Part Two

Change Agent Synergy Movement

 

 

Change agents are enlightened individuals, change agents are organizations, and some change agents are current enlightened political initiatives including some UN efforts.  These diverse scattered individual drivers of change, when summed together, gain the synergetic force of an embodied movement toward a sustainable future for humanity. The purpose of CASM is to reveal the shape and heading of this movement and to enable the individual voter to help it grow stronger.

 

 

Historical Roots of the Growth Syndrome:  This section deals with a few characteristics that define our human-nature, and how they enabled pathways leading toward today’s human predicament.  The lack of long-term vision coupled with greed caused poor choices a few hundred years ago, with the roots of these bad choices going back much much further in time.  Today’s general growth paradigm consists of layers of past sociopolitical choices that have become normal.  These choices reduced respect for the Gaian system of life from which we emerged, and we now pay the price for these accumulated “normal” ways of doing things.

 

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

-- Aldo Leopold, American environmentalist and author

 

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Human Nature:

Humans are not the clear thinking logic beings, as we usually think of ourselves.  Indeed, most of our daily conscious decisions are based on many non-linear processes within. Denial, reality avoidance, self-deception, egoism are an integral part of us.  This subject may be dealt with in greater detail here at a later date.  However, this subject was covered in great detail in two chapters of a manuscript written in 1994, called, A 21st Century Steward’s Handbook, by Don Chisholm. The two sections can be read at [part one] [part two]

 

Some of the self-descriptive categories describing human nature are: Issue avoidance, denial, addiction, complexity overload, cognitive dissonance, short-term view, greed, mental apartheid,  etc.  Out of these categories, the phrase, Paradigm Paralysis seems to summarize our collective inability to change our path toward Gaiacide.

 

Two expressions often used by contemporary writers are useful in developing this section. Western society is described as being a dominator, society, [Quinn, Moore Korten] with a dominant perspective: “If you have it, and I (we) want it, I’ll (We’ll) take it because I (we) can!” The other expression is that of the elite, the rich and powerful group behind the scenes at the top who actually run the macro political show.  We grass root voters may get to choose a political party, but when it is in power, no matter what sincere promises they had made, there are certain areas of governance that are taboo, cannot be changed!!! [Lincon Kennedy]  The democracy we celebrate is very limited. The Dominator or The Elite are thought as real existing [organizations] by many people or, as used in this text, they can be thought of as metaphorical nebulous archetypal generalizations.  Usually, Dominator is presented with male characteristics, leaving the thought that we would likely benefit if there were a larger female presence at the top of the political hierarchy. There are at least three historical enabling events leading toward today’s paradigm driven ecological destruction.

 

A long time ago:

 

Step 1: Displacement of feminine balance: The beginning of androcentrism

Riane Eisler, in her book, Chalice & The Blade, makes a historical review of many sources indicating that in early human societies, the female did indeed have a much larger role than today.  Going back to the Stone Age, 30,000 years ago, nude figures of goddesses adorned their rocky cave walls.  Evidence of female leadership continued throughout the following 20,000 years, through the Neolithic era, where cooperative societies lived in relative peaceful communities.  This lasted until about 3000 BCE when Western cultures and religions began to emerge, dethroning the female goddesses.  Female equality has never returned although progress is being made in some societies.

 

Step 2: Making humans external to nature

Elsabeth Sahtouris, in her book, Earthdance: Living Systems in Evolution, points to another detrimental detour on the road toward our human dilemma.  Sahtouris states that in ancient Greece, philosophers divided into two schools of thought about the world.  One was that all of nature, including humans, was alive and self-creative, much like the Gaia model today. But the other school argued that "real" world could be known only through pure reason, not through direct experience, as it was God's geometric creation--permanently mechanical. This mechanical/religious worldview superseded the older nature-centric beliefs, and became the foundation of the whole Western worldview and a foundation stone in today’s fatally flawed paradigm.  A principle tenet of this flaw doctrine is to see ourselves as separate from the rest of nature.

 

Step 3: Removing spirituality from nature

As the human appetite for growth and increased throughput from Earth’s wealth of natural resources grew, the growth paradigm demanded that the natural human spiritual affinity toward nature had to be blunted.   The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture promotes critical inquiry into the relationships among human beings and their diverse cultures, environments, and religious beliefs and practices.  They recently produced an award winning, Encyclopedia Of Religion And Nature. [http://www.religionandnature.com/ern/].  Under the subject: “left biocenterism, they conclude: "In order for industrial capitalism to commodify the Earth, Earth-based spirituality had to be undermined. Left biocentrists believe that addressing this is a crucial part of any engaged green politics in the twenty-first century."

