Building a Sustainable Economy from the Ground Up


A powerful earthquake struck Egypt about 1486 BC, the aftermath of which was described by a contemporary observer; a scribe by the name of Ipuwer:


“Plague is throughout the land… blood is everywhere. The land turns round as does a potter’s wheel…Earth turned upside down upside down; happens that which never [yet] had happened. The river is blood. Men shrink from tasting; human beings thirst after water. That is our water! That is our happiness. What shall we do in respect thereof? All is ruin. Cattle are left to stray, and there is none to gather them together.  Trees are destroyed… No fruits, no herbs are found… hunger… Grain has perished on every side… that has perished which yesterday was seen. The land is left to its weariness like the cutting of flax. Gates, columns, and walls are consumed by fire. The sky is in confusion. Lower Egypt weeps… The entire palace is without its revenues . . . to it belong [by right]. Lower Egypt weeps… The towns are destroyed. Upper Egypt has become waste… all is ruin… The residence is overturned in a minute.


“All animals, their hearts weep… Cattle moan… It is groaning that is throughout the land, mingled with lamentations… The land is not light… men flee… Tents are what they make, like the dwellers of hills… Years of noise. There is no end to the noise. Oh, that the earth would cease from noise, and tumult be no more… Great and small say “I wish I might die”… He who places his brother in the ground is everywhere. Those who are in the place of embalmment are laid on high ground. The children of princes are dashed against the wall… children of princes are cast out in the streets… the prison is ruined. Public offices are opened and the census-lists are taken away… the laws of the judgement hall are cast forth… men walk upon [them] in the public places… the storehouse of the Kind is the common property of everyone… Behold, the fire has mounted up on high.”



Such was the experience of the people living in Egypt at that time. The writings of this ancient chronicler describe the collapse of the civil service resulting in violence rippling through the country, and the wealthy being stripped of everything by unruly mobs of frightened and hungry people.


Devastating as this natural catastrophe was, however, the survivors did rebuild and again take their place in the region, albeit never again as rulers of the world.


The approaching natural disasters will not be so localized. According to Dr. White, in The Ultimate Frontier


“All the volcanoes of the world will burst forth, and a host of new ones will join them. Vast quantities of heavy gasses like carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide will be hurtled into the stratosphere by the erupting volcanoes. The gasses will become supercooled in the outer reaches of the atmosphere and then descend upon the surface of the Earth in convection currents of such magnitude that hurricane winds will howl over the face of the world. The skies will be filled with dust and choking fumes so that even the sun will not be seen directly for months. Walls of water a thousand feet high will roar across the submerging land and sweep away everything before them. Sea and land animals, vegetation, silt, and sand will be shredded into jumbled muck. Where soil is not washed away, it will be covered by boulders and stone; and the newly exposed sea bottom will be worthless for growing crops. The stench of decay and the bleak destruction everywhere will drive many human survivors hopelessly insane.”


In spite of this upcoming scenario, those who are applying the Brotherhoods’ Philosophy in their lives have found the courage to ask, “How can we rebuild after such extensive damage?”


Given the myriad aspects of rebuilding, we must choose one aspect at a time. In this article we present information about a little understood cornerstone of human existence—economics. We are going to build, from scratch, an economic system that directly supports Egoic growth by employing the principles of Lemurian economics. We hope that the information presented here will be used by others to structure and govern their economic affairs and thereby solve many of the problems that have plagued mankind for millennia.


A Brief History of the World’s Economies
The basic family unit was the first economy, the term of which came into the English language from two ancient Greek words, oikos (meaning the house), and nomine (meaning to deal out). Economy originally meant the art of managing a farm household. Accordingly, the man and woman of the house were the first farmers and the first manufacturers.


Regardless of the size of a group of farmers occupying a given piece of land, they do not become a nation until they organize economically. A collection of farmers and tradesmen will stagnate in a primitive state of poverty for generations and live little better than the animals they tend unless trade is promoted in a positive manner. Looting of the producers first by warlords and then by an entrenchment of an aristocratic class is the usual fate of primitive economies, of which there are thousands of examples. Those in power grab everything of value, leaving nothing for investment in the succeeding generations.


In those early days when wandering nomads settled down and lived “off the land,” there were no commercial exchanges in today’s sense of the word. Food was harvested and consumed, and clothing and shelter were created and used from locally available materials. Everyone spent most of their waking hours to feed and protect themselves just to stay alive. As civilization slowly crawled out of the last stone age, the food producers gradually increased their efficiencies to the level where they could feed more than just their own family. The question of how best to use the excess production then came up. This was answered by employing small organizations to tend to the budding civilization’s water supply, food distribution and defense. And the food producers fed them all!


