Rethinking the world for future generations

 

Keynesian formulation legitimated the presence of Government in the economy, in a world destroyed by war. That was like taking an aspirin to relieve a headache – but in the medium and long term results have been disastrous. After almost 7 decades of practical application, this economic formulation exposed stagflation as its best result: a compromise solution between unemployment and inflation. An offence to human intelligence.

You can’t beat something with nothing. “It is not just that Keynes was wrong. It is that he was wrong in specific ways, violating specific insights of generations of previous economists, but especially those of Adam Smith, and so-called Austrian school:  integrated by Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (1881 -1973), Carl Menger, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Henry Hazlitt, Murray Rothbard and Nobel Prize-winner Friedrich Hayek

To formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional universal values based on biological human needs: nutrition, health and education.

 “to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform”  –

 “to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility”.

Some ideas as an individual commitment with the planet for a more decent and fair world! My contribution for unify vision to Downsizing the  Government – “More freedom, less government”

I am sure that my generation, as others before, are tired of reading the well-intentioned Universal Human Rights Declaration, the list of the Millennium Goals of the UN and many other documents that reveal a general consensus that our children need access to nutrition, health and education – a  sine qua non condition for survival and progress. Indeed, very little progress has been made in this field, and this fact concerns me profoundly.

This reflection is addressed to those who are convinced that the current world does not only represent an inheritance from our parents, but is a loan from our children. We must give them something better than we were given. Looking around, we can see the indignity of violence, social exclusion, hunger, misery, conflict, disregard for the human condition, and unjustifiable wars motivated by unspeakable economic motivations, where youths are killed in defense of spurious interests!! This text contains a proposal that searches to replace the changing logic of ideas – ideology – with the invariable logic of life – biology .

This proposal was conceived with an ideologically unarmed spiritwith a mind open and focused on soul concepts, lovingly trying to see through the eyes of the Creator, and with a heart pulsating strongly in search of the essence of the human being, and founded moreover on the reason of analytical evaluations accumulated in more than two centuries of human knowledge. 

At the time of the American Revolution it was said – “You will never empower the weak ones by making the strong ones weaker”. During the French Revolution the fall of the Bastille took away the privileges of the Bourbons and lit an indelible flame of hope in the human spirit, with its promises of “liberty, equality and fraternity”. These human rights, born of the Enlightenment, are not widely respected until today, but they keep latent their strong appeal in the human desire for democratic participation.

In the pictures I pay a tribute to those who have made the most remarkable contributions to shaping this proposal. Other authors that I have dedicatedly consulted are not mentioned.

Karl Marx analysed with remarkable lucidity the evolution of ideas in the process of development. He wrote:

“The tradition of all deceased generations oppresses like a nightmare the brain of the living ones. And precisely when these seem dedicated to revolutionize themselves and all things, in order to create something that never existed, it is precisely in these moments of revolutionary crisis that men anxiously invoke the help of spirits from the past and borrow their names, their slogans and their outfits, finally presenting themselves in such borrowed language.”

In the text below Adam Smith faithfully defines my state of mind on this matter:

Philosophers of nature, in their independence in relation to public opinion, approach the condition of mathematicians and in their judgments on the merit of their own discoveries and observations, enjoy some degree of  security and serenity.” … “Mathematicians and philosophers of nature, thanks to their independence with respect to public opinion, have little temptation to assemble in factions and sects, either to support their own reputation, or to reduce the reputation of their rivals. They are almost always men of great simplicity in ways, living in good harmony among themselves, like friends of each other’s reputation, and are not part of intrigue to ensure  public applause , although they like to see their works approved, not getting very vexed or very angry when neglected .”

ADAM SMITH (1723-1790),   a trained philosopher, is the father of political economy. It is with him that economy is born as a science. His main work, “An Inquiry Concerning the Nature and Causes of the wealth of Nations”, was published in 1776 and is considered the bedrock of political economy – However, the ethical and moral philosophical foundation for his thought was published in 1759 – “A Theory on Moral Sentiments”– a real dive into the essence of the human being. With Smith I learned the importance of the “invisible hand”, that today is called market – individuals acting on their own interests – and it is always the individual interest that prevails – without governmental interference – as a superior model for human coexistence. I also learned with this remarkable teacher of ethics that every human being carries in his chest a jury court – each one of us knows how to discern between right and wrong, whenever in balance with our nature.

  • “the statesman who wants to determine to people how they should employ their capital, not only will be overloading himself with an unnecessary care, but will assume an authority that could never be safely entrusted to a single person, nor even to any Council or Senate, and that nowhere is as dangerous as in the hands of a man who has enough folly and presumption to judge himself able to pursue it.”

 

  • “Each person, as the Stoics affirmed, should be first and foremost left to their own care; and each person is certainly, in all respects, more capable and able to take care of themselves than any other person “

KARL MARX (1818-1883) -the controversial and prolific humanist thinker – the icon of socialism and perhaps the most poorly understood of thinkers – died in 1883 and the Soviet Revolution occurred in 1917. “Never before had so many speculated about the intentions of an author – in his name were committed aberrations by fanatics hallucinated by power, in a spectrum that ranged from some who were “profound visionaries, to others who were psychologically disturbed”, if we quote the clairvoyant competence of english historian Eric Hobsbawm. It is necessary to dessacralize Marx’s work – many analysts were sensitive enough to recognize the errors of capitalism, but they acted like marxist priests burning incense to their god. Marx did not live long enough to witness how strongly social democracy can bribe any revolutionary passion.

