healthy diet and poverty

Unplugged from food corporations I’ve heard some alarming tales from friends who work with people trapped in poverty and debt. The worst cases, due to the tax and benefits nightmare orchestrated by successive governments, are all people working full-time. Usually, they are working so many hours that they find it difficult to make the best… Continue reading healthy diet and poverty

The roots of poverty in wealthy countries

  one home I can understand people squirreling away savings if they feel insecure. But if you own one house and have no debts, why worry? The only way people can really BE secure is through social cohesion … which means lending your neighbour a lawnmower, having infinite patience with alcoholics, and lead by example… Continue reading The roots of poverty in wealthy countries

Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption’s hidden players

  Best Possible Outcome: Excellent video from TedTalks about the love affair between capital and corruption. There seems little we ordinary folk can do, but there is one thing – Vote With Your Wallet. Social Media and YouTube can be helpful in keeping apace of corporate and billionaire mischief. When we don’t fall victim to… Continue reading Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption’s hidden players

Pathological Wealth – and solutions

#pathologicalwealth – a hashtag that was long overdue! A preamble to the video of Ethos Genesis Post-mechanisation,the production and distribution of basic needs is so simple that we should all be bored stiff. In fact, most people are too busy and exhausted due to the corrupting effects of pathological wealth of the few, and disinterest… Continue reading Pathological Wealth – and solutions

Protest votes in politics – best outcome: sociology psychology education

Elections in 21st century: 2016: Given that Trump and Clinton both serve the pathologically wealthy, who chose, in effect, both candidates, the best possible outcome to the protest votes, which have made Donald Duck the president of USA and exited Little England from the civilising and cooperative possibilities of Europe, is that the protest voters… Continue reading Protest votes in politics – best outcome: sociology psychology education

Individual freedom versus corporations

I asked my pal in Illinois why the area he lives in is so sparsely populated and yet Chicago (the nearest very big city) is bursting at the seams: “They move to the city for jobs, but … Even the city jobs are few. America isn’t what the rest of the world envisions it to… Continue reading Individual freedom versus corporations

Capital in 21st Century – Piketty

Imagine:Β  education, hope, psychology and sharing in the global economy An excellent book, and I hope it gives me a complete picture of what is really going on in the world of money and business, and the bloody corporate matrix. I refer of course to Thomas Piketty -Capital in the Twenty-First Century a book based… Continue reading Capital in 21st Century – Piketty

Civilisation in 3 generations?

Without privilege, education and positive role models it has been hard for ordinary working-class people to make sense of life in one generation … but maybe in three? My grandparents’ generation were virtually all living in extreme poverty. Most of them were farm labourers, living in a tied cottage; working for a small house with… Continue reading Civilisation in 3 generations?

wisdom v money – Dalai Lama

You can’t buy inner peace or wisdom with money. You have to create them within yourself. Quotes – Dalai Lama Sadly, Pathological Wealth are able to destroy inner peace for those they capture in lifelong debt. And they still don’t realise they are chained to their illness: their obsession with numbers in bank accounts. It’s… Continue reading wisdom v money – Dalai Lama

Politics for a mature species …

Protecting the working class from the pathologically wealthy (the 1%) is a fairly obvious political goal, but having seen several people switch camps (first 1% to the other 1%, and vice versa) due to their changing circumstances, the rational conclusion is that human nature is vulnerable to both temptations, and is either unaware of its… Continue reading Politics for a mature species …