Debate on Equity for All
27 Apr 2016 23:32 GMT
The goal is to stimulate rigorous Debate on Equity for all. All democracies globally require political reform by eliminating the influence of the Moneyed Interests. Economic Reform needs to restrain capitalism by fairly allocating its benefits of income, profits, dividends and stock equities between Human Capital [Labor] and Financial Capital. Then redirect these benefits to develop Human Rights Infrastructure.
Debate on Equity for All
Political Revolution for Economic Evolution
derives Human Rights Solution
"When in the Course of human events,"* it becomes absolutely clear that extreme injustice pervades society and is imposed by those who wield power for their own benefit to the detriment of We the People of the United States and the world; We the People need to actively intervene. This extreme injustice is reflected in the current state of political conflict and vast economic disparity around the country and throughout the world. As our planet has abundant natural resources and people willing to work, why is there so much poverty, pain and suffering? The "ignorance, neglect, or contempt of the rights of man are the sole causes of public misfortunes and governmental corruption"** "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter" it.*
Democratic governments around the world pretend to represent the people, when in fact they are the handmaidens of the ultra wealthy and their corporate pawns. A Political Revolution is essential for We the People to regain control of our government. The opening volley needs to be drastic reform of the thoroughly Corrupt Campaign Financing System. We need to loosen the chokehold Powerful Moneyed interests exert on our politicians. From 1984 through 2012 campaign costs have skyrocketed 555%, far outdistancing GDP growth of 300%, while household income limped along at 128%. This exceeded the explosive growth in the cost of healthcare and college tuition according to Time.com's article 'The Incredible Rise in Campaign Spending'.
There have been two major campaign reform acts passed in the last 44 years, the 1972 Federal Election Campaign Act and the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act [McCain-Feingold]. This is like having the foxes 'reform' the chicken coop. Since the passage of these 'reform' acts, the average incumbent spending advantage over challengers in U.S. House races has soared from approximately 1.5-to-1 to nearly 4-to-1. This according to National Affairs article 'The Myth of Campaign Finance Reform'. When opposing political parties agree the system is broken, it's a stark indication of the depth and magnitude of the problem. The contributions to political campaigns by the ultra wealthy exploded with the 'Citizens United supreme money Court Decision' in 2010.
While the Moneyed Interests use their cash to rally their troops to vote, they also use their money to create major stumbling blocks that suppress voter participation, especially at the state level.. Since the 2010 mid-term elections, 17 states have enacted a multitude of laws to impede voter turnout, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. A few of these obstacles are; reduced hours for voting, reduced time frame for mail-in ballots, stricter voter I.D. laws, and undue mailing or home address requirements. Redistricting is another favorite trick states use to 'stack the deck' favoring incumbents. The U.S. holds most elections during the work week instead of the weekend when it would be much easier for many more citizens to vote. And does anyone believe electronic voting machines, without a verifiable 'paper' trail, are good for Democracy?
This presidential election makes crystal clear the profound anger, frustration and apathy Voters have with the insidious corruption of the political process.. Nearly half the voters to date from both parties have chosen an anti-establishment candidate. The hopelessness and discontent of the citizenry is plainly revealed by 65% of the eligible voters abandoning the political process altogether by not exercising their Right to Vote. A vote is like a whisper. While a single whisper cannot be heard, several million whispers are deafening. One of these candidates should 'Seize the Moment' to inspire a genuine Reform movement. One has the momentum, experience, knowledge and passion to lead the charge of those looking to 'change the world'.
Roughly 1/3 of the voters are on the right, 1/3 on the left and 1/3 in the middle. If those of us yearning for transformation elect 50 to 100 Reformers to the Legislative branch [about 10 to 20% of those running every two years], we can BEGIN the process of systemic political and economic reform. If that number is insufficient, let us elect an additional 50 to 100 Reformers every two years until we have obtained a Working Majority. We can then shape the political landscape by forming a coalition with the Party proposing the best policy. Those newly elected should develop a Reform platform or party, that primarily concentrates on Political, Economic and Human Rights issues; perhaps abstaining on other matters to keep their 'eyes on the prize'. Like the Moneyed Interests, it is IMPERATIVE that the Reform movement develop a battle plan, a viable long-term strategy. .Ultimately, as capital and money are fungible, Global Reformation will be required.