I have learned from Marx that the workforce must not suffer wear “The worker sells his labor to keep it unscathed, except for the natural wear, but not to have it destroyed.”

Workers need to eat and to have access to health and education systems, so that their labor does not get destroyed– it does not make sense to embed this in their salary, because the hunger of people is not a variable, but a biological need. Human labor is a process of transformation of human energy into physical or intellectual energy, and for this transformation to occur we need nutrition, health and education, ensured a priori and not embedded in salary. We need nourishment just like a vehicle needs fuel to work.

It seems timely to remember Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s remark that “Nature never deceives us; it is always us who deceive ourselves”.

Victor Hugo said, too: “It is sad to think that nature speaks and that humans do not listen to it.”  

Francis Bacon’s certainty is inexorable: “In order to give orders to nature, we must learn how to obey it.”

But the most significant insight for reflection comes from Ayn Rand – a russian jew who fled from Russia in the years 1920. Ayn Rand’s  epic masterpiece “Atlas Shrugged Revolution”, a modern classic and a perennial bestseller, offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists:

“When you notice that, in order to produce, you must be authorized by someone who produces nothing; when you confirm that money flows to those who negotiate with favor, not with goods; when you notice that many get rich with bribery and influence, more than with work, and that the laws do not protect us from them, but, on the contrary, it is them who are protected from us; when you find that corruption is rewarded and that honesty becomes self-sacrifice; then you can say, with no fear of error, that your society is doomed.”

At the end of the 19TH century, in view of the growth of socialism, the Vatican released the ENCYCLICAL LETTER «RERUM NOVARUM» OF POPE LEO XIII, ON THE CONDITION OF WORKMEN- on May 15, 1891, during the fourteenth year of his pontificate, mainly to clarify the Church’s position on the labor-capital relationship, on the role of the State and of  private property, etc.

“This problem is neither easy to solve, nor free of hazards. It is difficult indeed to define accurately the rights and duties that shall simultaneously govern wealth and the proletariat, capital and labour. On the other hand, the problem is not without hazards, because on many occasions turbulent and crafty men seek to undermine its sense and leverage it to excite the crowds and foster disorder.”

 

“Anyway, we are convinced, and everyone agrees on this, that it is necessary, with prompt and effective measures, to come to the aid of the men from the lower classes, since they are, mostly, in a situation of undeserved misfortune and misery”.

Seeking justice and equity, I entirely agree with the Vatican in the condemnation of socialism and in the defense of private property-‘ thou shalt not desire thy neighbor’s wife, nor his house, nor his field, nor his ox, nor his maidservant, nor his beast of burden, nor anything belonging to him». Charity is also advocated as a solution to the “changing relations between workers and employers, to the influence of wealth in the hands of a small number, contrasting with the indigence of the crowd”.

“Governments must use the protective authority of laws and institutions; the rich and the employers must remember their duties; workers, whose fate is at stake, must defend their interests in legitimate ways; and since only religion, as we said earlier, is capable of eliminating evil by its roots “,  “the desired salvation should be primarily the result of a great outpouring of charity: … that same charity encompassed in the whole Gospel, and that makes one always ready to sacrifice oneself for his neighbor, as the surest antidote against the pride and selfishness prevalent in this century”.

In spite of my respect for the historical, millenarian commitment of the Vatican to human conduct, I cannot believe that some may come to the world to live on charity, while others live in opulence!!! The alms destroy two of the most important and stimulating forces of a human being: dignity and initiative. I Prefer to believe that we must provide equal opportunities of nutrition, health and education to all. From there on, charity will be optional.

The French writer Victor Hugo said : “We will practice charity when we could not impose justice”. Because it is not charity that we need. Justice reaches the causes of the problem; charity mitigates its effects. Monsignor Jacques Gaillot, also a Frenchman, with a serene look and pondered voice, dedicated his religious vocation to the defense of human rights, particularly those of the poor and of the prisoners of justice. He completed this reasoning:  “I do not say that one must deny a plate of soup or a warm shelter to someone living in the streets. There are urgencies”.  “I will do this, but my conscience will not be at peace, because I think that we must struggle against the structural causes that bond these people to injustice.” The saddest thing for me is that people get accustomed to injustice. For this reason I say: “Wake up! This is shameful! Let us show our indignation towards injustice!”.

Social responsibility, sustainability and ecological balance are the keywords – ideas full of motivation and desire, that require defining how to make them real. Some focus their proposals on the alteration of the human DNA – or else they believe in the emergence of a new generation that will put the collective interests above their personal interests, something like the religious proposals that are at least 4000 years old, since the time when Prophet Abraham, at the origin of monotheistic religions, tried to indoctrinate, with little success, this curious biped human. I do not believe in this, because personal interests will always prevail in relation to the collective ones. Napoleon Bonaparte, in his reflections on the human soul, observed that people struggle much more intensely for their interests than for their ideals!