 

Darwin explained that normally any species will grow in population to the limits of its nutrient source, and then a balance of births and deaths will hold the population steady.  If an anomaly occurs, such as discovery of a niche new food source, population will grow to the limit of the niche supply, and then die off occurs.  Die-off will go to either extinction or to the limits provided by the original natural renewing source of food. 

 

If we think in terms of [systems], as in the Gaian system, or stable humanity’s social systems, balancing feedback from various sources prevents system-runaway and the inevitable crash.  With the feminine view disconnected from the table of political decisions, and with the human body and spirit extricated from the natural world, key sources of balance were lost in the human social guidance system.  The dominator mentality is able to understand the Darwin logic as it applies to nature, but unfortunately, because of mental apartheid, it believes this science is not applicable to them (them = our (your) society).  Psychologist Robert Ornstein suggests that a form of conscious evolution would be required to orient humans toward governing ourselves as if we understood the laws of physics and the laws of nature.  But perhaps it would be the undoing of past conscious changes, as noted above, that would renew our respect and reverence for the natural nurturing world of Gaia, our one and only home. 

 

 

More Recently:

Mentally separated from their earthly roots both emotionally and spiritually, the dominator societies of the world were ready to go forth and multiply, to explore, to occupy and to improve the well being of their own specific group(s), even at the expense of others or at the expense of nature.  Writer [J.W.Smith] states that all wars are resource wars.  The dominator characteristic has fueled many such wars in the past millennia.  We are now driven by the human developed [growth imperative] to seek evermore territory and resources.  We are without the needed balancing feedback of stark scientifically illuminated evidence that human activity is far beyond Earth’s renewable limits.

 

Rapid Growth Enabler One - Physical:

Ecological footprint analysis shows that it would take the renewable resources of 3 planet Earths to sustain the activity of over 6 billion humans, even with very modest resource throughput per capita.  Using energy provided only by the human body, by horses, wind and wood, we could never have exceeded Earth’s carrying capacity to such a degree in such a short time.  What was the niche energy/nutrient that enabled human activity to go so far beyond planet Earth’s natural limits?   The graph below is revealing.

       

       

 

From the Pandora’s Box of stored fossil energy from millions of years ago, first came coal, then oil and gas, to provided abundant easy-to-use energy source to satisfy (to intoxicate?) the dominator’s unrestrained growth imperative.  Rapid exponential growth became the norm in the 20th century.  From that came the belief that energy, technology and the invisible hand of economics can solve all of humanity’s problems.  But there’s a problem in energy paradise.  Peak Oil.] [dieoff.org ]Peak Oil.]

 

Rapid Growth Enabler Two: Imaginary Money

Early monetary systems had been commodity-based, where a physical commodity such as gold or silver was used to back up the value of issued currency.  With exponential growth in human population and in goods and services, no physical commodity was suitable as a value base.  It the 1960s, following the Keynesien suggestion, the world standard US$ was disengaged from gold.  It became fiat, meaning, a command decree, or let it be.  Now a mathematical number, money can be created with no limits, unlike the planetary resources that money can still buy.  Trillions of dollars enter the global system each year, bestowing wealth and political power at the elite top few from where the trickle down economy should provide for all.  But statistics show a rapidly growing disparity between rich and poor. [ 1% own 60%? CCP article].  As reported by Jarad Diamond in his book, Collapse, an accelerating rich poor ratio is a common precursor to societal collapse.  That is not the only problem in our money paradise.  Economic journals and statements by experts suggest that those who we trust to control the international money supply claim to have lost control. And due to globalization and market deregulation, no jurisdiction in the world has the power to correct this.  [Financial post article]  Systems scientists generally agree that when any dynamic system looses stabilizing feedback, or control, it will crash. [Bossel on systems]

 

Let me issue and control the issue of money, and I care not who writes the laws.

