Global Corporate Domination (part 2)

People have been placed in a position where we must accept the economic and political decisions that corporations have made concerning our lives. Our governments like us, their people, are now beholden to the business interests that define both our economic potential and the social welfare of our society, as well as the health of the natural environment on which we all depend.

Global Corporate Domination (part 1)

The first phase of this globalization process has placed us at the mercy of corporations where we must accept the economic and political decisions they make in their own interests, yet also determine our own personal and social health and welfare as well as that of our natural environment. This globalization process has also given us a corporate world that has placed us at the mercy of corporations that we have no direct political control over.

What makes for a good society?

To be able to maximize our human potential we need to have available to us a public foundation capable of launching our abilities. The best societies are ones in which the individuals within them feel that they are a part of those societies. This would require that the people within these societies be able to buy what is produced, and this would depend on the amount of wages available to spend and the taxes to provide for them. At the core of every just society is a degree of public affluence that provides every person with the opportunity to become what he or she can become.

Societies that are designed to work for all have two basic elements and those are high wages and high taxes. With high wages money is spent.   High taxes would provide everyone with the public affluence that would provide people with the necessary support that would allow them to grow.

At the core of this system would be money flow. Money flow would be provided by wages and taxes. Within this system money is seen as the blood of society. As long as money is being exchanged, the blood of society keeps circulating and society remains healthy. Adding money to the system would allow us to stimulate the economy when needed.

There would be no need to save money because the idea would be to keep spending and that would require high wages and a social security system that would allow them to spend. This social security system would provide the necessary social structure that would give an all encompassing support system that people can rely on to protect them in all situations. This all encompassing support system would also require a high level of taxation to pay for it. This necessary social structure and high levels of taxation would move money between them, which would result in continually stimulating economic activity.

Civil Trusts as Free Economic Entities (Zones)

Within my forthcoming book Cosmopoly the civil trusts that would provide the institutional foundation of Cooperativism would be separate and interdependent economies. Civil trusts would be free economic entities that would be formed to deal with all of the particular needs of various groups of people. Within civil trusts members would be able to manage their own entrusted economic relationships. Civil trusts would be free economic entities in which the entrusted membership would pay taxes as a group instead of as individuals.

A system of civil trusts would allow each group of people to collectively deal with providing for their own needs first. The membership of each civil trust would be able to service themselves before their having to collectively pay taxes to any higher levels of government. This would also provide those higher levels of government, the private sector and the non-profits, targeted communities for them to help support and invest in.

The reason civil trusts would be more free economic entities then free economic zones are because they would not be limited to any particular location. The membership of a civil trust could be from many different locations. What would make them members of the same civil trust would be their membership account with it. The membership account of a civil trust would be linked to the products that it would be entrusted to it. This means that no matter where a particular entrusted product was purchased it would be entrusted to the entrusted members that would purchases it.

Entrusted Certainty and Institutionalization

In order to provide a sense of certainty between people, their relationships must be entrusted between those that have them. A system based on entrustment would be about entrusting the relationships between people and between people and their institutions. What makes social entrustment different from all other forms of institutional existence is that it would be impermanent as opposed to the permanency of all of the others. Entrustments would only exist as long as their members would wish to maintain them. Therefore, by forming the institutions of society through entrusting them would make them temporary and the result of the people that they were meant to serve.

Forming Self-Supporting Institutions and Societies

People are fearful and uncertain about their future. What they need is the kind of societies that can give them a sense of certainty about tomorrow. This sense of certainty could be provided by people socially entrusting themselves together for a mutual purpose. By people socially entrusting themselves together they would be able of support one another in achieving their common goals. This would allow groups of people to pool their resources in order to provide themselves with the mutual support that they wanted from one another.

A Government for All

A government for all would be one that could be everything to all people. But, can people with different needs and wants exist happily within the same societies? Or can real happiness only be achieved within societies geared to resolving only the similar concerns of those within them? The only type of society that could be formed to meet the needs of a particular group would be an entrusted society. Within an entrusted society everyone would be able to live within the kind of society that they felt best provided them with the kind of environment that they needed.

This means that those people that would wish to live within a less regulated environment would have a system designed to provide one. And those that would wish to live within a more regulated or even a controlled society would also have the kind of society that they would want for themselves. This would result in creating societies in which everyone would be in the kind of institutions that they personally wanted. The result would be the creation of self-supportive societies that would be able to concentrate our interests and concerns and as a result allow us to maximize our human potential.

