Love is an integral economic resource. It is the foundation of its meaning and purpose. Economics is all people caring for and protecting all other people. It is the antithesis of letting people harm themselves, harm others, suffer, or be humiliated.
A healthy population loves itself. It is safe. It exudes diligence, competence, kindness, and joy. Economics is how it accomplishes that. Without economics the health of humanity suffers. The characteristics associated with good health suffer in the shadow of economic dysfunction.
Individuals are incapable of caring for themselves. Typically they are vain, selfish, foolish, and greedy. Others’ love for them, as well as their love for others apparently injects a quality that is rare or absent in individuals. Each of us behaves better in the presence of those whom we love, and those who love us. The more people who serve each other, the greater the love, and the better the economics. Of course we must serve and protect people who we have never met. They are friends of friends of our friends. We also must serve and protect friends of friends of our children’s children who won’t be born till long after we are gone. The love will still be there. Economics is the secret of love, and love is the secret of economics.
Which came first? As in the mystery of the chicken and the egg, we don’t know. Love is the reason for economics. It is the nest where economics hatches.
In order to learn how to become effective at serving and protecting humankind, we must study the subject, serving and protecting humankind. Failing to serve and protect even one person is unkind, just as them failing to serve and protect you is unkind. Economics is what ties our knowledge to our lives. those bonds should be carefully, competently, and most importantly, kindly tied.
Over the course of the entire history of humankind. we have been incompetent at taking care of our fellow human beings. Poverty, injustice, and war still exist, and there is no general acceptance of a plausible plan to improve the situation. Clearly, if we accept the premise that adequate education provides the knowledge that is required to allow us to be effective in that care and protection, the education that we receive and share is insufficient. Being mean is unkind, and so is being intentionally stupid.
We need to try to understand how we can care for and protect each other, and we need to demonstrate that it is in everyones best interest to do so. What universities around the globe refer to as the academic discipline of economics belongs in the same category as alchemy, witchcraft, and astrology. It uses human beings for inhumane experimentation that is not based on fact, or even good intentions. As it is currently practiced, economics is nothing more than a superstition that divides humanity into unsustainable political and social groups that blame and punish each other for the their entirely predictable collective failure.
Kindness is a trait that has always been considered the domain of religion. We are supposed to love our neighbors as ourselves. Philosophers have touted kindness for as long as there has been written language. If kindness is important, shouldn’t we have enough knowledge to succeed at being kind? Shouldn’t we expect others to have it? Shouldn’t we share it?
Business and politics have not embraced the value of kindness except in those cases that it serves their selfish interests. Acts of unkindness are thought of as unethical, but in the world of business, as in the world of politics, kindness is a target. The easy exploitation of kindness has put civilization in a downward spiral, the same spiral that put Jesus on the cross.
There is a naturally existing economic force that is responsible for the survival of humanity. Individually we are capable of little, we are weak, slow to develop, and not particularly smart. The force that goes unnoticed is generated by people helping people, just being kind. That force is the reason that you have clothes, a place to live, a way to go places, and why you may reasonably have expectations to live into adulthood.
Loving God, and loving your neighbor as yourself requires effort, the same amount of effort that you use to indulge your personal needs and desires. Being stupid, not studying about what is needed to eliminate war, poverty, and injustice is lazy and mean spirited.
Seeing no evil is unkind, if you aren’t looking. Evil is an economic vacuum that needs to be filled with kindness, and kindness requires a base of knowledge that can effectively eradicate unkindness or injustice that is historically perceived as an eternal force of evil.
Evil is a superstitious notion that people use to explain the chaos left in the vacuum of a lack of economic support. It is a place where we failed to protect God’s creation and our fellow human beings. In the future that failure can be avoided by people kindly intervening, natural economic force. Evil is a superstitious excuse for the lack of economic intervention. Ignorance is the primary reason that anyone accepts the excuse. Evil can exist only as long as humanity fails to accept responsibility for doing God’s work, caring for and protecting its children. We need to learn how to do a better job. Economic knowledge does not instinctively appear.
There needs to be a course of study that allows us to gather and disseminate knowledge about the natural economic force that is created when human beings kindly serve and protect each other. Religious institutions kindly note the importance of being our “brothers’ and sisters’ keepers” while they superstitiously “cast stones” at evil. Placing blame stifles economic progress pitting people against each other, against humanity, and against God.
