Daily Pickings on new economy

Cul-de-sac 02 September 2016

Political correctness 29 August 2016

Cuckoos in the nest 17 August 2016

Fear of our death and hierarchy 14 August 2016

Critical Action 12 August 2016

Virtue ethics and the political economy 08 August 2016

Citizens Dividend or Basic Income? 06 August 2016

"Must try harder" 05 August 2016

Imagine 02 August 2016

Wrestling with who rules and how 27 July 2016

The game of life 18 July 2016

"I am not responsible" 14 July 2016

Who are "they"? 11 July 2016


Hierarchy and the Political Economy

Critical Thinking is a non-hierarchical, apolitical, collaborative research and education project that analyses the current political economy to identify fundamental flaws and potential levers for change. The organisation aims to understand the historical context of issues from different perspectives and explore their current and future impacts on social cohesion, inequality, individual liberty and civilisation as we know it. Critical Thinking has developed a unified theory of political economy and proposes action to create a freer, fairer world.

The term Political Economy has been expunged from contemporary discourse; politics and economics are regarded as separate, specialist subjects. However, like wealth and power, the two are inextricably linked. This was well understood in the past when many great thinkers were polymaths, eg. Aristotle, Archimedes, Claudius Ptolemy, Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen), Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Michelangelo, Étienne de La Boétie, Gottfried Leibniz, Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and Bertrand Russell.

Today we have “specialists” and information is siloed, compelling us to take information on trust.

Critical Thinking's research and analysis is a collaborative work of thousands of individuals and groups, both contemporary and historic, and draws on data and understanding from the current and previous civilisations. Critical Thinking comprises a group of individuals in London interacting with groups and individuals around the world. It is the synthesis of this wide analysis of information and ideas presented here.


Occupy London EWG meeting on Interest

The meeting notes are available here: InterestMeeting19thJuly2014.pdf

The presentation slides: InterestSlides.pdf

Dave Dewhurst's paper: InterestDD28Jun14.pdf

Janos Abel's paper on terminology: occupyZeroINTEREST-Janos19July2014.pdf

Arvind Parmessur's initial SWOT draft: Monetary_system_without_interestv1.pdf

Chris Cook's paper with Dave Dewhurst's comments in red: ChrisCookpaperDDcommentsJul14.pdf

Discussions are continuing on the EWG list as to where we go from here.

Janos posted the following to Critical Thinking which is also relevant:

Chapter 42 — For a Better Understanding of Social Credit

Critical Thinking milestone

The Critical Thinking project came together to develop understanding of contemporary affairs and root causes of economic instability, inequality, conflict, poverty and environmental destruction. We use evidence based research to identify levers for change and explore alternative economic and political structures which might serve us and future generations better. Two and a quarter years on from when Critical Thinking and the Free University emerged from Occupy the London Stock Exchange, we've arrived at conclusions which can usefully be shared to help promote fundamental, radical change in the form of a New Model Charter and a means to challenge corporations and governments globally.

New Model Charter

Politics and economics do not serve the interests of the majority but increasingly favour those with the most wealth, power and influence. Myopic self-interest and systemic imperatives are driving environmental destruction, inequality, economic instability and escalating conflict while risking the future of our civilisation. The time has come for all people to engage in democracy to secure politics and economics which serve the needs of all rather than those of the detached ruling elites, to change the course of our civilisation.