An International, Love-Based Economy: Why Not?

by Jerry Alatalo

“But the world does move, and its motive power under God is the fearless thought and speech of those who dare to be in advance of their time – who are sneered at and shunned through their days of struggle as lunatics, dreamers, impracticables, and visionaries; men of crochets, vagaries and isms.”

– HORACE GREELEY (1811-1872) American publisher, educator

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlphabet Left the following comment at Real-World Economics Review Blog (rwer.wordpress.com), an excellent place for people to read about economics science/theory which has 11,866 followers:

“Martin Luther King Jr. proposed jobs-for-all and basic income for all. Admitting to having acquired much less knowledge/training in economics than regular readers at this site, MLK’s proposal seems eminently positive, reasonable and attainable, yet no concrete actions/steps to realize such a proposal have become taken.

MLK studied spirituality, religion and philosophy, separate terms for the same area of human thought, and what he learned during that study he applied to his economic proposals.

Management courses stress the main focus being maximization of profit, in contrast to MLK whose paramount focus was maximization of peace, health and well-being for the greatest number in the human population, where decisions are driven by love, not profit.

It seems MLK, who perished in a murder/assassination whose details are far too little known (search William Pepper/1999 Martin Luther King civil trial) at age 39 for his spiritual economics ideas, gave those who study economic science a profound example of the possible, most positively impactful for humanity, application of economic theory toward eliminating worldwide, historically negative societal problems.

Perhaps saying that economics should have as its greatest goal not profit but building a more peaceful world while at the same time eliminating war, poverty, disease, illiteracy, pollution, etc. will be viewed as utopian or completely unrealistic, but is it really? The human mind created today’s existent international conditions, and there seems to be no reason for believing that the human mind is incapable of improving those conditions, until at some future point, depending on the intensity of Earth-wide efforts, humanity realizes living a true version of the dream MLK and history’s spiritual visionaries spoke of.

In other words, an economics which has as its driving motivation and fuel not profit but creating heaven on Earth.”

Heaven on Earth, huh? As a past co-worker used to sometimes respond, conveying her perception that another’s assertion was coming from an intellectual place of dead-ends or impossibility – “yeah, right!” Such a concept as heaven on Earth certainly aligns with Horace Greeley’s statement, especially “lunatics, dreamers, impracticables and visionaries.”

“Humanity’s most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the non-conformists, he who refuses to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists on attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have known little progress indeed.”

– JOSIAH WILLIAM GITT (1884-1973) American editor

Those men and women who have voluntarily and to varying extent, like one who voluntarily clicks on certain internet websites of interest, entered inner worlds for exploration in search of potential concepts which upon study offer humanity new modes of living on this Earth, understand what one can describe as the “Catch-22” aspect of such endeavors. This writing has as its main intention a wish to convey encouragement to those who have felt what Mr. Greeley articulated as “sneers… shuns… struggle”.

After reading a sizable number of articles written by highly educated, well-meaning, sincere men and women around the Earth whose various noble and moral motivations become clearly evident, along with listening to interviews and presentations on a variety of important topics, one comes to points along the way where it becomes a fervent, burning wish that the best ideas finally break through and change, for the better, human beings’ living conditions everywhere on the planet.

The word “ideal” means “conception or standard of perfection”. By simply taking a sober, rational, and informed-to-some-extent look at life on Earth today, with fellow human beings experiencing the effects of military conflict, greed, homelessness, lack of adequate food and clean water, etc., along with the hard to accurately measure, but certainly depression-inducing physical and psychological harm that results from such unfortunate situations, one quickly acknowledges this has yet to become an ideal or “perfect world”.

Risking becoming labeled in the view of others as a “utopian” madman whose ideas about creating a true heaven on Earth, aligning with the feelings behind “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others see things that never were and ask why not?”, perhaps men and women around the world would find it very beneficial to ask much more often, and with an increasing, morality-fueled intensity – “Why not?”

In a world full of people, only some want to fly. Isn’t that crazy?

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(Thank you to Nobel Prize Peace Concert at YouTube)

John Perkins Update.

