Science, and the moral reasoning it requires It is time to stop blaming mankind for what in the end are

planetary systemic cycles. The attempt in Norway to bury seeds seems utterly futile in the face of a glacial age which will come whether we stop burning fossil fuels tomorrow or not. The challenge for man is to apply science to mitigate a glacial ageʼs worst effects and to do what we can to hold it off as long as we can. Ranil once likened manʼs behaviour as chipping away at an overhanging cliff... Well okay, but it was weathering that created the cliff, not man. The fight is still between Aristotle and Francis Bacon. In the classical ideal man is honourable and fatalistic and in the other honour has no meaning and the future deterministic. Yet there is no reason why the future cannot be both honourable and deterministic and I would argue this is actually the function of civilisation. It seems self-evident to say that the only proper measure of a civilisation is the protection of the weak from the strong. And in this it can be seen that classical civilisation has failed miserably. From the dawn of applied science man has been doing more and more with less and less and as yet a classical economy bonded to the good the bad and the ugly has choked human development by sequestering knowledge through religion or in the modern age, monopoly patents. Classicists will argue that there are not enough goods and services to go around and yet most of us have lived at one time or another in countries where Baskins and Robbins was not available, yet life went on and maybe we ate curd instead. There is not a single patent granted today that does not build from the body of human knowledge, how then can a monopolistic right accrue to an inventor or patent holder? Agreed an innovator should be recompensed but how much more would be added to that body of human knowledge if a patent takes a general form that can be licensed by anyone? We would have several human beings working on improving and enhancing the technology so described instead of built in obsolescence to protect infrastructure costs. Ranil has often talked about a common energy value system for all humanity, admonishing us for wasting our cosmic energy savings accounts (fossil fuels). Buckminster Fuller not surprisingly agrees with Ranil and calls for a time-energy accounting system of kilowatt hours, watt hours and watt seconds of work. In such a system the burning of fossil fuels would be seen for the criminal waste that it is, the oil geologist Francois de Chardenes (Scenario of Petroleum Production) is cited by Bucky in Critical Path: “...with all that cosmic-energy processing (as rain, wind and gravitational pressure) and processing time (paid for at the rates you and I pay for household electrical energy), it costs nature well over a million dollars to produce each gallon of petroleum. To say “I didnʼt know that” doesnʼt alter the inexorable energy accounting of eternally regenerative, 100 percent efficient-ergo 100 percent concerned- physical energy Universe. “We find all the no-life-support-wealth-producing people going to their 1980 jobs in their cars or buses, spending trillions of dollarsʼ worth of petroleum daily to get to their no-wealth producing jobs. It doesnʼt take a computer to tell that it will save both Universe and humanity trillions of dollars a day to pay them handsomely to

trimmed away. David Pimentel estimates that grain fed to cattle could feed more than a billion people. there is no difference between an essential amino acid such as lysine. to fulfill the need for human protein. Paying people to stay home will reduce infrastructure requirements and irrelevant energy production and consumption. whether the source is meat. making photocopies. grains and fruits properly balanced for amino acids could provide more protein than meat. the proper combination of leafy vegetables produces fifteen times more protein per acre than grain-fed beef. grains or fruits. some 60% of working stiffs. grains and fruits that include all eight (note from FM now said to be nine) essential amino acids in adequate amounts. she was astounded to learn that cattle are fed sixteen pounds of perfectly edible human food in the form of grain to produce one pound of beef. hen consuming vegetables. if an essential amino acid is missing or defecient in a personʼs diet. Feeding grain to cattle has been demonstrated to be a protein factory in reverse. cooked away or left on the plate.” It has been estimated that given the inherent efficiencies of modern science. snails.” JW Smith Worldʼs Wasted Wealth 2. To say nothing of the reduction in coronary heart disease. The preferred source of protein in the United States is beef. Knowing that a meal of vegetables. Therefore. the body builds its own protein.” Cornell Universityʼs Prof. and clouds in the sky. chemically. which states that if A is the payments made to all the consumers in the economy (through wages. Lappeʼs research showed that. sustainable price. on average. grass. Smith further shows that Lappe estimate is conservative. an amino acid is an amino acid whether it is in meat or vegetables. that sets the limit on the human bodyʼs ability to build protein. Yet nature never abhors seemingly idle  trees. there will always be insufficient money to pay a realistic.. and interest paid to banks) and B is the payments made by producers that are not eventually paid out to consumers (such as the overhead costs of buildings and equipment as . vegetables and fruits but not all eight amino acids exist in any one non-meat food. “Frances Moore Lappe (Diet for a Small Planet) teaches that: the human body can manufacture all the twenty–two amino acids that are building blocks of protein except eight-these are called the essential amino acids. “Historyʼs political and economic power structure have always fearfully abhorred “idle people” as potential troublemakers. beans and other legumes produce ten times more and grain produces only five times more. these nutrients are found in grains. Lappe studied the efficiency of beef production. He demonstrated this fundamental flaw with his A+B theorem. vegetables.. dividends. perform unnecessary jobs –JW Smith Worldʼs Wasted Wealth 2-. From Wikipedia: “CH Douglas proposed that because the amount of money available under capitalism is necessarily lower than the total cost of goods produced.stay at home. while peas. coral reefs. as prime fed cattle have on average 63% more fat than standard grade and this is usually “. pouring coffee.

