Thursday, 25 September 2014

Freedom vs Slavery: A 5775 New Year Message

Happy new year to everyone: Freedom vs Slavery and Books I am reading:

Read the PS section if you don't have time to read the whole thing.

The Zero Marginal Cost Society

I am so enjoying this book. Not finished reading it yet, but I can't put it down. It is one of those books that you need to read whilst reading other books as there is so much to ponder and think about whilst reading it that one can't read more than a few pages at a time.

Jeremy Rifkin shows how the world is changing and why and the similarities between the previous paradigm shift economic revolutions that have happened in history.

A fascinating read of how the internet age and the age of "water and wind, and now solar power" and the age of "digital printing" and the age of "prosumers" (people who produce and consume their own goods) is changing our way of life and especially our cost of living both for ourselves financially and on our endangered planet.

The hypothesis of the book is that when Capitalism is 100% successful, because Marginal Costs of goods and services are driven towards zero, capitalism isn't capitalism anymore; it is the "Global Commons", what Thomas Freedman called the "Flat" world in his excellent book, "Hot, Flat and Crowded." Everyone everywhere has an opportunity to compete on a Level Playing Field and by doing so the costs of living are driven to zero.

The people providing this new infrastructure, i.e. the Googles, Facebooks, LinkedIns, Cloud companies, companies like Microsoft, Oracle and Tesla, and for the first time the homeowners making their own electricity and supplying themselves and the grid, are the ones that are becoming rich in this new age. They are the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, who brought oil and railroads to the world in the 19th Century, of the modern Internet Age.

One can already see this with many things, for example free international calls, free internet access, 3D printers giving people the ability to print the things they need at home, shopping apps giving people the ability to buy what they need without shopping, and what I just read about this morning, car ownership patterns changing and car sharing, where Access is more important than Ownership.

PS: For me, Access is Freedom; Ownership is Slavery. The people who have been fighting slavery for centuries are the heroes. The slave traders and the people who treat their inhabitants like slaves are the ones desperately trying to hold onto the status quo and disrupting the freedom loving countries. Who will win remains to be seen.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Are you wearing the "right" clothes?

Are you wearing the "right" clothes is a synonym for "Are you thinking the 'right' thoughts"?

Just a reminder that we need to keep our FREEDOMS. The people who have brought freedom to the world are under attack like never before: Jews, Tibetans, Native Americans, and other minority peace loving people, who don't fit into the status quo. Most people don't realise how valuable their freedoms are until they are gone.

In this internet age, we must use our freedoms to get rid of myths, to support our friends, to get rid of ignorance and to bring our sleeping subconscious friends and acquaintances and Facebook friends out of their dreamlands into reality.

Our parents and grandparents fought in the Second World War for our freedoms. It is imperative that we maintain the freedoms that we have today, especially the freedoms of speech, of association, of religion, of gender choices, of movement, and that we uphold that great maxim of the French Revolution, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

From: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Martin_Niem%C3%B6ller (Martin Niemöller)

"When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

"When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

"When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

"When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

"When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out."

And now one can replace this with:
"When ISIS came for the ..."

And now we have a faction of Islam, killing Jews, Christians, other Muslims, and anyone they don't like, raping women, stealing property, and this is spreading all over the Middle East and into countries like France, England and others.

We MUST maintain our freedoms. We must remember that freedom is NOT automatic. Our ancestors fought injustices to get rid of the feudal system. Many current people, including myself, are fighting (using words and debate) the Centralisation Capitalist and Communistic systems that tend to put power into the hands of a small elite set of people or businesses. I'm not against Capitalism per say, and I believe that there should be a level playing field where everyone can compete equally. The internet gives us this playing field for the first time in history.

For the first time in history, everyone in the world who has internet access has access to a level playing field where we can enjoy each other's company and work towards a truly "Flat" world where everyone is everyone else's brother and where our cost of living in terms of money and on our environment is driven to zero, i.e. when we collectively, in community, make our own electricity, our own water, our own food, our own clothes, have a roof over our heads and our transport is taken care of with group car and vehicle sharing systems, then we are finally "retired".

We are RETIRED when our cost of living approaches zero, when we have deflation instead of inflation, where our money in the bank is worth more every day and not less, and when that happens, we will be saved and the messianic age will be here.

But to get there we need to remain free. And to remain free, we need to speak out when there is injustice, when our brothers and sisters and friends are being attacked because of their colour, race, religion, gender, because they are women, or because they don't wear the "right" clothes.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

The holocaust can happen again. And next time it might be you.