Posts Tagged ‘political economy’

Dady Digs Deeper – GDP

5 October 2020

GDP: Gross Domestic Product

This term was unknown in literature before the 1960s. It came into popular use in the 1980s.

All this is from Investopedia:

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the total monetary or market value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period. It is a broad measure of overall domestic production.

The calculation of a country’s GDP encompasses all private and public consumption, government outlays, investments, additions to private inventories, construction costs, and the foreign balance of trade.

The expenditure approach, also known as the spending approach, uses spending by the different groups that participate in the economy to calculate GDP. The U.S. primarily uses the expenditure approach. This approach can be expressed by the following formula: GDP = C + G + I + NX (where C=consumption; G=government spending; I=Investment; and NX=net exports).

Consumer spending is the biggest component, accounting for more than two-thirds of the U.S. GDP.

After the Bretton Woods conference in 1944, GDP was widely adopted as the standard means for measuring national economies, though ironically the U.S. continued to use GNP as its official measure of economic welfare until 1991, after which it switched to GDP.

Some criticisms of GDP:

  • It ignores the value of informal or unrecorded economic activity.
  • It emphasizes material output without considering overall well-being.
  • It counts all costs, including waste, as economic “benefits.”

Bretton Woods

Bretton Woods” was a wartime economic agreement centered in Europe but brokered by the United States. It is named after the town in New Hampshire where the delegates met.

The agreement created the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. These were not actually implemented until after the war. It established a monetary system pegged to the U.S. dollar and the price of gold. In 1971, the U.S. under Nixon backed out of this agreement.

However, the program of global lending initiated by Bretton Woods continues to this day. The 1950s marks a new phase in how the planet is managed economically and politically. Coincidentally, a real government interest in UFOs dates from this same period.

This system, as far as we can tell, is operated for the benefit of bankers and other moneyed interests; the ruling elites. Its propaganda story of “economic development” is ironic from the viewpoint of many of its victims.

Dady’s view

In the four years since Haiti’s earthquake, the unemployment rate climbed from 80 percent to more than 85 percent. Simultaneously, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) went from a decline of 5.5 percent in 2010 to a growth of about four percent per year on average.

Dr. Dady Chery. We Have Dared to Be Free: Haiti’s Struggle Against Occupation (p. 81). News Junkie Post Press. Kindle Edition.

Dady sees the current system of international lending as a modern way to continue the exploitation of “poor” countries under the guise of “economic assistance.” GDP is a primary statistic used by international lenders to measure the “success” of their programs. The goal is to profit from the work, suffering or enslavement of poor people, while keeping them poor and thus desperate enough to continue to work, suffer and endure slavery.

She lists seven “enemies” of GDP:

  1. Home Ownership.
  2. Unpaid Labor.
  3. Barter.
  4. Durability of goods.
  5. Government services that are cheaper than private replacements.
  6. Good luck.
  7. Population decline.

These are the factors that international lenders, which include USAID, the International Development Bank, and the European Union, and their supporters, work against in the countries they lend to.

The major vectors of attack include:

  • Takeover of parliaments, government executive functions (run by Presidents and Prime Ministers), or both.
  • Local businesses owned or operated by local politicians.
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded by wealthy donors.
  • International corporations.

Examples

Home Ownership.

Forced urbanization of the rural poor tends to move them out of housing they owned or controlled into housing they must rent. This has happened in Haiti by replacing subsistence farming with more “modern” practices that produce export crops instead of products that local people need and want. A large number of Haitian farmers were also forced off their land by introducing cholera to the country. Too sick to work, they were forced to flee to the city where medical assistance was available.

Unpaid Labor.

Urbanization has forced more women to seek paid work, rather than doing informal work at home and in the community. It has contributed to destroying the traditional practice of communities cooperating around important agricultural activities, such as harvest time. It has also forced more families to purchase all the food they require rather than growing some of it themselves.

Barter.

Urban life discourages barter by forcing everyone to spend all their working hours doing one thing at a factory or sweat shop.

Durability of goods.

Without being able to barter for equipment repairs, lower-quality products become tolerated. Increased sales of goods “looks good” economically, even though it is actually more wasteful.

Government services.

Bottled water is generally more expensive than municipal water, so tends to be favored in a GDP push. In Haiti, many towns have seen their local water systems destroyed by vandalism or natural disasters, forcing them to use privately-supplied water. In some farming regions, community irrigation systems are not maintained, for lack of local funds or manpower.

Good luck.

