Session 16 on Tuesday 22nd April 2014 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ - on the ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe

Agenda

1. General discussion (25min)

2. Même/Ideology for Critical Thinking's political and economic analysis (30 mins)

3. Make LVT into a même – from now – accumulating surplus from house price rises. LVT  model next week (30 mins)

4. New Model Charter (30 mins)

5. Planning for next week (5 mins)

Session 16 on Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – notes

1. Memes – Slavoj Zizek's book – jokes. Depends on who tells the joke. Distribute jokes with Daily Pickings. Ideology – conspiracy theory. Presentation - begin with conspiracy theory. Francis Hutchinson – Understanding the Financial System – vilified by the Green Party – Nazi party association with CH Douglas. Moment of despair for political parties. Basic income – encouraging laziness. CT ideas more widely accepted. Guaranteed work opportunity. Speakers corner – re-establish its reputation.

2. Break down New Model Charter – into manageable jokes. Jokes are mobile and adaptable which allows them to be tailored to particular purposes and become meme like. Serpentine Gallery – book collection. Deception – high value leverage. Joke distribution. One sentence – UKIP – immigration – David Moyes joke. Banksy. The right stuff – TV chat show. Ukraine – ideological contradictions of the MSM. More sophisticated city folk can see through the deception. Days gone by - speakers and speakers corner much more powerful. 75% religious. A few oddballs – 10% speaking sense. Distribution of literature is key. March's Runnymede Gazette. Charity decoy. Greenpeace hierarchy hijacked the good intentions of individuals. John Rappaporte – cancer industry. Climate change. Delegation of problems to supra-national bodies . Just share – manufacturing cancer. Western disease – spreading the products around the world. No incentive to really prevent/cure cancer. Looking for a planet in one direction rather than looking all around. Brezinsky - cancer cure. Cancer ideology – name for many things. Tobacco companies – Hollywood product placement. Induces the audience to smoke. Google – Marlborough. Cancer is the ideological equivalent of climate change. Cancer Ward - Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Why wasn't NATO disbanded when the Berlin Wall fell? The cold war – multiple threats. Putin needed to counteract western ideology. Economist v Iran surrounded by US.

3. Why you should be a socialist.  John Strachey 1944. Need the power to build it up. Those who own the industry and land of a country. Own the waters. Capitalism v socialism. Imagination of ownership of water supply. Essential water for life. Liverpool pathway – amber pathway - subtly removing care from elderly and vulnerable – health services scrabbling for money - rationing care. Offing the elderly? Don't resuscitate over used? Professionalised medicine – the care is not there. Nurses trained on the job? From 1975-6 taken out of the wards to colleges – theory rather than practical. Nursing – status and progression is more important than caring for patients. Teaching is similarly professionalised. Privatising student debt. Society paid for it but it is now private debt bought up cheaply by debt collectors. Hospital managers paid like city traders.

New Model Charter - Consider for adoption. Fiduciary responsibility – how to progress? Polly Higgins. Europol – by design deal with governments and big corporations. XP big threat? 

Next week: Who designed the system – common sense from Tom Paine. Fit for purpose? 

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) – legal advice – fiduciary responsibility – replicate approach to local CAB offices. 

Calvary
Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd
Theater release: 11 Apr 2014
Unrated, 1 hr. 40 min.
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Session 15 on Tuesday 15th April 2014

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ - on the ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe

Agenda

1. General discussion (30min)

2. Même/Ideology for Critical Thinking's political and economic analysis (30 mins)

3. Make LVT into a même – from now – accumulating surplus from house price rises. LVT  model next week (40 mins)

4. Social credit in a few words – A + B formula  (15 mins)

5. Planning for next week (5 mins)

Session 14 on Tuesday 8th April 2014 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ - on the ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe

Agenda

1. Climate change - fulfilling the 1% agenda (20min)

2. Même/Ideology for Critical Thinking's political and economic analysis (30 mins)

3. Make LVT into a même – from now – accumulating surplus from house price rises. LVT  model next week (40 mins)

4. Social credit in a few words – what does it do and how does it do it?  (25 mins)

5. Planning for next week (5 mins)

Session 14 on Tuesday 8th April 2014 – notes

1. Climate change Missing Signature and the Tipping Point. Flood plains vulnerable. Deserts – sand absorbs CO2. Occupy captured by Climate Camp from the outset. Même climate change – computer models. 

2. Climate change agenda relies on computer models. Modern economics depends on mathematics – similarly flawed – not based on reality. How economic theories are fraud – Galbraith The Economics of Innocent Fraud. Renaming the system – when it comes under criticism. Research and Brain storming for même ideas to promote CT's economic and political analysis. Reluctance to discuss difficulties or inconsistencies – eg. Missing hot spot post in Climate Change. Summarise climate change to date from Daily Pickings into a booklet. Même origins – Richard Dawkins – genes to memes. 1870ish Austrian. Use Ewald Hering mneme – memory in Greek. Peoples Assemby in Waltham forest: snap protest outside IDS's offices with a put you up bed – bedroom tax – form of même. Increment of association – designate surplus value for sharing among those producing surplus. Social Credit is how to calculate how much and how to distribute. There is no problem with producing – certainly since the first world war – in spite of the depression. The problem is always distribution – explored by Social Credit. Price rises from the cost of production or the demand for the goods relative to supply. Critique of capitalist economic theory – what people are willing to pay. (Collusion between producers). Social Credit. We guarantee purchasing power for everything you produce. A+B theory. Separate real costs from finance costs and waste. Bureaucratic oversight? Widening gap between income from working and ability to buy.  In an ideal world the market (with equal access and opportunity will probably work. Early weavers – tuning the machine to optimal level. If you set up society right. Need feedback from everyone. Most people have common sense. System needs lots of feedback. Everyone has equal worth. Over time things would evolve to an optimal state. Must allow for human nature. In Russia change of land ownership, caused famine. Enforcing collectivisation. In Venezuela – the rich are protesting and the poor working. Venezuela Solidarity Group? Contact – Venezuelan ambassador. Oxford is  accommodation shared and allocated among students by lottery. Mutual interest prevailed but when moving to positions of power those same peopole forget the lessons. Four/five young people agreeing priorities for sharing different size rooms. Student accommodation is commercialised for the maximum profit – all university accommodation will follow. Over-regulation and difficulties when things go wrong.

