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Is giving a gift more morally decent than contracting an exchange?

I ask this question in part because of my recent experience with crowd funding, the idea behind crowd funding is to support some ones idea, project, or invention by giving them some money. They may promise to give a gift in return but there is no contractual agreement to provide a product or service in return for the financial contribution. The …

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Why the rich get richer and the poor poorer

Luck determines the winners and losers of society, not merit or hard work. Those that start out with more get more, and those that start with little often fall through the gaps.   Inequality is not only caused by the human inventions of rent, profit and interest but also by a quirk of the economic system which means that if …

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HyperNormalisation: New doco from Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis dissects the political malaise we have been lead into. There are no new grand ideas just crisis management. Politics as exemplified by Trump and Putin has become a game of shapeshifting. No-one knows what they stand for or who they really support in the fictional reality spewed to the masses. If you don’t know what they stand for …

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Computers are taking our jobs – again

There’s been a lot of chatter in the media recently about AI (Artificial Intelligence), mechanisation, and driverless cars taking all our jobs. I’ve heard this before in the 80’s but it didn’t happen. Why?   There is new evidence everyday that human labour is just not necessary anymore. Adidas has created its first fully mechanised shoe factory in Germany. Driverless …

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Cybertopia – what the world will become

Cybertopia is a brilliant look at the world silicon valley wants to make. Burning man mixed with hippies and then a bit of Ayn Rand. What??? Yes they can do it because they have billions and billions of dollars. Or are Bitcoins better. You judge.

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Contented progress (wellbeing)

I want to propose an idea that can make us contented (happy), imaginative, and progressive. Some may say contentment with what we have, and imaginative progress, are not contradictory. But how could we possibly be happy with what we have and still want to imagine and create a better future? I believe we can solve this contradiction by harnessing time …

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Sleepers went back to work

Recently I have been reading Barry Jones’ Sleepers Wake – Technology and the future of work, written in 1982 it foresees a post service work environment, technology will have saved us from much toil and we will need a guaranteed income for all (similar to my Flat Payment) to provide for all those who are not employed with the means …

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Why do hierarchies form

Do we naturally form hierarchies?   This is an important question for anyone that wishes to live in an egalitarian society. If we naturally form hierarchies equality can only exist for a short time or by suppressing our natural instincts. And to suppress our natural instincts goes against one of the fundamentals of equality. Freedom!   While reading up on …