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A time to learn by Tom Dennen

Friday, August 6, 2010 14:00
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A Time to Learn

Tom Dennen

The only way we can learn from history is to learn from history.

Everyone today agrees that there is ‘something wrong’.

A lot wrong, if not practically everything: a global financial collapse in parallel with the biggest money-making machine ever built, The Never-Ending War, the NEW conveyor belt bringing very expensive and profitable, highly sophisticated manufactured goods (and men) to planned destruction.

Has this happened before? Is it a process that was planned a long time ago?


Is there a practical, viable, easy solution, a solution that leaves all of humanity in a position to share the wealth of our home?


Or we can keep on tearing down its walls to feed the living room fireplace of a small group.

The solution is of course Democracy, but redefined and refined, reworked and rebuilt around the sovereignty of all individuals, rather than the sovereignty of a small group.

The problem today is that the individual is considered to be an expendable part of the war machine. ‘Men and materials’ are the cannon fodder for the vast profit created by war for a small group of people in control of most of today’s machineries of living – ‘the system’, which is incidentally, broke!

That group has been in control for some time but today the general population has been made more aware of them than ever because by their deeds the veil surrounding them has been dropped.

Can we capitulate with them without being killed by them in their war?

Perhaps our only hope.

Without the labor which creates wealth and the ‘men’ used in war, they have no power – there are far more of us than there are of them even though they own huge mercenary armies that can be brought against us ‘freemen’.

For that is what we are.

We know that shackles and chains do not enslave the mind; but we also know that the psychology of greed and the manipulation of it can enslave us just as easily – go now, pay later … at what is now a globally binding debt on … interest, also known as usury or ‘money for nothing’.

If capitulation is on the table at all, what do we have to offer?

First, a refusal to make that interest ‘non-binding’ in the sense that Iceland and Greece are defending their stand, a legal position called the doctrine of ‘odious debt’, which is debt that does no one any good except for those who impose it through ‘legal’ trickery.

In other words, if you simply say, ‘bankrupt’ and as a nation make laws allowing bankruptcy, debt can be written off and, in several precedent-setting situations, has been – it’s a legal ‘back door’ protecting lenders by allowing them to write off debt and avoid criminal prosecution for predatory lending.

 What kind of monetary system is it in which everyone involved ends up in debt so deep that the debtors,   including whole nations, have to hock their souls to get out of … and still do not get out, but find themselves so much deeper in debt to the interest on the original debt that they are forced to impose ‘austerities’ on their people – who did not incur the debt in the first place or if who did, were conned into it by a practice known as Ponzi pyramid building and is today considered odious?

The system is called usury and because it is so destructive it has been rejected by every human society since the dawn of man’s attempts to form viable societies: It disrupts every attempt at democracy, retards any meaningful social development, corrupts the study of existence – real learning – and destroys our inherent harmony with this earth by blowing it up piece by piece – all for something called ‘money’.

That’s enough, folks.

We are earthlings and as such we trust the enormity and diversity of life; we trust the fact that we are born different – yet  by our own definition, ‘equal’ – we understand that we live and we die in such a short time that it’s hard to work everything out in that short time.

But we are born with curiosity and although as individuals we do not live long enough to satisfy that curiosity, collectively we can learn.

And today we are finally on the edge of the ability to satisfy our curiosity by examining in detail our present situation of almost universal debt and financial collapse engineered over generations – we are learning how it came about and also  beginning to understand what can we do to make sure it does not continue.

Over millennia as our elders became our leaders and we observed the harshness of the elements, the nature of disease and the omnipotence of the universe outside ourselves, we learned medicine and cooperation, physics and communication, we learned.

And since it is available, it’s time to use what we have learned up until now; in fact we are already doing it. We have the Internet and other synapses in our global consciousness available to gather what we know works and what does not work, what is good for all of us and what benefits only a few.

It’s time to start learning the business of sharing our resources in the quest to satisfy our curiosity and find the answer to at least one question:

If anything at all, what are we here for?

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