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Thrivalism - Power to the people
Goodbye Socialism. Goodbye Capitalism. Goodbye Communism. Hello and Welcome "Thrivalism."
On 04/17/11 - I wrote an article on the pending changes facing mankind and the planet. In that article (Found Here http://hub.me/a9TeL ) I made a quote. “We need to stop making such a huge deal about manufacturing "things" and we have to start making a big deal about building character. Build a new man from the inside out. No longer running from who we are inside.” ... this quote is more needed and more accurate today than it was four years ago when I made it. Mankind IS making the shift.
As stated in the mentioned article, mankind in general has been on an incredible journey. We have explored the difference between good and evil, we've made huge leaps in manufacturing and technology and continue to do so. We can now sit on our butts and fly over 400 miles per hour and surf the internet at the same time. We can explore the planet with the dated technology found on google earth and get a birds eye view of many places on the whole globe. The Hubble has extended our view of the cosmos and we find complete galaxies in regions of the sky, that until recently, we thought were void of any life forms. Our amazing, “amazing” world (and universe) continues to fascinate us. Continually revealing even more surprises, and thus adds further questions as we (mankind) continues to expand. Unfathomable.
We've explored Socialism and see the flaws. The State and a few power hungry individuals try to tax anyone earning, and give to the poor. We've explored Communism and we see state run business's completely fail, because the workers have NO incentive to perform. And again a few power hungry individuals are basking in the good life while everyone else suffers. We've explored Capitalism and we've seen that evolve into an illusion of freedom while once again a few power hungry individuals manipulate Governments and squash the little Entrepreneurs in a completely unfair and unethical manner.
I know the last paragraph may cause the hair to rise on the backs of many individuals as those statements attack the core of the beliefs, from “all” the mentioned systems. But I encourage everyone to set aside your inclinations to defend your political position and read on with an open mind. I will say up front “I do NOT have all the answers, but it is painfully obvious not a single person on the planet does.” What I will share is what what I believe is a simple base upon which to create a new and practical system that caters to all current needs of the planet, and mankind in general.
Common Sense - from Ayn Rand
March To Your Own Drum Beat
Paradigm Shift For Government
Rule Makers under ALL political systems, in general, are dictators in disguise.
1- Under socialism the rule makers “try” to establish rules that are fair to both large corporations as well as address the needs of the individual. In the end – there is a plethora of ridiculous rules and laws that are so in-congruent and mixed up a room full of lawyers go home exhausted and confused. Added to that is the need then to collect more tax revenue form tax payers who soon become burdened by the expense.
Socialism gives the Government too much power.
Socialism tends to create rules upon rules and a plethora of useless permits perpetuating the myths attached to "Politically Correct"
Socialism creates a burden on the tax payer that is totally in sane.
You or your friends may already be feeling the TAX pinch.
Trying to satisfy both corporations and the individual (under the current monetary system) is simply impossible.
2- Under Capitalism the rule makers give tax incentives to the wealthy in order to secure and create jobs. Laws are made thus to protect the rich and in so doing become completely unfavorable to the poor. It now has escalated to the point that the rich in order to continue to maintain market dominance squash any and all little entrepreneur and mom and pop owner by shear power of their buying power. We even have ridiculous laws in places where it is illegal to capture rainwater from your own roof and you are “forced” to buy power from the grid. One can not become self sufficient in some areas. No doubt you or some of your friends feel the restraints and the added burden or costs of permits, unfair laws and controls. .
Capitalism Creates the False Golden Rule, namely "He who has the gold, makes the rules."
Capitalism perpetuates the notion that “Masters Need Slaves.”
Capitalism dose NOT consider the value of a human being.
Capitalism makes currency a weapon of power.
The Trickle Down Effect is pure Bull Shit - "Cream Rises To The Top."
All the above is amplified under the current monetary system.
You may find this article helpful - Capitalism Vs Currency.
3- Under Communism the rule makers establish rules to keep everyone under their thumb. Incentive for an innovative entrepreneur is nil and progress is thus halted. The current monetary system does nothing to correct these flaws.
Anyone can easily see the truth of all the above statements without being a political scholar, an economist, or a business graduate. Stay with me.
Radical Changes Take Radical People
Thrivalism and the monetary system.
What is Thrivalism?
To start with - It may be valuable to look at what Currency vs Capitalism looks like.
It is a system that looks at every single human being as an individual who has a right to be here on planet earth. A right to food, shelter, clothing, education and health care. It is a system that considers the planet as our “collective home,” and that the planet itself has needs, thus it is our responsibility to first reduce, then eliminate our destructive actions on the environment and wildlife. In short - “How would love look for global solutions.”
Thrivalism is a complete paradigm shift, formed by looking at all the above mentioned political systems, and realizing all are broken and need a complete replacement. Not a stupid analytical band aid solution, but a completely new and untried system. In looking at all the above systems, the only common thread is the current monetary system. So let's take a deeper look at it first.
The current monetary system is upside down. Money is made out of thin air, and doled out the wealthy to maintain the position of power that they hold now over the entire world. To get a visual of this craziness is simple. I live in Canada and the thickness of a $100.00 bill is .0036 inches. One million dollars is 10,000 X .0036 or 36 inches, or 3 feet high. One Billion dollars is 1000 X 3 or 3000 feet high. One Trillion dollars is 3000 x 1000 or 3,000,000 feet high or 568.2 miles high. There are less than 2500 Billionaires on the whole planet, and one group with a collective asset of an unknown amount, that at best guess, is close to 100 Trillion dollars. True or false, there are rumors of already existing Trillionaire individuals, although proof is impossible to acquire.
