Song Three – Boogaloo Water

Standin’ by the water doin’ the boogaloo dance

Time came rolling in – we didn’t stand a chance

Water’s standin’ over – my heart and my place

Time came rollin’ in playin’ the boogaloo base.

 

Do the boogaloo yahoo yeha!

Fiddle, squeeze box, harmonica, mandolin, base (Doing the boogaloo)

 

Water washed over my beans and my corn

Boogaloo dancin’ where I was raised ‘n born

Boogaloo dancin’ where old folks are restin’

Time came rollin’ in playin’ wild mandolin

 

Do the boogaloo yahoo yeha!

Fiddle, squeeze box, harmonica, mandolin, base (Doing the boogaloo)

 

It’s broken all the sluices an’ is headed down below

Bruin’ wild boogaloos, reapin’ what we sow.

Scales of boogie justice put us all in the riddle

Time came rollin’ in playin’ harmonica and fiddle

 

Do the boogaloo yahoo yeha!

Fiddle, squeeze box, harmonica, mandolin, base (Doing the boogaloo)

 

Seems the best we folk can do is do boogaloo dancin’

‘N join the water flow. There ain’t no second chancin’

‘N join the water flow learnin’ river’s ol’ romance

Time came rollin’ in livin’ the boogaloo dance

 

Do the boogaloo yahoo yeha!

Fiddle, squeeze box, harmonica, mandolin, base (Doing the boogaloo)

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This Morning’s Song

A Carol (dancing song)

 

Sweet Mother Nature, give me room to stand

As people once looked back at lost Doggerland

 

Sweet Mother nature how much can I bring?

What size is the plot to let small birds sing?

 

Sweet Mother Nature, I’ve plucked Adam’s desires

I’ve rape you and pillaged as my status requires

 

Sweet Mother Nature, you are haemorrhaging

Rood tree! My slave-tree! I’ve sent no offering

 

Who am I?

Everyman

What do I?

The can-can

The two-step

The if I can then you can

The giant step

 

I’ve stepped in the rose-garden – the honey-suckle bower

Each species selected for a pleasurable hour

 

I’ve feasted on selections for the finest cuisine

And trashed all the rest by an oil-fed machine

 

Sweet Mother Nature

I’ve no space

No cure

No embrace

No daughter

No son

No laughter

My name is Man

Of the can-can

My name is oblivion.

 

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A Tentative and Rather Diffident Post

Dear Friends, My life has been paused by a an embarrassingly-large, cancerous kidney tumour. This morning, I thought – what if I attempt to write a song a day? This is this morning’s song plucked from an hour of my time.

Good Time Rock ‘n Roll with the Addition of Jamaican beach music

 

Nothin’ anybody can do

Nothin’ anybody can say

My doin’ don’t belong to you

Gonna do it anyway

(musicians – tambourine, tin drum, wash-board, mandolin, clarinet, trumpet…)

Y’ doin’ don’t belong to me

Nothin’ that I can say

I’ve gotta learn to see

Y’ gonna do it anyway

(musicians as above, but then quietening to Jamaican lilt)

Where I belong

The elders sing

Eternal songs

Of all belonging

 

Livin’ time

‘s mine to hand

By livin’ rhyme

Where children stand

 

Inhabit commons

Of good behaviour

Time summons

Digger and leveller.

 

Enclosures shade

The ingenious view

Cultures are made

By what people do

 

Please come away

To scents and sounds

Bird-song dawn

Sea-shore day

 

Fields and woods

Where life is found.

Common good

Is common ground

 

Nothin’ anybody can do – & etc… (Refrain and return of rock ‘n roll)

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The Cess Pit – now in three parts (Please ignore the last two posts)

I am certain that Sir Keir Starmer has had his audience with Rupert Murdoch and that terms have been set for a Labour victory at the next election. I think that the bargain means the abandonment of Labour’s commitment on climate change – the removal of the “by 2030” and the re-instatement of “by 2050”. It will mean vigorous promotion of “net zero” (a fiction) and the ridicule of true zero as a fairy land. A green new deal will probably go ahead, but it will be a deal, not for communities, but for corporations. It will be proposed that the “big players” have most effect and so they, above all else must be encouraged to green. Massive corporate fortunes will be made, and consumer dependency will be re-enforced.

