Real Individuality

An individual within a natural environment may feel that they are functioning as an individual within the environment, but he or she is always limited by what the natural world can provide. What makes us human is our ability to transcend the natural environment by creating a social environment to replace it.

Within this social environment our human existence is formed and maintained by the images and objects we create to define our social existence.  Since our real individuality is dependent on the social environments that allow them to develop, maintaining the health of our social environments is paramount to our maintaining and developing our individuality.

Real individuality is only possible within a social environment because only a social environment provides a person with the social opportunities that allow him or her to develop their personal capabilities to the fullest. Therefore, those people that see their individuality as being separate from the greater society actually function as cancers that strip the vitality from society, which results in affecting its overall heath.

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.

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.

The Ecological State And A Bio-Sphere Centered Paradigm

Within my book “Cosmopoly” the entrusted resources state system would be based on the fact that human beings in our natural state of existence are fundamentally members of the natural order of things and, therefore, just another of the many species on our planet. We human beings as a species not only share the world with each other but with all of the other species on our planet.

But, because of our arrogance, we see ourselves as being separate and disconnected from our biosphere. In reality we are all interconnected with our biosphere and what affects the natural order eventually affect the things that depend on it as well. Our biosphere contains our natural resources, which are the foundation upon which all social institutions are able to physically develop themselves. They are the building blocks from which our social world is created.

As the source of all social development our natural resources must always be kept as the fundamental center from which all of our institutional activities evolve. Therefore, the health of our natural resources must become the measuring agent by which we gauge our human activities.  Human societies’ domination of our biosphere has historically resulted in it being exploited by the political entities that live upon it. This must be reversed if we are to survive.

Forming Governments That Work For The People

Societies work for those for whom they were created. That’s why monarchies worked well for monarchs and democracies worked well for the bourgeoisie and religious societies worked well for their clerics. This means that if a society designed to work for the people is to be created then it must be formed by the people that it is meant to serve.

Therefore, these future societies would have to be designed around their people’s common needs and wants. That means that these new societies would need to be formed by those they would be meant to serve. The only mechanism that would be capable of allowing for different societies to development independently at the same time would be a social and political market mechanism upon which the various societies of the future would have to develop themselves. This would make our future societies flexible enough to be applied to any situation and for any reason.

For the kind of flexible future societies to develop that would be capable to apply itself to the common problems of its members, they would have to come to see each other as existing within a mutual relationship where each member sees their relationship to the others in a cooperative way where they support each other in achieving their mutual goals. Click on Cosmopoly for more information. (Revised on 9/23/10)

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.

Politically Empowering the Natural Environment

If we are going to effectively save our planet from the excesses of human over-exploitation and destruction than we are going to have to preserve the natural environment by giving it a statehood of its own capable of defending its own interests, free from the political domination of society. To effectively represent the rights of the natural environment it must be made a political entity that can represent its own interests. If our natural environment is to survive its own social users it needs to be made a separate political entity and autonomous from the human political entities that inhabit it.

The only way we can emancipate the natural environment is to empower it politically, which is precisely what the entrusted resources state does. It would give the natural environment its own political state within which it could protect and defend its own interests.  Granting our natural environment equal rights would ultimately mean the protection of all of the species on our planet, which in the process would insure our own long-term human survival as well.

As a separate political entity the natural environment could then defend itself politically from any abuses inflicted upon it by its human inhabitants.  By empowering the natural environment politically, we give it the ability to protect itself from any abusive human behavior while still providing the natural resource foundation for the entrusted resources state. This empowering of the natural environment would avert a global ecological catastrophe that if allowed to continue will negatively affect generations of human beings as well as the other species we share our planet with.

Emancipating our natural environment from human domination would allow it, as an ecological state, to be able to protect itself from our misuse, which would allow it to evolve in a healthy and natural way that benefits all of us. This would politically empower our natural environment with life, liberty and justice from our own social institutions. Then the natural environment will be able to adequately present its own concerns to the human communities of the world that depend on it for their natural resources.

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