There is currently no academic curriculum that encompasses the study of natural economic force, and no research that embodies it. We all live in God’s kingdom, we wait generations for our opportunity to serve. Our service is a blessing to others, their service is a blessing to us. The power of this force is observable and measurable, and its absence results in unnecessary human suffering across many generations and in every corner of the world.
Remaining stupid is mean, unnecessary, and lazy. This is the opportunity that we have, not so patiently, waited for. Our efforts will make war, poverty, and injustice a distant memory. Our reward will be “peace on earth and good will to humankind.”
Why are academics economically important? There are major influences outside of our own personal experiences that affect our behavior. Our experiences affect what we know, how we feel, and how we behave. One of the major outside influences that affects who we are, and what we can become is our exposure to credible facts, the quest of academics.
We each have a set of beliefs that are based on superstitions, facts, and questions. These beliefs affect or dictate our behavior. Our history indicates that our capability and the quality of individual efforts are economically dependent.
The question to contemplate is, what does optimal economic cooperation look like? Optimal economic cooperation involves optimal academic effort, competence, credibility, and behavior.
Optimal economic cooperation involves solving problems that have never been solved. The economic problems of poverty and injustice have plagued humankind through the entire history of humanity. They have a solution that involves a paradigm shift in academia and three other pillars of civilization, and the other three involve academia as well.
The other three pillars that affect human behavior are government, commerce, and religion. Along with academia, these three organizational structures are designed in a manner that can only fail humans, humanity, and the environment that houses them. When we change the design, we will change the outcome. Old habits die hard, but the lessons of history dictate these bad habits be expunged. The question becomes, not if change is needed, rather how do we affect change in a system that is a product of thousands of years of precedence?
Bureaucracies have run the world for thousands of years, evolving at the same rate as their human slaves. Bureaucratic peace on earth is the emergence of one winner in a clash with the competition, to rule the world. History keeps chasing its tail because bureaucracies thrive on conflict, and if there isn’t any, they will make some. That is how they generate their power, and that is how they hold it.
As individuals we seek bureaucratic protection. Some of us have an opportunity to advance, bureaucratically better ourselves, but our bureaucratic gods, unjustly shame us, impoverish us, or dispose of us when we fail to be of value to them. Individually people do what they believe is in their best interest, and besides being powerful, bureaucracies are persuasive.
Persuasion comes in several flavors. Our personal beliefs convince us which tastes best. Our nutritious beliefs, ones that feed human betterment, come from facts, but facts are hard to harvest, even when they are ripe. The slow collection of knowledge has largely been caused by the size of our environment, and the long time over which it has evolved. Each of us is but a speck in the scheme of our environmental universe. Yet each or our actions affect all of the rest of those living, and those who have not yet been born.
Philosophers have been telling us, at least since the beginning of written history, it is very important to be kind to each other, to humankind, and to the earth that we presently inhabit. Bureaucracies have some admirable traits, but kindness is not one of them.
Thomas Jefferson, among others, stressed the importance of an educated electorate. He believed that a citizenry would be unable to govern themselves without an adequate education. The question is, What should people with an adequate education know? Apparently, the education we receive is inadequate, since the world is at war, most of its population is poverty stricken, injustice is prevalent, and people can barely take care of their personal needs. We are engaged in personal and bureaucratic conflict that causes one person’s gain to be another person’s loss, and humanity’s loss.
The adequate education that evades us, is hiding in plain sight. There is a natural force that needs to be studied. Just as Newton, noticed the predictability of gravity, and thought that it would be a good idea to document his observations to verify their validity. This other force is just as common as gravity, and it needs to be studied. Just as Newton’s study resulted in our ability to navigate space, and easily communicate around the world; the study of this other force will render our education adequate to civilize ourselves and protect our environment. It is this force that determines the quality of human life, and if there is human life. The effects of this study on economic behavior will dwarf the effect of the invention of the wheel.
The force to which I refer is the natural force of economics, all people working for, and protecting each other. People working together for a common goal are empowered, are enthused, and are compassionate. They feel better. They are more competent, and humanity is better off. The force empowers bureaucracies, whose administrators harness these outcomes for personal selfish goals. These administrations are bureaucratically exalted at the expense of humanity, the quality of individual human life, and the tragedy of environmental devastation.
Beliefs are ideally based on fact, with some hypothesizing in the direction of likelihood. Often however, they are flights of fancy, superstitions, or they can be the desperate justification for poor behavior. Beliefs can demonize others, or they can be self demonizing. Beliefs can be hopeless or helpful. Ultimately our beliefs dictate, or at the very least affect our behavior. Academic credibility with demonstrable facts will focus our beliefs, and ultimately our behavior in a positive direction, toward peace and justice.
