Reflux and the Cosmopalitan

January 14, 2012

It is perhaps in the area of cosmopolitan desire where is is hard to imagine progress without capitalism. Remember by the cosmopolitan we are talking about economic activity that for practical matters we treat as “human.” These activities include health care, communication, and information. How motivate people to create such things unless there is a promise of theoretically unlimited profit. Certainly we know that competition isn’t the answer to the harmful effects here. Ending reflux does not rule out equality exactly, but we must end a system that inherently allows when those who are not creative to amass a fortune from an economy that systematically falls to distribute goods more justly. I don’t have a solution to this, but it is one of our essential problems.


January 12, 2012

What we call the “culture” should be the main restrain on the capital reflux found in areas of regular consumption. Culture should shape the desires and expectations of local use like food, clothing, and housing. The confusion of culture and capitalism is one of the central dysfunctions of the current system. Culture is also a form of reflux that potentially can elevates daily functions to a sense of meaning, joy, and celebration.

It is important to note that there is nothing, or at least very little, in the economy that is pure repetition. Breathing is perhaps pure repetition, but the closer to repetition it becomes the more it drops out of the “economic.” Something like eating or dress is highly repetitious and can be seen as potentially very local. Still it is essential to see what is “refluxive,” or perhaps what is “surplus,” even in the most repetitive human experiences. Our economy must balance both.

In a similar way, we see forms of capital as refluxive–tending toward increase with little or no repetition. We must also guard against these forms of increase which ultimately are destructive to the whole economy.

Anyone who reads this and has looked back on past blogs sees that I do not have a vision or belief about economics. At this point what I have is a desire to move economics toward a self-perpetuating system beyond any structure of government. Capitalism does this, but in a way that is harmful, unfair, and unsustainable. I would encourage this open discussion and invite you both to comment and pass on anything of interest in this effort.


January 4, 2012

One the principle binaries that must function in our thinking is the relationship between the local and the cosmopolitan.  There is a fundamental difference between local human wants that are defined by the cultural and social context where they are shaped and realized and those that seem to transcend any particular moment and situations.  Desires (like health c are, education and, at least certain technologies) speak to our humanness.  There in no reason to homogenizes these differences, even if  they call out to be resolved on a philosophical level.