Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Age of Infinity and the Scarcity Matrix

By William Brandon Shanley

rev. May 21, 2007

A paradigm shift is underway, and a bright, bold new post-material, post-scarcity era called The Age of Infinity is rapidly emerging.

The Age of Infinity will be characterized by infinite power and potential that mirrors that nature of the universe: quantum computing, unlimited memory, nanotechnology, the digital universe, virtual reality, free energy (zero point energy and myriad others), genetic engineering, life extension, AI, elemental transmutation, teleportation, infinite universal-human mind/consciousness -- and much, much more. All of these vectors are pointing to infinity. And it will be quite a ride. If only we can make through the next 15-20 years. I am confident that we will.

How can I make such claims about the future? Simply because these technologies and sciences are characteristics of the nature of nature and we need only unfold what already is and “ride the horse in the direction its going” to make them tangible.

All science is an awakening to what already is. Our inventions and systems simply mimic what nature has already perfected with utmost efficiency through intelligent networks and least action principles. Through time, as our glasses become more and more refined, we’re able to see more deeply into the infinite fecundity, creativity, power, potential, and perfection of the cosmos and thereby create successively more successful theories, maps, metaphors and meanings to represent it.

In this essay, I’ll discuss my views about the infinite power and potential of the universe and what I see to be the obsolete, inauthentic and deadly scarcity-based economic systems which are killing the planet. I say obsolete because we now know they are inaccurate thanks to quantum physics. I say inauthentic because they do not reflect what is and are organized to maintain, create or increase the wealth of the haves. I say deadly, because they are killing us. This is not a point of view you’re likely to hear discussed in economic or political circles, so perhaps you’ll tell me if it’s fresh. In one discussion at least, I seemed to cause a Yale micro-economist to run the other way when my facts undermined fundamental tenets of his profession that 1) "man could never have enough" and 2) nature was scarce. When I suggested it was only our thinking that was scarce, and after making point after point to support my view, he finally realized the absurdity of his claim that 50 billion galaxies and 100 million times 100 million stars were not enough! Such is the depth of the humanity’s belief in scarcity and our leading institutions’ commitment to it. As I will attempt to show, not only is this thinking wrong-headed and deadly, but it is both a fantasy and an addiction.

As such, I expect more than a few howls of "foul" or claims of “fantasy” to try to divert us from bringing into view what is cosmically apparent. Just as it took more than 150 years for people to accept the Earth was round, it will likely take at least that long for people to awaken to the facts like the universe is a coherent plenum overflowing with the physical and non-physical; Earth is an abundant whole; nature is an intelligent, interpenetrated faster-than-light network; the universe is a process of exchange that calculates, computes and is constantly taking in information about the whole when a wave returns to its ground state; the universe is an open system, everything effects everything else, there are no secrets and there is no place to hide; human intent changes matter and light seems to know our intent before we decide; the human mind/consciousness is unlimited; the universe appears to be a conscious, active, living hologram; and, it has a purpose.

My background is not in economics. I am by trade a broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker. In the course of working with more than a dozen popular author-scientists over several years in the 90's creating and editing a science novel for young non-scientists, Lewis Carroll's Lost Quantum Diaries (DVA, Stuttgart: 1998; Tokuma-Shoten, Tokyo: 2003), it became quite clear to me that the major economic models that have been extant over the millennia are obsolete because they are based on a false belief: scarcity. In fact, these economic systems manufacture scarcity.

Now, don't get me wrong, given our world views all these thousands of years of "civilization," the world certainly looked scarce, and became even more even more so as perception becomes reality. Thought creates. Sustained observation creates persistence. Just as the discovery of the microscope revealed bacteria and viruses to be the sources of countless diseases, and all kinds of hobgoblin superstitions and myths went the way of history, so too will our belief in scarcity.

Why? One of the chief reasons today is because the dominant economic model is supply and demand: the less there is of something the more it is worth. So, even in the face of abundance or sufficiency, businesses and entrepreneurs seek to control resources and production to create scarcity to keep prices high. We also know that abundance is a characteristic of the market economy, but not when it threatens to mitigate demand, prices or profits. Just look at what the interlocking oil and automotive industries did to the electric car in order to preserve the status quo (see What Ever Happened to the Electric Car?). The market economy also seeks to privatize and commoditize what is already free and turn it in profit, which makes what was once free to all, scarce (water, broadcast spectrum, non-profit hospitals, all commons).

  • I grew up being taught that hunger was an inevitable fact of life. Yet, in 1999 we learned that the Earth produces 4.3 pounds of food for every man woman and child each and every day (Peter Rosset, et al, Twelve Myths about Hunger). We also know that people over-populate when they are hungry and poor. So what are we doing to ourselves through and to them?

