Me: The current paradigm of economics holds power and its negative effects in place. The only way to begin to stop that is implementing the new economic paradigm….and then using the same concept behind both the new paradigm and the only thing bigger and more mentally potent than a paradigm, a zeitgeist/new ethic of the age, and that concept is grace as in benevolence.
KZ: Craig, creating a new zeitgeist requires a lot more than wishing it. It usually requires a break down of the existing ways of life as to make continuing with them impossible and dangerous. That’s not within the control of any one human, or even most human groups. It requires crisis. Same can be said for creating the new zeitgeist. Can’t be done without the crisis to force it and then a lot of interactions by angry and distrustful humans.
Me: “creating a new zeitgeist requires a lot more than wishing it.”
You’re right, that’s why I’m not wishing I’m assertively advocating, here and elsewhere, and I’ll be speaking about it to students, businessmen and whomever else will ask me in very short order along with at least two books I’m compiling.
“It usually requires a break down of the existing ways of life as to make continuing with them impossible and dangerous. That’s not within the control of any one human, or even most human groups. It requires crisis. Same can be said for creating the new zeitgeist.”
Well that’s exactly what occurred in 2008 and we’re in a deceptively slo-mo dead cat bounce that will wreak even more havoc than 2008 because we haven’t escaped old paradigm thinking.
“Can’t be done without the crisis to force it and then a lot of interactions by angry and distrustful humans.”
Again it’s already happened, and what is most critically needed in the chaos of crisis and collapse is people who have the clear vision with the right guiding concept to sublimate the anger and mistrust so that evolution occurs instead of the merely reactionary and non-progressive event that is revolution.
GC: Communism is an evolving idea that blossomed from human evolution. Capitalism did the same. As did socialism and every other step in social advancement from the last ice age until now.
Will humanity throw off the yoke of wage slavery serving capitalist institutions who destroy life for personal profit? A new calendar will begin at that moment. The age of a mature specie willing to think new thoughts in order to survive. Its now or never. Do or die.
Me: You’re quite right that both capitalism and socialism are (or should be) evolutionary….and integrative. And the trinitarian completion of the dialectic is synthesis as in something that has aspects of both parts of the dualism that precedes it and yet is a genuine thirdness greater oneness. That’s why the correct dialectic equation is:
[ (capitalism x socialism) <–> the profit making system of direct and reciprocal monetary distributism ] because it integrates the best aspects of the dualism within the parentheses.
An integration I hasten to add is neither some wishy washy compromise nor the poison pill object of mere conflict that most politically implemented economic policies are, but a dynamic and truly progressive combination of the truths and only the truths in opposing perspectives. It’s actually a sanctifying process in that sense that requires the utmost of personal and mental/theoretical honesty.