Session 5 on Wednesday on 3rd February 2016 - notes

* Please note both day and venue!

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. Round up of news and events (30 minutes)

2. Update on events: (10 minutes)
UCL Friday 12th February 2016 - downloadable slide handouts:
          http://freecriticalthinking.org/images/Documents/Events/Hierarchy2Handout.pdf
Food event

3. Hierarchy and Political Economy in the context of Thwink analysis - Janos (60 minutes)

4. Critical Thinking cards (15 mins)

 

Session 5 on Wednesday 3rd Febraury 2016 - notes

  1. The Big Short – Phoenix from the Ashes - Economist Cover (2008) predicting US$ dollar collapse and one world currency (precursor SDRs). Tax rebellion / diversion. The taxpayers dilema: 2001/2 criminal offence to pay money for purposes of supporting terrorism. Supreme court 2013 rules government committing acts of Terrorism. Send the letter to TJN. Building block. Levers of power – financial, legislation, law enforcement, information, organisational. Owen Jones – Establishment. Withhold tax, interest, rents. Starts with the money. Critical mass – rents: Green Party. Brown plaque - Don Cook – rent strikes 1960s. Leighton Road.

  2. DIY presentations rather than high tech imagery – "anyone can do it". Mario Molinari. We all have to have food – basics. Rock bottom of reality. System strategy around food. If someone controls food we are not free. Do people control our food supply? If someone else has the key to the pantry, we are beholden to them.

  3. Brain Storming – Stage 1 dump everything – no critcism. Stage 2 evaluation. Hierarchy and Political Economy. The Big Short – encouraged by accessibility. Confirmation about Capitalism – mistake to expect capitalism to collapse – will adapt to the crisis. Ordinary people hurt but capitalism continues irrespective. Nothing changed. Post Capitalism – Paul Mason. Like a World War – crisis of capitalism. Will it collapse if we withdraw our support. No historical proof. Soviet Union no effective. Fundamental doubt about are we with the plot – post Suffragette. One battle doesn't win the war. Problem of the left. General frachise hasn't changed the dynamic of subjugation. Tories knew. Bagehot new classes will vote tory. Angels in Marble. On the eve of general franchise. Ragged Trousered Philanthropist. Sceptical investgation of stepping out of the system. We're in one ship and there is no lifboat to step into. Capitalism will collapse. Cooperative movement, thrift clubs, credit unions evolved into Building Societies. Has it made any difference? Thwink.org – new dominant life form – corporations. Distinction between clasical activism versus analytical activism. Producing of the truth. People know the truth but not motivated. Analysis to identify maximimum leverage points. No system is without weak points. Find the weak points. Enough detail in your understanding. Rent, Interest and Tax – underlying is money. Radicalise the money system makes the other problems easier to solve. Critical path analysis – somethings have to be done first. Foundations. Weak point – the moral. The right to the means to life is conditional – can be challenged on moral grounds. Every human brings a pair of hands and a brain as well as mouth. Locke: life, liberty and property. Rennaisance thinkers – allow few to use natural resourcees and we can all have a better life – social contract – Rousseau and others. We've been cheated. Enlightenment – agreed to a different way of organisation. Cunning and clever minority captured / siphoned the surplus. Beehive, bees collecting the honey – beekeeper collects the honey and puts sugar in. Same species in human. Disfunctional family – parents screwed up and children have no chance to grow up. Put out the eyes of the people and blame us for being blind. Schooling not Education. Cramming in to accept things as they are. Build an alternative – Buckminster Fuller: don't fight what exists – build something different but his ideas were buried. Not sufficient to displace the current system. Primogeniture. Rest of siblings are left to survive on their own recognisance – small annuity. Society doesn't even say that you'll be able to work but society cannot provide work and wages sufficient for life. Will suggest promising strategies to dismantle or improve the current system. Evolution doesn't discard the useful – we still have gills. Capitalism has to evolve as we evolved from fish. Not allowed to evolve by the clever minority. Industrial revolution created mechanical slaves. Muscle before (with animal) – machines and not technology. Minority doesn't want to release ordinary people as beasts of burden. What is not allowed is that humans are no longer factors of production. We need to get proper share of the products of the wages of production/machines. Weak point of the system, business negotiate wages and the rest belongs to shareholders. Wages don't reflect the value of the production. 2 weak points. Deprivatise natural resources of nature or a fair annuity – citizems dividend ours by right and moral. Certain things must become before others. Not have a citizens dividend – strapped in a chair – cannot refurbish our homes. Help primitive version to evolve. Corporate socialism. Structure – capture. Cooperative but not socialism (centralism). We ourselves are society. Government will be our servant. First things first – worrying the problem how to achieve what is necessary rather just what is possible. Achieve victory over the surplus. System confiscates energy and time denying us the time and means to change the system. Here to corporate socialism. Technical difficulties can be overcome. We have the right to the means of life. Easy problems v hard problems. Localism is not scalable – why are we not winning; why are they winning. Develop a fighting strategy. Universal basic income – has been agreed in Switzerland. Picking off one or two items rather than try to change the whole system. Supercar engine – leave everything. Unconditional citizens dividend. I've been thrown out of the boat. My opinion is irrelevant / dismissed. Ideologies. Vicious ideology. All ideologies have losers and they are always been blamed. The young are no longer listened to / allowed to contribute. Needs to be addressed. Younger people. Practical level – allotments. Critical Thinking allotment. Hierarchy. Money creation – created by the same rules. Structual point of view – who did it. Minority – can be fixed. Aim at the structure. Need a feedback loop – lack of feedback. Minority taking a view on the majority without experience. Debian – open source distributed very complex. Running internet. Democracy free to choose to get together. Conditioning we have to work from 9/5. Do it yourself kit? Webpage. Language contribute engaging not just following. BBC series on the mind how perceive reality. Manipulating reality. In iPlayer. Science and nature. Tax evasion. Debate in parliament – Google. BBC series on Tax Wales Coffee shops pay more tax than Starbucks – google nr Kings X. Honesty box.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_referendums,_2016 on basic income
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06yrqzh/the-brain-with-david-eagleman-2-what-makes-me

