Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The origin of TRIP-Up

John Courtneidge

2nd September 2014

My Friend, Jon, asked: 

"Where does the TRIP-UP item come from ? "

Here's the history:

TRIP-Up is an extension of two terms that a fellow Friend and Socialist, Jeffrey Blay* told me on a trip to Milton Keynes, way back in the 90's

(*Our Friend is an even! older democratic socialist than me! - he was given a long-service award at the last London Labour biannual-AGM at Stratford Town Hall in ?2013?) :

So, the first:

   'Let's get RID of capitalism'

(RID = Rent, Interest, Dividends - Dividends being Profits shared out to share-holders)

And, the second:

   'Capitalism RIP'

RIP - Rest-in-Peace': Rent, Interest, Profits.

I added the 'T' (for Theft) since that's what the 'ownership' of economic resources is (even 'ownership' by state or municipal government) and the 'Up', since higher-than-average pay for work seems to correlate with jobs where 'a position of power' is 'owned'.

The evolution of 'that which has been stolen/is owned' is now:

  Rent - from Land (and Frozen land - buildings, roads, ports, etc - to exact Rent);

  Interest - The Law (to exact Interest - usury was outlawed until Henry VIII first legalised it - in England - in his Act of 1545 'In Restraint of Usury')


  Profits fro the Theft of Knowledge/Data/Information  (both frozen (embedded in tangible things like tools, machinery, etc) - and fluid/non-tangible/virtual (patents, know-how, etc ie, nowadays, 'intellectual property'),

This suggested that somethings was being owned to provide higher-than-average pay for work: and hence that theft of 'position' (as above).

Now, all this is at variance with our Theology (of The-Creator-present-within-the-Creation / immanence / panentheism) and with what Jesus taught (as render to us).

Hence Co-operative Socialism/The Fair World Project

There's more in the papers' section at www.interestfreemoney.org - key title words are Jesus, Quaker and CCPA Readings.

Thanks for asking - I hope this helps!

For all = the best! = equally! = co-operatively!


ps Try as I have over twenty+ years I haven't found a book that says this TRIP-Up this in this way (I wish there was!) - lots do parts . . . except Jesus!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Why Britain's Establishment is unjust and unsustainable

And the solution!

John Courtneidge 1st September 2014
(Please, also, see my comment and 'TIP-Up analysis', below. Thx!)

Owen Jones' new book, 'The Establishment: And how they get away with it' is available on 4th September:


There is a Pre-publication Channel4 piece:


Now . . .

Readers might know that I use a (2% - 10% - 88%) economic/social/power analysis (rather than Occupy NY's 'We are the 99%' - which implies that it's only the owners (thieves) of economic resources that are 'the problem').

Two points:

The TRIP-Up* analysis points out that the 10% (all in round figures) that are paid higher-than-average incomes (usually salaries, perks, enhanced pensions - the Up unequal pay part of TRIP-Up) form the establishment's Praetorian Guard (and often, oddly, have jobs with names starting with the letter P).

* TRIP-Up = Theft, rent, Interest, Profit and Unequal-pay for work

More-over, the 'owners' (Thieves) of economic resources collect different sorts of unearned income as Rent, Interest and Profit (ie the RIP part of TRIP-Up).

And each of these groups *hates* the others - the land-owners (land Thieves) hate paying Interest to the Law thieves and Profits to the businesses that supply them with machinery, fertilizers, etc.  and of, course, those two groups hate paying Rents to the land-Thieves, etc.

And, they all *hate* paying taxes to employ the Praetorian Guard - the Up families . . .

Hence the push away from Corporation Taxes and Income Taxes - towards unfair, Indirect Taxes like Sales Taxes, User-fees, etc,etc.

So, the solution?

Economic equality and income equality.

For more, please see the five CCPA articles 9in the 'CCPA Monitor Readings on Co-operative Socialism') in the papers at www.interestfreeoney.org.uk

ps - I recommend that you read the last of those five articles first.

Hope this helps!

Best = for all! = equally! = co-operatively!



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
   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!

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!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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A beautiful letter written by Zelda Williams...
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."


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!


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Saturday, August 2, 2014


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!


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!


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



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."


(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.


* 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.