THE EARTHIAN, Number Seventeen, Effective Learning Publications, 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, USA, June 13, 2020

THE EARTHIAN is a digest of articles containing facts, perspectives, theories, models, analyses, and recommendations concerned about existential states of affairs affecting all species of fauna and flora around Spaceship Earth. Recent relevant articles written and published by intelligent hard-hitting truth-seeking writers in Internet journals about psychological, social, economic, political, military, religious, and ecological states of affairs around Spaceship Earth are linked below as sources, following a comment by the editor.



By Richard John Stapleton

The Covid 19 virus is far from conquered, still thriving it seems, despite various countries, including the US, saying it’s not that bad, and therefore the economy should be opened back up. And then you can find numbers on the Internet saying just the opposite, another one hundred thousand deaths in the US by September, etc.

And there’s more climate change bad news, such as the recent cyclone in India-Bangladesh, the first of their season, causing three million people to be evacuated, hopefully not a harbinger of what the 2020 hurricane season has in store for the US.

And then there’s the stock market crash and federal government and Federal Reserve System monetary policy actions trying to stave off another Great Depression, with trillions of dollars of new funny money pumped into markets to stabilize them. Want to buy a little more stock now that the market has gone back up some? Go ahead and do it, may be the thing to do. But maybe not. You’ll lose your shirt some say, just like in the Great Depression of the 1930’s.

And a police squad of three Caucasians and one Oriental in the US killed George Floyd, a US citizen of African descent, callously, heedlessly, and brutishly, whether intentionally or otherwise, and got caught on a bystander’s cell phone video, that went viral. And riots and protests erupted in violence and flames across the US, and around Spaceship Earth.

And then Trump threatened to turn the US into a military dictatorship with himself, Mussolini-like, in “total domination” of the situation, to control the protests, demonstrations, riots, and looting.

And the US state department and military continue to play Games around Spaceship Earth, from eight hundred or so USian military bases, constructed near the borders of countries such as Iran, Venezuela, Russia, Yemen, China, and North Korea, and in Africa, and South America, acting as if the US had nobly and virtuously won World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and its recent Middle Eastern wars, and thus has a sacred right to make sure USians and and other Earthian humans stay safe from all economic and political operations on foreign soil not acceptable to the US government.

Yes, of course, capitalism is the right and best economic system. Dog eat dog capitalism really works, doesn’t it, especially for the richest, the too big to fail, and the most powerful.

And just let the USian Federal Reserve System, and other Earthian central banking systems, keep punching more digits into computers and calling the resulting numbers money, and use the resulting funny money to pay military bills, pensions, and salaries for all government and military employees, and contractors, and provide subsidies for anyone who needs one, of whatever wealth level, occupation, race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or whatever, MMT it’s called, Modern Monetary Theory, so we can all live happily ever after. Whoopee.

It’s largely a psychological Game, rescuing, persecuting, or victimizing someone or some group or organization, or nation, whatever seems most profitable. Round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows.

For more information regarding my use of Transactional Analysis  to create better discussion groups and democratic processes see my book Born to Learn:  A Transactional Analysis of Human Learning. 

For more information on how to co-construct better organizations and economic systems using TA see my book   Business Voyages:  Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds

See my article “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc,”   for some management science ideas on how human Earthians might eventually co-construct an economic system that is viable and satisfying for everyone aboard Spaceship Earth, making it possible for all Earthian humans to develop an I’m OK–You’re OK life position.

This entails Earthians peacefully reducing through natural attrition the human population aboard Spaceship Earth for several generations, not doing work that machines can do better, and delegating the day-to-day management of systems for scheduling, producing, and distributing the necessities of life to artificial intelligence programs and supercomputers.

This can be done using linear programming based on the general algorithmic matrix algebra form

Max CjXj, s.t. AijXj ≤, =, or ≥ Bi

as explained in “The Evolution of Spaceship Earth, Inc.”  

Riding aboard an airliner about to land at night moving at four hundred miles an hour at thirty thousand feet with cloudy and rainy weather below, which would you rather have landing the plane, the plane’s computer system or the pilot and co-pilot looking out their windows at clouds and lightning below with their hands clutching their steering wheels?

In the interests of full disclosure some of these ideas were learned from Buckminster Fuller reading his book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth.


As usual this edition of THE EARTHIAN  links and cites as SOURCES recent articles written and published by clear deep-thinking hard-hitting independent writers on various Earthian states of affairs.

Some Game playing goes on in the articles, i.e., a writer may be psychologically persecuting, rescuing, or victimizing someone, but it seems to me the writers are generally trying to paint accurate pictures of what they think is really going on.

