People Want Economic Democracy

By Prabhakar T. Overland A certain socioeconomic issue seems to be staring the world’s legislators and policymakers in their face: How can a minimum of wealth be distributed to allow people to stay calm so that the economy remains intact? A bit like the Corona virus conundrum then: How many vaccinated people does it take for the pressure on hospitals

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Is Self-Interest Enough?

By Howard Nemon Capitalism boasts of its ability to motivate people to produce more wealth which, in turn, benefits everyone. While the latter part of this equation seems doubtful given the persistent concentration of wealth over the last 200 years[1] [2], the motivational aspect of capitalism may be worth discussing. We cannot deny that there are strong incentives in capitalism

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The End of the World is Just the Beginning book review

By Andy Douglas Nobody knows for sure what the future holds. But we can conjure glimpses. In his new book, The End of the World is Just the Beginning, geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan foresees a rough road ahead.  He writes about how the current global political order – the United States securing global trade security through its military might –

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Five Minutes of Prout: First principle of Prout

By Dada Jitendrananda The propounder of Prout, Shrii P R Sarkar, first became known in  India in the 1950s as a spiritual teacher. His rational explanations of yoga and practical prescriptions were well received and he developed a growing following.  In the early ‘60s, he derived progressive economic principles from Yoga philosophy. In doing so, he created a watershed moment

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The Future of Food: Protein from Thin Air?

On the Internet we have seen that many people want to drink smoothies as nourishment. Grinding hard kale leaves with a blender is an excellent idea. There have also been visions that the future might be based on concentrated pills and similar manufactured products and not so much on the organic potatoes one needs to wash and peel. And if

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Prout and Socialism Part 2

By Andy Douglas An anthropology professor of mine once opined that socialism has not yet gotten a chance to show what it can do. We haven’t seen socialism working properly yet. Perhaps that’s right.  In a recent blog post, I wrote about the mixed messages attached to the idea of socialism: how socialism has a complicated history, but offers many

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Redefining Humanism and Internationalism

By Roar Bjonnes In the pursuit of global harmony and social progress, the concept of humanism and internationalism emerges as a beacon of progressive hope. Yet, upon closer examination, the ideology of humanism reveals inherent flaws and limitations. P.R. Sarkar, in his seminal works delves into the complexities of humanism, dissecting its various manifestations and proposing a transformative alternative: Neohumanism.

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Slouching Toward Autocracy 

by Roar Bjonnes  As many as 70 countries are due to go to elections in 2024. In many of these countries, the choice is simple and twofold — voting for more of the same or a right-wing autocrat who denigrates “the others” and promises better wages and a newly revamped, often religious, nationalism. Just think India, Hungary, Russia, Argentina, and soon

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 Five Minutes of Prout: Ownership

By Dada Jitendrananda Most people share values of fairness and justice. We want everyone to be able to lead a happy and fulfilling life. The reality for much of the world is that people struggle hard just to make ends meet. Even in advanced economies, stress greatly affects the quality of life. While we have developed an advanced capacity to

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