Corporation tax and action on tax havens will be mentioned, but also engineered to have no effect. I’m not sure how the new government will handle tax rates – there may be some action to prove that we have a Labour government – likewise a Murdoch concession may be to return much of EEU’s human rights legislation – again to prove that we have a Labour government.

Of course, every one of the new right-wing Labour MPs have been vigorous supporters of a united Europe – that is of corporate-supplied consumerism. Both the corporate powers behind him and Murdoch himself, would be more than happy to negotiate re-entry. UK electorates would be overwhelmingly supportive. Plainly, Europe is where the money lies. The utter chaos induced by the extreme right of a Johnson government will have proved useful for the final enclosure of tax-generated commons – common infrastructures of governance, such as schools, the NHS, law enforcement, civil service, road networks… Having secured those enclosures, re-entry to Europe is plainly the lucrative choice for all those new privatisations. It will be the corporate choice.

The Labour government will be hailed by both the Murdoch press and most of the electorate, as the government of enlightenment – of the return of common sense.

Meanwhile, we’ll have a relaxed and compliant consumer. We’ll have the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. We’ll have, in effect, the return of Tony Blair. We’ll have continuation of the arms trade and of destructive wars. We’ll have vicious military alliances – a reign of terror by US, UK, Saudi, Israeli, EEU and so on, to bring chaos to all cultures, which follow ancient social commons and religions, which are contrary to those of corporate-supplied consumerism. That is, we’ll maintain the current status quo. So, climate heating and species extinction will accelerate and the survival of human cultures will gain an even shorter span.

I think this is about to unfold. The Johnson government is so incompetent that it is digging its own grave. Murdoch waits gleefully for the perfect moment to spring the trap. Then the front page “revelations” will come – the “exclusive” new news – and the quiet man, the “steady pair of hands”, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, the torturer of Julian Assange and many others, the knight of the realm will emerge on the stage as anointed King.

Who’s for evacuating the cess pit?

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THE CESS PIT, PART TWO

Evacuation of the cess pit and a vast re-gathering on common ground, seems to me the last and only resort, to avoid human extinction – and also that of just about every species with whom we’ve evolved throughout the benign climatic period, which we all, in Northern Europe, the USA and so on have decided to end.

Of course, the world’s poor, including the poor in Europe and America have had no, or very little climatic effect. In UK terms, it has been caused by people with incomes above, let’s say £10,000 a year. Most of the world’s poor command far, far less than that – to the worst extent of a single bowl of rice per day. In truth, the trajectory of planetary heating is more accurately measured by a nation state’s GDP and its citizen’s contributions to that figure – rather than by the extremely-flawed modelling of the IPCC.

The emergence of a truly great man inside the cess pit, who’s intention was to lead us out – or rather for ourselves to lead us out, with himself as advocate – I mean Jeremy Corbyn – was a sudden beacon of hope for very many millions of UK citizens. His vilification by the right-wing press and of the new extreme right-wing of the BBC, was having little effect. That was to be expected. A landslide victory at the 2017 election was assured. It was the vilification by Labour’s right-wing MPs and of corruption within Labour’s publicity machine, and also of the relentlessly-manufactured, vile propaganda by the Guardian newspaper, which brought about the hung parliament. I speak of the UK, because she is what I know. UK and USA are extremes with obvious similarities – for example the squashed popularity of Bernie Sanders by the very same interests, which vilified Jeremy Corbyn and by the same kind of truth-less propaganda – often from the very same forces. But most of Europe, Canada, Australia and South America are on a similar trajectory.

