Redefining Society From The Bottom Up

If we are to reinvent ourselves, we need to take a different look at society and our part within it. Then we need to redefine society.

Society is divided into two parts. The first part consists of members of society that actually produce society’s products. The second part consists of those members of society that manage the relationships of those that actually produce society’s products. The ones that actually produce society’s products are the important ones. The ones that tell them what they can and cannot do are actually the less important ones. Therefore, while the bottom of society is always needed, the top of society is interchangeable and can be provided either privately or publicly.

But in our societies the top sees itself as the most important social sector and the bottom is seen as expendable. Historically those at the top have dominated those on the bottom. The top has used those on the bottom to achieve their own purposes. What we need is a society where the bottom tells the top what it wants and the top provides it for them the way that they want. This would allow the bottom of society to provide itself with the kind of top society that it felt was best for their particular purposes.

Global Corporate Domination (part 5)

Today it is the global market that rules the actions of nation states, which are now all at the whim of global forces beyond their control. The globalization process has made us the handmaidens of the corporations that we are forced to do business with and that we have no direct control over because we both consume as well as work for them. This has also permitted corporations to give and take jobs at will, which has allowed them to direct the course that the people and their societies will have to take.

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.

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.

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.

The Illusion of Democracy

Elected democracy is only democratic in concept because it is based on the strange idea of forming a conscience from different points of view, which is admirable but unrealistic at best and politically unattainable at worse. The fact that democracy is an admirable idea gives us the unrealistic feeling that we are all transcending our personal and social differences and politically becoming one. In reality democracy is the domination of one group over one or more other groups. Elected democracy is a winner-take-all system and like all winner-take-all systems, it centralizes political power in the hands of the few that represent the majority, it does not distribute it to the minority.

Our current elected democratic government structures that were supposedly designed to assist the people have now come to dominate the people instead. Within our liberal democratic societies we the people are only politically allowed to choose from the alternatives that have been provided to us by those in power. The people have allowed their government institutions to dictate to them just what their political agenda should be instead of them carrying out the agenda of the people, which has resulted in the governmental tail wagging the public dog.

With the way our current democratic political infrastructures are designed, the people have no way of directly determining what will be politically made or done in their name which limits popular participation to only what the system allows.  Shouldn’t democracy be the result of direct political participation, so that the people request particular types of public goods and services and the institutions of society are supposed to respond to their requests? Instead the only way the people are allowed to participate within a democratic society are as it’s consumers both politically and otherwise.

Democracy is really an indirect participation process where the people are only allowed to ratify what has been provided to them by politicians who believe that they know better than the people themselves what their needs are.  This holds true for all political, social and economic institutions within democracy. Democracy like Capitalism allows us to select from a menu of prefabricated political candidates that presuppose they know what we the people should have which is always limited to what they make available to us.

Liberal democracy is an ideological illusion that creates a fundamentally false impression based on the notion that political representation could realistically act as a real voice that could politically empower all of the people. Representational democracy is fundamentally a lie, and that lie is that elected political representation is based on political inclusion when in reality it actually leads to political marginalization. Therefore, the failure of the democratic process is an indictment of the hypocrisy of democratic inclusion, when in reality all it is is an act designed for politically disempowering the voters instead of politically empowering them. (Within my system of Cosmopoly this would not be the case. Click on Cosmopoly and find out more.)

[x] Cooperatively Redefining the Market

To change from capitalism to a more socially oriented market system we must disassociate Capitalism from the function of a true market. With Capitalism, where everything is only seen in terms of its capital worth, the market is only about making money, through the trading of society’s capital.

Within a system of economic Cooperativism the market would be seen to be about the providing a cooperative exchange mechanism that would be designed to promote the cooperative relationships within society. We must show that a true market is actually about providing a cooperative arrangement between those participating in it.

This would take the market away from Capitalism’s grip and instead make it about providing a responsible cooperative relationship between its participating members. This would result in taking the market away from Capitalism’s view of it as a means to an end. This would also reveal that the nature of Capitalism is prone to allowing for the nefarious nature of human beings to develop and is increasingly being used for harmful proposes rather than for helpful purposes which is, after all, the true nature of the market.

(pt7) From A Cooperative Way Of Thinking To A Cooperative Way Of Reorganizing Ourselves

Because the foundation for any future societies will have to be based on our common natural environment, we will need to see ourselves in a new way in which we are interconnected with each other on a physical level in which we are physically one with the natural environment from which we come.

Future societies will have to base themselves on the capabilities of the natural environment to sustain them without adversely affecting it. This means that we will also have to come to see our relationship with each other socially in a more sustainable way. Only a sustainable relationship with each other and with our natural environment will allow us to construct the kinds of sustainable societies that we will need to meet our global problems in a local way.

A sustainable relationship is a mutual relationship in which the participants need one another’s basic cooperation in order to maintain themselves. This is the definition of living within a cooperative existence and the foundation upon which Cooperativism would see itself.

Cooperativism would be designed to change our perspective with the world to a cooperative one where we would live in a cooperative way with each other as well as the natural world around us.  It would be about seeing ourselves in a cooperative relationship with all things and recognizing the cooperative responsibility that they would have toward them.

This cooperative way of thinking would lead to us reorganizing ourselves in a cooperative way, which is a sustainable way with the things that we need from the natural world as well as from each other. This sustainable existence would be made possible by entrusting our relationships with each other, which would make us responsible to one another and with the natural world for our relationships with them.

Seeing our relationship with the world and ourselves within it in a more cooperative way will lead us to a new way of organizing ourselves that would reflect our cooperative way of seeing ourselves.  Reorganizing ourselves cooperatively according to our common needs and wants would result in our organizing in a more efficient and sustainable way with each other and the natural environment that we all depend on.

(pt3) Global Problems Global Solutions

The problem with our current society is that people have lost confidence in the institutions that they once believed in. They have shown us that their interests and ours are not the same and never really were. Their true colors have become evident to all and that is that their interests are and always have been foremost on their mind.

What is, therefore, needed is to bring back our belief in our institutions and that means in providing new institutions capable of cementing our relationships with one another. In order to achieve this what we need are societies capable of instilling trust in the transactions that we make with one another. We need to know that the transactions that we are engaging in with one another are honest and fair.

Only then will we be able to socially exchange our hopes and dreams with one another and receive from their exchanges what we hope to receive from it. In order to achieve this we need to break the monopoly that traditional government systems have had.

The global problems that we are increasingly encountering require that we create a radical new way of seeing ourselves within the world and a new way of organizing ourselves accordingly. Not only a new form of government would be needed, but the way that it would be formed would also have to be done differently. A new form of government would have to provide the same kind of services only in a more personal and individual way.

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