Unfortunately it seems to me one can build a case politicians spend most of their time playing psychological Games, also wasting time and energy pastiming, and doing rituals (shuffling paper, filling out forms, attending unproductive meetings), and raising money to buy advertising to get reelected. Almost everything done in so-called foreign policy around Earth is a move in a psychological Game it seems to me.

It’s not easy, impossible possibly, to separate relevant from irrelevant focal points in order to comprehend global cases, systems, and processes, while being inundated with fake news and true facts of states of affairs generated daily around Spaceship Earth, made public on the Internet, and elsewhere, to see what’s really going on, using primarily inductive and analogical reasoning, based on probability, not deductive logic. Almost never can anyone prove with deductive logic that a general proposition about psychological, social, economic, or political states of affairs is absolutely true. About the best humans can hope for is to develop consensual answers that are generally acceptable and true based on probability.

It’s better to be honestly wrong than dishonestly wrong. Telling someone something you know is fake as if it were true is worse than telling someone something that’s fake because of genuine ignorance.

It seems to me most lying is lying by omission, people not telling people things they know are true to gain some sort of psychological, social, economic, or political advantage. Whether lying by omission is more or less harmful than lying by commission, telling people things you know are false and fake, is debatable, as is proving whether it’s getting easier or harder for most people to know what’s fake and what’s not. Political parties, Earthian governments, and mainstream media lie by omission with alacrity.

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Richard John Stapleton, certified transactional analyst, educator, writer, editor, publisher, and octogenarian emeritus professor of management. A full career vita is provided on the RJS Academic Vita page posted on this blog’s masthead at the top of this page.


June 16, 2020

Very sad and scary

“False flags fail to derail national uprising,” by Werner Lange, INTREPID REPORT,

June 14


“Truck Drivers Reject Delivery To Cities With Defunded Or Disbanded Police, by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE,

June 14

Something new at least

“Republic Of Chaz Begins Reparations; White Participants Pressured To Give Blacks  $10 Each,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE,

June 13

Unfortunately relevant

“The American Press is Destroying Itself,” by Matt Taibbi, REPORTING BY MATT TAIBBI,

June 13

Maybe we USians have had a military coup and don’t know it.

“Removing a U.S. President Without an Election,” by Paul Ryder, COUNTERPUNCH,

June 13

Not such a bad conspiracy theory site after all.

“Twitter Reinstates Zerohedge After Admitting It Made An ‘Error’,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE,

June 12

Say it aint so Joe

“Engineering a race war: Will this be the American police state’s Reichstag fire?,” by John W. Whitehead, INTREPID REPORT,

June 12

Wise words from Bill Moyers

“We hold this truth to be self-evident: It’s happening before our very eyes,” by Bill Moyers, INTREPID REPORT,

June 12

Some sad numbers in this article.

“What George Floyd’s dying breaths tell our fractured nation,” by Michael Winship, INTREPID REPORT,

June 12

How could anyone think the US could function without police?

“Defund the police, defund the military,” by Medea Benjamin and Nicholas J S Davies, INTREPID REPORT,

June 12

Several wrongs do not make a right. Kneeling on the man’s neck and killing him while handcuffed was off the chart cruel and inhumane, and punishments for the crime should ensue; but as this article points out there are other considerations. Things have been taken out of context to serve various purposes. Here is a quote from the Berkeley article posted below:

“In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or their over-representation in the criminal justice system. The explanation provided in your documentation, to the near exclusion of all others, is univariate: the problems of the black community are caused by whites, or, when whites are not physically present, by the infiltration of white supremacy and white systemic racism into American brains, souls, and institutions.

“Many cogent objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including from within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. These people are not racists or ‘Uncle Toms’. They are intelligent scholars who reject a narrative that strips black people of agency and systematically externalizes the problems of the black community onto outsiders. Their view is entirely absent from the departmental and UCB-wide communiques.”

What is “agency”? Basically it’s believing that humans have the capacity to make independent decisions, which is not the same as saying free will exists and humans consciously choose to do what they do on the spot, poof, as if my magic, deciding what to do instantaneously, instead of being caused to decide and do what they do by preexisting causes linked in unbroken cause-effect regressive chains. If you ask Google “does free will exist?” you will find thousands of references for and against the idea that free will exists. No one can prove that free will exists, for Earthian humans of any sort, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or whatever.

One can build a case that no race is more to blame for what has happened than any other since all were caused to do what they did, or, as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein propositioned in his book Prototractatus, “Everything that happens happens by accident.” I discussed this problem in my book Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata, and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds.

If free will does not exist then no one is to blame or praise.

“Anonymous Berkeley Professor Shreds BLM Injustice Narrative,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE,

June 11

Another article on white privilege.