Even then, a Corbyn government could easily have been formed in coalition, but for the obstinacy of the Liberal Democrats, the one Green MP, the SNP, and possibly Plaid Cymru (I suspect they could have been swayed). After all, Plaid Cymru and Corbyn’s Labour share almost identical policies. We all know the outcome – the bribery of the UDP and the emergence of an openly fascist government, which was the worst nightmare for all those interests – including the UDP.

Anyway, that’s spilt milk. Now the last choice we have is to evacuate the cess pit and to re-occupy lost commons. Where are the last surviving commons? It is very simple. They are in every household. There, different social rules apply. Here are some universal household rules. I think they apply to communities the world over and they bear no relationship at all to wider social relationships – that is, for the most part. Some communities which are bound by a common religion, or philosophy show that the ethics of home and of larger governance, can share some similarities. Such states are usually the target of vicious military interference by other nation states, which do not.

1 – RATIONING AND FARE SHARES

Within all healthy families, ancient commons survive, in which both chores and pleasures are rationed and shared equally. Pleasures include food and drink, toys, musical instruments, leisure time… Chores are allocated duties and obligations according to age and capability. These ethics also survive in wider friendship groups and common interest societies. A good friend is treated much the same as a family member.

2 – TABOOS

These things are forbidden in inter-filial relationships.

Profit, money interest, hidden truths, unkindness, disloyalty, theft… Good friends and common interest groups are subject to the same taboos.

3 – MONEY

Here, modernist families have radically diverged from those of otherwise universal history. However, ancient commons consider money as a tool for goods purchased, rationed and shared and so it is still considered by very many and usually poorer communities. I quote this often, but Adam Smith (as usual) says it best – Goods can serve many purposes, besides purchasing money, but money can serve no purpose, besides purchasing goods.

So, in evacuating the cess pit we do not begin with nothing. We begin with what we and our friends have always valued most – the ethics of home. Both physically and ethically/spiritually we set out to build a new economy from that very substantial beginning. What if this became infectious and nearly every family set out to do the same? What if we shrugged of the enclosures to re-settle the common again? What if the ethics of home, also became the ethics of wider society? Then, we’d not be in modernity’s perpetual anxiety and unhappiness. We’ve been controlled and coerced to dependency and unhappiness. Why not be happy? – happily and fittingly placed in both wider society and home.

We urgently need both the rationing and good behaviours of commons, the moral and physical value of goods and the worthlessness of money as anything more than a tool for the purchase of those goods.

There’s another law embodied in all ancient commons – The utter pricelessness of the natural world. Valuation of that gift is theft. Valuation is taboo. True-cost accountants take note. It is the foundation of every culture that I can think of in every single part of the world. It is always sacred. Today, that taboo is essential to humanity’s survival inside that same natural world. Tread softly, for you tread on its dreams. This little piece is also a valediction forbidding mourning. It says that cultures are not states to be admired, they are what we do. Doing is in the eternal, sensual present. Morality drives our doing – acceleration due to ethics – to common values. The future does not exist. We make it by our present action. If we do not act, it will very soon, be too late. By all that’s holy, come home.

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THE CESS PIT, PART THREE

Here’s a thought – deferring doing to the doings of others, is to do nothing.

Meanwhile cultures are made up by what people do to make them.

Deferring doing to the doings of others shrinks a society’s present actions – its maintenance of culture. It creates an anti-culture, an excess of social dark matter (imperfect metaphor?) and also an excess of static, inactive enclosure (that is, property). It shrinks the vivacity of the living common, to replace it with nothingness – that is of manufactured futures – of fantasies for the maintenance of the status quo.

Spending our energy by improving the efficiency of enclosure and by greening of it, does not change the enclosure. It improves it, gives it credence and longevity, so that the dynamic common, where cultural change really lies, remains dead to that same extent.

