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

Session 12 on Tuesday 25th March 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. History Cartoon (20 mins)

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2. New Model Charter - Fiduciary Responsibility (20 mins)

2. Deconstructing Ideology  - human rights (40 mins)

3. Social Credit (35 mins)

4. Planning for next week (5 mins)

Session 12 on Tuesday 25th March 2014 – notes

1. Cartoon – Gerald Scarfe, Ralph Steadman? - Model Charter – Compass – think pieces – fiduciary responsibilities. Built from much work from other people and groups, including Thrive and Zeitgeist. Occupy reacted to events. Occupy – nebulous – OWS. RSA animate. Memes – Gangam style viral video. Memes: In Digital Culture. Kony – video. Six element: simple idea, repetitive, loose behaviour, suppressed masculinity, creates positive/negative feelings, animate. CT suited to memetic approach because of the engagement of ideas. Break it down. All your base are belong to us. Study of digital media. Zizek – film link. Harmful memes are viral – need to compete. Comments. Student fees 48 % of students will default. Exchequer losing money - £3bn gap which cost £14bn pa. Memefication. Fiduciary responsibility of our political representatives. Universities – class war. Business management. Are we reaching a tipping point. Jobsworth approach of police – no access to report incidents. New police station in Wandsworth for administration only. 101 call to report. Abusive response. Riots of 2011. Mortgage debt. Contrast with continental Europe. Google enterprise support in Sofia. Talk to individuals and opinion polls. Voting intentions – balanced between Labour / Tory – talking to people. Economy in a parlous state – not believed. Co-op bank fraud under the noses of the accountants. Belief in austerity as the solution. Repetition of the lies. Acceptance of the status quo. Outside London access to police is better. Legal aid solicitors no longer covers liaising with police and collecting information. We have the power. Number of people reliant on food banks. Plutocrats – C Freeland - Eastern Europe leaders sensitive to the subject of the rich. America hails the rich but inequality is sensitive. OFCOM limiting RT freedom to broadcast. House repossession – no case because the bank gave no money. Pattern to follow? Kleptocrats terminology. History of the evolution of ruling elites.

2. Social Credit. Money is nothing but a token – shadow representation of wealth. Society where money is a weapon of the banking class (CEOs and owners) to oppress and enslave the majority. Well documented case history. Name and shaming those who've ignored their fiduciary responsibility over the years. Hypocrisy – the rent paying proportion of the population giving £10,000s to the owner occupiers. How can they ignore the voices which have alerted us to these crimes. Run an economy based on inflating property prices – they are incompetent. Pension funds released by the budget will find its way into property. Short termism – how to challenge it. Democracy 2015 – abolish career politicians? They are public servants to serve for the four/five years in office. Nepotism is rife as children inherit their parents.

Challenging power – fiduciary responsibility – legal challenge – publicity

* Governance – structures – representatives – Money, Land, Labour – Michael Meacher, Jeremy Corbyn - 

Ideology – ivory towers

* Housing model

*  Social Credit – no wealth is destroyed – need the mechanics explained. Not obvious. Wealth is not money. 

What determines price – cost of production plus and little profit. Island of 10 people 5 own house and 5 rent. Wealth transfer by driving up house prices decreases the value of the money in the non-owners pockets. Estate agents are charging buyers “introductory fees”.

Session 11 on Tuesday 18th March 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 (40 mins)

2. Deconstructing Ideology  - human rights (40 mins)

3. Social Credit (35 mins)

4. Planning for next week (5 mins)

Session 11 on Tuesday 18th March 2014 – notes

1. Accumulating information – analysing information aided by deconstruction of ideology. Slavoj Zizek, Perverts guide to Ideology - essential viewing. It is all pervasive. How to rise above ideology? Ukraine and missing plane. Using ideology requires complex thinking through contradictions. Deconstruction. Free market, free trade? Start with the personal perspective on ideology. Neo-liberalism is higher order ideology. Is it higher order? Need to work through this in a continuous – compile the result into a competing ideology. Recirculate as .pdf. Everything is ideology – it is how we understand the world. How are they formed? Not only from ideas – need to render the reality. We've been unpacking ideology in our work – how does it fit. Climate change is a religion. Layer where reality is interpreted into our understanding. Is there such a thing as reality? If we try to see reality and explain it – we use ideological terms. Deconstruction paper. Freud – Lacan – Zizek. Winning the game of capitalism – the ideology of Thatcherism. Deconstruction of the war 2. Victim mentality. Putin – Hitler absurd? Are the rioters more enlightened than mainstream society. When things are bad – highlands inhabited by Scandinavians who displaced indigenous Scots (formerly Irish). Vikings integrated into Scotland. England invaded Scotland driven by the Normans (former Vikings) – feudalism treating people as animals – clashed with the tribal clans which were killed and highland clearances. Totally oppressed and driven to coast – started fishing and met up with the Irish. Demanded and protested for repossession of the lands. Women and children protesting provoked massive military response. Power grinds you down. Five families own 20% of wealth in the UK. Change the mindset. Clay pigeon shooting. Deconstructing ideology – analysis. Deconstructivism art. Cubism – Dali. Miro – kinetic sculpture. History can be written but art portrays truth (delay effect). Banksey. Illustrate in terms of today. Understanding the problem and wanting to change. Look at ourselves first – values for ourselves. Doctors surgery – children – foreigners registering irritation – xenophobic reaction. Financial (mental) circumstances.

