Ten years' ago, today, on 15th October 2011, the Occupy camp at St Pauls Cathedral, London was set up.

The history of events is recorded here:


The initial plan was to Occupy Paternoster Square, the home of The London Stock Exchange, hence the initial name Occupy lsx. In the event, that plan was frustrated, so the campers retreated through an archway to the front courtyard on the western side of St Pauls Cathedral.

As it turned out this move had three, at least, consequenses.

First, the new site was far more in public view to passing traffic. Secondly, it drew the Dean and Chapter of St Pauls into reaction to the camp. Thirdly, the interaction with The Stock Exchange seems to have immediately been forgotten.

Camp was organised on a 'Working Group' basis with twice daily, I think, General Assemblies to use consensual decision making over matters as they arose. Support by the wider activist community was immediate: a kitchen and eating area was established in the area beside (and blocking) the side door to the Cathedral's crypt and restaurant such that, at a subsequent meeting in the rooms above the afore-mentioned arch, Cathedral representatives told us how cross they were at losing £2million Pounds'-worth of income.

One notable vignette associated with the 'Tranquility Work Group' was the capture of a nocturnal arsonist and the handing over of him (I think) to The City of London Police.

I was involved in two Work Groups and on one occasion, was asked to facilitate a particularly fractious General Assemby where a Camp tidy-up had been proposed. One faction was keen to tidy up: another group was indifferent to doing that work. As an 'Act of God' during that heated confrontation, a City work crew turned up un-announced so those of us keen to join in the clean up did so, while the others went off to sit and sup in the tea tent.

My involvement in the Occupy Faith Working Group was a happy time and, altough I never lived 'on camp', nor did I walk on the Faith Group's Pilgrimage from St Pauls to Canterbury, I was asked to be a panellist at the Conference that The University of Kent students organised at the end of the Pilgrimage and spent time at our field camp there; although some fellow Quakers gave me a bed and breakfast stop-over (I was homeless at the time).

The other Work Group that I was asked to join followed from a series of five co-learning, co-producing sessions at our Tent City University: on the cold paving stones at the western-end of Camp.

Those sessions were based upon the five articles that the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (the 'CCPA') has asked, and paid, me to write and which they published in their monthly magazine, 'The CCPA Monitor' during the winter of 2009-2010 and, as a 'CCPA Reader on Co-operative Socialism' in May 2010. This Reader is available as a free PDF in the papers' section at http:\\www.interestfreemoney.org where, it should be noted an old email address john@courtneidgeassociates.com is no longer operational. It has been replaced by courtj@myphone.coop .

That second Work Group was named 'The Occupy London Economics Working Group'.

It comprised a very middle-and upper-middle class group (and me) which, tellingly, met in the basement of the Starbucks Coffee Shop, close to our St Pauls Camp, but not on Camp itself. And certainly neither in the Camp tea tent or in our Tent City University tent: on the cold flagstones.

After many twists and turns, the Economics Working Group reduced down to twice-weekly open meetings in the Cafe Corridor at Friends House, Euston.

At the opening of Camp, a declaration was made and, fromthe Wikipedia page reads as follows:

On 16 October, a gathering of over 500 Occupy London protesters collectively agreed upon and issued the following 'Initial Statement':

The current system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust. We need alternatives; this is where we work towards them.We are of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities dis/abilities and faiths. We stand together with occupations all over the world.We refuse to pay for the banks' crisis.We do not accept the cuts as either necessary or inevitable. We demand an end to global tax injustice and our democracy representing corporations instead of the people.We want regulators to be genuinely independent of the industries they regulate.We support the strike on 30 November and the student action on 9 November, and actions to defend our health services, welfare, education and employment, and to stop wars and arms dealing.We want structural change towards authentic global equality. The world's resources must go towards caring for people and the planet, not the military, corporate profits or the rich.The present economic system pollutes land, sea and air, is causing massive loss of natural species and environments, and is accelerating humanity towards irreversible climate change. We call for a positive, sustainable economic system that benefits present and future generations.We stand in solidarity with the global oppressed and we call for an end to the actions of our government and others in causing this oppression.

— occupylsx (Occupy London), Statement issued from the assembly on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral, reported in The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph[19]

Some time later, the Economics Working Group proposed a GA Process at St Pauls to, as it were, concretise this by adopting the plan for Co-operative Socialism, as contained in the CCPA Reader on Co-operative Socialism and, with due process that was agreed.

A relevant Ocvupy London page is here: https://occupylondon.org.uk/co-operative-socialism-by-john-courtneidge/

So, why did Occupy London end?

Firstly, our Economics Working Group stopped once I had been Decanted from Beckenham to Littlehampton in May 2019. Secondly, the Occupy Faith Working Group was always cold-shouldered by the St Pauls Institute at its Crypt and 'Under The Dome' events called 'The City for The Common Good'. Thirdly the Public School Boys and Grammar School Boys that had met at the basement of Starbucks drifted off to other hobbies. Finally, Covid, 'The Scam or The Reality'.

Was this inevitable?

I think yes.

