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  • Introducing 'Gaian Democracies: Redefining Globalisation and People-Power'
    forces everyone in the world to pay the interest on the money that the banks not national governments put into circulation Governments produce the notes and coins in our pockets But the trillions of dollars euros pounds yen and pesos that flow through billions of different bank accounts every day have been loaned into circulation by banks This is why the banks make such obscene profits But far worse than that it is a blindly self replicating system that forces our societies into a suicidal scramble for ever higher economic growth with increasingly disastrous impacts on both the natural world and human family After three centuries in relentless pursuit of its basic purpose we are now in thrall to the complex adaptive unjust and unsustainable system that is best called The Global Monetocracy The Main Components of the The Global Monetocracy Purpose Maintaining constant economic growth in order to sustain the Debt Money System Shared Operational Theories Neo Liberal Free Market Economics Command and Control Leadership Representative Democracy based on the election of Parliaments and Congresses The Manufacturing of Consent to policies that serve the interests of the elites National Sovereignty The Elite Consensus upholding the values and assumptions underpinning the The Global Monetocracy The Global Leadership Cadre covering politics business finance academia and the media The Partnership between Big Business and Government with Government as the junior partner An Armoury of Operational Instruments Trans national Corporate Capitalism owning and controlling the entire financial system defining work entertainment transport consumerist culture taking over all public services industrialised agriculture and fishing taking over the commons political corruption corporate control of global mass media Financial and Legal Instruments debt money reserve currencies property law corporate law and patent law National Policies and State Agencies i nterest rates tax systems trade liberalisation free movement of capital across state boundaries arms sales corporate welfare privatisation of public services export guarantees tied aid limiting workers rights de regulation competition sustainable development national security Treasury and Defence ministries and foreign services International Agencies and Treaties I M F World Bank World Trade Organisation EU World Economic Forum North American Free Trade Area Opinion Manipulation Official propaganda and corporate public relations political campaigns and elections advertising bogey men state security apparatus education selective news coverage free market foundations and think tanks THE GAIAN DEMOCRACY MODEL The key components of the Gaian Democracy model are outlined in the flower above and linked in the Footer below As an ensemble they offer an alternative political economic ecological system with which the Global Monetocracy would be totally re configured and the worst of the calamities confronting the human family overcome Gaian Democracies Redefining Globalisation and People Power received many compliments but many of its admirers wanted to know How are you going to set about the virtually impossible task of replacing the the Global Monetocracies with Gaian Democracies You can see how I answer that question in the Introduction to Leading the Gaian Revolution Common Sense for Desperate Times The

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    business of bringing about a global political revolution The revolution will begin to take shape when popular and respected men and women in many countries publicly challenge the business as usual paradigm and propose a radically different alternative They will offer detailed explanations of why the business as usual paradigm is not a viable basis for government in the 21 st Century and argue for replacing it with more effective and democratic forms of government based on very different ways of thinking In short they will be making the case for replacing what in 2003 John Jopling and I called the Global Monetocracies with a global network of Gaian Democracies As part of the build up to the invasion of Iraq a leading neo conservative theorist Robert Kagan wrote a paper entitled POWER AND WEAKNESS for the influential journal Policy Review iii Kagan s paper persuaded me that the Monetocracies should be labelled Neo Martian rather than simply Global because they behave more like inhuman invaders of the earth than fully human beings The Neo Martians Invaders not Inhabitants Dr Kagan gleefully had proposed that the values perspectives aims and strategies of President G W Bush s administration were from Mars while those of leading European politicians and government were from Venus He drew his Martian analogy from Dr John Gray s pop psychology classic Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus iv In Kagan s paper those who questioned the right of a US government to over ride international law ignore the United Nations and scrap collective agreements were from Venus i e soft caring and feminised By being ruthless and indifferent to the needs the rights and the opinions of others the US power elites were showing that they were from Mars of course To buttress his argument Kagan helpfully pointed out that the USA s imperial Martians were merely following the example of British French and Spanish Martians in earlier times However in linking the Martian nature of the USA s global insatiability with that of earlier Martians Dr Kagan was also laying bare the basic values aims myths and operational strategies of the elites who have been herding the human family towards species suicide for the past four or five hundred years From his extreme neo conservative perspective Dr Kagan could not see that a better analogy for Washington s Martians and their European predecessors was not the ancient Greek God of War but the inhuman invaders who arrived from another planet in H G Wells novella and the many radio dramas and films it inspired The War of the Worlds As a gesture to Dr Kagan s amour propre however and to reflect the more wide ranging application I shall be making of his analogy I have modified MARTIAN to NEO MARTIAN Over the centuries whatever their nationality Dr Kagan s Martians my Neo Martians have acted with more or less the same pitiless indifference to the health of the human and the