Abandoning amoral enclosures to re-settle moral commons, is the only route by which humanity can successfully re-settle the Earth. We can de-spend the corporations (and their lobbyist NGOs) and re-spend a living moral ground, which is the only ground where change can happen. All change is caused by the sensual present. Anti-change, or anti-matter lives in the targets (the futurism) of moral and intellectual enclosure – in that I include every kind of enclosure – money as property, status as property, land as property, ideas as property… and I also include enclosure’s institutions – most NGOs, the IPCC… That’s a long list.

Plainly most of us are torn, confused and unhappy. Please choose happiness – the real, sensual world, in which all our actions have immediate sensual consequence and in which we can at last feel at home amidst birdsong, wind in the leaves and amidst friends and family and to all of which, we contribute for better, or worse. We can sense the worst. We cannot change what we have done, but today, with that memory, we can change where and how we tread. Bon Voyage.

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The Cess Pit, Part Two

Evacuation of the cess pit and a vast re-gathering on common ground, seems to me the last and only resort, to avoid human extinction – and also that of just about every species with whom we’ve evolved throughout the benign climatic period, which we all, in Northern Europe, the USA and so on have decided to end.

Of course, the world’s poor, including the poor in Europe and America have had no, or very little climatic effect. In UK terms, it has been caused by people with incomes above, let’s say £10,000 a year. Most of the world’s poor command far, far less than that – to the worst extent of a single bowl of rice per day. In truth, the trajectory of planetary heating is more accurately measured by a nation state’s GDP and its citizen’s contributions to that figure – rather than by the extremely-flawed modelling of the IPCC.

The emergence of a truly great man inside the cess pit, who’s intention was to lead us out – or rather for ourselves to lead us out, with himself as advocate – I mean Jeremy Corbyn – was a sudden beacon of hope for very many millions of UK citizens. His vilification by the right-wing press and of the new extreme right-wing of the BBC, was having little effect. That was to be expected. A landslide victory at the 2017 election was assured. It was the vilification by Labour’s right-wing MPs and of corruption within Labour’s publicity machine, and also of the relentlessly-manufactured, vile propaganda by the Guardian newspaper, which brought about the hung parliament.

Even then, a Corbyn government could easily have been formed in coalition, but for the obstinacy of the Liberal Democrats, the one Green MP, the SNP, and possibly Plaid Cymru (I suspect they could have been swayed). After all, Plaid Cymru and Corbyn’s Labour share almost identical policies. We all know the outcome – the bribery of the UDP and the emergence of an openly fascist government, which was the worst nightmare for all those interests – including the UDP.

Anyway, that’s spilt milk. Now the last choice we have is to evacuate the cess pit and to re-occupy lost commons. Where are the last surviving commons? It is very simple. They are in every household. There, different social rules apply. Here are some universal household rules. I think they apply to communities the world over and they bear no relationship at all to wider social relationships – that is, for the most part. Some communities which are bound by a common religion, or philosophy show that the ethics of home and of larger governance, can share some similarities. Such states are usually the target of vicious military interference by other nation states, which do not.

1 – RATIONING AND FARE SHARES

Within all healthy families, ancient commons survive, in which both chores and pleasures are rationed and shared equally – pleasures include food and drink, toys, musical instruments, leisure time… Chores are allocated duties and obligations according to age and capability. These ethics also survive in wider friendship groups and common interest societies. A good friend is treated much the same as a family member.

2 – TABOOS

These things are forbidden in inter-filial relationships.

Profit, money interest, hidden truths, unkindness, disloyalty, theft… Good friends and common interest groups are subject to the same taboos.

3 – MONEY

Here, modernist families have radically diverged from those of otherwise universal history. However, ancient commons consider money as a tool for goods purchased, rationed and shared and so it is still considered by very many and usually poorer communities. I quote this often, but Adam Smith (as usual) says it best – Goods can serve many purposes, besides purchasing money, but money can serve no purpose, besides purchasing goods.

