Friday, August 15, 2014

Capitalism = TRIP-Up        No more TRIP-Up!

TRIP-Up = Theft, +  Rent, interest, Profit,  + Unequal-pay for work

John Courtneidge

15 August 2014


Diary of DeceitWhen those we trust we can't.
shared Curtis Le Gendre's photo.
This is what the #Brazil gov did on the streets to thousands of homeless to build your #worldcup stadium and create a nice tourist enviroment for you.. #OpWorldCup #OpHackingCup #FuckFIFA

Capitalism is:


TRIP-Up =                         Theft
    of land to provide            Rent
    of the law to provide        Interest
    of knowledge to provide  Profit
and
   of  position*(s) of power  to provide:
                                         Unequal-pay for work

*- paid for by tax-income

No more TRIP-Up!

= Theft, +  Rent, interest, Profit,  + Unequal-pay for work


We can do better than capitalism

We *will* do better than capitalism - to everybody's benefit - it's an equality and sustainability thing!

Best - for all! = equally!
john

Ps for the plan for co-operative socialism = a plan for peace, equality and sustainability through income equality, pls see the papers at www.interestfreemoney.org.uk

Hope this helps!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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A beautiful letter written by Zelda Williams...
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A beautiful letter written by Zelda Williams...
"My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.
To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…
Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again."


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Minimising Harm

John Courtneidge
13 August 2014

In the papers at www.interestfreemoney.org.uk there is a paper (As a PDF) that I prepared for a UK Society for Co-operative Studies event at New Lanark - to remember Robert Owen's contribution 150 years after his death.

It's called Emotions, Personalities, Politics.

In there I develop a diagram that originates in Kay Carmichael's 'A Ceremony of Innocence' (I think - it's about why we cry) and thence to David Donnison's 'Policies for Just Society'.

That diagram suggests that depression is one of the routes from anger - the other two being violence and constructive activity. - and I suggest that anger is, generically, caused by mistreatment (of one kind or another -a key one is explored in another essay 'Money Hurts').

Since capitalism is an act of mistreatment - one that produces innumerable other mistreatments - then the wonder is that so few of us succumb to the ultimate act of self-harm, suicide.

My heart goes out to all self-harm victims, families and communities.

The way to minimise harm is to maximise wellness - and that (pace The Spirit Level www.equalitytrust.org.uk) invollves the income equality plan (also in www.interestfreemoney.org.uk) that I term Co-operative Socialism.

I hope this helps!

For all, in all - the best! = equally!

john

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Saturday, August 2, 2014





Truth


1st August 2014

Some years ago on a listserv called Futurework, a participant from Vancouver, I think, suggested that, since the claim that Truth does not exists is a claim to truth, therefore truth exists.

My working principle, as a Friend (Quaker) and research chemist is that Truth is what God knows and that we seek to under-stand.

(The hyphen is important: in that, (instead of capitalism's (false) claim that truth can a) be owned, b) be used/exploited for private accumulation and c) must be wrestled to the ground first (in the act of theft from the Creation/Commonwealth), rather Truth is something that we should stand under - as the upstroke in the letter T, the cross-stroke being Truth - in awe!)

Hope this helps - for all - the best, equally!

john

ps The Truth of the present time is that (pace The Spirit Level - www.equalitytrust.org.uk ) that income equality is good for *everyone* - 'the rest of' the Creation/Commonwealth, included!

Woo-hoo!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Since Property is Theft, and Use for Selfishness is Exploitation: Then, if not capitalism, then what?

John Courtneidge

31st July 2014


The prelude to exploitation is theft - of Land, the Law, that which God already Knows (Knowledge) and Position.

Respectively, these attempted acts of theft lead to exploitation as Rent, Interest, Profit and Unequal (higher-than-average) pay for work (for which the TRIP-Up acronym serves well).

Two hundred years' ago we recognised that 'ownership' (Theft) of one economic resource, people, was wrong and thus out-lawed (human) slavery.

It's, now, time to re-cognise that 'ownership' (Theft) of *all* economic resources is wrong.

As a Quaker, I re-cognise that the theology that the Creator/God/the Divine is present *everywhere* within the Creation and, thus, that all ownership is an attempt at the Theft of God (our Friend John Bellers made that point succinctly to and for us).

Hence the plan that abolishes 'ownership' and exploitation and replaces those with co-operative careship - for the Common Good of all, in all, by all.

That plan is explored and, hopefully, explained in the papers at www.interestfreemoney.org.uk

I hope this helps.

For all, in all

john

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What's going on in the Ukraine

30th July 2014

These are the death throes of liberal capitalism (thanks be) but a death that is morphing the corpse into neo-conservative capitalism/neo-fascism.

