The Need For A National Service Corps

The private sector has failed to meet its social responsibility toward the nations that licensed them and the people that produced their product for them and consumed the products that resulted in making them wealthy.

The unemployment rate is a direct result of the social irresponsibility of those that dominate the private sector. The callous disregard for the welfare of the people that make their existence possible has shown that business as it is now constituted is not an institution that people can rely on to provide them with a stable future that they can count on.

What is needed is a system that can counter the negative effects of the free market without destroying the free enterprise system. Unemployment is one of the major effects that must be dealt with and this could be handled by establishing a national service corps that could be used to absorb the excess unemployment until the private sector is hiring again.

While within the national service corps, people could be used to provide labor for national purposes as well as provide a labor source that they could hire from. By being able to provide their labor through the national service corps, people would be able to function as a collective barging unit that would be able to negotiate the terms for their employment with the industries that would wish to hire them.

This ability of a national service corps to be able to absorb excess labor in bad times as well as allow labor to collectively bargain for its members so as to be able to market itself to industry in terms favorable to the workers in good times, would be able to provide the people with a mechanism that could protect them from abuse as well as organize them into public service when called for during bad times.

[x] Applying Government in a Box to the Haitian Crisis

I would like to thank my readers for indulging my absence from blogging due to pressing family matters. I feel that things have settled enough to where I can now continue my regular blogging.  I would like to continue with the idea of government in a box that I began in my previous blogs.

I would like to apply this idea of government in a box to the Haitian earthquake disaster.  Imagine that a group of people known as personal trustees would be introduced to Haiti. They would go into the community and divide its people into general groups each of which would be represented by their own personal trustee.

The personal trustees of each group would give their members a membership account.  Each membership account would consist of four fundamental support subaccounts for the basic support services needed by everyone.  A person’s subaccounts would provide each person with the basic services necessary to sustain themselves as well as their families so that they would be able to rebuild their lives.

The most essential fundamental subaccount would be the one that would be necessary to provide the construction required by the community. This would first require forming a labor pool from which it and all of the other support subaccounts would receive their own service providers and their consumers.

All persons would be issued with a consumer food subaccount that would allow them to consume foodstuffs. There would also be the issuance of food provider subaccounts for those members that could provide the necessary foodstuffs needed by the community.

Members of the labor pool could also receive the necessary schooling and training subaccounts needed for them to participate in various projects required by the community as well as those that they would need to provide for any new undertakings on their own. Some of the members of the labor pool would also be provided with subaccounts in order to provide the training needed by the rest of the community.

All members of the community, whether in the labor pool or not, would be issued with a subaccount that would give them access to their necessary health care needs. All of the members of the community would be collectively connected to their common community bank. This bank would fund all of the various subaccounts and civil accounts of the members of a community in order to promote the economic activities necessary between them.

After receiving their fundamental services in the form of their support subaccounts, the Haitian people would go back to their personal trustees for the servicing of their own personal needs and wants. Their personal trustees would connect them with consumer and provider specialized civil trustees that could provide them with the kinds of services that they personally needed.

These consumer and provider specialized civil trustees would register everyone’s needs and capabilities and divide them into their categories.  According to those categories they would also be organized to either receive their necessary services or to provide them to those that are to receive them.

They would form their consumers and their providers into civil markets designed to bring their consumer’s needs together with the providers that could service them. This would then allow them to voluntarily choose each other’s services and patronage.  These consumer and provider specialized civil trustees would protect their members’ interests for them by managing the exchanges made between them after they had been completed.

[x] Global Capitalism; from Labor to Consumer Based Society

The changing nature of globalization has changed the traditional production relationship between business and labor within the market. Capitalism is based on the best return of capital. As a system it only sees people and things in terms of their financial value. The products being created as well as the workers that produce them and the facility in which they are made are seen only in terms of their financial value. Other forms of value are not seen as pertinent.  Therefore, if one product becomes less valuable than another product, then its capital moves from the less profitable product to the more profitable product.

Within global Capitalism while the relationship between business and labor is still the same, labor as a member of society is now a labor market in which it provides itself to industry.  Because global Capitalism is ultimately about volume, the members that may or may not produce a particular product as a labor force now have a new role and that is as the consumer of those products.

This role as the consumers of the products produced by global Capitalism has given the people the real power in the system. Just as the Capitalist can give or take away jobs, so could the consumer consume or not consume the products being produced.  By collectively consuming one product over another, the people could direct the type of products that would be produced as well as determine how they would be produced. Becoming the consumers of the products of society would allow the people to determine the type of society that they would wish for themselves. The real power of people today is as consumers.  Organizing ourselves as consumers would give us the power to determine our own futures.

Redefining the Market in our Favor

How do we begin to recreate ourselves into the kind of societies that we want to be?  The first phase of changing society is to defang the tiger.  What I mean by the tiger is the definition of the market, because we now hold the market as sacrosanct and many believe that it is beyond reproach. The corporate world and governments all feel that their actions are governed by the hand of the market. In fact we have made the market our god and we have become its worshipers.

But what actually is the market? Well, to many Capitalists the market is seen as a means to an end and that is a means to making a profit. How that profit was made was incidental as long as a profit was made. The market has come to be used for any transaction regardless of the nefarious nature of its results.

But, is the market really any exchange of goods and services regardless of its outcome? This has been the way that our present corporate culture has viewed itself in relationship to us as the public. We, the public, have become a labor market that corporations can choose from and a product market that they can sell their goods to.

In today’s world the underlying concept that has dominated the social relationships of people and has determined the political relationships that their national states have to take is that the market determines all things correctly. We have become a slave to this doctrine of market dominance that now determines whether we have employment and how much the products that we buy through it will cost.

The market has become the foundation upon which the corporate relationships of the world have been justified.  It is in the pursuit of ever growing profits that has now become the norm and how all business should expect to be conducted. But what is a market really? Is it only a mechanism that we used to exploit oneanother with? We must take the market away from those that just use it for their own narrow gains and redefine it for ourselves.

The market process is a social contract between two or more people to provide each other with what they each want from their relationship. This naturally means that the market is not about taking advantage of the other in the relationship, but instead making sure that the other receives from the relationship what they expected to get from it.

Therefore, the market is actually the creation of a cooperative relationship between those that wish for something particular and those that are willing to provide it. A true market is the purest form of human interrelationship. It provides both within a relationship to have what they expect to receive from it.

A market is actually a socializing instrument that brings people together by promoting social commerce. It is a mutually supportive relationship and not an exploitive one, like the one that we the people are in with the corporations that today dominate our society. We must hold corporations to this new standard of mutual responsibility if we are going to fundamentally change our relationships with them.