“Meditations on whiteness,” by Caitlin Johnstone, INTREPID REPORT,

June 11

No telling what kinds of considerations for money making are happening within pharmaceutical corporations caused by the need for a vaccine to prevent Covid 19.

“When profits and politics drive science: Rushing a vaccine to market for a vanishing virus,” by Ellen Brown,

June 11

Say it aint so Joe

“Stocks suffer their worst day since March, with the Dow plunging more than 1,800 points,” by Fred Imbert and Yun Li, CNBC,

June 11

Seems true to me. I have been saying for fifteen years the US needs more fiscal policy action rather than monetary policy action at the macro level, as this article points out. Chickens are comin’ home to roost. It’s past time to start using fiscal policy to enrich the poor by significantly increasing the taxes of the rich to create infrastructure jobs rather than continue to enrich the rich using monetary policy. Rabobank is a large international bank headquartered in the Netherlands.

“‘Stupid and Ridiculous’: Rabobank Says The Fed Will Cause Everything To Come Crashing Down In Epic Ruin,” Michael Every, ZEROHEDGE,

June 10

Saying lowlifes and losers caused the riots is appallingly low class and low life-like loser language for a president of the US to use, especially when irresponsibly Tweeted when the US is in a serious crisis, as if trying to fan the flames of fires already lit. It’s hard to believe someone like this got elected president of the US. He’s got to go. Joe Biden will probably be a disaster as president but surely not be as disastrous as Trump, thanks to Dem voters in their primary not having enough sense to vote in their own best interests for Bernie Sanders, in a rigged corrupt primary from the git-go.

“NYC Bans Cars Below 96th Street As Riots Go Global,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE,

June 10

We’ll see

“‘This Time is Different,’ – Senate GOP Releases Draft Police Reform Bill,” by Tyler Durken, ZEROHEDGE,

June 10

One way to rewrite history.

“History is ‘Gone With The Wind’ As Protest Movement Sparks Virtue-Signaling Show-Cancellations Worldwide,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE,

June 8


“Gundlach Warns Stock Market Likely To Fall From ‘Lofty Perch’ Despite ‘Superman’ Powell, Says Buy Gold,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE,

June 9

Straight talk from the son of the late great economist John Kenneth Galbraith.

“The Illusion of a Rapid US Recovery,” by James K. Galbraith, PROJECT-SYNDICATE.ORG,

June 9

Well said

“Donald Trump is Afraid of Us All – His Barricaded White House is Proof,” by William Rivers Pitt, TRUTHOUT,

June 9

Seems to me fascism similar to that of Franco that grew in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s is more likely to happen in the US than fascism similar to that of Hitler that grew out of the Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.

“Weimar 2020 – Gilad Atzmon and music,” by Gilad Atzmon,

June 9


“A ‘Biblical’ Plague of Locusts Has Put Millions On The Brink of Famine,” by Michael Snyder, THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE,

June 8

Massive personal article artfully written and informative about environmental threats caused by climate change, based on the first cyclone this year in India-Bangladesh, hopefully not a harbinger of what the 2020 hurricane season has in mind for the US.

“An Unknowable Tragedy: Sundarbans After Cyclone Amphan,” by Subhankar Banerjee, COUNTERPUNCH,

June 8

Say it aint so Joe

“‘Light ‘Em Up’: Warrior-Cops Are the Law-and-Above the Law- as Violence Grips America,” by William Astore, COUNTERPUNCH,

June 8

Say it aint so Joe

“The Shallow Deep-State Goes Deeper as it Moves Toward Martial Law,” by Edward Curtin, OFF GUARDIAN,

June 8

Politics around Spaceship Earth

“John Pilger: The Forgotten Coup Against ‘The Most Loyal Ally’,” CONSORTIUM NEWS,

June 7

“As CO2 Levels Hit New High, Earth Experiences Its Hottest May on Record,” by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, TROUTHOUT,

June 7

Largely nonsense. First of all governments and central banks are not printing money: They are just just punching digits into computers and calling the resulting numbers money, and then putting resulting funny money one way or another into banking systems and government treasuries, to be used to pay for military bills, pensions, and other things causing huge national deficits and debts. As to capitalism not being to blame for the whole problem, yes that’s right. It’s not to blame for the whole problem, but a lot of it. Capitalism, is nothing but a dog eat dog system of competition, which in some cases can motivate corporations and people to work harder and better, producing more. True, there has never been a fully successful socialistic or communistic system; but nor has there ever been a fully successful capitalistic system.

