Forum Post: How 2 solve all our country's problems: Just give the Left, Right and Center what they want
Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 9, 2012, 7:45 p.m. EST by DemandTheGoodLifeDotCom
from New York, NY
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FREEDOM OF CHOICE WORKS, MONOPOLIES DO NOT
The reason why the economy does not work is because it is completely unaccountable to the people who live in it. We have just one system that everyone is forced to live in whether it works for you or not. If you don't like what we have, too bad. There is nothing you can do about it. The likelihood of you changing society is close to zero.
The status quo has a monopoly over society and monopolies never work because they leave people with no recourse. There are no alternatives. So they are completely unaccountable.
What does work is freedom of choice.
Instead of having one monolithic system that everyone is forced to live in, what we should have are multiple systems for people to choose from.
The Right, Left and Center should each get their own economic system and these systems should compete against each other for your membership.
So if you want Left economic policies, now all you need to do is join the Left Economic Plan. You no longer have to convince the Right to adopt Left policies.
And if you don't like the results of the economy you are participating in, now you can do something about it. All you have to do is quit the system you are participating in and sign up to one of the competing alternatives. You don't have to start an OWS protest movement, you don't have to elect a new President, you don't have to change Congress, and you don't have to get new laws enacted.
MULTIPLE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
Having multiple economic systems would work similar to the way medical insurance plans work.
Each business will decide which Economic Plan they want to join. And then each Economic Plan would compete against each other for your membership. You will decide which Economic Plan you want to participate in. And when you sign up to an Economic Plan, you will work and shop at the companies that are part of your Economic Plan, just like how you visit doctors and medical facilities that are part of your medical insurance plan.
Just like we can have different medical insurance plans that compete against each other in the same geographical location, we can have different economic plans that compete against each other in the same geographical location.
Initially, all cities would be a mix of all plans. So if you chose the Right Plan, you might live next door to a neighbor who chose the Left Plan. And the companies in the city would be a mix of Right, Center and Left Plan businesses.
But this does have some drawbacks since each plan would then have to share common economic infrastructure like roads, water and police. So some future cities would likely be developed that were exclusive to one plan so that even the infrastructure was delivered according to that particular plan.
To enact this idea, we would get the federal government to 1) set the rules for starting an Economic Plan, 2) give each Plan its own central bank, 3) give each Plan ownership of a share of our current government run organizations (if a Plan gets 30% of the population to join, it will get ownership of 30% of our public schools, hospitals, fire, sanitation, parks, etc.), and 4) give each Plan access to its share of our country's natural resources.
The federal government would then get out of the economy entirely. It would now only provide a common justice system that protects life and property and enforces contracts.
The rules for starting a new Economic Plan can be simple. You would just have to demonstrate that there are enough people that want to join, perhaps by having a national ballot initiative. What is key is having enough people to support an entire economy. In order for the economy to operate according to its own policies, it needs to be independent. It needs to produce nearly all of its own goods and services. So it needs enough workers to do that, which means it will need to get roughly 10-20% of the population to want to join its Plan.
Given this requirement to have a minimum amount of participants, there would likely be 3 different Economic Plans offered.
The Right Plan would be a network of companies managed according to the Republican Party platform. All the companies in this plan would be privately owned, there would be minimal regulations and taxes, and the market would allocate everything including school, medicine and retirement.
The Center Plan would be a network of both privately and publicly owned companies managed according to the Democrat Party platform. There would be high regulations, high taxes and enough welfare to make sure everyone was at least getting the basics.
The Left Plan, described here, would be a network of companies that were all publicly owned. Income would be allocated in an egalitarian way since all Plan members would be equal owners in the Plan's companies and there would be no welfare since allocating income more equally would pay everyone a high enough income to make everyone wealthy.
Each Plan will also get its own central bank so that it can manage its own money supply. Having its own central bank with an ability to issue its own money is necessary in getting a new Plan off the ground.
For example, if 60 million people decide to join the Left Plan, that is a market of 60 million customers and workers. If no companies join that Plan to serve those 60 million workers and customers, its central bank will provide those 60 million with the investment money they need to create enough new companies to produce enough goods and services to meet the demand of these 60 million new customers.
This investment, of course, will come as an expense to the other systems, but it should. They just lost 60 million customers.
Since the Left Plan will likely get very few current private companies to join its Plan, it will likely only start out with its share of current government-run companies (like fire, police, schools, hospitals, etc.). It will need to build up roughly 70% of its economy.
So the Left Plan in its early stages will likely devote a larger percentage of its GDP to investment than it would normally since it will need to buy lots of existing businesses and launch lots of new ones.
For example, if no restaurants join the Left Plan, the Left Plan's central bank will issue loans to its members so they can launch enough restaurants to meet their demand for dining out.
If the Left Plan got 30% of the population to join, the economies of the other Plans will shrink by 30%. Many companies will no longer be viable in those systems. The Left Plan would then be able to buy a lot of these companies in bankruptcy.
So the revenue for the restaurants in the other Plans will shrink by 30%, causing roughly 30% of them to face bankruptcy. Those failing restaurants can then decide to join the Left Plan or members of the Left Plan can buy these restaurants in bankruptcy.
Plus, those economies also lost 30% of its workers. The companies that used to employ those people may have no choice but to go with the Left Plan since they no longer have any workers.
Certainly there will be considerable disruption when this is first implemented. But the disruption will mostly be with company ownership and workers joining new companies. There should not be much disruption in actual production.
This is the only rational, sensible way to organize society. Everyone wins. The Right gets what they want. The Center gets what they want. And the Left gets what they want.
Forcing Republicans to live in a Democrat system or vice versa serves no useful purpose whatsoever. It is tyrannical and just causes conflict.
Monopolies do not work. Freedom of choice and competition works.
When we adopt this, nearly all of society's problems will come to an end. There will be no unemployment or poverty or financial struggle, which are the root cause of nearly every problem in society. Because when a Plan has to actually compete against other Plans for your membership, that competition will force them to make sure their system truly delivers the highest standard of living for its members.
Nobody will stay with a Plan that they think is unfair or is making them poor or that they cannot find a job in.
THIS CAN BE ENACTED
Since most people are currently not getting what they want, and most people never will get their ideal society, I think it would be very easy to get most people to back this plan. Because this finally enables them to get the ideal society they want.
So we should be able to build a large enough coalition to get this idea implemented.
This idea gives them a chance to FINALLY get NEARLY EVERY POLICY they want.
This plan gives the Right everything they want, which they would never be able to get today, so we should get most Republicans, Libertarians and Tea Party members to want to enact this.
This plan gives the Left everything they want, which they would never be able to get today, so we should get most Democrats, Progressives, Socialists and Greens to want to enact this.
That should add up to enough people to get enough politicians elected to enact this plan.
This is a win, win, win for everyone. Everyone would finally be free to live in the society they want.
Not only will this actually solve nearly all of society's problems, it is something we can actually get nearly everyone to agree on. So it is a solution we can get enacted.
Let me know what do you think.