Only from the weight of evidence provided by comparative study of many information sources,
can one hope to reach a convincing conclusion.
Born of the Bank of Ideas and the Occupy movement, Critical Thinking is a collaborative research project to understand contemporary affairs in the context of financial markets, commerce, media, government and public institutions. It is a process by which we are continuously learning and refining our world view in the light of new information - learning never ceases. The narrative is never settled.
Our work to date reveals that power resides with a narrow elite whose wealth and power is derived from:
The political economy evolved with our compliance, in so far as most of us embraced the "training" to become consumers. It was once said of the English that we are a nation of shopkeepers; we're now a nation of shoppers.
While it is true that systemic incentives and status recognition influence conspicuous consumption, removing the systemic flaws alone will not be sufficient to transform the political economy. We, as individuals, need to change behaviour and attitudes, to become the change we want to see in terms of an equitable and sustainable future. Change will require a different view of what is important in life. Ghandi promoted sustainable, equitable economics for India based on self supporting communities.
The NATO/ruling clique (RC) agenda for Ukraine has been clear since the sniper shootings in the Maidan in February of this year. The initial objective was regime change followed by the vilification and isolation of Russia. The downing of MH17, made to look as though it was done by Russian backed rebels in the east of the country, was the excuse to ratchet up the pressure on Russia through sanctions while escalating the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’ By James Petras
Yesterday, Daily Pickings referred to university tuition fees and the corporate agenda which dictates education policy, a form of control.
The other major source of distraction and misinformation is media. Six corporations, all RC controlled, own 90% of US media. Concentration of media ownership and control is a problem globally. The BBC is firmly in the grip of the RC but is relied on by many, both in the UK and around the world, as a source of impartial news and information. Misplaced reliance on such unreliable sources of information incites hostility towards others, fomenting unjustified division and conflict. Arvind highlighted a UK campaign for press freedom.
At the Critical Thinking Review Session last night, plans were agreed for 2015 when the focus will be on Governance structures, Corruption, War and Food (sustainable production and healthy eating) within the systems framework of the Political Economy. The focus on corruption is timely in view of the 2015 election - 2015 Constitutionalists UK is on the agenda for the December 2014 review meeting which will include discussion of the relevance and application of art in what we're doing.
We're moving to a new venue next year and will meet on Wednesdays from 7th January 2015.