Debs’ post on ANZAC day

Comment on Debs’ facebook

Hi Debs,

My dad would have been 94 on the 26th. He went to WWII, with 21st Battalion, into North Africa, then up through Italy and into Germany. He died 18 years ago.

I am not a supporter or a glorifier of war.
I am committed to a future of universal cooperation, universal abundance, universal freedom and security.

And I was at the memorial gardens at sunrise, recited the ode, and remembered the four freedoms that my Dad and many others fought for.

I contemplated the impossibility of peace while we live under a system of market based values, where universal abundance of anything has zero value. The power of the military industrial complex is minor compared to the intellectual trap of using markets to determine value. Market based values trap the majority in perpetual poverty, yet offer the perpetual illusion of future abundance.

So long as people hold on the market based capitalism, war will remain a high probability.

It seems clear to me that as a society we have some major changes ahead of us.
We need to transcend scarcity based market capitalism, and embrace abundance based thinking, supported by advanced automation.

It is time we went past a simplistic view of evolution being simply competition leading to survival of the fittest, and recognised that from a systems perspective every major advance in systems complexity is characterised by a new level of cooperation. Each new level of cooperation requires attendant strategies to prevent it being overtaken by cheats. It seems clear to me, that by any reasonable measure, the finance industry can be defined as cheating.

It seems that real peace and security requires that we transcend market based values and adopt a new level of cooperation, with a whole new suite of attendant strategies to prevent systemic cheating.

It seems clear that long term, real security and freedom can only be supported if we go beyond markets, and use technology to automate the production and distribution of all essentials for everyone. That technology is relatively easy to do, but there is no economic incentive to make it happen, as anything that is universally abundant has no market value.

So it is an interesting time.
I have great respect for all those who genuinely serve society, in any aspect.
I want a major transformation in society.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see
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