For a "National Dividend" to give a basic guaranteed income to all regardless of whether or not they have a job. "exporting" goods such as tanks and bombs to the enemy without ever expecting to be paid for them. His solution is outlined in three core demands:   1. and the hours they would have to work. The problem inherent in capitalism. He also adds moral arguments. governments cut back services.” FM continues: Gary Northʼs primary reservation is easily met by none other than good old Adam Smith who asserted that if people were paid equally although things would have the appearance of being more expensive they would actually be cheaper because people would actually be able to buy them. the economy stagnates. and we have widespread poverty. unemployment rises.   2. and return them to people in terms of subsidized. financing this by government borrowing If these things don't happen "businesses are forced to lay off workers. socialism or communism is the centralisation of the will to power which necessarily produces a different set of rules for the governors and the governed. taxes go unpaid.they wear out) then the price charged for all goods must be at least A+B — an impossibility since only A is available to spend. For a price adjustment mechanism to absorb windfall profits in times of inflation. putting foreigners in debt to us for our surplus of exports    * A state has a real war. The engineer argued that this last demand makes sense now that automation and labor-saving devices have reduced the number of workers we need to produce our goods. in a way that creates new money    * Businesses sell below cost." Douglas believed that Social Credit could fix this problem by ensuring that there was always enough money (credits) issued to buy all the goods that could be produced. but calls it socialistic. lower prices when the cost of goods on the market exceeds the money available to buy them. Many if not all critics of Social Credit have argued that it would cause inflation. when physically all of us could be living in plenty. For a "National Credit Office" to calculate on a statistical basis the amount of credit that should be circulating in the economy. What Douglas . such as the claim that God intends us to work for our survival. The Christian Reconstructionist writer Gary North (who wrote a book on Social Credit and allows it to appear online) addresses Douglas's plan to stop inflation.   3. and eventually go bankrupt    * A state wins a trade war. For such a system to sustain itself Douglas asserted that some or all of the following must happen:    * People go into debt by buying on credit    * Governments borrow and increase the national debt    * Businesses borrow from banks to finance expansion.

as tax is captured at source by PAYE. both of which have been private sector initiatives.   Any reservations one may have about paying people to do nothing is more than countered by the overall savings to the economy. In a debt driven economy if a government does not kowtow to finance they will not get the funds they need to fulfil their campaign promises. The cost of breathing of a peasant in the Wanni is obviously much less than the cost of breathing of a denizen of New York. Why do we need a government to tell us how to behave? Most of us learnt this on our motherʼs knee and in any event is not much more than consideration for other people. No matter what laws legislators intend to pass the actual laws are written by bureaucrats. The productive segment of the economy is held captive by the government who are held captive by the bureaucrats and both are held captive by finance. Compliance is ensured by  fear psychosis. and in a country like Sri Lanka with so much infrastructure to be built is not even relevant. as anyone who has sought to provide for their children is aware. In contrast the IMF funded bridge over a culvert in Minuwangoda which is broader but much shorter than our bridge. If a bridge needs to be built and people provide their labour to build it. As far as taxation it is the middle class that is the back bone of the economy. The only economic successes in Sri Lanka since independence have been tourism and garments. Yet with true purchasing power parity (in country) an equitable rate of exchange for goods and services maybe arrived at between the peasant and the New Yorker. The bridge was built in 100 days. then instead of making shirts for other people to wear we could be building our infrastructure. is still being built nine years after it was started. Why one asks do we need a government? Electorates all over the world are split into two main parties with no tangible differences between them apart from who enjoys whose patronage. The Police are unable to do their job due to political interference. For those who were dropped at birth instead of nurtured. Private property is biologically divisive from generation to really pointing out is that all the banks are doing is keeping our accounts for us and there is absolutely no reason we canʼt do that ourselves. systemic change and an independent Police and Judiciary can set the limits of bad behaviour. In practical terms. There is a cost of breathing. Thereby negating the primary granting of limited liability to corporations which as described by law today is nothing but a license to defraud the public at large. so is work on . in Kotadeniyawa where I live. it was decided to build a bridge over the Maha Oya to link Pannala and Kotadeniyawa directly with the businesses on both sides providing funds for raw materials that the government supplied at cost. and the people of the area providing the labour. Every time the government fails to do as the International Community demands vis-à-vis the terrorists and funding is stopped. so again we see that it is not private property that is the cause of human suffering but access to the tools and factors of production through special rights that are legislated by the powerful. A governmentʼs ability to borrow is incumbent on its ability to tax its people. All the professionals should police themselves stringently and the limits of third party liability settled by free market operation of Insurance. If the State kept our books instead of the banks. and if they do not keep at least some of their campaign promises they will not be re-elected. then the nation owes those people a debt and printing money to represent that debt is just completing the double entry for the asset.