Amshal Rothchild

 

Dominator Schools of Thought and the rise of Neoconservativism: 

The, Chicago School of Economics, refers to a think-tank that has shaped the course of world history significantly since the 1950s.  A group of economists, some from Chicago, shifted US economic thinking from the Keynesian laissez-faire approach.  Keynes had enrouraged free markets with macro regulation by government to assure the public best interest was served.  But the Chicago School followed economists like Milton Friedman in recommending libertarian rules, which are basically no rules or regulation to economics, corporations, accompanied by the progressive deregulation and privatization of government services and civil infrastructure.  Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Regan championed these concepts in their respective countries.  The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were established to promote the globalization of these efforts.  And they have generally had brutal results on the people in countries that have accepted IMF services.  The negative results of the neocoservative agenda have led to very many books with descriptive titles, such as, [The Cancerous State of Capitalism,] or [When Corporations Rule The World.]

 

Our paradigm in summary: The prevailing political forces that guide human civilization are now in the hands of the imaginary dominator, a male-driven archetypal character that is greed driven, it has no feminine balance, it has no spiritual affinity toward Gaia, humanity’s roots in our natural world, and it is inhibited from recognizing limits-to-growth on a finite planet, and that we are far beyond these limits.

 

But the current grip of the dominator is slipping. Globalization is not meeting the expectations of its misguided inventors.  This is summarized in the opening paragraph of John Ralston Saul’s latest book, The Collapse of Globalism: And the reinvention of the world.  Chapter One,  A Serpent in Paradise, opens:

“Globalization emerged in the 1970s as if from nowhere, fully grown enrobed in an aura of inclusivity.  Advocates and believers argued with audacity that, through the prism of a particular school of economics, societies around the world would be taken in new, interwoven and positive directions.  This mission was concerted into the policy and law over twenty years – the l980s and ‘90s – with the force of declared inevitability.”
{TINA, There Is No Alternative!, declared Margaret Thatcher}-dc

 

 

Pronatialist Religions & Cultures:

In concert with industry’s need for labor, and with the feminine balance long suppressed, dominator influence pervaded some influential religions and some cultures. They created prohibitions against birth control and glorified the family with many children. This is certainly not true of all religions and cultures.  But these pronatialist forces are still in place today, and represent a large road-block in the path any hopeful human recovery efforts.

 

 

>>Human Activity Growth<<

^Industrial prerogative^  +  ^human opulation^

 

 

 

^Resource Throughput^

 

^Population Growth^

 

 

^Expanding Money Supply^

 

 

^Pronatialist forces^

 

 

^Fiat^ Money

^Corporate Power^

Banks  

 

Religions

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Industrial

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Genetic

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Culture

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Contributory elements to the deadly, unlimited growth syndrome

 

Our animal roots provide us with a complex array of genetic driving forces to enable procreation.  However, free and enlightened homo sapience can make choices.  If both economic and culture/religious pronatialist drivers were eliminated, and if the feminine voice was free, equal and educated, achievement of global and local negative human population growth could occur very quickly. 

 

 

This section concludes leaving the thought: If the misguide dominator society has made policy and law that reduces control over corporations and the money supply, that drives human activity ever faster toward limits, surely any recovery scenario must consider a revoke of these laws, and even consider the validity of imaginary money.

 

 

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Section notes and links:

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archetypes

An archetype is a generic, idealized model of a person, object or concept from which similar instances are derived, copied, patterned or emulated. In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality or behavior. This article is about personality archetypes, as described in literature analysis and the study of the psyche.

 

 Androcentrism (Greek ανδρο, andro-, "man, male", χεντρον, kentron, "center") is the practice, conscious or otherwise, of placing male human beings or the masculine point of view at the center of one's view of the world and its culture and history. The related adjective is androcentric.

 

Dominator Elite  http://petras.lahaine.org/ 

 

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US Bankers fear economic meltdown.

http://www.counterpunch.org/kolko07262006.html

 

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http://www.comer.org/  Tutorials on money

 

 

 Growth Syndrome

[ http://www.safewatergroup.orgBig%20Picture/Big_picture12.htm ]

 

 

Neoconservative agenda  Google

 

Neoconservatism is a political movement, mainly in the United States, which is generally held to have emerged in the 1960s, coalesced in the 1970s, and has had a significant presence in the administration of George W. Bush

 

 

http://shockingelk.com/text/neoconservative/

 

http://www.newamericancentury.org/

The Project for the New American Century is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle.