Before long, the need was seen for a common denominator (money) for goods valuation, as sometimes a bartering person couldn’t immediately find what he needed in even exchange for what he had to offer.


Attitude Is Everything
Positive mental attitude is very central to accomplishment. After the bombings of World War II ended, German cities were pulverized into piles of bricks. The country’s whole economy was utterly uprooted. Their currency was totally worthless. Their government collapsed. They had nothing. Some people survived the cold by digging around for coal near railroad tracks, which were now curls of steel in the air, and around docks where big ships might have come in to unload coal at one time or another. They’d dig for hours to find a bushel of coal and scraps of wood or anything to keep themselves from freezing during the winter. Things were tough.


Out of the need for order comes the possibility of either despair or of rebuilding to restore order. Post World War II Germany chose to rebuild. On a volunteer basis, they started organizing the rubble by cleaning off bricks and putting mortar on them and constructing again. They went into a continuous building mode for fifteen to twenty years, almost all done by volunteers. Every month the survivors would see more order. Homes and new structures were being created. Their environment was beginning to improve. The Marshall Plan administered by the occupation forces of the victorious armies bought food from local farmers and distributed it to everyone. Financial aid to manufacturers to rebuild factories and provide machinery got the German economy rolling again.


Their productivity soared incredibly as they built their economy into one of the strongest in the world out of the sheer momentum of their creativity and the encouragement of seeing the progress they were making. The visual evidence of their advancement was seen as those cities that had been pounded to rubble were completely rebuilt in about fifteen years, all with modern structures and brand new roads. Everything was changed for the better.


A people’s spirit has to soar under circumstances like that. They learned how to really work, how to make every hour pay off, despite the fact that cleaning up the cities was largely volunteer work.


Cornerstones of Lemurian Economics
Currency is
properly based on human effort—the labor hour. In our present system, the person who owns trees on his property can sell them for whatever price the market will bear. In Lemuria, the commonwealth owned all natural resources. Since the Angelic Host created these things for all of us, it seems unnatural that some man should be paid for what Angels provided, especially at the expense of others.


Education System
At the heart of any nation’s internal success, regardless of its interactions or stature with other nations, is education and development of scientific and technical advances. Inventiveness and pure science unleash creativity and efficiency of human effort and enrich everyone in the nation in the long run. It is also essential that cultural refinement go hand in hand with spiritual uplift as afforded by an enlightened governmental policy of education toward private and public institutions.


Economic Stability
In the Lemurian System, there will be no inflation, no taxes, no interest and no central banking system to regulate money. The unit of human labor will keep the monetary system stable and eliminate inflation, and careful cost-accounting will monitor all finances. Such a system can keep going indefinitely, when given the training in basic morality and the refinement of the citizenry.


There will be no banks. The central treasury will hold personal, corporate and state cash and provide checking services and international trade accounts. There will be no lending at interest, and no fractional reserves, the result being that the cost of housing will be about one-fifth the cost in the U.S.A. today. Because there will be no lending on mortgages, each citizen will have no outstanding debts. The needs of the commonwealth will be bought by paying cash into the economy rather than borrowing cash from the economy and repaying with interest to a lender. This reflects the systems of a century ago before central banks became a wide­spread practice in the nations of the world.


A Currency with Intrinsic Value
Every civilization has grown only on the basis of sound money in which the citizens had confidence; money that did not progressively lose its value; money for which people were willing to work long and hard; money which people saved with confidence, safe in the knowledge that it would make their future easier and more secure.
This incentive for people to work hard, live frugally and save persistently gives rise to capital accumulation, which always marks a developing civilization, for without capital, there is little financing of industry, architecture, defense, science, education or the arts.


Most of the civilizations that declined in the past were beset by financial woes usually brought about by the extravagance of their rulers first and then by the citizens as a consequence. The governments then created more money, with the end result being inflation, which is the increase of money beyond the value of the goods in the national asset base.


When people see that the purchasing power of their money is declining, the incentive to save is gone. If they cannot get ahead by careful living, long-term saving, and hard work, they go for the short-term opportunity, fearing that the money should be spent while it still has value.


Many virtues flow from sound money—among them honesty and steady, long-term effort. Periods of unsound money lead to moral degradation and economic hard times. Sound money has been a basis of every successful civilization.


Profit and Distribution
If we examine profit markups today, we find prices mostly based on what the market will bear. Four and five hundred-percent markups are not at all uncommon. In many cases that is the minimum a company must charge if they are to stay in business, often due to many levels of inefficiency. People in the Nation of God will have to be educated as to what the karmic consequences are of trying to get something which they haven’t earned and will know there’s no possibility of doing that in the larger view of things.