Posted on December 21, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

mountain1(Cross-posted from johnperkins.org – An article written by John Perkins)

Year in Review: Latin America in 2014

By John Perkins

I just returned from a magical trip with a special group of people to amazing Peru. Our group experienced sacred sites and ceremonies with the Q’ero and other Quechua elders and shamans. Now I look forward to facilitating another group as we visit the sacred sites and great Mayan teachers of Guatemala beginning very soon, January 16 (to join visit: http://www.johnperkins.org/a-journey-to-the-lands-of-the-maya-guatemala/).

This year much of my time and energy has been spent in Latin America. I have talked about events in various countries and ways in which people are waking up. With the closing of the year, let’s look at some of these stories and see how they have developed.

Chevron and Big Oil

Big Oil (Chevron, Shell, BP, etc) have long been seen as an enemy of the Amazon, as purveyors of contamination, poverty, and disease. (Blog Post: “Big Oil, Romania, and the Amazon”.) Oil is a tool for bringing a country into economic submission, as I learned during my time as Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm (“economic hit man.”) Ecuador is not the only country to have issues with Big Oil; dependence on fossil fuels has led countries all over the world to economic disaster and civil unrest.

There has often been violence between the multinational companies and the indigenous people who have had their lives brutally impacted by the oil industry. Just in the last few weeks, a brave Ecuadorian Shuar leader, José Isidro Tendetza Antún, was found dead, tortured, and buried in suspicious circumstances mere days before he was scheduled to travel to Lima, Peru for climate talks. He had been a leader in the struggle to rein in mining and oil companies that threaten so much of his native Ecuador.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has sometimes been praised and sometimes castigated for his stance on the Amazon rainforest, most recently exploiting the natural resources of the region by signing permits for oil drilling in one of the most bio diverse regions on the planet. On the other hand, he has also made statements opposing Chevron in the nearly twenty year saga of Ecuadorian villagers against the oil giant over the clean-up of contaminated areas.

Though the Ecuadorian villagers have won against Chevron with the help of a legal team lead by Steven Donziger and Pablo Fajardo, the Big Oil company is refusing to keep its promise to abide by the judgment of Ecuador’s courts. In typical Corporatocracy fashion, Chevron is not under the regulation of a single government and therefore refuses to respect any. Its executives are threatening not only the lives of the indigenous people of the Amazon, but people all over the world, from Canada to Romania to Myanmar to India. Other governments in those regions continue to do business with Chevron, despite clear evidence that the environment and the people suffer greatly.

Monsanto and “Free-Trade”

Another multinational corporation that is threatening the health of the land and the people of Latin America and most of the rest of the world is Monsanto. (Blog Post: “A Latin American Awakening and Monsanto”.) In Latin American countries, free-trade agreements have paved the way for the Corporatocracy to gain control and have sent thousands of children across the border into the US in desperation.

Throughout history since the Industrial Revolution, the move to take agriculture away from small farmers and give the power and profits to big companies has resulted in poverty and destruction. Not only do these agreements render it impossible for small farmers to make a living from their seeds and produce, but they have also introduced incredibly dangerous chemicals and pesticides into once-pristine environments.

Earlier this year we saw some Latin American governments seek to stand firm for the interests of their people against major privatization of agriculture. The fight is far from over. Groups of citizens have organized to demand that their rights, interests, and cultural values be protected by their leaders and that the corporations abide by new standards and laws.

Awakening

However, as powerful as these big corporations are, the people who are waking up are more powerful. There is much that we can learn from our southern neighbors in how to harness our power to make our leaders work for change. (Blog Post: “Lessons on Capitalism from an Unlikely Source”.)

One striking example of leaders listening to their people is the 20 x 20 Initiative: 8 Latin American nations joining forces to fight global warming. Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru are coming together for this agreement to protect forests and fertile land.

We can do our part to help and support this awakening by calling and emailing our leaders and elected officials and demanding that they work against free-trade agreements such as CAFTA-DR and the proposed TPP. We can vote with our dollars by buying local and small-farm-grown produce and products instead of shopping at big box stores and retailers. Our market power can be made even stronger by sending emails to the Big Business executives telling them we will boycott their companies until they too support local businesses and farmers and provide their employees with higher wages, health care, and retirement pensions. We can join or organize consumer movements to strengthen our messages.

Let’s make 2015 the year we focus our intentions and our dreams on changing the world for a better future through taking positive actions and by educating those around us.

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(Thank you to breakingtheset at YouTube)