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From Zero Sum War to Win-Win Life Support

 

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Fear is the starting point of our actions or inactions, of every thought we create and act upon. Why is this? Well, because we haven’t mostly learned how to consider each other in our actions or inactions – we haven’t learned how to communicate in order to establish agreements to, for example, get to share things in a way where all involved are considered and so, no one would have to fight to get their ‘share of the pie’ so to speak. Fear is what drives us to want to ‘secure’ our resources or get someone else’s because we fear not having enough for tomorrow – or simply wanting to have more just to have more power, more control, more ‘security’ which is once again all coming from fearing losing it all, and ultimately fearing our own death. This sounds like the reason for wars at the moment and one would tend to look at it as a problem between nations only, however, this within each one of us and it has to exist within us first in order to now ‘make sense’ and justify wars as righteous actions to secure (grab, steal) someone else’s resources/territory or people to serve as slaves – this might sound ‘outdated’ or how it was in the old days, however things haven’t really changed no matter how much ‘evolved’ we might be with all our super-powers to crate all of these technological gadgets and plan super-sustainable cities, which is great but one thing is certain: if we do not change our starting point from Fear toward a genuine principle of cooperation, solidarity, communication, ability to work together, to share, to establish agreements, to consider each other’s right to live in dignity = it will be rather difficult to get to any real evolution.

The reason why we cannot continue following a system of ‘morals’ of right and wrong is because that is the foundation of our ‘justice’ mind construct. For example, what one grows up believing is ‘right’ and ‘fair’ in America might not be the same as what someone in Russia grows up learning is right – in one or the other war can be justified as a means to ‘secure one’s homeland’ and in the other war is seen as a self-destructive action and last resort, while agreeing that it is right to stock on nuclear weapons to ‘defend our people.’ The point here being that in common sense, there cannot be any ‘right’ or ‘righteousness’ in promoting war or defense tactics, because the obvious principled living point is missed: how to Not wage wars but rather learn how to communicate, to know what each other is fearing, to know what each faction is requiring and so get to establish agreements, solutions where both or all parts are considering self-responsibility. Oh wow, such a simplistic way to avoid stocking on nuclear weapons or spending 20 million dollars a day on warfare while we starve 2+ billions of people and destroy the most precious resources we have on Earth! So you tell me whether there’s anything ‘righteous’ or common sensical in war as in there being any ‘fair’ or ‘just’ excuse to wage it…. There is NONE.

Where do we as ‘the people of the world’ fit in this scheme? Well, as much as we would like to think wars are a problem of the ‘super high spheres in society,’ it is not really only ‘them’ that have the ultimate say to wage wars. We all do this within ourselves, against each other, all the time. Have a look at our own thoughts, how much inner conflict we create within ourselves that we eventually create into actual problems between one another and ‘against someone’ just because we want to defend what we believe is ‘right’ which is actually – as the justifications for wars show – an excuse, a reason, a justification to get benefits for oneself and so justify doing ‘whatever it takes’ to get them. In this world, it is rather – unfortunately – common to have to lie, cheat, deceive, fool and abuse another/others in order to get ‘what one wants.’

One might think this is not so at all, because one plays ‘fair’ – but can there be any real fairness in this world in fact? Can there be any real cleanliness we even ignores how money is created as debt to tie us to a system of enslavement and how the very life we trade with is embedded in a monetary system that devalues life and ponders money as the right over life? No, no one can really escape from the actual thwarted foundation that moves every single cent in this world. This is no different to how we justify the means to get to an end, where we as individuals do not really question the outflows and consequences of us wanting to get something/someone in certain place that benefits us as individuals.

We rarely – if not never genuinely – consider everyone that is directly or indirectly involved and affected by our decisions, by our actions and how within creating of our world system a zero sum game – where one’s earnings is another’s loss – we actually bite our own tail all the time, because we have missed the understanding that by denying another’s growth and wellbeing is shooting ourselves in the leg as well, because we are all in fact interconnected by the sheer realization that we live in the same world. This is not a spiritual or metaphysical connotation here, but quite a factual aspect of our lives in this world.

