307. Tax as genrational theft – no

February 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

She is reported as saying..

Given that anti-science conservatives like Palin are the champions of the most grievous imaginable “generational theft” — doing nothing to stop catastrophic climate change — and given that they continue to push this “generational theft” meme, I’m going to update my earlier response (see “The Generational Theft Act of 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001….).”

via Climate Progress.

but the reality is that the debt is paid back in say ten yars to – other memebrs living at that time. In fact the debt is a massive transfer of wealth within and not between generations.

First the money is say paid to banks and taxed against taxpayers, but the bonds that cover the debt are paid back in dollars at some point in the future, taxing those living at that time, and paying to those living at that time who have inherited or purchased the bonds.

302. . neuroscience

January 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

what is oft forgot is that between the brain as we know it and thought there may be ten layers of quasi independent activity (like a chess board on wood). The assumption that it is one step, and a step with mapping , seems very limited and a block to better science.

300 . Myth to sustainability

January 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Getting from myth to sustainability requires that we understand both ends of the time line. Sustainability requires a view as broad and as deep as any in our 150,000 year cultural history. It must touch on our experience of the cosmos  and reach in to our deepest experience of self, community, nature and meaning.  Of Life and death, of the planet, the species and our culture and our self. Sustainability requires as much or more myth than our origins.

299. Goverenance and economy

January 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

 

Rethinking governance..

Economy has become so powerful because, in the absence of the political ideas to reform government to deal with the real issues of the world, economy emerges as a way to cope with 6 billion people. Not a good way, because the costs to many are so high, but a way nevertheless. Economy has become a form of governance. The result is a way of life based on dollars and what dollars can buy, which is not so much meaningful goods but stuff. And even then we blame consumption on ordinary people when in fact their car, computer and cell phone are not discretionary, but essential for work and getting children to school.

In this process what government we do have has been an instrument of the economy and not the other way around. Economics has reduced itself from the broad reach of discipline of political economy to a paltry economic specialty of the mathematics of flow between things, but does not include the things themselves. One might expect economics to describe how we get from the real wealth of nature to the real wealth of civilization, but it does not. Economics does not speak meaningfully if at all about resources, ownership, invention , distribution, nor the resulting wealth and quality of life.

The result is that we do not really have a governance of society. We have a governance of the society via economy and a governance of economics through the narrow interests of its major participants. Hence the real needs of society are not taken as the task of government. The well being of the people has been replaced by the well being of the economy, which, to make the rich yet richer, has chosen to eliminate people as a cost to the economic engine. Society is left without governance. This can be seen in the inability to respond to climate, population, oceans, poverty, nor education. It can be seen in the Haitian crisis where government has not taken on the task (at local or world level) of providing the infrastructure to respond to crises, either immediate like an earthquake or hurricane, nor long term as in decline of the environment, or the erosion of the quality of life for a majority of the world’s people.

This brings to mind "When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another ….

In fact since it is clear that government cannot respond, we are left on our own to rethink the basic arrangements necessary for a governance of society beyond the narrow needs of an anti-social economy..

298..Tech and compassion

January 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Their combination is key to a better future.

And wisdom. perhaps time to bring back wisdom, civilization

297. speeding train falling apart

January 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

doug : Dare I take a minute to tell you what is on my mind?

friend: Sure

doug : OK. we are on a train careening across a landscape that we can hardly see, but for those with eyes and hearts, there are people out there not doing well, and the train is falling apart, but we can’t stop because most of the people on the train are fed and nourished by its speed. If the train were to stop or slow, they would die, yet the train continues to disintegrate. What to do? Write poems?

friend: go down with the ship.

294. Social sciences and Humanities – the challenge

January 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

What would it mean to involve them in the climate discussions?

The problem is they have their own vocabularies, and are as likely as the technical folks to say  “how can I participate? Its not my specialty?”  But I think the work done in the humanities is so illuminating, I want to find ways to include them. Suggestions?

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