Earthquakes, storms, floods, looting, arson, and civil strife wear heavily on a population, but are “good” for GDP. Haiti has seen all of these, including many incidents, such as the introduction of cholera and the destruction of community property by gangs, that appeared to be planned attacks. In a similar way, bad health increases medical spending. This helps the GDP and the doctors and hospital owners, not the poor who are being made sick.

Population decline.

Population growth is “good” for GDP, and the proliferation of high-income spenders helps much more than that of low-income spenders. So we see a lopsided emphasis on population control in poor countries, among the poor in those countries. This functions as a sort of soft genocide.

Dr. Chery reports that as of 2015, the majority of the urban “middle class” in Haiti are foreigners who work for NGOs. One of the premiere NGOs, Partners In Health, is closely connected to Bill Clinton through its co-founder Paul Farmer. Another co-founder is Jim Yong Kim, who has also been heavily involved with the WHO, and the World Bank.

Dr. Chery has also studied the trajectory of the “new” polio vaccine promoted by the Gates Foundation in poor countries. In India in 2011 this vaccine caused 47,500 cases of Vaccine-Associated Paralytic Poliomyelitis (more recently renamed Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis). This “live virus” vaccine was banned in the U.S. in 2000 because of this effect. It is cheaper to produce than the safer vaccine used for many years in the U.S.

The Creole Pig

Dr. Chery also tells the story of how Haitians lost their domestic pigs. These animals were important to many Haitians, and they were kept as a sort of “insurance” against bad times. If things got bad, a pig could be sold, or slaughtered for food.

As Wikipedia (somewhat edited) reports:

In the late 1970s an outbreak of African swine fever hit the neighboring Dominican Republic (DR) and spread to Haiti. Officials [what officials?] feared it would spread to the United States. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Haitian government led a campaign, known by the French acronym PEPPADEP, to exterminate Haiti’s pigs.

Farmers who were compensated received pigs imported from the United States. In the Haitian peasant community, the government’s eradication and replacement program was highly criticized. The peasants argued that they were not fairly compensated for their pigs and that the breed imported from the United States was unsuitable for the Haitian environment and economy.

In recent years, Haitian and French agronomists have bred a new variety of pig similar to Haiti’s Creole pig, and an effort to repopulate Haiti with these pigs is underway.

Medical terrorism

“African Swine Fever” is similar to “swine flu.” But Swine Influenza is associated with a coronavirus (H1N1/09) which is believed to have caused a mild pandemic that occurred in 2009. The fever virus is a larger virus that has never been known to jump to humans.

There is no real evidence that the extermination of the Creole Pigs was necessary. Here we have, then, another example of medical terrorism resulting in economic destruction and suffering. Sound familiar?

Missing Threads

30 August 2020

Spoiler alert: The missing threads are:

  1. Criminality.
  2. Mental technologies.

I’ve been immersing myself in a lot of “popular culture” lately. I re-listened to the BBC’s version of Asimov’s Foundation trilogy, as mentioned earlier. Yesterday I watched most of a three-hour event in Utah that happened very recently. And this morning I watched a three hour video dissertation from BBCer Adam Curtis that he has titled Hypernormalization (2016) after a concept put forward by a Russian writer at the time that the Soviet Union was collapsing. Curtis also created a set of videos about modern psychology and Ed Bernays called The Century of The Self (2002).

I have also recently watched several videos concerning the Critical Theory problem in academia and the resistance to Intelligent Design in biology.

This post has to do with what I see as missing from these stories. I’ve already stated them above. In Foundation, psychology plays a prominent role in the story, but criminality does not, except in the character of the Mule, a mutant with special psychic abilities. And that doesn’t count. Asimov, as do most serious historians, treats criminal activities as a part of human nature and otherwise disregards them.

The Utah gathering was about loss of freedom due to lockdowns and other related events, and what to do about it. It featured Del Bigtree, the maker of several recent films pointing out weaknesses in modern medical institutions. That event avoided the subject of mental technologies. One of its principle organizers is an ex-psychotherapist. She was packing a side arm that day.

And the long video concept piece, brought to our attention by Joseph Mercola (MD), tried to explore the intersection of these two threads without really mentioning either of them, treating the whole thing as a sort of hopeless inevitability, a part of a pattern that we might never rise above.

The Ethical Story

The story being told from an ethical point of view focuses mostly on:

  1. Loss of civil liberties. Stated as rights, these include the right to a fair trial, the right of movement unless properly charged with a crime, the right to freely congregate and speak your mind, the right to vote or abstain from voting, and the right to participate in governance.
  2. Loss of wealth. Stated as rights, these include the right to own property and the right to protect it, the right to engage in commerce and the right to work.
  3. Loss of power. Stated as rights, these include the right to life, the right to procreate, the right to an education and health care, the right to some form of social security, the right to express yourself, the right to practice a religion or refrain from doing so, and the right to be responsible for making your own decisions.

