After taking notes and writing down ideas for explaining the HREM for more than two years in the hope that I could figure out how to write all this into a book – I have now come to the conclusion that such a book may never be written by me… maybe, hopefully someone else, someday. But, I now realize what my contribution can be. Instead of saving all these ideas in piles of notes and computer files where they do no one any good (except the programs we broadcast based on them), I plan to type them into blogs for the HREM site. I will start with one per month and hope to do more when I can. The form of this blog will be very casual and loosely organized. It’s purpose, to spark thought processes and conversation that may lead us all toward a more sustainable economic system. I am not going to organize what I write into assertions…I want you to draw your own conclusions. I am just trying to put in front of you ideas and concepts and partial thoughts that I have found interesting and whose potential has a chance of standing up to argument over time. Here goes…
What is the nature of change on a (human) system level? Is deep systemic change possible? Or are we always going to have the Employer and everyone under or ‘downward’ from there… a modern form of feudalism.?
The nature of the system (economic) that is in place is to take ‘primacy’ over the individual. This is way it is so important that the system ‘design’ arises from the totality of its constituency, the people that have to use it, work under it. Right now, (and for 1,000 of years) we are being conditioned to believe that we have no value. We are artificially separated from each other and against each other (religions, incomes, education, customs, location…fear of the ‘boogyman’… we are all in ‘bootcamp’ now, being trained to react violently to something different/strange). This is the ‘story of separation’ that has also been going on also for 1000 of years. Any act that goes against the ‘story of separation’ is a political act… an act toward greater understanding/compassion. If we want a different result we have to set up different conditions. We are, as a human species a Natural Force. Our common efforts, systems, affect al other living systems around us and so far we have no natural enemy that can ‘control’ us. We have managed to dominate with our intelligence and labor the earth at this point in time. But this is a temporary domination and unsustainable. We are ignoring the deepest meanings of the natural systems we are dependent on and slowly destroying. We may protest that our power is not that great. But it is. We are living through what science is calling the ‘sixth extinction’.
“Globalism by Distraction” – Max Igan
“You can’t manage what you can’t measure” Environmental Defense Fund
Action in REM. Your name becomes an ‘object’ a thing for legal action taken in rem. Bridges Programming, 12/12/14 , referenced by Glenn Garret during that program. ‘people are a thing in the legal system and the monetary system.’ ‘action is taken against a thing.’
Henry George – “Progress and Poverty” 1879 some of his thoughts… the gap between wage and rent grows as the value of land (property in general) increases. rent swallows gain. this is why poverty increases as prosperity (progress) increases. rising rent and land prices invariably increase when production increases. wages and interest are not set by production, but by the value of land (property). complexity disguises the reality (of the economic system). wages fail to increase with increase in production – instead, rent increases. population – with each additional person, more is produced, labor is more effective in the midst of larger population – growing population increases productivity. but, rent, not labor gets the increased value of production. the modern science of economics can be compared to astronomy prior to Copernicus – the earth is the center of the universe… competition, prevents the return to labor – in the form of higher wage. his theory – ‘people seek to gratify their desires with the least exertion’. Is this really true of human nature? In our interview with John Ikerd ‘Sustainable Agriculture’, 12/17/14, he makes a point about sustainability – that diversity in natural systems is what makes them strong and enduring. Understanding of the diversity of interdependent natural systems is the key to designing sustainable human systems. The suggestion the people seek to gratify their desires ‘with the least exertion’ (entropy) is the least sustainable tendency according to nature. And may possibly just be a symptom of our dysfunctional economic system and not a natural human tendency. Entropy is the opposite of diversity.
poetry uses language in the most precise way … it is at its best when it can use words to allude to its objective, poetic use of words understands that it can only show something through suggestion/indirection (what it is not and where it is not)…too much precision with words can have the effect of loosing the idea/meaning intended. an idea can get lost in words.
What isn’t accounted for, is not valued. Measures need to be related to Nature. natural, observable, essential, real ‘systems’. the reality of experience. a measurement for human value in economics is used to measure survival needs of people and provide them, for a reasonable work effort on the part of the person. it is not a way to ‘manage’ individuality. it is a way to manage survival. individuality would be enhanced. more time to think, etc. can’t, don’t want to, measure what is subjective. Our intellect and physical labor (your value) is being stored in currency by the economic system – like a battery stores electricity. But we have no idea how much is stored and what would be a fair percentage to return to the producers of value (people) because we can’t manage what we have no measure for.
Recent communication from David Borton (one of the brains behind the HREM).
“Yesterday I was talking to a high school class about solar electric boats on the Erie Canal. We discussed a picture of a mule pulling a packet boat along the canal. I asked, ‘how much power does a mule have?’ They decided that all mules are different and have different powers. So then I asked, ‘how much power does a horse have and what is horse power?’ Well they knew that cars are measured in horse power. So okay, horse power must be standardized so people know what they’re talking about. Are people different? Don’t we need a basic standard to understand people, even though we are all unique?”
If we define people in terms of their basic needs say, education, food and shelter, then attach a measure to that definition in order to meet those needs sustainably with in economic systems.
12/12/14 program, Bridges Programming summary
Can there be useful measurements with out considering our natural reality? Can we manage a system that we cannot measure? can there be value without human input? Our economic systems operate without measurements and base value on the subjective decisions of a minority. Economics is a coerced system on which our survival depends. Yet we have no way of managing it toward our survival and our general benefit. We have no useful natural measure to base currency and value on. Is it time for a measure based on human energy? And currency based on this measure? Let’s put science and real measurement into economics (for the first time), so that we can manage it…so that it will become truly economical, sustainable and actually serve us all.