There were six groups on Camp, two groups, each of three. First the three groups that wanted System Change: From Capitalism to 'something else. First, The Anarchists who wanted no Government, Church or State; many of whom sloped off to the free-tea and butties while Camp was being tidied, jeering at those doing the work. Second were the #woke Marxists who wanted to be the bosses in a New Marxist Communist Capitalism. Finally, we #truesocialists who supported the plan for #truesocialism by supporting the democratic and peaceful implementation of the plan for Co-operative Socialism: indeed, as a prelude to 'The Kingdom' that Jesus calls for.

The other set of three groups all wanted Capitalism to continue. But for the tax burden to be taken off their backs.

And loaded onto the backs of others.

First there were the Georgists, who wanted Landowners to pay a Land Value Taxation so that Income Tax could be abolished. Secondly, the Social Credit, Positive Money people who think that Sovereign-money creation is the magic bullet to cure all ills (such as Income Tax). And, thirdly, the anti-globalist/anti-Corporation crowd that want Company Tax to replace Income Tax.

And, of course, all backed up by well-funded, arriviste, 'academics' publishing their histories of Occupy: but never coming to Camp.

Let alone the Work Groups. Certainly never tidying, serving, cooking, washing up, getting their hans dirty: too much like drudgery for the North-London Liberal Élite!

So, is there life for Occupy yet?

Certainly: the next phase is to Occupy Parliament by setting up a New Camp that Occupies the entire Parliament Square/Whitehall/Westminster precinct: roads and as well as green spaces, allowing buses and Emergency vehicles only, at walking pace, access: no taxis, cars, delivery vehicles, bicycles, Police, horses, etc.

And demanding a People's Parliament: to abolisg The Monarchy and Aristocracy, empty out The House of Lords and repopulate it as a Second Chamber on a Randomocracy Basis with an Elected House of Commons that will debate, implement, annually audit for improvement the plan for Co-operative Socialism.

By Tuesday!

At Occupy London, at Labour Action for Peace and at Bromley Co-op Party we invite everyone to join with us in promoting, to implementation, audit and celebration the living plan for Co-operative Socialism.

And, thus, help create a Co-operative Commonwealth here in the UK. And thus help create the Co-operative Commonweal: The Wellness of All, in The Wellness of All.

So:  We invite all to examine, debate, adopt and promote thIs living plan for Co-operative Socialism.  Please invite us to answer your questions on the living plan for Co-operative Socialism. Just as Plaistow North Branch Labour Party in East Ham, and two Positive Money local branches (in Greenwich and Lewisham and in Tower Hamlets have already done).

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 Co-operative Socialism - Updated Petition to UK Parliament.

Requesting a debate on the plan for Co-operative Socialism

From John Courtneidge

Refined Petition text: 6 February 2018


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We request that the Government implement the plan for Co-operative Socialism.

A radically-different economic system, rather than capitalism, is needed to create a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. This Petition, therefore, invites all Members to debate the plan for Co-operative Socialism, details of which are collected at a relevant Occupy London web-page.

More can be found in the papers' section at www.interestfreemoney.org - Including the 'CCPA Reader on Co-operative Socialism'. For this Petition, we have created a new web-site, www.co-operativesocialism.org to cover five policy areas: Why and How Land Issues Workplace Issues Money, Finance and Banking Issues Income Issues A definition of 'Co-operative Socialism: a set of policies to help create the co-operative commonwealth: a world of human and ecological co-operative relationships.'

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What Co-operative Socialism Isn't

On another page, a comrade and friend asked: Thanks, John. I think not many of us in Momentum will disagree with any of that. Some of us, though, might wonder what the difference is between Co-operative Socialism, and Socialism? I'm certainly confused.

I replied: Thx Dave! Well, the largely-understood definition of socialism is, in the US, whatever went on in Russia, Eastern Europe, etc, and North Korea, now.  In these countries socialism is seen (or explained) as centralised State control and direction.

None of those Authoritarian, top-down schemes are what true socialism is. True socialism is horizontalist and noncoercive. Which is what I/we hope that the plan for Co-operative Socialism aims to achieve.  I/we therefore hope that Momentum will join Labour Action for Peace, Bromley Co-op Party and Occupy London in adopting and promoting the plan for Co-operative Socialism . . . Starting with a local Momentum group . . . !

