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18 min TED Talk about how backward the traditional approach of Western nations has been to helping developing countries.

Economics

What drives an economy?

All economics is dependent upon the people, their minds, their hearts, even the virtues and vices of the people.

Why do people produce?

Why are they willing to work, to sacrifice, to go the extra mile?

What drives the people drives the economy!

What is the best way to encourage the people to produce?

Do people just work to live?

Fear of punishment or deprivation and starvation is a great motivator but there are many side effects to society and the economy.

Do they work harder for wealth and power or wantonness and pleasure?

The truly great motivator in society is not self-interest but unselfish interest for the well being of others and that usually begins with family and salts the very flavor of society. It is not only one of the strongest motivators, but because it has a generational designed built into the family model, it brings an ebb and flow to an economy which is essential to steady growth.

What some call human capital is merely what people bring to the workplace. Their skills, knowledge and ideas can stimulate innovation and productivity through improved efficiency, which will provide economic growth. But all men are not equal. All men are not born in the family, raised in families and all families are not equal in virtues of love, dedication, sacrifice, or honor.

Anything that undermines the family undermines the future economy. Anything that strengthens the bonds of family and community strengthens the economy.

Birth rates in good families often drop in socialist societies that depend on the State for old age benefits rather than the family. Often welfare single-parent families have more children than married couples with a disastrous effect on the upbringing of the next generation.

When families are dependent on their own resources rather than entitlements a frugality and economy is ingrained in family values. You soon learn that increased productivity means a more efficient use of resources – labor, material, and equipment. When you must rely on your own limited resources there is a drive for efficiency that spreads through society.

Social welfare begins in the family and reaches out into the community. Often social welfare by the State rather than by charity and charitable institutions undermines natural virtues cultivated in a moral society where virtue is prized as a noble character. Socialist institutions lift natural burdens from the family. This often makes the family weaker as an institution, if not superfluous.

Jesus was not a socialist nor a communist. In fact, he forbid Christians to be like or pray to the benefactors and fathers of the earth who exercised authority over the people.

Besides just weights and measures in our purses there needed to but justice in our hearts and minds.

If according to the Ten Commandments we are not to make Contracts, Covenants, and Constitutions then how does society become a cohesive unit?

http://www.preparingyou.com/wiki/Contracts,_Covenants,_and_Constitutions

That is explained in the Sophistry articles and others about the altars of men and God.

http://www.preparingyou.com/wiki/Altars

So what was all this about altars of clay and stone?

http://www.preparingyou.com/wiki/Clay_and_stone

How about the golden calf?

Was that just a silly superstition like we see in the movies or was the Golden_calf a system of central banking used in many city-states to provide a "reserve fund" and bind the dependence of the people to the State?

http://www.preparingyou.com/wiki/Golden_calf

Even the sacrifice of the red heifer had nothing to do with burning up red cows.

http://www.preparingyou.com/wiki/Red_Heifer

So if all this is true what were they talking about and what we call "Jewish law" really saying?

Were Moses and Jesus really in agreement and all the Jews and Christians just under a strong delusion and actually believe a lie?

Real Money

What is money?

'Why Gold' by Gary North

Free PDF Book:

In 1980 F. Tupper Saussy wrote a book called Miracle on Main Street where he advocated returning to a precious metal economy. His forward, vision and some of his predictions have come true. Here is a website with the book in PDF: 'Miracle on Main Street'

Resources

Books


Articles

Forbes article on the success of the Indo-American community in Edison, NJ financing each others businesses.


Blogs

Gary North


Videos

The Case for Collaborative Consumption

Life Is Easy by Jon Jandi - 15 min

Agile Hardware Design Video

The Problem

The Secret of Oz - Winner, Best Documentary of 2010 (2 Hours)

The Money Masters - Full-Length (3hrs 19m)

Banking

Achievable Possibilities

The Public Bank Solution by Ellen Brown [1] A book on public banking strongly advocated by the author.

Description: WHAT WALL STREET DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW. Shock waves from one Wall Street scandal after another have completely disillusioned us about our banking system; yet we cannot do without banks. Nearly all money today is simply bank credit. Economies run on it, and it is created when banks make loans. The main flaw in the current model is that private profiteers have acquired control of the credit spigots. They can cut off the flow, direct it to their cronies, and manipulate it for personal gain at the expense of the producing economy. The benefits of bank credit can be maintained while eliminating these flaws, through a system of banks operated as public utilities, serving the public interest, and returning their profits to the public. This book looks at the public bank alternative and shows that it works admirably well with examples from around the world. It provides the key to a sustained high-performance economy and well-being for the people.


Recommended Reading

The Babylonian Woe [2]: a Study of the Origin of Certain Banking Practices and of Their Effect on the Events of Ancient History Written in the Light of the Present Day, by David Astle

Description: David Astle researched the very beginnings of money and how the money creators became all-powerful since Babylonian times. He explains money and banking systems from 5,000 BC to the present. The author tells how money lenders/creators have come to hold unlimited power. Published 1975.

"Very scholarly, OUTSTANDING book on the history of banking. Not recommended to everyone as it is a very hard read, but has some fascinating insights on ancient history that would blow most peoples minds. More insights that some of the other popular books going back this far in history." - Gary Kinghorn


Usury in Christendom by Michael Hoffman [3] The author traces the gradual decay of the Western Christian prohibition on usury, the rise of the Money Power, and the numerous destructive practices resulting in today's society.

The World of Debt

Web of Debt [4] The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free, by Ellen Brown

Description: Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” Except for coins, all of our money is now created as loans advanced by private banking institutions — including the privately-owned Federal Reserve. Banks create the principal but not the interest to service their loans. To find the interest, new loans must continually be taken out, expanding the money supply, inflating prices — and robbing you of the value of your money.

"A big fan of Ellen Brown who has written some one of the best books on the subject." - Gary Kinghorn

The Quality Life Plan®: 7 Steps to Uncommon Financial Security, by Susan Boskey [5][6] This 84-page workbook covers the real reason why more and more families need credit just to make ends meet and does so in easy-to-understand language. The author provides practical strategies, tactics and templates to help you reverse the cycle of credit and debt and create a life of greater financial and personal well-being midst the challenges of today’s economic landscape. Published 2007.

Cooperatives

Cooperatives

Industry

10 min TED Talk - Democratizing Innovation with Open Hardware

Blog about open source resources

Global Village Construction Set

WikiSpeed - Open Source Car

  • WikiSpeed speaking about how the Agile model from the software world can be adapted to improve any type of manufacturing.

Open Source Plastic Recycling and Creations

3D Printing

3D Printing Resources

Open Source Images

Open Source Medical Research

Business

Emerging Social Tools

Computing on the Cheap

Trust

What is a Trust? What isn't a Trust?

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