Academics have always focused on the collection of knowledge. Knowledge is what schools study and teach. Academic outcomes, however, include more than knowledge. They are the effects of applied knowledge. Like vibrations that are not sound until they are heard, knowledge is of no use until it is applied.
Visualize a school as a black box. Students go into the box and emerge on the other side, changed. We want the students to emerge creative, confident, and considerate with a thirst for knowledge. That is seldom how they emerge. Our pillars‘ plan is to do more of the same, and expect different results. They stare at test scores that stratify students as if they were parts on an assembly line. Half of the students pass. Half fail. Failure is the result of genetics, poverty, illness, different learning capacities, and styles, just to name a few of the reasons. The very act of being judged for bureaucratic facility is not only demeaning, but it is counterproductive. Isolating children from other age groups robs them of many opportunities to teach and learn. It treats them like items in a factory. Shame and disrespect are disciplinary tools that teach a lesson of their own.
Many students emerge from the black box like horses that have been whipped. They do what is minimally expected, and nothing more. Depression, violence, and mind numbing substances needlessly follow socially disenfranchised students from abandoned families to early funerals.
Those categorized as top students are used by bureaucracies to do their bidding. Many goods and services are produced for the benefit of humankind, and some are produced for different purposes. Our history, and our behavior are exhibitions of living proof that poverty, and injustice will endure, that half of humanity will be treated as if it has no value. From the bureaucratic point of view, it is only right to treat the disenfranchised badly. They deserve it, and if we use the suicide rate to measure the results, many of those whom we mistreat agree that, “yes,” their lives have no value, hence the early exit.
The important thing to know about knowledge is the importance of its application. Applying knowledge is an economic skill. Hidden between the covers of a few dust laden books is the word ethics. Prior to now, ethics has been practiced mainly for show. It was considered more or less a religious issue, but as bureaucracies have evolved, religious bureaucracies sometimes have been far less than kind in their lack of restraint, regarding “casting the first stone”.
Ethics is kindness, and every economic act starts with an act of kindness, and is propelled with kindness. How about those acts that are unkind? Economic acts, first do no harm, and they start with an act of kindness. Business transactions that do harm, or fail to start and proceed kindly are antinomic. There is an unnecessary cost to humans, or humanity that needs to be apparent and accounted for, because kindness is what drives the natural economic force.
Economically you do little to help yourself. Did you make any of your clothes? Did you produce your own food? Did you build your house, your car, or the road that brought you here? Did you protect your family from foreign attack or home invasion? Economically you are, helpless. The things that you have, and enjoy, or need are a gift from others who work for you. Aren’t they kind? You work for them. Aren’t you kind?
Education is no different, teaching is an act of kindness that is often counter to bureaucratic rules, religious, governmental, academic, and/or commercial. Students emerge from the black box economically stripped of their humanity, prepared for bureaucratic subservience. Teaching knowledge is an act of kindness, if you do no harm. Kindness is a kinetic act. Kindness is the application of good.
The “cold hard calculus of economics” that I studied in college was as alchemy is to science. It presented no ethical accountability to the under served, or the under protected. It presented money as having value that it doesn’t have, a fairy-tale existence that protects money from reaching areas of need. The course was about distributing goods and service with no tie to the well-being of humanity, or its environment. GDP is the cost of human behavior with no regard for its quality. The economics that I studied superstitiously presented economics as political gossip material. It was then, and still is a method for the well-heeled to fleece the students who walk out of that black box.
Money has a perceived value of what it will buy, but in a system where ethics, kindness, is not the norm the perceived value is highly overrated. Bureaucratic cheating costs the working poor their livelihood, and it plunges people into poverty. Those who make just enough money( perceived value) to live, die if the money has less value than it is perceived to have. The perceived value is not the actual value. The actual value of the money is the cost of the items it buys. Monetary cheating reduces the actual value of money. If I had saved one dollar as a five year old child, its actual value now, seventy years later, would be only five cents.
GDP is, “gross,” national product, a bureaucratic tool. It is a measurement of economic good, plus antinomic harm, plus the cost of cleaning up antinomic harm, and unfortunately, it doesn’t account for harm that wasn’t repaired, harm that couldn’t be repaired, or harm done to people who haven’t been born. True economics is how all people serve and protect each other across generations, and around the world. That is what needs studying. True economics is about the well-being of humans and humanity. It is not about turning human beings into gold. Is no one in academia embarrassed about the superstitious presentation of economics? Are you offering witchcraft next semester?
