escaping reinventing slavery housing and learned helplessness

  The Tibestian Book of the Undead  The Diary (2nd edition) of a 360 year old Vampire  part 6 Turkey, ~1850 ‘How do you get the first post to stand upright?’ asked Ibil. ‘Anlamiyorum,’ quoth I. I haven’t a clue. We were helping a neighbour (Ibil was another of my neighbours). The plan was to… Continue reading escaping reinventing slavery housing and learned helplessness

Emerson – The foundation of your peace is yourself

  Words of wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson. “And so the reliance on Property, including the reliance on governments which protect it, is the want of self-reliance. Men have looked away from themselves and at things so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned and civil institutions as guards of property, and… Continue reading Emerson – The foundation of your peace is yourself

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

Capital in 21st Century – Piketty

Imagine:  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

Inherited wealth – Jens Beckert

Now available on offer at $35.58 in paperback format, this sociological study of wealth across the generations is a useful introduction for those of us that didn’t begin life in a castle! THE CONTENTS: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vii Chapter 1: Introduction 1 1.1 Inheritance and Modern Society 1 1.2 Social Dimensions of Inheritance Law 12 Chapter 2:… Continue reading Inherited wealth – Jens Beckert

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?