Current Issues

These articles represent a PROUT analysis of important current issues, written by PROUT activists

UN Warns of Global Collapse: So How Can We Prevent It?

By Roar Bjonnes In a recent report, the UN comes with a stark warning: The global capitalist system is on the verge of collapse. Those are the dire implications of a new scientific paper prepared by a group of Finnish biophysicists. The team from the BIOS Research Unit in Finland was asked to provide research

Making the Unthinkable the New Norm

The unthinkable

If a politician a few years ago had been overheard saying that he could get away with touching a woman’s private parts because he was famous, that would have made him unelectable. Not any longer.

How the Democrats Handed Trump the White House

Today, almost two years after Donald Trump became the 45th President of the USA, many ask themselves these questions: Why did white blue collar workers—who have very little in common with the super-rich—vote for a real-estate tycoon like Donald Trump?

Global Reality Check: How Is Our Planet Actually Doing?

California is going up in smoke. Scandinavia, which includes some of the coldest countries on the planet, has been hotter and dryer this summer than ever before. One billion people are living in extreme poverty, while the rest are using up non-renewable resources at an unprecedented rate…

Wait No More! Global Warming is here

It is not uncommon to encounter people in the United States believing that ice bears roam the streets of Stockholm. If they actually did, these polar bears would have had an uncomfortable last few months, with summer temperatures exceeding 30° Centigrade and relative humidity reaching 92%.

Free Trade, Protectionism and Proutist Trade

James Quilligan July 1, 2018 Introduction This narrative suggests how Proutist Trade can be explained in today’s world by comparing and contrasting it with Free Trade and Protectionism. The article describes (1) how global free trade has succeeded and failed during the past seventy years;

After the Jerusalem Embassy: What’s Next for the Palestinians and Israelis?

The United States recently moved its embassy to Jerusalem, a highly controversial move which was part of the pre-electoral promises made by Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. Widely condemned globally, this action led to an uprising in Gaza, where more than 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. There are few topics which raises

Trade Wars

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to revive American industry by putting an end to ‘unfair trade.’ The way he wanted to achieve this was by tearing up free trade agreements and imposing selected tariffs on countries he felt were taking advantage of the United States. In February of 2018, he made good on

Why Capitalists Hate Free Trade

In my last opinion piece on current affairs, I discussed Donald Trump and his introduction of tariffs and how they might lead to a trade war with China and the rest of the world. In that article, I quoted P. R. Sarkar, who said that, “Neither the capitalist countries nor the communist countries like the

A Ticking Time Bomb: Proxy Wars and the Tragedy of the Kurds

Since the Arab Spring, the armed conflicts in the Middle East have escalated to a point where they pose the greatest risk to world peace in our times. While the media is focusing on the threat posed by North Korea due to its nuclear weapons, the chances for an all-out escalation are small, for the

Tax Cuts, Tax Cuts and More Tax Cuts: Fooling Most of the People Most of the Time

In many parts of the world, from the United States to Europe to the Philippines, tax cuts is the hottest thing since sliced bread. Reducing taxes, it is claimed, is the best way to stimulate the economy. Nobody enjoys paying taxes. High taxes reduces the money we have left to spend. Tax cuts are therefore

Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar: Stand Up for the Plight of the Rohingya

The most dramatic example of ethnic cleansing in this century must undoubtedly be that of the Rohingya, a largely Muslim minority in Myanmar. It is estimated that 60% of the Rohingya population have fled Myanmar in the past few years. While mistreatment of the Rohingya has been going on since independence in the predominantly Buddhist

On Catalonia and Samaj Movements

At the time of this writing, the former president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has been stripped of his powers and is facing sedition charges, while the government in Madrid has imposed direct rule on the previously autonomous region. The issue at stake was a unilateral declaration of independence by Catalnoia on 27 October 2017, following

North Korea – Nuclear War and Self Sufficient Economies

Nuclear War The escalating rhetoric between North Korea and the United States has brought the world closer to Nuclear War, something that has not been contemplated since the Cold War. Some news commentators insist that the North Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, is a mad and crazy person. That is unlikely. There is every indication

Forget Peak Oil-Think Instead About Peak Everything

The world is heading for an “ecological credit crunch” far worse than the recent financial crisis. We humans are over-using the natural resources of the planet. The Living Planet report[1] calculates that humans are using 30% more resources than the Earth can replenish each year. This results in deforestation, degraded soils, polluted air and water, as

Rethinking Green Economics: Beyond the Triple Bottom Line (TBL)

The popular sustainability phrase, “People, Planet, Profit”, was coined by John Elkington in 1995, and in 1997, it was adopted as the title of the Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell’s first sustainability report. As a result, the 3Ps of sustainability have become a well known icon of green economics in the Netherlands, as well as in

Charlottesville – Double Standards and Hypocrisy in Media Reporting

During a rally organised in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017 Heather Heyer, a 32 year old white woman, was deliberately run over by a car and killed. The rally, “Unite the Right,” was organized by Jason Kessler of the “Proud Boys,” an ultra-nationalist white supremacy group.  The perpetrator, James Alex Fields, Jr., has been

The Trump Enigma

If there is one thing all progressives are united about, it is the universal condemnation of Donald Trump. Rarely has one person managed to create such a united opposition in such a short time. From a Proutist perspective, we naturally join in the opposition to Trump, as any sane person would do. If we had

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