Safety – when you take the money out of these things, regulation evaporates. Hitch-hiking – then bureaucracy. Control of peoples lives. Folk festivals now have bouncers on the gate. Set up by the local council in league with owner of security firm. Bouncers outside pubs.

Session 13 on Tuesday 1st April 2014 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ - on the ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe

Agenda

1. Topical discussion (30 mins)

2. Memes - discussion based on Memes in a digital culture - Limor Shifman (45 mins)

3. Social Credit and Janos's model (40 mins)

4. Planning for next week (5 mins)

Session 13 on Tuesday 1st April 2014 – notes

Alex, Janos, Arvind, Mike, Clive

1. Fintech – manage credit ratings. Exploring development of an eco-system for crypto-currencies. Ripple trading framework for currencies, air-miles, etc. Bulgaria – political disillusion - tired of meaningless platitudes and ideology. Ha Joon Chang Economics – users guide. Social Credit – prosperity without growth. To equalise disparity between rich and poor nations. Transformation Director - latest "in vogue" position paying >£120K pa. Transformation consultancy? Dust bowl in the Mid-West in the 1930s. Book about the people who stayed. Dirt farmers ploughed the land and replaced diverse resilient grass species with monoculture. Demand for food for the war drove escalating production, colonising more land. – after war demand dropped – all in debt. Ploughed more land. Four years of drought. Winds removed topsoil and buried the grass - one rabbits and snakes survived. Recent moves to reintroduce native grasses are bringing back buffalo to the plains.

2. Memes – partial information – definition – academic involvement leads to over complication. Common traits – video memes. 100 words in 100 seconds. Nuccobrain. Citizens Income video. Naming? Social dividend. Sustainable income. Unconditional Basic Income favoured.

What is Critical Thinking? Ideology. Content to transmit – how to transmit it?

3. Social Credit is a policy. Behind every policy is a philosophy, what philosophy does X policy serve. The philosophy behind social credit  is an economic system of a good society. Distinction between wealth and representation of wealth (money) – need to be in balance or the result is inflation/deflation. Distinguish between real costs and financial costs. Eg. VAT, interest etc. aren't real costs. Real demand – effective demand. Everyone needs food – that is real demand but if they have no money there is no effective demand. Social credit is to turn real demand into effective demand. Fixed costs versus variable costs. Virtualisation of business over 30 years. The objective of modern business is to minimise variable costs while increasing turnover. Difficult to leverage manufacturing high capital costs for increasing automation requires constant investment. Materials are variable cost. Virtual businesses much more leveraged - eg. Diageo - outsourced all production - now just a marketing company valued on the basis of its brands. Trade off between capital costs v wages and salaries. Increased returns from capital investment reduced employment. Real wealth v financial wealth. eg. Stocks and Shares. CH Douglas was an aircraft engineer in the RAF. Aware of the vagaries of the markets – if funding stopped, production stopped. From 1918 to 1952 perfected his ideas established during the WWI and promoted them via books lectures etc. In spite of 40 years work – he's not known nor is social credit. Smeared by inadvertent association with fascism although he was not in anyway inclined in that direction. His theses: When there's not enough money, there's not enough work. In the dust bowl era they were producing too much in the mid-west but much of it spoiled – wouldn't interfere with the market – people were starving in the cities. “They” didn't allow the maarket mechanism to be bypassed or overridden. Gar Alperovitz video on socialisation of production in Texas and across the US since 2008 - below the radar. In the 1930s the system was incapable of responding to need. There are many books on social credit. “Credit, power and democracy” by CH Douglas. Frances Hutchinson – Understanding the Financial System. The purpose of Social Credit is to deliver the Right goods to the right people. "Profit seeking finance is incapable of delivering a good society." Times change - fundamentals don't. All credit is created by the community (past, present and future). Cover the real costs by wages and salaries. Cover the financial cost by newly created money or there will always be a shortage of money. A+B theorem. Social Credit alone will not solve all the problems. Binary economics – Louis Kelso lawyer – we have everything we need whats wrong? More and more capital reducing the demand for labour. Restructure the economy – ownership of the means of production. Those who already own capital are fine – workers aren't because they have no means of replace lost wages. Everyone should have a share of the business. Capitalist Manifesto – Louis Kelso. Increment of association. 

4. Next week:

Make LVT into a même – from now – accumulating surplus from house price rises. LVT  model next week

Social credit in a few words – what does it do and how does it do it?

Même/Ideology for Critical Thinking