Author Interview: Carmine Gorga

Author Interview: Carmine Gorga

Tell us more about yourself, who is Carmine Gorga?

Carmine Gorga was spotted as an incorrigible optimist about sixty years ago by someone who presumably knew what he was talking about. Thought by his father always to chose substance over form (ah, the long arms of Aristotle), he has never taken the easy way out. His efforts have yielded some considerable results.

As an incorrigible optimist, he always hopes for better results tomorrow. Case in point. His mind is all absorbed now by two projects, two new books: Science of Love (as against Science of The Spirit: using all the virtues, not only “love,” to understand Self, The Other, and The Universe) and Theology Without Economics? Without Morality?

A perfect day starts with...? And ends with...?

A demitasse of espresso, a prayer, and the resumption of work leftover when I went to bed. A perfect day ends with a sip of espresso coffee leftover during the day, a hope of better results tomorrow, and a prayer. A sweet memory: My mother used to gently wake me up in the morning always with a cup of coffee in her hands. Even my American sweet wife—my in-house editor, advisor, and Foundation—did that for me, once. Whenever I say, “Thank God,” my wife has taught me to say, “Thank God, and thank Moona (aka Joan, my wife).”

Could you tell us how you started writing?

High school teachers “pushed” me. Then I learned a lot by myself. I became a writer, in my eyes at least, the moment in which I summoned the courage to throw away a pesky sentence to which I was becoming more and more attached the more it prevented me from saying what I needed to say. Literally throwing that sentence away freed me instantaneously.

 

What do you do in your free time?

I am lucky. Most of my time has been “free” time most of the time. Hence, I have no “free” time.

Your latest books are "Jubilee 2020"and "From the ‘Dismal Science’ to The Economics of Jubilation through Concordian economics". What is the message you want to convey to your readers? Who are these books for?

After a summer of intense intellectual struggle with Keynes’ General Theory in 1965, I reintroduced Hoarding into the language of economics. Gradually, ever so slowly, that word/action led me to all sorts of realizations. It led me all the way back to Moses and his wisdom, economic and moral wisdom, to proclaim a Debt Jubilee, a systematic cancellation of all debts every seven years. Debt paralyzes us. Creditors will immediately start reaping benefits from lending their money to people who are free to start producing again. Do not hoard your money; lend it out wisely. Do not hoard stuff; leave it for the next customer. If you hoard stuff, you will not know what to do with it, and you will contribute to general economic insecurity that will gradually envelop you as well. Through the study of the economic process, actions characterized as hoarding go a long way to explaining both poverty and economic inequality.

How to control hoarding? There are a number of solutions. First, establish economic policies that favor economic stability. You are more liable to achieve this goal if you do not have lone wolves marauding in the countryside, but men and women who are well integrated into their social context. These are policies favored by Somism. Then you need a cultural atmosphere that does not reduce human beings to isolated atoms, but an overall culture that respects a well-integrated human and natural ecology. Relationalism, in other words: everything organically and systematically related to everything else.

If we practice the Economics of Jubilation, life will become a jubilee.

You are the founder of Concordian economics, Somism and Relationalism. In addition, you are known for your great passion for economics. What is the future of the Global Economy in your opinion?

Our current pandemic is forcing us to realize that the soul of economics is Interdependence and it is guiding us toward a paradigm shift from money controlling people to people controlling money. I am just realizing as I write these words that, ultimately, we will learn how to have firm control over ourselves.

Describe Generis Publishing in a few words.

The complete Latin expression is Sui Generis, unique. An organization that favors unique voices. An organization that fosters unique experiences.

What would be your word of encouragement for a new author?

These days it is especially necessary that we all express the truth, the truth about ourselves, the truth about our social reality, the truth about the Universe—above all, our ignorance about most of life. I hope you will discover, as I have discovered, that if you pursue truth, beauty and goodness do not lie far behind.