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:
"Who rules the world?" was the subject of a meeting arranged by Uniting for Peace in London last night. Discussion covered the US as a superpower, Putin's Russia and the rise of China. A couple of speakers referred to primary levers of control in the form of the military industrial complex and media but the panel was unable to respond to a suggestion from the floor that power resides with the ruling clique (RC).
There was discussion of Vladimir Putin, Crimea and Ukraine which was clearly influenced by RC controlled media to incite animosity towards Russia. There was no recognition of the western backed illegal coup in Kiev, the false flag operation of downing MH17 nor of the distasteful nature of the regime currently committing atrocities against ethnic Russians in the east of the country.
A year ago, Daily Pickings posted this Abby Martin interview with The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) founder, Peter Joseph. It is well worth watching (more than once if you've seen it already).
TZM released a series of essays in January this year, under the title The Zeitgeist Movement Defined, which explain how we could better organise human society. In the Culture in Decline video series, Joseph reveals analysis of the world which accords with the Political Economy model we've derived within Critical Thinking. Given the accuracy of TZM's analysis, its proposals for moving from a world of scarcity to abundance are worthy of consideration.
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.
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.