Unless, that is, we can be propositional* for a better-for-all alternative . . .

In an Occupy posting** is the phrase, " In stark contrast, US officials have been reluctant to do the same. Is Washington willing to share any object data or evidence to the public."

**http://www.blacklistednews.com/MH17_Verdict%3A_Real_Evidence_Points_to_US-Kiev_Coverup_of_Failed_False_Flag/36871/0/38/38/Y/M.html

(nb False Flag: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag)

My experience, out and about, is that "the public" - a significant proportion at least - already knows that it is more accurately described as 'the prisoners'.

And that, as prisoners the only 'freedom' we have is to hold the keys to 'our' cells.

Hence, in my view, the significant level of support that Occupy received and still receives.

Thus, also, the waiting hope by "the public"/'the prisoners', that Occupy will offer a further lead their release from bondage.

I hope that we can respond, propositionaly*, to that hope.

john

* ps Google alerts me to the phrase 'the right to propose'.  I've only had one such alert: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/proposal-royal-seal-how-law-made makes for worth while reading (it's very short).

pps And, lest anyone thinks that my term neo-conservative capitalism/neo-fascism is hysterical rhetoric, look at events in Canada under neo-conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The plan (where-ever it is in plain words - as the counter part to neoliberalism's plan, The Ridley Report (http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/110795) is, quite clearly, to abolish democracy.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Co-operative Socialism - preferable to Anarcho-syndicalism . . .


John Courtneidge 18 July 2014






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On 'my' Facebook time line https://www.facebook.com/john.courtneidge I posted:

Ah, capitalism . . .

Or Co-operative Socialism anyone?!


To which:

Kurtis McCartney replied:
Coop Socialism suffers from the same issues with corruption.

How about we live in the moment, clear out the excess and do it in a way that affords opportunity without all of the social justice warrior language.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-syndicalism

On Fiona McMurran's Time line is a thread, to which I've posted:

^Thx Kurtis for the above.

by coincidence we used that Wikipedia page for part of our Bromley Co-operative Party meeting last Monday - both the introductory explanation of what Anarcho-syndicalism is and its history; including the lovely quote from George Orwell's beautiful 'Homage to Catalonia' :

"

I had dropped more or less by chance into the only community of any size in Western Europe where political consciousness and disbelief in capitalism were more normal than their opposites. Up here in Aragón one was among tens of thousands of people, mainly though not entirely of working-class origin, all living at the same level and mingling on terms of equality. In theory it was perfect equality, and even in practice it was not far from it. There is a sense in which it would be true to say that one was experiencing a foretaste of Socialism, by which I mean that the prevailing mental atmosphere was that of Socialism. Many of the normal motives of civilised life– snobbishness, money-grubbing, fear of the boss, etc.– had simply ceased to exist. The ordinary class-division of society had disappeared to an extent that is almost unthinkable in the money-tainted air of England; there was no one there except the peasants and ourselves, and no one owned anyone else as his master.
—George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, ch. VII
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(Incidentally, it was reading that book which confirmed me in my democratic socialism at the age of about 14 - and lead to my reading of Hugh Thomas's History of the Spanish Civil War and Laurie Lee's equally-beautiful 'As I walked out one Midsummer's Day'.

If it turns out to be possible, I'll add a photograph of the organisational diagram in that article - which shows a vertical, hierarchical structure (the diagrammatic hierarchical nature being, doubtless, an unintended artifact of capitalist 'cultural' conditioning.

It does, however, highlight the false resistance that anarchists have to Co-operative (ie de-centralised, equalitarian) socialism. And that is the question of subsidiarity and the role of a geographical entity that we presently-call 'The State'.

Photo: On Fiona McMurran's Time line is a thread, to which I've posted:

^Thx Kurtis for the above.

by coincidence we used that Wikipedia page for part of our Bromley Co-operative Party meeting last Monday - both the introductory explanation of what Anarcho-syndicalism is and its history; including the lovely quote from George Orwell's beautiful 'Homage to Catalonia' :

"

    I had dropped more or less by chance into the only community of any size in Western Europe where political consciousness and disbelief in capitalism were more normal than their opposites. Up here in Aragón one was among tens of thousands of people, mainly though not entirely of working-class origin, all living at the same level and mingling on terms of equality. In theory it was perfect equality, and even in practice it was not far from it. There is a sense in which it would be true to say that one was experiencing a foretaste of Socialism, by which I mean that the prevailing mental atmosphere was that of Socialism. Many of the normal motives of civilised life– snobbishness, money-grubbing, fear of the boss, etc.– had simply ceased to exist. The ordinary class-division of society had disappeared to an extent that is almost unthinkable in the money-tainted air of England; there was no one there except the peasants and ourselves, and no one owned anyone else as his master.
    —George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, ch. VII
"

(Incidentally, it was reading that book which confirmed me in my democratic socialism at the age of about 14 - and lead to my reading of Hugh Thomas's History of the Spanish Civil War and Laurie Lee's equally-beautiful 'As I walked out one Midsummer's Day'.

