Only from the weight of evidence provided by comparative study of many information sources,
can one hope to reach a convincing conclusion.
Born of the Bank of Ideas and the Occupy movement, Critical Thinking is a collaborative research project to understand contemporary affairs in the context of financial markets, commerce, media, government and public institutions. It is a process by which we are continuously learning and refining our world view in the light of new information - learning never ceases. The narrative is never settled.
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In the first year, we focused on banking and the monetary system, the sub-prime crisis, wars of the 21st century and climate change, exploring how these are related and where power lies to identify levers for change. Our work to date reveals that power resides with a narrow elite whose wealth and power is derived from:
i) appropriation of common land and resources for private gain (which began centuries ago)
ii) the interest based banking and monetary system (formalised with the establishment of the Bank of England in 1694)
iii) the means to life made conditional on paid employment (people were driven from the land into factories to serve the Industrial Revolution)
To overcome these fundamental flaws in the political economy, the Critical Thinking project is developing a blueprint for a New Economy based on economic principles established centuries ago but suppressed by vested interests.
We also need to create a transition plan to liberate us from today's broken economic paradigm to embark on a sustainable and equitable future. A transition needs to take account of the obstacles to change and the suitability of current governance structures which clearly aren't fit to purpose or we wouldn't be in the mess we're in.
Critical Thinking is laying the educational foundations to broaden the desire for change beyond the Occupy movement and around the world. Without that desire, the Occupy and other activist movements will have little influence in shaping the future; inertia and vested interests will preserve the status quo as our civilisation drifts towards the twin threats of World War III and economic collapse.
In the current year we're consolidating our research into a systems thinking framework to verify our analysis to date, flesh out a vision for a new political economy and map out the steps required to achieve a transition. We're exploring governance structures and how best to ensure the interests of all people are valued and represented. In addition, we are seeking "high leverage" points in the political economy to engage the wider community and instigate the process of reformation.
The media proffer a distorted view of reality which needs to be overcome by communicating on multiple levels:
1. Academic output for those with a deep interest
2. Digestible output for those who are relatively comfortable but have an unease about the state of the world
3. Simplified output for those who are disinterested or disengaged from the political process but are disadvantaged by it.
Critical thinking is your defence against media lies and propaganda. Come join us!
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Navigating Critical Thinking: The website is organised as a daily blog - Daily Pickings - and as a repository for materials and links pertaining to the course/project. If you are interested in a particular module, eg. New Economy, click on New Economy in the left hand menu, there you will find introductory information on the New Economy. The materials for the modules are in development. There are also weblinks in the Resource Library.
Daily Pickings contains references to module topics and related items of interest. Use the Search box in the top right hand corner. For example, if you want articles and information on the New Economy module, type "New Economy" in the search box and press Return or Enter button, you will be offered all pages containing references to the New Economy. Or you could try searching for Bilderberg, drone or anything else that may be topical such as the Middle East. Feel free to roam the site - you may learn something new. While every effort is made to check sources and information before posting, we aren't infallible and any group is at risk of groupthink. Therefore be sceptical, check and verify. Knowledge is power but wisdom comes from critical thinking.
Warning! Information from this site may change your world view.