. You see there can be no economic value created unless there is a transaction between two or more human beings.gravity and star (99 percent Sun)distributed cosmic dividends of waterpower. Similarly man has the science and a God given ability to cease spending from our cosmic-energy savings accounts (fossil fuels) not by increasing spending from our cosmic-energy plant and machinery account (atomic energy-Fuller calls it a spending folly no less illogical than burning house and home to keep warm in winter) but rather to increase our spending of our cosmicenergy income account which consists of “. and the human population caps at 10 billion. Now if you accept that economic value can only come from human transactions. when man decided to go to the moon and return. we will be 10 billion billionaires by energy income. tidal power. vegetation produced alcohols. If a corporation that mines coal has so many tons of it. Sri Jayawardenepura-Kotte with Colombo-Hendala. and find somebody to buy them. if you deposit 100 EUR with . Has anyone noticed how no government whether PA or UNP has claimed credit for this infrastructure development? In conclusion as Buckminster Fuller points out. but what happens in real terms is that a bank uses the whole deposit as a reserve and issues credit as multiples of the deposit. wind power. The problem is that we have abrogated the right to create money to banks. For example. and even sickness could be better dealt with. You cannot build economic value on the stock exchange. wave power. we get from them. but unless we pluck them or collect them. The future is ours. in true equality. he set about solving the problems inherent in such an endeavour by Critical Path analysis. This project is ongoing linking Dehiwela-Mt Lavinia. This is the reason for all the digging in Kotte. Theoretically banks can only issue loans from 12-20% of deposits (in some countries bank reserves are set at 20% but in others they go as low as 12%). they could rot away for all the economic benefit. starvation and shelterlessness are the work of man. Maharagama-Nugegoda. A mega city has at least 10 million people.. The Playing Field My study of money and how it works has convinced me that poverty. In the face of an impending glacial age one need no longer wonder why the United Nations Human Settlements Committee has earmarked Colombo as a mega-city for the 21st Century. you must also see that all wealth can only be stored labour. Humanityʼs present (1980) rate of total energy consumption amounts to only one four millionth of one percent of the rate of its energy income. methane gas. who create the money out of nowhere.” If EF Schumaker was right.the bridge. any value placed on it by the corporation represents the labour that has gone to recover it from the earth. let us grasp it and stop being party to our own destruction for the edification of a handful of genocidal maniacs. vulcanism and so on. Nugegoda and Dehiwela. not God. We can have all the coconuts in our trees.