The Project for the New American Century intends, through issue briefs, research papers, advocacy journalism, conferences, and seminars, to explain what American world leadership entails. It will also strive to rally support for a vigorous and principled policy of American international involvement and to stimulate useful public debate on foreign and defense policy and America's role in the world. William Kristol, Chairman

 

http://www.progressivedailybeacon.com/more.php?page=opinion&id=1412

 

Prof U of Montreal  Humanist http://www.mlq.qc.ca/7_pub/cl/tremblay_en.html

 

 

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The Chicago school of economics is a school of thought favoring free-market economics practiced at and disseminated from the University of Chicago. The leaders were Nobel laureates George Stigler and Milton Friedman.

It is associated with neoclassical price theory and free market libertarianism, refutation and rejection of Keynesianism in favor of monetarism (until the 1980s, when it turned to rational expectations), and rejection of regulation of business in favor of laissez-faire. In terms of methodology the stress is on "positive economics"--that is, empirically based studies using statistics, with less stress on theory and more on data. The school is noted for its very wide range of topics, from regulation to marriage, slavery and demography, that it studies.

The term was coined in the 1950s to refer to economists teaching in the Economics Department at the University of Chicago, and closely related academic areas at the University such as the Graduate School of Business and the Law School. They met together in frequent intense discussions that helped set a group outlook on economic issues, based on price theory.

The school of thought is not the same as the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago, widely considered one of the world’s foremost economics departments, having fielded more Nobel Prize winners and John Bates Clark medalists in economics than any other university. Only some, but not a majority, of the professors in the economics department are considered part of the school of thought.

Chicago School theories lay behind much of the policies of the World Bank from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, during which time large portions of the state-owned companies in many Third World countries were privatized. (Mason 1997:428)

 

Wici  Milton Freidman

 

Keynesian economics (pronounced /ˈkeɪnzjən/), also called Keynesianism, or Keynesian Theory, is an economic theory based on the ideas of 20th century British economist John Maynard Keynes. Keynesian economics promotes a mixed economy, where both the state and the private sector play an important role. Keynesian economics differs markedly from laissez-faire economics (economic theory based on the belief that markets and the private sector operate well on their own, without state intervention).

In Keynes's theory, general (macro-level) trends can overwhelm the micro-level behavior of individuals. Instead of the economic process being based on continuous improvement in potential output, as most classical economists had believed from the late 1700s on, Keynes asserted the importance of aggregate demand for goods as the driving factor of the economy, especially in periods of downturn. From this he argued that government policies could be used to promote demand at a macro level, to fight high unemployment and deflation of the sort seen during the 1930s. This however is contrasted by Supply-side economics. Keynes believed that the government was responsible for helping to pull a country out of a depression. If the government increases their spending, then the citizens are encouraged to spend more because more money is in circulation. People will start to invest more, and the economy will climb back up to normal.

A central conclusion of Keynesian economics is that there is no strong automatic tendency for output and employment to move toward full employment levels. This conclusion conflicts with the tenets of classical economics, and those schools, such as supply-side economics or the Austrian School, which assume a general tendency towards a welcome equilibrium in a restrained money-creating economy. In neoclassical economics, which combines Keynesian macro concepts with a micro foundation, the conditions of General equilibrium allow for price adjustment to achieve this goal.

More broadly, Keynes saw his as a general theory, in which utilization of resources could be high or low, whereas previous economics focused on the particular case of full utilization.

Next section…. “He increasingly believed that economic systems would not automatically right themselves to attain "the optimal level of production." This is expressed in his famous quote, "In the long run, we are all dead," implying that it does not matter that optimal production levels are attained in the long run, because it would be a very long run indeed.”

DC: Ironically, our grandchilden may face death exactly because of such misguided belief.

 

http://www.futurecasts.com/Keynes,%20The%20General%20Theory%20(I).htm

  In the source of Keynesian theory, "The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money," John Maynard Keynes purports to provide a "general theory" for self-regulating capitalist market systems. He asserts that it is applicable generally in all economic circumstances. Classical concepts, on the other hand, operate only in those rare "special" circumstances where full employment is possible.
 