In economics the economy works for the people. Poverty cannot be eradicated with the poor unable to participate. There is amazing academic work that is being quietly done each day, but the credibility of all academics is at stake, when our beliefs are not based on credible, demonstrable fact.
The bureaucratic architecture that hijacks the worlds economy is harming our capacity for life, and our quality of life. How does a people change a precedent that has existed for thousands of years when the customs and laws were designed to protect the enslavement of its people? How does a people change a precedent that fails to serve and protect them? How does a people turn the economic flow from spawning greed to feeding need? How does a people turn from being sycophants to bureaucratic institutions to leaders that protect and serve the human family.?
There is another precedent that is as old as bureaucratic architecture. It is kindness, treating other people as you would want to be treated if the situation was reversed. Most people are kind, but they fear the bureaucratic beasts. We are not going to kill the beasts. We are going to tame them. They won’t like it at first, but all will turn out well. Here’s how we will tame the beasts.
The financial industry uses financial accounting to protect their source of income. When they loan money, they don’t care if you kill the pope, as long as they get paid well for using their money. Further exacerbating the situation is the monetary devaluation that exists uniquely for those who have the most limited access to monetary resources, poor tax for the impoverished, income security for monetary pirates. Financial accounting does not protect citizens from bureaucratic robbery. It hides the crime.
We are going to use KC (Kind Competent) accounting. By design it is not a “legal” document. It is a window through which true monetary value is clearly measured and recorded to track its progress toward eradicating poverty and injustice, inside and outside of the bureaucratic beasts. It identifies each financial transaction that does good or harm. It tracks transactions that start with an act of kindness and publicly affirms them. It tracks transactions that do harm, or fail to start with an act of kindness. It identifies cleanup costs, and the cost of damage that isn’t repaired, or can’t be repaired.
This accounting identifies the source of kindness and competence, and activity that does harm. Using KC accounting, there is no need to sink the ship, just don’t allow pirates to anchor her in their harbor.
Have you ever noticed how uncommon it is for somebody to drive down the wrong side of a highway. Our expectations are to keep people doing the right things on the highway, and it will keep people doing the right things on the economic highway. It is the right thing to do, and it is how we will finally be capable of serving and protecting each of the worlds citizens, all of them, optimal economic progress for this and future generations.
Academics must paint yellow lines down the center of the economic highway. Old school academia collected knowledge for their bureaucratic bosses. They viewed knowledge as if it were flat. Ethics makes it a sphere. All knowledge has an ethical dimension. Measurements of knowledge have only perceived validity before they are applied, because all knowledge has an economic hemisphere, and an antinomic hemisphere.
Gathering and applying knowledge is an economic necessity that requires thought, calculation, measurement, public reports and peer reviews. Knowledge is both a hazardous material and a social necessity. Its application is an economic skill that requires academic oversight to ensure that, first, no harm is done, and second, that benefit is received. The purpose of education is economics.
Academics has eyes that see dangers that are indiscernible to bureaucratic pillars. It has eyes that see possibilities that bureaucratic pillars cannot detect. New school academics must also have a heart that feels the antinomic despair that cannot be felt by the ancient bureaucratic pillars that compel allegiance at unreasonable cost. The ancient pillars disallow knowledge from penetrating their stoney walls. Academics must expand its knowledge to include the true science of economics, that is the center line in the highway toward the betterment of humans and humanity,
Consider a pool of money. How does it do anybody any good? It has no value if it won’t buy service or goods. Suppose it has value, but most people don’t have any. To get money, people have to work for the few people who have it. Since there are just a few people who have the money, and there are far more who need it. Those who have it can be very fussy about who does the work, and they won’t have to pay the workers much because there are thousands of desperate people competing for jobs that are inadequately compensated.
Money is an economic resource. A pool of money in few hands is a monopoly. Monopolies raise cost at the same time they lower value. So the money that is hard to get costs more labor, or more goods. The few “haves” segregate the society for control over the many “have-nots”, who are grouped from most favored to least favored, and, incidentally, least understood by wealthy people who dictate the lessons to be learned by the have-nots. It is these lessons that determine the pecking order of those who are not wealthy.
In the USA, according to a Harvard study in 2004, 1% of the population controlled 20% of the wealth. The top 20%, including the 1% and their lackeys, controlled 84% of the nations wealth. The next 20% controlled 12%, meaning that the top 40% controlled 96% of the nations wealth.