  4. Next week Food with Mario Molinari / Janos Thwink analysis critique of Hierarchy and Political Economy

Planning (5 mins)

Session 4 on Wednesday on 27th January 2016 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: Upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB
Agenda

  1. General discussion (30 mins)
  2. Markets, oil, collapse? (45 mins)
  3. All things food, farmers markets (15 mins)
  4. UCL meeting, presentation, information packs etc. Positive money (25 mins)
  5. Planning (5mins)

 

Session 4 on Wednesday 27th January 2016 - notes

  1. Income inequality – Orwells alternative currency. Humans need not apply. Automation of the Underground. Automated tills in Supermarkets. Wage capping. Debt has ballooned. Relative inflation. Mario 10th Feb conference call. Planning a workshop – thinking and making around food. Patent of mind manipulation via TV screen. Electronic interference mind warfare. Anthony Sutton - Stamford – Packard family ensured he was sacked for his research. Welsh town took on the tax man BBC iPlayer. Coffee shops – more corporation tax than Starbucks. Raise the profile of the town – fair tax town. Withhold tax? BBC documentary. Set up Isle of Man and Netherlands companies. 20,000 companies in one Amsterdam house. Series on tax. Syrian with a property tycoon set up a film company for tax credits claimed in advance. £1m tax credit which disappeared. Prosecuted independent directors who had no idea of what they were doing.

  2. Giving our research analysis to others via information packs for farmers markets. Alexander Palace – Allotment movements. Homemade booklet. Cheshire yoghurt – soil association. Nurture the soil. Permaculture. Expanded. http://freecriticalthinking.org/daily-pickings/316-a-farm-for-the-future

  3. Peter Pomerantsev - new neocons. TV. Hierarchy, Interest, Commons video. Have to keep doing them. Michael Wood Technocracyt – China: Confucian philosophy – speaking truth to power.