  • We live inside a belief called “energy crisis” yet the entire visible universe is energy. We live inside a tiny visual and material bandwidth. Even with scientific instruments to extend our senses we can can only detect 4% of what math tells us must exist. We also see the enormous background of energy that remains when all molecular activity is frozen, zero-point energy, wherein one cubic centimeter of "empty space" (quantum vacuum) contains as much as ten to the 94th power grams of energy -- more than the energy in the entire visible universe (David Bohm and many other physicists). It is not in dispute that this energy exists, only that it is accessible (See Hal Puthoff, Tom Beardon, and others on ZPE, virtual particle flux in the vacuum, over-unity devices, etc.) Is this the dark energy/matter that science insists constitutes 96% of the universe? From this perspective one thing is clear: if we turn our perception around and work to develop free energy with some Iraq-destined billions, we’ll lick the problem in a jiffy. But even without new energy research, the news reports we already have engines that run on water by fracturing it into hydrogen and oxygen: . Stan Meyers' invention uses variations on technologies classical science has known for more than one hundred-fifty years: electrolysis, a battery and generator. Nor can one fail to note the breakthrough at Steorn Technologies in Ireland where engineers have developed an engine that induces power from magnets, creating more energy than it consumes:

  • We believe in the limitations of the human mind and creativity, yet the brain is capable of a greater number of associations than the number of atoms in the universe (Huston Smith, Forgotten Truth). Moreover, we now have strong evidence that the universe, of which we are a part, is interconnected mind. As such, we would have full access to all that is. (See psychic Ingo Swann’s remote viewing of the surface of Jupiter -- 52 million miles away – in SRI supervised sessions funded by the CIA and DOD. More than 95% of what Swann “saw” on the surface of Jupiter was confirmed years later in Voyager and Pioneer spacecraft fly-bys of the planet. See also, Dean Radin's Entangled Minds about the plethora of psi experiments and what his meta-analyses once and for all prove about the power of psi.)

Since these facts have not percolated into our awareness, we see very few ways out of the Scarcity Matrix. This nightmare, pseudo-reality is held in place by everything from scarcity banking (short supply of fiat money backed by nothing, how could this nothing ever be scarce?); the work of governments (wars, arms production, budget gaps, taxation, interest on fiat money debt); charities, philanthropies and NGOs; Social Darwinism and worker-debt-enslavement; depreciatory concepts of self by corporations and society in order to market products necessitating the expenditure of enormous amount of time and human capital in psychotherapy, psychiatry and related health defects; the maintenance of starvation and the increase in global poverty in the face of abundance or sufficiency; malnutrition through the promotion and consumption of malicious food products; the cynical tricks and lies favoring elites inherent in funding human development and poverty programs, as well as the exorbitant overhead in the delivery of almost all social services; lack of access to adequate medicines to eradicate disease; etc. All these, I contend, are held in place by a belief in scarcity whose purpose is to maintain, create or increase upward demand on prices for the haves in an incoherent mass illusion all the while telling itself it is doing otherwise. For knowing what we know, what else could it be?

As you can gather, the problem is so pervasive, being embedded in language and meanings and evaluations of reality as it is, it is impossible to even address the issue without using scarcity terminology -- just listen to me!

As a result, we have manifested a thought system ruling the global dominion in which half its inheritors live on less than $3 per day, one in six on less than $1. Ten per cent of the human family takes a 54% cut while the bottom 40% lives on 5%. One in five Americans now lives on less than $7 per day--that's $2555 per year in the most abundant nation on Earth. Such is the nature of the Scarcity Matrix and no number of wars, terrorist acts, studies, laws, regulatory committees, fines, training programs or moral arguments can ever overcome it, change it or fix it because these activities are all predicated upon this false, undistinguished reality existent within the invisible Big Lie.

In my view, the belief in scarcity is actually a deep seated meaning and hidden operator installed in the neurophysiology of virtually all people. Perhaps gurus and mystics can claim otherwise, but I have never met a person, no matter how rich or poor, talented or beautiful that didn’t have a fundamental, hidden, negative belief about themselves that served to create a limited context for their lives from which their thinking, behavior and actions flowed. Adapting maverick physicist and philosopher David Bohm's insights (Thought as a System, On Creativity, and other books), this hidden operator in the thought system installs in the function of thought. Bohm's point is that even in the face of changing contents, the hidden meaning/context/function remains unchanged unless and until it is brought into awareness and seen to be inauthentic or false.

Here Dr. Bohm discusses the nature of thought:

One of the main reasons why we actually find it very difficult to attend to our thought... is that our notions concerning the general nature of thought are themselves fragmentary and confused. The confusion begins very early in life. At a certain age (as observed by Piaget, that of development from relatively immediate and direct sensory motor thought to more abstract symbolization of thought, in terms of language) the child often tends to suppose the content of his thought (for instance, imaginary objects) to be as real as things that can be seen or touched. Eventually he discovers, of course, that such content is only "imaginary," and thus he comes to regard it as "unreal." A young child is, however, probably not yet ready to understand something much more subtle, which is crucially important in this regard. This is that, while the content of the thought may be either "real" or "unreal," its function is nevertheless always real. This function is, first, to give meaning and shape to the perception by calling attention to what is regarded as relevant or essential in the context of interest and second, to give rise to feelings and urges that promote actions appropriate to the context, i.e. it contains what we may call motivation. (emphasis added).

As an example, one may consider a table. One may think of it as a supporter of paper or as an obstacle in the way of where one wishes to go. Each of these ways of thinking leads one to see the table in a different form of perception, which calls attention to different aspects and in this way gives rise to different motivations as to what to do about the table (either to write on it or push it aside). We thus emphasize that thought and the perceptions that guide action, along with feelings and urges that constitute the motivation of such action, are inseparable aspects of one whole movement, and that to try to regard them as separately existent is a form of fragmentation between the content of thought and its overall function.

