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

Senzar wisdom echoes Jesus’ words in Gnostic gospels

  From The Book of Secret Wisdom Stanza IV : … Evil began to invade the Souls of Light … (who were working for the common good. Cultivating crops and building their homes). The darkness endeavoured to confront these Souls of Light with equal, or even stronger, forces of evil. She had already found such… Continue reading Senzar wisdom echoes Jesus’ words in Gnostic gospels

political wisdom from Noam Chomsky

  Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune. Topical quote from Noam Chomsky – topical because very powerful ‘democracies‘ still exhibit the psychology of the school playground (the opposites) while 0.1% own most of the wealth and use… Continue reading political wisdom from Noam Chomsky

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

A Ridiculous Hypothesis – Most work is an opportunity.

The hypothesis: Everything that we need to do, for whatever reason (other than zero-hours contracts ‘work’ for corporations on a minimum (or less) wage) is an opportunity. Why? That task, and that day, will never occur again, and trying to ‘get it done’ so that we ‘make time’ to collapse in front of the corporate… Continue reading A Ridiculous Hypothesis – Most work is an opportunity.

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

Inequality in Europe as % of GDP

Consider Bulgaria and Germany: EU’s highest and lowest GDP per capita regions (updated 2015) The great inequality of regions persists as local GDP per capita varies significantly. Inner London (West) in the United Kingdom (580% of the average), the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (264%), Hamburg in Germany (206%) Bruxelles/Brussel in Belgium (205%) and Bratislava in… Continue reading Inequality in Europe as % of GDP

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

values and politics

An election is due, ‘Family Values,’ (John Major) Before bedding another, was it two years or greater? Then ‘I didn’t love her. My greatest regret’ His absence of love makes it better? You bet politicians lying – the hall of shame   Jonathan Aitken, the pride of the Right Chin raised like a martyr to… Continue reading values and politics

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 …

Bilderberg and Transparency

An excellent blog at the Guardian. It’s never clear how much of conspiracy theories are true. That’s exactly how conspirators like things to be! But when the group of the richest people and Transparency International USA have the same committee members any claim to democracy is farcical. Get the details from the Guardian bilderberg-2015-a-travesty-of-transparency  … Continue reading Bilderberg and Transparency