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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 9: The Need for a New Economic System

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  • We need a new economic system, a new society, a new social contract, a new way of life. Here are the great tasks that history has given to our generation.
  • This is the ninth and final installment in a nine-part series looking at the need for a new economic system. Previous installments are listed below.

John Scales Avery, Countercurrents.org

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A steady-state economic system is necessary because neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely on a finite earth. No one can maintain that exponential industrial growth is sustainable in the long run except by refusing to look more than a short distance into the future.

Of course, it is necessary to distinguish between industrial growth, and growth of culture and knowledge, which can and should continue to grow. Qualitative improvements in human society are possible and desirable, but resource-using and pollution-producing industrial growth is reaching its limits, both because of ecological constraints and because of the exhaustion of petroleum, natural gas and other non-renewable resources, such as metals. The threat of catastrophic climate change makes it imperative for us to stop using fossil fuels within very few decades.

John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an active World peace activist. 

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 8: The Cooperative Movement

In the future, small cooperative communities, like the Ghandian villages or Transition Towns, may be able to give us not only a more sustainable way of life, but also increased happiness, based warm life-long friendships and the pleasure of doing good to others.

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 7: The Coming Global Food Crisis

The resources of the earth and the techniques of modern science can support a global population of moderate size in comfort and security; but the optimum size is undoubtedly smaller than the world's present population

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 6: Adverse Effects Of Globalization

We need instead to reform our economic system and to give it both a social conscience and an ecological conscience. Let us restore democracy! Let us have governments that work for the welfare of all their citizens, rather than for the enormous enrichment of the few!

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 5: The Threats And Costs Of War

Can we not rid ourselves of both nuclear weapons and the institution of war itself? We must act quickly and resolutely before our beautiful world and everything that we love are reduced to radioactive ashes.

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 4: Neocolonialism And Resource Wars

In addition to the enormous suffering, waste, injustice and ecological destruction produced by modern wars, we must recognize that in an era of thermonuclear weapons, war has become prohibitively dangerous. Therefore we need a new economic system.

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 3: Climate Change and the Urgent Need for Renewable Energy 

One of the greatest threats to the survival of the human species and the biosphere is catastrophic climate change. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 2: Entropy and Economics 

We urgently need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy if we are to avoid a tipping point after which human efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth

It is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

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Conspiracy Theories, Disinformation Agents and the CIA

“Conspiracy theory’ is a term that strikes fear and anxiety in the hearts of most every public figure, particularly journalists and academics. Since the 1960s the label has become a disciplinary device that has been overwhelmingly effective in defining certain events as off limits to inquiry or debate. Especially in the United States, raising legitimate questions about dubious official narratives destined to inform public opinion (and thereby public policy) is a major thought crime that must be cauterized from the public psyche at all costs … . CIA Document 1035-960 played a definitive role in making the ‘conspiracy theory’ term a weapon to be wielded against almost any individual or group calling the government’s increasingly clandestine programs and activities into question.” – From CIA Document 1035-960

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Politics-%20Truth%20vs.%20Propaganda.jpg May 10, 2016 | It wasn’t very many years after the world-wide web became operational that it was contaminated by secret disinformation agencies and also by individuals that were eventually called internet trolls. Trolls (defined below) began interjecting themselves – uninvited and unwanted - into otherwise useful and productive conversations involving web-groups of like-minded individuals.

 

These trolls, intent on scurrilously confusing various website commenters, seemed to delight in angering up certain online groups. Typically, a lot of time and effort was wasted in such fake arguments before members of the group finally realized that they had been ambushed by a disinformation agent.

Many folks might recall how promising were the prospects for the internet’s new method of communication that was affordable, quick and paperless. Many envisioned an internet that was “without commercial interruptions” and a way to promote healthy interactions between well-meaning people of different races, religions, politics, commitments, lifestyles and cultures.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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The Human and Economic Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2

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  • Finn’s story shows the devastating emotional and psychological impact these laws can have on transgender people.
  • The economic impact of discrimination as underscored by harmful legislation such as H.B. 2 is yet another reason why LGBT people need to be fully included in U.S. communities. Everyone deserves fair treatment under the law.
  • Part 1: The Human Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2
  • Part 2: North Carolina’s Discriminatory H.B. 2 Threatens More Than Half Billion Dollars in Economic Activity.
  • Related: Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history. 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Human Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2

Finn’s story shows the devastating emotional and psychological impact these laws can have on transgender people.

