JOINING THE DOTS:
BROAD SYSTEMS CONTEXT UNDERLYING EVERY INTERVIEW/EPISODE

The following information is provided to all guests in advance prior to interviews (along with the anticipated questions) to ensure transparency of the main arguments/principles that underlie every episode of Project Sanity, along with the supporting data for each argument; and to advance knowledge/understanding within the current social order. This is an educational show.

Our problem has many levels.
We’re dealing with the most profound problem as could be imagined.
Project Sanity is an unseen common project.
— Dr. John McMurtry, Author: The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure - Project Sanity podcast, Feb 2018
 
 
 

Underlying argument #1 - Life Capital vs. Money Capital

UNDENIABLE ACCELERATING PLANETARY LIFE-SUPPORT DECLINE REQUIRES A LIFE-COHERENT MACRO SOLUTIOn at all levels of life-organisation

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The global corporate experiment has failed. Existence on earth is in rapid decline on every level of life organization.

The air, soil and water cumulatively degrade and disappear; the climates and oceans destabilize without connection; species become extinct at a spasm rate across continents; pollution cycles and volumes rise endangering life systems on all planes in synergistic despoliation; the world’s forests, meadows and fisheries are cumulatively destroyed by the profit drivers of globalization; food pollinators, songbirds, coral reefs and large animals crash in unconnected response; public sectors and services are defunded and privatized as tax evasion by the rich multiplies; the global food system produces more and more disabling junk and wastes; non-contagious diseases multiply to the world’s biggest killer; the global financial system issues money out of control while collapsing in productive investment; the vocational future of the next generations is erased across the world; official lies and corruption are normalized as public relations.

All the trends are one-way, degenerate, and undeniable. Yet where are the dots joined across domains?
The common cause is taboo to name. ‘Overpopulation’ is the stock explanation.
But it blinkers out the causal mechanism altogether.
— Dr. John McMurtry, Author - The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure
 

VIDEO: Scott Andrew joins the dots of The Great Reversal.

Every level of life-organisation and life-system on this planet is now in a state of rapid decline (see conceptual trend depiction below).

No peer-reviewed journal in the past 30 years will tell us anything different: every planetary life-support system is in decline. I challenge anyone to find any planetary life-support trend that is not in the red.

Furthermore, all life-support decline is directly predictable from our social construct’s money-sequence growth (eg, "higher wages", "wealth creation", "value adding" etc.), with no Life-Value Anchor, Compass, Base or Measure to steer it.

Hence every level of growth of this cancer system is now pathogenic when viewed within an Earth Management systems context.

Yet the systemic cause is unrecognized in connected response by the specialization-blinded professionals.

There is no Life-Value Anchor, Compass, Base or Measure to distinguish between Life-Value/Life Capital Growth and Money-Value/Money-Capital growth at any level. Only money-value computes. All organic, social and ecological life requirements are absurdly assumed away - they don't exist.

There is no criterion of "need" in the market construct, with everything dissolving into "wants" and all priced-commodities called "goods" by definition, never bads.

 

Where are the universal human life necessities even named and connected?

  FIGURE 1:  Conceptual trend depiction of the top seven factors that may lead to severe social unrest. Based on independent studies conducted for each issue, targeting ~2050 for peak problems. This figure begins at 1800 BCE, around the first Industrial Revolution, where most of the issues take root. The “counteracting efficiency” factor marks the possibility that current trends may slow due to increased efficiency in some form. This is noted as “inherent” since it is assumed conduct will still be “business as usual.”

FIGURE 1: Conceptual trend depiction of the top seven factors that may lead to severe social unrest. Based on independent studies conducted for each issue, targeting ~2050 for peak problems. This figure begins at 1800 BCE, around the first Industrial Revolution, where most of the issues take root. The “counteracting efficiency” factor marks the possibility that current trends may slow due to increased efficiency in some form. This is noted as “inherent” since it is assumed conduct will still be “business as usual.”


Underlying argument #2 - Structural Violence

"THE MARKET" IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE WORLD TODAY

Globally, 18 million deaths a year are caused by structural violence, compared with about 100,000 deaths per year from armed conflict. That is, approximately, every 15 years as many people die because of relative poverty as would be killed in a nuclear war that caused 232 million deaths, and every single year, two to three times as many people die from poverty throughout the world as were killed by the Nazi genocide of the Jews over a six year period. This is, in effect, the equivalent of an ongoing, unending, in fact accelerating, thermonuclear war or genocide, perpetrated on the weak and poor, every year of every decade, throughout the world.
— Dr James Gilligan, Author: Violence

VIDEO: Defining Public Health - Part 1

We now have a century of data in public health and epidemiological research confirming we are literally allergic to socioeconomic inequality. Many data sources to prove this claim within a systems context (ie, the structural violence inherent to the current social model) can be found here.

Furthermore, true economic calculation taking into account our post-scarcity trends and exponentially advancing technological capacity reveal that an access abundance is possible for all humans if we oriented our system towards managing abundance rather than preserving scarcity; and managing our resources intelligently rather than exhausting and wasting them in the idiotic pursuit of the metaphysical “GDP” and “jobs”, as the market model must do in order to remain operational.

Hence, this imposed structural violence is no longer necessary and true economic equality is in fact possible, if an economic and industrial reorientation away from Market Economics (Market Theology) was achieved.

  FIGURE 2:  The market structure produces behavioral incentives that are codified in both formal and conceptual social institutions that enforce and preserve the market structure. This leads to a host of socioeconomic inequalities, which, in turn, produce numerous negative public health outcomes. The figure is for from definitive and there is some contextual overlap between the listed examples.

FIGURE 2: The market structure produces behavioral incentives that are codified in both formal and conceptual social institutions that enforce and preserve the market structure. This leads to a host of socioeconomic inequalities, which, in turn, produce numerous negative public health outcomes. The figure is for from definitive and there is some contextual overlap between the listed examples.

What is Structural Violence?

Structural Violence is a term commonly ascribed to Johan Galtung, which he introduced in the article "Violence, Peace, and Peace Research". It refers to a form of violence wherein some social structure or social institution may harm people by preventing them from meeting their basic needs. Institutionalized adultism, ageism, classism, elitism, ethnocentrism, nationalism, speciesism, racism, and sexism are some examples of structural violence as proposed by Galtung. According to Galtung, rather than conveying a physical image, structural violence is an "avoidable impairment of fundamental human needs". As it is avoidable, structural violence is a high cause of premature death and unnecessary disability.

The data source confirming 18 million annual deaths due to structural violence can be found in An Empirical Table of Structural Violence, Kohler and Alcock.

A need is (and only is) that without which life-capacity is always reduced or destroyed.


Underlying argument #3 - Cyclical Consumption

A LIFE-BLIND ‘ECONOMY’ POWERED BY CONSUMERISM that destroys more means of life than it produces cannot by definition be called an economy by anyone with a working mind

The ‘excess’ use of the Earth’s resources or ‘overshoot’ is possible because resources can be harvested faster than they can be replaced [...]. The cumulative overshoot from the mid-1980s to 2002 resulted in an ‘ecological debt’ that would require 2.5 planet Earths to pay. In a business-as-usual scenario, our demands on planet Earth could mount to the productivity of 27 planets Earth by 2050.
— Journal of Marine Ecology, 2011 study

Our current ‘economic’ model of Earth Management is powered by cyclical consumption to maintain “demand” and hence “jobs”.

The market paradox: “the market” construct justifies its existence by the recognition of the need to manage scarcity, but due to its structural mechanics, actually promotes and rewards infinite consumption. That is, nothing produced can be allowed to maintain a lifespan longer than what an be endured in order to continue the needed cyclical consumption.

