Commonomics: Developing a Post Yakub Economcy (2009) 166 (8x11) pages, 36 illustrations/tables

"Commonomics" is common sense economics needed for personal group survival and righteous "success". The "World of Yakub" has fallen.  It has both a physical and a spiritual side which produced the two-headed economic monster of modern day capitalism and so-called communism.

"Commonomics" is the conceptual model and analytical tool that will allow almost anyone to understand how economies work and how well the economy is working. This book is broken into four major parts: "The World of Yakub", "Commonomics", "The Cooperative Movement" and "To Move or not to Move".

The book moves from the explanation of the present to models for the future including specific business models that fit the new culture of "Freedom, Justice and Equality" which the Honorable Elijah Muhammad brought to us.

The book also presents the modern DNA research that pinpoints the arrival of the White race exactly where "Yakub's History" indicates.

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The Science and Business of Farming vs. The Art and Hobby of Gardening (2010) 264 (8x11) pages, 122 illustrations/tables

At our 2009 Saviours’ Day Convention held in Chicago, Minister Farrakhan announced his desire for the Nation of Islam to obtain 2 million acres of farmland. A friend of mine made a little joke which got my attention. She said that a group of believers from Atlanta were discussing the Minister’s plans and said, “Who is going to farm that 2 million acres of land? Oh, Dr. Ridgely, all by himself.” Ha, Ha, that ain’t funny (smile). I have a hard enough time farming 1600 acres of land, much less 2 million. This book was written to help grow some new farmers.

I estimate that we would conservatively need about 500 good farm managers and 10,000 skilled workers to successfully utilize 2 million acres of farmland. Of course these are just estimates. But even to make such estimates requires a lot of understanding of the science and business of farming, which is a lion’s step away from the art and hobby of gardening. So now I must begin to teach the science and business of farming to those of us who have made the first step into gardening.

Think of a farmer as “Superman” and the rest of the world as “kryptonite”. There is something called the “parity ratio”, which at its present level indicates that every time a farmer has to buy some goods or service from someone else he loses. He loses because when he goes to the market to sell his product he does not get a price that reflects the time, effort, capital and risk that he must employ to produce that commodity. In other words the exchange rate between what the farmer offers the market and what he has to pay for inputs for production is not fair.

In this book we discuss different aspects of farm management and what we have found about how good managers think and operate. The farm manager not only manages but farms as well. There is a difference. Gardening can help you understand the basic nature of the production process; however, in this book we show you the equipment that you need to farm and how to utilize that equipment when producing different crops.

You also need to understand that not all farms are the same. Most farms are highly specialized. The USDA has classified farms under broad categories of cash grain, field crop, vegetable and melon, fruit and tree nut, nursery and greenhouse, dairy, poultry and egg, and cattle/hog/sheep. So your first decision is to determine what type of farm are you going to set up?

A farm is more than just some land. It is a system which includes the infrastructure, buildings and equipment necessary to carry on the operations done on that land. When we purchased our 1600 acre “farm” in Georgia, there was no equipment or repair shop, just open land filled with large weeds. We decided to set up a farming operation growing cash grains and vegetable/melons. So in this book we use our farm in Georgia as a model to demonstrate what a farmer must know about decision making, production, marketing and finance.