Andrew Satter and Sarah McBride, Center for American Progress

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Andrew Satter is the Director of Video at American Progress and Sarah McBride is the Campaigns and Communications Manager for LGBT Progress at American Progress.

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Part 2: North Carolina’s Discriminatory H.B. 2 Threatens More Than Half Billion Dollars in Economic Activity.

The economic impact of discrimination as underscored by harmful legislation such as H.B. 2 is yet another reason why LGBT people need to be fully included in U.S. communities. Everyone deserves fair treatment under the law.

Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Sarah McBride, Laura E. Durso, Center for American Progress

https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/12135156/NCeconomicImpact-sharable-04.13.16-620x620.pngWednesday, April 13, 2016 | In March, the North Carolina Legislature went into special session and passed House Bill 2 in a single day. This legislation targets lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people for discrimination. Within hours of the bill’s passage, Gov. Patrick “Pat” McCrory (R) signed it into law, giving North Carolina the dubious distinction of enacting what some are calling the most anti-LGBT legislation ever passed.

H.B. 2 was introduced in response to the city of Charlotte’s passage of an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance, following the lead of roughly 200 other localities across the country. Specifically, H.B. 2 rescinds LGBT nondiscrimination protections passed by Charlotte and several other North Carolina cities, bans them from passing future protections, and requires all government facilities in the state, including schools, to bar transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities.

Shabab Ahmed Mirza is a Research Assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. Sarah McBride is the project’s Campaigns and Communications Manager,  and Laura E. Durso is its Senior Director.

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Loretta Lynch just delivered an epic, must-watch speech that'll go down in history, Parker Molloy, Upworthy

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  • It's easy to feel hopeful when the federal government, of all things, can move you to tears in the name of justice.
  • Related: The Human and Economic Toll of North Carolina’s H.B. 2
  • Related: Yes They DO Hate Him Because He Is Black

Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich

  • The rich rely on us. They rely on our cooperation. They are nothing without us. As Martin Luther King said, “a man can’t ride your back unless it is bent”. It is time to stand up. We all can share the wealth.
  • From Fight for $15 to the Verizon Strike: We Must Protect Workers' Right to Walk Out

Dariel Garner, Popular Resistance

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https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Inequality.jpgMay 8th, 2016 | Like Bill Gates, George Soros, Warren Buffett and H. Ross Perot, but not as lofty, I was once called a “self-made man.” I was an entrepreneur who had co-founded over forty businesses in my career and had accumulated wealth that put me well within the top 0.01 of 1%. If people had something good to say about me, they would say I was a “marketing genius” and that I had the “Midas touch”; everything I touched turned to gold.

One afternoon I was signing some paychecks when I noticed how many people would only be paid  $20,000 in a year. I would “earn” the same amount in an hour. Why me? Was my effort really worth that much more? Wasn’t I really the same person that had worked as a janitor while attending college? Being a CEO and co-owner of a business certainly wasn’t any harder or riskier than being a janitor; if anything, being the boss left a lot more time for fun.

Dariel Garner was a member of the wealthiest 0.01 of 1%. He is the inspiration for Billionaire Buddha, a novel by Rivera Sun about a man who had incredible riches, turned his back on wealth and found everything worth living for. He speaks, holds workshops on wealth and income inequality and blogs at riverasun.com

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From Fight for $15 to the Verizon Strike: We Must Protect Workers' Right to Walk Out, Alex Gourevitch, The Guardian / Portside 

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  • Strikes can be legally threatening and socially disruptive. But in the absence of any serious, social efforts to change the economy, it is perfectly reasonable for workers to defend their interests. So long as the economy is as radically unequal and oppressive as it is, workers have a right to strike. They have that right just the way anyone facing oppression has a right to resist it.
  • Related: Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 8: The Cooperative Movement

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  • In the future, small cooperative communities, like the Ghandian villages or Transition Towns, may be able to give us not only a more sustainable way of life, but also increased happiness, based warm life-long friendships and the pleasure of doing good to others.
  • This is the eighth story in a nine-part series looking at the need for a new economic system. Previous installments are listed below.

John Scales Avery, Countercurrents.org

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http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31VZKSO24bL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg 20 August, 2015 | During the early phases of the Industrial Revolution in England, the workers suffered greatly. Enormous fortunes were made by mill and mine owners, while workers, including young children, were paid starvation wages for cruelly long working days. However, trade unions, child labor laws, and the gradual acceptance of birth control finally produced a more even distribution of the benefits of industrialization.