A man called C H Douglas pointed out that what we call credit is an estimate of the potential capacity under a given set of conditions of a society to do work. I think the American Independence Declaration describes best the aspirations of humanity to life.20 * x = 100 / . And to her detriment. held and comprised of the infrastructure and goodwill of society in combination with labour. Democrats vs. But. and any independent action leads to the most awful censures and many times death. viz. An example of killings is when so-called scabs crossed strike lines and were killed by the strikers. in fact they lend: . It is clear that the benefits of applied science and technology must apply to society as whole all.2 = 500. mostly represented by two large parties. activity or endeavour. the Labour Party against the Conservatives. The CWC and the Muslim Congress in Sri Lanka. what one is doing is selling oneʼs future labour. While it is true that it is economic necessity that leads a person to break a strike. This becomes clear when we understand that when one borrows more on oneʼs credit card than one makes in a month. It must provide to the productive portion of society an average economic return for the effort expended. it seems self-evident that the centralisation of authority whether in the form of the politburo. liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However history is replete with the abuse of centralised power. the factory owner or the trade union leadership is restricting the choices of the individual. In todayʼs ostensibly democratic world. which for no good reason we allow bankers to exploit for their own private profit. That is each 100 EUR deposit enables banks to issue 800 to 500 EUR of credit. From the point of view of cultures and indeed civilisations. socialism or capitalism power is centralised and this necessarily limits individual choice and rights.12*x=100 then x = 100/. The potential productive capacity of a society is a communal good. Republicans. in the US. the right to work can only mean the right to work for the right ends in the right way. The centralisation of power is what leads to these anomalies and whether it is communism.   True systemic freedom demands the supremacy of the individual considered collectively over any outside interest. As we know socialism and so-called fighting for rights of the workers means that all members of the trade union or party must tow the union or party line. societies are polarised left or right. because in fact the village bully became the chief. which means a lot more than the means must justify the end. the very foundation of association in groups is the protection of the weak from the strong. and this is important. allowing minority interests to become powerful kingmakers. in the UK. This does not mean in any way unbridled individualism where a single individualʼs interest subordinates the interests of a group.33 or . and in many cases there is no choice involved but compulsion. No innovator today can do so without mathematics or . So any hope of true democracy is completely impossible as invariably the majority is split in two. From the dawn of applied science man has been doing more and more with less and less and there is not a single patent granted today that does not build from the body of human knowledge.a bank they should lend 80-88 EUR to others. the toughest and meanest chief became the king and the meanest and toughest king became the emperor. in Sri Lanka the SLFP and the UNP.12 = 833. Nor is it sensible to speak of freedom that is not economic and does not afford to an individual the choice to assist or not in any project.

Raw material. One of the greatest tragedies of modern life is that despite the fact that we have had mass media and public education for more than a hundred years. we are no closer to true freedom than our ancestors in the middle ages. Ritual worship incorporated checks and balances of biodiversity and to the degree that in matters of the environment the Bhupathi was superior to the King. Knowledge was the foundation of a familyʼs wealth and this knowledge was handed down from generation to generation through the institution of caste. Oneʼs duty to oneʼs village far outweighed any perceived responsibility to oneʼs self and one owed to society the proper yield from oneʼs land. All these are held in Common by humanity. nor can they express their innovation without a language. Wages. This leads us to the next interesting anomaly. Our experience in the 20th Century has made it plain that the centralisation of the will-to-power leads either to a Fascist Police State or a Totalitarian Socialist one. the widely held ownership of the means of production by . these costs are made up of Salaries & Wages. So it is obvious that in a single production cycle A can never be more than C. and as such no worker can purchase the fruits of her labour at the end of a single cycle. which is that all production systems are basically factory systems that convert one thing into another and in a factory system prices for products are set by the summation of costs and the addition of a profit. As to the latter Geoffrey Dobbs paraphrasing the master in his introduction to C H Douglasʼ Economic Democracy: “It is not. From the perspective of the Commercial Undertaking. Today wittingly or unwittingly we collaborate in our own penury by subscribing to a system that perpetuates our bondage. How then can a monopolistic right accrue to an inventor or patent holder? Agreed an innovator should be recompensed but how much more would be added to that body of human knowledge if a patent takes a general form that can be licensed by anyone? We would have several human beings working on improving and enhancing the technology so described instead of built in obsolescence to protect infrastructure costs. Perhaps in Lanka we are even further away from freedom than the middle ages. Yugoslavia and Iraq today. As Coomaraswamy has demonstrated caste had more in common with guild craftsmanship than the unilateral exploitation it had become during the colonial period without function or responsibility. Examined collectively it can be seen that society will produce goods that no one can buy. Dividends) ʻAʼ and all other costs plus profit as ʻBʼ. we can express this as A+B=C. for instance. the people would be safe and the land bountiful. Overhead and Depreciation. Now if we call the price of the finished product of the factory ʻCʼ. Examine. Unless of course. the sums paid to people (Salaries. over-capacity. Manufacturing costs. she uses her credit card or obtains a loan from a financial institution. Under Mahasamatta the peasants enjoyed more individual freedom than in todayʼs democracy.physics. and in the modern day we call it over-production. Privilege and authority was underscored by responsibility and a King who did not live in dhamma would find his life forfeit. but in fact it is more than sinister and diabolic than that. The Great Consensus between Man and God was that so long as the King (who embodied Mahasamatta) and the people lived in Dhamma. because it is fundamentally what necessitates war as the surest form of the destruction of productive capacity. Dividends to shareholders.