Those statistics indicate that about 60% of the nations population is fed, clothed, housed, and educated on 4% of the nations wealth. This imbalance appears to be worse in the ten years that have passed since that study.
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This is the economic scenario of most, perhaps all, of the crumbling economies in written history, and collapsing economies spawn the poverty, injustice, and war that we are taught are just part of histories uncontrollable cycles, but there is more to understand about money.
Any successful economic venture has two things that it needs to do. It must solve the problems that weaken it, and create a better environment, for its citizens. Economy is about making things better. With those problems solved it will succeed, success for the whole team.
The problems are to eradicate poverty and prevent injustice. For that to happen the whole team must try to make it happen. Only 40% of the team has access to money. The other 60% operates on just 4% of the money. This poverty is inflicted at the same time the majority, 60%, are misunderstood, and treated badly. They are less than enthusiastic about the financial sector that lords over them. At least that is the way it has worked in past history.
There is still more to understand about money. When it is not distributed somewhat evenly across the population, people are forced to work for the follies of the rich, because they are the only ones who have money to pay for service, or goods. A population that is forced to work for the wealthy while the rest of the population is poorly served, and poorly protected, produces a sinking economy, a depressed, despondent population that is concerned with its own day to day survival.
Money is unable to be used productively if it can’t be used to solve the economic problems, stopping poverty, and eradicating injustice. The pool of money has less value because fewer people work less industriously and less creatively in the absence of an ethical, kind, mission. There is, quite simply, a lack of trust. People, justifiably, feel they have to look out for themselves, and that is what humans are incompetent at, a little more, or a little less on an individual basis.
As income disparity increases, an increasing number of people work harder for less. They are often regarded by the wealthy as subhuman, and treated as such. Part of that treatment is their education. Economies that monopolize money, have historically also monopolized education, an apparent strategy to retain and increase their power in the presence of sinking economic clout. Force and deception are the apparent tools of disingenuous leadership. Part of the deception has been achieved through propaganda, miseducation, and forced educational abstinence.
Thomas Jefferson referred to adequate education as being necessary for any citizenry to successfully govern themselves. That is the lesson of paramount importance in economics, how humans serve and protect each other. It is a subject that is practically absent from the world stage. This absence is caused by forced educational abstinence. In its place is propaganda that hypes ideological superstitions that cause depression and despair for half of the world’s population, an unsatisfactory existence for much of the rest, and insensitive degradation for humanity.
In my twenty-six years as a public school teacher. I never told my students that 60% of them would be competing for 4% of the wealth, and 40% would be competing for .3% of the wealth. I didn’t tell them that even by working long hours they would not make enough to be able to afford much, and they would not command much respect because part of the propaganda is that poor people are lazy, stupid, or genetically inferior, or they have subversive beliefs.
I didn’t tell them that when a person obtains a secure job that pays a living wage, it comes at the expense of someone else who needs the job, but wasn’t hired. I didn’t tell them that many of my vulnerable students would be lured by advertisement into lifestyles that would impair or destroy their lives and the lives of those who loved them.
Perhaps the explanation is that my teaching was of poor quality, but do you know anyone who knows how money is supposed to be economically distributed? Have they explained it to you? The information is veiled in secrecy. Those whose jobs are to administer the economic system are failing their mandate, and that is the trend in history. Education cannot proceed faster than knowledge is obtained. People that administer the economic system become increasingly brazen at controlling access to monetary information. As income disparity increases, economic administrators are always paid well to keep money from the “have-nots”, as a strategy to greedily garner more wealth for the “haves.” Although that seems to be stupid policy, adverse to humanity, expertise at being sycophants puts many of these people in the upper echelon of the sinking economic ship. They are individually unable to stop the gaping hole left by superstition and ignorance so they just take advantage of the situation. That has historically been the case.
Many of the things people know have been learned by observing animals. We have noticed that competition for food and space, along with strength and cunning are what greatly determines their survival. People are different. Their survival and the quality of their life depends on cooperation. Although we are all individuals, we are also a people, with one economic body, and although other species are colonial and cooperate, we are unique, in that our capacity for safety and well-being began with the very first human inhabitants and was increased or changed with each succeeding generation. In addition to our genes, we inherited our culture, attitude, language, knowledge, tools, and many of our human made resources.
In addition to the things that humankind inherits from previous generations, we as humans are uniquely positioned to use one of natures natural forces to serve and protect humans and humanity. This is a natural force, like gravity, and as with gravity its usefulness is not without danger. In fact this force, if misused, causes immense suffering for many individuals, and humankind as a body. The other thing about this force that is uniquely available to humans, is that it is the main reason that human beings are not extinct. This force is almost academically unstudied. We look at the havoc it causes, we look at its magnificent outcomes, and we look at its wondrous possibilities, superstitiously.
