Politics, Economics & Environment

Where is the world heading? How will global political, economic and ecological events unfold during this century and into the next? Who really holds ultimate power? 'Democratically' elected presidents and prime ministers ? Bankers? Others? Who, if anyone, has ultimate responsibility for what happens? Apart from natural cosmic and global geological events human activity on the planet is a major determining factor. Humanity and all other species are now facing critical threats to their existence. Atmospheric pollution and climate change; exponential population growth coupled with rapid depletion of resources; the global energy crisis; the widening polarity of rich and poor which provides the 'charge' that drives crime and social disintegration, and the growing world economic and financial instability are a few to start with.

For most of the 'civilised' world the power to effect change has been voted into the hands of a few politicians. We hope - or assume - that they possess a large measure of intellect in order to address the complex problems they will face. But do they possess wisdom? One can have the former without much trace of the latter. A cursory glance at human history will support that assessment. Even if we are fortunate enough to have wise government, little transformation of our societies will occur if the general population is devoid of vision and the will to make the necessary sacrifices. It is not enough to blame only bankers, politicians, or whoever wields real power - we are truly 'all in this together '.

No-one can absolve him/herself from the responsibility for necessary radical, personal, inner change. To believe that society and politicians will change and benefit us as individuals without inviting personal transformation is pure delusion. Spiritual enterprise is not an optional extra, a lifestyle accessory. It is - and always has been - a prerequisite for a sustainable and integrated world.

 
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Matters of Consequence Copthorne Macdonald

MATTERS of CONSEQUENCE explores the closely-linked issues of becoming a wiser person and creating a wiser world society. The book explores the nature of physical and mental reality; the question of cosmic purpose; socio-cultural, economic, and biospheric realities; inner reality (including self-knowledge, freedom, responsibility, identity, ethical sensibility); and creating a life characterized by meaning, purpose, and significance. It then presents the vision of a year-2050 world worth creating, and concludes with a discussion of concrete opportunities for personal action. (From the website)

From website: http://www.wisdompage.com/ebooksinfo.html

 

 

Toward Wisdon Copthorne Macdonald

TOWARD WISDOM takes the position that the only way to make the world a better place is to make it a wiser place. We, and the world, need wisdom-based analyses of our problems followed by wisdom-based action. This book focuses on the existential, metaphysical kind of wisdom — the kind that meditation and other spiritual practices help us develop. It explores the nature of this kind of wisdom, the impediments we face in our quest to become wise, and various ways and means of getting past those impediments. (From the website)

From website: http://www.wisdompage.com/ebooksinfo.html

 

 

Getting a Life Copthorne Macdonald

GETTING A LIFE is about applied, practical wisdom — the kind of wisdom that Coleridge called “Common sense in an uncommon degree.” The book is rooted in the idea that some steps toward wisdom require nothing more than a fresh look at common life situations, nothing more than an appreciation of the difference between skillful and unskillful ways of dealing with them. The book’s 21 short chapters focus on different facets of everyday life. Its premise is that truths about these situations, if pointed out and taken seriously, can make a significant difference in the quality of day-to-day living and our enjoyment of life. (From the website)

From website: http://www.wisdompage.com/ebooksinfo.html

 

Interest and Inflation Free Money Margrit Kennedy

   

This book takes a look at how money works. It exposes the reason for the constant change in one of our most important measures. It explains why money not only "makes the world go round" but also wrecks the world in the process. The huge debt accumulated by Third World countries, unemployment, environmental degradation, the arms build-up and proliferation of nuclear power plants, are related to a mechanism which keeps money in circulation: interest and compound interest. This, according to economic historian John L. King, is the "invisible wrecking machine" in all so-called free-market economies...The purpose of this book is [to show] how, at this particular point in time, the change to [a] proposed new monetary system could create a win-win situation for everyone. It could help to develop, finally, a sustainable economy.

From the Author's introduction. Also see her website: http://www.margritkennedy.de/books.html

 

 
The Occult Technology of Power Anonymous

This document, in the form of a letter written by a retiring head of a global financial dynasty to his son is, in style, a satire rather like C. S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters (though it doesn't approach it in literary quality). It was written in the early 1970s by a disillusioned libertarian activist. The author's conspiricist paranoia (virtually self-confessed) should not be allowed to obscure genuine insights and, provided that we try to keep an open mind, should provoke a healthy concern about the true locus of power in national and global politics.

Here is a portion of a review written by Brian Wright, who was associated with the author:

"As arguments and protests emerged during the (60s and 70s) antiwar movement against the military-industrial complex and the ruling class, I admit to shamefully siding with what actually composed the police/corporate-state I so loathed. Indeed, only relatively recently I understand how that state and its corporate and banking Mob have established frightening domination over the individual.

This little book, OTP, is probably the most succinct statement of who "they" are. Who rules, who pulls the strings, who picks the winners, who precipitates the wars, who commits the treachery... most important, who steals the wealth?!! The Transcriber locates the dead center of maximum political-economic sleaze in America and the world and delivers a smartbomb on target.

You read this book you understand the contrived conflict between right and left. You will know whose purposes it serves to have defenders of liberty hate those who question concentrations of power. As we fight among ourselves on higher-level issues—immigration, wars, terrorism, education, taxes, etc.—we leave the fundamental premise of state coercion intact... and make no mistake, the state we're talking about is the Cartel with a capital C."

http://www.brianrwright.com/Coffee_Coaster/03_Book_Reviews/2007/070613_Occult_Technology.htm

It should be noted that the use of the word "Occult" in the title means "hidden" rather than esoteric or involving magic although it could be argued on the basis of some of the text that such ideas and practices are not far from the minds of the leaders of the dynasty.

 

 
Links
 

A Discourse: Social Ecology This website has been developed by John Kelvyn Richards, MA, PGCE.

This discourse is based on the facts of social interdependence and considers that: Social Freedom is a construct that explains the interdependence of all humans in their search for survival and identity. Social Ecology studies the impact of humans on the biosphere, the environment and the atmosphere of the earth. Social Epistemology considers the impact of human interaction upon theories of knowledge, and establishes how we come to know anything?

These constructs have significant implications for our ways of life, and the education of our children. But first, the discourse recognises that we are living in a world in which violence is rife, and where governments tell teachers what to teach and pupils what to learn. However, Social Ecology will lead us to a new morality, and alternative choices. (From the website)

The Story of Stuff A movie presented by Annie Leonard

The Story Of Stuff is a 20-minute film that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture—from resource extraction to iPod incineration....[it] examines how economic policies of the post-World War II era ushered in notions of “planned obsolescence” and “perceived obsolescence” —and how these notions are still driving much of the U.S. and global economies today. (From website)

The Money Masters A non-fiction historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure. The modern political power structure has its roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money. The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned "central" bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers. (From the YouTube description)

Real Big Power The first interview with Ronald Bernard went viral and there were more than 20 million views worldwide. In part 2 Ronald Bernard explains the Pyramid of Power and how this affects our daily lives. Ronald shows us that the rich are getting richer and more powerful day by day and why the masses often live from scarcity. (From website)

 

 

Who Controls the World James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system -- say, a swarm of birds -- is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the world economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable. (From TED website)