To fragment the content of thought from its overall function in the way described above leads to very serious confusion in action and in human relationships in general. For example, the thought of the inferiority of human beings belonging to different nations or ethnic groups and having different customs leads one to see such people as inferior beings and to feel the motivation to treat them in a manner that would be fitting their supposed inferiority. One tends to fall into this sort of confused response because one fails to see the content of thought and its function as an unbroken flow. Rather, one tends first to concentrate exclusively on the content (the notion of the inferiority of people who differ from oneself), which is seen as "merely a thought" and therefore unreal or perhaps "only a mental reality" and therefore not very important. Then, when one experiences the inbuilt function of his thought by "actually seeing" other people as inferior, and by "actually feeling" the urge or motive to treat them as such, he loses sight of the content in which this function originated, and thinks: "This is not just a mental image, but it is something real, something that I see and feel as an actual fact, which is very important and very urgent in its implications." So, it seems that inferiority of these people has been proved and is not a "mere thought."

Scarcity hides in the function of thought the world over and I believe this is the central, fundamental malady of our times. The human ego is always surveying the horizon assessing and projecting threats, and when the context if one of scarcity, “not enough,” “never enough,” “not good enough” (view of self and others) the result is a world characterized by so much war, suffering, dissatisfaction, and sense of inadequacy. How could it be otherwise with the scarcity meaning being so pervasive? Since the U.S. “won” the Cold War and the demise of the counter-weight of the Soviet Union ideology to capitalist ideology, the world ego is running amuck in a socio-psychopathic orgy. It’s every man for himself so I’d better get mine – but quick – and the hell with tomorrow! Nothing else in nature exhibits this fear of scarcity sustained over time we call "greed." Greed is fear of scarcity.

To explode the scarcity belief, and show just how inauthentic and incoherent it is, let’s take a look at some objective measures as well as make some informed estimates of global wealth.

After fairly extensive research and query of a leading economist who consults for the U.S. Federal Reserve, New York University’s Edward Nathan Wolf, I have not been able to obtain a household balance sheet for total global wealth, so we’ll work at generating one. Yet it would seem that the G-8, IMF, World Bank, the Bank of International Settlements, and High Net Worth Individuals must know what net worth is reflected by the system for purposes of banking, investment and currency flows, right? It is mystifying, although in light of my scarcity thesis, not at all surprising, that such numbers are not available to the public because they would give away the fundamental trick.

The US economy represents roughly 25% of global consumption and GNP (Source: CIA). Using the Federal Reserve’s Flow of Funds Accounts for the United States (first quarter, 2004), we see that the Balance Sheet of Households and Non-Profit Organizations shows a net worth of $44.87 trillion in 2003, not including the value of primary homes. Today’s figure (2006) would easily exceed $50 trillion. While these measures vary somewhat from nation to nation, is we multiply the US figure by 4, the balance sheet for the planet would be $200 trillion. Does that figure include the Oil and Gas Journal in Houston estimate of proven oil reserves of 1.266 trillion barrels of oil? At a price of $72 (the price to which it will return after November 7th) that equals $91.15 trillion, so it hardly seems possible that the figure could be included in global net worth, as that would represent nearly one-half of global wealth. And while I admit that I’m flying blind in this area, let’s set aside 50% of that number and add $45 trillion to our $200 trillion, giving us $245 trillion. Let’s say there’s an equivalent value for all government infrastructure and farms. That’s $490 trillion, or $75,384 for every person on the planet, without even attempting to calculate the value of the vast, uncommoditized natural resources, surplus human product, labor, intellectual or spiritual capital, human networks, the black market, off-shore trillions, or the priceless value of the our common inheritance, the physical planet Earth, which is clearly beyond measure. And beyond that still, we have the non-physical which may account for 96% of what is within and without us.

So, what is all this talk about scarcity and what the hell are we doing to ourselves, the world and everything in it?

The scarcity belief is the fundamental trick in system that is enslaving the world and killing the planet; it must be revealed and transcended. Opposing it will not work; it will only make is stronger. The world ego will defend this status quo at all costs because the economic order of the world runs on its fear of scarcity and it fears nothing more than scarcity!

We are addicted to a scarcity fantasy.

Once again, David Bohm from a dialogue in Thought as a System, where he is speaking about addiction to fantasy:

I would like to discuss the imagination so that we could understand its role here, because it is very closely related to this question. 'Imagination' means 'making an image', 'seeing the image of something that is not there'; in other words, fantasy, fancy, and so on. But really there is no fundamental distinction between the processes of imagination and perception. We've said that the entire consciousness is actually created by a process which is being guided by information and the senses.

That process gives rise to perception, and that process is a kind of imagination...

So the reality you perceive is affected by your thought. Thought is working as a kind of imagination infused into your perception. It becomes part of what you see. And that imagination is necessary. But it gets held too strongly and resists evidence of incoherence, then it leads to all the problems we're talking about...

You can see therefore that you have to watch imagination carefully. It can be creative and it can also be very destructive, because the fantasy realm can merge with reality and create a resistance to seeing that it is fantasy. It will create reflexes that resist seeing it because you create such beautiful fantasies that you don't want to give them up. They feel very good, the endorphins are produced and everything else. Hence, there is a movement -- a reflex -- to hold them and to resist thoughts which say they are not right, or that they are not the way it is. Thus you get illusion and all that...

Q: What about incoherence due to psychological addiction, but which includes chemical addiction -- such as that of the alcoholic or the drug addict? This too can affect perception.