Just as Newton identified the need to identify and study of gravity, we need to identify and study this natural economic force that controls who we are. It is the same force that controls if we are.
Natural economic force works best, if it is unopposed. Bureaucracies use it to fight other bureaucracies. The result is that individuals and humanity are harmed by the strife. In fact the historical bureaucratic answer to peace on earth is bureaucratic supremacy, a huge monopoly that increases the cost and decreases the value of money, the same scenario that the article opened with. Worse is the havoc caused by bureaucratic conflict often eradicates individuals, or it could eradicate all of humankind. Once again there is repeating evidence of this in the lessons of history.
Also in history there is a string of evidence produced by many of history’s most respected intellectual, civic, and religious leaders, as well as its philosophers. The evidence shows that ethics has been hugely important in enlisting cooperation for the benefit of humanity. Practically speaking, ethics can be translated in any language to clearly mean kindness.
Kindness is not a passive quality. It is the aggressive pursuance of goodness. Every good thing that people do starts with an act of kindness. That act of kindness is the ethical reason for business, for government, and for economics. Economics is only economic if it is started and operated with acts of kindness. Economics only exists as a vehicle to competently apply kindness, and absent that kindness the force on humanity is antinomic, detrimental, though sometimes subtly detrimental to individuals and humankind.
Part of our education needs to include KC (kind Competent) accounting, not traditional financial accounting. What does accounting account for? Traditionally it traces the path of money for boon or benefit. The accounting may or may not be a satisfactory accounting because the economic value of money changes depending whether or not its expenditure is economic or antinomic. KC accounting clarifies the value of the transaction by determining first, that it does no harm, second, where and if value was added, and third, it maximizes the value of money.
The value of money is not actual it is perceived. The accuracy of its value is clearly determined as the value of what it is able to purchase. Ultimately each of earth’s citizens, opportunely, serve and protect the others. Economics is the primary method they use for this service and protection. Funds spent antinomically make the GDP a big number that has only a miniscule and remote bearing on the well-being of individuals and humanity. GDP is part of economic miseducation and ideological superstition. It is a pseudo mathematical excuse for hiding crucial economic knowledge.
GDP takes all of the goods and services we produce, and clumps them all together, the good part, the bad part, and the cost of cleaning up the bad part. It completely ignores the cost for damage that was not repaired, and the irrevocable damage done that is part of our legacy.
The total GDP measures the cost of the antinomic chaos that devalues human effort, and harms all of humanity, like a beach full of unsupervised children where many build sand castles. A few knock them down. Many toys are broken, stolen, or lost. Some kids are labeled with unkind names. Then there is a fight. Kids join groups for protection or dominance, and some cry inconsolably while others look for a place to be alone.
KC accounting is to economics, as supervision is to kids on the beach. Controlling behavior adds value and lowers cost. GDP is a method of calculating the cost of human behavior. The bigger the number the greater the cost. The cost is less when people are kind, but the value is infinitely higher.
Thomas Jefferson said that an uneducated population could not govern itself. What should that education look like? Clearly, we shouldn’t ignore what we know to be true, nor should we embrace ideological superstition. There are many things we learn that are not particularly helpful in this regard. Some knowledge is incorrect and some is trivial. Economics is what we need to learn to increase our well being. It is what ties our knowledge to our lives. Those bonds should be carefully, competently, and most importantly, kindly tied.
Over the course of the entire history of humankind. we have been incompetent at governing ourselves. Poverty, injustice, and war still exist, and there is no general acceptance of a plausible plan to improve the situation. Clearly, if we accept the premise that adequate education provides the knowledge that is required for effective governance, the education that we receive and share is insufficient.
We need to try to understand how we can care for and protect each other, and we need to demonstrate that it is in everyones best interest to do so. What universities around the globe refer to as the academic discipline of economics belongs in the same category as alchemy, witchcraft, and astrology. It uses human beings for inhumane experimentation that is not based on fact, clarity, or even good intentions. It is nothing more than a superstition that divides humanity into unsustainable political and social groups that blame and punish each other for the their entirely predictable failure.
