Friday, January 27, 2006

Blind and Dumb


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The role of the rule of money or wealth in our Civilization

is Legend.

In this crass culture of the rule of money,

we blindly and dumbly repeat the programming of our age.

Let the market work becomes our Mantra.

When actually, letting the market work,

really means, let those who come after us pay.

Markets allocate in real time not between generations.

Last night, I ran into a Beacon Hill Bostonian who asked me

what does Sustainability mean?

He pointedly and sarcastically answered his own question,

not oil?

I responded

not nuclear either.

But then I told him that Sustainability is not defined

as the negative of these resources.

Sustainability is actually defined as providing for the needs

of the current generation,

without prejudicing the rights of future generations.

I went into Bucky Fuller's idea that oil and gas are our capital energy

and wind and solar are our income energies.

And that to be sustainable,

we must use these capital stocks to ignite our income energy stocks.

He said he had never heard it said like that.

Most of us repeat market aphorisms as if they are etched

in some golden book of wisdom.

But they are really just well shaped mind forms,

that give us comfort with the hegemony

of the love of Capital

that has taken over the world.

But it did not take over without a lot of work

and deceit.

Here is a good example of how our economic empire

spreads its roots and traps its victims.

The video comes from the Information Clearing House

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
with John Perkins

"Since world war two we've managed to create history's first truly global empire. This has been done by the corporatocracy, which are a few men and women who run our major corporations and in doing so also run the U.S. government and many other governments around the world.

From 1971 to 1981 John Perkins worked as a chief economist for Chas. T. Main, a Massachusetts-based international strategic consulting firm. During this time Mr. Perkins said his job was to trick developing countries into taking enormous loans from the World Bank in order to construct or repair their domestic infrastructure.

These loans were given with the understanding that these countries would then use those loans to pay U.S. corporations to complete these constructing and engineering projects.

The author writes that when these developing countries were eventually unable to pay off these sizable debts, the United States, World Bank, or IMF would step in and control the country's security arrangements and budgetary structure."

One of the main reasons our culture is on the brink of collapse,

due to the global forcings of climate change and resource depletion,

is because of our individual blindness,

and our dumb love of money,

over ourselves, our loved ones, and those who follow us.

As long as the love of Capital rules our institutions,

they will not respond to the real issues of the day.

For as the Book they love to quote so clearly says,

The love of money is the root of all evil.


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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the video. But what would we do without capitalism? It seems to be a necessary evil. JS

1:28 PM  
Blogger head lem said...

Sustainability is required by the U.S. Constitution.

Read it again, for the first time.

It says "to promote the General Welfare".

It says "and to Our Posterity" (no, not "Prosperity" --read the Preamble carefully).

So where are these "originalists" who actually read the Constitution --and follow it-- rather than claiming they do?

3:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The juxtaposition of the culture, the "crass culture", against what needs to happen is effective.

I hadn't seen Sustainability defined as "providing for the needs of the current generation,

without prejudicing the rights of future generations." I like the use of the word prejudicing here.

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Head lem's comment about the constitution - To promote the general welfare - Prosperity vs. Posterity -

is a great a great reminder.

6:43 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

yes, thanks Lem.

You will see that soon.

climate change action is our constitutional duty.

And Bush is violating it again.

10:24 AM  

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