Indeed, something is wrong, basically wrong. Here I will illustrate what is basically wrong with an incident in the history of bees (or, more broadly, pollinators). Although important progress has been made in spite of adverse dominant cultural and social structures, the bee story illustrates why survival requires avoiding now inevitable collisions between economics and physical reality.
This article offers reflections on the predicament we as humankind face, as well as offering a way forward, a way that transforms debilitating humiliation into life-giving dignity. As the heart- breaking coronavirus pandemic unfolds, the hope is that it works as a wake-up call for us to answer the following question together: How must we, humankind, arrange our affairs on this planet so that dignified life will be possible in the long term?
Note Three: Ending Mass Unemployment and Poverty Prof Howard Richards Unbounded Organization Aacademy http://www.unboundedacademy.org 2020 The causa causans Keynes identified in a passage cited in the previous note was investment. Investment by profit-seeking investors is regarded as the source of employment. If it stops, employment, stops. At least that is true when one sees the […]
…nothing is really going to change police brutality, racism, militarism, hypocritical foreign policies, or any of a host of other evils until there Is a more just distribution of wealth, a more ethical use of property, and an economic system powered by a different dynamic. In general, the ́deep structure ́ has to change.
The Humans and the Viruses: The World Economic Forum and the Coronaviruses The humans and the viruses are two forms of life with parallel but different adaptive strategies. According to the abbreviated story I am offering you, our pre-hominid ancestors crossed the line separating non-human from human and became homo sapiens when they became the cultural animals. It culminated […]
We are trying. We keep bees. We use reusable shopping bags, not plastic. We plant trees. We create new fertile soil with compost, manure, potting soil and worms fed with table scraps. We heat water with solar energy. We recycle glass and metal. We walk, bicycle, or take public transportation and keep our houses well insulated in the winter.
Millions of others are trying too. To cite one of innumerable examples: People living on welfare benefits, organized by eco-activists, cultivate organic gardens on the rooftops of apartment buildings in large cities
Introducción del editor: a la luz de la discusión actual sobre la recuperación económica pospandémica, invitamos a Howard Richard’s a ofrecer sus ideas, para inspirarnos a pensar de nuevo sobre este componente crucial de un mundo renovado. Tenemos el honor de compartirlos entre Corona Connections.
From PS on Point Apr 27, 2020 MYOUNG-HEE KIM:
Government testing and tracing alone did not halt the spread of the coronavirus in South Korea. The country’s civil-society organizations also played a critical role by monitoring the situation closely, helping to hold the authorities accountable, and reaching vulnerable social groups
What economies and living conditions will be like after the coronavirus pandemic is a matter of uncertainty and foreboding. The pandemic may never go away. It may continue to propagate itself indefinitely. It may mutate several more times. If so, human cultures will not only have to evolve, but will have to evolve several times, in order to cope with changing physical realities. Surely, in any case, we human beings will be wiser to organize ourselves collectively to defend ourselves than we would be simply to wait while fate determines our destiny. In the process of species-self-defence, teachers are key.
This short note will be a sketch, or rather an illustration, of a proposal. As Peter Drucker and many others have said, intriguingly and I think to some extent truly, you cannot predict the future, but you can invent it.
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Coronavirus. Wars. Refugees. Racism. Sea levels rising. Stock markets falling. Most human labour becoming redundant as a factor of production and valueless in the labour market. The irreversible loss of the delicate chemical and physical balances that make the biosphere possible. Let me stop at eight. Any one of us could go on and on listing one after another nightmare that unfortunately is not a dream but is real.
Resumen: Se proponen cuatro principios fundamentales: el derecho de vivir y percibir entradas para poder vivir por pertenecer a la familia humana; una coupure epistemologique en la filosofía de la ciencia; organización ilimitada, y una ética solidaria que llama a compartir el excedente. Algunos de sus aplicaciones se muestran relatando experiencias en un territorio determinado ubicado en […]
It is in the news that millions of people around the world –inspired by a Swedish teenager so honest that looking at a picture of her will cure a headache—have taken to the streets demanding that something must be done. I will use this paper to offer an answer to the question what must be done: The basic cultural structures of the modern world must be transformed.
The Climate Crisis (and Other Crises) Require the Transformation of the Basic Cultural Structure of the Modern World
On February 7, 2019, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York introduced in the United States House of Representatives a RESOLUTION Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
Cyril Ramaphosa… now the President of the Republic of South Africa, has recently been talking in his sleep: I do not understand what happened to me. I do not understand what happened to me. I do not understand what happened to me…
…the proposal that implementing just two principles will make the impossible possible; namely, a pro-social attitude plus doing what works; or alternatively, a pro-social attitude plus structural understanding.