It is most important to put this human selfishness to the service of society. Just as politics and economics cannot be mixed, economics and religion are two distinct areas. Many foolish and deceiving leaders insist on creating the supermarket-shelf religion, to grab whatever is in their interest to make a profit. This happens not only with religions but also with associations speaking on behalf of ethics and philanthropy. For these are intended the hottest places in hell. In this context, it is worth recalling the recommendations of the English thinker Gilbert CHESTERTON: “To PRAY as though everything depended on God. And to ACT as if everything depended on ourselves”. Definitely, religion has been used as a placebo for the people  – the false remedy that works on certain situations.

 JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES (1883-1946)  is a regrettably outstanding character in the history of economic thought. His main work is titled “A General Theory on Employment, Interest and Currency” (1936). This book was, undoubtedly, the most influential in the industrialized societies after World War II,  in an Europe destroyed by war, where  governments started to play a decisive role in the economy. Certainly, the success of FDR’s New Deal in the 1930s spurred this English economist to advocate the presence of the State in the economy. Keynes’ treatise was a response to the crisis that struck the economy of that time, dominated by the marginalist theory, that was unable to explain the great depression that had hit the Western world in the thirties of last century.

According to Keynes, the State can play a very important role in preventing economic crises, by an increase in public spending that will prevent the rupture of aggregate demand, at a time of negative expectations among private agents.

“We must therefore equip the State with effective instruments of economic policy, to regulate the interest rate in order to keep it below the ” marginal efficiency of capital “, to increase consumption by expanding public spending and to expand investment  through government loans that will absorb idle resources.”

It would be comical, were it not tragic, to imagine that the control of financial flows: currency, exchange and credit, could generate development. Only simple productive work can generate capital which, in its essence, is nothing more than cumulative work. The alleged stability achieved with government interference in the economy should be replaced by the full productive employment achieved through total freedom to produce and consume. Some presence of the State can only be justified during a limited time, to regain balance. A constant presence of the government in the economy replaces the invariable law of supply and demand on the free market with the questionable action of human will.

Economic rulers must realize that “If all you ever do is all you´ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you ever got.”

“In the medium term we will all be dead”, could have been the response of Keynes to the implications of his proposals. He is now dead and cannot witness the disaster, after nearly seven decades, of his proposals to formalizing government interference in the economy.

Joan Violet Robinson (1903-1983) is one the leading economists of the twentieth century. She was the leader of the “Cambridge School”, initially a follower of Marshall’s theories, and finally an outstanding member of the neo-Ricardian and post-Keynesian schools. Significant contributions were made to the european economy by this admirable lady who worked with Keynes and whom I had the privilege of meeting  – I can still remember her evaluation, when asked about the power of multinationals – she was very defined: I would rather be a slave of Volkswagen than not be anyone’s slave!!! I Learned with Robinson that the market economy makes what is profitable and not what is needed – in this assertion I find her indication for the synthesis between capitalism and socialism.

Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (1881 -1973)- was a member of the so-called Austrian school, also integrated by Carl Menger, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Henry Hazlitt, Murray Rothbard and Nobel Prize-winner Friedrich Hayek. His work is a monument to economic liberalism, showing irrefutably the futility of government intervention in the economy, which can often have a result opposite to what was intended. I Learned with Mises and Hayek that nothing beats the power of the spontaneous organization of the market price mechanisms. All my texts are impregnated with the magnificent teachings and economic findings of the Austrian school.

“Humanity needs, before anything else, to get free from its submission to absurd slogans and to go back to trusting the wisdom of reason.”

Without any unjustified nostalgia, I want to emphasize my belief in the values defended by these thinkers, according to whom an independent, active and productive human being  writes his own history. Whatever may be one’s view of democracy, the destiny of those ruled must never depend on the virtue of their rulers. In addition to universal suffrage and a free press, the reduction of power resources in the hands of an elite should be a criterion to qualify a real democracy. 

After all, what went wrong with our world? How can we fix it? Certainly, human beings are not born socialist or capitalist.

Imagine a society with all of its members employed, in a labor market where the supply of jobs surpasses demand, where young students are searched before leaving their school or University, where wages tend to go up and there is no need for the government to impose a minimum salary to be paid. This is not a dream, it already existed during the industrial revolution, at the beginning of the 19th century. I am talking about introducing the substantial criticism of Marx – on the deterioration of the labor force – into the basic research of Adam Smith, and substantially reduce the presence of the State in the economy, to rescue the situation of full productive employment observed at the beginning of the 19th century. Only with full employment the State supervision will be unnecessary – the invisible hand will act inexorably!!

Government is an institution economically impractical, because its revenues and expenditures shall be determined by acts of human will. Economics is a science whose techniques are valid and applicable when the will of economic agents is limited by the natural law of supply and demand. This is why the economic techniques applied by the government are ineffective and have poor results. From an institutional point of view, the governmental bureaucracy, slow in its essence and disistimulating in its actions, is a lousy resource manager, because it grows in the shade of subservient favoritism, of incompetence and servilism, where friendship and political influence are worth more than merit and ability. Without a healthy competition that generates professional stimulus and technological progress, we will have a fertile field for monopolies, oligopolies and cartels.

