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Dear Robert, Many thanks for your take on all this – all very interesting and clearly very deep. Your decades of TM seems to have piqued your interest in going beyond the entrenched capitalist zeitgeist in the sense that you want to keep the best of its benefits but also improve it to give it ethical innards and face so that not only will its worst excesses such as Enron, HIH, Madoff, the GFC itself, the present PIGS/Germany/France crisis will be avoided but also it will also evolve to be more inclusive of all of us to enjoy abundance fairly as a consequence of win-win-win (and more win) transactions and strategies rather than the macroscopic win-lose scenarios of late. Please let me know when you would like to meet Barry re SAFCOL. However, I did mention it was his father that set it up and I am not sure he (father) is still alive. If so, he would be about 99.
Nowadays, although more and more of us understand the fact that we live , not in a democratic republic (as we were taught in school), but under a plutocracy , most still suffer from what Richard Grossman and Ward Morehouse call the "colonization of our minds [ 1 ], [ 2 ] ", the corollary of which is the " TINA " (There Is No Alternative) phenomenon. The fact is, there are alternatives to this evermore distintegrative "way of life". But in order to change this society so the seventh generation yet unborn may , once more, have the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest, each one of us must transform our own conditioned thinking from that of programmed consumer into liberated citizen . Today, people forget that U.S. corporations, or " corpses ", as this ratitor thinks of them, were extremely limited in their powers and influence prior to the Civil War.
Folks with bargaining power behave selfishly, but believe themselves fair, an economics experiment suggests. In our era of bank bailouts , wage inequality and mass lay-offs , plenty of folks have suggested that there is a difference between the classic Golden Rule, "Do unto 0thers as you would have them do unto you," and its less savory alternative, "He who has the gold, makes the rules." But how exactly do people with more bargaining power justify their actions to themselves? In an experment released this month by France's GATE Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Économique Lyon‐St Étienne, economists Aldo Rustichini of the University of Minnesota and Marie Claire Villeval of the University of Lyon, ask how folks reconcile the two golden rules in their lives. "How do people form their ideas of fairness, and how do they reconcile their stated norms of fairness and the temptation of more selfish actions that may alter their perception as fair people," asks the study.
Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty Ed. Gary Chartier & Charles W. Johnson