The Stewardship Redemption

by Alby Chrisbach
Participatory Sustainability and untraded "EarthUnits"
This discussion takes a step beyond the political 'isms' and suggests some alternatives.
The global crisis is the result of an addiction to money-growth-greed (MGG) that began in the 1300's in Venice and must be transformed today. We can design a 'value exchange unit' to go beyond MGG toward an ethical, sustainable consciousness. We can develop a functional construct for all to thrive in balance. We can initiate an evolution with a 'value engine' that prices "EarthUnits" instead of dollars.
The intense disarray of 2020 is symbolic of a failed system where the intentional mismanagement of a pandemic resulted in a literal culling of the precariat. Lives of millions and incomes of countless millions were wiped while the investment class's algorithms propelled the grotesquely wealthy to more vulgar heights.
We all concur that the standards of 'weights and measures' constitute an imperative. A functional and environmentally healthy future must create pricing algorithms wherein a blockchained and ethically governed Artificial General Intelligence will extrapolate 'prices' that are as intrinsically intuitive as the indisputable criticality of 'weight, measure and time.'
The EarthUnit notion stabilizes the orchestration of trade to replace MGG with sustainability. It is untraded on profiteering exchanges. The EarthUnit provides a viable alternative to the deification of money in its various forms: capitalism, trusts, neoliberalism, lobbyism, off-shore secrecy jurisdictions, irrational bubbles, fiat currency central bank manipulation, market trading, market dictates, high speed trading, pointless arbitrage, corporatopolies, plutocracies, monopolies, triopolies, etc, etc. The EarthUnit value exchange unit is definitely not a form socialism or communism but rather a system of STEWARDSHIP of the environment. The EarthUnit represents integrity in itself since it is predicated on the health of the planet and its inhabitants.
Within 'Stewardship' the financial-paradigm exchange-challenge is to replace corporate, personal, accumulative MGG with a paradigm of preservation and modesty. This is accomplished by using a leveling, protective instrument - the EarthUnit.
A. Needed is a sustainable blockchain currency where a realtime, continuously updated 'Environmental Inventory' - in fact, the health and maintenance of the planet and its lifeforms - would determine the price of all things. A pricing triumvirate would consist of 1) a blockchained democratic voting system for those 16 and older with multiple fault-controlled comparative data engines, 2) elected committees of ecologically-minded, credentialed scientists of essentially all disciplines, and 3) a Supreme Pricing Court - not of $Democrats and $Republicans - but of an ethically designed Synthetic Benevolence System (AI) governing the weights within the databased pricing inventory. Artificial Intelligence is progressing into Artificial General Intelligence where its development is 'aligning' with 'human value safety commitments" aspiring toward an 'ethical altruism.' Such development will make Stewardship viable.
B. Bretton Woods, Mt Pelerin, Wall Street, Canary Wharf, Central Banks, Lobbyists: off-course, disassembling, imploding. Untraded, the EarthUnit is free of greedily conceived market manipulation, Ponzi and pyramid schemes as well as political and financial gerrymandering. The EarthUnit's inventory system controls the price of everything based on realtime ecological conditions. The EarthUnit is a non-invasive method to create, guide, maintain and assure sustainability to achieve smaller, reasonable population numbers, resource stability and resource availability.
C. Larger businesses must be owned by employees. Currently stockholders and upper management are the coddled beneficiaries of corporations - an undeniable socialism for the wealthy. The customer must become the beneficiary of produced goods priced in sustainable EarthUnits. The employees must become the participants or co-owners replacing the profiteers.
D. Gold, silver and bitcoin are market traded and therefore just as subject to Ponzi traders as oil, other commodities, indexes or stocks. Short sellers, high speed traders, manipulative credit instruments, market coins, trading markets and fiat currencies must fall into history. The gate-keeping credit-bureau triumvirate must dissolve. These instruments have not propagated the 'freedom' it so successfully markets. We are desperate for a better system. We are One Earth. One Environmental Unit. One EarthUnit.
E. Launching the EarthUnit:1.) The EarthUnit provides an opportunity to use a stable, easily understood opensource trading tool where the value only changes with environmental health factors, including human health. If the various cryptocurrencies had not been market-traded they would have provided a launching point. Today, a university campus might be a place to launch the untraded EarthUnit. The school's adjacent support businesses and the surrounding town would naturally follow suit. A state university, college and community college system may represent 50 or more campuses. The EarthUnit could extend from one campus to the next, one state to the next.2.) Massive Global NonViolent Civil Disobedience for empowering an "EarthUnit Institute" is needed. This Institute would foster immediate transitions from all fossil fuels, poor refrigerants and a thorough assessment of synthesized compounds. Needed is a vast, diverse energy array including a fully decentralized grid with various battery forms and vehicle-to-microgrid capability. Fossil fuel vehicles must be phased out. We need wind, solar and geothermal galore, and of course each practical tide must be harnessed since tidal power is consistent and potentially of greatest significance.