Capitalism has not been destroyed by federal governments, however much they contributed: The major culprit is large corporations, especially large too big to fail banks, that sold their workers down the river outsourcing jobs and who gambled their way to ruin in so-called “markets”, requiring federal governments to bail them out and rescue them with funny money, Yeah, right, dog eat dog competition for everyone but the biggest, the most powerful, and the richest, that’s capitalism for you. Capitalists at the top, not labor unions, worker-owned cooperatives, and welfare recipients at the bottom, are destroying capitalism.

Revolution into what if not socialism, communism, or capitalism? No, there won’t be any real revolutions, because there is nothing that has not been tried to revolt into. Any economic system would work if it was well managed, but that has never happened. All large economic systems have collapsed, most winding up run by fascist dictators near the end before they fully collapsed, which is where they are all heading now, once again, as in the 1930s, around Spaceship Earth.

“Governments Have Crippled the World’s Economies. Revolution may soon follow,” by Thorsten Pollett, MISES INSTITUTE,

June 7

Tradeoffs, tradeoffs, tradeoffs, including freedom of speech to decrease hate communications of all sorts that might dehumanize and militarize countries. Switzerland is probably the most democratic and peaceful nation on Earth and now it is having problems with hate communications. Do we need something like an American ECRI, an ACRI, to decrease hate speech, especially coming from US presidents?

The acronym ECRI in this article stands for European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

Unfortunately Trump is the most read journalist in the US. All he has to do is impulsively tweet something, no matter how dumb and lowlife-like, and millions will read it. No other Internet journalist comes close to being that successful as a writer.

“Killing Free Speech in Switzerland,” by Judith Bergman, GATESTONE INSTITUTE,

June 5

Rout Logger leads his group again

“The Group–To Save Spaceship Earth–Episode Four,” by Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT,

June 3

Unfortunately we don’t seem to be getting governments as good as most people.

“Dehumanizing people debases us all–Jimmy Carter releases statement on George Floyd protests,” by Ursula Perano, AXIOS.COM,

June 3

Say it aint so Joe

“The Sadism of American Power,” by Kinn Orphan, COUNTERPUNCH,

June 3

Scary alright, this “total domination” fantasy of Trump’s

“‘Total Domination’: Popular Rebellion in the Shadow of Trumpism-Fascism,” by Paul Street, COUNTERPUNCH,

June 3

Very sad state of affairs

“Poll Finds Clear Majority of Americans Want Military to Help Police With Riots,” by Paul Joseph Watson, SUMMIT NEWS,

June 3

Getting insaner and insaner, as the Fed pumps more and more funny money into asset markets for the rich.

“‘The Disconnect is Getting Wider and Wider’: Futures Storm Higher As America Burns for 8th Night,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE,

June 3

Let’s hope not.

“This is Not a Revolution. It’s a Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation,” by John W. Whitehead, RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE,

June 2

Say it aint so Joe

“Democracy is Broken: Why 51% of Sanders Supporters are Considering a 3rd Party,” DUE DISSIDENCE,

June 2

Say it aint so Joe

“‘America’s Moment of Reckoning’: Cornel West Says Nationwide Uprising is Sign of ‘Empire Imploding’,” DEMOCRACY NOW,

June 2

Say it aint so Joe

“Will Zombies Feast on America’s Covid-19 Flesh?,” by Andrew Moran, LIBERTY NATION,

May 31

In Japan the Bank of Japan, owned by Japanese citizens, will wind up owning more stock in large corporations than anyone else in Japan. In the US the Federal Reserve System, owned by private banks, will wind up owning more stock of US corporations than anyone else, if current policies should continue indefinitely. Is this a good way to nationalize all large corporations to run them to benefit all citizens? If so the US needs to set up a Bank of the United States to buy stock and other corporate assets to stabilize markets rather than let the Federal Reserve System do it.

“Here is the Stunning Chart That Blows Up All Of Modern Central Banking,” by Tyler Durden, ZEROHEDGE,

May 31

Mainly caused by Repugs and neoliberal Dems relentlessly cutting taxes for the rich and gutting every social program they could get their hands on while relentlessly increasing military expenditures and giving funny money bail-out money to the big banks, while aiding and abetting large corporations sending USian jobs overseas to low wage countries.

“America Bravely Marches Towards ‘Failed State’ Status,” by Sam Pizzigati, COMMON DREAMS,

May 30

Seems spot on to me.

“Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism,” by Chris Hedges, TRUTHDIG,

May 30

Great talk by Cornel West.

“America is A Failed Social Experiment, Neoliberal Wing of Democratic Party Must Be Fought,” by Ian Schwartz, REAL CLEAR POLITICS,

May 30, 2020

“A Transactional Analysis of Economic and Political States of Affairs Around Spaceship Earth,” Richard John Stapleton, EFFECTIVE LEARNING REPORT,