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Title: Economic Democracy


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Economic Democracy in Latin America and the
United States
Dada Maheshvarananda www.priven.org
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1. My story...
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  • At the risk of sounding ridiculous, I would say
    that the true revolutionary is guided by great
    feelings of love.

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Yoga and meditation
me, 1976
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Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar(1921-1990)
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  • Prout Progressive Utilization Theory
    socio-economic model
  • economic self-reliance
  • cooperatives
  • environmental balance
  • universal spiritual values.

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Brazil Prout alternative to global
colonization. Economic democracy with
cooperatives. Basic necessities for
all. Capitalist greed is destroying our planet.
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Responses to Exploitation
  1. Silence
  2. Reform
  3. Revolution

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2. Economic Democracy... why?
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What kind of world do we want?
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We all want
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END OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM?
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Wealth Inequality in USA
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Conservative Frank Luntz
  • fracking energy exploration
  • healthcare reform government takeover
  • government spending waste
  • capitalist job creator
  • CEO bonuses pay for performance
  • global capitalism economic freedom

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Economy of, by and for the people
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RIGHT TO LIVE!
  • Guarantee five minimum necessities of life to
    all
  • food
  • clothing
  • housing
  • education
  • medical care

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Jobs with fair wages guaranteed to all.
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Three Levels of Economy1. Small Scale Private
Enterprises
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2. Cooperatives
  • Base of economic democracy
  • workers own their enterprises

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3. Strategic Key Industries
  • public utilities
  • belong to society, never privatized

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Local economies
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Different Governance
  • 1. Council of respected elders
  • 2. Wise leader
  • 3. Political democracy
  • 4. Participatory democracy

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3. Economic Democracy in Latin America
  • Minimum necessities
  • for all

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Free Healthcare
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VenezuelanEconomy
  • Poverty reduced 50. Extreme poverty reduced 70.

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66,000 functioning co-ops in Venezuela
  • 2nd highest after China!

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Community empowerment
  • 33,000 communalcouncils

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We are Chávez!
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CECOSESOLA Food Co-op
  • Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • Open 4 days/week
  • 450 tons of produce weekly
  • 30 off supermarket prices
  • 55,000 families shop each week!

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  • Co-op hospital
  • Co-op funeral service
  • Many small co-op producers

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Workers takeover failed enterprises
  • Argentina 250 with 13,000 workers only 2
    failed.
  • Brazil 174

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Co-op spirit
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Moral Leadership
  • moral force, spiritual vision, courage to fight
    injustice. Anyone can become a moral leader.

Marina Silva
Rigoberta Menchú
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Prout Research Institute of Venezuela
Independent, not-for profit foundation since 2007.
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The Quinta Prout with 40 beds for visitors!
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Training courses
Prout Projects in Venezuela
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Dada Every morning I wake up in paradise!
Prout Projects in Venezuela
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Prout Projects in Venezuela
Yoga classes
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Prout Projects in Venezuela
Centro Madre Prout Community Center in Barlovento
Didi Ananda Sadhana
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Prout Projects in Venezuela
Centro Madre empowering self-reliance through
education, sustainable agriculture, holistic
development and ethical leadership.
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Excellent small scale sustainable agriculture
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Neohumanist Education
Prout Projects in Venezuela
  • "The practice of love for all creation including
    plants, animals, and the inanimate world."
  • 1000 schools

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4. Economic Democracy in United States
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Minimum wage 7.25/hr.Maximum?
  • US federal employee starting salary 17,803.
  • Maximum salary 179,700 (10 times higher).
  • (Source General Schedule Grade 1 Senior
    Executive Service).

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Cooperatives did you know...
  • 1 billion people are co-op members?
  • Co-ops provide 2 million jobs in USA, 100
    million worldwide (corporations 80 milion)?
  • 1st year, 40 new U.S. companies fail (10
    co-ops fail)?
  • By 5th year, 60 U.S. companies fail (12 co-ops
    fail)?
  • World Council of Credit Unions, Statistical
    Data United States Credit Union Statistics,
    1939-2002.

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Why dont people cooperate more of the time?
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Social Darwinism
  • Herbert Spencer's ideological basis of British,
    US and German imperialism the strong should
    rule.

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Scientific view
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Too big to fail?
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Mass media and advertising
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What could we do to inspire people to cooperate
more?
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COOPERATIVE GAMES
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Cooperative Musical Chairs
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Levitation
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Lack of Ethics
  • Most common factor among criminals is lying.
  • Some powerful people also lie!
  • Many moral rules and laws created for power.

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Ethics for Liberation
  • Sarkar balance individual and collective
    interests.
  • Re-interpreted 10 ancient yoga moral principles
    (Yama and Niyama)
  • Rejected rules-based morality, absolutes.

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Cardinal Human Values
  • honesty, courage,
  • mercy, humility,
  • self-restraint, compassion.
  • protect the weak,
  • avoid harming others,
  • overcome selfishness.

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1. Ahimsá Not to intentionally harm others with
ones actions, words or thoughts.
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5. Aparigraha Not to accumulate wealth or
indulge in comforts which are unnecessary.
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5. Ecological Spiritual Perspective
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ClarificationDogma vs. Spirituality
  • Fundamentalism is close-minded,
  • Blind obedience,
  • Instills fear.
  • Divides people into believers and non-believers.
  • Open-minded,
  • Questioning,
  • Promotes love.
  • Views all people as one human family.

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Spiritual perspective of Prout
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MEDITATION Benefits   overcoming insomnia,
depression and mental complexes increasing
memory, concentration, willpower, self-control,
self-esteem and tolerance developing mental
peace, wisdom, compassion and unconditional love.
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Health-related benefits
  • Meta-analysis of 20 research studies of
    mindfulness meditation
  • 87 less heart disease, 55 fewer tumors, 50
    fewer hospitalizations, 30 fewer mental
    disorders, 30 fewer infectious diseases.
  • Meditation-based therapies reduce chronic pain,
    anxiety and depression, substance abuse, suicidal
    behavior.

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Prison Meditation Classes
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HOW TO MEDITATE?
Close your eyes Sit straight Breathe
deeply Repeat your mantra Practice every day
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Baba Nam Kevalam
  • Universal mantra in Sanskrit
  • Love is all there is.

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Follow your bliss!
6. Conclusion
  • Joseph Campbell

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Take-aways?
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Learn!
  • 19.95
  • www.aftercapitalism.org
  • www.proutglobe.org
  • www.priven.org
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