Bohm: Yes. But psychological addiction is always the most difficult one. For example, experiments have been done where animals were injected with some drug, maybe morphine, which made them chemically addicted. There were two groups -- one was able to inject itself and the other was injected. Then the drug was withheld from both groups. The group that was injected went through a withdrawal process and was no longer addicted. The animals who were able to press the button to inject themselves got through the withdrawal process, but when they saw the button they pressed it again, even though it no longer gave them the drug. The point is that the memory of that pleasure produced a reflex to press the button. The button stirred up the whole system of memory.

Q: Are fantasy and imagination based mostly on past experiences?

Bohm: I have said there are several kinds of imagination. There is the imagination based on memory, which is either remembering the past or projecting the future. In addition, there is creative imagination which can project something new which you can bring into existence -- for example, a new idea to create something which was never there. In fact, a great many things we see are a result of that.

And I'm saying that perception is a process similar to imagination. Now, that is the key thing. But we have no control over it. It just happens. It's going on and creates the whole impression of a world. That world includes not only what we sense -- what we immediately perceive -- but also the effect of the past. Thought is affecting our perception...

Fear breeds fear just as love extends love. So the question becomes: which would we rather have? Fear masks as good judgment, reason, planning, and necessary defense, yet who has populated the world with nuclear weapons and fomented war in recent times more than the most abundant nation on Earth? What nation is leading the advance in turning the garden planet into a tortuous prison plantation of death, destruction and slave wages to serve the elites?

As I write this we are transitioning from the Age of Mechanism to this Age of Infinity, and the Industrial era is sinking into to swamp of anomalies characterized by a desperate rush to privatize global resources before the jig is up. The world ego knows this. This is a huge subject and perhaps will be the focus of a film and book. (If anyone is interested in helping me take this on, please contact me.)

There are many things we can do to bring about change. We can distinguish and awaken to the Scarcity Matrix. We can form a global mutual social enterprise using the assets of our pension funds and stocks to buy control of the banks and corporations (including media, health care, arms), take human rights away from corporations and hold them accountable to the community of 6.5 billion This may be possible for as little as $20-30 trillion (a guesstimate of the cost of 10% of public corporations). In so doing, we can repossess our own credit and debt (most central banks like the Fed are owned by private international interests), and restore the commons. We can turn the focus of the arms and national security industries to free energy development, transportation systems, communications and interplanetary enterprises. We can build cathedrals of light with quantum computers, optical switches and intelligent networks as George Gilder foresaw in Telecosm. We can establish a line of credit for every man, woman and child to finance education, businesses and homes using each person’s priceless share of the planetary dominion as collateral. And we can begin organizing these movements right now through P2P.

In closing, in an effort to truly grasp the infinite abundance, potential and power of what is within and without us, let’s take a closer look at the science. It’ll be just a brief glimpse into the nature of our source: light.

First we must begin with the fact that a photon (a quantum of light) is non-material. It is non-physical. It has no rest mass. It has no charge. Yet it can possess infinite power. It can be seen only once: its detection is its annihilation. So our entire universe is birthed from a non-physical entity which is annihilated when observed.

As Arthur M. Young, inventor of the Bell helicopter and physicist/philosopher, states in the first chapter of The Reflexive Universe, "The heart of our story, like the beginning of creation, lies in the nature of light... Light, because it is primary, must be unqualified -- impossible to describe -- because it is antecedent to the contrasts necessary to description...

“Light involves a special kind of difficulty, the difficulty of knowing about that which provides no knowledge of other things. We might imagine a painter who wanted to paint the paintbrush, a problem I encounter when I want to repair my glasses: I cannot see without them; and light, by which we see, cannot be seen.”

Light is seeing. Visible light covers just one octave of the electromagnetic spectrum, but as Young tells us, it "includes much more than the energy we see by, for all exchange of energy between atoms and molecules is some form of what used to be called electromagnetic energy, which extends over a vast spectrum and would be better named interaction…

"And, as evidenced by the finding of relativity that clocks stop at the speed of light, it has no time (the space-time path of light has zero length). While light in a vacuum has a 'velocity' of 186,000 miles per second, this velocity is not motion in the ordinary sense since it can have no other value... Even space is a meaningless concept for light, since the passage of light through space is accomplished without any loss of energy whatsoever."

Light is pure action and free. Light is an information carrier, connecting everything with everything else.

Light seems to know its purpose:

Young describes the life cycle of light as the "arc of light," and in so doing shows us how light, as it slows and descends into energy/matter, all physics are born, and subatomic quanta emerge with charge, velocity, mass, and location. As light continues to slow and becomes more and more determined, it gives up energy to form atoms, and then atoms bond into molecules.

Then light does a most miraculous thing, it reverses its descent, makes a U-turn, becomes neg-entropic, and uses the determined state of the molecule as the platform upon which to progressively build life: cells, then plants, animals, and man, each kingdom experiencing a higher degree of freedom than its predecessor. Then light returns to its source.

How does it know to do these things? Oxford physicist Danah Zohar (The Quantum Society) tells us, "Energy seeks to fulfill all its potentials, all at once, in every possible variation." (We have neither the time or space here to take up Young’s theories on the photon's cycle of learning or Bohm’s views on proto-consciousness, the infinite subtlety of matter, or matter as "a meaning field.") Miraculous insights such as these fill whole volumes; one need only look.

So as we consider the nature of nature and its "purpose" we observe the manner in which the whole manifests. The universe is light, energy/matter. The energy of a photon to create a proton is a billion electron volts, to create an electron about one-half million volts. The universe is held together by forces of attraction: strong and weak nuclear, gravity, electromagnetism. Light transforms itself into these forces of attraction to create all life and make everything new again. And I would add to these four a fifth: love.

