THE COALESCENCE

How Powerful Evolutionary Forces are Transfroming Seven Billion Individual Humans Into a Single Harmonious Social Organism

Home

The economic system, that is, the actual production and distribution of goods and services, is one thing; the financial system that controls it is quite another. Unfortunately, the two concepts have become conflated under the single rubric of “economics.” Contributing to the conflation is the practice of economists to pontificate about finance rather than economics. They don’t talk much about agricultural challenges or construction methods or manufacturing practices or distribution networks beyond their possible impact on the financial system. It would be better if they called themselves financialists. An unfortunate consequence of this conflation is its contribution to the widespread ...
Read More
Money is as pervasive as the air we breathe. It governs every aspect of our lives: where we work, where we live, how we live, how long we live. It consumes our thoughts, focuses our ambitions, colors our dreams, sparks our disputes, and stokes our anxieties. It’s here, there, and everywhere. No wonder it is viewed with the same degree of inevitability and blind acceptance as a force of nature. Such as gravity. Money, however, is not a force of nature. It is a concept, an idea, a figment of the human imagination. And it is real only to the ...
Read More
Fifty years ago, I believed we were going to change the world. One of the popular aphorisms in those days was, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." There were many of us who believed we knew the solution – "All You Need Is Love" – and that we were part of it. But as it turned out, something was missing. And just when I saw the (r)evolutionary fervor of the counterculture beginning to slip away, it was another Beatles lyric that suggested the reason. It was in the song “Revolution” on their 1968 White ...
Read More
. . . before people start thinking about a Plan B? What happens when the house of cards that is the world’s financial system finally collapses in a tangled heap of broken promises, worthless institutions, and clueless leaders? Where is Plan B? The objective of the Whole Earth Design Project is to produce Plan B. The strategy will be to authoritatively demonstrate that, with an abundance of natural and human resources combined with our scientific and technological expertise, there is enough for everyone, thereby undercutting scarcity as the justification for competition as the appropriate driver of social interactions ...
Read More
Oh, joy! Forbes’ annual billionaires issue just arrived, and it does not disappoint. You have certainly heard about the financial crisis. But let’s review: The cracks in the system began to appear in 2007, right about the time the stock market reached an all-time high in October of that year. By September of 2008, less than a year later, the world financial system was on the brink of total collapse and the entire international financial community was in a panic. Six months later, four years ago, the stock market tanked, losing more than half its value. Since then, as if ...
Read More
The objective of the Whole Earth Design Project is to design an ecologically and environmentally sustainable economic system capable of providing every individual on the planet with all of life’s essentials. Why? Here are two excellent reasons: Because we must. And because we can. Why must we? Because the present arrangement is not sustainable. If we don’t come up with a Plan B, the situation will continue to deteriorate, and eventually, sooner than you expect, it will have a dire effect on you personally, if it has not already done so. It has already done so on the planet itself ...
Read More
The WHOLE EARTH DESIGN PROJECT "You say you got a real solution. Well, you know, we'd all love to see the plan." --The Beatles, 1968 The ultimate objective of this project is to design an ecologically and environmentally sustainable economic system that will provide every individual on the planet with all of life's essentials, and to do so in a way so convincingly that it will lead to its universal adoption. The plan is to pursue this objective in the following four stages: STAGE I: ESTABLISH THE PROJECT'S FEASIBILITY. Here's how: ...
Read More
"What was that? A serious prediction of things to come, or an outburst of wishful thinking? Was it a thoughtful proposal of a realistic plan of action, or a misguided fantasy that defies common sense?" - The Coming Global Coalescence, Afterword "This book is not a novel. Nor is it nonfiction. In the literary world, it might be described as 'a practical utopia.' I call it a fictional vision that could become a new reality. Some known and not-well-known people appear in fictional roles. I invite your imaginative engagement." - Only the super-rich can save us! - by Ralph Nader, ...
Read More
"Imagine a violent solar flare that washes over our planet with a powerful electromagnetic cloud and, in a nanosecond, wipes clean all computer records: checking accounts, savings accounts, credit cards, tax bills, loans, mortgages, pension funds, contracts, investments, insurance polices. All gone. Wiped out in the blink of an eye. Because of the financial meltdown, we are fast approaching just such a moment, when all those numbers in all those computers will be as meaningless as a Statement of Account from Bernie Madoff." - The Coming Global Coalescence, page 3, print edition. Whenever I'm in a bookstore and I spot ...
Read More
"Money is not a force of nature. It is a concept, an idea, a figment of the human imagination. And it is real only to the extent that we allow it to rule our lives and our relationships with one another." -- The Coming Global Coalescence, page 4, print edition Inasmuch as the global financial system is dependent upon the universal acceptance of the concept of money and the rules by which it is utilized to control the real economy, it is more than passing strange that the preeminent global financial newspaper, the Financial Times, would run a series of ...
Read More
"Presently, the overwhelming majority of the earth's population is too consumed with their everyday struggles to give much thought to the political and economic forces that are the primary determinants of the quality of their daily existence. It is not surprising, therefore, that they are, by and large, grossly and tragically uninformed and misinformed. Most of what is widely and publicly communicated -- such as advertising campaigns, political discourse, financial advice, and religious doctrine -- is deliberately manipulative and misleading. ... However, out of the jangle of conflicting opinions and theories, facts and fancies, lies and deceptions, it is inevitable ...
Read More
"While the planet's nervous system pulsates with waves of information, including reports of wars, scientific discoveries, political conflicts, economic dislocations, and environmental disasters, its organizing capacity (with 5 billion mobile phones and 2 billion Internet connections) sits quietly on standby, waiting to spring into action, to spread the word and to coordinate a unified response upon the inevitable arrival of that long-awaited 'idea whose time has come.'" -- The Coming Global Coalescence, page 43, print edition. This week we got a hint of that potential. When the Internet community finally understood the threat to its freedom embodied in the Stop ...
Read More
"The unintended consequence of making [the Internet] available to the masses is that it grants to individuals the unprecedented ability to organize themselves. The dilemma for the authorities is that the roots and branches of the Internet have become so intertwined into every aspect of the social infrastructure that, unlike a newspaper or television station, it is now impossible to limit the Internet's empowerment of the masses without at the same time diminishing the communication system they themselves can no longer live without." -- The Coming Global Coalescence, page 42, print edition. "When the powerful world of old media mobilized ...
Read More
In the last 15 years there were more than 10 million arrests in the United States for marijuana possession, with an additional million for trafficking. In 1995, the total for possession was 503,000; in 2010, the number had grown to 750,000. In New York City alone, the annual rate has been approximately 50,000, although a softening of the policy has resulted in a 15% decrease over the past year. What do those increasing arrest statistics say about the success or failure of the "War on Drugs"? In 2007, 14.4 million Americans, or 5.8 percent, said they were regular users of ...
Read More
Loading...
THE COMING GLOBAL COALESCENCE © 2018 Frontier Theme