Tuesday, March 18, 2014
R-evolution - to Capitalism, Transfromed
18 March 2014
It seems that, judgiing from the publication of the book, photographed below, that our friends in the USA might be ready to consider the Co-operative Socialism variant.
If so, I hope that the following short writing encourages them to find the essays on Co-operative Socialism in the papers' section at www.interestfreemoney.org.uk and . . .
Last week my friend, Jim, spoke of his preference for "Regulated Capitalism":
"I just had a quick look at "interestfree..." I don't have the time to investigate this idea fully. However, I think back to the times I lent money to people and the troubles I had. (The most I was ever owed was $400.) Now, if anybody asks to borrow cash, I laugh uproariously in their face. If they persist, I get very angry. . . I know my experiences are small scale and I know that in our complex society, we need some way of funding people with good ideas however . . . My ideas about a new economic model, I call 'Regulated Capitalism." This would not require a revolution. . . My way of talking about economics is geared at changing the minds of young economics students and also debating with the people who are the problem now. . . Are you familiar with the way the US reformed it's economy beginning in 1938-9? Their purpose, of course, was to fight WWII, but it gives an example of what is possible in economics."
I replied to ask:
- that he consider a change to an active adjective - so developing "Regulated Capitalism" to 'Transforming Capitalism' - ie to 'Transforming Beyond Capitalism' .
Like Jim, I'm no fan of revolutions - they have always ended up a) with violence and b) with a new set of bosses replacing the old set of bosses, then there's a counter-revolution and the children of the old set of bosses replace the new set of bosses . . . think City of London/England.
Now, the transformation - r-evolution - involves first of all a mind-set change from 'What can I get?' to 'What can I give?'. This seems to go through a 'What can I share?' first of all.
Next, we need a paradigm inversion (for 'How Rigid is Your Paradigm', please see that essay in the papers' section at www.interestfreemoney.org - it seems to be one of the two 'entry-level' essays into this - the Needs on is the other).
Anyway, that inversion is to see that ownership is wrong rather than right. That way, the consequential 'unearned incomes' that flow from ownership (rent, interest, profit, higher-than-average-incomes-from-paid work ie RIP-Up in the TRIP-Up acronym, T = Theft = Ownership of economic resources) evaporate.
Now, unless we are led back, to become hunter/gatherers in the Garden of Eden, we will need to work to sustain ourselves.
And work is that opportunity to give; work is, as my friend Peter Challen says, love made manifest (which work, at present for 99+% of the population - even for the Queens, bond traders and other thieves - it's not!).
So, we'll need access to those economic resources - and that where the concept of careship rather than ownership and co-operative careship rather than ersatz careship = stewardship - comes from.
But, enough, for now.
So, thanks again, Jim - and for your vignette on lent money - what a piece of work debt, usury, rent, etc are!
For all - the best! - equally!