Archive for March, 2010

Step 1 To Bringing About A Better Future

March 22, 2010

Teach kids how to resolve conflicts peaceably, as opposed to allowing them to try and figure it out on their own.  Give advice in the classroom on downplaying the importance of “saving face” when the consequences could be overwhelming.  This will have a twofold effect to it.

#1  In school violence will be affected if children are already prepared on how to resolve issues with their peers.  Children that can feel safe and comfortable with their abilities to be able to resolve conflicts when they arise, allows them to be able to better focus on their studies while promoting a more peaceful social environment.

#2  When the children who have been educated on self control of their behavior enter the “adult world,” they will be better equipped to handle directing the future of this country in a more peaceful direction.  This allows all of us to focus our efforts (read money) not just to destruction.  Which, let’s face it, is all war does.  If instead of spending the billions on war, it was spent on say, heart disease prevention, then we might be able to save 100’s of thousands of lives in this country alone.

This is a first step, but perhaps the most important.

Step 2 To A Better Future

March 22, 2010

What is the biggest problem all but perhaps 1-2% of have?  We don’t have enough money.  Therefore, it is imperative that we find a way to provide money into the public stream without adversely affecting society.

Current process:  An organization or individual needs money to further their interests, so they enter into a contract with a bank for a loan.  The bank creates money essentially out of nothing with interest attached.  You see, all but about 10% of the deposits made to a bank are considered to be available to lend out.  But since the customer bank account balances never change, this money is created out of nothing.  When this money is created though, it’s created with that interest which means more debt was created than money.  In that self-defeating process, we are guaranteed to be overwhelmed in debt forever.  It’s all just a matter of us accepting that our debt is going up and up and up.  It also means that things like foreclosure are byproducts of the flaws in the system.  Also, because this money was created out of nothing and at a debt, it causes inflation making the money you have worth less, even if you had nothing to do with the loan process whatsoever.  Inflation, debt, foreclosure, counterfeit money.  These are things that can and should be at worst reduced, but ideally eliminated, if at all possible.

Proposed process:  Government is ideally, the “will of the people.”  Therefore, I propose that the government alone has the power to create money which it supplies through two avenues.  The first avenue is in the form of a daily stipend that allows every individual person an amount of money to survive on in the form of food.  Granted some people will spend that money on unnecessary items, but then they’ll either learn their lesson for the next day, or die off of starvation after too long.  I think most people can find it reasonable for them to learn their lesson sooner or later. 

The second avenue is through a method we already use.  Public service projects.  Public works provides services that the public agrees is necessary to each particular community.  If government has the ability to create money, then they will be able to offer contracts to organizations that are willing to “help the community” so to speak.  This allows the community to stay debt free while always being able to offer an incentive to people to help when necessary.  For instance, during hurricane Katrina, if government had the ability to offer x amount of dollars to companies to go down there and brace the state instead of contemplating the cost effectiveness of it.  I’m sure some company would have been willing to do it.  Because money is no longer created out of debt, inflation is no longer a constant.  As people generally become wealthier, more money will be necessary to offer, meaning inflation has occured.  However, that can only occur when the general public, as opposed to only the wealthiest, increase their financial stability.  How?  Because someone will always be able to do as good of a job, or better, for a cheaper amount of money.  This keeps people willing to offer their services at bargain prices, while keeping inflation at a pace that is consistent with the overall increase in wealth.

I recognize that government officials will have quite too much power, which brings me to…

Step 3 To A Better Future

March 22, 2010

Government is supposed to be the will of the people, therefore make it the will of the people.  Communication technology has made it possible that we should be able to coordinate an effective way to ensure that we, as individuals, can vote for ourselves, instead of paying a representative to do it for us.  If people don’t care enough about a subject, then less people will vote for it.  Public policy will be just that, instead of the policy of the few who are paid by the corporations.  If a corporation wants to buy votes, then they can buy the votes of everyday citizens directly, instead of giving it just to the lawmaking elites, who are already rich.

This goes without saying, I think, that those who vote don’t get paid anymore.  So how does government decide on which contracts to approve?  The people vote on each and every one.  They hold contracts on every service necessary to the public, and the public votes on every one.  People that care to vote will, and those that don’t won’t.

Step 4 To A Better Future

March 22, 2010

Since public services can be offered on any and every need to the public as a whole, a couple places it should start is with the things everyone needs to live a “basic” life by today’s standards.  Access to health care, shelter and food for starters.  Money is provided to the doctors to work, so they are still paid, while building contractors can be hired to construct dwelling units to provide to those who don’t wish to live in better living quarters, such as a house with a yard or condo.  Education can be provided and supported by offering incentive on effective teaching programs.  This should give people enough of a footing to be able to explore their interests while feeling secure enough that there is a fall back plan in worse case scenarios.

Step 5 To A Better Future

March 22, 2010

The symbiotic nature of laws is that they will invariably make criminals.  Therefore, instead of utilizing “laws” per se, we utilize a different approach and call it the rule of conduct.  Do not infringe on another’s right to choose.  This means that things like killing are not allowed due to the fact the killed individual has no choice on how to live their life any longer.  However, drug laws and other various oppressive laws are also “illegal” since government can’t infringe on the individual’s right to choose either.  Taxes would fall under the category of “other various oppressive laws” as well, but they would be obsolete since government creates money.  In order to accomplish goals such as reducing crime rates can be achieved without the threat of punishment, but in cases when the rule of conduct is broken, restitution will be made.  However, public policy will dictate the best punishment to the alleged “criminal” in a manner that effectively reimburses the plaintiff and/or prevents the action from happening again.  Assuming step 1 has been in place for enough time to take effect, most people will be willing to find the most effective solutions.

Also, all intellectual property laws are abolished since intelligence is ever increasing, and therefore counterproductive to restrict it.  Hampering the advancement of intelligence only promotes a society based on ignorance, when a society based on rational intelligence is the most effective at bringing about a more ideal society.

Conclusion

March 22, 2010

This is not an exact science since better ideas are always arising.  However, it is a start that focuses on trying to promote civilized young individuals to be better equipped with promoting the type of society that anyone can be proud of.  If we make available the necessities to all, then no one is considered “less” of an individual, while those gumptious enough to do so, can provide their services either to private citizens or to the community if the community deems them worthy of the contract.  Either way, it’s win-win.

If someone can tell me why we can’t make these changes, please enlighten me.  Otherwise, let’s figure out the best way to implement them.  Any ideas?