If it turns out to be possible, I'll add a photograph of the organisational diagram in that article - which shows a vertical, hierarchical structure (the diagrammatic hierarchical nature being, doubtless, an unintended artifact of capitalist 'cultural' conditioning.

It does, however, highlight the false resistance that anarchists have to Co-operative (ie de-centralised, equalitarian) socialism.  And that is the question of subsidiarity and the role of a geographical entity that we presently-call 'The State'.

The theory and practice of the co-operative movement is that 'Primary Co-operatives' operate at the most local level possible, then there are secondary and tertiary co-operatives, with co-operatives that (As Kurtis points out), as with these other 'levels' become corrupted into a (power) hierarchy - with the 'higher' levels being most esteemed (and captured by) megalomaniacs.

This is where both language, diagramming and - especially in view of the evidence in The Spirit Level - see www.equalitytrust.org.uk -  pay and perks are so important.

Put simply: social-decision-making at the geographical dimension of (say) the islands of Ireland or Britain would be best done by all the people of, in one case, Ireland and in the other Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and the associated islands as two 'National Co-operative Commonweals' which may voluntarily associate ('Federate') to a European Co-operative Commonweal an, ultimately a Global Co-operative Commonweal (I have an unpublished article for the magazine 'Chartist' on these lines).

Thus, I don't see Proudhon's Anarchist Confederation of Peasant Smallholdings as enough for sustainability, solidarity and sociability - whereas a global society operating according to the Co-operative Values and Principles in the Statement on The Co-operative Identity (As published after periodic review by co-operators world-wide) - see www .ica.coop and in thepapers at www.interestfreemoney.org.uk - 'The New Vision of Society' (to share Robert Owen's phrasing.

Finally, I'll log this inthe blog www.sustainabilitynotcapitalism.blogspot.com which (along with the IfM site) is an evolving archive.

Hope this helps!

Best - equally! - for all!

john

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The theory and practice of the co-operative movement is that 'Primary Co-operatives' operate at the most local level possible, then there are secondary and tertiary co-operatives, with co-operatives that (As Kurtis points out), as with these other 'levels' become corrupted into a (power) hierarchy - with the 'higher' levels being most esteemed (and captured by) megalomaniacs.

This is where both language, diagramming and - especially in view of the evidence in The Spirit Level - see www.equalitytrust.org.uk - pay and perks are so important.

Put simply: social-decision-making at the geographical dimension of (say) the islands of Ireland or Britain would be best done by all the people of, in one case, Ireland and in the other Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and the associated islands as two 'National Co-operative Commonweals' which may voluntarily associate ('Federate') to a European Co-operative Commonweal an, ultimately a Global Co-operative Commonweal (I have an unpublished article for the magazine 'Chartist' on these lines).

Thus, I don't see Proudhon's Anarchist Confederation of Peasant Smallholdings as enough for sustainability, solidarity and sociability - whereas a global society operating according to the Co-operative Values and Principles in the Statement on The Co-operative Identity (As published after periodic review by co-operators world-wide) - see www .ica.coop and in thepapers at www.interestfreemoney.org.uk - 'The New Vision of Society' (to share Robert Owen's phrasing.

Finally, I'll log this inthe blog www.sustainabilitynotcapitalism.blogspot.com which (along with the IfM site) is an evolving archive.

Hope this helps!

Best - equally! - for all!

john

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All interest charging, receiving and paying is, both wrong and unnecessary:

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Wednesday, 6 July 2014

Dear London LSX Occupy EWG friends


I will not be present on Saturday (19th July 2014, Mayday Rooms, Fleet Street, London) for the specially-called meeting to consider interest-charging, paying and receiving.

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My offerings are in the papers section at www.interestfreemoney.org.uk

 - please see the Essay, 'Solving the World's Problems', in particular.

In synopsis:

All interest charging, receiving and paying is, both,

  - wrong: they, both, exacerbate income inequality (ie power inequality) and constitute one of the four contributory drivers (rent, interest, profit-concentrated-as-'private' dividends, uneuql-pay-for-work: these being all time-related 'returns on capital employed') that exacerbate war and other forms of environmental non-sustainability,

and,

  - unnecessary: free-at-the-point-of-use lending systems - such as Public Lending Libraries work quite well as debt-but-not-interest-charging public goods.

I hope therefore that the EWG will issue a statement that interest-charging, -paying and -receiving should be made illegal.

Best - for all! - equally!

john

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