ATM in Tree
financialised economy is short-term, crisis-prone and deeply unequal.
As always it is the poorest who are forced to pick up the tab for the
crimes of big finance.' (Global
Justice Now email 14 September 2018; also read here)
capitalist system = mental ill health five times more common than in
the most equal societies. Many other disadvantages too. (See The Spirit Level
capitalist system = discontent, as few actually become wealthy = a
police state or revolution = violence is inevitable. (See
'The Super-Rich and Us', Part 2 of 2,
first aired on BBC, 2015)
(1) Eight billionaires
'as rich as world's poorest half' (BBC,
posted and accessed 16 January 2017).
Then there are the fat cats, the oligarchs,
the footballers, the
celebrities, the bankers, the global corporations, etc. They conceal
their money offshore
unethically or illegally, and deprive society of funds for the
betterment of society (e.g. paying undervalued and underpaid carers and
public servants). All this is disgusting.
Contrast this with the Hadza, where sharing
is a moral
obligation without expectation of return (Survival,
8 of 18, accessed 30 October 2012).
Once upon a time, only a few decades ago, bankers were paid the same as
nurses and teachers ('The
Super-Rich and Us', Part 2 of 2,
first aired on BBC, 2015).
I do not value these overpaid people and remain stupefied at how they
get away with impoverishing and damaging society.
I do value the carers and the bulk of humanity who are crushed by the
reality of capitalism.
(2) Capitalism not only
creates material poverty, but also spiritual, collective and emotional
poverty. Its exploitative mantra is 'growth, growth, growth' instead of
'Love, Love, Love.' We need happiness
(3) Consider modern Rich World education and its deep
interconnection with poverty and capitalism (notes from documentary Schooling
the World [also see here]):-
modern education system that started in the Industrial revolution of
the 18th century was not created
to help humans deal with life
and all its problems, and be independent citizens able to live in
Rather, it was intended: (1) to be part of the industrial production
manufacturing human machines that could be slotted in to the system to
wealth for the few, at the expense of the many; (2) to support European
colonial expansion. Modern education in the Poor World does the same,
people off the land, away from their culture and self-respect, and
dependent on a centralised economy.
need to question what becoming part of
the mainstream means today? It means a Western urban consumer culture,
where the local culture is perceived as backward, primitive, shameful.
It means putting everything local into the service of the global
economy, so 'Education for All' = train everyone to suit the greed of
giant, global corporations.
world people sell
everything to allow their children to follow the success story that
education offers, but only about 10% succeed. Modern education is
creating worldwide inequality. Modern education is creating
failure!! Can you see this? The
failed 90% are in-between people, neither suited to the modern
nor their local culture. They are cast adrift, depressed and
to drugs, alcohol, debt, exploitation, prostitution, etc.
is a widespread
belief that modern education lifted and lifts people out of poverty.
But the truth is that the arrival of colonialism, development and aid
created poverty! Poverty does not exist in pre-modern cultures!!
It rapes the planet Earth.
We need simplicity,
simple lives in harmony with nature and God/Goddess.
everybody lives like the rich people, we need
two other planets. Live on this planet with seven billion people in a
we can all live." (Ervin Laszlo, 2006)
fucks with Evolution
of the fittest' as a violent competitive process is a
corruption of Darwinism. Industrialists like Andrew
believed that it justified an economy of vicious competition and
This has given rise to a corporate, capitalist dominated
world, which is actually threatening our survival and that of many
species - see here.
success - or the fittest adaptation - is 'survival of the most
loving'. But we are
living in that corporate capitalist economy with its inequality and
check... Capitalism is an abomination which
inflates ego, not mind or spirit!' (himalayanbear,
posted 18 November 2017, accessed
20 November 2017)
sharing and co-operation are more consistent with
Darwinism. (See Eric
Michael Johnson, posted 3 May 2013, accessed 3
November 2016; also check out the ideas of Peter
Kropotkin and his book Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution)
like co-operation, sharing and compassion have been at the basis
of the most dramatic steps in the history of all life. (See Michael
Le Page, New
Scientist, posted 16 April 2008, accessed 3 November 2016).
the Money (Wendy Priesnitz)
Global Warming and Capitalism are Deeply Intertwined
Capitalism is the #1 Cause of Poverty
Root Cause of War is Oligarchic Capitalism
Livingston, Aeon, 2016)
- Why Does
Black Friday Exist? (The Story of Stuff Project;
right it's Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the
Monbiot, The Guardian, 2017)
decade after the
Lehman Brothers’ collapse, finance remains a major risk
(Susan George, New
Statesman, 2018) [Change
will only come from below, it says]
capitalism has led us into a dystopia' (BBC
Ideas; 2m45s video) [Deeper into a dystopia, I'd say]
report: Mass loss of wildlife caused by human consumption (BBC,
- The global elite is destroying our planet. So why are Extinction Rebellion activists the ones in the dock? (Asad Rehman, The Independent, 2019)
- Nature crisis: Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction' (BBC, 2019)
Opening Pandora's Box
between Evolutionary Skills & Modern Life