¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 As much as I might agree with Steele (once I am familiar with his ample details) on his proposed alternative to Capitalism as Usual, and cannot assign to him any devious agenda, I react to his proposal of a Global Social-Media Network (GENERATING NEW PROFITS) as possibly the antithesis of what nuet contains as UPLIFT. Although Steele may agree with nuet’s concerns, this wouldn’t make his proposed “flip” [1% to 99% economic dominance] anymore secure against subversion by existing economic elites (systems and persons).
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 My concern is the overarching frame/context of ECONO-CENTRISM behind Steele’s views. Providing everyone with digital interfaces within a Global Network is seen as enhancing the 99%’s influence in the Global Economy (and their own economically enhanced well-being); but only secondarily how it might augment their holistic well-living. That we are DEEPLY EMBEDDED in “econo-centrism” is evidenced by the fact that the term hardly brings up an item by Goggle search and had been a DEAD concept in my 4+ decades of trying to call attention to it..
A crude metaphor/analogy between the social and biological: Imagine yourself obsessively dedicated to the sub-systems within the channel in your torus (mouth to anus); being FOOD CENTRIC. This eating/digestive/elimination subsystem is your sole focus. Obesity is Beautiful and don’t be concerned about mobility or where you shit. This is EXTREME for emphasis. Yet, the behavior of my 5 dogs and 7 cats demonstrates the validity of the biological side.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 “Economies” are a vital subsystem of any society, but it is not obligatory that it be THE dominant subsystem. Unfortunately, even the discourse on the conflict between early Anarchism (Kropotkin – Mutual Aide) and Social-Darwinism Capitalism is framed econo-centric. Every “contemporary, serious” proposal for societal change I am aware of focuses on an economic change as primary. Debt, Jobs, and Money are the hot topics about our future. Even most discourse about “education” is econo-centric.
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 We must not be naive to believe that global humankind digitally/networked, social-media linked is immune from being co-opted by.contemporary centralized ECONOMIC forces. Not that Steele or Branson would be part of any “conspiracy”. But, to have the Global Network established TOP DOWN should alert us.
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 NOT that we shouldn’t encourage Global Digitization; we should. But, WE must take additional steps to ensure that the networks be FREE from institutional control – which is unfortunately the current trend.