NAWAPA XXII Ice Age Alliance (iaa) 

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NAWAPA 22: Economics

 Rolf Witzsche
researcher, author, producer, and publisher

The economic process of humanity is not a process of money grinding out products. This perception exists only in the world of fiction. In the real world an economic process is the product of a commitment of human beings coming together to produce for themselves items that are of value for their physical existence, their culture, and their development as a human society. Money plays a minor role along the way as a convenience, though it is not essential for the process to function. Back in 1999 the world renowned American Economist Lyndon LaRouche wrote a paper on the potential to conduct international exchange of goods without money. The title was, "Trade Without Currencies." This means that the critical factor in economics lies outside the domain of money. 

Money has historically gained its dominance by its application in the system of empire as a tool for the liberal looting of society. For this end money is essential. Empire is not a productive and creative principle. It never was and never will be. Empire produces nothing. It exists by stealing and requires the fiction of monetary value to facilitate, not productive processes, but its numerous types of theft that are deemed profit, and in the larger context are deemed power. Thus money became a bullet in the war of empire against humanity and remains that to the present day. Of course, none of this has anything to do with economics.

So what is an economic process?

And economic process is that which meets the human need and inherently creates a renaissance along the way. If society gets together to create a steel mill, and the steel mill enables the production of advanced farm equipment, the increased farm production is the value created that raises the quality of life for the entire society affected. The key in this process is the intention to create the nutritional renaissance that would not be possible without it. Society says to itself, what do we need to get to were need to be for a productive and fulfilling human existence? The answer then will always be, let's get on with it and do it. The society may coin itself a form of money that gains value by what is produced and is available for the sharing to meet everybody's need.

Did you notice something about this process?

It is the outcome of the productive process that creates value. The greater, larger, and more efficient the process is that creates value, the richer will the living of society become. The competition then becomes defined by the question, what else can we build that enriches our living? If we need a giant dam to produce electricity for it, let's build one twice as big, because we will always find ways to use energy for improvements in living. While money gets filtered into the process, it just isn't the decisive factor in real economics. In the case of building the Grand Coulee Dam, the society provided itself the credit for the construction, which was repaid many times over by creating numerous productive enterprises that became possible by the project, which otherwise would not have come into existence. Thus, the greater a project is that is intended, and subsequently built, the richer is the outcome for society. That's a fundamental economic principle.

The NAWAPA 22 project represents the high end on this scale. There are two imperatives involved. One imperative is that humanity create itself a network of floating agriculture spread across the equatorial sea as a means for assuring itself a food resource that is located out of reach of the Ice Age cooling when the cooling disables the northern agriculture. In other words, the intention for building this project is to enable society to live. But this in itself is not sufficient to create a renaissance. This can only be achieved if the process of building the project enriches the entire horizon of human living. Human living isn't a process of merely staying alive. It is a process of developing. That's the driver for the economic process. The NAWAPA 22 project is enormously powerful on this front. It is also a project that cannot be carried out on any lesser scale.

Automated industrial processes for the high-temperature processing of basalt opens up an entirely new platform for expanding humanity's economic power. Basalt is the finest building material available: it is stronger and lighter than steel; more elastic than glass; noncorrosive, and nearly as hard as diamonds. But best of all it is infinitely available and exists in process-ready form in surface deposits on the ground. It is a stone with such a fine grain that it can be extruded into micro fibers for woven products and insulation that is more efficient than asbestos. It only requires high temperature process heat for the lo-cost production of almost anything. If one combines this potential with near-infinitely available energy, then one holds the key to the greatest industrial revolution the world has ever seen, for the production of nearly anything. The energy resources for this new industrial revolution exists in the form of thorium fission power for which the USA has all by itself a fuel resource of over 900,000 tons in deposits on its territory, which translates into 900,000 gigawatt-years of usable energy. The thorium liquid fluoride reactor can deliver safe and inexpensive high-temperature process heat of up to 600 degrees C., and this without the need for costly pressure vessels. The heat can be pumped up to the 1,400 degrees needed to melt basalt, and in a well-designed plant most of the heat for melting can be recovered from the cooling process. On this type of efficient platform, an automated one gigawatt plant might for example be able to produce complete housing modules for 2000 houses per hour, produced so efficiently that they can be provided for free to all in need as a 'credit' investment by society into itself for its self-development.

This means that the greatest gain in human economics can be achieved without money being deployed or required for the end product. Almost all of the basic needs of society that are critical for the development of the human resources of society, can be provided on this platform without costs attached. Whatever is provided without cost the speculators cannot steal. The infrastructures, of course, would be created with 'credit' in the form of some kind of scrip (call it money) that would be recovered by tariffs on less essential products or with taxation. Money would become replaced with a form of personal contribution awards for work produced in the service of the general welfare of society. This would be the 'profit' sharing.

On an economic platform where property has no meaning - and this includes money as property that has value only in the fictional realm of empire - the concept of value will take on an entirely different meaning, and so will the concept of economics. What is regarded as economics in today's world is a fictional concept that lacks a fundamental principle. Monetarism has no principle, being focused on stealing rather than on creating value. A society issuing credit to itself for producing value for society is an aspect of economic principle. How this principle will be expressed in detail is actually irrelevant, for as long as the intention that is expressed reflects the underlying principle of economics.

