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.
Our work to date reveals that power resides with a narrow elite whose wealth and power is derived from:
Yesterday, Daily Pickings referred to university tuition fees and the corporate agenda which dictates education policy, a form of control.
The other major source of distraction and misinformation is media. Six corporations, all RC controlled, own 90% of US media. Concentration of media ownership and control is a problem globally. The BBC is firmly in the grip of the RC but is relied on by many, both in the UK and around the world, as a source of impartial news and information. Misplaced reliance on such unreliable sources of information incites hostility towards others, fomenting unjustified division and conflict. Arvind highlighted a UK campaign for press freedom.
Today, UK Parliament will debate money creation.
When Occupy rolled across the globe three years ago it shifted the debate, raising issues such as money creation, land value tax and citizens income - it took time but these are now for mainstream discussion. The banks' ability to create money from nothing is now widely acknowledged, not least because of papers from the IMF and the Bank of England.
Money creation: is the truth finally out? By: Josh Ryan-Collins
...the topic of how money in Britain is created, by whom and for what, has been largely ignored for 170 years.
Russia and Putin have hitherto used diplomacy to try to diffuse tensions over Syria and Ukraine. Even though the downing of MH17 looks more convincingly a false flag operation, Russia has yet to react beyond releasing a satellite image of a Mig fighter firing at the doomed plane.
But the ongoing slaughter of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, by the US/NATO backed regime in Kiev, may provoke a military response.
"We Won't Let It Happen" Vladimir Putin
Interview to German TV channel ARD
If all out war against Russia is avoided for now, the 2016 US presidential election will likely put an even more aggressive warmonger in the White House.
The Next Presidential Election Will Move The World Closer To War By Paul Craig Roberts
Glenn Greenwald has revealed that Hillary Clinton is the presidential candidate of the banksters and warmongers. Pam and Russ Martens note that Elizabeth Warren is the populist alternative. I doubt that a politician who represents the people can acquire the campaign funds needed to run a campaign. If Warren becomes a threat, the Establishment will frame her with bogus charges and move her aside.
At the Critical Thinking Review Session last night, plans were agreed for 2015 when the focus will be on Governance structures, Corruption, War and Food (sustainable production and healthy eating) within the systems framework of the Political Economy. The focus on corruption is timely in view of the 2015 election - 2015 Constitutionalists UK is on the agenda for the December 2014 review meeting which will include discussion of the relevance and application of art in what we're doing.
We're moving to a new venue next year and will meet on Wednesdays from 7th January 2015.