Most of civilization's building blocks - the tenets, mores, ethics, morals, philosophies - have fallen to the power of money, the ultimate universal god. Velociraptor Capitalists are running wild among us shoving trillions in assets into tax havens. Greed's goal is to keep us running in circles of confusion - sick, broke, uneducated, hateful and consumerized. Modern financialism is addicted to its own greed, endless weapons production, inane insane nuclear technologies, self-defeating proxy wars and despicable global inequality. In our search for a better system we see clearly that most of the issues presented by the profit-motivated thinktanks, the media and university curricula are insidious, divisive distractions to preclude us from following the money. We may not need pitchforks; we may simply need EarthUnits.
- Note1: A rigorously designed constitutional amendment must protect privacy. We must stop the torrential profiling and selling/trading of information. We are cajoled and hammered into preconceived identity and behavioral boxes within an ongoing corporate and government surveillance model. It is debasing. Offensive. We must be able to walk a mountain trail as individuals, neither as customers awaiting the next ad nor as citizens adorned with 'scoring numbers' written upon our backs.
- Note2: The Technocracy Movement of 100 years ago differs substantially from this notion in that the EarthUnit is neither a social-control construct nor an abstract notion superiortizing technology. Today's arbitrage traders, the Quants, would more aptly be called Technocracy followers than those who may appreciate this proposal which attempts to garner practical equality within the broader paradigm of planetary health for life to thrive. We must be stewards, neither comrades nor traders.
- Note3: This scheme is neither totalitarian nor centrally planned in the classic socialist senses. An environmental pricing engine is neither a means to control conjured-up values nor a plethora of justifications. It is simply a recognition of the laws of physics. As we continue to destroy the planet's air and water we preclude life. Within the suggested EarthUnit's construct of environmental pricing one can imagine there would be great opportunity for small businesses to thrive - businesses that would contribute to life.
Afterword
Historical RhetoricThe dinosaurs were around for 170 million years. Though we have been around for 300,000 years, our civilization as we know it is only 12,000 years old. The dinosaurs therefore, in fact, outlasted this civilization 14,000 times over. Either we evolve our consciousness to become peaceful and thoughtful stewards of this planet - immediately - or we shall achieve extinction in an imperceptible flash of geologic time.
Speculative RhetoricScience Fiction has portrayed advanced civilizations that have inspired us to rocket beyond the hold of our atmosphere. Are we intellectually incapable of advancing civilization within our atmosphere?
Angry RhetoricArchaelogists tell us that the homosapiens fabric of cooperative communities has resulted in the indisputable success of our species. We have outlived at least 20 other hominids because of this careful weave. The moneytarians are systematically unthreading this fragile cloth more flamboyantly than any of the bourgeoisie in history. Neither royalty nor aristocracy has garnished indentured servitude as dramatically as the modern moneytarians.
Neither one god nor any previous assemblage of many gods has ever accumulated the universal, subservient compliance of the money god. No scriptures hold a ceremonious candle to Wall Street's algorithms. One corporatopoly, one redblue political party, one unified neoliberal system.
In this militaristic world of their greedy making, the time may come when the moneytarians pull the final thread from our cloth. During the 2020 pandemic the culling of the precariat is business-as-usual within this failed state. We may yet have the option to tip over Wall Street's wheelbarrow of cash as they search to buy that proverbial loaf of bread. We might in our imaginations alone see the streets lined with wooden stockades binding moneytarians naked accordingly; for it is a structural, cultural unweaving that this aberrant mutation of thieves has perpetrated against human civilization.
SummaryThe gambling engine currently in play is a poker game where the stakes happen to be survivability. An EarthUnit value engine that is continuously updated by an environmental health inventory will create a viable economy, sustainability, survivability.
ConclusionThe art in the creation of a more egalitarian 'Environocracy' is to develop a common good where social-political ethics do not project an authoritarian 'ism.' We are rather good in these arts, none more developed than projecting the lie that neoliberalism equals freedom. Instead, envision fairness; it is this simple notion that equals freedom.
— Alby Chrisbach