LoginSubscribe|Sponsor|Submit|Donate|Sponsors and Partners|About Delicious Facebook Twitter submit to reddit

Capitalism with a Human Face:
A Proposal for the Establishment of a Sustainable Capitalism.
online: http://www.modelearth.org/modest.html

In popular theory non-regulated capitalism would take care of itself without much intervention and regulation. The mechanism of demand and supply would function like a well oiled steam engine. But due to whatever causes, this pure capitalism has not been able to manifest itself fully so far (too much regulation is being blamed for this, mostly)--it so happens that now and then the economy system collapses, or nearly so, with unwanted and dire side-effects.

This writing aims propose a way of life that could still remain a capitalism--not regulated as much as it currently is (with the bellow suggested improvements), but one in which the worst of ills associated with capitalism as we know it now (especially known when the system doesn't perform well) would be mostly prevented from occurring--most of criminality, homelessness, hunger, modern diseases, mental disorders, wars, etc.
More-over--in this way the transition of humanity to living truly sustainably would be made much easier.

This would be ensured by making it possible for people to provide for themselves with the basic things necessary for human life by people's having an access to, at the very least, a place where to take the very necessary care of their basic needs--rest, sleep, a way of keeping clean (a safe campsite?), and being able to grow their own food (if need be), so that the worst that could ever happen to anyone would be a life with, perhaps, no frills what-so-ever, but a life where the basic necessities--a good basic shelter and adequate, good basic food--would always be obtainable; A life of a fundamental "social security"--not provided by some complicated, resources-wasting state machinery that never can take care of any problems adequately well enough ever, but provided by those in need by themselves for themselves.

The weakest point in our modern age society is the difficulty of obtaining, having, and maintaining a good quality home. To exactly here most of the problems that plague our society could be traced to.

Currently it is as if the society that we live in were waging a war against itself--the losers in the social mobility process not only lose their social standing, but they are left in a position in which life itself is almost impossible. As it is, people who are unable to afford a place to live also find soon that even just to sleep anywhere is impossible, unless they trespass, in most cases. At the same time it is considered a good thing when the price of a place to live rises. This simple fact causes a great stress within the whole society, as no-one wants to share the fate of those at the very bottom--the homeless--and yet many, paradoxically, strive to make profit on the housing market, knowing fully that they are making it difficult for themselves should they ever become the losers (as many indeed do).

This peculiar way of existence could be well understood in the context of war. This continuous stressing of the whole society could be seen as a winding up of a spring that is released in times of a conflict with other peoples--the hostility that is "normally" being directed towards the members of the society is released at the now enemy to stress them, and hopefully cause them damage. It is a picture of a continuously waged war--even in the intervals of "peace" the society keeps in a fighting shape by practicing cruelty on its own members.

This above mentioned mode of existence has no use for a lasting peace in which the pursuit of gentle capitalism could thrive, and vice versa--a lasting world peace has no use for such a self-destructive, problematic behavior. If we truly desire a conflict-free world (this is being professed by most, it would seem) in which intelligent capitalism could exist, we first have to stop waging war against ourselves at home, and start practicing neighborly love. It would not have to mean that social mobility would cease to exist (would capitalism be possible then?), but it would mean that reaching the very bottom would not be a social and a physical annihilation of a person, but only having to get by with the bare-bone conditions necessary for life. This would take a tremendous strain off the whole society--people would be less likely to engage in anti-social behavior out of sheer desperation, become addicts, criminals, mad, etc. (Please see Designing a Lasting World Peace Together. - www.modelearth.org/peace.html .)

The Proposal:
No matter what economical or political misfortune befalls the population, or just only individuals, in times when the infrastructure and/or money either temporarily, or permanently would stop providing the basic life-support properly, every community should be prepared to enable its members to be able to take care of their basic life needs--they should be assured of a place to live (no matter if this should be only a decent campsite--something that most homeless today can only dream of), and they should be able to grow their own food--either on individual and/or, preferably, communal basis.
There should be contingency plans that would as precisely as possible detail what should be done in times of no money when rents could not be paid, and when no food would be coming from the outside of communities and would have to be grown locally, enough for every member of the communities, so that no undue social disruptions due to the lack of the basic necessities take place ever. (I think that more communities today are prepared to deal with riots, rather than with providing basic support to the population in hard times that would pre-empt the occurrence of social unrest.)

Unless we stop war at home first, we will never stop war anywhere else, at least not for long. Unless we stop war for good, we can never become truly sustainable.

I do realize that it might be considered naive to suppose that a sustainable capitalism would come into being overnight, but it is becoming increasingly obvious that the paradigm that humanity has been operating under for so long needs to be changed fundamentally for humankind to have any chance of a decent survival on this planet.

The objective of the new paradigm is exactly this:
to compete at who is better at cooperating at making this place an ideal world.

Thank you,

Hearthstone - www.ModelEarth.Org .

Comments (1)

Why capitalism requires growth.

Perpetual growth in a finite world is unsustainable. The Economic Growth Trap by David Delaney at http://www.dematerialism.net/On%20Capitalism2.html#_Toc141867151 lists four aspects of capitalism that create the necessity for growth. They are (i) fractional reserve banking, (ii) the stock market, (iii) technological improvements in production, and (iv) economic inequality. The claim is that whatever economic system remains after these four characteristics of capitalism have been eliminated will not be capitalism. It must be noted though that the most pernicious aspect of capitalism is shared by other economic systems as well, namely, the competition for wealth and power. The evil done in this pursuit is legendary. Most people will do anything for money and say it benefits their children.