“We talk about civilization as though it’s a static state. There are no civilized people yet, it’s a process that’s constantly going on… As long as you have war, police, prisons, crime, you are in the early stages of civilization.”
“At the beginning of World War II the U.S. had a mere 600 or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out more than 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we have enough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer was No, we did not have enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the high production and efficiency required to win the war. Unfortunately this is only considered in times of war.”
During the thousands of years of monetary system, most workers have been paid just enough to make it necessary that they return to work, even when higher wages have been possible. How else can the wage-payer keep the workers coming back?
“You know that you can’t go out there and change the world tomorrow morning. It just takes time, and the realization of that does not produce frustration. What produces frustration, is when you expect the world to join with your cause it’s so reasonable. It is not reasonable to unreasonable people.”
Having essentially grown up through the internet, I’ve taking part in all sorts of discussions. Serious discussions and not so serious discussions… all through various means of communication. When I analyze social change and how to best obtain results, the topic of communication remains forefront. How do we communicate most effectively? Do I get my point across properly? It has become clear to me that with the infinite pile of garbage information that exists, communicating in an effective way is of utmost importance towards creating a better future. However, we live in a society that has evolved from dead, inefficient language systems that perpetuate throughout our communication.
I want to be clear. What matters is the full idea and reasoning behind the idea being communicated in an effective and efficient way. This does not imply that both parties uphold perfect grammar or spelling, however, key words must be well-defined and accepted upon in the discussion. It is important to understand that everyone you communicate with has a different background then you. Words, key definitions, slang, and memes that may mean something to you, may mean nothing to them.
“Very few people can communicate with one another. The only language that’s not subject to interpretation is mathematics, chemistry, basic science, engineering principles, and applied agriculture. But other than that, many systems today are subject to interpretation.” ~ Jacque Fresco, TVP teamspeak seminar, January 15 2012
As Jacques Fresco states, the best language to communicate with is the language of science as it is well-defined.
With that being said, the ambition of this infographic is to create an atmosphere of rational communication between two opposing viewpoints where an honest, evidence-based decision can be made on the topic of choice. Only when we can communicate properly and be willing to alter our viewpoints, can we make the change that will create a more evolved civilization.
Many critics of wide social change agree that it is not possible to transition out of the current socioeconomic system of monetary exchange as it has grown too big to fail. They might argue: While a resource based economy may work in theory, the practical application of it would be impossible.
Unfortunately, if we continue on with the current monetary system we will end up with inevitable massive problems and therefore, we need to critically analyze how we can transition. Clearly, this is no easy task. I have identified that the first order to successfully transition out of a monetary system and into a resource based economy is to educate the public on what a Natural Law Resource Based Economy truly is.
Critique of Capitalism Pt. 2
Originally, I had planned to make my critique fit into one post. Unfortunately, the following issue proved much too vast to fit into one blog post.
Structural violence refers to systematic ways in which social structures harm or otherwise disadvantage individuals. Structural violence is subtle, often invisible, and often has no one specific person who can (or will) be held responsible (in contrast to behavioral violence). – structuralviolence.org
Structural violence exists in many forms. Capitalism creates perpetual and constant inequality by its structural design. Really, it’s rather simple to understand. Capitalism depends on the faulty sense of human nature stating that humans are inherently greedy and will always seek what is best for themselves. Everything is a competition in the monetary system. Due to this, there will be winners and losers inevitably. Essentially, this is the definition of inequality. Pro-capitalists like to argue that this is for the betterment of humanity as the overall well-being of life is raised for everyone. They may argue that capitalism has raised everyone’s standard of life, even though the gap of inequality continues to grow. While this is true, the poor today are better off then the wealthy from long before, this remains inadequate in solving the psychological and physical ramifications of inequality.
Critique of Capitalism Pt. 1
It is critical to define terms prior to the discussion. For the purposes of this post, Capitalism refers to all general forms ranging from the so-called ‘Corporatism’ that we see today to the ‘Free Market Capitalism’ that many libertarians are hopeful for. The reason why I connect these seemingly different forms of Capitalism is because I believe that Corporatism is simply an inevitable output of the function that is ‘Free Market’ Capitalism.
If we were to erase all debts, eliminate all government programs and start from scratch by tomorrow inevitably in ‘x’ amount of years we would be back to the same inefficient and unsustainable monetary system that we see in today’s world. This is capitalism in its truest sense. Why? Well, capitalism preaches competition and subscribes to the brutal force of the invisible hand referencing individual’s freedom to make their own decisions and thus their successes and failures. Therefore, it is only logical (and inevitable) that monopolies and corruption will exist. Wow, hold on there, let’s do some thinking before jumping to such conclusions.
Recently, I’ve began my search for the empirical value set that I look to present to society in the hopes to realign some of our distorted values. I believe this is the first step towards a better future. Without ranting too much about our current society let’s realize a few value based problems that we currently face:
1. All values and morals are equal! Moral Relativism! There can’t be an objective basis for morality.
This is simply wrong. To quote The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris:
Meaning, values, morality, and the good life must relate to facts about the well-being of conscious creatures-and, in our case, must lawfully depend upon events in the world and upon states of the human brain. Rational, open-ended, honest inquiry has always been the true source of insight into such processes. Faith, if it is ever right about anything, is right by accident.”
You are partially responsible for the thoughts and values of others! There is simply nowhere to hide from the collective consciousness. How have we convinced ourselves that all views must be equal on this matter? We are all in this together and if we want to escape a problematic fate then we need to find a value set that is based around objective understanding of our well-being. This is what I am searching for.