In 1787 Thomas Jefferson referred to "Rebellion" being required every 20 years. A Revolution for Reform is urgently needed NOW. He wrote "...what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"
We are 200 years overdue.
Capitalism is the most efficient economic system existing today. It's most successful and effective attributes are personal incentive, private property and the profit motive. The benefits of capitalism are phenomenal generating income, profits, dividends and ownership equity. Distressingly and immoderately, these benefits accrue to a few, to the detriment of the many. Almost all Labor is, and always has been, inadequately compensated for its efforts. There has NEVER been one dollar of Capital ever generated without the efforts of Labor. The Capital tail continues to aggressively wag the Labor dog. The Capital Emperor would have No Clothes without the Efforts of Labor.
How can Labor begin to get a fair share of the benefits it generates? Collective bargaining may be a step in the right direction to achieve a more appropriate distribution of the income, profits, dividends and ownership equities that would not exist without the efforts of Labor. If every worker was represented by an organization [union] that collectively negotiated for its interests, there would be incredible power and leverage held by Labor to attain its fair share. Labor should be viewed as Human Capital and investors as Financial Capital. There are many extremely qualified and smart folks that could prepare an Initial Good Faith Estimate for a fair allocation of benefits between Human and Financial Capital.
We the People should demand that all workers have the opportunity to vote for, or against, collective bargaining when they begin working with any employer, or after a short probationary period. Currently, there are many significant impediments to be overcome before workers even have a chance to vote for collective bargaining. Obstacles that the Moneyed Interests have concocted through their political influence. The ultra wealthy and their corporate pawns have successfully engineered a 'Divide and Conquer' strategy.
If one had all the money in the world but no Labor, no goods or services could be created. Conversely, if one had all the Labor in the world but no money [currency,gold,diamonds etc.], Labor would still apply Effort to produce goods and services. Labor could create its own 'new' currency based on Labor hours, let’s say Labor dollars i.e. Human Capital. This would be a messy undertaking, but ultimately could prevail. It would be in the best interest of us all to be Nice, rather than Rough. Better Evolutionary, than by Rebellion or some other disaster.
A source of significant political conflict in a democracy is the role and scope of its government. A fierce debate rages over the size of government; some prefer a larger footprint while others prefer a smaller one. In other words how much money should be collected and spent by government, and for what purposes? To determine the appropriate size of any democratic government, We the People need to define its objectives and demand that policies are designed to achieve them. Every Democratic government has social policies and social programs initiated by federal, state and local authorities. These are implemented by folks working as police officers, firefighters, teachers, postal workers, bus drivers, administrators, social workers, military personnel and countless other occupations. Furthermore, there are governmental departments, agencies and infrastructure investments that promote the general welfare of its Citizens. A few examples of these are, federal deposit insurance, disaster relief, medicare, medicaid, social security, public transportation, streets, bridges, sewers, airports and a host of research projects. Many around the world call this Democratic Socialism. It is absurd to claim there is no socialism or there should not be socialism. The reality is, in a democracy everyone benefits from its existence, whether they want to call it socialism or not.
A modern definition of socialism may be Government BIG ENOUGH to adequately address contemporary basic needs and Human Rights, while promoting the general welfare; BUT, a government NO BIGGER than necessary and sufficient to do so. There were few complaints about government intervention and spending, when it intervened with Trillions of dollars to save the global banking and financial system from utter ruin. Ironically, Socialism rescued capitalism.
A fundamental reason for most current Economic Disparity is an almost Unrestrained capitalism where too few have too much, while so many have so little. Wealth and Income inequality across the planet is extensive and well-known. Here are a couple examples; The top .01% of households own 11% of the U.S. wealth, the same as the bottom 80%. Worldwide the top 1% own more than the bottom 50%. The U.S. with less than 5% of the global population Occupy's 40% of the World's wealth. There are 1,810 billionaires globally with $6.5 Trillion.of wealth . Unfortunately, it's getting WORSE. At the same time 2,100,000,000 unfortunate souls in the developing world lived on less than $3.10 a day in 2012. Of these almost 900,000,000 persons subsisted on less than $1.90 a day per The World Bank. If you earned $12.50 a Day, you would be in the upper 50%. Congratulations!?
