SSF; Proutist Universalism, by Ravi from Sweden: ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY.
A decentralized economy, where the decisions concerning the economy lie with the local people of the area.
Capitalism is effective in increasing the production of goods and services but when it comes to distribution it cannot provide the basic needs to the majority of the people. In capitalism, companies are owned by private persons, shareholders, economic power is concentrated in the hands of a few. Greed, not the welfare of the people is the motive.
Communism is an ineffective system of production, often unable to supply even the basic necessities. The power is in the hands of a few political leaders.
In both systems the economic planning is made from the top to the bottom.
Five Principles of Economic Democracy:
Local people should control their own resources. ”Local raw materials must be fully utilized to produce all kinds of commodities necessary for the economic development of a socio-economic unit.” The aim is to stop the outflow of goods and money from a less developed area to other areas.
Production should be based on consumption (need) not profit (greed). Since the goal of the economy is to increase the welfare of the people, the people’s needs should determine the production.
Production and distribution should be organized through cooperatives. Cooperatives keeps the wealth within the socio-economic unit - preventing exploitation.
Only certain large-scale enterprises should be managed by the government, some small scale, non-essential businesses may be managed as private enterprises.
Full employment for local people.
All the areas of a socio-economic unit should be developed, not only a few areas. Local people, of all skill and education level, should be employed in the local cooperatives.
Since production is for consumption and since there is always improvements that can be made in the living standard, employment opportunities will always be there.
Local products in local markets.
Unless the socio-economic unit is fully developed and has full employment, goods and services that are being produced outside will interfere in the local economy.
Cooperatives will not be able to compete with monopoly capitalistic production.
Effects on Society
All this will put a check on economic exploitation. Economic democracy will make the socio-economic units self sufficient. The economy will be dynamic, money will keep on rolling. Increasing purchasing capacity of the people in a progressive way.
Dada Gatimayananda, Gurukul, Neohumanistic Education, spoke about Universalism;
Human beings are having so many desires. Those desires, if excessive or uncontrolled, are the reason for all type of problems. Strong desire for food can create obesity and sicknesses. Excessive desire for alcohol, drugs or cigarettes is harmful. That’s why it is better to convert the physical desires to psychic; gaining wisdom, doing research and educating others.
Still more wise is to change psychic desires into spiritual - constant awareness and connection with spiritual oneness. Individualism merges into oneness. Then the unit mind is less dominated by individualistic desires and thus will have fewer problems.
It is also helpful to change any kind of desires into service. While engaged in physical or psychic service it gives psychic satisfaction and can lessen the karmic reactions. And the more important is to do spiritual service to help everyone gaining spiritual understanding.
Finnish Social Forum (www.sosiaalifoorumi.fi) was this time very creative, esp the movie (Spirit of the Time). There were many workshops about practical things, like Timebank, (changing services), and the “Finnish Wikileaks formation”, which funtions rather within legal framework.
New progressive things seems to be coming up, like Ethical Economy. There seems to be readiness to give up the effort of fixing up of Neoliberalism and going into something totally new - including world parliament. I appreciated also priests participation and religious co-operation.
There were several guests from abroad, Egypt, Mexico, Palestine, Pakistan etc. The idea of several groups having to present together is really nice and people expressing freely their colourful views. Many beautiful things I couldn't participate.
.................Other news and speculation in the world:
According to physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku, a most science fiction stories will become part of human reality within 20 to 50 years.
Japanese company Genepax presents its eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water. The car has an energy generator that extracts hydrogen from water. The car can run for an hour at about 50 miles per hour on just a litre of water. Genepax aims to collaborate with Japanese manufacturers to mass produce it. Imagine what such a generator could do to the oil industry, the nuclear plants and the electrical grid. Hydrogen fuelled cars – the Honda FCX Clarity. Since the vehicle’s unveiling 80,000 people around the world have expressed interest in owning a FCX Clarity. REUTERS, http://presscore.ca/2011/?p=1910
Wilcock said ‘These events (in Japan) may be one of the final trigger-points, we need, to generate a mass, worldwide spiritual awakening -- and a final defeat of the negative forces that have been strangling us’.
He is advicing to WATCH FOR APRIL THE 8 th, but he thinks anyway things will not end up that way: 1. Just a week before taxes are due in the US , 2. SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST THE FED: a deadline (April 4 th) to reveal where the TARP money went. 3. The Democrats and Republicans in Congress cannot agree on a budget. The US gov will therefore shut down at April 8th…no salaries, no social services???…4. “NEW BRETTON WOODS” meeting of nations to overhaul a new (on making) financial system. This will bring massive prosperity and clean, 'free' energy technology??? www.divinecosmos.com
Washington Post, "TARP “ ,” Skidmore.
The USGS listed 21 earthquakes and of these, 11 were either US West Coast or Mexicali area.
An Australian study; during past 20 years extreme wind speeds have increased by 10% and extreme wave heights by 7% globally.
While ELF and microwave pulses increase globally, many species cannot receive Earth resonance signals. People are also acting strangely; afraid, stressed, aggressive and weak.
Many UFOs in Japan are reported in youtube: