Quickly Dashed-off Summary of the World According to a Nobody

By the act of withdrawing our spending from the enclosures, and replacing it in the common we play our part in the collapse of enclosure and the revival of the common.
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We cannot prevent collapse of the enclosures, but we can create scattered economies durable enough to emerge from the ashes of modernity. At least 70% (guess) of those scattered economies must be made up of money-less activity and because, without enclosure, we shall have no property; no rent; no debt; no casino – the mass and energy of money need be very, very small, relative to today.
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As Adam Smith says, Money can have no purpose, besides purchasing goods, but goods can have many purposes, besides purchasing money. Adam Smith’s thoughts on economy are identical to David Fleming’s (the slack economy). In both, money is a tool, but cannot be “capital”.
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If necessary, (bad harvests, for instance) we can put aside that tool of exchange and instead rely on the exchanged energy of people.
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It seems a long time ago that Richard Douthwaite introduced me to this thought – Money-flow should not exceed energy-flow. Energy-flow is the power of what people do. Recently, the power of what people do, has been magnified by fossil fuels by thirty or fourty times over (another wild guess).
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It is plain that merely removing fossil fuels from our culture will cause monetary collapse and so also inevitably, economic collapse.
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On top of that, enclosed commons of land, status, ideas and money have created these various irresponsible properties (home as castle). I mean land, bank account, doctorate & so on) – all of which charge large rents. When I take my £10 per hour to pay for the solicitor’s £300 per hour, the £290 difference is rent for the property of monopoly status. Interest is rent for the property of money and so on. *
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So, fossil-fuelled money-flow has been vastly increased by enclosure – by rent collection from the probity of the real economy by an irresponsible, libertarian enclosure. Today, very few commons remain. If we like, we can exchange property (to liven things up) in a casino of stocks, bonds, shares and currencies.
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Of course, collapse of an “economy” whose foundation is irresponsibility is inevitable, but the slightest prick to that casino fervour will immediately prick the faith of punters and so the whole “thing” will cascade (pack of cards really is the appropriate metaphor).
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David Fleming’s metaphor is bloke falls off bicycle when forward motion no longer holds him upright.
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But here’s a thing – a moneyless economy survives on the common and it survives everywhere by means of the household – in family values and in rations of both what we can have (toys, food…) and in what we can do (chores and pleasures). That economy extends into groups of friends, clubs, common interest societies, pub sing-songs, churches, meeting houses, mosques, temples, synagogues – in conversation with a stranger, exhilarated at the view from a hill top – in festivals and holidays …
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So, when we abandon the casino and the enclosure, we will be far from landing in a wilderness. If we start from home, we will start from the original – the primal common, which is the only true economy. As I say elsewhere, we live primarily in the household and only expediently under hierarchies. As modernity cascades around us, we need not head for the bunkers, we can reach out to family friends and neighbours. If we had previously diverted our spending from the internet and from super-markets and corporations – if we had diverted it into the shops and workshops of local trades’ people, then the beginnings of a working economy of villages, towns, workshops and farms could emerge as dereliction of ring road and retail park flap like loose corrugated sheets in the similarly primal wind!
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Green activists talk a lot about divestment – about diverting casino spending (central banks, pension funds, great corporations, “investors”, into green spending. They shout, Oil is old, this is new. Why not grab the new coming thing? Quick before others get there first!
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I say, they prolong, and for just a little, what is bleeding the true economy dry – that is enclosure. Property is deaf both to its own coming collapse and to the common, and worse, to the coming collapse of both ecosystems and climatic balance.
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Many green activists talk of fighting the “big polluters”, but those polluters only exist by the spending of little people. They do not exist by “big investors”. It is not the supply side, which must crumble. It is the demand.
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Let’s shift the divestment movement to include us all. We can shed the corporate clothing by not paying for it and instead revive those same skills close to home. Close and home are both very powerful triggers of emotion. They instinctively bond.
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I don’t know of one academic economist who has courage to say that a steady-state, circular, or doughnut economy will cause the collapse of the casino and so by cascade, of the real economy of manufacturing, wages, tax revenue and infrastructure spending.
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Ah well, here’s the thing, they speak from the enclosures. What use are they on the common?
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* Of course, a junior hospital doctor has an ordinary wage. It is when she becomes a consultant, or a GP (also a consultant) that she begins to charge rent for her status. She can become rich overnight. For our junior doctor to become a consultant (and also rich overnight), she must first publish a peer-reviewed paper, or two. It would be prudent, to focus on areas which pharmaceutical companies would find “interesting” and also to confirm the currently-fashionable status quo, rather than rocking its boat. Remember she will be horribly over-worked and under-valued and so the enticement of considerable riches and of peer respect will probably overwhelm the contrary leaning – of an innocent search for truth

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Similarly, and in many areas, the possession of a doctorate will not lead to more than an ordinary wage. It is consultancy (enclosure’s gate-keeping), which does so.
For instance, in climate-related areas, researchers may be paid an ordinary wage, but “lead authors” will begin to charge status rent and can become very, very rich – and rather quickly. Commercial and government consultancy positions will, if convenient, open their doors. Any punctures appearing in their previous “research” will be attacked as schism. Respected status and sudden wealth will have been hard-fought and will not be relinquished! Humble researchers in possession of a doctorate and but a small wage, will – to keep that position and that wage – almost exclusively, back-up that “lead author”.

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