 

One of the most interesting pioneers of these social reforms was Robert Owen (1771-1858), who is generally considered to have been the father of the Cooperative Movement. Although in his later years not all of his projects developed as he wished, his life started as an amazing success story. Owen's life is not only fascinating in itself; it also illustrates some of the reforms that occurred between 1815 and 1850.

John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an active World peace activist. 

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Related:

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 7: The Coming Global Food Crisis

The resources of the earth and the techniques of modern science can support a global population of moderate size in comfort and security; but the optimum size is undoubtedly smaller than the world's present population

Series | The Need for a New Economic System,,Part 6: Adverse Effects Of Globalization

We need instead to reform our economic system and to give it both a social conscience and an ecological conscience. Let us restore democracy! Let us have governments that work for the welfare of all their citizens, rather than for the enormous enrichment of the few!

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 5: The Threats And Costs Of War

Can we not rid ourselves of both nuclear weapons and the institution of war itself? We must act quickly and resolutely before our beautiful world and everything that we love are reduced to radioactive ashes.

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 4: Neocolonialism And Resource Wars

In addition to the enormous suffering, waste, injustice and ecological destruction produced by modern wars, we must recognize that in an era of thermonuclear weapons, war has become prohibitively dangerous. Therefore we need a new economic system.

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 3: Climate Change and the Urgent Need for Renewable Energy 

One of the greatest threats to the survival of the human species and the biosphere is catastrophic climate change. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 2: Entropy and Economics 

We urgently need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy if we are to avoid a tipping point after which human efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. 

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth

It is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

 
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Special Report | Days of Revolt - The Revolution Is Coming

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  • Yes, revolution is possible. Yes, even in the most powerful of imperialist countries, in the bastions of reactionary, oppressive rule throughout the world, revolution could prevail, could bring into being a radically different and far better society, and make a great contribution to achieving a radically different and far better world.
  • Part 1: “Yes, We MUST Seize State Power. And No, They Are NOT Unbeatable!”
  • Part 2: On the Possibility of Revolution

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: “Yes, We Must Seize State Power. And No, They Are Not Unbeatable!”

It’s crucial that those who see the need for acting to stop the horrors of today’s world to spread broadly throughout society the need for, and possibility of, revolution and to organize them into an actual revolution.

Carl Dix, Revolution

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Louis Berne for this contribution.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Money%20Pie.jpgMay 2, 2016 | During the “Meet the Revolution” tour, we have engaged in many formal and informal discussions with students over big questions. Here I want to get into a discussion I had with a couple of graduate students after one of the talks where we got right down to two big basic questions: Do the masses absolutely need to make revolution, or is there something short of that which could be liberating? And if we DO need to make revolution, could the rulers of today actually be defeated?

Sunsara and I had just put before the audience that the horrors inflicted on people all over the world were unnecessary; that they could be ended once and for all through revolution, nothing less; that Bob Avakian (BA) has developed a new synthesis of communism that takes the understanding of how to make revolution and bring into being a totally different and far better world; and that there was nothing more important students could do with their lives than get with the real revolution.

Carl Dix is a founding member, and a representative, of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA (RCP). He is a regular contributor to Revolution newspaper.

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Part 2: On the Possibility of Revolution

Yes, revolution is possible. Yes, even in the most powerful of imperialist countries, in the bastions of reactionary, oppressive rule throughout the world, revolution could prevail, could bring into being a radically different and far better society, and make a great contribution to achieving a radically different and far better world.

Bob Avakian, Revolution

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Revolution recently received the following correspondence from a reader.

Dear Revolution,

I read with great interest the special issue of your paper, “The Crossroads We Face, The Leadership We Need” (Revolution #84, April 8, 2007). I found it very refreshing and thought-provoking, especially the fact that the question of revolution, the nature of the revolution, and the necessary leadership for that revolution were seriously discussed in a way that is very rare these days. One part in particular stood out to me, and it is this that I am writing about—the section dealing with “Hard Questions” relating to revolution. More specifically, I am referring to where it addresses the fact that “Conventional wisdom says that revolution is impossible in a country like the U.S.,” and then it goes on to say:

“There is no sense in denying that it can certainly seem that way. But if revolution is necessary—and it is—then you have to figure out, no matter the seeming odds, how it could come about.” (p. 2)

Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, US

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