International Threefoldness

About: rso: social future 2: the international economy and the threefold social order

It is somewhat fascinating that RS appears in the above article to favor globalization with independence from national boundaries - an economy that functions independent of politics, rights, legal & cultural spheres in a world economy. 
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It will be necessary, however, that in trade with foreign countries no products will be imported whose production costs or purchase price will impair the population's life style. Nor should relationships with foreign countries cause domestic production branches to be destroyed because the lower cost of foreign products makes continuation of domestic production unprofitable. Yet all this can be effectively prevented through a system of associations. Should a firm or a trading corporation conduct its business to the detriment of domestic production, they could be prevented from doing so by those respective associations from which they cannot exclude themselves without making their working situation impossible.

The necessity can arise, however, that the cost is too high for certain products that must be purchased from abroad for various reasons. Faced with such a necessity, one will need to consider what I wrote in my book, Toward Social Renewal: β€œAn administration that occupies itself solely with economic processes will be able to bring about adjustments that show themselves within these economic processes to be necessary. Suppose, for instance, a business concern were not in a position to pay its investors the interest on the savings of their labor, then " if it is a business that is nevertheless recognized as meeting a need " it will be possible to arrange for other industrial concerns to make up the deficiency by the voluntary agreement of everyone concerned.” In the same way, the excessive cost of a foreign good can be offset through subsidies from concerns whose earnings surpass the need of its workers.


...Associations are formed of people who produce the goods in a division of labor model as we are used to. The associations form the bulk of balancing of prices & the determination of what gets made. Surpluses are produced to care for the laborer & his family & those cultural domains that must be free from economics like education, medicine, culture & the arts.  This model is difficult to extract but is becoming more clear.
...My purpose here is to unconceal the model & dynamics of the socio-economics domain & then test it for fit in a living reality... if I get that far.

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Mark de LA says
Here is a description of what was happening prior to World War I as seen through RS & the threefold window:
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Conflicts that stem from one sphere of life will thus be balanced through another sphere. Nations or alliances that are in economic conflict drag the cultural and legal interests into the conflict if they are unitary states whose governments combine the administrations of cultural, legal and economic concerns. However, in a social organism where each of these three spheres has a separate administration, economic interests will, for example, have a balancing effect on opposing cultural interests.

In the southeastern corner of Europe, where the catastrophe of the World War started, one could observe the effect of the merger imposed by the unitary nation-states on the three areas of life. In general, the cultural contrast between Germanicism and Slavism was at the root of the conflict. This was aggravated by a political element in the sphere of rights. In Turkey, the democratically-minded Young Turks replaced the old reactionary government. As a result of this political realignment, Bosnia and Herzegovnia were annexed by Austria, which did not want merely to stand by while the Turkish democracy drew the inhabitants of these lands to its parliamentary system (even though legally both areas belonged to Turkey β€” despite Austria's occupation going back to the Congress of Berlin). The third element in the conflict related to Austria's economic ambitions. Austria intended to build a railroad from Sarajevo to Mitrovitza in order to establish a profitable trade connection with the Aegean Sea. These three elements, then, were important factors leading to war. If railroads were constructed only on economic grounds, they could not contribute to the conflicts that exist between nations.


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Seth says
Perhaps RS was not as enamored of nationalism as most American politicians are today.  Perhaps American exceptionalism would not have rung a clarion bell in his soul.  Globalization may be the opposite of nationalism ... or it may be just the triumph of the multinational corporations over governments ... and the triumph of economic concerns over all else.  I like to think that RS would have been into localism were he living in today's world.

Mark de LA says
seth 2009-04-20 09:21:24 11818
Perhaps RS was not as enamored of nationalism as most American politicians are today.  Perhaps American exceptionalism would not have rung a clarion bell in his soul.  Globalization may be the opposite of nationalism ... or it may be just the triumph of the multinational corporations over governments ... and the triumph of economic concerns over all else.  I like to think that RS would have been into localism were he living in today's world.
I'm unclear what you mean by localism. I'm fairly sure you don't mean the same thing as I do on globalization. Digging out some of this from translations from a different era is challenging. Economies independent of politics on an international level balanced by threefoldness in all other areas was the main idea. He seems to think, as I do, that without economics run from the top of national governments that cultural & national boundaries will balance out dynamically. Since it is fairly easy to find that most wars have their roots in economics, including our own Revolutionary War & Civil Wars, such has a strong point in it's favor. Negotiation between associations of producers is where the balancing act for resources, capital & pricing will occur.


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