Session 37 on Tuesday 16th September 2014

Note - there is no session at Friends House this week (normal service will resume next week). Instead we are meeting at the Re-investigate 9/11 conference:

6pm to 10pm on Tuesday 16th September 2014
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1 4RL
Tickets £7 or £5 for concessions

Critical Thinking will be putting 9/11 into context of the Political Economy.

All wars are the consequence of the the Political Economy.

Session 36 on Tuesday 9th September 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


1. General discussion - current news in context (30 mins)


2. Peter Neathey - wrote Seven Seconds (9/11) (40 mins)

3. Thwink  - leverage points - sense of corruption - holding power to account  – Janos (25 mins)

4. Samoa - Margaret Meade continued– Arvind. . (25 mins)

Session 36 on Tuesday 9th September 2014 – notes

1. Seven Seconds – combined video and actors speaking different parts of the story as known journalists. Used real footage and statements. Coors' male singer alienated and solo career ended because of statements on 9/11. Governance discussion due. Electing independents in Skininggrove. Scottish independence – divorce is going to expose the weakness of UK economy. Grass roots activism: Creating moments of whirlwind. Came to US 12 years – paperless people. Grandmother dying – couldn't visit without papers. Brother couldn't go to China for a scholarship he won. Trying to push Obama to grant papers for early arrivers. Persistence to keep pestering their senators and congressmen. Structured protest (unions etc.) Momentum protest (MLK, Ghandi). Arvind notes to follow. Now focusing on disadvantaged to help them to be activists. Constitutionalists 2015 – appeal of independents (but more lost in the last election). Election next year attract independents to stand on Constitutionalists 2015 Charter. Each person stands on the their resources (£500 deposit, 2 seconders and 10 supporters). Not much time. Whatever we do, we'll be learning in the process. PR campaign to show the impotence of the existing parties. Ray Sheath's – open the debate for everyone to participate. Five paras – on how to do it. Standing for yourself. Talking about structures. You're fed up with the system, do something about. Iceland – using internet to get everyone to contribute to writing the constitution. Not a one day operation – it is a continuous process. No constitution should be set in stone. To have something beside your self living consitution. Party without structure/organisation.Need ministers to interact with other nations – speakers rather than leaders. Waste of energy to keep doing charity rather than effecting change. Charity scam? Act like any other company. Anyone can set up a charity – the first chunk of money is legitmate to use the money to live on. Concept of charity is false. Illusion of giving to charity relieves one of responsibility. Bottom - village run for handicapped people with live in helpers. Legislation changed – need to accept minimum wage and concessionary accommodation. Different type of charity emerging – community garden. Charity module?
2. Thwink – modelling and systems design requires proper analysis. Define the problem correctly to ensure accuracy of the model. Common sense is a good place to start. Power structures. Tom Paine – extract from Common Sense. Society and Government – very different – common interest of people v. necessary evil. Three stages of settlement. Simple convenient tree for shelter; increasing size – some assigned to make decisions. Representative government. Good government = happy people. Frequent election, to hold representatives to account. It is the reps rather than the figurehead which assures good government. The simpler something is the more ordered and less disordered. English constitution is complex. Two ancient tyrannies – Monarchy (“eminent domain”); the people; Union of three powers; commons checking on the King – the people's budget to introduce the people's budget in 1909 – gutted by the House of Lords. Peers for the King v Commons for the people – feuding between the two parties. Under threat – crown relies on Eminent domain to reassert its authority. Two parliamentary people produce a new constitution. Model how to achieve a phantom party and constitution. Have the knowledge to remodel the  system. Resonance – collective more powerful than the individuals. Knowledge – Will – Strategy. Land, interest – strategy to achieve this. Not two is peace – Adi Da. Prior unity – by nature mankind is a unity – we just need to discover it. Give up our tribal habit – not realising that we are one family. Tribal solution of social cohesion cannot work. Something new must emerge. Cause of inhumanity – fear and insecurity. NHS Jarrow march – holding up traffic provoked lots of anger from drivers held up.
3. Samoa – two main islands and some smaller islands. Transition from fighting to cooperation through kinship and intermarriage. Fa'asamoa (the Samoan way). Traditional way of living was embedded in the Constitution. New Zealand had responsibility. 360 villages 188,000 pop. Customary laws remain in force until repealed or amended. Family extends beyond blood ties. Teenage pregnancy – looking at other societies. Extended families are broad but close-knit. Selling your land will make your death come early.

