From the Housing
to a Housing Revolution
by Rolf Witzsche - Jan, 20, 2008
The truth cannot be avoided
The fact cannot be avoided that there is value only in what is actually being produced out of the resources of the productive power of the human being by which money gains its value. If that process is pursued, society becomes invariably rich, as shown below. It may take some time to rebuild what has been destroyed by today's cultural failure, but there is only one path to recovery, and that path is to take the first decisive step of rebuilding the lost Sublime cultural platform. For this rebuilding (necessity) there is only one principle available, the Westphalian principle of "the advantage of the other" reflected in the American principle of the general welfare. Both are both essentially one principle. The principle has historically been formalized as the American System of Political Economy. It stands expressed in the pioneering example of the American Hamiltonian national-credit-economy system. It can be expressed again.
Economics is not an arbitrary thing, it is the efficient expression of the Sublime in human nature, the expression of the productive and creative capacity of mankind. Anything else if fiction.
There exists only one principle of economics in the world of truth. Principle is singular, not arbitrary. The universe is not built on multiple universal principles for the same effect, or on contrary principles, but is built on a harmonizing platform of universal principles that are singular in nature. Society's task, thus, becomes one of exploring how the fundamental principle of economics, which has been discovered and well documented, is most efficiently implemented within the framework of available, developed, or developable resources, and how to avoid what is most tragically detrimental to the process of implementing this principle.
On this platform of exploring the efficient options certain characteristics come to light that are reflected in differences in the efficiency of the human processes. Let's look at two examples of these.
The service economy versus the industrial economy
Human labor is precious. How is it best used? By what processes do human actions produce the greatest benefit to society? Let's compare.
In a service economy a worker serves a cup of coffee in a coffee chop. While the receiving person derives a certain benefit from it, the benefit rapidly dissipates and in a few hours is gone altogether. The worker's labor is thereby spent for little effect. In comparison, an industrial worker who assembles a machine tool or an automobile, creates a product that remains beneficial to society for a long period, maybe ten or twenty years, instead of just a few hours. Even if the production time is pro-rated to the scale of the product, the industrial process for applying human action is vastly more efficient that the service process.
Of course society can't totally eliminate the service process, but there are certain types of products that are cobbled together in a service type fashion that would be fare more efficiently produced by industrial processes. Take housing for an example.
Can housing be more efficiently produced?
Let's look at the current process.
Laborers go into the forests cutting down trees. The trees are taken to mills, are stripped, cut, shaped, dried, and are by a laborious processes turned into construction lumber or plywood, and so on. The products, together with many other products are then shipped to the construction site where teems of craftsmen measure and cut and nail the stuff together and in the space of weeks and months produce a house. The price of the house combines the cost of all the collective labor that went into the finished product, which adds up to a substantial amount. The amount is typically borrowed and becomes repaid over a space of twenty or thirty years during which a family devotes a large portion of its income to the repayment. The end product thereby becomes a large burden to society because of the inefficiency of the process. The price is great, but it is endured because housing is necessary.
But are there efficient industrial solutions possible that can change that scene? Can we get away from "the way it's always been done?" Let's look at just one potential option.
The material for this option is basalt, a finely grained stone that melts at 1400 degrees Celsius, and can be cast into any form or shape one can imagine to produce building modules in a single step with virtually no labor involved in automated production. Basalt can also be extruded into micro-fibers for purposes of insulation which makes it three times more efficient than asbestos. In addition, basalt is stronger than steel by weight, lighter, non-corrosive - it doesn't rot or rust - and is non-abrasive being nearly as hard as diamonds. And best of all, it is readily available in huge abundance, all ready for use without pre-processing. It sits process-ready on the ground, right on the surface. We only need nuclear power to process it, most likely via the hydrogen fuel-cycle. Hydrogen burns sufficiently hot, about 2000 degrees C., enough to melt basalt. The process isn't anything new. It is used for some specialty products that are limited only by the currently high energy costs.
How much do have of this top-quality building material available for ready use? Well, the Columbia River Basin contains 175,000 cubic-kilometers of it. That's enough to cover the entire USA twelve meters deep, though it represents only 1/20th of the global deposit. India has almost three times the amount of the Columbia River Basin in the Deccan Traps, some 512,000 cubic km of it, and the Siberian Traps, the largest on the planet, are estimated to be in the range of 1,700,000 cubic km to upwards of 2,300,000 cubic km. That's an infinite amount for all practical purposes. No shortage will ever be possible.
Yes, the $2000 house is within reach, even free housing
So, will we see houses manufactured out of basalt in fully automated industrial processes? Of course it will happen. It will happen simply because that's the most efficient way for producing high quality housing. Such housing will likely come in with a price tag of less then $2000 in total cost per house, or apartment unit. Will we see it? Perhaps not. Today's global society is still too deeply polluted with the slime-mold sophistry that defines human living as too expensive. If we get out of this mode we will see houses being given away for free, just as highways are free of charge for all to use that need them (except for the privatized slime-mod facilities).