Democratic governments universally fail to adequately restrain the excesses of capitalism through laws, taxation and regulation. The dire, yet predictable consequences of this lack of restraint is magnified everywhere by governments that are manipulated by those with overwhelming economic power and influence. This promotes a disproportionate share of the benefits of capitalism to amass to the politically and financially connected, to the detriment of We the People. There is no significant Trickle Down effect as a result of contemporary government economic policies. Instead there is a stupendous Gusher Up of Wealth being extracted from those of us in the bottom 80%.
This lack of economic restraint is in fact Tyranny, that has severe, cruel and harsh outcomes imposed on virtually everyone and anything not essential to Big Money interests or its Minions. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."Thomas Paine 1776 'The Crisis'
Some possible 'Revenue Enhancements' We the People can generate by government legislation so there are sufficient funds to implement OUR policies and programs ; tax on ALL services, progressive tax rates on personal and corporate income, tax on all business to business sales [not just final consumption], progressive tax rates on all Effortless income and payments; unearned income, passive income, portfolio income, dividends and capital gains [rates greater than Earned income requiring Effort] and a steep inheritance tax. 'Means Testing' could be applied to all 'Revenue Enhancements' and for all government benefits, subsidies or payments received by anyone or any entity.
Human Rights Solution
2,400,000,000 people live without access to improved sanitation: Almost 1,000,000,000 of these people practice open defecation. Nearly 800,000,000 people worldwide do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life; that's about one in nine people on earth, according to the UN-World Food Programme. And per the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, 66-75% of the world’s population have no, or inadequate, access to radiology.
So 5,000,000,000 can not get a simple x-ray.
These are only a few of the many causes of preventable death and disease. Due to the extreme concentration of wealth and crushing worldwide poverty, approximately 16,000 children needlessly die each and every day. By the time you finish reading this, 110 children will have perished; for every page you read 22 children will die . Daily, this Tsunami of unnecessary death, pain and suffering is wreaking havoc on our planet. Apparently this is considered incidental collateral damage, an acceptable consequence of capitalism. The cost of doing business.
What human rights does One have if stranded on a remote deserted island?
Probably none, but One certainly has needs.
When two or more persons are gathered, it appears Human Rights exist.
What human rights did our cave dwelling ancestors have as compared to the human family now?
Probably not as many as we have today.
Some Possible Contemporary Human Rights:
1. Food, 2. Water, 3. Clothing, 4. Shelter, 5. Energy, 6. Communications [phone, internet etc],
7. Comprehensive Healthcare including dental and vision
[How about the same plans and premiums bestowed upon U.S. federal politicians?]
8. Education, 9. Clean Environment, 10. Self-fulfilling Work,
11. Personal Security including sufficient Financial Resources to live an acceptably fulfilling life
[How about the same, or comparable, retirement plans enjoyed by employees' of major corporations?]
12. Private Property, 13. Sense of Community, 14. Recreation,
15. Transportation [public or private],
16. Personal Liberty [privacy, freedom of speech, religious freedom, etc.] without infringing on others [Community Rights like freedom of the press, assembly, petition etc.],
17. All workers should have the Right to Vote for, or against, Collective Bargaining. This
Right should be afforded automatically by every employer upon hire, or annually.
18. The Right to Vote so Citizens direct the objectives and policies of our government, or alter the government itself, to promote the General Welfare. This includes the implementation of all Human Rights recognized, and agreed to, by We the People.
A few questions need to be widely debated, strategies developed, costs estimated
and then put before the Citizens for a Vote. Some of these are:
1. What contemporary human rights should every person possess?
2. What is the role of every democratic government in securing human rights for all its people?
3. Today, what is the role of every democratic government in restraining the excesses of capitalism?
4. Are the benefits of our prevailing economic system, namely income, profits, dividends
and stock equity, being equitably allocated between human and financial capital? 
5. If not, how can the governments representing We the People begin the process of doing so?
Economics is concerned with the efficient production, distribution and consumption of resources. Human, natural and financial assets are employed to do so. Let us productively employ these assets to build-out our Human Rights Infrastructure. Initially, as with any immense start-up venture, it will take time to reach a profitable economy of scale. As more Human Capital becomes effectively utilized, there will be ever increasing profits, income, dividends and stock equities which should be equitably allocated. It will not be a "sexy" business enterprise with "flashy" profits, but it will be a Humane and Noble endeavor. Before we build "new and improved" mousetraps for a few, let us build acceptable mousetraps for all.
