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:
With the downing MH17 in danger of being widely exposed as a false flag operation, the US/NATO have resorted to desperate fabrication to ramp up the pressure on Russia.
Ten ways you can tell if Russia has invaded Ukraine or not by Dimitry Orlov (H/T)
"Ukraine's president says 'hundreds of tanks and thousands of Russian soldiers' have invaded his country. There's no evidence and no one can find them as, according to the Guardian, they've 'disappeared'."
Yesterday's Daily Pickings described TTIP as a weapon of the criminal ruling clique (CRC). It is but one of many weapons used in the war on us all which Naomi Klein' explains in her book The Shock Doctrine. This essay puts the Shock Doctrine into context and provides further background on its origins and delivery.
The Shock Doctrine: The War on All of Us by Gregor Bingham
"I think for the first time in my life I can see how people just throw in the towel. I never understood that before. But it's hard. I guess I'm saying I can see the appeal of not bashing my head against a wall. But then you look at people who have made the decision to become cynical and disengaged. Really, just look at those people. Look where it leads, ha ha. They don't look relieved to me, they look self-loathing. I won't allow myself to go there." –Naomi Klein, The Glasgow Herald
TTIP will reinforce privatisation of public services and assets making it effectively irreversible. In the UK, for example, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 accelerates the privatisation of the National Health Service (NHS), parcelling out the most profitable treatments and patients to private healthcare companies.
Yesterday's Daily Pickings described the Political Economy in Systems Thinking terms and laid out the need to analyse its components and explain specific problems or issues (eg. wars) in the context of the system. It was agreed at last night's Critical Thinking session to start with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and free trade agreements. There is a pan-European day of action planned for 11th October 2014 to express opposition to TTIP. We need to expose the Political Economy as the primary driver of the free trade agenda, to unite opposition to the system itself which is the cause of so many problems in the world.
Ruby agreed with yesterday's post but is concerned "that it’s too big and too scary a reality for a lot of people to grasp… I think it’s easier to inspire them to take part in less dysfunctional activities, for example community events, collaborative projects, etc. etc. so they can start to experience a new system, a new way of relating with one another and a new reality…"