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  • people and grassroots organisations in the UK whose work is making a significant contribution to human scale sustainable development in the Schumacher tradition It symbolises coutless other unsung heroines and heroes who are working to transform society often with little or no support All Schumacher Society Members are eligible to nominate and the Award is judged by the Schumacher Society Council The Council would like to thank members for all past year s nominations which have resulted in excellent nominees shortlists The first Awards were made in October 1994 in celebration of the 21st anniversary of the publication of Small is Beautiful That year twenty five awards were made to the individuals and organisations see Past Awards Since then each year in which the Schumacher Award has been presented we have become increasingly aware of the growing contribution of individuals and grass roots organisations everywhere to the momentous changes taking place in every aspect of life Throughout the UK there are innumerable people who by their inspiration and efforts are increasingly taking responsibility for changing values improving their environment and in the spirit of Small is Beautiful building cultures of peace for the 21st Century Although this symbolic lamp is

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    the future of London as a sustainable city In June 1995 a forum entitled Our City Our World illustrated the value of an holistic approach and led to the idea of publishing a manifesto to present an overall view of how London could become more sustainable Volunteers from a wide range of organisations across London formed working groups on various subjects Various drafts were circulated and commented on and the

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    lot of time examining the reasons for this growth compulsion to see if an economic system can be devised without it Feasta has also looked at money systems taxation systems rationing systems land tenure systems and democratic systems and come up with ideas for these Our definition of sustainability is that a society is sustainable if it can expect to survive for several hundreds of years without being forced to change because it is currently destroying or undermining something on which its survival crucially depends That is not to say that such a society would not change just that it does not expect to have to do so as a result of its own activities Indeed to be sustainable a society has to be able to change because the environment in which the society finds itself might change itself and the society needs to be able to adjust to that Beyond this Feasta has no dogma We have no party line We welcome differences of opinion among our members because diversity is crucial if our thinking is to evolve While most of Feasta s members live in Ireland people from other countries have joined because they have found that its form of hard sustainability is not being discussed in any depth in their own circles This has turned the organisation into an international network with an Irish office and efforts are currently being made to reflect this more in the way we are structured and in our activities We are trying to change Feasta from being a place based body to one which is of equal value to its members wherever they happen to live in the world Our thinking is normally carried out through working groups which form to explore a topic Often a project such as organising a

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  • Jopling Summary Roy Madron Biography Radio Interview with Jane Taylor from Resonance FM Email address rm at gaiandemocracy net NEW LABOUR Based on http en wikipedia org wiki Labour Party UK Since he succeeded John Smith as leader of the British Labour Party in1994 Tony Blair and a group of so called modernisers have moved the party ever to the right This was a continuation of the trend that had begun in the mid 1980s under the leadership of Neil Kinnock Blair adopted policies which broke with Labour s socialist heritage at the 1995 mini conference in a strategy to increase the party s appeal to middle England New Labour was first termed as an alternative branding for the Labour Party dating from a conference slogan first used by the Labour Party in 1994 which was later seen in a draft manifesto published by the party in 1996 called New Labour New Life For Britain The rise of the name coincided with a rightwards shift of the British political spectrum for Labour New Labour as a name has no official status but remains in common use to distinguish modernisers from those holding to more traditional positions who normally are referred