Private initiative, operating in a competitive market with full productive employment, is a superior model for the production of goods and services. This does not mean that workers and employers in the private sector are superior beings, privileged by divine election. The model of private initiative is superior because it operates in an environment where the human will is limited by the natural and inexorable law of supply and demand.

The complexity of modern corporations cannot be managed by central planners. The so-called democratic centralism is pure sophistry,  that appeals only to autocratic rulers. The swelling of the executive branch of power, with huge amounts of financial resources to be allocated by acts of human will, stimulates a race among unscrupulous politicians for power at any cost. “They do not disdain , in certain cases, alliances with cheating, fraud and corruption”, to use the words of VILFREDO PARETO.

The speech in this case is about democracy, but the methods used lead inevitably to fill the coffers of the State. This paradox has transformed the democratic regime “of the people, by the people and for the people” into the autocratic rule of a regime “for the people”, where the fate of those governed depends on the virtue of their rulers.

The world assists today, baffled and powerless, the supremacy and domination of the class of bureaucrats, since the practical evolution of the capitalist and socialist systems converge inevitably to a totalitarian regime. That is to say, the inequality of opportunities in the current rules for human coexistence is generating the most terrible process of human domination and bondage, the dictatorship of bureaucracy.

It is clear that, with the current rules for human coexistence, the government needs to intervene increasingly, but the real need for government intervention is in the fact that 3 sectors: agriculture, health and education cannot walk alone – The government needs to pump resources into these 3 sectors – something necessary, even if inefficient. Under the current rules, the reduction of government intervention in the economy would considerably increase the distance between poor and rich.

But in a new social pact where nutrition, health and education became private responsibilities in the productive process, the Government would proportionately  reduce taxation and its interference in the economy. Instead of transferring resources from rich to poor, society would provide equal the opportunities for nutrition, health and education. This is not philanthropy, but a new concept of human labor as a transformation process of human energy into physical or intellectual power. It will replace the changing logic of ideas – ideology – with the invariable logic of life – biology.

Certainly, businessmen will not act philanthropically only: full productive employment will be the guarantor of this agreement of wills – the dynamics of the economy will lead to full employment, where government supervision will no longer be required. The English poet and polemist of the 17th century, John Milton, identified that human reason can distinguish good from bad ideas, in the same sense that Adam Smith said that we all carry a jury court in our chest – we know how to distinguish right from wrong. In the proposed way one can humanize the market and respond to the Mexican poet Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize in literature, 1990: “The market does not have a conscience or mercy”. Or else, as Joan Robinson said  – the market shall make what is necessary and profitable, with total freedom to produce and consume.

 This proposal needs to be discussed to exhaustion by all those who bear responsibilities and believe that we have an obligation to deliver a better world to our children, grandchildren and future generations. Hunger cannot wait and the children born today have the natural right to be nourished  and to access health and education systems. Before it’s too late, we must humanize the market to deserve a better future.

May you have a healthy and profound reflection. Best wishes,

Ronaldo Campos Carneirorcarneiro@salutecafe.com.br Brasilia – DF – Brazil – august/2012

De: Ryu Soga [mailto:ryu-mco@xp.wind.jp]
Enviada em: sábado, 22 de janeiro de 2011 03:06
Para: rcarneiro@salutecafe.com.br
Assunto: Appreciate !!

Dear Ronaldo Campos Carneiro;

I would like to thank you very much for your

 nice New Year message.

I’m proud of many excellent Roarians like you.

Best regards,

Ryuichi Soga(PDG 2005-2006, RID 2840)

De: Urs Bolliger [mailto:urs.bolliger@gorgen.ch]
Enviada em: sábado, 22 de janeiro de 2011 11:48
Para: ‘Ronaldo Carneiro’
Assunto: AW: Rethinking the world for future generations!

My dear Ronaldo

Take thanks for your Email. I’m very leased about it. You’ll find my work in time at www.rokj.ch

Perhaps you find time for look in.

Have a nice time – With my best wishes – PDG Urs Bolliger

De: mfk@cyber.net.pk [mailto:mfk@cyber.net.pk]
Enviada em: sábado, 22 de janeiro de 2011 01:04
Para: Ronaldo Carneiro
Assunto: Re: Rethinking the world for future generations!

Dear Ronaldo,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and research. I agree with you and would submit that while Paul Harris while anticipating the future world order formed Rotary with the ideology to bring social justice for all and urged rotarians to intervene through their respective vocations practicing high ethical standards and promoting moral social values.
Have a Happy 2011.
Regards
Faiz

De: Kasemxai [mailto:kasemxai@truemail.co.th]
Enviada em: sábado, 22 de janeiro de 2011 12:59
Para: ‘Ronaldo Carneiro’
Assunto: Thanks for your thoughts

Dear PDG Ronaldo Campos Carneiro,

Many thanks for your valuable food for thoughts and words of wisdom to kick off the new year of 2011.

We wish you the very best in the new year and new Rotary year to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.

Regards,

Kasemchai PDG, Bangkok

D-3350 Thailand & Cambodia

De: Margaret Wittkopp [mailto:margaret.wittkopp@veritasinvesting.com]
Enviada em: sábado, 22 de janeiro de 2011 12:41
Para: ‘Ronaldo Carneiro’
Assunto: RE: Rethinking the world for future generations!

