You’re quiet correct that capitalism is not the answer, but of course neither is socialism. Why not integrate the two to the point where they become Profit Making Direct Distributism? Thirdness has always been the signature of Wisdom and Oneness the signature of Grace. In fact I’m working on a book I’m going to call The Cosmic Code that posits that ultimate reality is contained in the following formula:
[ (A x Z) <–> G/C ] read thusly:
a fully integrated duality within an integrative trinity-unity-conscious oneness where A is a temporal reality, Z is its actual or potential opposite reality, x is the sign for a thorough integration and G/C is the integrative state of Grace Consciousness or substitute G Grace for K kensho/satori, O atonement/Oneness or S samadhi
An integrated duality within an integrative Trinity of course is mirrored all over nature, mathematics, psychology, spirituality and logic when one is attentive to it. For instance:
[ ( 3 + 5) = 8 ] Fibonacci sequence
[ (Thesis x Antithesis) <–> Synthesis ] Hegelian Dialectic
[ (Trunk x Branches) <–> Roots ] Tree
[ (Land x Sea) <–> Sky ] Earth
[ (Body x Mind) <–> Consciousness ] Unitary Being
[ (Profit x Sharing) <–> Monetary Gifting ] New Monetary Paradigm
[ (Capitalism x Socialism) <–> Profit Making Direct Distributism ] New Integrative Ideology
[ Hypothesis <–>(Dualistic process of comparison of datums) ] Scientific Method
[ (Reality x Opposite or Different Reality) <–> Greater Reality ] The Process of Wisdom
DT: I thought the problem was that Capitalism and Socialism are the same type, so that at either extreme (as Belloc already saw in 1911) government by large and therefore ill-informed corporations is (in the critical respect of not looking at the facts on the ground) no different from centralised state government. Distributism was about doing your own thing as far as possible so you can see and learn from what you are doing, not who gets the money.
Me: Capitalism and Socialism ARE alike in that they are ultimately tyrannous…unless you integrate their separate truths while simultaneously deleting their separate or mutual untruths under a greater zeitgeist/ethic than mere power or profit, i.e. the natural philosophical concept of grace/graciousness. Re economics and money systems….that’s why the new paradigm is Monetary Gifting…because Gifts/Gifting is an aspect of grace and the integrative combination of only the truths, workabilities, applicabilities and highest ethical considerations within Capitalism and Socialism. And that fits into The Cosmic Code which is a TOE.
KZ: I really don’t like the term ontology. In my view it’s just a philosopher’s device to hide things from we ordinary people. But if you like, we’ll begin with ontology. Human ontology consists of two elements – relationships and performances. Humans for with relationships with other humans and nonhumans as well. They are required to perform – to do something – in these relationships. Combined with human imagination, these are the sources of everything – societies, cultures, religions, and of course money. Money is then best described as a performance. And performances always do something. That something is the result of the relationships in which the performances are made. Most of the relationships in which money was part of the performances relate to trading and valuing, according to the history we know. Money is thus always set up in terms of what humans want, what humans need, and what humans can do. Money is useful humans. Otherwise, they would never have invented it. And there many types of money. Depending on the needs of the situations and the humans involved. There you have it. And no “big” words from philosophers needed.
The reason we don’t consciously comprehend paradigms whether old or new has more to do with the fact that we tend to love problems much more than solutions. This is born mostly out of the mostly unconscious fear that if we solve problems then we’ll lose much of the purpose/purposes that prevent us from being terminally bored. Of course there are a zillion worthwhile purposes available to us as well as the wonder and mind blowing conscious experience of a guzillion things in our immediate environment, things one has looked at and immediately abstracted for the last 30-40 years instead of actually directly perceiving it, so there is actually no dearth of purposes or conscious experiences at all.
This is not to belittle philosophy, theorizing, abstraction etc. just the realization that they are undoubtedly the thing that most inhibits us from consciously experiencing things as well as the meanings and purposes behind words. Integrating abstraction and direct conscious looking/experience is in fact the route to paradigm perception because paradigm perception is the process of finding the single philosophical concept that re-defines/re-creates an entire new pattern. In other words its simultaneously a reductionist and wholistic mental process the latter of which is sharpened and honed by dropping the obsessive inner chatter of the former.
KZ: Craig, you recognize, of course that debt is a distinction made up by humans.
Me: Debt is an idea, a concept, a paradigm. These are all things that human beings create…..and make real. Debt ONLY is the current monetary and economic paradigm. Economics and money systems, society, mankind…requires a new paradigm and as new paradigms are always oppositional in some respects to the old paradigm as well as an inversion of the greatest problem of the old paradigm, Relatively Abundant Monetary Gifting is the new paradigm. Debt is burden, relatively abundant money and purchasing power is its opposite. The rate of flow of total costs and so prices in technologically advanced economies always exceeds the rate of flow of total individual incomes simultaneously produced. It’s the most basic disequilibrating reality. That scarcity ratio must be inverted. And that’s what the policies and others that I have suggested here create.
Beyond those things my point is simply that a paradigm, an actual and new paradigm, is a change of concept that applies in all respects to the body of knowledge it is applied to. Once you’ve cognited on that vision, and that’s what really seeing a paradigm is, a vision, a validly applicable vision….then it’s just a straightforward rational process of policy alignment and all of the leading reforms/reformers can then unite and work together to get the paradigm implemented But you have to see it….before it makes sense to you. It’s very difficult to scientifically, reductionistically and/or iconoclastically realize a new paradigm. You realize it much more swiftly if you utilize vision and the other tools of Wisdom.
KZ: Craig and James, let’s bring this to the level of the participants and users of economies. And get away from theories. Economies are supposed to function to provide the framework for everyone to obtain the resources and services needed for a good quality of life. Or, at least one that allows good chances for survival. Money and markets are devices that can be used to accomplish these goals…..
Me: KZ, re: your jan. 2 6:43 post
I’m the one here who has been posting about paradigms, philosophy AND specific policies all of which align with each other. My contention is that while research, theorizing and philosophizing is all well and good, the new monetary and economic paradigm which enables economists to clarify, focus and unite their various reforms….is right before their eyes and all they have to do in order to move forward….is cognite on that fact.
I’ve shown that the insights and separate policy suggestions of all of the major heterodox theories align (albeit incompletely) with the new paradigm of Abundant Systemic Monetary Gifting and given insight about the significance of the point of retail sale and then suggested specific policies that would implement that paradigm throughout the entirety of the economy in a way that would benefit virtually all commercial agents, all individuals and the system as a whole.
So what’s the next actual step? After LBJ defeated Goldwater in the ’64 election Lewis Powell wrote what has become known as The Powell Memo which began the process of conservative economic ideology being woven into the social and political systems. We need to begin “The Craig Paradigm Memo” with an integrative mass socio-economic and political movement targeted at large constituencies like students, the small to medium sized business community and for that matter every individual that shows them how the two main policies of a universal dividend and a 50% discount/rebate at the point of retail sale will benefit them and the entire system….like no other policies crafted by either party has every benefited them before. And how with relatively simple regulation will not only prevent inflation, but beneficially implement price deflation into profit making systems.
Everything adapts to a new paradigm. The primacy of the old paradigm is dead! Long live the primacy of the new paradigm!