Therefore, when we decide to go against others to get what we want, within following our fear to have none or our desire to have more, within believing that control and power are real as they make us even ‘more powerful’ and so intimidating others to not mess with us, we become in fact our own worst enemy – no matter who you are, where you are, what ‘right or wrong’ morality you base your actions on: physical laws of action and consequence dictate that the moment that we disregard a part of the whole and wage war against it = everyone else will be affected.

 

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Maybe we will only realize this when it is too late and we have no resources to wage war on… we haven’t consider that everything in this world is alive and that our very decisions and principles dictate how we create ourselves, how we shape our reality, how we create or destroy life around us – being humans, animals, plants, the ecosystem in itself. What nature is showing us is that if we continue ‘waging war’ against each other, nature/ the animal kingdom will also demonstrate the outflows of our inability to coexist in harmony, maybe that’s what we require to see in order to wake up from our warmongering slumber.

Ultimately, isn’t it that all that we want is our secured access to resources, to live at peace and in dignity? Then why haven’t we yet actually worked on creating a system that guarantees just that? Why haven’t we placed our collective effort and work in gear to get that done and secured? Makes no sense to only keep ‘fighting injustice’ and ‘fighting against terror’ which is a paradox in itself, we have to instead focus on living the principles that we want to see reflected in this world .

If we want fairness and Justice we have to create it from within ourselves: to consider at all times what is Best for All, to do onto another as we would like to be done onto ourselves as ‘they’ are also ‘me’ as well, to give as I would like to receive and to ensure that no harm or abuse is waged in means of one’s benefit – that must be recognized as self-destruction, period.

So, there can be no excuse to not give to each other the right to a guaranteed Living Income, which is a first stepping stone to get everyone their share of the economy, no matter how thwarted it is in its foundation at the moment – this is a first step to begin straightening the crooked tree we have all allowed to grow ‘by itself’ without any clear definition of what we want that money to be. Our current zero sum economic system is our collective consequence, it is our responsibility, so we have to begin placing solutions to get everyone on the playing field, so that then we can look at how to best generate fairness embedded in the way that money is created, in the way that our laws are created – which would be turned into living principles that do not focus only on ‘punishing people,’ but rather on preventing crime, on preventing war, on preventing inequality, on preventing spite and desire for power. These are the living principles we have missed as humanity – we are witnessing the results of this as ongoing wars and environmental degradation keep going on until we one day we might find there’s no more clean water to drink, no bees to pollinate our flowers, no food to fill our stomachs with, no trust between one another at all and no strength to survive – that would be most undesirable chaos.

We are at a crossroads here: either we connect the dots and realize how we are waging a war against ourselves on all fronts, stop and decide to rather focus on collaborating, developing solidarity and implementing solutions that guarantee our decision to cooperate and coexist supporting one another or we obliterate ourselves.

I suggest we rather gear our minds, our bodies and our intentions to focus on establishing and creating solutions to prevent getting ourselves to that worst case scenario where no ‘win’ can exist – let’s prevent our children having to come to us and ask us why we didn’t do anything to stop this mess.

There’s still time, but it’s running out…. It is now or never that we create a world-system where no one ends up losing and everyone actually wins.

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Parents Need a Living Income Now

 

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Children are the future of the world, but what happens when children are not being provided with proper parental care, education and financial support to become a living example of what the real evolution in humanity should be as children that grow up to be self-caring, self-loving, considerate, responsible and self-honest individuals that can support to co-create the changes required in our societies? the opposite happens and I’ll share a brief story that happened today and we’ll get to see what the starting point of a problem with a teenager growing up could’ve started and how we’re all allowing such problems to exist as they do, because we haven’t provided any living support as a guaranteed human right to every child in the world.

 

Girl around 13 years old takes some sleeping pills to school. She thinks it’s a cool idea to sell them to her classmates for money and fun. It’s the kind of pills that make you want to sleep. Two classmates buy them from her and take them during the first hour of the school day – classmates begin to look sleepy and sluggish. The school principals were made aware of the situation. It gets complicated for the two boys that took more than any regular dose of those pills. Parents are called, kids are not allowed in any regular hospital since it would involve a criminal act of intoxication. They are taken to a private hospital by the school’s principal with the school’s insurance being unable to pay for such treatment, because it’s not an accident, it’s ingestion of a legal drug, it’s a (potentially deadly) intoxication.