Session 35 on Tuesday 2nd September 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


1. General discussion - current news in context (40 mins)

JPM- The Euro area adjustment: about halfway there (PDF download)

2. Revisiting the pages on Thwink (from last week) – Janos (40 mins)

3. Anthropological examples, Margaret Meade (from last week) – Arvind. . (40 mins)

Next week Peter Neathey - wrote Seven Seconds (9/11)

Session 35 on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – notes

1. JPMorgan paper on the journey EU countries are making towards meeting the agreed debt and structural deficit targets - reckons Eurozone is halfway there – cheer-leading for the Shock Doctrine. Article in Economist talking about the secret settlements with regulators, criticising that case rarely come to court - implying companies are an easy touch for the regulators. Reality is banks make huge settlements (JPM $23bn) creating money from nothing, the directors remain in charge and continue their criminal activities. Fines are a cost of doing business.
2. Thwink – enumerate the way politicians are lying. Vocalising how they are incompetent. Making promises they can't keep. Deception or incompetence? 9/11 – they can hide it. MH17 – Holland – veto on releasing evidence? Designating the area where the plane came down as in their interest. Going for the jugular – politicians are not really in charge. Housing crisis. Monopoly of the banking system. BoE admitted money created from nothing recently. Squeeze politicians - they will have to admit they aren't in charge. Incompetence – misunderstanding of monetary issues. Fixed supply “right to buy” merely inflates prices. New builds only? Help to buy now extended beyond new build. Reminiscent of Ted Heath's dash for growth. (Anthony) Barber boom - followed by the biggest fall of the FT30 in history. Politicians refuse to investigate radical alternatives – fiduciary duty. It needs class action. CRC – treason to invite others (rich investors from overseas) to buy our land – shutting indigenous people out of the property market. Peabody Estates still providing affordable housing. How to organise class action? What can we do? Legitimacy – they aren't worthy. Admit it and resign. Return to this next week. Pakistani - Rotherham – abuse is part of the culture? District of Pesharwa abuse of young boys. Fear of racism smokescreen for power paedophilia. Deprivation of normal sexual relations. Much abuse within families. Until paedophilia is exposed and extinguished from the corridors or power social paedophilia will remain a problem.
3. Margaret Meade. Samoa – power structure based on families – fa'amatai – designated as one King. Three families – ruling class – intermarry and kingship is spread. Managing the land. Used to fight over land between island groups. Kinships spread across the islands. System of negotiations to resolve issues. Titles – three families decide. Others accepted this form of rule until the Europeans and Americans arrived. Not independent. People accepted. Three different titles – spread around. Power as a politicians and power in terms of their social standing. Feudal system evolved into a form of election system alongside feudal system is dominant? Land owned by groups of Samoan families. Hydroelectric power project – beach-front land sales. If father didn't have land  - told the son a fib – the land belonged to a cousin who kept the land – succession system complex with "arrangements" resolving disputes.
4. Planning for next week Thwink models? 9/11, Samoa.

Session 34 on Tuesday 26th August 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


1. General discussion - current news in context (40 mins)

2. Revisiting the pages on Thwink – Janos (40 mins)

3. Anthropological examples, Margaret Meade – Arvind. . (40 mins)

Session 34 on Tuesday 26th August 2014 – notes

1. Climate change – climategate small compromises accumulate leading to corruption. Similarly with paedophilia – led down a path to being controlled.
2. Everything is organised - a living organism is an hierarchical system. Layers upon layers. But it's a logical hierarchy not a power hierarchy. False consciousness. Inability to think clearly in terms of concepts. Outreach about education in the context of people's pet ideas. Complex systems need hierarchies. eg. Mouse – key concepts in a database. Hierarchy – required to achieve increasingly complex entitites. From Thwink. the problem with societies don't solve the problems when they start; they wait for a crisis when it's too late. Two world wars. Archduke Ferdinand assassination – excuse for war on Germany which Britain saw as too powerful. Wake up leaders to potential crises when they start. Power of the corporations versus the people who are being manipulated. Power (Thwink) – political corruption. Hamas traitors executed. Conflated with ISIS. People dumbed down – need footsoldiers to address the problem areas – to work through systems thinking exmaples of the major components. Kim Dotcom has broken the cycle - when the CRC came after him he fought back. Information is not enough. Classic activism – general pattern – more information, not a high leverage point. Know what needs to be done but won't do it. First aid versus addressing systemic problem. Root cause analysis is required to understand the whole. Analyse top view picture in the frame of the four principle. Expose as traitors/liars those that challenge the four principles. Always contrarian comments which confuse and distract people. Short course to explain the diagram to people. Putting things into historical context. Series of systems diagrams as the basis of a short course.
3. Weekly drop in centres – plant a seed for a permanent assembly. One day per week  for a number of hours when people can drop in and talk about politics. Different types of input – genuine enquirers, hostile witnesses because they don't like it, people with undeclared agendas and vested interests, academic pedants. We need to ask more questions than we answer.

Margaret Meade – Samoa three years – family life in the community. Someone went back and found something different but he is attacked by her supporters. - Arvind next week.

Charities funds – George Soros – backers – poverty, land distribution, trade agreements. Copted NGOs.