References: Deconstruction and Deconstructing Human Rights 

2. Social Credit. Revolutionaries creating a better world, the basis of which already exists. Rendering reality – fundamental hook for important construct.  Alfred Korzisky – NLP – be aware of abstractions. What level of abstraction. Ist level = actual reality. “General semantics” - NLP emerged from. Aware of ourselves – Marx – self-criticism (in Hungary and the UK). Inherited ideology. Hallmarks – two classes – ordinary people and their betters. Superiors had the responsibility to look after the rest as children. The Economics of Innocent Fraud. Galbraith – renaming economics. Not capitalist society but market society. Language – mutli-linguists see reality easier. Why Social Credit has been buried. Positive Money is a rehash of what is already known. Upgrading the Landesmark – revaluing surplus property value – create a token to represent the value to be shared. Create a fund of virtual purchasing power which is not currently valued. Transitional step to capturing value of the land – part of the picture. Reality is very simple. Total value of wealth = total value of vouchers. All wealth is poured into land value like water flows to the sea. Representatives neglecting their fiduciary duty but when possible the fund is ready to be spent. Bonus to every owner occupier is much greater than £10,000. Value is forced, inflated as it rises – inflating itself. Product of the valuation scheme. LVT would ensure that only increase in value from improvement. Home ownership is another ideology. Real deception is claiming to own the land on which the house stands. Only the land needs to be communally owned. Deconstruct the ideology which allows representatives to ignore their fiduciary duty – binary economics. The onus of proof. Reaching the gatekeepers in the system. Legitimate way to change the system. Those in power. Capital gains tax on all property? Janos model for accumulating the surplus value of land for the communal good over time.

see: Extract from Chapter 14 of Binary Economics – The New Paradigm by Robert Ashford and Rodney Shakespeare.

 

Session 10 on Tuesday 11th March 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 (40 mins)

2. Deconstructing Ideology  (40 mins)

3. Governance (35 mins)

4. Planning for next week (5 mins)

Session 10 on Tuesday 11th March 2014 – notes

1. Topical discussion: COMER – Canadian Monetary reform – class action suit in conjunction with Anthony Crawford (AC). Sunday CCMJ meeting – AC and Fred Harrison. Canadian Central Bank is a public bank. CCMJ – is now an association rather than a formal organisation.

2. Deconstructing ideology – deferred. John Kenneth Galbraith. Economics of Fraud Truth for our Time. Market system to change perception of discredited economist. Renaming on political economy. Neo-classical economics. How did it come about? Consumers in the market system. Conquest – David Day. Occupying land – militarily insufficient numbers – need people in there. Mapping give empires rights over territory – naming of places. No longer race oppression of other races but a class war. Dispossession of means of production. Remove the means of production – introduce monetary system. Owning cattle – global world domination. Deconstructing human rights – conquistadors – political correctness. Bob Crow – about face hypocrisy. Marxism self-criticism. 360° review. Power games. 

3. Binary economics – Rodney Shakespeare. Capitalist Manifesto – Lewis Kelso. Social Credit – many sources including Major CH Douglas. Social Credit was household terminology. Frances Hutchinson – how social credit was buried by the system. Could defend itself against Marx but not Henry George. Corruption of Economics by Fred Harrison. Henry George went to the basement whereas Marx went to the first floor. Marx inspired the revolutions in Russia, Cuba etc. not necessarily communism. One phrase can change the world. Clarity of vision. Thailand island destroyed for developers by thugs. Unified theory of the world versus the power of the establishment. Academics live on analysis rather than presenting clarity. Funnel factors of production into funnel. Philosophers like to understand the world but aren't interested in changing it. Social dividend goes to everyone self organisation – need to be economically independent to decide how to live. Citizens income – Cuba based on ideology.

4. Access to so much information: Occupy - climate change/Robin Smith; Law exams. Self organisation – as per nature. Sub-atomic particles organise into atoms. What do we mean by governance. Not free as individuals to self organise as a community of individuals. What is missing from these efforts creating a society to serve their interests? Embarrass institutional people into making the essential changes. Fiduciary Duty – Binary economics – Chapter 14 – it is widely accepted the burden of proof on reformers. Obligation to respond at their own expense. Anglo-American jurisprudence. Politicians refuse to engage. Needs translation into our kind of language. The case has been made time and time again – response to claim the 5th amend. Need critical mass to embarrass the establishment. Contradictory narrative in the media. Balanced argument. Employment prospects both good and bad. Zero hours contract. Parliamentary channel – Cons MP David Amess – mental health service – letters of complaint. High paid executive promoted from hospital porter. No response.

Next week:

Deconstructing ideology - human rights 

Social credit