Mission: Extend EEE

Summary: The mission as of July 30, 2020: Extend Ecology, Economics, and Ethics with a strategic focus on the USA now embroiled in the Covid-19 pandemic, on the cusp of a pivotal Presidential election, in the midst of a severe recession unlike any other, and within a spiraling deglobalization. Thus, I write with a historical tectonic shift underneath our feet. The ground is trembling.


Mission and Goals:

The intention of the EEEE project tracks the vulnerabilities in prevailing global capitalism, called Capitalism Breaking Down, to realizing the potential of a comprehensive alternative, dubbed Social Ecology. The proposed deficiencies within prevailing capitalism include the tendency toward stagnation, inequality, climate change and the debasement of nature, and disabling fiscal crises. These are elaborated elsewhere.

My Statement of Concern, articulated in 2007, provides my North Star. The gambit: Social Ecology inverts capitalism around untapped human potential and the dynamism within Nature.

My Statement of Concern, articulated in 2007, provides my compass its North Star. Here is my thesis: Livelihood must invert capitalism. I audaciously propose the refounding the global capitalist political economy at its base: the household, the community, and its culture and material existence within bioregions. My aspiration enhances

This simplified framwork above carries several implications:

I hope that the elevation beyond the confines of a market-based capitalist political economy through a decentralized federation to the telos of Noosphere inspires you as it does me. Rather than elaborate a dreamy, romantic endpoint, I must now return to the hard realities of New Jersey, USA, in 2020. This is the starting point of the journey.

This mission then begs the question: How does one transcend capitalism to arrive at a better place? How might capitalism molt from a dominant force that tends to a totalitarian state of being to becoming a viable toolkit of means that support the telos of a better place? And soon. The flaws of capitalsm (inequality, crises, stagnation, and the undermining of nature) deepen, carrying potentially catastrophic outcomes.

That challenge provides the strategic focus of this ambitious project.

Aspects and Discussion

Capitalism anticipates the future very well for a year out or so. The longer view appears not to produce preparation. Since the widespread capture of the State by capitalist interests, expect a paltry response to a multi-year time horizon. Some within capitalism, such as re-insurance companies and rare advocates for Corporate Social Responsibility, have expressed unease. The imperative for profit to expand and the stalemate within public policy will thwart the prevention and mitigation of the damage caused by climate change effects. Many will suffer as a few others, those in control, continue to profit and consume. That divide, the ecology of rich and poor (Adanasiou), now intrudes into daily life, but intensifies rapidly. The USA, my beloved home country, will offer the principal case of this generational schism. I will watch closely throughout this project. You will find little optimism herein.

The vision posed above requires some elaboration:

  1. See the background to the project, including my intention.
  2. Part I: KBD:
    1. [jk1 EG and productivity: pages for both]; [Start with growth prospects and forecasts.]
    2. Inequality: Stiglitz, Piketty: just links and overview, such as Global Issues but authoritative;
    3. Fiscal Crisis: JOC
    4. Geopolitics of WSE
    5. The high emissions scenario RC8.5 offers a glimpse of climate catastrophe.
    6. Black Swans: Taleb;
  3. CCIR: as a major section on its own.
  4. Transition to Livelihood: values, Braudel/Polanyi synthesis.
  5. Part II: Livelihood = Home + Community/Commerce/Social Capital + Earth Care WSE
  6. Conclusions
    1. Trends, scenarios
    2. Strategies such as consumption
  7. Potential directions for Noosphere.
  8. Support
    1. Bibliography, annotated
    2. Notes & appendices
    3. Glossary


Sources and Citations

The annotated resources support this project must be presented.


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