Resource Based Economy – The Zeitgeist Movement Newsletter Aug-Sep 2010

This second newsletter from The Zeitgeist Movement again presents interesting articles and opinions on the current global economy and resources.

Extracts

Critics and Cities and Conflicts! Oh, My!
The Zeitgeist Movement encourages people to connect with other groups in any way they can, but just asks that official chapters remain true to a global vision for awareness because that is what accurately depicts what the global movement seeks to accomplish right now.
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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Inventions and discoveries today are often treated as property, and in most cases, a single person or team is given credit for, or ownership of, the invention or discovery in question. While this may be an unfortunate necessity in the face of today’s capitalist society, it is in direct opposition to the true nature of science.
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Economics: The Sphere, the Bell Curve and the Infinite Curve
The Earth is round. It is a sphere; a ball. We live on a finite world. There is only so much water, so much soil, so much iron, so much of any natural resource. We can do a lot, but we cannot make iron, we cannot create air, we cannot create oil. Impossible.
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Economics: The Basic Economic Problem
When the use of money as a means of resource allocation first occurred in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq and Syria) around five thousand years ago, a theory, which has since plagued humanity’s understanding of the world, was born. It has been named ‘the basic economic problem’ and is taught as gospel to all students of the free enterprise system. Sadly, challenges to its validity are thus rare, and economists of all levels are continually indoctrinated with a well-manipulated lie about the fundamentals of human sociology.
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I Want to Live in the World it Ought to Be
The more I observed the world and its inhabitants, the more clearly I could recognize zombies moving around, overdosed on deceit, wars, blood, agony, misery, death, financial booms and busts, racism, sexism, patriotism, nationalism, antidepressants, reality shows, consumerism, super bowls, and video games to name a few; and drowning in their own fears, worries, insecurities, complexes, sexual frustrations and uncertainties; and what was puzzling to me, pleading for more.
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The Way of Science and Sustainability
Regarded as the most likely author of the Tao Te Ching, Lao-Tzu wrote this in the 6th – 4th centuries B.C. The title is often translated as “The Way of Virtue”. However, this translation is lacking depth due to our definition of virtue, which fails to elaborate on the oneness it implies towards a person’s actions and values. What did Lao-Tzu mean by this? How relevant are the topics discussed in writings so old that they can hardly be said to have been written by the people living on the same planet? Truly, the reality of the world has changed so greatly that these writings would, at first glance, appear to have little to tell us about life at present.
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Letters
Peter,
What about “Democracy” in a RBE?
The participatory structure of a RBE is very different from what we know today. While the system of social involvement in the current model (for most countries) is given the title of “democratic”, a thorough review of these traditional practices and effects tends to find that the so-called “democratic process” we see in the so-called “free nations” of the world is really a misleading notion.
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Quote of the month…

He who floats with the current, who does not guide himself according to higher principles, who has no ideal, no convictions — such a man is…a thing moved, instead of a living and moving being — an echo, not a voice. The man who has no inner-life is a slave of his surroundings as the barometer is the obedient servant of the air.
Henri-Frederic Amiel

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