Scared? I Would Be…

if I were in “authority”…but I’m not. Truth and love govern the universe and consequently I have nothing to fear. The “awakening” (to reality) is gathering momentum. In Florence, Italy, young people flout the 10pm curfew to behave like happy humans; in Canada, nurses, police and others are speaking out to the applause of growing … Read more

Morality, Money and The Great Reset

Critical Thinking’s methodology is predicated on analysing and synthesising multiple perspectives into a shared understanding of reality. In this context, Critical Thinking’s analysis has been shared with diverse audiences, including those that share particular religious convictions. The Islamic faith at least recognises usury or interest on money as a problem. Sharia finance purports to satisfy … Read more

Protest and Principled Pragmatism

Having attended the Trafalgar Square, London rally on 29th August 2020 and yesterday’s event for the first couple of hours and having watched the Ruptly.TV livestream of both yesterday and the 19th September event which I didn’t attend, I’ve been reflecting on the effectiveness of protest. Turning out to show the world that there are … Read more

Contributions from David Graeber

David Graeber is no longer with us in the flesh. Anthropologist David Graeber, the man behind ‘We are the 99%’ slogan, dead at 59An anthropology professor at London School of Economics, Graeber was known for his books criticizing and deconstructing the capitalist system, including ‘Debt: the First 5000 Years,’ ‘Bulls*** Jobs: a Theory,’ and ‘The … Read more

Ecology, Climate and Hope

This conversation between Gordon of Rune Soup and Charles Eisenstein begins to unpack conflation of the polarised climate debate with the very real damage we continue to inflict on our habitat and ourselves.

Talking Ecology, Climate and Hope with Charles Eisenstein
Charles is the author of a number of important books including Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. He joins us today to talk about his most recent book, Climate: A New Story.
Along the way we tackle many challenging and thorny topics, such as solutionism, polarisation, despair and how to best think with our ecological crisis so that we may return to flourishing.

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Water of Life

Water is pretty much taken for granted in the UK, except when there’s a hosepipe ban in high summer. We regard it as ubiquitous and mundane but as water has become privatised, metered and rationed around the world, its significance is beginning to penetrate popular consciousness. The cost of water is accelerating – at 20% per annum over the last three years in London (Thames Water is owned by an Australian consortium led by Macquarie Group).

But water has magical properties which not even those who steal it from the rest of us for profit understand. To them, it is merely another God or nature given commodity to be exploited for private gain. Water is a commons and arguably one of the most important but, beyond that, its properties could be harnessed for everyone’s benefit and the environment, in a world that was less focused on profit and competition.

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Structural Incentives Govern Behaviour

While we are distracted by the daily newsround which provokes fear, outrage and division, we continue to feed the predatory organism by succumbing to the incentives integral to the system. In this video, James Corbett talks to Derrick Broze about how we can opt out of the predatory system.

Derrick Broze on Opting Out of Technocracy
We all know the existential threat that technocracy poses to the human species. So what’s the solution to this problem? Joining us today to discuss this issue is Derrick Broze of TheConsciousResistance.com who has just published How to Opt-Out of the Technocratic State, a guide that eschews fear porn and emphasizes solutions to the encroaching technocratic tyranny.

In the discussion, and no doubt in Derrick’s new book, are various suggestions as to how to “disconnect” from the system, among which are the use of alternative currencies and means of conducting economic relationships.

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Democracy Illusion

Apologies. When I tried to find the following joke, I failed and made a poor attempt at retelling it. The intrepid Maggie found it for me and credit goes to Critical Thinker, Roger, who forwarded the joke. The original joke came from David Stevenson to whom I owe an even bigger apology for bastardising the original. So here it is, as told by David:

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Think Context

Critical Thinking’s research and analysis revealed the limitations of abstraction which is how most people derive their understanding of the world – abstraction is how we’ve been trained to manage complexity, ie. if we are considering a complex issue or event, we’re wont to isolate the elements we can grasp or appreciate to focus on these to derive our opinions or views; often what we choose to abstract to justify our world view is determined by our ideological perspectives. Thus we ignore “inconvenient” evidence or information as irrelevant or wrong because it doesn’t “fit” with our world view. Furthermore, we tend to dismiss information from sources outside our cultural comfort zone, ie. from those with whom we feel we have little in common.

In the last post, I referred to how we’ve been trained out of our human essence to become aspiring consumers – in other words, we’ve been isolated from our fundamental context as individuals interacting with other individuals to form human bonds of common interest mandated by universal consciousness – we have lost the middle ground; as Laurie Anderson explains:

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