Dear Ronaldo

I am so impressed with your writings and the message you have sent me.  I am fully engaged through my business and work on spreading the message that free markets work.  My company’s motto “Save the Investor Save the World”  is based on the concepts you present here.  At Veritas Financial we are committed to freemarkets and through our Investor Education Series we teach the principles of which you write.  I am deeply encouraged by your clear thinking!

Best regards and continued good health to you and your family,

Margaret Wittkopp, PDG 2005-06 District 6270

De: Robert Scott [mailto:bobscott@eagle.ca]
Enviada em: domingo, 23 de janeiro de 2011 13:05
Para: ‘Ronaldo Carneiro’
Assunto: RE: Rethinking the world for future generations!

Dera Ronaldo

Thank you for your good wishes  and also for your thoughts re our future

Best to you and your family for 2011

Bob

De: Aziz Memon [mailto:azizkingtex@cyber.net.pk]
Enviada em: domingo, 23 de janeiro de 2011 09:39
Para: ‘Ronaldo Carneiro’
Assunto: Rethinking the world for future generations!

Thanks Ronaldo, great thoughts. We sure need do things to leave a better world for our children.

Kind regards,

 

Aziz Memon.

De: ALOK BILLORE [mailto:alokbillore@gmail.com]
Enviada em: sábado, 22 de janeiro de 2011 22:51
Para: Ronaldo Carneiro
Assunto: Re: Rethinking the world for future generations!

Dear Ronaldo,

My due appologies for this late reply as i was awfully occupied and was travelling most of the times.

I thank you for this lovely message. Really very impressive.

Take care……….. Belated Marry Xmas.

Regards,

Alok.

De: Sakuji Tanaka [mailto:sakujitanaka@nifty.com]
Enviada em: sábado, 22 de janeiro de 2011 16:15
Para: Ronaldo Carneiro
Assunto: Rethinking the world for future generations!

Dear Ronaldo,

Thank you for your kind messages.I left Japan on 12 January to attend  the International Assembly and I will go back to my  country on 30th January.

It was a good International Assembly of the very substantial reputation this year. An organization of Rotaries is a number one NGO aiming at the world understanding and friendship and peace. We move to other hotels just now to attend  the RI Board of directors for five days.

Thank you again.

Sakuji

De: FUARD Christian [mailto:fuard.c@moov.mg]
Enviada em: sábado, 22 de janeiro de 2011 16:11
Para: Ronaldo Carneiro
Assunto: Re: Rethinking the world for future generations!

 Cher PDG Ronaldo,

Après avoir partagé cette semaine de fête de Noel avec nos plus proches, et avant la reprise pour 2011, nous profitons de ce premier mois de janvier pour vous remercier de vos messages et pour vous adresser tous nos meilleurs vœux pour 2011. Que cette nouvelle année soit plus sereine pour chacun, que 2011 vous apporte l’épanouissement que vous espérez, et que l’an neuf contribue à une vie plus harmonieuse autour de nous. Alors prospérité et santé à toi et à toute ta famille Cher PDG Ronaldo.

Avec nos très cordiales amitiés.

Christian FUARD

PDG 9220 – 07/08

                                                                           

De: Casa Kato, S.A. de C.V. [mailto:kak21@prodigy.net.mx]
Enviada em: sábado, 22 de janeiro de 2011 16:04
Para: ‘Ronaldo Carneiro’
Assunto: RE: Rethinking the world for future generations!

Felicidades, agradezco tus interesantes reflexiones sobre la situación del Mundo actual y tus conclusiones. Be sure that we all are making our best effort to improve the World for our children. My best wishes,

PDG Agustin Valdés Calderón

200-2001 Distrito 4190

De: Marcilio Moreira [mailto:marcilio_mmoreira@yahoo.com.br]
Enviada em: terça-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2011 14:29
Para: Ronaldo Carneiro
Assunto: Rethinking the world for future generations!

Dear Ronaldo:

Many thanks and all the best in 2011.May it be blessed with Health ,Peace ,worthwhile
initiatives and plenty of Light !

Warm regards

Marcílio                                                                           ——————————————————-

De: Ayoub M. Ayoub [mailto:obaco37@gmail.com]
Enviada em: quinta-feira, 3 de fevereiro de 2011 20:36
Para: Ronaldo Carneiro
Assunto: Re: Rethinking the world for future generations!!

Dear Ronaldo,

Hope well.

Despite all the ‘violent’ developments around, I could read your ‘relatively long’ thesis -about future generations- to dear Pauline Leung, General Coordinator.

As a c.c. was sent to me, and to be able to respond in a positive and constructive way to your valuable thoughts,

May I suggest a concise and more pin pointed proposals from your side !

This, I think, will enable many including myself to react in time.

Best to your humanity-motivated message.

Together, we can Build Communities and Bridge Continents

   YIR

Ayoub Mahmoud Ayoub

PIRG Coordinator, Zone 20B

Ph.  +20226033045

Cel. +20105136368

Address: 2 Ahmed Zaki str.,

Hadaek Elkoba, Cairo-EGYPT 

De: Jade Johnson [mailto:jadej@da.org.za]
Enviada em: terça-feira, 8 de março de 2011 07:26
Para: rcarneiro@salutecafe.com.br
Assunto: Rethinking the world for future generations!!