So, in evacuating the cess pit we do not begin with nothing. We begin with what we and our friends have always valued most – the ethics of home. Both physically and ethically/spiritually we set out to build a new economy from that very substantial beginning. What if this became infectious and nearly every family set out to do the same? What if we shrugged of the enclosures to re-settle the common again? What if the ethics of home, also became the ethics of wider society? Then, we’d not be in modernity’s perpetual anxiety and unhappiness. We’ve been controlled and coerced to dependency and unhappiness. Why not be happy? – happily, fittingly placed in both wider society and home.

We urgently need both the rationing and good behaviours of commons, the moral and physical value of goods and the worthlessness of money as anything more than a tool for the purchase of those goods.

There’s another law embodied in all ancient commons – The utter pricelessness of the natural world. Valuation of that gift is theft. Valuation is taboo. True-cost accountants take note. It is the foundation of every culture that I can think of in every single part of the world. It is always sacred. Today, that taboo is essential to humanity’s survival inside that same natural world. Tread softly, for you tread on its dreams. This little piece is also a valediction forbidding mourning. It says that cultures are not states to be admired, they are what we do. Doing is in the eternal, sensual present. Morality drives our doing – acceleration due to ethics – to common values. The future does not exist. We make it by our present action. If we do not act, it will very soon, be too late. By all that’s holy, come home.

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The Cess Pit

I am certain that Keir Starmer has had his audience with Rupert Murdoch and that terms have been set for a Labour victory at the next election. I think that the bargain means the abandonment of Labour’s commitment on climate change – the removal of the “by 2030” and the re-instatement of “by 2050”. It will mean vigorous promotion of “net zero” (a fiction) and the ridicule of true zero as a fairy land. A green new deal will probably go ahead, but it will be a deal, not for communities, but for corporations. It will be proposed that the “big players” have most effect and so they, above all else must be encouraged to green. Massive corporate fortunes will be made, and consumer dependency will be re-enforced.

Corporation tax and action on tax havens will be mentioned, but also engineered to have no effect. I’m not sure how the new government will handle tax rates – there may be some action to prove that we have a Labour government – likewise a Murdoch concession may be to return much of EEU’s human rights legislation – again to prove that we have a Labour government.

Of course, every one of the new right-wing Labour MPs have been vigorous supporters of a united Europe – that is of corporate-supplied consumerism. Both the corporate powers behind him and Murdoch himself, would be more than happy to negotiate re-entry. UK electorates would be overwhelmingly supportive. Plainly, Europe is where the money lies. The utter chaos induced by the extreme right of a Johnson government will have proved useful for the final enclosure of tax-generated commons – common infrastructures of governance, such as schools, the NHS, law enforcement, civil service, road networks… Having secured those enclosures, re-entry to Europe is plainly the lucrative choice for all those new privatisations. It will be the corporate choice.

The Labour government will be hailed by both the Murdoch press and most of the electorate, as the government of enlightenment – of the return of common sense.

Meanwhile, we’ll have a relaxed and compliant consumer. We’ll have the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. We’ll have, in effect, the return of Tony Blair. We’ll have continuation of the arms trade and of destructive wars. We’ll have vicious military alliances – a reign of terror by US, UK, Saudi, Israeli, EEU and so on, to bring chaos to all cultures, which follow ancient social commons and religions, which are contrary to those of corporate supplied consumerism. That is, we’ll maintain the current status quo. So, climate heating and species extinction will accelerate and the survival of human cultures will gain an even shorter span.

I think this is about to unfold. The Johnson government is so incompetent that it is digging its own grave. Murdoch waits gleefully for the perfect moment to spring the trap. Then the front page “revelations” will come – the “exclusive” new news – and the quiet man, the “steady pair of hands”, the former Director of Public Prosecutions will emerge on the stage as anointed King.

Who’s for evacuating the cess pit?

