the substantive context for governance.
But if the reconstruction industry is stunningly inept at rebuilding, that may be because rebuilding is not its primary purpose. According to Guttal, “It’s not reconstruction at all — it’s about reshaping everything.” If anything, the stories of corruption and incompetence serve to mask this deeper scandal: the rise of a predatory form of disaster capitalism that uses the desperation and fear created by catastrophe to engage in radical social and economic engineering. Ms. Klein then further documents, “And on this front, the reconstruction industry works so quickly and efficiently that the privatizations and land grabs are usually locked in before the local population knows what hit them.”
That is the operation of “Shock Doctrine” in general. Dr. Salla’s Exopolitical insights suggests that access to Extraterrestrial exotic technologies to instigate apparent “natural” disasters, are in fact, used to destabilize societies.
It is notable that the first initial waves of pledged “AID” to Burma, for example, was reported in the mass-media to have been actively resisted, because governments in such disaster torn countries seem to have been noticing the deploying of a clandestine “Shock Doctrine”.
Klein notes from a Sri Lankan witness that Sri Lanka is now facing “a second tsunami of corporate globalization and militarization,” potentially even more devastating than the first. “We see this as a plan of action amidst the tsunami crisis, to hand over the sea and the coast to foreign corporations and tourism, with military assistance from the U.S. Marines.”
Now the World Bank, notes Ms. Klein, “is using the December 26 tsunami to push through its cookie-cutter policies. The most devastated countries have seen almost no debt relief, and most of the World Bank’s emergency aid has come in the form of loans, not grants.” But, “rather than emphasizing the need to help the small fishing communities-more than 80 percent of the wave’s victims — the bank is pushing for expansion of the tourism sector and corporate fish farms.” In addition, “as for the damaged public infrastructure, like roads and schools, bank documents recognize that re-building them “may strain public finances” and suggests privatization.
As in other “reconstruction sites”, from Haiti to Iraq, tsunami relief has little to do with recovering what was lost. Although hotels and industry have already started reconstructing on the coast, in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and India, governments, under the direction of capitalistocratic elites, have passed laws preventing families from rebuilding their oceanfront homes. These are the same elites that Dr. Salla and colleagues links to an Manipulative Extraterrestrial agenda to combine with human elites, to reshape planet Earth into an exploitative and oppressive “New World Order”.
Hundreds of thousands of people are being forcibly relocated inland, to military style barracks in Aceh, Indonesia, and to prefab concrete boxes in Thailand. Naomi Klein documents that, “the coast is not being rebuilt as it was — dotted with fishing villages and beaches strewn with handmade nets. Instead, governments, corporations and foreign donors are teaming up to rebuild it as they would like it to be: the beaches as playgrounds for tourists, the oceans as watery mines for corporate fishing fleets, both serviced by privatized airports and highways built on borrowed money.”
Ms. Klein then notes that, “in January Condoleezza Rice, during the former Bush administration had sparked a small controversy by describing the tsunami as “a wonderful opportunity” that “has paid great dividends for us.” Many were horrified at the idea of treating a massive human tragedy as a chance to seek advantage.” To underscore Rice’s assertions, Ms. Klein indicates that “A group calling itself Thailand Tsunami Survivors and Supporters says that for “businessmen-politicians, the tsunami was the answer to their prayers, since it literally wiped these coastal areas clean of the communities which had previously stood in the way of their plans for resorts, hotels, casinos and shrimp farms. To them, all these coastal areas are now open land!”
In Paul B. Farrell’s ” War, Terror, Catastophe: Profiting from ‘Disaster Capitalism’, LINK, he provides a “Hot Tip” — Invest in Disaster Capitalism.” This new investment sector is the core of the emerging “new economy” that generates profits by feeding off other peoples’ misery: Wars, terror attacks, natural catastrophes, poverty, trade sanctions, market crashes and all kinds of economic, financial and political disasters.
Mr. Farrell’s elaborates that “In this Orwellian future, everything must be seen with new eyes: “Disasters” are “IPOs,” opportunities to buy into a new “company.” Corporations like Lockheed-Martin are the real “emerging nations” of the world, not some dinky countries. They generate huge profits, grow earnings. And seen through the new rose-colored glasses of “Disaster Capitalism” they are hot investment opportunities.