A very efficient Mart System was used in Lemuria, and it will be reinstituted in the Nation of God. This is where there is only one distribution system, and only one mart in each town from which to buy things. The Mart System eliminates all the middlemen and controls all distribution — transportation from the factory, warehousing, and moving the goods to all the stores throughout the nation. All agricultural products will also be distributed that way, so true parity will obtain in the agricultural markets, assuring the farmer of his true profits.


Having just one store saves a great deal of money. Currently, each store, say a furniture company or an industrial supply company, has a large stock which might not be called on for many months at a time. That warehouse space has to be figured into the cost. There may be shrinkage or deterioration as well.


With the Lemurian System, the idea was that the maximum size of a city was 250 thousand persons, and generally there were no more than eight miles on a side, which means the centrally located mart would never be more than four miles from any person’s home. They had a delivery system, which we also expect to recreate. A person didn’t have to go to a store; they just telephoned an order of what they wanted and had the goods delivered. In the Nation of God, if you want to select ready-made clothing or see the available hardware items for one of your projects, you can go to the Mart, which will be like a large department store in the Nation of God.


Interest is also a major expense for each store. In the Lemurian System, there was no interest charged on anything. Interest charges were completely illegal because they do not fit in with karmic law. Given the fact that the inability to pay interest on vast debts is a major cause of bankruptcy in many nations, probably including the U.S., a world without interest charges is intriguing indeed.


Management and Labor
A profit-oriented situation does not have to lead to the lack of parity between executives and workers which we see today. Everyone in the Nation of God is definitely a first-class citi­zen, because eventually the only persons who can be allowed to live there are those who have achieved Initiation and higher. Some people choose to do work in the shop, some like to be engineers, some like to sell things. There’s something for everyone, and they can do what they want. The time and skills that people put in are comparable between various trades. A machinist has a highly salable and desirable skill that he is marketing, and so does the executive. Management and labor will enjoy equal wealth, status and educational privileges.


Competition serves as incentive in our present-day society. Even in the future, the introduction of new and better products will always serve to induce sales. In the Nation of God, engineers, cost accountants, people who would know exactly how much it should cost in order to do a given job, can establish the fair price. Of course, it’s up to the efficiency and energy of the individuals involved to make a profit on that basis, and it is important that everybody make some profit.


If a person does not share the American immigrant’s hunger for ownership of real estate, he is not driven to exhaust himself gathering possessions and fighting to get to the top income brackets. He can then feel free to cooperate rather than compete with his fellows, and the whole basic attitude of what is important to him begins to change.


One big difference that will immediately be noticed in the Nation of God is that people in business will be motivated by the fun of turning their energy and talent into a profit for themselves. People enjoy certain kinds of challenges, e.g., seeing if they can bring a price down, performing more efficiently, gaining a larger market, etc. Money may be a convenience and a reward, but it’s not the prime motivation for healthy, energetic people. As for material wealth, it is anticipated that after a few gene­rations the very best products will be available to everyone and that everyone will soon live like a millionaire but would not re­quire a millionaire’s income in order to enjoy those advantages.


The freedom of each individual to pursue his own best interests is the very basis of national wealth.


Individual Responsibilities

As a result of years of erroneous religious teachings, many of us have come to feel that economics is too commercialistic a study to undertake when striving toward a spiritual goal. We seem to forget that an empty stomach and a leaky roof—or lack of a roof—are hardly conducive to that peace of mind essential to Egoic advancement. As long as we must have food, clothing, and shelter, money plays an important role in our daily affairs. It was the love of money against which Christ cautioned mankind, for money in itself is neither good nor bad. It is the use to which it is put that determines its effect. Used for good, it becomes good.


In the Nation of God, there shall never be a tax on the individual citizen. There will be the expectation that everyone will contribute ten percent of their income to provide for the various municipal services and governmental services that benefit everyone. There will also be an expectation that each individual will tithe another ten percent of his income to the work of God, which is essen­tial to the educational system. Ongoing education of adults and children will be the basis of the high-level advance­ment and the continuation of that advancement in the Nation of God.


Corporate Responsibilities
It’s not the purpose of government to be in business. Rather, it will license the tasks of harvesting our natural resources to individuals or corporations of people who can bring their skills and investment of their savings to­gether to efficiently perform that service for all the citizens of the commonwealth.


So public ownership of natural resources will help minimize effects of human greed, and high-quality products will end what we know as “planned obsolescence”.


What must and will be avoided in government in the Nation of God is the ideology of the total state with its inherent threat to personal freedoms. A free economy meets the needs of people in the most effective way. What people need and want are best met historically by the profit motive of industry. Farmers and factories produce whatever customers want. Government is to serve, not rule, and it will be set up to monitor against profiteering and to keep corporations relatively small so their officers don’t challenge the government for control of the nation. The danger of great family fortunes can be prevented by not allowing personal assets to be passed on to subsequent generations. The short work week of twelve hours will afford employment for all who want to work.


