90 results for author: Dave Svetlik


THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMY UNIT XIX: MONEY IS A CONCEPT – NOT A THING

Money is a concept – not a thing. We have the physical resources – the matter, the energy, the man power, the machine power, the knowledge – to rebuild our infrastructure, to repair our crumbling roads. We have the physical resources – the matter, the energy, the man power, the machine power, the knowledge – to provide healthcare for all. We have the physical resources, the knowledge, to put an end to the use of global warming fossil fuels and switch to safe alternative energies. We have the physical resources, the knowledge, to provide food for everyone on the planet. We have the physical resources, the knowledge, to clothe everyone on the ...

MAKING THE WORLD WORK FOR EVERYONE – A PALE BLUE DOT PART III

Planet Earth from a distance of 4 billion miles. Photo by Voyager I. Source: NASA/JPL Feb. 1990 (Just below middle of page in orange/brown color band on right)Matthew 6:28-33 “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewith...

MAKING THE WORLD WORK FOR EVERYONE – A PALE BLUE DOT – PART II

Planet Earth from a distance of 4 billion miles. Photo by Voyager I. Source: NASA/JPL Feb. 1990 (Just below middle of page in orange/brown color band on right) “Whether you will or not, you are a king, Tristram, for you are one of the time-sifted few that leave the world, when they are gone, not the same place it was. Mark what you leave.” - - Edwin Arlington Robinson writing of the legendary knight Sir TristramOne could easily imagine Robinson was speaking to all of us when he wrote the lines above. Because, whether we will or not, each and every one of us leave the world a different place when we are gone. For better or worse, our lives ...

MAKING THE WORLD WORK FOR EVERYONE – A PALE BLUE DOT PART 1

It is now the year 2019. Twenty-nine years since Voyager I sent the above photo of our planet. In a world seemingly bent on a path of self-destructive madness, when human-induced global warming and the quickly growing threat of nuclear war threaten the very existence of life on Earth, it is worth it, perhaps critically so, to recall the words of astronomer Carl Sagan in his 1994 book, “Pale Blue Dot.”“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of ...

THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMY UNIT XVIII: LESSONS FROM MONOPOLY

Most of us (especially elders like myself) have played the board game “Monopoly.” Interestingly, in spite of huge growth in electronic gaming, sales of “Monopoly” continue to do well. The face to face social interaction in board games is regaining its appeal. But the game of “Monopoly” also provides many lessons in understanding the current state of economic affairs. It is a microcosm of a macrocosm – specifically, macroeconomics.A quick review. . .The “Monopoly” board has various properties, utilities, railroads and other locations where players land as a result of a shake of the dice (die). In other words, luck controls player ...

A Year Round Christmas Story

Each and every day newspapers and news broadcasts run articles and stories about the results of high school sporting events and which teams won and who were the stars. This is well and good. Athletics provide a wonderful avenue for growth and expression for many students. But there are other things going on in our public schools that perhaps could use more attention.A few days before Christmas my wife and I attended our granddaughter’s D.C. Everest Junior High Christmas concert. Of course, we have been attending her concerts since she was a first grader and as always, these musical events are delightful. They are a tribute to both the students and ...

SODDY, FULLER AND MODERN MONETARY THEORY

Portions of this article have been previously published in Middle Wisconsin but the concepts are hopefully useful in understanding current economic issues confronting America and the world.Born in the late 1800’s, Frederick Soddy and R. Buckminster Fuller led extraordinary lives. Soddy won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1921 and Fuller became known for his work in architecture, the geodesic dome and visionary thinking. Soddy was a British citizen, Fuller an American. Both were deeply rooted in science and the laws of physics, and both spent the latter half of their life trying to apply their knowledge of physical reality to making the world ...

THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMY UNIT XVII: MAKING THE WORLD WORK FOR EVERYONE

THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMYUNIT XVII: MAKING THE WORLD WORK FOR EVERYONEBy Dave SvetlikHumanity continues to operate under the false assumption that there “isn’t enough to go around,” hence someone must go without and lead a life of poverty and deprivation. It is this false assumption that leads to “you or me,” “every man for himself” reptilian-reflexive thinking that in the end becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.When the prevailing socioeconomic framing is that some must go without so that others may be rich, the synergetic opportunities for universal success are lost. Greed, hoarding, and corruption rule the day and the very real ...

THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMY UNIT XVI: THE MISLEADING USE OF TRADITIONAL ACCOUNTING/ECONOMIC TERMINOLOGY

The U.S. Government never – ever – borrows money. The U.S. Government is never – ever – in debt.Ah, the heresy! How can one make such a ridiculous statement! Look at the National Debt Clock! It’s the end of the world! We’re mortgaging our great, great, great, great grandchildren into infinity! China will own us! It’s the end of the world!!!! Be afraid! Be very afraid! And on and on the insanity goes.But let us ask ourselves - - - since the U.S. Government is the Constitutionally authorized creator of the nation’s money, why on Earth would it ever borrow money to fund its own operation? Let us ask ourselves - - - if the U.S. ...

THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMY UNIT XV: THE CRITICAL NEED FOR WAGE EARNING AMERICANS TO UNDERSTAND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT “DEFICIT”

It was the same fairytale spouted by President Ronald Reagan when he sold us the con-job of “trickle down” economics - - - “cutting taxes for the rich and corporations will lead to an economic boom, government revenue will increase, and everyone will live happily ever after.” Unfortunately, fairytales aren’t true and when congress once again cut taxes for the rich at the end of 2017, the result was the same as it has always been (and what the politicians voting for it know full well it will be). It Grew the Federal Government Deficit.But when it comes to making the rich richer, few in congress care that it will increase the “deficit....