As it is currently studied, the subject of economics is demonstrably ineffective. As it encompasses superstition, it is recklessly practiced as a tool to console greed and concentrate wealth. The outcomes are random because its parameters are incomplete. It is not becoming more accurate or better understood, and it fails to embrace even the appearance a credible academic quest for truth. The academic,“cold hard calculus of economics,” is cold hard baloney that is harming humanity, endangering the well-being of every society and every individual, in terms of safety, longevity, and quality of life.
There is a natural economic force that can be studied and understood. People serving and protecting each other create a force that effortlessly crosses both geographical, and generational lines and extends as far into the past and as far into the future as there is human existence. While there are other natural phenomena that affect humanity for better or for worse, we have the ability to improve our situation. Each vector of economic force is started with an act of kindness. Economically we help other people by trying to help other people. They help us by trying to help us.
The naturally existing gravitational force that Newton studied uncovered a way to travel in space, and communicate around the globe. There is another natural force that remains academically unstudied, natural economic force. Meanwhile academia has lent the subject of economics undeserved credibility while it is superstitiously pursued, as if real observable facts didn’t matter. Meanwhile, we repeat history’s cruel and violent cycle. This oversight damages our ability to care for and protect our fellow human beings, and it is a self inflicted head wound of the academic community that damages academic credibility in the entire spectrum of other disciplines.
Maximizing economic force is how people can control the quality of their own existence. We have the ability to enhance the lives of others, and they have the ability to make our lives safe, happy, and abundant. Human beings are not genetically equipped to be self sufficient. You didn’t make your clothes, produce your food, or build your car. Similarly you don’t protect yourself. Natural economic force allows you, and all of humanity the capacity for safety and abundance, but it must be studied, understood, shared, and nurtured, if we are to avoid repeating the mistakes of our ancestors. Academically we should not promote superstition as if it were fact.
Few people would argue, against the fact that we need to adequately educate ourselves to effectively govern, and that we need to allow ourselves and others only competent governance. We have not developed that competence over the entire course of human history, because we have not studied the natural force that would enable us to do it. That force has always existed in plain sight, like gravity. Every responsible academic institution should dump the superstitious garbage, and cooperatively study how humans are genetically adapted to serve and protect each other. Starting this generation, we can relegate poverty, injustice, and war to past history. True economics expands our ability to live, and the quality of our life. Studying the naturally occurring economic force will teach us how to expand that ability, and that quality to become what we were born to become, friends.
The foundation of all business is kindness and competence. Collaboratively we are able to do for others, what we are powerless to do for ourselves. As individuals we are helpless. ( Can you make your clothes, your food, your house, your phone, or your car? )
The collaboration used for business is cross-generational. We use ideas, tools, and materials that were discovered many generations ago, and generations from now they will use our discoveries. What we inherited has already determined our potential, and what we leave future generations will determine theirs.
Our potential is the size of the universe available to us. It is the economic environment that we share, for better or worse, in sickness and health. When we are gone, the size of economic environment will grow or shrink. Its size, human potential, depends on our economic behavior. Kindness, what we do for each other, makes us more capable. It increases our potential.
We have the potential to become better, kinder and more competent. The purpose of business is to expand those attributes. Pseudo business relationships wear a mask that hides unkindness, incompetence or both. These masks allow the economic environment to shrink. Blame for the shrinkage often appears as if those who were pushed out were to blame for their own expulsion, but it inclusion that expands our potential. The exclusion of segments of the population decreases the size and quality of our economic universe.
Kindness has long been identified as an individual trait, but it is far more. Kindness is also a social trait that inspires trust. (Kind individuals have often, in the course of history, been used as pawns that hide injustice, incompetence, or both. They are both the product of masked pseudo business relationships.) For individuals to be socially kind they must socially aware of unkindness and incompetence. Social kindness unmasks pseudo business. Effort, cooperation, and perseverance may eventually accomplish an unmasking, but it is exponentially less costly to prevent the institutionalization of unkindness, injustice, and incompetence than to correct it.
Beliefs are at least as individual as fingerprints. They are probably based on biologically inherited traits, health, religious affiliations, education, life experience, and perceptions. Knowledge is accepted or declined after being filtered through very personal belief systems, which are often stubbornly resistant to change.
The concepts of good and evil are beliefs. History has displayed innumerable acts of inhumanity by well-intentioned people. War, environmental devastation, impoverishment, and injustice have been and are being committed in the name of goodness, to conquer evil.
Personal beliefs are selfish. They control the path of individuals lives which are scripted to prove that their beliefs are accurate. The varying paths of individual lives have positive or negative impacts on the lives of others. Knowledge can add positive value to society, to humankind, and to each of us as individuals.
