Excerpts from What is Wealth?

From Introduction (summary of essays)  The first essay in the series, The Four Economic Models and the 5th Way Economy, takes a look into economics within the broader historical global context. Discussed are the pros and cons of the four economic models, their internal structures, and the transition between them as hypothesized by renowned economists. A 5th Way Model is then introduced that is based on combining the life-affirming aspects of the other four models and a negation of those that have proven detrimental to human communities and the natural environment. The following essay, Dangerous Dichotomies & Healthy Hybrids, takes a peek into the more recent history, shedding light upon the national and international strife between proponents of capitalism and communism that dominated sociopolitical relations in the 20th century. Bitter arguments and bloody wars were fought in the name of this senseless struggle while both systems worked separately—and often in cahoots—to control, manipulate, and subjugate citizens struggling to survive across the globe. The third essay in the series, The Seven Attributes of Economic System Success, continues this inquiry with a cross-examination of various economic models with regard to the level and quality of success enjoyed by their participants. Seven key attributes have been identified and compared in an attempt to disambiguate this differentiation. The fourth essay, What is Wealth? A Critical Inquiry into a Life & Death Quandary, identifies twelve essential elements of any and all given economic events. By seeing through the superficial differentiation between capitalism and communism, the true dichotomy between the need-based and work-ethic based economy is revealed and explored. The fifth essay, Redundancy Phenomenon, uncovers a fundamental glitch in all economic systems operating across the globe. This glitch is the redundant, wasteful, artificially duplicated differentiation (sectarianism) that occurs within virtually all institutions of society. Industry, commerce, politics, religion, pop entertainment, and academia are all plagued by toxic wastefulness and excess bureaucratic activity. Essay six, How the Entertainment Industry Robs Us of Our Basic Needs and Leisure Time, continues a discussion of this grave waste with a zooming in on the entertainment industry at large.

 

The next two essays, The Five Fingered Fist of Fascism and The Martyr-Hero-Zealot-Robot Complex, takes a look into the toxicity experienced in human relationships within our families, religious affiliations, governments, militaries, businesses, and ironically—our revolutions.

The final three essays, The Middle Way Solution of World Economy, The Revolution of Revolution, and The Ten Suggestions, introduce the basic underpinnings of a new economic model devised by the author herself.

From the book Introduction, A Critical Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Global Economic Restoration "Seeking to understand the events and trends of the Global Economy by solely comparing such various models as Capitalism, Communism, or Socialism is akin to attempting to interpret a great literary work by comparing the letters of the alphabet. A true and full understanding of any and all given economic “systems” must take into deep consideration the instinctual, religious, political, and cultural influences upon consumer choices, attitudes concerning work ethic standards, and moral codes dictating social behaviors. Until this critical assessment is achieved, humankind shall remain tangled up in the cross hairs of countless bloody wars, social violence, relentless poverty, and an academic agenda that is subservient to the military-industrial complex."

From the essay, False Dichotomies & Healthy Hybrids "Perhaps the darkest of ironies of this Great Global 20th Century Conflict lies in the widespread naive belief that either system was solely to blame for all the world’s inefficiencies, inadequacies, and atrocities. For, despite the political-economic models’ illusion of separateness, both Capitalism and Communism, in their particular qualitative states, were not merely destructive to their human subjects and the greater natural environment. Ever-so ironically, they often worked in unison to exploit the many to the benefit of the few. What humankind so fatally failed to recognize was that the dichotomy lies not so much between the Free Market and Communistic approach to socio-economic progress, but rather, in the organic verses the mechanistic nature of either system."

From the essay, Redundancy Phenomenon "Redundancy Phenomenon, then, can be defined as the tendency of human communities to fragment from the larger society, nation, and world along religious, political, cultural, and economic lines; create duplicate sects, parties, and economic subsystems; and thus resulting in excessive bureaucratic agencies throughout the world. Redundant Bureaucratic Productivity Depletion occurs when the bureaucratic administrative layers of any given organization absorb would-be skilled and unskilled laborers into their ranks, reducing real productivity output and enslaving both plough pushers and pencil pushers alike. Tragically, our human population has been confined in closet size office cubicles and assembly lines as narrow and oppressive as the medieval iron maiden."

From the essay, The Five Fingered Fist of Fascism "To tackle widespread political fascism does not begin in the White House Oval Office. It begins in the violent households, the corrupted churches, the abandoned school houses, the tacky shopping malls, the bloody battle fields, and in the littered streets. Until we address the abuses and corruption committed by the “citizens” in our own homes, churches, schools, and streets, we can only perpetuate the ultimate power of the powers that be."

From the essay, The Martyr-Hero-Zealot-Robot Complex: The Four Fundamental Flaws of Religion & Revolution "Holy rollers shout the names of their gods in the streets along with their gungho revolutionary brothers and sisters who march down major boulevards slinging slogans and towing party lines. The noise grows louder until crescendoing back down to the droning pitch of the status quo. Picket signs litter the twilight streets only to be swept away in the dawning of just another day. Teachings are taught only to be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the reality of day to day survival. Movements of change stagnate in the 9 to 5 drudgery of trying to make opposing ends meet. When gainful gains are made by citizen laborers, factories are moved abroad, sending liberated workers in droves to the unemployment offices of a depressed nation. Marches of brotherhood are usurped by corporate gangsters who license their popular slogans, sayings, and songs for use in product advertisements. The zealots have spoken, shouted, screamed bloody Mary. But the crowds are silenced by the white noise of pop entertainment fantasy and the so very real incessant bombing of this so-called advanced civilization. What are we trying to loudly proclaim in the silent streets of our actions? And what actions should our words inspire?"

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