Dear Sir,

Thank you on behalf of Helen Zille, Tim Harris and the Democratic Alliance (DA) for your email correspondence.

We appreciate your reading on great political philosophers. Many of the points you have raised are in concert with many of our policies.

I have included 2 links for your attention regarding our policies and vision for South Africa of an Open Opportunity Society for All.

http://www.da.org.za/about.htm?action=view-page&category=386

http://www.da.org.za/our_policies.htm

Thank you once again for your interesting correspondence.

Yours sincerely,

Jade Johnson

On behalf of the Leader

Public Liaison Officer

Democratic Alliance Leader’s Office

Parliament of South Africa

Tel: 021 465 1431

From: Tim Harris [mailto:tim@africatech.co.za]
Sent: 05 March 2011 06:16 PM
To: Ronaldo Carneiro
Subject: Re: Rethinking the world for future generations!!

Dear Mr Carneiro

Thank you for your email.  I will pass it on to Helen’s staff

Regards

Tim

Tim Harris

International Officer – DA

M340 Marks Building

Parliament of South Africa

Cape Town

 Cell: +27 82 427 3751

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De: Dirk Hazell [mailto:dh@dirkhazell.com]
Enviada em: domingo, 6 de março de 2011 15:50
Para: Ronaldo Carneiro
Assunto: Rethinking the world for future generations!!

Thank you for sharing this.

As it happens, I was lectured by Joan Robinson at Cambridge in the 1970s: her exceptionally memorable persona did rather reflect the great events of the middle third of the last Century.

Without commenting directly on your economic and social analysis, I would offer the thought that we do need rapidly to find our way to a robust environmental settlement so that there is real global alignment of economic, environmental and social sustainability. It would be good to think that the Earth Summit in your Country in 2012 might make rather better progress than we have so far seen.

Best wishes
Dirk Hazell

Secretary, Liberal International British Group

De: Nannapas Sukwattananipaat [mailto:maynannapas@gmail.com]
Enviada em: sábado, 5 de março de 2011 03:11
Para: Ronaldo Carneiro
Assunto: Re: Rethinking the world for future generations!!

Dear Mr Ronaldo Campos Carneiro,

thank you very much for the reflections, reminding us of the delivery of better environments to our children.

I am no longer working for the Democrat Party of Thailand, however, I am certain that your message will be well received and profoundly though about by Mr Abhisit and other fellow members of the Party.

All the best and sincerely,

Nannapas Sukwattananipaat

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De: Sergio Tripi [mailto:s.tripi@tiscali.it]
Enviada em: sexta-feira, 11 de março de 2011 07:43
Para: Ronaldo Carneiro
Assunto: Rethinking the world for future generations!!

Dear Ronaldo,

 Thank you for sharing this remarkable social-economic analysis of yours, that I read with great interest.

In the search for the best approach to the best public-private balance, I found in your writing the effort to identify the strengths and weaknesses of both elements, and this is certainly a valuable invitation to making a reflection that take both of them into account.

 This search implicitly makes it again evident that the basic element to reach this balance is in the nature of the human being and its desirable and possible,  evolution. Human selfishness, in order to ber put at society’s service, must be first transforned into deep interest and care for the common good – – which is a copernican revolution of the human spirit and hence of human values and man’s behaviours.

 This leads to the role of government in tempering the free market’s drives in order to balance them with the objective of social growth also of the less fortunate. Cartainly, it is a balance that must take well  into account also the individual liberty of expressing one’s own potential qualities, thus ensuring individual freedom.

 Yet, there are activities and social services whose nature unquestionably address the well being of the society at large, and there are remarkable examples here. Robert Muller, the economist who spent forty years with the UN and, as Assistant Secretary-General, contributed strongly to the establishment of the UN Development Fund, gave an appropriate and tangible  example of this, when he wrote in 1998:

 ”The incredible efficiency of the French national railroads and the excellent United States Postal Service lead me to recommend that the world should not believe blindly in the fundamentalist, almost fanatic claim of superiority of privatization, and consider more, not less, state enterprises.

It will lead to inefficiency, business will claim.  Well, how come that the French national railroad networks are faster and more convenient to all people of France while the number of their employees and workers has been reduced from 475,000 thirty years ago to 175,000 today?  And they have all a stable, secure employment and revenue.”

 The point I am making here is that the real issue is in the search of the best balance of the public-private elements, in the context, one day, of a society where an evolved citizen combines his search for individul progress with his care for the common good. Utopia? After having become acquinted with hundreds of wonderful evidences in many parts of the world, I do not think so.

Best,

 Sergio Tripi

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De: The Real Agenda [mailto:luis.rodolfo.miranda@gmail.com]
Enviada em: sexta-feira, 12 de agosto de 2011 17:59
Para: rcarneiro@salutecafe.com.br
Assunto: Democracy and humanism

Thank you for you thoughtful input, Mr. Carneiro.

As I usually said, it is right on target.