We are made of this same quantumstuff.

So we see a whole new world coming into view: born in light, bonded into matter, it rises back up to create life, then onto higher and higher degrees of freedom and creativity and knowing – and then us, through us, to become. Knowing this to be our heritage and the Earth our collective dominion, we awaken to the nature of what is, become coherent with it, and with the miraculous powers of nature at our finger tips, we realize that we are the masters of our own destiny--and desire to manifest anew. We are at once free to create, to exemplify the whole and consciously evolve its purpose with the infinite abundance of it at our fingertips – now. And we see in the miraculous, malleable mirror of the universe the image of our maker – and ourselves.

Thanks for listening.


David Braden said...


There is much in common between your view and much of the materials I have written. You make a request for people to assist in a book or documentary about these topics and I would like to explore that further.

Two points I would make:

1. Use of the term elites is counterproductive as it intends the assignment of blame to those who understood the operation of the scarcity matrix and did what they needed to do to provide for their families. There is no need to assign blame as the Age of Infinity is an unmitigated benefit for all humans - elite or not.

2. I think you understand that the change will not be implemented through government edict (as evidenced by your give/get work). We will need to first "create" systems of producing abundance, through which the age of infinity is demonstrated, and through that process, the political will to support systems of abundance can be developed.

rob james said...

i like this article although readerbility especially of quotations is an issue.

I would also like to collaborate on a book/documentary.

The previous comment about elites is right, ie. that a slightly revised argument will not focus on this.

And clearly examples of abundance are required...

my suggestion is that five specific categories of economic activity are addressed using the physics-abundance theory...clearly economic calculations will be carefully per your examples, finance, energy, food, education, governance...rj

William Brandon Shanley said...

Hello David and Rob:

Thank you for the feedback.

I use the word elites, not as a pejorative, but to describe those who have historically ascribed to themselves to role of creating and maintaining a hierarchy that goes far beyond providing for one's family. They are, in fact, elites. Is is the actions of the elites which are having a negative impact, not the fact that they happen to be wealthy, or whatever measure you choose to use.

Today, we see the role of the elites in maintaining the administration of George Bush, for example, even when everything he touches is destroyed, crumbles or dies, even the Golden Goose itself: the U.S. Constitution. The mainstream media hardly blinked when habeas corpus was eliminated and torture legalized in recent days. There was almost no public debate or coverage of these unconstitutional acts which threaten our very system and obliterated democratic principles preceding the Magna Carta.

The fact that this psycopath still has 37% support in the U.S. can only be explained by coherence between Bush's policies and the interests of the elites. This entire 13th century oil war scenario being fought by primitives at enormous cost in human life an treasure, as well as the fact that both political parties in the US support this travesty, is yet another example of the role of the elites in determining government actions to maintain the status quo.

I think one needs examine what I call the System. It is an egoic organism which operates with one meaning: to maintain, create or increase wealth of quantities of material and power over them. It is essentially blind to human suffering and is responsible for all wars and depressions. (I have a huge arsenal of material to support this that I prepared for Bill Moyers and will share with you if you request it.)

At the top of the pyramid are the global bankers, insiders, and largely hidden operators who fund all wars (all sides simultaneously), control all governments and economies. This is the Cabal. This group would include people like the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, Warburgs, and other owners of the Fed and most central banks, including George Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, who while an investment banker with Averall Harriman at Brown Brothers Harriman, did business with the Nazis throughout WWII, as did IBM, Ford, Standard Oil and many others. The irony is that the year after this was revealed, Bush was elected as U.S. Senator from Connecticut.

The Cabal operates what I call the Complex, which consists of banking, media, military, national security, industrial, and goverment industries and leaders. Through laws and business practices, control of markets and flows, covening and funding of organzations like the CFR and Business Roundtable, the Complex operates and maintain the Scarcity Matrix within which the Consumers exist (notice I didn't say people, or citizens). For as it is only as consumers that people represent any value to the Complex. Governments and people who do not cohere with the meaning of the System are either exiled, side-lined, made dysfunctional, driven into poverty or insanity, or otherwise eliminated through sometimes gansterish tactics.

In terms of quantifications of wealth, these are indeed evanescent and elusive. I've been conducting research and writing news and documentary scripts for years. In one instance, I uncovered secret arms shipments to Saddam Hussein by the Reagan and Thatcher goverments in the 80's in violation of weapons embargoes in both the US and Britain. Bu I have never encountered such difficulty anything as I have in trying to assess global wealth. I've communicated with top economists at NYU and Yale, and they all claim "the numbers do not exist." Now, frankly, I find this to be impossible to believe. The Bank of International Settlements, the G-8, Extremely High Net Worth Individuals, the IMF, the World bank, the Fed, and other central banks, must know, but the numbers are either unavailable or inaccessible. So, I've done my best to estimate, and at least one Yale economist I spoke to thought the $500 trillion figure was probably a fair approximation.

But the only purpose for this number is to prove to those who do not assign any value to the virtually unlimited non-commodized product, labor, intellectual and spirit capital on the planet, the not yet commoditized natural resources of the planet, or the value of the infinite in the non-physical, that there is indeed sufficent abundance to birth an entirely new economic order which can include everyone.

