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.

Global Corporate Domination (part 3)

Globalization has also created systemic changes within society as well as ourselves that will forever change the way that we will see our relationship with the corporations that eliminate our jobs and destroy our lives according to their profit needs instead of ours. The shifting of jobs from the high wage north to the low wage south to the many layoffs that have resulted because of the movement of corporations to less developed markets has brought into question the legitimacy of our current government’s ability to effectively protect their peoples’ interests and welfare from corporate domination and even abuse.

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.

Our Global Problems Require Global Solutions

The problems that we are currently experiencing are global in nature, which require a global infrastructure to meet global solutions. We can no longer live in a finite world within political systems based on universal competition. We need to learn to live globally in a sustainable way in which we can grow in a responsible way within the limits provided to us by the natural environment that we all depend on. Global solutions require global institutions designed to deal with them. What I will be presenting in my next series of blogs are ways of creating the global institutions necessary to meet the global problems that we are now facing and that we are going to be increasingly facing in the future.

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.

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