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Milton Friedman (July 31, 1912November 16, 2006) was an American economist and public intellectual who made major contributions to the fields of macroeconomics, microeconomics, economic history and statistics while advocating laissez-faire capitalism. In 1976, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his achievements in the fields of consumption analysis, monetary history and theory and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy.[1]

According to The Economist, Friedman "was the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th century…possibly of all of it." [2] In the PBS biography, The Power of Choice, Alan Greenspan stated "There are very few people over the generations who have ideas that are sufficiently original to materially alter the direction of civilization. Milton is one of those very few people." [3] In his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom, Friedman advocated minimizing the role of government in a free market as a means of creating political and social freedom. In his 1980 television series Free to Choose, which aired on PBS, Friedman explained how the free market works, emphasizing that its principles have shown to solve social and political problems that other systems have failed to address adequately. Free to Choose was later released as a book, co-authored with his wife, Rose Friedman. The book was widely read, as were his columns for Newsweek magazine. His writings were circulated underground behind the Iron Curtain before it fell in 1989

 

According to The Economist, Friedman "was the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th century…possibly of all of it." …

Starting as a Keynesian supporter of the New Deal, Friedman moved to the right in the 1950s when his advocacy of free markets was a minority view among economists during the "big government", high taxation, high regulation, welfare state era. His political philosophy, which Friedman himself considered classically liberal, stressed the advantages of the marketplace and the disadvantages of government intervention, shaping the outlook of American conservatives and libertarians. He adamantly argued that if capitalism, or economic freedom, is introduced into countries governed by totalitarian regimes that political freedom would tend to result. He lived to see his laissez-faire ideas embraced by the mainstream,[5] especially during the 1980s, a watershed decade for the acceptance of Friedman's ideas. His views of monetary policy, taxation, privatization and deregulation informed the policy of governments around the globe, especially the administrations of Ronald Reagan in the United States and Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom. His ideas were studied throughout the world, and played a major role in the transformation of China's economy.

 

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The Elite Group – Dominator leaders?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilderberg

 

http://www.prolognet.qc.ca/clyde/cfr.html

The Council on Foreign Relations & And the Trilateral Commission 

The two organizations that run the United States

 

 The late Carroll Quigley (Bill Clinton’s mentor), Professor of History at Georgetown University, member of the CFR, stated in his book, "Tragedy & Hope": 

"The CFR is the American Branch of a society which originated in England, and which believes that national boundaries should be obliterated, and a one-world rule established." 

Rear Admiral Chester Ward, a former member of the Cfr for 16 years, warned the American people of the organization’s intentions: 

"The most powerful clique in these elitist groups have one objective in common — they want to bring about the surrender of the sovereingty of the national independence of the United States. A second clique of international members in the CFR comprises the Wall Street international bankers and their key agents. Primarily, they want the world banking monopoly from whatever power ends up in the control of global government."

 

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The Cancerous State of Capitalism, & Unequal Feedoms,

by Professsor of Philosophy, John McMurtry, U of Guelph

 

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When Corporations Rule The World and The Great Turning,

By David Korten.  A

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The Globalization of Poverty: Impacts of IMF and World Bank Reforms

by Michel Chossudovsky http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/books/chossudovsky.htm

Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG),

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http://www.greeneconomics.net/DouthRev.htm

 

Richard Douthwaite's
The Growth Illusion: How economic growth has enriched the few, impoverished the many and endangered the planet

 

Beyond the Limits to Gowth 

http://www.mnforsustain.org/meadows_limits_to_growth_30_year_update_2004.htm#The%2030‑Year%20Update

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book review Washington Consensis

http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2004/site_packages/econ_hitmen/3148perkins_review.html

“The subject of the Perkins-Goodman interview was the author's latest non-fiction work, an autobiographical account of his several-decade-long stint as what he called "an economic hit man." In that interview, and in far greater detail in his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Perkins presented his own bird's-eye view of the inner workings of what professional economists call "the Washington Consensus," the post-Bretton Woods system of top-down arrangements among the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the world's leading central banks, and an interlocking combine of several thousand multinational banks and industrial and raw material extraction corporations, that control upwards of 80% of the world economy, including the lion's share of the strategic raw material wealth of the planet. These forces have no allegiance to any particular nation-state. Indeed, they are above the law of nations, and seek a one-world "globalized" empire, under their top-down vice-grip control. They constitute what Perkins describes as the most sophisticated global imperial apparatus that the world has ever known. Their power rests in their ability to enslave entire nations through the mechanisms of the IMF, World Bank, private debt, and corruption.”

 

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