Author Archive for Peter

03
Nov
17

Numbers (1)

We are betting our entire future.
Pensionan oil funds,
on bargain hunts for capital growth

The numbers tell us,
we haven’t yet encountered
any energetic limits.

The market democracy
does not make (formal) plans,
for a liquid fuel supply deficit

And so it fails,
to plan for the future.
And so it fails.

17
Oct
17

Dante

Evening, you are of course correct that the market in itself is simply an efficient medium by which to exchange the work done by increasing entropy.

It would seem that the market democracy has already usurped actual democratic governance by enabling an unfair bias towards those that control the medium of exchange.

Those, the majority, without significant capital are already disenfranchised. Their instinct to revolt is only kept in check by debt, consumerism, an imagined trickle down effect and the lack of moral and ethically boundaries in a market system.

We can probably both agree that each of the seven, once deadly, sins are making strong surges in an effort to quieten this growing sense of unease with a system increasingly out of our control. Greed is good, gluttony is widespread, vanity – thy name is facebook.

The democractic ideal of an enlightened voting public, can never be achieved, as the public will never be enlightened. They will increasingly believe whatever makes them feel good, whatever promises them riches, whatever inspires the ego to hate.

This is the power of the market subsumed to a valueless tool to add to the wealth of a very few at the cost of an entire planet. As long as the very few own the medium of exchange, of ideas and of ideals, I cannot share your optimism for the market.

Perhaps Dante was simply writing about the human state when he penned ‘all hope abandon Ye who enter here’.

02
Oct
17

Truth (2)

Numbers remain as they were invented
with no ulterior motive.
I know and I like them.

They do not post on Facebook
telling me life could be better.
Nor comment on my virtual friends

Numbers have nothing to sell
The result of ergo cogito sum
They tell us one truth

26
Sep
17

On the News

Today we were told the news
As it happened
And when more happened
They told us the news again

At the current rate of news
the energy runs out quite soon
A quick flash in the Pan of concern
replaced by a few murders

Car accidents consumed the next day
And traffic troubles when
Quite a few hours afterwards
A child was run over

Consumption was rife
And so was extinction
Their quid pro quo relationship
left out of the news

Facts aside
sacrificed to entertainment
The truth
starts making the news

26
Sep
17

Democracy

At least 10 percent of Germans
Have. O sense of history

And the 50 odd percent
Who voted an idiot
To be their most prescient

Should be suspended next time
From making the effort,
to take the trouble
To cast an uninformed vote

24
Aug
17

Climate change

We have consumed half of the resources of the world
Or slightly more
To build something that must re-capitalise
half of the resources again
Exponentially

In order to maintain this human half life
We compete to consume our finite sphere
Accelerating entropy
Without even the most basic understanding
Of science

19
Aug
17

Values

We make everything
And then more
To make more
Of everything

And where a market exists
We make from everything
A new part
Of everything

Since everything
Actually already exists
We are simply changing the value
Of everything

(Consumption creates entropy)