With the current developments in the economic system, an update on the future of our economy may be in order. In the first part (The future of our economy), an extensive analysis has been made of the flaws in the current system that inevitably lead to its own collapse. That was also discussed the value of money for our survival is nothing more than the function of a medium of exchange between people who can exchange their ideas, products, and services with each other. It becomes so clear that the real value of an economy lies in the people and the knowledge and qualities they have, the raw materials they possess and the meaningful products they can make with them.
In this article, in particular, a lot of background information so that people can get an idea for themselves what is actually going on. Strangely enough, none of the documentaries from the previous or from this play ever covered or appeared anywhere in the Main Stream Media while they have millions of visitors on the internet. Perhaps the government does not want to disturb you and perhaps they themselves have no idea at all what they are doing. In any case, it seems wise to inform people as well as possible so that we can understand why things go wrong. This is the only way to learn something.
As the first video an hour and a half Willem Middelkoop, the man who has for a long time made predictions with rational analysis about how the economic system will collapse. And interestingly enough, he has been proven, unfortunately also against his will, continuously and frequently. In this presentation he examines many aspects and the flaws of the current system. You understand the system a lot better and we also learn that the Netherlands itself is not as innocent of the problems in the system as we sometimes think.
Although the collapse of the current system is not fun in the short term, it may give room to set up a much better and smarter economic system. Our economic system is actually a legacy from the time of kings and emperors when power was extremely centralized in the hands of a very small elite. Traditionally, three groups have actually fused together. The rulers of a country (current politicians), the administrators of the money of the population of that country, i.e. the banks and, as a third party, the army and the industries around it. If a king or emperor got the unfortunate and often stupid idea to attack other countries, he needed money. Banks had this and were relatively happy to give that money to the rulers because if the king could not pay it back, there was a whole population who could pay for the costs. After all, the king increased the taxes a bit and voilà. Much greater certainty is difficult to obtain for a bank that wants to make money. War has often been good business for banks. It is clear that the army and the industry and services around it also gladly participated in this system, after all, more work and earnings for them.
Strangely enough, this system is unfortunately largely the same so far. America and Europe have been at war in the Middle East for nearly a decade, taxpayers are paying the bill, and companies producing weapons and providing services to the war are doing good business. Cheney and his Halliburton company are perhaps the most controversial and obvious examples of this. But any investigative journalist who also delves into the European world of war services and arms manufacturers will probably also find interesting connections between politicians and these industries.
Interestingly enough, exactly the same seems to be happening in Greece at the moment. The Greek people have themselves made a documentary entitled Debtocracy, which shows that the money that has been pumped into aid support in Greece so far has not gone to education, health care or to scientists and engineers, all strategies for the survival of a country. in the long run, but that a great deal of this money has been channeled directly to German and French arms manufacturers. Furthermore, it is also becoming quite clear that Greek citizens have very little interest in being the victim of this system any longer and the chance that Greece will ever want or be able to repay the money is negligible, as is now everywhere in the news.
After all these stories about the current economic system, let me know this kind of washing out rather against human survival if it seems to work for human survival, now is probably the time to set up a better and smarter alternative. Ad Broere has written a number of interesting books about this, his latest book is entitled: Ending the Global Casino. What is refreshing is that he is past blaming the guilty party and especially comes up with proposals and concrete examples of what we can already do ourselves to get more control over our economic situation. In the interview with him below, many refreshing ideas and the call for people to take responsibility themselves and, above all, not to wait for those interested in the current system. They are not going to bring about the change because they are completely encapsulated in the box and then it is difficult to think outside the box even if the skill and benevolence were there.
To follow his example and propose solutions that people themselves can take, below are a number of interesting initiatives that can be an interesting alternative or addition to the current system in difficulties.
- Firstly, permaculture is an interesting system that provides people with knowledge to design their own environment. This covers the basic needs such as food, clean drinking water, sanitation, energy producing houses, sustainable economic systems. Check the website of permaculture in the Netherlands to learn more about this design system. There are free courses to download, there is extensive information about edible plants, information about how to build houses with sustainable energy, are completely self-sufficient in energy, etc. Transition Towns based on these principles, form local groups that work together for a future that is less dependent on oil and that tries to realize more resilience for the community in areas such as food, economy and the use of local sustainable energy.
- As a second example: stuff is a website that encourages people to share things with each other. That is better for social contact in the neighborhood, the wallet and the environment. Becoming a member is free and there are already thousands of things to borrow.
- Recently, there is also an initiative for one seeds and plant bank of and for all Dutch people started. The what and why of this idea is explained in this article on Visionary.
- Strohalm has been researching alternative and complementary economic systems for a long time. Their various experiments at home and abroad, their ideas and software to start up local exchange circles (LETS) can be found at their website.
- It Equi project is also an interesting experiment of a new form of an economic system. On the site they describe it as follows.
Equi access means equal and unconditional access to life. Enough, equal, and unconditional access to life, by using a means of payment that everyone has equal access to and that is based on our own presence on Earth.
- Finally, a large collection of alternative and complementary economic systems can be found at Wikipedia.
More ideas are of course very welcome. With this knowledge and plans, instead of panicking, we can think and work on solutions with which we can also solve such economic crashes in the long term.