Free University comes of age

Critical Thinking at the Free University reached something of a milestone in 2014 with its integrated narrative of the deep flaws in the political economy and ideas for addressing them. Since then our work has continued, developing and filling out our evidenced based narrative of human society.

Critical Thinking's analysis to date has just been published in Islamic Economics Journal of the King Abdulaziz University. For our work to be published in an academic journal is a testimony to our process and the many people who've contributed to our understanding thus far. To be published in this way legitimises the Free University as a "place" of learning.

Reform Proposals in the Monetary System for Attaining Global Economic Stability on behalf of Critical Thinking at the Free University
This paper attempts to put monetary reform in the context of Critical Thinking’s evidence-backed narrative for the political economy. Clearly, this is a much broader treatment than the brief in the title suggests but it is essential to understand the context in which money operates; who controls money, and consequently, the levers of power.

Before attempting to thank those who've contributed to our research and analysis, we must express our gratitude to Abdul Azim Islahi, Professor and Chief Editor of the Journal of King Abdulaziz University: Islamic Economics, and his colleagues for inviting Critical Thinking to submit this paper. Abdul and his team took our rather unfriendly, annotated copy and turned it into something much better with enhanced graphics.

The paper is the product of collaboration and co-creation by hundreds or even thousands of people and based on information, analysis and ideas from across today's civilisation and those which existed previously. It is impossible to list all the groups and individuals who've contributed to our work since we started in January 2012 but we must acknowledge our roots. Without Occupy, Tent City University at St Paul's in London and the Free University at the Bank of Ideas, Critical Thinking would not exist and we wouldn't have adopted our non-hierarchical structure. Beyond our roots are the many Critical Thinkers (those directly involved in the project), experts, polymaths, groups and individuals who've co-created a rich, evidence based narrative for the political economy.

Our process is what has created this paper and is underpinned by the recognition that ego and ideology are the primary obstacles to learning and human progress. If Critical Thinking has a motto, it is probably this:


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