  4. Hierarchy, Interest, Commons video. Hierarchy and Political Economy. Thwink analysis.

Session 3 on Wednesday on 20th January 2016 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: Upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB
Agenda

  1. General discussion (30 mins)
  2. Alternative media - news sources - Newsbud (25 mins)
  3. Practical steps at grass roots - farmers markets? (30 mins)
  4. Communications - materials (30 mins)
  5. Planning (5mins)

 

Session 3 on Wednesday 20th January 2016 - notes

  1. Disappearing social clubs – labour workers spending supported community infrastructural - decimation of well paid unionised jobs removed support. eg. Stonebridge Park – Churches selling off real estate. Evan Parker – Ethical Society – One page guide to issues such as 9/11. Climate change – different to being "Green" - environmentalism conflated with climate change.  Markets plunging – New way of investment? Investing in real things. instead of Buy-to-let properties, invest in local businesses. Scotland oil rigs parked at the coast. Can't buy council housing in Scotland contrast to the rest of UK. Pepe Escobar – oil wars – pipelinistan. China developing solar over-invested. Efficiency max 10 years. Selling below cost. Hollowing out the system. Everything is made of oil. Plastic age. End of plastic? Sun power (Chinese solar). Tesla electricity. DC – AC. Edisson electrocuting elephant. Luminere in London.

  2. Newsbud – Corbett Report – BFP online news and analysis. Corbett, Edmonds, Escobar, Conroy. Just complaining about MSM is not enough. Challenge – what are you going to do? Form a new media organisation. 60 day funding window from 14th February – planned start in September. IP TV. Open source media. Amazon echo. Budget? Someone enterprise. Verifying information and translation? Netflix – pay model. Russia has RT – access restricted in China and elsewhere. Eurasia (Escobar). Ideology – open source. Personality cult in BBC. Communication with diversity and variety of people. Use of the internet – like going to the pub for a chat. Processing information. Method. Talkover – if fund raising for Newsbud fails? Symbols.

  3. Questions – in booklet. Farmers markets.

Session 2 on Wednesday on 13th January 2016 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: Upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB
Agenda

  1. General discussion (30 mins)
  2. Video presentation to be recorded - three objects: hierarchy, commons, interest (50 mins)
  3. Practical steps to withdraw consent and build a new political economy (30 mins)
  4. Planning (10mins) p { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; }

Session 2 on Wednesday 13th January 2016 - notes

  1. Inventing the future – Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams. Folk politics.Demand automation, Basic Income. Demand the Future. Money box – basic income. In the public sphere. Debating society – vote before and after – basic income majority in favour 21 to 13. after increased support for. No option of abstaining reduced 34 for, 31 against. Doing what is possible not what is necessary; classical activism v. more truth. Can it change from within. Machinery – transmissionary. Rent industrial and cultural heritage. Where does the power come from? Mass of people who want the power. War and Peace – Tolstoy fan of Henry George. Serfs. Land the pillar of change. Year of the Easter rising – free state. Ireland. Media is the power creating the illusion that all is OK. Kaiser Report – analyst New York economic forecasting working for that program – telling what they want you to do.

  2. Max wages. Gainfully unemployed. Cowhides story money lender. Gun control. Money provided to rich people to buy the property excluding the indigenous population. Local initiatives can gather momentum. Withdraw consent. Home schooling – growing communitiies. Allotment movement. Anarchists. Chopping forests in Scotland – swampy. Activists in the trees. Not seen on the news. Sherrifs offices evicting with umemployed labour – threw bib on the ground and walked away. Divide in society – in luminous jackets – brought back in as slaves. They need support. Notting Hill Festival – monotonous – luminous jackets. Not badly paid. London Free School. Notting Hill riots low value accommodation. Campaigns for housing and free school. Music, bands etc, homeless facilities. Game theory – election theory. Notting Hill fair. Mutlicultural. Grew and the parade. Irish pipers etc. Loads of police controlled at the perimeter. Gated and control entry and exit. Yuppification in an area. Rents go up etc. Withdraw consent.Guide lines. Telling whats going on an why. Visual how conflicts arise.

  3. Swiss looking to arm themselves against civil war.

  4. Propagate our ideas – discussing ideas. Lambs Conduit St – community supermarket. Slave story.