Posted 10 years ago on Sept. 22, 2012, 2:31 p.m. EST by Karlin
from Nelson, BC
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We don't need to philosophize about ideals and utopias because, in the 100 or so years of "modern civilisation", have not yet achieved anything even close to satisfactory as a society under any of those models.
It is the concern for individuals that matters, not the big picture.
"Economic Philosophy" seems to be just a ruse to eliminate most people from the conversation by requiring a degree in political systems just to participate. Those high-falutin' conversations don't allow ordinary average people to say "ya, but what about ME?".
We don't need grand schemes, we are still trying to achieve "satisfactory" - a nation that satisfies the basic needs of everyone.
"Satisfactory" would be to allow every able bodied person to support themselves and their families. That has not been the case.
Maybe we need more options than "employment" for people to support themselves - alternative factories that simply allow workers to produce goods at a cheaper cost to consumers because the "owner profit" would be removed from the cost of the goods. Sure, that sounds like socialism or communism, but there is room for such a factory within a non-communist nation, especially now that so many factories sit empty in America. We could call such places a "satis-factory" [sorry, just goofing around with word play there].
And how about HOUSES that cost something close to what it costs to build them? Do people even realise that a building lot + materials to build a 1200 sq. ft. house + the labour only costs around $100,000?? So why are houses like that selling for $300,000?
China and India are producing electric cars that cost only $5000 US. They work just fine. I would love one of those, why can't we have them?
People first, THEN systems of economics and philosophy. When every willing, ready, and able-bodied person can find an outlet for their energy that allows them to support themselves, we will be approaching "satisfactory".
Maybe we have to be willing to give up the possibility of "making it big" in trade for "making it work for everybody"? I think most of us, the 99%, would agree to that.
"How we get there" will be the first question after we decide what we want.