The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By Wayne Kublals­ingh

T he Sick Man of the planet is Gov­ern­ment. Gov­ern­ments have be­come too large, ex­pen­sive, bungling, bu­reau­cratic and lack the man­age­rial and tech­ni­cal where­withal to solve ba­sic prob­lems; in health, ed­u­ca­tion, se­cu­rity, food, trans­port, com­mu­ni­ca­tions; and wa­ter and en­ergy cap­ture. Many are con­stantly build­ing mil­i­tary forces for mak­ing war. Some tax the lifeblood of the peo­ple. Many have be­come ap­pendages of global cor­po­ra­tions and mil­i­tary and drug bu­reaus; they are not the masters, they are the serfs. Many of them have lost touch with their peo­ples. Many be­come be­dev­illed by par­ti­san frenzy and chaos.

The pic­ture is clear. Gov­ern­ments can no longer be re­lied on to pro­vide af­ford­able and sus­tain­able liv­ing for the planet. Our Gov­ern­ments, who of­ten want to em­power us, boast­ing of such, have be­come dis­em­pow­ered; and are busily, as if life de­pended on it, dis­em­pow­er­ing the peo­ple. If the peo­ples of the plan­ets go on fol­low­ing, re­ly­ing on gov­ern­ments to save them, wily-nily, they and the planet will end up in hell in a co­conut shell.

Some, con­fronted with hard liveli­hoods, aus­ter­ity, de­mand gov­ern­ment re­form. Some, con­fronted with this easy sym­bio­sis of big com­mer­cial bank, big cur­rency, big cor­po­ra­tion, big gov­ern­ment, big cen­tral bank, the prover­bial 1% hege­mony, de­mand an end to cap­i­tal­ism. Con­fronting the fi­nan­cial­iza­tion of Eco­nomics and Gov­er­nance some oc­cupy Wall Street. Con­fronting the can­cer­ous im­pacts of eco­log­i­cal crimes against the planet, some ques­tion whether hu­mans de­serve to sur­vive. Stephen Hawkins has sug­gested that mankind needs to act fast to find a new foot­ing in space: the dis­cov­ery of new plan­ets else­where! Just as the his­tor­i­cal serfs sub­sisted un­der a con­cor­dat be­tween church­man and king, so too the mod­ern cit­i­zen sub­sists un­der a con­cor­dat be­tween global cor­po­ra­tions, which pos­sess im­mense me­dia fi­nesse and tech­ni­cal savvy, and the Sick Man him­self, Gov­ern­ment.

But af­ford­abil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity, and there­fore a so­lu­tion for plan­e­tary ex­is­tence, may be ar­rived at.

Af­ford­abil­ity means the re­duc­tion of the costs of liv­ing, wa­ter, en­ergy, money, trans­port, ed­u­ca­tion, health, se­cu­rity, food, and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the or­di­nary cit­i­zen and fam­ily by over 50%.

Sus­tain­abil­ity means sav­ing eco­log­i­cal, eco­nomic, so­cial and tech­ni­cal wealth for our chil­dren. That is, or­ga­niz­ing a life fit for 22nd cen­tury liv­ing.

One an­swer lies in man­age­rial and tech­ni­cal where­withal. This must be the new ide­ol­ogy. To in­vest both gov­ern­ment and the or­di­nary cit­i­zen, in the home­stead, com­mu­nity, na­tion, with the man­age­rial and tech­ni­cal where­withal to dig us out of this deep ‘hole to China’. In­vested with man­age­rial and tech­ni­cal where­withal – with the best tech­ni­cal ap­proaches and in­no­va­tions in health, ed­u­ca­tion, se­cu­rity, trans­port, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, money, food, wa­ter and en­ergy – in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and na­tions may then de­tach them­selves from over re­liance on gov­ern­ment and the global cor­po­ra­tion to sur­vive eco­nom­i­cally and sus­tain­ably; and the planet and its myr­iad species may sail on to­wards an in­def­i­nite fu­ture. The an­swer lies in the com­mon air about us, the or­di­nary am­bi­ent air, and the sun: pro­tonic and pho­tonic en­er­gies.

The fun­da­men­tal build­ing block of hu­man civ­i­liza­tion is the hu­man home in the hu­man plot of land: the home­stead. Can we load an op­ti­mum amount of pro­tonic (ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, cy­ber­net­ics, cryp­tocur­rency, 3D tech­nol­ogy), and pho­tonic (the sun) en­er­gies on a home­stead to bring about op­ti­mum af­ford­abil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity? So that this home­stead, with its dwellers, may strate­gi­cally de­tach from our bur­den­some over re­liance on gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate in­come; and se­cure the fu­ture for it­self, the com­mu­nity, the na­tion and the planet?

The tech­ni­cal where­withal is there. The hu­man in­tel­li­gence is there. The man­age­rial com­pe­tence is there. What is needed is syn­the­sis: bring­ing to­gether the tech­nol­ogy, the hu­man in­tel­li­gence; un­der an al­tered form of gov­er­nance; to em­power both the peo­ple and the gov­ern­ment. To em­power both with af­ford­abil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity; de­ploy­ing in­no­va­tion and re­solve.

Can pro­tonic and pho­tonic where­withal cause mu­tual em­pow­er­ment be­tween peo­ple and gov­ern­ment? Af­ford­able and sus­tain­able homes en­gen­der an af­ford­able and sus­tain­able com­mu­nity, na­tion and planet. ASH is an acro­nym for Af­ford­able Sus­tain­able Home­steads. It is ded­i­cated to load­ing op­ti­mum pro­tonic and pho­tonic power, on an al­ready-ex­ist­ing plot of land, 100 feet by 100 feet, to gain max­i­mum af­ford­abil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity in do­mes­tic in­puts: wa­ter, en­ergy, health, ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, se­cu­rity, trans­port, food, money, build­ing ma­te­ri­als and house­hold con­sum­ables.

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