Even with a hard number, count on people attacking that it, too. Such is the addiction to scarcity. Huge segments of global societies and cultures make their livings by feeding off the scarcity myth:most non-profits, NGOs, large swaths of goverment agencies, the UN, global relief agencies. All of these, I predict, will fight a new order in the same way the adoption agencies in Mali or wherever it is are attacking Madonna for adopting one child out of hundreds of thousands of AIDS babies with no future because she is transcending their meddling role. But I am digressing...

In closing, I do not want to indict anyone, but it is necessary to distinguish for readers and/or viewers the meanings, dynamics and behaviors which are generating and regenrating the System which is killing us all. And that, as such, requires exposing the ones who are at the controls in maintaining war and unimaginable human suffering.

Then we must pivot from that to examining the authenticity of the scarcity model, and move to a discussion of how to unfold the new reality. I do believe an earthly utopia is our collective destiny.

I'll be happy to correspond with you about a documentary and book.

Please write to me at

Thank you.

Shaun said...

In response to Bohm's ideas on imagination. I wanted talk about perception of reality to the process of creating imagination into perception or reality. From the beginning of our known perception of man evolving to use tools. We have evolved from this 'firery' existence to kill animals and cook them to our now being. Ancient men thought their abilitys were granted from the Gods of the sky, for they existed in a sense of infinite land. Even Newtonian ideals were binded to the supreme existence of God. And in quantum physics and thought there is a relationship to spirit. Our conscience is moving from the grasp of the earth to the universe. One way to put the idea of imagination of tools from 'meme' messages or the first illusion of a tool for men was a product of the imagination and thus a delusion or product of God, the ultimate delusion.

Now if we talk about taking evolution into the hands of humans. Once the animal becomes aware of evolution it will choose how to evolve. Ideally the earthly utopia is wanted. Yes the idea of bringing this into existence is complex and ultimately undefinitive, but to move beyond suffering will require taking control of our ideas and systems and creating a new reality.

The first step I believe is creating a network of not for profit organizations. I would like to hear more about this and how to bring the wealth of elites into the hands of all people. We must move past the baby-boom perception of the Golden rule that he who has the gold makes the rules. A new urban reality should not be linked with consumption, but with social entertainment and interaction. The ideals we shall pursue are the right to life liberty and pursuit of happiness for all people.

William Brandon Shanley said...

Shaun, I'll reply to you, but first I'd like to invite Rob James to contact me at

Shaun, I'm unclear about your statement about tools. But my take on tools goes like this. Tools, science, patterns, communication, creativity... these are all aspects of creation. Man's discovery of fire, for instance, was in discovering nature's nature. And, perhaps the same thing happened with the lever. The idea likely came from man’s use of the hand. Now this is not imagination. This is perception, or even more precisely, knowledge. Imagination comes into play in creativity and projection. But that's a huge subject for another discussion.

Yes, the non-profit structure is a good one, although many have become highly predatory. I like mutual social enterprises in which everyone participates.

The point about money is this. We the people gave our right to issue money away in 1913--and our representatives also passed the income tax to pay for it. This is the secret of the international money flow game. Governments go into debt to banks and do so by promising to pay back bonds with tax revenue. Wars are between money interests within a scarcity model.

We can dissolve the Fed or buy it anytime we the people so choose. We can even make money free. Perhaps with the Internet it would be possible to start such a revolution. For why should the people of the US, as just one example on the planet, pay hundreds of billions of dollars a year in interest to the folks to whom we have given the right to issue us our own money? Not to mention the fact that we bailed out Citibank and other banks to the tune of $50 billion in Mexico, $20 billion in Russia, $20 billion in Argentina… and Brazil… and the Pacific rim. We also paid out a trillion to bail out the S & L's in the 80's which would likely be double that figure today.

There would be no war without our existing banking behavior. The banks and the corporations have now swallowed governments whole. That's why you have a global drift toward authoritarianism and fascist corporatism.

If the banks chose not to provide loans to war industries, there would be no weapons to fight with. Then we could save tens of trillions from defense, save a like amount as the $3 trillion our relationship with Israel has cost us in oil embargoes, war and aid since WWII… global conflagration over the war with the entire Arab world…

And so the story goes...

Now, my point is this. Deposited in banks is our money. Even without taking away the central banks' right to issue money, we own the deposits and can withdraw the money anytime we wish or use them deposits as collateral. We also own the all the other corporations (media, hospitals.. everything except private businesses), individually and collectively, too, and also through pension funds, IRAs... you get the picture.

Now if we were to organize through P2P networks a new mutual social enterprise in which everyone has a share, request our members to transfer shareholder voting rights and control of stocks and pensions, etc., to the organization so we could act as one body, we can control the corporations, ensure that they behave in accordance with community standards, control the media, take back control of the Congress, stop funding war and war industries, stop paying exorbitant interest rates on credit cards and other debt by founding as one part of the mutual social enterprise a people's bank -- this is the solution I see as an intermediate stage as we work to eventually eliminate money in a networked world.

Every person born on Earth is a steward of this dominion. The value of the dominion is priceless. And so is the value of the stewards. And their values are also beyond measure. We need to use these values to drive the quantitative system as we simultaneously move beyond a scarcity model.

We need to move to a model wherein each person at birth is issued a line of credit of $100,000 or more for education, housing, starting a business -- whatever that person chooses. The funds can be repaid over that person’s lifetime – or sooner. And the mutual association I have described can issue to money to do it. Everyone born will have a share in the association. When the funds are repaid, they will become fully endowed members who are owners of the collective although its hares cannot be sold or transferred.

