All of us alive today are both blighted and blessed.
Never before, in human history, have we faced such threats (WWIII, global economic, environmental and societal collapse etc.) but never before have we had access to almost limitless information and analysis (both good and bad) and the ability to communicate as a global family of human beings.
We aren't “consumers”, defined by ideology, race, ethnicity or culture but genetically related human beings and we are presented with a unique opportunity to transform humanity and the planet.
We have the accumulated wisdom and history of multiple civilisations from which to understand:
- Who rules?
- How did they get their power and how is it used?
- How do we distribute power for the benefit of all human beings and the planet?
Who rules? - The Structural Elite (SE) comprised of banking and industrial dynasties, European royalty, those in charge of the "military industrial – media academic complex" (MIMAC), political and economic predators and the super-rich.
When discussing dissolution of hierarchy, a number of objections arise, one of which is that large complex enterprise or functions cannot exist without hierarchy but Frederic Laloux's research and book, Reinventing Organizations, demonstrate that it is precisely large, complex tasks which are best suited to non-hierarchical organisation.
Laloux's research is focused mainly on commercial organisations although the successful case studies he cites include a self-organising school in Germany. It is not a big stretch to imagine applying the principles which emerge from his research to local, regional, national and global organisation of society.
Laloux refers to three principles which the most successful self-organising entities adopt:
- Evolutionary purpose
What is surprising is the lack of strategic planning and budgets; he relates the analogy to a bicycle journey. When you plan a journey, you don't plan every tilt and turn of the wheels to adapt to the topography of the terrain or attempt to anticipate every traffic incident you will meet; if you did and applied the plan rigorously, it would end in disaster - you'd fall off or worse. On your journey, you maintain the overall objective that you're travelling from A to B but adjust your riding dynamically as the journey unfolds. This is an excellent analogy and applies to how we could develop a non-hierarchical political economy.
Murray Bookchin's Ecology of Freedom provides us with the intellectual justification to dissolve hierarchy and challenges us to think differently. Laloux demonstrates how self-organisation can work in practice to manage large, highly complex tasks.
Critical Thinking's research and analysis reveals that control of the global political economy is in the hands of very few rich, powerful people who have accumulated their wealth and power as a result of three fundamental economic flaws.
But, as this short video explains, this pattern of domination of humans is repeated throughout history, irrespective of economic or political systems. Feudalism, dictatorship, theocracy, monarchy or representative democracy (effectively oligarchy) all come down to the same thing, domination and exploitation of the majority by a narrow, what we've termed, Structural Elite. They are farmers and we are their livestock..
At the core of this Structural Elite are eight banking families and their control of money is the biggest obstacle to change.
Critical Thinking has identified three fundamental flaws in the political economy which have concentrated power in the hands of a few. At the centre of those wielding this power are banking dynasties which, in the early 20th century, created a privately owned central bank, the US Federal Reserve (Fed), to take control of American money and, consequently, corporations, economics, politics, law, media, education, academia, military and intelligence.
Over the last 100 years, they have expanded their reach globally via a web of central banks, coordinated through the privately owned Bank of International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, Switzerland.
It is their version of politics, economics, wars, environmental policy etc. that prevails. Until their power and its source are understood, momentum for change cannot be created. Anyone serious about changing the world for the better needs to understand money and how it is manipulated to rule the world. James Corbett lays out a clear history of the Fed in this video and in the accompanying show notes.
In addition to sharing Critical Thinking's research and analysis through Daily Pickings and the website, we work with many other organisations, groups and individuals to refine and share our analysis. Cooperation is key not just to our work but to developing an equitable, sustainable political economy.
It is important not just to "preach to the choir", ie. we need to work with those within system itself rather than merely hurl criticism of the current political economy from the outside. In this context, a recent debate in the City challenged economic orthodoxy and warned of impending economic meltdown.
The motion before the audience of some 75 wealth managers and financial services professionals was: