Leisure and Social Credit

Yes, leisure is the basis of culture ... and our contemporary 'culture'  is as degenerate as it is partially on account of the fact that we lack leisure.



Regarding depression after leaving the daily grind, I would suggest an alternative explanation: people are prepared and habituated to work under the present educational and economic systems by following orders and fulfilling routine tasks. Is it any wonder then that once the order-givers are no longer around some people, who are unable to compensate for the loss of direction, will feel lost? It would be much better if we educated people for self-direction so that they could find meaningful things to do on their own.

Social Credit will undoubtedly require changes in the culture and mentality of people, as well as in the educational system.

This is also where I think your comments on Acedia (with which I agree) come into play: "As you are no doubt aware, acedia is a form of sloth manifested in a disordered attachment to work. Busy work prevents people from focusing on the really important, really difficult thing: their relationship with God and others.
Although the word has all but disappeared from our vocabulary, our 'workaholism' probably comes close.

I think it plausible that one of the reasons why the retired have such a difficult emotional and psychological adjustments may be that they are undergoing a kind of 'withdrawal', the kind that alcoholics or heroin addicts suffer when separated from their drug of choice."

This just underscores the need to free people from being economic slaves to the necessity of paid employment under a financial system which imposes all sorts of artificial pressures. 



There is a grave problem of equivocation with this term 'work'. Douglas said that human beings do need work and Social Crediters are not opposed to work in the sense of meaningful or useful activities. But work need not, and in many cases does not, equate to paid employment in the formal economy.

In the same vein, leisure does not mean idleness; it means the state of economic security in which one is free to choose how to spend one's time. We in the West tend to equate leisure with 'vegging out' because it's the only thing we can do when we finally do get some respite from the daily grind. There is no free energy for anything else other than recharging the batteries so that the daily grind can continue for another season. 



I agree, by the way, that work in the sense of paid employment is not necessarily a synonym of drudgery, etc., but I would point out that under the existing financial system much work is drudgery or something worse than drudgery: completely misdirected activity. If drudgery actually serves a useful and necessary purpose by providing some needed good or service it at least can be judged as redeemable from that point of view.
Working in an armaments factory so that weapons of death can be exported to "the enemy" would not be at all economically necessary if we could buy our own domestic production in full.
As Douglas once said: "I do not regard it as being a sane system that before you can buy a cabbage it is absolutely necessary [for some people] to make a machine-gun".



I am not aware that anyone has approached Elizabeth Warren on the subject of Social Credit. It sounds like a good suggestion.

In one sense, Social Credit may be described as an attempt, through monetary reform, to re-establish the commons and the access of the common people to it.

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es, sadly I have to agree that in the USA there are many cultural and indeed existential barriers to an acceptance of the Social Credit message. The way around and through is to present SC as the universalization of capitalism: we are all owners by inheritance of the real capital of society and we all receive a minimum income on that basis. The beauty of this is that the dividend would free the rugged individualist from having to pay, via redistributive taxation, for all the various social programmes currently needed to prevent the underprivileged from starving, rioting, or worse. He'd keep much more of his own money in his pocket.

Social Credit would make many libertarian ideas financially and economically feasible and therefore realizable.



Feel free to ask as many questions as you like, Greg. It's the best way to learn about something new quickly. The books will be on their way soon!



Sincerely,
Oliver


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