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Dec
22

From impossible to possible

Post By gaia1 in Tierra Currency

Unpacking the contents and process of the Copenhagen Climate Conference during the 12 days in mid-December 2009 is not a question of days, but of months and even longer. However, one thing that stands out now, at least for me, is the fact that it is an important part of a century-long fight that humankind is going to be engaged in in restoring the Earth’s climate, the source of all life, human and otherwise.

It is within this time frame that I have been presenting in this blog and its website a transformational proposal that would have dramatic and beneficial impacts on both the economic and climate crises which, in greater or lesser severity, will be with us for many decades to come. It is a proposal of such radical (transformational) changes in international monetary, financial, economic and commercial systems that it will be characterized as impossible, fantastic, unworkable. Indeed, it may seem like that in the short term, but seen in the larger arc of international global governance, the proposal would infuse into the maelstrom of ideas an idea whose time has to come in the near or medium future.

In pursuing this very ambitious idea of restructuring the world’s monetary system and placing it in the service of funding of climate mitigation and adaptation measures I am inspired and motivated by the sentiment that early 20th century German sociologist Max Weber elaborated in  Politics as a Vocation. He considers politics to be astrong and slow boring of hard boards”, which takes both passion and perspective. “Certainly all historical experience confirms the truth—that man would not have attained the possible unless time and again he had reached out for the impossible.” Steadfastness of heart is needed, otherwise “men will not be able to attain even that which is possible today. Only he has the calling for politics who is sure that he shall not crumble when the world from his point of view is too stupid or too base for what he wants to offer. Only he who in the face of all this can say ‘In spite of all!’ has the calling for politics.”

Within this noble notion of politics that many professional politicians seem to have forgotten, I consider the TIERRA CAP&SHARE framework a manifestation of that noble notion of politics as it infuses into the political process an ambitious policy proposal that advocates a radical departure from present narrow national objectives to a firm international governance structure and process, starting in the monetary field.