Knowledge is a special kind of belief. It can stand the scrutiny of testing. Truth is true in all cases. Testing truth is important because what is not true is false, and it is individually and socially degrading to truly believe what is truly false. Hiding what is false is even more degrading. Believing what is untrue is a matter of individually mistaken perception. Hiding it is miseducation. Miseducation causes people to believe what is not true.
Economics is the study of how we can serve and protect each other. It is our tool to eliminate war, poverty, and injustice. It is a place where beliefs are tested for safety and truth, where knowledge is stored for our individual and social protection, and for our individual and social betterment.
Democracy is correctly touted as a good form of government. The will of the people will turn it in a good direction. In reality a democracy cannot exist without a democratic economy. When 40% of the people control only .3% of the nation’s wealth, democracy doesn’t exist.
Thomas Jefferson said that democracy needed an educated electorate, if it is to survive. Just exactly, what are the things should that electorate know?
I taught in a public school for 26 years. Never once did I tell my students that 6 out of 10 of them would be competing for 4% of the nations wealth, or that the 1% of the population that holds 50% of the nations wealth would make life and death decisions for them, their families, and future generations.
I didn’t teach my students to be independent and free. My job was to teach them the curriculum that was handed to the school. That curriculum was, and still is, totally devoid of the very information that is most important in creating a democratic society, economics.
The vast majority of any people who know nothing of economics will be pawns for those who control the money. Free speech is of little value if exercising it costs your family a future. Thomas Jefferson said, “A despotic government could restrain its citizens and deprive the people of their liberties only while they were ignorant.”
The world’s despotic rulers want us to be stupid. We need to know — Who has what? Why do they have it? Are these resources used for the betterment of humanity? Without that knowledge, we use the rest of our knowledge to our own demise.
In mathematical calculations, there is an order of operations. Logical solutions to problems require adherence to that order for at least two reasons. 1) The obvious, is that the results would often make no sense if we disregarded the order. Other times they would be, “spot on.” On a random basis the results would either be perfect or wildly divergent from being believable. 2) The subject of math would be characterized as a form of gambling. Rigid rules dictate the order of operations so mathematical results can be predictably accurate, comfortable measurements that we can use to quantify, explain, and predict much about our physical environment. Respect for the discipline is as important as its accuracy. First accuracy, then respect, that is the oder of operations.
Economics is a place where mathematics is used to quantify, explain and predict. It also has an order of operations, and as with math the results are randomly divergent when they are not adhered to. Mathematical explanations of these random situations are as incoherent as if they were produced with astrology, voodoo, or witchcraft. Economics, as with the discipline of mathematics needs respect in order to produce credible results, and it must adhere to its order of operations.
Economics takes place on a time continuum. Mankind receives genetics, wisdom, values, environment, and tools from previous generations. They work with their inheritance. They improve or degrade it, and pass it on to the next generation. Economics has no beginning, no middle, and no end. It is a moving target, like a cross generational lifeboat that travels in a good direction when we serve and protect its occupants, respect its history, and prepare for its future. Its order of operations are study and learn from history, apply its lessons kindly and competently, and aim at and prepare for a better future.
History has taught us one lesson that we have consistently ignored for thousands of years. It is the first step in the order of operations in economics. Many of the great leaders over the past several thousand years have alluded to it in documents or speeches, and we refer to quotes from these leaders as evidence of their greatness. So it isn’t for the lack of knowledge that we are economically incompetent. It is because the knowledge is not applied. There is no discipline of economics that adheres to the order of operations, because of that, what we call economics is logically associated with voodoo, witchcraft, and gambling. It is exploited in a very similar way.
The malfeasance and nonfeasance of the bureaucratic structures that surround us, are caused by the decay of civilized behavior. Those encapsulated cannot smell the stench of rotting flesh that it emits. Economics makes civilization rot resistant, and it sensitizes the olfactory systems of those who should notice. The economic order of operations is important because civilization cannot bloom with rotten roots, and the roots will rot if they are not protected and cared for. “We the people.” are the roots of civilization. The discipline of economics should respect our forbearers, afford us compassionate opportunity, and encourage, enlighten, and endow grace on the generations that will follow.
… Economics is a place where mathematics is used to quantify, explain and predict. It also has an order of operations, and as with math the results are randomly divergent when they are not adhered to. Mathematical explanations of these random situations are as incoherent as if they were produced with astrology, voodoo, or witchcraft. Economics, as with the discipline of mathematics, needs respect in order to produce credible results, and it must adhere to its order of operations. Read more.