In this way, we can envision a new, transformative order in which I am convinced we can create a utopia where there is enough for everyone and where everyone is free to create according to their bliss.

Oh, what a world will we have then!

Shaun said...

Yes you are right about the bankers. Now, please help me understand how you use a P2P network to 'organize' this?

The only P2P network I've used allowed me to download files from another users computer that they share.

William Brandon Shanley said...

A P2P network is any person to person network.

Shaun, he's a response to another query that may help you:

First you need to permeate the consciousness of existing models with a post-scarcity, enlightened view of interdependence and interpenetration (there are no closed systems in nature) by having a voice on the corporate boards. The best way to do that is by buying your way in and showing the other directors a better way that will enhance the life of the whole (the planetary organism of which we are all interwoven), move away from an atomistic relationship between the company and its client partners (the public), and eventually
changing laws providing the tool called a corporation with human rights which duplicate what the individual owners already possess. This is a doubling of power and voice that is against the community interest and leads to ego dysfunction (power/greed/fear of inadequacy/fear of lack -- all
different masks of the same mechanism).

The best place to begin is with the banks who fund all wars, etc. You know my view on this. They provide the context/meaning within which everything else must perform and artificially induce scarcity. Now I recognize how counter-intuitive this idea is, and how to many it represents a paradox. Nevertheless, we cannot try another way within the existing thought system
which is programmed for hoarding and gluttony. Even though Mr. Berkshire Hathaway and Mr. Microsoft are allocating billions to their non-profits (the contributions arr tax deductable), the effects of their predatory tactics on people that made them rich will never, in my view, be equalized by the "gifts." Hence, their "philanthropy" still exists and enhances the belief in predatory practices and scarcity... But I digress.

Vast amounts of economic capital are held in international pension funds and stocks -- man, many times exceeding what the High Net worth Individuals own or control. By using P2P networks to organize individuals to sign on and agree to
direct the power of their pension funds and stock proxies to a non-profit mutual corporation or social enterprise in which they held shares, would permit the ascendance of directors from that group and begin shifting the
center of gravity away from the scarcity model over a period of time. Is this clear?

In essence, nothing has to be raised. It is a shift in the intent that directs the voting power of existing stock and pension funds to a higher purpose while maintaining precisely the same investments. Once the mutual organization gains enough participation, it can then offer to buy existing stocks by becoming a repository for pension funds that are afforded levels
of protection now unseen in most nations, in essence reaching the point where we can direct capital flows and conrol banks. And then create one. As this happens, war industries will find that it is more advantageous to shift manufacturing into humane industries or they will find little or no funding. Warring governments will find it more difficult to fund pre-emptive war debt. Most war is economic anyway. Taxes will be lowered -- something everyone wants and benefits from. Media can be bought and half the cost of
elections can be eliminated by giving candidates free time. The balance of power in Congress and its correct relationship to the people can be restored. As this process of assigning the voice of stock and pension money to the enterprise continues, it can issue a type of stock to everyone on the
planet using the planet as collateral. This stock would enable a loan of $250,000, say, and could be used for anything over the course of a person's life.

That's the big picture. Then we have a system that includes everyone, is increasingly free of war, the capitalists can still make their money because the taxing of action at all levels and the energy that previously was directed into atomism and opposition, will now be redirected to a win-win-win relationship. Plus the value of their stocks will rise.

The synergies of such a system would be breathtaking.

That's my idea of how to get from here to there. People simply assign voting power of their money to a global P2P mutual association (etc.) to gradually take control. If people see that it will make no difference in their immediate financial picture, and can drop out at any time, why wouldn't they subscribe to a breathtaking vision to eliminate war and awaken
from the scarcity nightmare? In terms of the High Networth Individuals, as long as their wealth is not threatened, I believe through gentle suasion and
love they can be brought along. Although with the socio-psychopathetic ego there will always be dieased actions.

As with most things of this sort, the question of how? comes to down to communication and language. People already know the system we have is killing people and the planet and is programmed to do so until its all over. If people can be shown a way out, I believe the human energy will organize around something like this very quickly. It requires a communication plan
and a message. That's what's missing.

keyinsight said...

Hello William,

I first read your "Age of Infinity" article on Monday Oct. 30th... it has taken until now for me to digest the miraculous syncronicity of your article and for me to respond.

I have visualized a publically owned Super-Corp designed for the emancipation of Humanity since childhood.

In the beginning I thought how much better it would be if the government competed in certain industries in a for-profit manner, so that the government could turn a profit by providing useful service/product to the community, and thereby offset the need for taxes, and in fact distribute dividend payments to citzens. I thought of this in 7th grade.

Later I considered the birthright "line-of-credit". I have always felt that $1 million per person is reasonable... and never needs to be paid back for 3 reasons:

1. A life insurance policy of $2-3 million is purchased at each birth, payable to the original lender of the $1 million. Regular payments to uphold this policy are made thru earned interest on the original $1 million.

2. Access to the $1 million is graduated over time, so that it is not "blown" and to ensure payment on the insurance policy is maintained.

3. The whole system occurs within one entity, a hybrid bank-insurance corp, which allows access to the Fed-fiat system of 8 to 1 leverage on reserves.

I have also since childhood felt that Capital should be funneled into development of truly revolutionary high tech, such as: free energy and anti-grav to start.