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New Book

book cover

New book coming very soon. I hope people enjoy it. Here’s a passage kindly published by Feasta: – http://www.feasta.org/2020/06/25/being-nothingness-cumquats-and-walter-scott/

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Drawing to a Close

I think that this little piece of writing is drawing to a close. I think the journeys of Homo sapiens are drawing to a close. All human endeavour is drawing to a close. It had stepped beyond the limits of its home on Earth and is now standing on empty air. About half of the species is so cemented to its achievements that it cannot turn back. The other half, who remain on the remains of a pillaged Earth have no voice to carry to those who stand in empty air. Earth’s living systems are unravelling into lifelessness and the end is not far.
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For this writer, he can muddle along by the power of imagination – of the utopias that are certainly possible, but which he knows are extremely unlikely. He can survive by the tragic comedy of it all. But sometimes good music will pluck inner strings, beyond words and have him collapsed in a sobbing heap on the floor.
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Cultures, as he repeats like a mantra, are what people do – not what they have achieved, or possess. So, culturing is always in the timeless present – it is being in the sensual union of ourselves and our terrains. So also, we can only change the course of a culture in that sensual moment. It can never be deferred into a targeted future. Only my present can contribute to the larger future.
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A climate activist’s contribution to a common future is not words delivered from a podium, but her share of the jet aeroplane, which has delivered her to the conference.
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Her understanding of the data she presents to assembled delegates should have made it impossible for her to board the aeroplane. That it hasn’t, indicates nothing more than the power of what she thinks of as her power and perhaps – of a longing to “belong” among her peers. That she reads from a document, which could have been published for all to see without stirring from home, is both tragic and comic – perfect for black comedy and for the most-stark of Greek tragedies. At the time, her present contributed only to a rosy future for jet aeroplanes.
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That’s all I have to say.
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We can choose to step back from those targeted futures and into our lives and their real effects. I don’t think we will, but we could.
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That “we could” is all that keeps this writer holding on to the shimmering beauty of a fragile spider’s thread.
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I Said, I’d not Speak of Viruses (having small knowledge), but I’ve Changed my Mind

People are shocked by the Tory government’s behaviour during Coronavirus, when it had been elected to do exactly what it is doing. I cannot fathom why people are shocked, since it was our choice and also the choice of the BBC and the bulk of other media organisations (including the Guardian). It promised deregulation, privatisation, decreased taxation for the rich and increased burdens for the poor. It promised a firm hand to repel and persecute black and brown people, an easing of police regulation (though no increased funding). It promised increased limits to liberty to both protest and hold public gatherings. It promised to limit democratic governance and to increase powers of arrest. Many of those powers were promised to private mercenary and “security” firms, who were also offered the management of prisons. It promised to privatise education, probation services and many other services besides. It promised to accelerate the slashing of environmental and human rights legislation and thus also to increase the power of private enterprise.
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It promised (by plain implication, not text) to hand both medical supplies and treatments (pharmaceuticals, vaccines…) to the patent-spurred “ingenuity” of private enterprise. Similarly, by implication, it promised profit to that private enterprise by allowing private patents for work done by public taxation – thus further reducing accountable infrastructure.
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It proposed to enclose tax-generated and so common infrastructures into private properties – without the acts of parliament formerly necessary for all such enclosures.
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Why does the Left affect outrage at what it had itself achieved by the fictional demonisation of Jeremy Corbyn? Without the liberal Left; without the Guardian newspaper, Mr Corbyn would now, by normal democratic process, be prime minister. That is no conspiracy theory, it is simple truth.
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Of course, much of the above will be maintained by Mr Keir Starmer. The Liberal Left chose him, because it also chose corporate-supplied consumerism, which is exactly what we have now. It chose a more policed, yet diminished state. It chose what it now rails against – that is, a politicised virus. Coronavirus has been politicised to open the UK door to stateless, private spoils of war. Yet the virus is promoted as an enemy to be defeated by a united nation – a little and glorious England (forgetting N Ireland, Scotland and Wales), which against overwhelming odds and by the universal self- sacrifice of her people, will eventually, scarred, limping, but unwavering, emerge victorious from the trenches.
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That the virus is just a virus and that species can neither function, nor evolve without viruses, is brushed behind the door by both the “stick to the patent-extraction of the science” of the liberal left and the battlefield – the survival of the “fittest” – of the extreme right.
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Don’t forget – no never forget, that the Third Reich was financed, enabled and industrialised (contrary to its ideals) entirely by private enterprise, which throughout the terror, continued to extract large profits from both the Reich and from those increasing spoils of war.
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Wars will always make a few very rich indeed.
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Listen! There is no war. There are collapsing ecologies and there is a wildly disbalancing climate. Look after your family, friends and neighbours, protect the vulnerable, but turn away from the illusion of a battlefield. Neither is the ecological and climatic crisis an alternative battlefield. We are not under attack. Every citizen is receiving the effects of her own causes. The real battlefield is private, personal and epic. It is with ourselves. Please engage. Study ourselves, and we may find answers to many questions.

