“You must be the change you want to see in the world” (Ghandi)

Wise and true and always encouraging.

Am currently reading “Trust & Integrity in the Global Economy – Stories of people making a difference” by Michael Smith. “Little stories” by people around the world who have been courageous, inspired and persistent enough to finally see things change, no matter at how small a pace. People who are fighting corruption in the Solomon Islands, people who tackle illiteracy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, people who work on creating social capital and social enterprise as well as profits in India and Jamaica.

Very good book. Just get it and read it any time you think you can’t make a difference.

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Why I don’t like Facebook

II am very often asked “Why are you not on Facebook?”, “Why don’t you like it?” etc.etc. And even after the disclosure of how much the British and American authorities spy on us and try to evaluate personal and sensitive data worldwide, many people (or should I say sheeple?) do not seem to get it. Well, let me enlighten you …

Margaret Thatcher dies: Private vs. state funeral

No, she won’t receive a state funeral that would cost three million pounds.
But still, this comment by John O’Farrell just about sums up her economic theories:
“Some in Westminster have talked about her receiving a state funeral when she dies, which seems a bizarre sort of tribute to someone who believed the state should do as little as possible. It would be far more appropriate to allow competitive bids from private companies to run the funeral arrangements. ‘And we now go over live to Westminster, where state leaders are lining up for Lady Thatcher’s funeral sponsored by McDonald’s. And there we see the coffin respectfully borne on the shoulders of six part-time burger-flippers dressed in the official Ronald McDonald costume, before the private cremation when the body will be flame-grilled with gherkins and a slice of cheese.’
It’s what she would have wanted.”
(John O’Farrell)

How they beat the Great Depression in a small town in Austria in 1932

I knew the story already and the idea of interest-free money by Silvio Gesell behind it (“The Natural Economic Order”), but doing some research for a community project today stumbled upon it again: The famous Woergl experiment of the 1930s:

http://realcurrencies.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/the-power-of-demurrage-the-worgl-phenomenon/

Yes, it’s all about making the hoarding of money impossible by a negative interest rate, a tax on holding money – which will lead to money being spent and invested more quickly resulting in growth, employment and income. And yes, this is not just textbook economics by yet another clueless academic, this is a real life example proving that Gesell was right with his monetary theories. Even Keynes had to admit that.

The blog is well worth reading anyway. Reforming the monetary system is key if we ever want to get over its in-built failures (interest and money as debt, created out of thin air) that will again and again lead to breakdowns and crises – and have done so already eight times in the past 300 years alone. Today’s blog entry also has a very nice quote:

‘The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.’

Lord Acton

(That’s what they forgot during the French Revolution. Setting up institutions for issuing sovereign money and of course, a truly free press, both pillars desperately needed for a real democracy. But then, who was behind the French Revolution …?

The issue is ongoing, the fight still hasn’t ended, hasn’t even begun properly since so many people are still totally clueless about all this …)

 

Maybe some good news

At the 2013 general elections in Italy the comedian and politician Beppe Grillo and his EU-critical Movimiento 5 Stelle won 25.55% of the vote for the Chamber of Deputies.

There is a movement in the Netherlands to bring about a referendum on EU membership. Now it’s not only Britain anymore.

Meanwhile, the EU had to spend 700.000 Euro on a promotional film that portrays the time before the Euro as a time of war and hatred and the time after its introduction as the Golden Age. So they must feel they are loosing ground … But the 700.000 are on the taxpayer and that’s us, so that’s bad news again. We have already reached a point where we have to pay to get brainwashed.

We are still here: Happy New Year 2013!

Quite surprisingly, the world didn’t end on 21 December 2012. The tube was running, there was no power outage, no food shortage and no more drunken people in the street than usual when I stumbled home after an “End of the World” Party with the motto: Last Orders.

I never believed this crap anyway and can only pity those who were truly afraid or waiting in a mountain hut for some extraterrestrials to appear. It is true however that there was some strange and very rare “cosmic” or “planetary alignment” taking place on 21/12/2012 that for the Maya marked the end of a certain cycle, not necessarily the end of the world.

Whatever stories are told here, cosmological, astrological, psychological, political … or the idea of a new consciousness that is to emerge from now on … that may open us a lot more, unite us and help us to overcome the ever increasing problems of this planet, I can only wish for each and every one of us to make the most of what is given and to broaden our awareness more and more so that we can finally awaken to the realisation: It is all one – and act accordingly.

No female bishops for the Church of England?

Time’s flying and with everything that’s currently happening so fast around the world this is of course old and forgotten news already, but I’m still a bit shocked. Not that I care one bit about the Church of England or personal salvation via “proper Christian belief”, whatever that is, and of course women around the world can find ample opportunities for practicing spirituality and spiritual leadership elsewhere (probably much better ones than in the Church of England anyway), but somehow this is sad. How far are we away from the Middle Ages?

How long will it still take until women’s gifts are truly acknowledged, whether they relate to the other world or this one, how long will it still take until men and women around the globe can find and practice spirituality together, leading and following each other or just sharing their ways for a while, learning from each other, being seen and felt as equal in every respect?

I wonder what lies behind these objections against women. Are some men still so afraid of them and their powers, in particular their spiritual powers? Are they afraid of their own feminine parts? Of the omnipotent Great Mother? Are we still at that stage? So much in the dark?

I wonder if the guys who so so strongly object to women being spiritual leaders ever heard of Eckard Tolle stating in his great book: “The Power of Now” that women are actually closer to enlightenment than men … Or if they ever heard the story of Pope Joan or the first Western female guru in the East, Mirra Alfassa, also known as “the Mother”? I guess they’ll still have a lot to learn.

And every woman still a member of the Church of England, but with a minimum of self-respect should quit at once and then they should just start their own churches, following the traditions of the Early Christian Church and Mary Magdalene – who probably was Jesus’ partner and received special teachings from him with the mission to lead …