Luis R. Miranda
Journalist
The Real Agenda

real-agenda.com

De: Vito Tanzi [mailto:vitotanzi@msn.com]
Enviada em: quinta-feira, 9 de agosto de 2012 10:54
Para: rcarneiro@salutecafe.com.br
Assunto: RE: Democracy, capitalism and socialism

Dear Mr. Carneiro

Thank you for these interesting quotes,

Regards and wishes

Vito Tanzi

De: Jhansi Premanand [mailto:premanandjhansi@yahoo.com]
Enviada em: quinta-feira, 24 de maio de 2012 16:06
Para: rcarneiro@salutecafe.com.br
Assunto: Re: Rotary – social inclusion

The world is under the clouds and the Governments are blaming each other nations and countries for the worst economic situation in the world.Who is responsible. the people or the Government? What  is  Government? is it not the people? What is the percentage of the Govt amongst the people of the countries. Very less. Is it not? What is the percentage of saving by the common people in each country? Can the poor able to save? Why are the precises of the products are increasing? Is it the fault of the Govt planing  or  anything else? Govt is the combination of all the parties, left or right or ruling.Do you thing the people  of the opposition who are in the Govt are creating difficulties? Time has come to think deeply in to the matter for the future world’s development of the countries. Rotary without any barriers are helping the mankind to live in peace. We the Roterians has a responsibility to make them realize the importance of saving and planing economics in day to day life.Rich is becoming rich and are safe in any situation.It is the other part of the humanity suffers with any differences occur in the economic growth.So let us think how we in Rotary solve this situations when they occur in the human life that lives along with others in this world.Peace  is needed for every one ,every living being and every existence in life.___Jhansi

De: Luis [mailto:luis.rodolfo.miranda@gmail.com]
Enviada em: sábado, 16 de junho de 2012 00:05
Para: rcarneiro@salutecafe.com.br
Assunto: RES: Democracy, capitalism and socialism

Hello Mr. Carneiro,

First of all, thank you for sending me this series of exchanges. It is interesting to read what people educated in the traditional educational system think with all their theories and them regurgitating what they read in their carefully crafted textbooks. Unfortunately, college degrees and flashy titles do not provide a real insight into the true reasons why we are where we are today.

History is shaped by those who wrote it, and therefore it only provides a reference from which we can look back at. The issue is where should we look in order to have a good idea of what happened and how that shapes what is happening today in all aspects of life. The current economic crisis is a very broad topic, which cannot be discussed through an e-mail or a chat session. I wouldn’t presume to be able to explain the current state of affairs the world is in by writing or responding to an e-mail. It is much too complicated. However, if you asked me for an opinion, I can provide you one although I am afraid it would be a very general one.

We’ve been under the same economic and financial system for at least the past 100 years. This system was conceived much earlier by very smart people who recognized that monopoly was the best business model for themselves, and since then, monopoly men have controlled every single aspect of human development. They have shaped the very social fabric of modern society by maintaining a tight grip on resources, their availability, development, and as a consequence the way markets work. Therefore, we cannot even begin to believe that there has ever been the slightest sign of a free market economy anywhere in the planet.

Throughout human history, people associated themselves to create strong groups that helped them take care of their interests. The success of such groups relied on how much each individual’s needs and rights were respected. Much of the success of the earliest forms of civilization were based on the respect given to natural law and individual rights such as the right to life, private property, self-defense, privacy and so on. The moment one of those rights were violated, or when force was used to limit or otherwise eliminate such rights, civilizations struggled to find the balance again. These struggles have been permanent throughout history because there have always been individuals who sought not to respect individual and natural rights (natural law) but to find the slightest edge to govern over others. Then came the idea that something called government could be better at managing what all individuals had done themselves for thousands of years and so humans entrusted their lives to a group of trusted servants. Later we learned that government is just an instrument to maintain the monopoly, because it successfully hides the reality we all live in, by keeping us busy, working most of our lives to maintain the fraudulent bureaucracy that the monopoly men so eagerly dominate.

The trusted servants were bought and paid for by the monopoly men, who found it much easier to bribe, threaten or manipulate a few good men, rather than bribing, threatening or manipulation whole populations. That is how monopoly men came to be government. The monopoly business model accompanies humanity up until today, and every day that passed those monopoly men were more empowered by their far reaching influence, access to resources, raw materials, technology and political gain. That is where we are today. The monopoly men found a way to legalize the mafia model, which they themselves use in their businesses and applied it to government, through which they manage to control every single aspect of our lifestyles.

What an economist believes or thinks about what is right or wrong for a country or a continent is irrelevant if that economist doesn’t take into account that the economy is controlled by powerful corporate interests that control it all. No economic theory will be ever successful at explaining why a crisis happened or how to fix it unless it recognizes its real origins. University degrees, economy textbooks and memberships do not help when trying to explain why the world is in the deepest depression in modern history. We all need to recognize that in today’s world nation-states no longer dictate what happens with their own destiny or with that of their citizens. Monopoly men do. And they will continue to do so until humanity awakens to what is behind the curtain – or in this case who is behind the curtain. Humanity will never be able to have real capitalism, free markets or social justice – whatever that all means – as long as we are unable to recognize how the system really works. Keynes, Krugman, and all these other thinkers and talking heads bring nothing new to an economic debate, they just repeat what they learned in college or whatever mode of education they were exposed to. There is really nothing new or beneficial we can get in order to analyze the current state of humanity if we take as our start point ideologies that have long defrauded us all, which were all invented by the same monopoly men I mentioned above as tools to divide and conquer. The same people who invented the theory of socialism, are the very same who invented capitalism, fascism, democracy, and all of the other faces of the same dye.

