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Lecture by Fred Harrison: The Economics of Civilisation – The Conflict Resolution Paradigm for the Age of Geopolitical Crisis

Fred Harrison

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“A problem-solving paradigm is available to mobilise the financial power necessary to defuse the challenges that now threaten the global community of nations”, argues DOC author Fred Harrison.

With neo-liberal models of the economy and politics now discredited, governments are unable to formulate solutions to the problems that are provoking the emergence of mass protest movements across Europe and the USA. Harrison argues that one way to escape the current political and philosophical quagmire is to interrogate the fundamental principles which made civilisation possible. In his lecture, Harrison will describe the analytical framework which facilitates the comparison of the financial foundations of the civilisation model with the systemic pillars on which the liberal democracies were constructed. That comparative study isolates the fatal weaknesses in modern social structures (especially in the realm of governance), and identifies the remedial policies. The hypotheses are tested against moral as well as efficiency criteria.

At the heart of the new conflict-resolving paradigm is a financial synergy with the power to transform the evolutionary prospects for humankind. Harrison’s lecture addressed the terms of an era of re-globalisation in which all participating partners would be net winners. The neo-liberal consensus would be replaced with an ethics-based doctrine of rights that are explicitly married to personal and social responsibilities.  The outcome is a vision of a new social contract in search of a democratic mandate.

This new social solidarity would transcend ancient divisions while enhancing the cultural and spiritual diversity that released the evolutionary potential of humanity. And to test the strengths of this new paradigm, Harrison applies it to some of the stresses currently threatening the fabric of the European Union (debt, migration, unemployment). Unlike the neo-liberal model, which fragments society, the Economics of Civilisation model delivers inclusive development of the kind that empowers people to renew their communities at the local, regional, and global levels of integration.

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Fred Harrison


Author, Research Director of the London-based Land Research Trust
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