“Fascism,” the West European movement that achieved its greatest strength in Germany and Italy between 1922 and 1944 under the leadership of Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini, and “neo-conservatism,” the dominantly American movement that has achieved its greatest strength in the United States and Britain in the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s under the leadership of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, arise out of historical circumstances that are strikingly similar in nature. In each case, political power is won by a relatively sudden rightward swing of a minority of the eligible electorate towards a war-like leader, backed by a media-lavished bloc of fiercely ideological partisans of old-line values and national military glory. In both cases, the social context of this unusual and dramatic turn towards the political right is one of perceived and objective cultural crisis. Economically, the shape of this crisis in 1930’s Germany and 1980’s America is eerily similar. There is a precipitous decline in effective demand for industrial commodities; great and growing unemployment; a steep rise in family-farm indebtedness; an unprecedentedly large and increasing public debt; a long-term, “runaway,” postwar inflation; a series of severe balance of trade deficits; historic stock market plunges; and a jolting succession of nonproductive mergers of large corporations and failures of small businesses.
“We believe that all human behavior is a (conscious or subconscious) attempt to meet a need or a reaction to a need not being met. And that if you want to understand and change human behavior, you have to first understand our common needs.” – Chris and Dawn Agnos
The Cancer Stage of Capitalism is a modern classic of critical philosophy and political economy, renowned for its depth and comprehensive research. It provides a step by step diagnosis of the continuing economic collapse in the US and Europe and has had an enormous influence on new visions of economic alternatives.
John McMurtry argues that our world disorder of unending crises is the predictable result of a cancerous economic system multiplying out of all control and destroying ecological, social and organic life – a process he describes as ‘global ecogenocide’. In this updated edition he explains the ‘social immune response’ required to fight the ‘macro cancer’, something which has already been shown in developments such as the Occupy movement and the democratic social transformation of Latin America.
In an official global culture increasingly destructive of life, this book shows the necessity and possibility of building a sustainable society based on a universal commitment to life and nature.
The pace of change in the human ecosystem has accelerated rapidly in the past 30 years. These changes not only affect human health, but the health of plants and animals that share the environment with us. Nine keystone vertebrate, invertebrate and plant species have experienced extinctions or population crashes since the 1980s, and opportunistic human infections are on the rise. These crashes and infections can be traced to changes in metabolism that underlie epigenetics, innate, and adaptive immunity. Epigenetic and immunologic ripple effects have led to new Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes (AIDS) in plants and animals, and Acquired Autoimmune Disorders (AAIDS) in humans and domesticated animals. Autism is one of nearly a dozen new, neuroimmune and metabolic spectrum disorders (NIMS) that have emerged as a consequence of these new combinations of environmental factors that have never before been encountered by the human genome. This talk will showcase examples of AIDS, AAIDS, and NIMS that teach us about the unintended, and often-invisible environmental changes caused by human technological progress, and how these changes can be measured and managed systematically.
Free markets are often presented as the sole solution to poverty and human development. But the global market is inefficient and life-destructive, writes *John McMurtry*.
The article begins with an overview of the historic moment of ‘the end of the Cold War’, and of the paradoxically deepening moral, social, and environmental problems posed by the military system. It demonstrates that historical and contemporary analyses of defence and war have dogmatically presupposed the military paradigm, and have therefore failed to recognize the self-reproducing structure of coven premisses and inferences upon which it rests. In laying bare this underlying system of unreason, the analysis demonstrates that the military paradigm’s ultimately self-contradictory concepts of ‘security’ and ‘defence’ repose on unstated interests of social and political rule. Proposing new distinctions between pathological and life-enabling forms of war, and between guilty and innocent combatants, the argument develops alternative, non-military principles of war to guide rational and moral agency
- A lesson coronavirus is about to teach the world
- ‘Take it on the chin’
- Permanent crisis
- Valuing the common good
- Nowhere to fly to
- A boot stamping on a face
- Survival of the fittest
- Obscenely stunted worldview
- Eight Emerging Lessons: From Coronavirus to Climate Action
- 1. The Coronavirus Disruption is a Harbinger of Things to Come
- 2. Your Behavior Changes the System
- 3. Two Levers: Timely Government Response and Data-Based Citizen Awareness
- 4. We Are Faced With a Choice
- 5. The Decline of Trump and Far Right Populists
- 6. The Rise of Data-Driven Awareness-Based Collective Action
- 7. The Conversation We Need To Have Now: Reimagining Our Civilization
- 8. School For Transformation: Activating Generative Social Fields
- What is the main problem with the world today?
- Integral Theory and AQAL framework
- Historical perspective on consciousness and developmental studies
- Why “growing up” is not included in any major religious or spiritual system
- What is the obstacle to resolving climate crisis?
- How we can cooperate better to solve global problems
- Ken’s commentary of Greta Thunberg’s climate activism
- Eight stages of human development
- Ken’s commentary of Jordan Peterson’s awakening process
- Metamodernism movement and Integral Theory
- The percentage of people who are on 2nd tier stage of development right now
- What we can do to arrive to the tipping point of 10% of people at the 2nd tier
- Who are the people who embody the 2nd tier thinking
- The practices that individuals can do right now to support their development process
- Why start from cleaning up the unconscious and repressed shadow material
- Taking the role of other and 3-2-1 practice for integrating the shadow
- How you can start practicing waking up with Neti Neti observation
- Growing up process – conventional vs. true self
- Showing up for reality – integrating all 4 quadrants of the Integral framework
- The Good, The True, The Beautiful and how it relates to the development process
- What are the 3 stages of moral development
- Who are the people who are practicing waking up, growing up, cleaning up and showing up best?
- Potentials of technology to mediate growing up and collective intelligence processes
- Overcoming the stumbling blocks on the path to enlightenment
- Waking up – why do it, why not do it?
- How much time it takes to wake up, and why”ego death” is not permanent
- The delusion of quantum physics and the desire for certainty
- What are the potential flaws of the Integral Theory and Integral Movement
- The problem with seeking “the ultimate truth”
- How to approach cognitively developed people who haven’t done cleaning up and have a lot of shadow materials
- Dominator hierarchies vs. growth hierarchies
- The lack of teaching growing up and cleaning up in all major spiritual schools
You may or may not know that I was his private doctor, and I had several opportunities to discuss many issues on life, that were relevant to his life and that of the life of our community.
What became clear very early on was that he was mourning the diminution of our liberating communal spirituality by an enslaving materialistic religiosity, that had captured our political and economic systems of good governance and had created histories and legacies of mental enslavement of our people, still yet unseen.
In this light, I am going to take a deep history and deep heritage approach, to show from whence we came and to whither bound, to show how we can make the Great Turn to transform all of the rules of our social engagements so that they can uplift us to the highest heights and not lead us downtrodden to the lowest-lows.
Sir Probyn had pride of place of Brimstone Hill in his heart, for it manifested the unbreakable spirit in the hearts and minds and backs and hands and feet of the slaves who built it, as manifested in their superb craftsmanship.
For him this was proof of principle that no matter how diabolic the times were, THAT spirit could never have been extinguished and can NOW be tapped into as a source of transformation that guides our thoughts, feelings and actions, individually and collectively, in comprehensively inclusive and imaginatively creative life-enabling ways.