There is hope though.

No doubt, a large minority of humans is now aware of this state of affairs, and that large minority will have to once again carry the heavy weight of the large ignorant majority in order to deliver humanity from the evil that a global monopoly has brought upon all of us. If there is anything positive the current economic crisis has brought, is that it has awaken millions of people around the world. This crisis has been an opportunity to open the eyes and see beyond what is being shown to all of us as reality, but that is nothing but a fraud. The early stages of a new struggle for a return to individual freedom is in the works as we speak and just as it happened in the past, it will take a while to conclude.

On a personal note, I have to add that I will never use force or violence — which is what the monopoly men and governments normally do — to impose my views or wishes on anyone. The moment we all understand that imposing our will on anyone by using force or coercion is the root of all of our problems, we will be that much closer to solving most of those problems. That will happen when individuals learn about and understand the concept of self-governance, self-responsibility and respect towards the inalienable rights that we have as individuals. After a majority of us learns and understands this concepts, we can all sit around and debate economics, politics or any other issue.

De: B Berger [mailto:berger.ben@me.com]
Enviada em: quinta-feira, 6 de setembro de 2012 02:58
Para: rcarneiro@salutecafe.com.br
Assunto: ARC

Ronaldo,

I very much enjoyed your stimulating passage shared on the Ayn Rand question section.

I was most inspired by it because I feel the ideas, temperament, and vision embedded and implicit within your prose falls neatly in line with my own sentiments and hopes for others and the world, in terms of the great wealth, freedom and prosperity possible if only we were able to have others understand as those like us have with much study, investigation and observation.

Because of this, if you should be interested, I want to share with you a method I have found as the most effective in enacting and actualizing the change of ideas and responsibility that we as objectivists (or other, similar minded people) strive and hope for..

I’m sure you would agree that having the right ideas and asserting that those ideas are right, do not always produce desirable results in the hearts and minds of those we attempt to move toward our philosophical persuasion. In fact this is often one of the greatest challenges of those morally inclined to “do something about it”. The “it” being the condition of our world and those within it. The challenge being having others really look, investigate, and come to rational conclusions about the world and how we interact with others (i.e. the subject matter of all Humanities disciplines).

Case in point, a real solution to the problem would be one that not only had the right ideas, morals, philosophical ideas and logic, but one which is able to invariably elevate the awareness level and rationality of those who would commit themselves (in any degree) to such a cognitive quest of self-enhancement, whether for their own sake or for a larger, more “macro” sake.

If you have received this, please confirm. I would like to forward you some information on what I have found and that which I am unhesitatingly certain of its efficacy in bringing about a resolution of “the human condition” and will lead us to a world free of criminality, poverty, and war.

Not to worry, I have absolutely nothing to sell or gain from your interest. Just a concerned human who feels it necessary to forward ideas to those who likely have similar awareness levels. I assume that it was for this same reason you were inspired to posit your essay to the ARC board.

Very best regards,

Benjamin

De: Robert.T.Yin [mailto:editor.rotapub@msa.hinet.net]
Enviada em: domingo, 23 de setembro de 2012 23:10
Para: gmail
Assunto: Re: A better world is possible

Dear PDG Ronaldo Campos Carneiro:

Thank you very much for your nice message: A better world is possible.

I am proud of having many excellent fellow Rotarians like you.

Sincerely,

Robert T. Yin

De: Christophe COURJON [mailto:christophe.courjon@lerotarien.org]
Enviada em: sexta-feira, 21 de setembro de 2012 04:32
Para: gmail
Assunto: [SPAM] RE: A better world is possible

Dear Governor,

Thank you for your article, translated in French. Our editorial board will study it with great attention. I will contact you for the final decision schedule on 20 October.

Sincerely yours,

Christophe Courjon

Rédacteur en chef du magazine Le Rotarien

34 rue Pierre-Dupont

69 001 Lyon

 

Tel : 04 72 00 32 14

De: Jaana Woiceshyn [mailto:jaana-w@hotmail.com]
Enviada: sexta-feira, 23 de agosto de 2013 01:34
Para: Ronaldo Carneiro
Assunto: RE: How to end poverty

Thank you, Ronaldo, for sharing your views. –I don’t agree that government funding is needed in any sector, but of course changing from the current mixed economy system to laissez-faire capitalism cannot be done overnight.

I only check this email account occasionally; if you want to contact me, please use my gmail address:
jwoiceshyn@gmail.com

Regards,
Jaana

De: Jaana Woiceshyn [mailto:jwoiceshyn@gmail.com]
Enviada: domingo, 25 de agosto de 2013 18:56
Para: ‘Ronaldo Carneiro’
Assunto: RE: How to end poverty

Thanks, Ronaldo. As you and I know, there is an alternative to Keynesianism—but although people know that capitalism exist, they don’t understand it. So let’s keep spreading the word!

Regards,

Jaana

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