and with no need to surrender the control over his labour to a Union Leader. and it was upon the policy of credit-through-theemployer as sole distributors of licenses to live to the bulk of the people that Douglas put his finger. Incidentally. and this has no real or natural economic basis. until it disappears altogether when the State becomes the sole employer under the abstract slogan: ʻCommon Ownershipʼ. which most Socialist Governments discreetly encourage. “No person of even modest private means is ʻproletarianisedʼ by accepting employment. it is monetary and ideological-a fact that becomes more obvious every year as technological invention increases the productive power of human labour. while retaining the slogans and images of a movement for the liberation of the workers. “The power-socialist views with even greater hostility than the power-capitalist the possibility of an increasingly independent worker. as an essential step towards the socialisation of production and the total dependence of a fully proletarianised population upon a single all-powerful Employer. iniquitous laws that afford special privileges to the powerful. And far from financial capitalism providing consumers with more choices it demonstrably restricts and reduces choice with unerring efficiency. the greater the freedom of the worker in choosing his employer. independent) people which creates an exploited proletariat and the consequent class struggle. This policy does not only manifest itself in the aforementioned monopoly patents but is also seen in the monopoly of societyʼs credit by banks. the monopoly on transcendental truth all religions claim and the pyramidal structure of society where absolute power resides in an Executive who theoretically administers that power on behalf of the many but in practise enjoys privileges exclusively.e. “Alternatively. not with the people who seek liberation from the proletarian condition.ʻprivateʼ (i. On the contrary. a Socialism activated by the will-to-power. the more ʻcommonʼ such ownership is.. This it can seek to glorify. An efficiency that does not . capable of making is own bargain with the employer. The amalgamation of Chrysler and Mercedes Benz illustrate the centralisation of power most vividly. it is the total dependence of the worker upon the employer which opens the door to exploitation. When we consider the total dominance of monetary considerations over our industrial and political life. as Lenin did. as productivity increases. Money originating as bank credit has been described as a license to live. free. can move in the opposite direction by identifying itself. but with their class-status of exploitability through dependence on employment itself. and also with the increasing need to conserve resources and avoid waste through unnecessary employment in the production of unwanted and unneeded products.. decreasing the importance of labour as a factor in production. “There are two opposite directions in which a movement which sets out to protect and liberate the workers can move from this situation. it is scarcely possible to deny that he was right. and the less ʻcommonʼ the less freedom.” And to the former it is the logical outcome of an universal policy of monopoly. The aim here is the same as that of the monopoly capitalist. The will-to-freedom would work towards the elimination of a proletariat through decreasing dependence upon employment. this would arrive at an economically classless society through the abolition of a financially dependent and exploitable class. and the workers organise to ʻfight redundancyʼ. to expand and ultimately to universalise as a power-base for socialist politicians. since they recognise it. namely the progressive concentration of employer-power over ever-growing masses of workers. the State.

arrack renting was one such phenomenon. Yet another monopoly. The US public paid for the technology that gave birth to satellites only for the profits from this technology to end up in private hands though monopoly licenses. in Lanka. The change in the meaning of words and phrases brought about by their continual use in the propaganda of power particularly words like. and with it purchase all the tangible goods and services at the expense of society as a whole. and whereas common people used to mean you or me or the boy next door. but try picking up a ballpoint pen and walking out of a post office with it and you will find out to how far your ownership of that property extends. common. Even the profit which implies someone elseʼs loss has been made out to be the primary objective of every enterprise when in reality what an entrepreneur earns is not profit but a variable wage as contrasted to the fixed wages of his employees. today we are told for example that the post office is owned by society and all its assets and liabilities are the property of all. And all government borrowing depends on its ability to tax its citizens. . which has always been monopolyʼs raison dʼetre. Where common used to mean many it now most often refers to control by a centralised authority. the people. and where property and ownership used to be something “proper” to a person and ownership something he could “own”. During colonial times they were called Tax-farms.accrue to consumers but to the centralisation of power. property and ownership. When one truly examines the facts it is clear that the only people who make a ʻprofitʼ in the world today are bankers who create money out of thin air. it now mostly means the electorate or some other abstract grouping of individuals. have been abstracted from their real meaning and are now taken in their collective or monetary sense.