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Film - Economics of Happiness, Monday, Feb. 10

The film, Economics of Happiness, restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment; fundamentalism and ethnic conflict.

For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work. The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. On the other, communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

We hear from a chorus of voices: Vandana Shiva, Michael Shuman, Bill McKibben, Rob Hopkins (founder of the Transition Towns movement), David Korten, Zac Goldsmith, and more.

A discussion follows the film.

Transition Putney & Putney Library Present:
Film: The Economics of Happiness
Mon., Feb. 10, 7 - 9 p.m at Putney Library

INFO: Paul LeVasseur, paull@sover.net, 387-4102


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The endgame is poker

Interesting topic. The clash between the people and communities doing "good" things up against the total world corporate power structure doesn't seem like it would lead to happiness. It sounds more like were headed for a revolution.

Capitalism hasn't traditionally embraced ideas of happiness, well-being, sustainability, healthiness, goodwill, and so on. The quest for the almighty nuggets of gold is a game of king of the hill, and the only rule that matters is to get all of it, or lose.

The end game for capitalism, I think, is closer than it is far away. If it goes to its logical conclusion, the number of super wealthy will dwindle as one of them "wins" and takes everything.

Right now we have a group of 200 or so with, basically, all the money. The top 20 of that group probably think of the others as chum, and look forward to acquiring their piles and properties when they misstep.

The endgame, indeed, is probably going to be around a card table, with the 5 richest people betting everything with a chance to take it all.

So, the end result of capitalism, at its logical conclusion, will make one person happy. : )



Carried to it's ultimate conclusion, exactly the above will be the inevitable result.
Reduced to a bumper sticker: "He who dies with the most toys wins"

I'm betting it will be a Rothschild!


Incestuous Nature of Boardrooms

The incestuous nature of boardrooms belies the notion that the endgame will produce a last man standing scenario. Those "200 or so with, basically, all the money" that Chris mentions also have a huge groundswell of stockholders.

And underpinning all of that wealth are hundreds of millions (or billions) of people worldwide critically dependent on the upward bound wealth to maintain their day to day less-than-wealthy existence.

At this point, I don’t see a revolution in the making. These people have learned to stay one step ahead of the progressives and revolutions are becoming obsolete in the shifting currents of global economic control.


Mad Men: Through the ages

Had an idea for a commercial this morning while thinking about the handful of uber richies.

Camera zooms: through the bars into a subterranean cell, on prisoners in the Bastille. They are hunched over.

Closer in: we see they are all on their iPhones.

One particularly haggard man, looks over the shoulder of another to see how many bars he has.

Through the window, the sun is shining, the birds are singing.


Sorry about that crash

The top 200 will simply crash the system and steal all the investments of those shareholders. That's too big a pile of money to ignore in an endgame.

Look at how they enticed Americans with mortgage offers, then swept in and took their homes and gentrified. The less fortunate lost homes in New Orleans, Florida, California, Brooklyn, Oakland, etc. and the wealthy moved into them.

Or Mr. Madoff, who made off with a lot of "solid investments" of people who thought they were shareholders on the way up.

Or the major "solid" banks that evaporated overnight. The money went somewhere.

Partner with shareholders? Pshaw! I see your shareholders and raise you mine. And don't forget, you still owe me Europe from last week's game.


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