What I have come to understand is that free energy and anti-grav (which have been demostrated many times, to meet with massive suppression) are the two techs that are the most powerful potential destroyers of the current world power cabal.

The reason is simple: with anti-grav coupled with free energy nations are no longer meaningful because there is NO WAY to maintain borders. Period.

Not to mention the potential problem of weapons using free energy and peoples use of these against oppressive regimes.

The Second Amendment: The right to bear Arms... Arms are not only guns. People forget...

That said, I would very much like to be involved in moving your idea forward... Bringing it to the Masses!

I have extensive Internet Marketing knowledge + I am a trained Media Specialist.

At this point I visualize creating a 7-14 minute Flash Movie which can be shared p2p and thru uber-outlets like YouTube, GoogleVideo, traditional search engine, and especially Viral Marketing.

The Flash movie would briefly educate on the Infinity/Scarcity paradox and present an outline of the infinate financial solution you have developed.

At that point we ask people to give us contact info if interested in getting further details and keeping abreast of developments...

This can be done NOW!

The infrastructure for the broader plan will take some time, but we can create a massive list of interested parties now, and keep them in the loop for later developments...

One last thing...

As you may or may not know, many Fortune 500 companies earn the bulk of their profit trading currency in the forex market.

"Conservative" companies like BofA and Chrysler consistently earn 10%+++ MONTHLY returns in this market. It is all rather hilarious because this market trades nearly $2 trillion a DAY (I believe that is 100 times Wall Street) and the "common people" have no clue about it.

The point is, I have identified 2 totally legitimate managed forex trading systems that have consistently returned over 10%/month for over 3 years now. These trading systems are open to the public... anyone can have someone else earn them 10%+/month. Perhaps we can leverage this into something rather quickly...

"The most powerfully force in the Universe? Compound Interest!"

Over 10% a month is pushing towards that "infinity" level!

Let me ask those who doubt the Age of Infinity theory...

Is there any limit to the amount of money you can make trading differentials in national currencies???

The flux in the differnetials is built into the system, like waves in the ocean. So, no there is NO LIMIT, unless you own over 50% on the World's currency personally.

I would love to speak more with you on this.

It has been my life's mission to see this vision realized!

Chris Kepler

Ravi said...

Here we are, the Whole System, just beginning to discover, in this Milky Way neck of our Universal Body, that We exist, and that we are One. And yet most of the human vantage points through which we engage Ourself remain deluded by the conceptual system that is Our interpretive sub-system. We believe, through almost every human vantage point through which observe and interact with the rest of Ourself that We are instead discrete, separate, autonomous and temporary creatures.

The sense of scarcity, while a problem, is a mere effect, not a cause. Our sense of scarcity, wherever this occurs within Us, is the product of the prevailing mistaken identity of discrete mortal individuals instead of the single and eternal potential for intelligence inherent in the Whole System. It is this mistaken identity that generates individual egos, and makes Us feel vulnerable and through almost every human vantage point through which we observe and interact with our Universal Body. There is no amount of wealth and property that can compensate for the vulnerability and mortality of that identity. Hence Our continuing sense of scarcity.

It is high time, that We, wherever our conceptual system has become accurate enough to allow Us to recognize Our unity and integrity with the Universe, to stop interpreting oneself to be the individual through which We perceive and act. Instead we must begin to perceive, feel, think, plan and act as the Whole System Oneself, recognizing all other humans as other vantage points and instruments through which Our unity perceive and acts, albeit currently distorted by the prevailing outdated conceptual system.

As more and more recognize one another as different vantage points and instruments of the selfsame Universal Person, We will thus commune and cooperate with ever greater effectiveness, accelerating the processes that are already under way toward a future eternity of Our infinity.

Scott said...

I very much enjoyed your thoughts on the Scarcity Matrix.

One of my favorite descriptors of our insane society is "addicted"

The biggest Addiction of all is to the idea that we are "we" !

There is only One seamless field of energy. Quantum Field Science tells us that the energy underlying our perceived universe is unfathomably large.

We have always lived in the "Age of Infinity". We have just failed to see it.

A quote from Matthew bubbled up...

First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

My two favorite thoughtsperes are:

"A Course in Miracles" (currently going thru the workbook for the first time)

Oneness University

Peace !

Nicolae said...

Dear friend
Many greetings from Moldova!
I was very happy to found you contact on Idealist volunteers web.
Its very great Idea of volunteering, we are looking for volunteers to solve major world problems like:
As you may know our small country the poorest in Europe is separate in 2 parts Moldova and Transnistria with a silent war (political conflict).
To help to resolve this conflict we planed to hold a service learning project where will participate purples from both parts of Moldova and international participants witch will finish by a Youth Media for peace festival.
We really ask you to help our country to resolve this conflict by holding this very important project with
You volunteer work by fundraising, finding sponsors or any other volunteer work witch will help with.
Please reply about any opportunity for cooperation.
All the best in you hard work.
Nicolae Cirpala

Director International Relief Friendship Foundation IRFF, Moldova
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William Brandon Shanley said...

Hello Nicolae Cirpala:

I read your comments on my essay, The Age of Infinity and the Scarcity Matrix, asking for assistance to help with the distressing situation there.

Please post your requests for help on We are just getting started and want to fill our shelves with gifts and wishes for and from people all over the world.

If I am misunderstanding your offer, please write back to me.

Many blessings,

William Shanley

"Happiness is when what you think, what you
say, and what you do are in harmony."
--Mahatma Gandhi

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