The fact is, free housing is not only possible, but is also the wises step for any society to take. Money really isn't a factor in that, not even now. A single B-2 bomber of America's Air Force costs over two billion dollars to built. A million houses could have been built for the equivalent amount of one single aircraft. The USAF has 21 of these in inventory. Do you think that 21 million new houses, given away for free, would eradicate the national housing shortage, slum living, and homelessness? You bet it would, and more. The maintenance cost and operation costs of the B-2 program all by itself could easily cover the infrastructure costs for the 21 million new houses. And it would create life in society instead of killing people. It would create a new world and would revolutionize manufacturing and upgrade the entire construction industry, and have a cultural uplift beyond anything ever seen, a renaissance beyond compare.
The USAF's B-1b bomber program was cheaper. It has only cost $28 billion. The F-15 fighter program, for which close to 900 units were built at $30 million each, has cost another $26 billion. On that scale of financial outlay a new house could have been built for nearly every family in America, for free. And those are minuscule amounts. The war costs incurred by the Bush administration so far tallies up to $487 billion, running at $500 million a week. And all what society gets for it, is a trail of corpses adding up into the millions of the dead, mostly civilians and children. In comparison with this utter waste that produces nothing but pain and a liability in human damage that won't be repaired for decades, free housing, free public transportation, and free quality education would still add up to peanuts in cost while it would secure the future of mankind as nothing else ever has or could.
Free high quality housing will likely happen, and it will be free right from the beginning when society chooses to implement the readily available technology for it. It will be done, because quality housing is one of the most potent factors in enabling the creative and productive potential of society. Slum living and homelessness are among the most expensive wastes of society's most precious resource, the human potential, with unemployment trailing as a close second. Any meaningful economic recovery from the current slime-mold disaster misnamed an economy would likely be built on the most efficient processes available, such as nuclear power, sea-water desalination, magnetic levitation transports, and basalt technologies for the manufacturing of everything from free housing to low cost cars, furniture, clothing, appliances, civil construction, road building, water diversion, indoor farming. The sky is no limit.
When is money too expensive?
The second most expensive waste that a society can inflict on itself is not actually war, though war is an expensive waste. The most expensive financial waste its found in society's reluctance to invest in itself. Money isn't expensive at all when it is spent for productive purposes to improve the efficiency in human living. It becomes a wealth-creating-resource under such circumstances. Money is only expensive when it is not spent for such purposes. In that case it inhibits the development of human wealth, the only real wealth that is possible, that thereby remains unrealized.
The third most expensive waste that a society can inflict on itself is to devote a too large portion of itself to acts of labor. All the mundane things need to be automated so that ever greater amounts of time and energy can be devoted to cultural processes which are the prime multipliers of the power of human labor. The Sublime in human nature is exclusively mental, intellectual, and spiritual. The discoveries of principles, the learning and developing of ideas, all come from there. That is where the chief resource of society lies that drives all future development. Nuclear power is necessary. Physical inputs are all necessary, including food, water, clothing, transportation, and housing. But the biggest factor in the entire equation is the cultural factor, the one factor that is most directly the efficient expression of the Sublime nature of mankind. Nothing is more important than that. And that includes emphasis on real education including self-education; to learn the art of making discoveries; and science-education to learn the art of creating technologies, including medical technologies; and spiritual education to develop the power of the human genius; and education in literature, art, music, poetry, all adding invaluably to the communicating of culture; even recreational pursuits and recreational culture, and social cultural pursuits are necessary factors, such as dancing. All of these are essential components of culture. Devoting financial resources to all of these areas is not a dead-end drain, but is the chief multiplier of the value of financial currencies.
The only thing that we will not see in a well-functioning society, is financial resources being devoted to such insanities as war, speculation, financial stimulation, lies, terror, destruction, golden salaries, giant yachts, mansions, and other ugly stuff of the slime-mold counter-culture that is approved by consensus today. Consensus is the culture killer. The Sublime is the healer of culture. All of that ugly stuff from war to dream mansions will vanish with the dawn of the Sublime, together with the slime-mold culture that simply ceases when its nourishment is denied that no longer exists in the Sublime.
This liberating factor is critical, because the most festooned slime mold is doomed to dry up when its nourishment is denied. That's a simple fact. And we may yet see this happening.
Right now the global situation is close to this decisive turning point
There has never been a time in recent history when nearly all of the global currencies have come so close to being valueless as they are now. The slime mold has dug its own grave. It doesn't need to be artificially deprived for it to wither away. All that is needed, is that society declare to itself the obvious, that the slime mod is bankrupt, and to walk away from it in a bankruptcy process in order to reorganize itself for a renewal of life. This is the most natural thing in the world, at least it should be seen as that. That is what Lyndon LaRouche is saying with the Home Owner and Bank Protection Act. He is saying in essence: save what you've still got left and step away from the slime mold. Don't mind the consensus of fools who say no. Go for the truth! Consensus is the killer that closes the door to the leading edge, to the truth. Go for the truth. Go for what is real. Step up to living like a human being.
And that is how it will likely be, because the human being is inherently intelligent. Intelligence is an element of our universal Sublime nature. It is therefore the most natural response by society, for the same reason, to recognize that all true financial and economic values are found in the Sublime nature of our universal humanity.
Thus, love your Sublime humanity! That's the turning point.
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