  FIGURE 3:  Nothing produced can be allowed to maintain a lifespan longer than what an be endured in order to continue the needed cyclical consumption.

FIGURE 3: Nothing produced can be allowed to maintain a lifespan longer than what an be endured in order to continue the needed cyclical consumption.

  • A 2011 study revealed we need an estimated 27 planet Earths by 2050 in a “business as usual” scenario.
  • A 2013 study revealed that none of the world's top industries on the planet would be profitable if “negative externalities” were accounted for.

Within an Earth Management systems context, this data profoundly implies that “economic growth” is now consistent with predictably destroying all planetary life-support systems.

  • In your view, do you feel that the root socioeconomic orientation of our current ‘economic’ model (“Capitalism”) is compatible with our Earth System over generational time as we move forward?
  • ie, what is a true “economy” supposed to be by definition?
  • Or in other words, what exactly is the market model e-con-o-mis-ing ??
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The notion of “externalities” refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab. In this way, businesses privatise profits and publicise costs. Of the top 20 region-sectors ranked by environmental impacts in this 2013 study, none would be profitable if environmental costs were fully integrated. Ponder that for a moment: None of the world’s top industrial sectors would be profitable if they were paying their full freight. Zero.

This clearly amounts to a global industrial system built on sleight of hand.

An economy powered by consumerism is in fact not an economy at all

VIDEO: Why the cancer system is suppressed.


Underlying argument #4 - The false "no alternative" narrative

The market model is now structurally obsolete, yet within the ruling order the best of possible worlds is absurdly 'a money-price gain for the exchangers'

We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest.
The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors.
The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.
— R. Buckminster Fuller, Engineer

In addition to the understandings explained above in arguments 1-3:

  THE DILEMMA:  Where exactly is the physical referent and structural recognition of life-needs and broad public health that justifies the existence and imposition of "the market" construct as viable and applicable on this planet in this day and age?

THE DILEMMA: Where exactly is the physical referent and structural recognition of life-needs and broad public health that justifies the existence and imposition of "the market" construct as viable and applicable on this planet in this day and age?

So, the entire foundation of what currently keeps our social model operational is now falling away, and the Labour-For-Income system (absurdly considered by most to be time immemorial and "the best of possible worlds"  - that is, optimised) is becoming more and more inefficient at a critical time when we have an immutable social imperative to increase physical efficiency (ephemeralization) and Life-Capital efficiency to reduce scarcity-pressure and increase broad public health and reduce environmental footprint.

  FIGURE 4:  Conceptual graphic representing five shifts to increase economic efficiency and reduce the scarcity pressure. These adjustments will decrease socioeconomic inequality and the consequential spectrum of disorder and oppression.

FIGURE 4: Conceptual graphic representing five shifts to increase economic efficiency and reduce the scarcity pressure. These adjustments will decrease socioeconomic inequality and the consequential spectrum of disorder and oppression.

What is ephemeralization?

Ephemeralization is a term coined by R. Buckminster Fuller, is the ability of technological advancement to do "more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing," that is, an accelerating increase in the efficiency of achieving the same or more output (products, services, information, etc.) while requiring less input (effort, time, resources, etc.). Fuller's vision was that ephemeralization will result in ever-increasing standards of living for an ever-growing population despite finite resources. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is not recognised by the scarcity-driven Market Economics (Market Theology), as explained above. Abundance has no role in market mechanics. All it knows is that people need to keep buying stuff, and the more they buy, the better everything is supposed to be.

Ephemeralization is the most important economic trend in human history; but yet blinkered out.

Knowledge wins in the end, but not until it is known. And unless it is suffocated.
— Dr. John McMurtry, Author - The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure
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VIDEO: Scott Andrew breaks down The Great Reversal - Election debate, Palmerston North, September 2017.

VIDEO: Can you resolve these three questions/problems logically without realising the need to remove the Market Economy?