An Of Two Minds Essential
is a sharply focused discussion
of one of the core issues of our era. While each is a stand-alone book
(Kindle ebook and print), the
shed light on the new socio-economic era we are entering.
The Essentials are compact (less than 30,000 words) and affordable (less than $5 for
ebooks and less than $10 for print editions).
Our status quo the pyramid of wealth and power dominated by the few at the top has failed and is beyond reform.
This failure is not rooted in superficial issues such as politics or governmental regulations; the failure is structural.
The very foundation of the status quo has rotted away, and brushing on another coat of reformist paint will not save our societal house from collapse. Yet those who benefit from our status quo naturally deny it has failed, for the reason that it has yet to fail them personallyeither pretending to not understand all unsustainable systems eventually collapse, or hoping to postpone it.
The writing is on the wall for us to read:
Our status quo is not only failing to solve humanitys six core problemsit has become the problem.
Since this failure is now inevitable,
something is coming to replace it
. It is urgent
that each of us understand why our status quo has failed, and why the usual menu of
reforms cant stop this failure, so
we can prepare ourselves for the radical
Humanitys Six Integrated Problems
An Economic Model of Expanding Consumption in a World of Finite Resources
An Economic Model that Uses Wages to Distribute the Output of the Economy
A Political-Economic Model of Central States Dominated by Elites
An Economic Model that Depends on Credit (Borrowing from the Future) to
Fund Todays Consumption
A Crisis of Purpose and Meaning
Is the Status Quo Solving These Problems, Or Is It the Problem?
How Money Is Created and Distributed
The Way We Create Money Creates Inequality/Poverty
The Illusory Promise of the Gold Standard
The Limits of Blockchain Crypto-Currencies
The Moral Foundation of Money
The Eight Types of Capital
The Scarcest Capital Is the Most Valuable Capital
We Optimize What We Measure
The Limitations of the Market and the State
Limitations of the State and Universal Basic Income
Limitations of the Market
The Market, State and Labor
The Limits of Profit as a Determinant of Value
The Unsustainability of State Social Welfare Spending
The Neoliberal/State Fantasy of Taxable Profits and Wages
The Destabilizing Consequences of Globalization
Ownership Capital and Shared Capital
The Tyranny of Price
The Fundamental Failure of the Market and State
The Failure of Economic Orthodoxy
The Failure of the Either/Or Orthodoxies of Capitalism or Marxism
The Pathologies of the Market
Derealization and the Destruction of Authenticity
The Institutionalization and Internalization of Perverse Incentives
Institutionalized Powerlessness and the Crisis of the Individual
The Consumerist Destruction of the Authentic Self
The Structure of Collapse
Why the Status Quo Is Beyond Reform
The Way Forward
Why Our Status Quo Failed and Is Beyond Reform
($3.95, Kindle ebook; 27,600 words, 90 pages)