The New Compass

  

The New Compass

Earth Economics and the vertical political spectrum

Compass Revised

Diagram –  ‘Wellbeing As A Compass’ © by J.P. Malkin from ‘A Political Economy of Life”

Taking Sustainability To The Next Level

Earth is the only planet that has self replenishing systems that generate, maintain and support life. Developing an economic system that does the same is part of humanity’s evolutionary destiny and we are at a threshold of awareness of this possibility. In stark contrast our current primitive economic system based on the ‘free’ market, extracts value from people place and planet, in the process degrading or corrupting human and natural value. Life Affirming Economics is part of the new compass – an ancient-new political economy of Life.

The fundamental problems we face today are systemic. We are experiencing a systems breakdown across the board both nationally and globally to which there are no answers from within the outdated political and economic thinking of right or left or centre. In the UK, banking, government, housing, energy, education, justice, media and politics have become increasingly ineffective, risk averse, bureaucratized, certificated, literal, dehumanized and dysfunctional.

In short, the way we organize society and its institutions is part of an obsolete way of thinking that is coming up against the limits of its own linear logic and an ancient new holistic paradigm is emerging. Perhaps the key underlying societal problem we face is that wealth creation has become disconnected from wellbeing and the common good.

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The New Dimension of Political Economy in the 21st Century

The Emergence of a New Dimension of Political Economy
J.P. Malkin argues that we have been thinking in the wrong dimension. The political spectrum of left, right and centre as well as  the concept of the “free”  market have locked us into illusions of freedom and choice. The emerging new political economy is collaborative self regulating and vertical between the poles of life-creation and life negation in the forms of corruption, extraction and degradation.

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Videos

A Selection of Videos about the values of interdependence
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Civil Society As A Compass

Civil Society is a collaborative perspective that not only values what we have in common as much as our differences but is a values based perspective that supports awareness of what constitutes real value – economically, culturally and environmentally. Inherently it is therefore an ethical and relational approach to society and the world.

This precludes and over rides radical separatism and extreme self-interest (whether economic, cultural, religious, institutional or professional) from having sway over the interests of the whole. At the same time it is a perspective that not only allows for, but encourages, ethical and socially responsible initiative and creativity to contribute to and replenish both the parts and the whole. Civil Society therefore honours both diversity and unity.

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Chivalrous Capitalism

The Transition movement does not reject enterprise or exchange economics, but offers different values and criteria to contain the powerful shadows of the relationship of exchange as expressed within the warrior model of capitalism

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Citizen’s Markets

Citizen’s Markets

Moral Trading As The Price For Entering Local & Regional Markets
Hippocratic No Harm & Fair Trade Pledges For Businesses and Professionals

Whose market is it? Surely that is a very good question.

The economist who predicted the banking crisis, Noreena Hertz, has suggested that,”Markets need to serve the interests of people as much as they serve companies or shareholders”. How can we ensure that happens at a local and regional level?

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Lost Value Tax and the Priniciple of Harmonic Taxation

Lost Value Tax and the Principle of Harmonic Taxation

When grassland is over grazed or forests are destroyed it is a cost to the whole of humanity. The value of the Commons is immeasurable but that is not to say that such shared value is impossible to recognize.

Planetary citizenship dictates we should protect the environmental Commons . Our proposal is that this principle should be extended to include the Commons as a whole economically, socially and culturally.

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Why The Green Party Does Not Yet Have The Answer

Why The Green Party Does Not Yet Have The Answer

In the spirit of genuine debate, we sincerely hope our view, that the Greens seem to have taken a wrong turn will be received and engaged with in the spirit in which it is intended.If like us, you are, or have been, a Green supporter please bear with us while we make our case.

We argue that environmental policies apart, the greens have been heading in exactly the wrong direction for all the right reasons and it is time to discard the old style secular, london-centric, liberal red herring for a truly holistic platform. Only when the greens are able and willing to address their shadow – which is the shadow of liberalism and secularism – can they heal the political divide and become a party that everyone can vote for.

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Another Kind of Freedom

Another Kind of Freedom: The Gift of Self Restraint

A narcissistic culture that focuses only on personal entitlement can never endure or be a mature expression of our values.

A renaissance that moves us towards Interdependence requires a re-examination of both neo- conservative and neo – liberal ideas of freedom to include and encompass the gift of self-restraint.

In the context of the Commons (taken in the widest sense to include all our freedoms that arise out of our shared or common ‘wealth’), self restraint is an act of generosity that is needed to protect the inheritance we benefit from in the present and in order to pass it on to future gener

ations.

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The Commons and Nature – Our Shared Inheritance

The Commons and Nature – Our Shared Inheritance
The concept of the Commons is a significant perspective that is central to sustainability and green issues but which has much wider implications for a moral imagination.

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