The focus in this discussion is usually on government.

But who, really, doesn’t want us to have civil liberties, wealth and power? The criminal. All these threaten the criminal much more than they do honest men. And criminals are contributing enormously to these losses, both through corrupt governance and otherwise. The focus of the Utah gathering was on the apparently sudden increase in the power of doctors. But they couldn’t explain why docs were suddenly so eager to rule, although a connection to Big Pharma was clearly seen.

The Technical Story

Suzy, a therapist.

When told in terms of technologies, the story tends to focus on their failure or corruption:

  1. The failure of the political and legal systems. Such as in the case of unjustified deaths, and the failure of police to control rioters. And in the failure of elected representatives to listen to the voice of the people, or to reason.
  2. The failure of education and academics. As in the over-politicization of teaching, disastrously incorrect research getting published, and academic people getting fired for speaking their truth.
  3. The failure of medicine. Their apparent inability to figure out what to do about any of the coronaviruses. Their neglect of nutrition. Their apparent arrogance regarding non-medical alternatives that seem to work better.
  4. The failure of the business world. To keep its ethics in and its products and practices safe and effective. The apparent sacrifice of lives for profit.

Society is full of incorrect technologies. We know that now, at least. It is the ethics problem that keeps better technologies from being used. That’s because criminals are afraid of people who are honest, intelligent, healthy and productive.

The answer to failed justice is Ethics Technology. The answer to failed schools is Study Technology. The answer to failed health is Auditing Technology. The answer to failed business is Management Technology.

All these technologies exist and are is use. But they are not in wide use because of the undue influence of criminals in all these sectors.

Per Ron’s analysis, the main vector for corrupting society was the false technology of “modern” psychology.

In justice and law this favored a “victim” / Big Brother approach. In education this favored leniency, pampering students and false study methods. In medicine this favored the bio-medical model of etiology and treatment. And in business this favored consumerism, entertainment in place of real production, and deception in advertising.

I am not trying to be thorough here. This just gives you the general idea. We know that “psychological warfare” is widely used in politics. But states have become similar to large corporations. They seek profit and continuance over the general welfare. Likewise, medicine now serves criminals, and is marketed with some of the most dishonest “science” ever seen. Science itself is not far behind, especially biology, where Natural Selection has long since been disproved, yet Intelligent Design is ridiculed as a religious insurgency.

It is as if the rulers, whoever they are, float along in their own little world, untouched by the concerns of everyday life. That’s no way to stay in power!

Patching the hole

Do we patch the hole or get a new pair of pants?

Revolution now would result in the loss of what remains of our garment!

We must attempt to keep things patched up until saner people are in place to take over. Learn how to do a Touch Assist or a Locational! Learn how to clear your misunderstood words!

The new world looks different, I think. We will have to solve some of the riddles that our founders wrestled with, and handle some of their blind spots.

I see the need to reshape our vision of business, and multinational corporations in particular. These organizations are too big to escape the guiding principles that we use for governments.

Religion will be reborn with a new recognition of the existence and power of the spirit. The concept of God will likely live on, for spirit had to come from someplace. We, on the other hand, will have to take responsibility for the creation of this universe. That was not God’s work, it was ours. And in owning the universe, it can finally come under our control to a much greater extent. We will really need that in the coming millennia!

Look ahead! There waits eternity. Why wear the same old torn up pants when you can make a new pair?

Conversation Of Our Generation

5 June 2018

About a year ago, a young man named Nick Jamell started a blog ConversationOfOurGeneration.com in an attempt to cut through the lack of clear thinking and responsible debate that he saw occurring across the internet and in public life on matters of social importance.

He was recently interviewed by Jack Spirko (at The Survival Podcast, which caught my attention because it deals with Permaculture), and he seemed like a sincere guy who really wanted to see some changes made on this planet. I offered to write a “guest blog” for him, and he graciously agreed to publish it (linked above).

I wrote a piece entitled “My Paradigm Shift Experience” which tried to convey in just a few words the depth of change a person may experience as he shifts from merely studying and discussing the human situation to becoming involved with a group that is actually doing something about it.

I might note that this shift started for me by reading a real book and interacting face-to-face with real people who were involved with the movement we all know as Scientology. I don’t know if an experience like that can be duplicated on the internet. But as this internet is now the place where so many of us connect, I hope that for many people that experience can at least start here.