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In the Outer Lands

Of course, post-collapse, we’ll have no choice, but to come together on the common, but what do we do now, in the last days before collapse? Plainly we can build new economic and social relationships subversively beneath the enclosures and on a rather fragile and tentative common. We can withdraw our spending from super market, retail park, the internet and so on and replace it into the hands of local trades’ people. We can learn non-fossil-fuelled skills. If possible, we can evacuate the education system and begin to teach more appropriate values. Of course, the enclosures will reach down with law enforcement – compulsory curriculums, rent…
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It’s a muddle – for instance a renewing Earth will not have energy to power the internet, and yet for now it is useful to communicate between commoners and as a library for skills and tools. All is least worst options.
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The transition movement had it right from the beginning – it has made no attempt to improve the enclosures, but rather, it would learn, step by step, to enter the common – a place where behaviour has consequence. Its footsteps lead from an economy powered by fossil fuels towards one, which isn’t. It hopes for the transition community to expand across its new commons.
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But still we live in a world of enclosures and we can negotiate with that world for measures, which may aid our transition, using all the allies we can get. Such measures may prove congruent with the contrary aims of others, who wish not to evacuate, but to improve the enclosures. An improved enclosure erodes the common. They include –
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1 – Redirecting New Deal, or Green New Deal moneys from corporate re-finance, to community re-finance – from corporate greening to community greening. We can use it to help settle the common.
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2 – Basic Income, or Citizen’s dividend is seen by many as the best way to rejuvenate existing “economies” during and as we emerge from the Coronavirus “slow down”.
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It can be similarly used to buy liberty to settle the common. Tom Paine saw it as a means to some restorative justice, by returning the rents gathered by enclosure, back to the original common. Of course, it remains a small restoration – that is, merely for rents gathered. Meanwhile, the theft of moral commons to create amoral private property is the cause not only of most poverty in the world, but also of climatic disbalance and of the pillage of nature. Its course is inevitable – self-destruction. Truly, we must evacuate quick. Enclosures cannot be improved. Self-destruction is intrinsic to what they are. Those who’d enclose, can have no moral understanding to respond to moral advice.
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“Carbon” taxes can be used in the same way – to re-finance community endeavour – through citizen’s dividend perhaps. Those who’d “improve” the enclosures (most environmental activists) could also be helpful to those who, on the contrary, would re-settle the common. The “great corporations”, for the most part, will be happy to embrace carbon taxes, because they know coal, oil and gas are bad for sales figures, whereas consumer trends are towards an “enlightened” future of green energy. Progress, enlightenment and new green technologies are excellent marketing tools for continued and utterly amoral (and so immoral) “green” enclosure. Corporations will be keen to swallow as much Green New Deal and Carbon Tax money as they can. The negotiated battle between community and corporate funding is on-going inside the enclosures. In the end it remains a part of this illusion – consumerism as a partnership. Corporations need the consumer and most consumers need the corporation. I think that is an unhappy relationship. I think most people are unhappy. Retail therapy is becoming less and less effective.
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The common is a still, small voice. It sings and dances – inviting others to the dance. I wish I knew if and when it will become more insistent. Time is very, very short.
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