What Co-operative Socialism is:  My friend, Jyoti Pradhan, asks me to explain what Co-operative Socialism is. Here's my attempt: Well, it's quite straightforward: inequality of incomes is bad for everyone (see www.equalitytrust.org).
So Co-operative Socialism replaces these inequality-creating mechanisms!
Capitalism increases inequality (the board game of 'Monopoly' was designed to show this). But Monopoly uses only two of the five mechanisms that capitalism uses. Those in Monopoly are Theft of economic resources and Rent (the thieves call Theft ' Ownership': in this case, Theft of Land and of 'frozen land', buildings).
The other three mechanisms that capitalism uses are: Interest (from the Theft of the Law, by making usury /interest-charging legal); Profit (from the Theft of knowledge/ data/ information), and; Unequal Pay for work (from the Theft of Position: paid-work 'jobs' that pay higher-than-average incomes and pensions and which protect the uber-theives who have stolen Land, the Law and Knowledge/ data/ information. The acronym TRIP-UP helps to remember this (Theft, Rent, Interest, Profit, Unequal-Pay).
CO-OPERATIVE SOCIALISM simply replaces these five mechanisms, as follows:
1) Co-operative Careship: rather than Theft ('Ownership') of economic resources
2) Fully-repairing 'leases'/time-limited, non-transferable contracts for Co-operative Careship: rather than rent
3) Interest-free, not-for-profit money/banking/finance systems, rather than debt+usury banking as at present
4) Appropriate Co-operatives as wealth-creating units, rather than for-profit capitalist firms and charities
5) Socially-determined income spread: based on a guaranteed 'Living Income For Everyone' (LIFE) as a base income for all and, if paid work is done, payment only up to a socially-determined maximum multiplier of the LIFE payment.
6) And necessary 'responsible neighbour' international economic arrangements.
All this is in the plan and Reader on Co-operative Socialism in the papers' section at www.interestfreemoney.org  As to how this might come about: education, politics, kegislation, annual audit and celebration! All by Tuesday! Hope this helps!

We know from social epidemiology eg The Spirit Level book and The Equality Trust - www.equalitytrust.org.uk -  that the amount of violence in a society increases as economic /income inequality increases. And that inequality has increased/ been increased since 1979. Put simply: happy people are, generally, not violent. And, as inequality increases, happiness decreases, so violence increases. We've been here before...

Before the First World War was declared in 1914, 'The Politics of The Act' was a feature of political life: bombs were thrown, and 'elite' individuals were shot and assassinated.

Barbara Tuchman's book, 'The Proud Tower', describes those events. As a result, inequality was decreased from the end of that war: from about 1920 onwards. Danny Dorling's books - www.dannydorling.org - display a U-shaped curve from 1900 to 2000: increased equality until 1979 then 'the counter revolution' of, first, neo-liberal capitalism and, now, neo-conservative capitalism. Both designed ' to make the 'rich' richer and the 'poor' poorer'. Which they did.

Now, just as the earlier era of  'The Politics of The Act', political acts of violence ('War as Regime Change' and 'Terrorism' as kick-back) are an *inevitable* consequence. The bombing in Manchester, and subsequent events in London, were not a matter of 'if': more a matter of 'when'. The responses of the frightened 'elites' will be/ are predictable. First Militarised Martial law. And the suspension of democracy.

Second, an (even greater) restriction on free speech (including public democratic politics: such as the suspension of General Election campaigning, as has happened, today and last Tuesday) and so on. For now I leave the question open as to whether the acts of Terrorism in the UK were coordinated. But, rather, turn to a positive response. So, as outlined in the first few sentences above:

1. If you wish for peace, you have to work for economic- and income-equality.
2. Capitalism cannot do that.

As the history of the last hundred years has shown, managed capitalism (fascism/Nazism on the political 'right' and 'Social Democracy' on the 'left'), both created more and more inequality. And thus more and more violence. So, what of 'not-caplitalism' . . . ? Or, rather, what of other 'Not-capitalism*s*'?

Well, first of all, the hierarchical, usually Marxism-inspired, Not-capitalisms have ended in tears (in the cases of Cuba, Noth Korea and China, time will tell). Which leaves us with Co-operative Socialism: a plan *specifically designed* to create (greater) equality and equity. And thus peace. Along with ecological responsibility and sustainability. Therefore: All that's now needed, is the implementation of the Plan for Co-operative Socialism. A Labour and Co-operative government at Westminster could do that. Hence the importance of the UK General Election, this coming Thursday 8th June 2017.

tmp_11210-Emotions, Personalities and Politics August 2008-2064344565. This set of slides was created to explore the interplay of personality types, their associated emotions and the political options they choose.

The key point is that each of us is a mixture of all four main Personality Types plus our place on the Introvert/Extravert spectrum.

But! each of us are subject by Cultural Conditioning' (ie, brainwashing!) to be corraled towards the Authoritarian Pro-capitalist mind-set . . .Co-operative Socialism by John Courtneidge'

The most direct action, it seems, is to wriite to your MP, or other elected representative, and ask if they support the present Plan for Co-operative Socialism.

Something like: Dear MP,
I'm writing to you as one of your Constituents to ask if you support the present Plan for Co-operative Socialism?

Details of which can be found by web-searching the term "Co-operative Socialism" or by visiting the papers' page at www.interestfreemoney.org or, with explanatory videos at http://occupylondon.org.uk/co-operative-socialism-by-john-courtneidge/

If YES you do support this plan for Co-operative Socialism, are you promoting it?  - to = for example - your Parliamentary colleagues and Constituency electors?

If, NO, you do not support this plan for Co-operative Socialism, could you please write to let me know why not - I will be sharing your reply with other people and groups.


Don't forget to add your name, address and Post code. A letter through the post is much more likely to get a reply: a hand-written letter even more so. Ps you can find out who your MP in the UK is at www.theyworkforyou.com