Today we are witnessing the sheer power of market forces which the U.S. government power is unable to keep up with. The tremendous innovations of high-tech businesses and their attentiveness to the needs of the consumer are making fortunes. The new business leaders are less connected to the regulatory apparatus of the nation state. We are witnessing the remarkable power of the market economy to transform society and individuals’ lives as compared to the stifling failures of government programs.


The 1930’s saw the experiment of total state control in Germany, Italy, Russia and Japan, which was mostly directed by large, outside, international corporations and banks. These nations sought complete control over labor in their newly industrialized societies. In Germany and Russia, the socialist takeover was accompanied by the murder or starvation of millions of their own populations. The experiment was also introduced in America at the same time, but it didn’t take as well then. The central powers during WWII revealed the awful reality that individuals were merely pawns in the new super-power driven drama of world affairs as the governments marshaled all the resources of their respective peoples. After winning WWII, the U.S. National Security Council asserted that only the U.S. government could maintain world order and needed to cement its position by establishing a world court, a world central bank, world economic planning, and a world police force, which would first require a controlled welfare-warfare security state at home. The progressing implementation of this invasive policy has led to the federal government becoming an isolated island in society, alienated from the lives of ordinary people and a menace to anyone coming in contact with it. In turn, the government sees private America as a hostile force. This is the perfect example of what must never be allowed to happen in the Nation of God.


Government Responsibilities
Benign government is essential for providing basic order for the success of the producers. In colonial America, for instance, the people chose to govern themselves and were fortunate enough to be able to do so. They also enjoyed a common defense, money, measures and postal service, all of which serve the interest of trade.


The overall effort to uplift every citizen and to promote and defend the fundamental rights of every human being to develop his mental and spiritual powers in the image of God must inevitably produce a civilized culture that is tremendously beneficial to all citizens. Harmony with Natural Law guarantees an environ­ment where men and women can best perfect themselves in their humanness. All this depends on a government whose policies benignly marshal the inher­ent talents of its citizenry toward Egoic advancement.


The creation of a city requires co-ordination of the efforts of all the per­sons who will build it, and co-ordination implies organization if there is to be efficiency and economic soundness in meeting the needs of all its inhabitants.


In the Lemurian system in the Nation of God, the commonwealth, rather than a stock market, provides money for capital equipment to a corporation. The commonwealth owns and leases the buildings and the machinery. It sees to it that what is being produced by the corporation is valuable to the commonwealth; otherwise, the government wouldn’t have invested in it and licensed the corporation management in the first place.


Yet everyone realizes it's the government’s duty to invest in public works and infrastructure to increase the efficiency of commerce such as large projects like roads, dams, sewage treatment, docks and airports.


When the government is just starting out, it can create value by undertaking public projects without existing funds in its treasury. It does this by monetizing credits to the workers and suppliers of materials within its own national bound­aries. These credits are then circulated as money which will eventually be repaid to the government through tithes and through tolls and rents by those who use the facilities. The credits would thus be based on real projects of intrinsic value.


It is essential that the government establish standard weights and measures and an efficient postal ser­vice, as well as a sound and stable currency. The central treasury should serve as a storehouse of wealth which can loan money without interest to individuals and to manufacturers who have worthwhile projects. The treasury also serves as the clearinghouse for all drafts of funds between individuals and commercial establishments. All these things give a sense of national identity to the populace.


Trade between nations sometimes needs to be controlled nationally by protective tariffs or domestic subsidies to encourage beneficial industries at home.


A minimum of laws and a thorough understanding of karmic principles will keep a nation running smoothly indefi­nitely. A constitution that holds public servants to the task of meeting the needs of all the people and prevents governmental abuse must be maintained.


A Vision of the Future
The Brotherhoods’ message is one of hope, of preservation, of an oasis of sanity and looking forward to better things. That is what people are going to need. In order to be saved, we have to do it ourselves; God is not going to do it. Indeed, we have a lot to get done. By Grace we are given the information of how to protect ourselves, but we have to elevate ourselves Egoically. First and foremost, we must preserve civilization within us.


In short, our future is for practical idealists who treasure the same principles envisioned by the founders of the U.S.A. Justice, truth, love, creativity, beauty, and freedom are what we all seek, and we can start clean again even though it is on a comparatively small scale. Each person of sound mind recognizes that he must grant these precious gifts to everyone else if he is to have them for himself. Only by practicing these principles will all have prosperity, contentment and personal growth.