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    industries like steel and coal were all seen as being inefficient and victims of state control Mrs Thatcher intended to bring competition to these industries to make people appreciate the necessity of operating in real world markets as a vital plank of her policy as well as bringing people into contact with share ownership and thus having greater understanding of how businesses work During the next 13 years most state owned enterprises were privatised share ownership amongst ordinary people increased dramatically most of these enterprises became efficient profit making organisations although the cost was seen as being massive Thousands of jobs were shed in the drive to profitability prior to privatisation the industrial landscape of Britain changed beyond recognition communities were laid waste especially in the coalfields and steel producing areas of the UK and services became the dominant business type Mrs Thatcher oversaw cuts in income tax the bands were reduced and the top rate cut from 83 to 40 whilst the lower band was also cut To replace this VAT was increased from 8 to 15 and then again to 17 5 Targets were set for the growth in the money supply as attempts to cut inflation were strengthened In addition Mrs Thatcher passed numerous bits of legislation cutting the power of the unions There were high profile strikes by the miners in 1984 and the print workers in Wapping in 1986 following the sacking of 6000 of them after their refusal to accept new working regimes by Rupert Murdoch s News International Group Both of these strikes were long and violent but Mrs Thatcher stood firm The unions would not blackmail the country and the failure of both strikes led to a new approach by the unions and a new attitude to industrial relations Milton Friedman Mrs Thatcher based many of her economic policies on the ideas of this man the godfather of monetarism Friedman had developed the expectations augmented Phillips Curve to explain why the curves properties did not seem to be holding in the stagflation era rising inflation and unemployment at the same time was not the trade off predicted by the curve Friedman asserted that individuals would adjust their behaviour in line with what they expected to happen in the economy So if inflation was growing and was currently at 5 workers might reasonably expect that it would continue to rise They might therefore put in wage claims to cater for an expected rise in inflation plus a real increase of 8 In so doing and assuming firms paid the increase costs would rise and to protect their margins firms would increase prices causing inflation to rise as anticipated Attempts were also made to adjust welfare policy to encourage those out of work to try to find employment rather than rely on the state This included amendments to the tax and benefits system that made the hoops people had to go through to claim benefit harder as well as making the financial incentive of

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  • a significant shift in political and domestic policy in the U S with its more lasting changes being increased federal government control over the economy and money supply intervention to control prices and agricultural production This was the beginning of complex social programs and wider acceptance of trade unions The success and effects of the New Deal still remain a source of controversy and debate amongst economists and historians The initial crash of the U S stock market occurred on Thursday October 24 1929 then on Black Tuesday October 29 the stock market fell even more than it had the week before These events were the catalyst of a worldwide economic depression From 1929 1933 unemployment in the U S increased from 4 to 25 manufacturing output reduced by approximately a third Prices fell causing a deflation of currency values which made the repayments of debts much harder The mining lumber and agriculture industries were hit especially hard by the drop in values The impact was much less severe in white collar and service sectors Upon accepting the 1932 Democratic nomination for president Franklin Roosevelt promised a new deal for the American people Throughout the nation men and women forgotten in the political philosophy of the Government look to us here for guidance and for more equitable opportunity to share in the distribution of national wealth I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people This is more than a political campaign It is a call to arms Roosevelt entered office with no single ideology or plan for dealing with the depression In the First New Deal 1933 34 many organized liberal groups except the Socialist Party which was virtually destroyed gained much of what they had demanded This First New Deal was thus a blend of self contradiction pragmatism and experiment The economy eventually recovered from the low point of 1932 with sustained improvement until 1937 when the Recession of 1937 brought back 1934 levels of unemployment Whether the New Deal was responsible for the recovery or whether it slowed the recovery has been disputed The New Deal policies drew from many different ideas proposed earlier in the 20th century Some advocates led by Thurman Arnold went back to the anti monopoly tradition in the Democratic Party that stretched back a century Louis Brandeis claimed that monopolies were a negative economic force because they produced waste and inefficiency However the anti monopoly group never had a major impact on New Deal policy Other leaders such as Hugh Johnson of the National Recovery Administration NRA took ideas from the Wilson Administration advocating techniques used to mobilize the economy for World War I They brought ideas and experience from the government controls and spending of 1917 18 Other New Deal planners suggested policy experiments of the 1920s ideas from efforts to harmonize the economy by creating cooperative relationships among its constituent elements Roosevelt formed what he called the Brain Trust a group of academic advisers to assist in his

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