Under Thrivalism, money would still be printed out of thin air, but not doled out to support business's like under the current BS system of fractional reserves. Rather money would be printed to be allocated to Public required upgrades and improvements. This would include roads and infrastructure, improvements to all city slum area's, education and health care. Also printed and doled out to business's that make pollution clean up, environmental and wildlife support, their business focus. This needs to be done “Globally.” Just think of all the job creations possible. Money would flow because everyone would be working and all companies would have have an increase in sales. Thus no mega companies would need bail outs nor tax favors, that are now all too familiar under the current mess.
(At the writing of this article I had not heard of the term Universal Basic Income.... but as you see.... that is what I am advocating.... read on)
See - Thrivalism and Global Economics
Under Thrivalism, Governments function is to “ONLY Govern.”
ALL – I repeat “ALL,” public jobs would be awarded to private corporations under bid depository rules. Any project not completed within budget, would result in the private companies responsibility. The Federal level Government would establish rules based totally on ethics and the rights of any and all individuals. Governments at all levels would only need administration staff to monitor ethics and review open bids on projects on the go.
One aspect of ethics would include a cap of some kind on just how much one individual could be worth. Let's face the truth, an individual worth 100 Million dollars virtually has no life style changes if they earn an extra 5 Million a year. Am I proposing a cap of 100 Million? No..... as I said I do not have all the answers, but let me ask you, “what would love do?” Personally, I would cap it at $500,000,000. Anyone who has business assets above that should be doing one of two things, paying his people more via shares or wages, or selling his product cheaper. A ceiling of 500 Million still leaves the person who has a passion for business something to shoot for and accomplish, and considering the rights or EVERY individual, he should have a right to live a worthy dream. Note – this ethical rule removes the power of greed. Ethics would also be needed in monitor joint ventures... as joint ventures would leave a door open for greed and power hungry people to play games. Ethics at root core is not that difficult to imagine. Ethics (as implied here in this paragraph) at it's core simply accepts other people having life values different than yours. As long as the individual does not try forcing those values on you, ethical choices or ethical guide lines are easy to make.
Crime control would also be necessary and funded publicly, and greed plus the hunger for power would both be made a crime. All acts of war should be seen as a crime. Of course Health Care would be funded and an emphasis placed on living a healthy life would be paramount. The study of health rather than disease would take precedence, although medical research on diseases would of course remain.
In A Nut Shell
Print money out of thin air (as we already do) and rather then funnel it to the people from the top down trickle effect, put it into things that matter. IE- Education, Health Care, Planet Care, Universal Basic Income (but work for welfare be implemented) , Public Utilities, Infrastructure...... in other words places where everyone benefits. Cream rises to the top.... the trickle down effect is pure bull shit.
Everyone has a right to THRIVE.
Enjoy Life - For No Other Reason But Enjoy
Thrivalism, Social Programs and taxes.
My personal take on welfare and social programs is simple. All people must contribute something to the rest of the world. It may be art, music, crafts, or sweeping sidewalks and washing windows. Even many Handicap people can contribute something small. The point is...... we are all here as one society of humans, yet every single one of us experiences life from our own individual perspective, which should be accepted and appreciated.
Wages should be "added to" once again by printing money from thin air if need be. What I mean by "added to" is this. Everyone should be given an income that meets living standard for their local. If the job they are able to do is not able to pay that much, then the Government would top it up. As example, should it be determined that an individual needs $30,000 a year to live comfortably in his area, and the best he can do job wise is earn $20,000 – the Government would top it up to $30,000. Everyone can Thrive.
Should there be taxes under Thrivalism? Of course. We can not print everything required, but there should be NO taxes on income earned below the standard of living required for a comfortable life. In my above example that would mean, all individuals earning $30,000 and less in that area, would pay NO taxes.
No doubt you or someone you know will fall into this category.
To Embrace Change - Leave The Old Behind
Just 16 Inches
Thrivalism is a doable concept.
Power to the people and freedom to be an individual yet contribute to the whole of society is in my opinion possible. Thrivalism is simple – As I quoted in the article written April 2011 (Found Here http://hub.me/a9TeL ) . “We need to stop making such a huge deal about manufacturing 'things' and we have to start making a big deal about building character. Build a new man from the inside out. No longer running from who we are inside. We can learn to love life and love living by realizing the most important root goal everyone really has, is TO BE HAPPY NOW"
Yes Thrivalism conceptually is simple – yet simple is not easy.............. A book (hell 25 books) could be written on this theme. I know the resistance to such a shift from the current paradigms is huge yet Thrivalism, in my opinion, is 118% possible. People in general, will fight to maintain the current mixed up model(s) because their belief system is narrowly focused only on "what is," rather than "what could be." Shifting away from a persons current beliefs on "what is," is the only reason Thrivalism will appear to be an impossible dream. But is it truly impossible? Thrivalism does not take books written on the subject. All it needs is you and me adopting the ideals and living them.
Again - “We need to stop making such a huge deal about manufacturing 'things' and we have to start making a big deal about building character. Build a new man from the inside out. No longer running from who we are inside. We can learn to love life and love living by realizing the most important goal anyone can have is TO BE HAPPY NOW. It is time we woke up."
One thing few people understand, is the "Power of Duplication." This should be understood at a deep level as all great society changes happen through the power of duplication. See how it works here. "The Power Of Duplication."
If this article touched your heart, while challenging your beliefs, even just a little, I would like to leave you with two questions. 1- “Will you share this link with just 2 of your friends... or share on the social sites you belong too?” 2- “What would LOVE do?”
© Neil Raymond Sperling