I nodded to Ross. "If Steve is correct," I said, "we will see more and more of this type of collapse unfolding that the homeless woman is caught up in. We see it already happening in the form of new pandemic diseases such as AIDS and the return of malaria that we no longer care to prevent. We'll see pandemics in animals and plants for the same reasons. We'll find populations being caught up in natural disasters that we no longer care to respond to with aid as our world becomes evermore impoverished. We are in the boundary zone of loosing our civilization. Instead of supporting the globalized slavery that supplies us cheaply while we are shutting ourselves down, we should be alarmed. We should see it as a catastrophic sign of a boundary-zone phenomenon, the start of a shockwave that will blow out our civilization. We should be equally alarmed by the millions of kids that we kill each year with the DDT ban, protecting malaria instead of human beings."
"Who knows how many more millions we are killing with the CFC-ban forced breakdown of the refrigeration infrastructure where it's most needed," Tony interrupted. "We are killing the poor countries by disabling their food-protection infrastructure. We are killing them as we had intended with our imperial NSSM200 policy."
"But that is only the beginning," Ross continued. "We are bound to see more and more of such shockwaves emerging the deeper we get into the boundary-zone of the economic collapse process. The deeper one gets into any boundary zone the greater do the instabilities become and the greater the resulting phenomena. Homelessness is just the front edge of the economic collapse shockwave. Steve suggested that we'll see many more industries collapsing, if not all of them, just as the steel industry has already collapsed, or as the shoe and textile industries have collapsed into nothing. We'll soon see the auto industry on the same road to oblivion, together with the aircraft industry and a whole lot of vital infrastructures, like power infrastructures, or water, rail, and air transport infrastructures, bridges, farming, health care, and so forth. For as long as society remains in the boundary zone of the greed-based collapse process, and is moving full speed deeper into it, the eventual disintegration of all economic support structures cannot be avoided, whereby our civilization is doomed. That is why we must act on these already shocking warning signs before the bigger and final shocks hit."
"But can we do it?" said Sylvia. "What needs to be done is easier said than done."
"Of course we can do this," said Tony in reply. "All we have to do, is to expand our focus. We have to embrace the whole garden of reality, as Peter's friend Erica would say, instead of just one single flower that we are told to focus on, especially if this one turns out to be a weed. The market-force ideology is a weed. The market-force ideology has been created as a weed in order to prevent society from discovering the principle of real economics that would shut down the looting process that empires depend on. Isn't that so? In this case, do I understand our responsibility correctly? We are told to scrap the SDI that doesn't work. Ok, let's do that. But nothing has been said by the President or by Fred that would prevent us from replacing the old SDI that we are ordered to declare dead, with a higher level strategic defense initiative for the defense of civilization of a type that can do some real good. We would change the entire global game by doing that. We would force the world to face the new reality of the Ice Age that cannot be avoided anyway. We would create our own shockwave by doing that. This shouldn't be too hard to do for people like us," said Tony and left the balcony immediately as if no reply was necessary.
We all went inside after that.
"Naturally, we can do our job in Italy and still do the real work," commented Ross as we left the balcony. He suggested that this would happen anyway.
I agreed. I suggested that what we have already achieved thus far may have already affected the world in ways that we don't recognize yet, especially since we had made great strides forward in the way we regard each other in the social realm. "Maybe this can serve as a basis in the larger realm for rebuilding the economic dimension of the world," I added.
Tony rejoined us on the balcony with a new bottle of champagne in his hands, which he said was his personal contribution. He said it would be paid for by him, personally, so that we could drink a toast to our glorious commitment to assuring "the survival of humanity and its civilization" as he put it. He even announced that he would contribute personally towards this larger goal at the conference, as much as he was able.
Sylvia reached for the bottle, took it from him and set it aside and hugged him.
Tony looked perplexed and shrugged his shoulders. "What did I say?" he asked.
"We should not drink from this bottle," said Sylvia, "until we have come up with a concrete plan to address the whole nuclear war thing as an economic issue to the point that the Ice Age Renaissance is possible. That's our responsibility." She almost shouted now. "The puck stops here!" she added.
She explained that we were the only people in the world that she knew, who have a clear understanding that nuclear war and depopulation are the outcome of an economic issue that is crucial for the survival of empires. "Empires require poverty in society as a means for maintaining their power," she said. "Poverty corrupts people. That's why the imperials create poverty and set processes into motion that collapse society. We understand this while nobody else comes even close to recognizing it. The world hasn't begun yet to see the evils that got us into the boundary zone of the collapse of civilization as major elements of the imperials' wars against humanity. So it's up to us to stop the train of greed-based fascism before it reaches its final station. We've got the Principle of Love-Based Economics to do it with. That's all we've got, on which the prosperity and civilization of humanity ultimately rests."
"What do you mean with the phrase, the Principle of Love-Based Economics?" Ross interrupted her. "Do you mean something that is passive like the absence of empire, a world without war? Is this love-based economics? Or do you mean active processes of universal love, like federal credit creation for the universal development of society, instead of the private money lending that exists for leaching out profits from society?"
"In this case I must disappoint you," said Ross, "because it would not be enough. Such a response would still be passive. Love-Based Economics has to be a totally active principle with its own impetus and its own power, like our love for us all as human beings. Let me give you an example of what I mean," said Ross. "I knew a fellow some time back, who had worked on Canada's Avro Arrow project. He was a part of a leading edge team that was developing one of the world's fastest jet fighters. The fellow that I knew had worked on the project for 16 to 18 hours a day, working on solving design problems. He loved every minute of it. He loved being human. He loved the experience of living at the leading edge of great discoveries, always expanding what we are capable of as human beings. That's a profound humanist experience, Sylvia. That's Love-Based Economics. The human achievement stands at the center in this sphere. The paycheck was secondary to him. I felt the same way as he did when I was working in the Navy for Rickover's nuclear power project. Admiral Rickover put the challenge forward to create nuclear power for submarines that would enable the ships to stay submerged for long periods and give them global reach. This profound challenge to do something extraordinary created the dynamism that had enabled the project to succeed. That's Love-Based Economics as far as I can tell. One isn't motivated by greed in this environment, but is moved by love for what it means to be human. Everything else becomes built on that.
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