Entrusting Ourselves to One Another

The current argument is weather government should cater to the corporate needs of society or to the needs of the public. Who should determine the direction that the state and its institutions should take? And how do we create institutions that work for us and are designed to meet our needs? We entrust them together! By entrusting ourselves together we determine between ourselves what would be expected from one another. Basing our institutions on the social entrustment of their members would make them self-governing and self-supporting institutions.

Our Ecological Order

Within my book, “Cosmopoly,” the foundation of Cooperativism is that we fundamentally exist within a biological existence. We share our biosphere and natural environment with all that are the result of the physical existence of life and the foundation upon which everything else begins.  Therefore, the way that we human beings treat our biosphere will determine how we define it, which is directly linked to how we treat each other as well.

Our traditional way of defining things according to ourselves makes them all different form us. By defining our biosphere as being different from us, we have separated it from us as well. This has resulted in determining ourselves the same way that we think about the natural world.

The result historically has been that many people defined the biosphere as they did each other, which was always as though it were a separate entity from them and, therefore, ripe for exploitation. Therefore, only when we change our relationship with each other and see ourselves cooperatively will we also see the biosphere and our relationship with it differently than we do now.

If we are to see ourselves as a single human entity, then we need to see our bio-sphere cooperatively as our partner and the one from whom we obtain our natural existence and, therefore, the one to whom we owe our primary allegiance, because it can exist without us but we can not exist without it. When the biosphere is seen as the source of all life and we an extension of it, then we will also come to realize that it was never naturally an extension of us politically but instead we where an extension of it naturally.

When we come to see ourselves as an extension of the biosphere, we will also come to see that our political borders were never natural and only politically self-serving to those that controlled those borders, which resulted in controlling the personal capabilities of the people within them. Life’s natural resources must be seen as intended for all of us to enjoy and not just the few that politically or economically dominate them for their own purposes by politically trying to limit the access of the people and their capabilities to the political limits imposed upon them.

Life Learning School System

Schools need to be run more like the real world if students are to get a true understanding of the kind of environment that they will find themselves in. In the new type of school system I propose, the curriculum would be tailored to the needs of each student by instructing them in the subjects that they need while they are actively engaged in them.

The teachers would team-teach not only the subject material that needed to be imparted to the student but they would do it in conjunction with the activity that the student would be engaged in. The objective would be to allow each student to advance by developing their own interests at their own pace. Schools would be year-round and open-ended. Graduation would be confirmed when a student completed a required course of study which consisted of instruction and examination.

The core subjects like reading, writing, math, etc. would be applied to the various subjects that the student would be interested in learning about. Each subject that a student would choose to learn about would be used to link to other subjects that they would also have to know if they were to understand the subject that they were interested in.

This would allow students to build a course of instruction based on their interests leading to a diploma. Diplomas would require the completion of examinations in a set of core subjects that would define it. These diplomas would be varied according to the subjects that the student had successfully completed.

Economic Self-Management…

If students are to be made more accountable, then they should be able to interact with each other as they would in the real world. Students should be able to invest in each other within a school.

Students should be taught how to market themselves to the greater world. This instruction would start by marketing themselves to each other. Students would form school businesses that would be able to manage their schoolmates’ entrepreneurial actives. This would teach them budgeting, etc.  There could also be a school bank that would hold student accounts and would issue school currency.

Students should be able to sell their capabilities to one another, which would lead to a more supportive climate within schools. This would help students to develop an entrepreneurial approach to meeting each others school needs. The students with particular proficiencies would be able to sell their capabilities to those students that needed help in those subjects. The entire school would be able to invest in the school businesses that they felt showed the most promise.

The school could also sponsor school businesses designed to provide student goods and services to the wider community. This would allow students to invest as well as take a direct part in forming businesses that could then crossover into the larger economy with the graduates becoming their managers and employees.

This would also allow graduates to remain together after graduation and working in a business of their own making within their own communities.  This would provide the public with an indication of the capabilities of the students that were receiving diplomas.

Student Self-Governce…

The school would also form school legislature that would self-govern the activities of the students. The legislature would hold elections for school offices and manage the governance of the student body. The school government would represent the student body to the school administration.

The school government would manage the student services that the student body would provide to each other like tutoring, peer counseling etc. The school government would also help organize the student committees that would be formed to provide the various activities of the school.

School Courts…

Students would be taught to act as judges and juries as well as function as prosecutors and defense attorneys. They would learn how to make the laws that would govern the relationships between students civilly and economically. These school relationships would govern everything including the responsibilities that each student would have toward every other student that they would have a school relationship with.

This would also allow students to bring grievances by bringing issues of concern to the attention of the school court that would then make rulings on them based on their own laws.

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