“Disaster Capitalism” is financing a new world economic order says Klein, not just in “the divide between Baghdad’s Green and Red zones” but in other disaster zones, from post-tsunami Sri Lanka to post-Katrina New Orleans.
“Disasters come in many forms: Weapons destroying power plants and hospitals, nature weakening bridges, hurricanes wiping out towns, ideological conflicts turning Africa’s farmlands into deserts, global banking systems favouring investors over public works, shopping malls over schools, sewage treatment and power plants, and so on.” In a brilliant Harper’s excerpt from The Shock Doctrine, Ms. Klein makes clear how this new economy is the wave of the future for certain investors.” Dr. Salla’s allegations simply helps to illuminate that the regressive alien context is providing the “elbow grease” for the apparent efficient transformation of natural disasters into dystopias that enable elite control and capitalist greed.
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by Dr. John Singh
Have you noticed on the both sides of the Global Warming debate, there are two groups of very wealthy elites? We can perhaps readily appreciate the “no” side’s motivation. This group is tied to large Petroleum and other interests. But the “yes, there is Global Warming side”, that suggest that our planet Earth is on an unabated trend to heating up, is also tied to wealthy interests. Follow the money, and the trail seems to lead to an apparent interlocking clique with common ties to a reputed “Globalist Hegemony”.
What gives? The apparent answer to this conundrum suggested by scientists whose voices have been repressed, is that both sides are seeking to deceive humanity. Bill McGuire is Benfield Professor of Geophysical Hazards and director of the Benfield Hazard Research Centre at University College London has been among scientists who suggest that Global Warming will create a trigger point, that will subvert the salinization of Gulf Stream currents. LINK The result would be the triggering of an ice age.
|[T]he greatest danger such climate change could produce for the northern hemisphere — a sudden shift into a new ice age. What they’re finding is not at all comforting.
In quick summary, if enough cold, fresh water coming from the melting polar ice caps and the melting glaciers of Greenland flows into the northern Atlantic, it will shut down the Gulf Stream, which keeps Europe and northeastern North America warm. The worst-case scenario would be a full-blown return of the last ice age – in a period as short as 2 to 3 years from its onset – and the mid-case scenario would be a period like the “little ice age” of a few centuries ago that disrupted worldwide weather patterns leading to extremely harsh winters, droughts, worldwide desertification, crop failures, and wars around the world. LINK
Yale’s Global Online correspondingly documents the following:
|Scientists have long warned that temperatures will soar and people swelter as rising levels of greenhouse gases lead to global warming. However, new evidence suggests that these conclusions were somewhat off-base. Instead of sweating, people around the world may soon be shivering as high temperatures hasten the coming of the next ice age. Currently, huge volumes of fresh water are being poured into the North Atlantic by melting glaciers, disrupting the conveyer belt of ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream, which is responsible for keeping the UK and Western Europe balmy.Recent studies indicate that the cold water outflow of the North Atlantic has dropped by 20 percent since 1950 and that northern waters have become progressively less saline. Unfortunately, these changes will not affect Europe alone. Atlantic currents are only one part of a worldwide system; disrupting them may bring dramatic climate change to the entire planet. LINK
Imagine vast stretches of Europe and North America under a permanent winter, that in the process destroys agricultural production, resulting in mass famine. Dr. McGuire and other scientists suggest that we are dangerously entering that scientifically predicated triggering point.
A possible key to appreciating this triggering mechanism, are insights from ancient and indigenous people which suggest that our Earth is not simply a large clump of mostly “rock” orbiting in space. Instead such cultures conceive of our planet as an actual living entity, where humanity and other biological entitles are spiritually interconnected with each other.
When a body of a person and animal life in general, gets too hot, the body “kicks in” certain biological mechanisms kick in to cool the body off; or alternatively “biological transformations” to deal with viral or other attacks to the body become active. Aboriginal wisdoms inspire a context of appreciating the “body of Earth” as having the biological mechanism of cooling off, to prevent the kind of apparent scenario of unabated heating, by the “yes” side.
Scientists suggest that the “Global Warming” thesis of unabated warming, was constructed to turn public attention away from arguably the even less palatable scenario of suffering from mass starvation in a permanent winter, instead of the scenario of simply being somewhat “uncomfortably” warm, but still having access to food.