Let us create a Global Fund for Reformation to help us do so. We could begin with the U.S., as we have 40% of the world's wealth, and implement a strategy in democracies, country by country. Perhaps a few of the 958 global multi-billionaires recognize Systemic Reform is necessary for the General Welfare and Greater Good of Humanity; perhaps they have seen the wretched and deplorable conditions that a 1,000,000,000+ Families are suffering 24/7. Maybe a dozen or so will feel empathetic enough to contribute some seed money, a billion dollars or more each, toward this Global Fund.
Four primary objectives of this Fund could be;
1. Eradicate the corrupting influence of Money from the political process. This requires electing enough folks to achieve a working majority; folks who will not be reliant on Moneyed interests to obtain or hold office. Those elected would be accountable exclusively to We the People.
Initiate Revolutionary Political and Evolutionary Economic policy and legislation including collective bargaining to revamp capitalism by appropriately allocating its benefits between human and financial capital.
Develop and Implement 'Revenue Enhancement' legislation to generate sufficient revenue for government programs and policies approved by Voters. Taxation not confiscation
Identify and Eliminate all banking and tax havens worldwide that hide money or assets so the Moneyed Interests and their corporate pawns pay their fair share. Let us identify and dispose of all phony 'non-profits', trusts and any other ‘legal’ entities whose primary purpose is to hide or shelter profits, money, assets and ownership interests.
4. Redirect the efficiencies and benefits of capitalism to develop a Global Human Rights Infrastructure.
Those in power will shriek, 'there have always been poor among us’ and 'that's the way it always has been’. They will attempt to fool us into thinking we are incapable of affecting serious change. Tenaciously they will cling to their influence and clout. Ferociously they will strive to discourage and dismay us. Let us have determination and not be lethargic.
Each epic journey begins with a single step....appropriate Human Rights can be achieved for all, but will require more than a few election cycles. While hundreds of millions of individuals can realize many of their Rights in our lifetime, it will take a few decades to come to full fruition. There should be a methodical economic evolutionary process, not unduly harming anyone or anything. Certainly, Much Effort and Some Sacrifice will be Required to Accomplish Equity for All. Let us move forward and take our first step on this Revolutionary, Evolutionary Epic Journey
Offered for Debate by,
* quote Declaration of Independence 1776 The terms ‘man’ and ‘men’ were used in title or quote of these two documents written in the late 18th century rather than the contemporary use of human or humankind. About half those contributing to this Debate effort were women. ** quote Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen 1789 1.forbes.com/billionaires/ 'The World's Billionaires' and fortune.com post 'America is the richest, and most unequal, country' references Allianz's new Global Wealth Report 2015 http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html post 'Wealth, Income and Power'
2. International business and trade are often Labor Arbitrage schemes by the Moneyed Interests.
3. The Free Market is a Myth.... A child's lemon aid stand is regulated by its parents. for info refer;
Harvard Univ. presentation 'Free Market Fantasies: Capitalism in the Real World' 4.13.96
The Myth of the ‘Free Market’ and How to Make the Economy Work for Us post 9.16.13
4.The U.S. consumes about 25% of the earth's natural resources used for fuel to indulge its energy wants. If China consumed these resources at that same rate, there would be nothing remaining for the rest of the world. Inferred from Worldwatch.org 'The State of Consumption Today'
5. The World Health Organization; who.int/gho/en/ who.int/water_sanitation_health/sanitproblems/en/index1.html
6. Thomas Jefferson wrote "The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy…”
source, wiki.monticello.org from 1787 letter to William Stephens Smith, Paris
7. A prevalent corporate sham is its ongoing overuse of so called 'independent' contractors and 'temporary' workers to evade paying benefits, taxes or both
8. Abraham Lincoln wrote "corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”quoted from a letter to Col. William F. Elkins 11.21.1864
Source, www.ratical.org/corporations/Lincoln.html, post 'What Lincoln Foresaw: Corporations Being “Enthroned” After the Civil War and Re-Writing the Laws Defining Their Existence'