August 2011: For all my current readers: I probably do not have to tell you in what kind of predicament the world is right now. For everyone in the future, here is the short version of it:
Europes nations, the USA and a whole lot of African Nations seem to be stuck in a vicious cycle of debt. Unhappiness is up, unemployment is up and in this post peak oil economy everyting else seems to be going down.
How can we overcome this situation? I have some proposals to the world, ranging from mild to radical, that I want to share with you now. I will start with the mild ones:
1. Tax the Rich! Now, I am not implying, that there is no tax on rich people and corporations, but it really needs to be cranked up. Why? Because one measure of wealth in an economy is how easily money flows from top to bottom and vice versa. And that wealth is not only measured in money, but also in quality of infrastructure, education and public health. in the end everyone will benefit. The poor will have jobs building rails and roads, policing our streets and caring for the injured sick and elderly. The rich will drive on better roads, will live in safer neighborhoods with friendlier police officers, and have more experienced and relaxed medical staff when they need care. And everyone does.
2. Think of the bare necessities. There are four things every citizen of a free state should have if he wishes so: shelter, food and drink, healthcare and education. Here some people will yell “Socialism!” but bear with me. It is good and right that the quality of life of any individual depend on her or his will to work. After all, awarding lazyness is no good. I am not talking about handing over money to people to pay their rent, buy their food and pay their doctors. This bears the danger of people depriving themselves or their kids for luxuries like a new cellphone or alcohol. Give them a home, not money for it, give them meals, not money or food stamps and take away their worries about how they wil survive tomorrow.
How will the rich benefit from this? They will get employees who love their job more, employees that view their employment more as an opportunity and not a necessity. People will come forward in companies and share their wealth of knowledge and their opinions, rather than keeping them secret out of fear of getting fired and being deprived of their livelyhood.
3. Energy independence. Oil, coal, gas and even fission materials are finite resources. it will not help if we drill baby drill, and then drill some more. Finite resources will become increasingly difficult to obtain and will rise in cost. So we should use them now to build a society that is independent of fossil fuels. Clean and practicable fusion reactors might still be a century or two away, and in fact may never be acheived, but let us do what we can do now. So what if photovoltaics do not return well on the energy investment, we can use solar convection to bridge the gap. How will the poor benefit from this? In the long run, energy could get a lot cheaper. That is a big deal when you consider the cost for heating, driving and running all your appliances. How will the rich benefit from this? Company owners will see a cost reversal on the energy market. While daytime solar power will become cheaper, nighttime energy will be at a premium. so it will become cheaper to run their computers and factories during working hours. How will employees benefit from THAT? companies will be mor reluctant to have you working overtime, because it is expensive to run large businesses at night. How does everyone benefit? The economy will gain stability by not being dependent on the changing cost of energy.
These where my mild proposals, ready for the radical ones?
1. Take the bus, do it now! Why is this radical? Because it is not something the government will do for you. It will be uncomfortable, it will be something you will have to do as of now but it is also a step in the right direction. How will I benefit from this? You can read a Book on the bus, you will pay less for gas and will not have to find a parking space. How will the poor benefit? You are helping fund public transportation and encourage companies and politicians to invest more. How will the rich benefit? Better roads and better transportation will benefit everyone.
2. Forget gender, religion sexual orientation and race! If we do not do this, there will be always someone who looks down on you for the wrong reasons.
Before I stray into the realm of utopian fiction, I would like to bring this to an end. I will be looking forward to your comments and your criticism.
Keep tolling the bell.