NAWAPA 22 would function on this platform. It would create a new renaissance. It would not only provide the agricultural resources for humanity to survive in an Ice Age climate, such as by placing agriculture afloat on the tropical seas along the equator where the Ice Age cooling cannot reach to. Since this itself doesn't qualify for creating a renaissance, because merely surviving isn't the heart of human living, NAWAPA 22 would create a renaissance out of the vast excess of economic power that its introduction of the highly efficient basalt processing would unleash all across the world in a new industrial revolution.

Of course, the Ice Age challenge is not really needed to produce the NAWAPA 22 renaissance. It serves merely as the impetus to get society out of its 'easy chair' of small minded conventional thinking. In the 'easy chair' society dies.

The proposed NAWAPA 22 project doesn't represent a new form and principle of economics, but merely an advanced expression of what has already been discovered ages ago. But it does represent a breakthrough in technological efficiency and power that didn't exist in earlier times as it does today, which makes advanced economics possible in our age, such as a new industrial revolution built on new and more efficient materials that enable new and more efficient manufacturing, and the creation of products that were not possible to be produced in the past.

Also the Ice Age challenge virtually demands a new renaissance in economics. Old standards no longer apply here. It is no longer justifiable to develop an economic platform that meets the current needs of society. The physical dynamics that cause the Ice Age cycles are not mechanistic in nature so that future climate changes can be mathematically calculated with a high degree of accuracy. It was once believed that the Ice Age cycles are the composite result of a number of cyclical variations of the orbital characteristics of the Earth, called the Milankovitch cycles. These variations affect the exposure of the Earth to the Sun in the high latitude regions. With the effect of these cycles having been extensively computed, it was discovered that the results don't match the historic observations. And why would they? The cyclical orbital variations only affect the seasonal and hemispheric distribution of the sunlight received on Earth's while the total amount received remains always the same. These facts support the recognition that the Ice Age dynamics result from changes in the solar dynamics, and that the solar dynamics reflect dynamic changes in the electric environment that powers our Sun.

It has long been recognized that the solar energy radiation is not a constant factor. At present the solar radiation varies by a factor of twenty in the EUV band over the timeframe of the 11-year solar cycles. With the Sun not being a nuclear fusion furnace as primitive cosmology suggests, but being electrically powered instead, the dynamic changes in the electric conditions are difficult to forecast. They are the composite of numerous overlapping electric cycles that are affected in turn by numerous conditions. It is impossible to make precise predictions since the larger electric causes are too far distant for even our best satellite sensory systems to probe their changing characteristics. This unpredictable quality of the solar Ice Age dynamics, which may involve various types of the dimming of the Sun, turns conventional economics upside down. It demands a high-power renaissance-type of economics that can withstand with ease the worst conditions that rapidly changing climates can impose. Right now the economic platform is so weak that the onset of mild drought conditions severely impacts the world's food supply. We need to be prepared that rapid cooling and more droughts can wipe out half the northern agriculture. In fact we need to be prepared for the worst-case possibilities, because failing to do so may have catastrophic consequences that may end civilization and humanity with it. This means that humanity needs to create an economic renaissance that is ten times more powerful than it presently would need to be. Anything less is morally unjustifiable. It would be a case of playing Russian Roulette with the very existence of humanity.

It is obvious that the necessary economic renaissance cannot be achieved on the platforms of conventional economic doctrines. The predatory nature of empire 'economics,' which makes it a counter-economic platform, renders the very system of empire obsolete and intolerable, which lives on only on the dusty shelves of forgotten history books. But to get to the needed renaissance from where we are, requires not only a revolution in physical productive capability, but also a revolution in social and cultural conditions that are presently not included as factors of economic development. For example, the greatest economic waste in the current world is incurred as the result of poor quality housing, or the total lack of it, as well as squalor, homelessness, unemployment, rent slavery, poor and unaffordable healthcare and education, food deficiencies, transportation inefficiencies, terrorism in its many forms, and so on. These are all factors that inhibit the development of the cognitive, creative, and productive capacity of society itself, which is the greatest asset that a society has. This asset is presently being trashed rather than developed and utilized. And more than that, it is destroyed in wars, killer games, fascist ideals, dehumanizing working conditions, and so on. In order to create a ten-fold economic renaissance a social economic revolution is as much required as an industrial economic revolution. To think that humanity can get through the Ice Age transition without it, is akin to contemplating suicide. And so, once the process of the necessary renaissance economics is understood, whereby the breaks are removed, amazing development will become commonplace. The breaks are the economic fiction that society has become enslaved to, such as the profit-grinder industries, profit grinder housing, and also profiteering in finance, education, entertainment, heath care, food, and in almost everything else. The simple introduction of free universal housing would begin to loosen those breaks in a big way. Free universal housing is easily provided by society for itself, with high temperature automated industrial processes utilizing basalt. The USA has vast areas of its territory undeveloped with wide open spaces of perfectly level ground that is ideally suited for very-large-scale industrial automation, and the building of new cities and secondary industries. The only limiting factor that the new Ice Age economic renaissance would encounter would be a shortage of human labor and skills to do the work with enough of the human potential left over for family and cultural development.

It is safe to say in the face of this vast potential development that the acronym NAWAPA 22 means that we haven't seen anything yet in terms of the realization of our economic power as human beings.

Rolf Witzsche
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