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  • Hello, my name is Peter Joseph and welcome to

  • 'Introduction to a Resource-Based Economy'.

  • The goal of the following brief presentation is to outline

  • the basic train of thought that arrives at this new economic model

  • which is based not on the movement of money

  • but rather the intelligent management of the Earth's resources

  • drawing inference from the physical world

  • as to the most efficient, strategic and sustainable method

  • for meeting the needs of the human population.

  • In the world today, societal decisions are essentially

  • the responsibility of individuals or groups

  • within the arena of politics or business;

  • in fact, one could note that politics and business

  • are the governing group entities of the social order as we know it.

  • And as history has shown

  • whenever anything goes wrong on the societal level

  • the tendency is for one group or a sub-group

  • to simply impose blame on another.

  • The left will blame the right, the Conservatives will blame the Liberals

  • a new administration will blame an old administration, etc.

  • Yet rarely do we hear any criticism

  • of the foundation of the social operation itself;

  • it appears to simply be presupposed by most.

  • In other words, the culture seems to unconditionally accept

  • the socioeconomic paradigm without question

  • and politics and business are assumed to be

  • a natural human state of affairs.

  • Even in a world of growing unemployment, growing poverty

  • growing mental health disorders, drug abuse, raw resource depletion

  • overall environmental degradation, violence and war propensities

  • systemic global debt defaults

  • accelerated inflation, atmospheric destabilization

  • and many other social and ecological problems

  • - too numerous to name at this stage -

  • there still exists a general refusal to consider that

  • maybe the socioeconomic system itself could be at fault.

  • What if the very game we play is really the problem?

  • What if the very nature of the dominant institutions

  • and methods of our time are actually creating

  • and reinforcing certain behavioral tendencies

  • which are (to put it simply) unsustainable and destructive

  • yet we simply don't see it?

  • As time has moved forward with the

  • exponential increase of human knowledge

  • we've seen a natural erosion of various forms of superstition

  • and provably non-progressive social practices.

  • We are slowly inching into a true age of reason

  • which recognizes that there are indeed proven governing natural laws

  • with direct physical reference

  • and that this method of thought, which we can term scientific

  • allows us to extrapolate viable approaches to our conduct

  • which almost virtually guarantee a tangible return

  • - if of course properly assessed.

  • This 'Scientific Inference'

  • is what has produced the vast technology we see around us

  • from airplanes to life-saving medicine

  • to even our understanding of the universe itself.

  • Simply put, science is an approach to our comprehension of the world

  • and ourselves, guiding us

  • to the closest approximation of reality as we could possibly have.

  • And of course while we all see the obvious fruits

  • of this method of thought and its vast applications

  • there is however still one area

  • which stands virtually untouched by the scientific methodology:

  • our Social System.

  • In this context we appear to be stuck in time

  • using antiquated traditionalized practices

  • which show clear signs of deficiency.

  • For instance:

  • we give dictatorial powers to politicians and political parties

  • under the guise of something we label 'Democracy'

  • - politicians who on average clearly have no education or training

  • in the technical affairs of social organization.

  • In a world where one child unnecessarily dies every five seconds

  • from poverty and deprivation

  • many look to government institutions for resolution

  • not really considering the scientific reality

  • that feeding and caring for the people of the world

  • is not a political issue.

  • It is a technical one

  • resolvable by simple resource management and allocation

  • and the intelligent and strategic application of technology.

  • Likewise, we have these things we call corporations or businesses

  • which are able to arbitrarily claim property

  • of the finite natural resources of this planet -

  • resources we all need.

  • They utilize those resources for the betterment of an isolated group

  • through a self-interest-based system we call free-market exchange.

  • In fact, when it comes down to it

  • the message of this system is quite clear:

  • either you submit to this game of differential advantage and self-interest

  • or you simply do not deserve the right to live.

  • You must earn your right to life on this planet, if you will

  • which, to a thinking mind, is clearly a pseudo-totalitarian construct

  • to perpetuate one group or class over another.

  • Yet again, this inhumanity goes unnoticed

  • for it is structurally built in.

  • We are born into this system and we are groomed to think

  • it is a natural fact, an empirical way of life...

  • Just as if years ago perhaps you were

  • born into a society as an abject slave

  • since you have never been exposed to anything contrary

  • you might even believe that you are supposed to be a slave

  • as though it is again a natural order of reality.

  • And if we couple that fact with a monetary system based explicitly on debt

  • which, unannounced to most, mathematically guarantees

  • that a subclass of the human population will always be deprived

  • we begin to see that we live in an

  • advanced variation of feudalism and nothing more.

  • It is technically impossible for everyone to

  • have their needs met in the current system.

  • The economic game of differential advantage

  • simply isn't designed to allow everyone to live and prosper.

  • It is a win-lose system, regardless of the state of the natural world

  • and what we are able to produce and technically accomplish.

  • Put succinctly, our economic system is completely decoupled

  • from natural processes of the physical world

  • a characteristic which can only lead to further problems

  • if a radical shift away from these outdated assumptions

  • is not commenced.

  • So, let's now take a large step back

  • putting aside everything that we might have been taught

  • about our social constructs and consider the following question:

  • What are the immutable foundations of human health and prosperity

  • and how do we construct a system which meets those needs

  • for the entire human population

  • - understanding of course, we live on a finite planet -

  • while ensuring the sustainability of this habitat

  • for future generations?

  • To answer this question we need to first consider the issue

  • of human need itself.

  • For eons now, philosophers have contemplated the nature of mankind

  • trying to find those 'human universals' we all share.

  • This of course, is an ongoing debate with many speculations

  • yet when it comes to the arena of human needs

  • we do find a virtually universal set of commonalities

  • amongst the entire species.

  • Needless to say, if we do not get proper nutrition

  • food, air and water we will cease to exist over time.

  • If we are exposed to substances which are chemically toxic to our biology

  • such as ingesting mercury or the like, we will likely get very sick.

  • If we suffer serious vitamin deficiency as a child

  • there is a predictable detrimental outcome for one's personal health

  • such as stunted growth or immunity problems.

  • But as human sciences have progressed we find that

  • human needs do not stop at this basic, commonly observed level.

  • Humans are bio-psycho-social organisms

  • meaning we are affected by our environment symbiotically

  • in many subtle and often complex ways.

  • For instance, if a mother in the late stages of pregnancy

  • suffers extreme emotional stress

  • flooding her system with cortisol (a stress hormone)

  • the nervous system of that unborn child

  • could be predictably compromised

  • in a negative way for the rest of his or her life

  • for the fetus itself technically is learning

  • about what the world is going to be like.

  • This also goes for infancy and early childhood as well

  • a critical developmental period where the organism is literally

  • being programmed or adapted

  • to the possible nature of the world they exist in -

  • an impression which has been found to carry over

  • for the entire life of that person in many ways.

  • And if that critical period is met with

  • negative stress, suffering and pain

  • that child's development could possibly evolve

  • into predictable tendencies of behavior

  • including propensities for addictions and violence in later life.

  • The point here with respect to human need

  • is that the physical, mental and emotional health of a person

  • can no longer be considered an isolated or temporal affair.

  • We are socially and environmentally connected