 

The girl is questioned about her reasons for doing this. She first denies the story until she ends up explaining how she stole the pills from her grandmother that takes them to be able to sleep. Girl’s mother is called to the school. Mother arrives to school right from work after her nightshift as a nurse in state’s health hospital – which should be read as earning a basic wage. She’s a single mother, her daughter – the 13 year old girl – barely sees her mother because she has to work all day to ‘make a living.’ Girl explains how she usually gets home and sometimes only eats a bag of chips for lunch… and that’s it. Girl seems disheveled, lacking proper hygiene and also comments on her being taking the drug herself. Mother isn’t aware of this at all; she spends too much time working.

 

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Mother will have to pay for the boys’ hospital stance since it was her daughter that sold those pills to the boys. The one that took the highest dosage ends up with a very delicate condition that leads to a four thousand bill for a few hours in private hospital. Mother makes around six thousand a month in one of her jobs, which means she’ll be left with 33% of her month’s wage based on the actions that her daughter committed at school. There are no social benefits that can cover such expenses since there are no public hospitals that can accept an intoxicated minor without addressing the justice department about it – that means more time, more money and more consequences for everyone – hence a private hospital’s services are an expensive way to also avoid further charges upon the girl.

Girl won’t and can’t be suspended at school. She must be sent to get proper psychological assistance – which also costs money – and unless she does that, she won’t be allowed back in school; this means a bad reputation for her to be accepted in any other school based on her antecedents. Girl is seen as the culprit, the young criminal – but is she? What would she continue to do or how would this escalate in some years to come if the pattern in her environment and circumstances remain the same way? You and I can only imagine it. The point here is to realize that this could have all been prevented and still, her future can be prevented to go down the spiral of endless trouble that most young people go through during their teenage years. We all have to recognize that these situations are becoming more common than we can imagine, and it all can be traced back to the lack of money.

 

The girl grows up with only one parent that can afford her expenses. There’s no living income provided to children here in Mexico – not in your ‘wildest dreams’ as some might unfortunately say – instead it is the other way around where having a child means an exorbitant amount of expenses that will continue for the remainder of their schooling years up until they become ‘financially independent’ – which means becoming adults that can fend for themselves. Parents, on the other hand – if born in a condition of poverty – there’s little to no options to be able to succeed in life.

 

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This is how we have perpetuated poverty: we have a majority in this world where you are born in and environment where living support is not provided, nor the tools as education, basic services or the recognition of their own right to have access to these resources is acknowledged. Your entire mentality and ‘education,’ your aspirations and overall view on life is shaped according to maintaining such limited living-standard – and you see those that have more than enough money as the lucky ones, the ones some divine power chose to support better than you, and you keep hoping that they that have the power to change things will do something for you that are currently powerless and thus voiceless in any decision making process for your own benefit. We as society don’t do anything about this, because we’ve accepted poverty as part of ‘how economy works,’ ignoring the actual need that we all KNOW exists, but we believe it is beyond our power to change how things work in terms of money and providing living human rights to everyone that needs it.

If the mother would have had sufficient support for her to live in a dignified environment, with proper support and education, she would have probably been better informed about parental planning and how to prevent having children that weren’t entirely planned – maybe she would have prevented such relationship ending up in a single-mother family situation. Let’s pretend that she did want to have the child as a single mother. If she had access to a Living Income by virtue of being a parent that is doing the most important job in the world – which is giving birth to another life and become a living example for them, to be a source of education and provide them with the best foundation of support for the rest for their life – then she would have not required to begin working right after the girl was born in order to continue ‘making money to live.’ Instead, the Girl is left in the hands of nursery schools, schools, and an old and mostly sick grandmother that can’t look after her. Girl grows learning habits and ‘lifestyles’ from the TV, from the Internet, from feeling abandoned by a working mother that she barely gets to see each day. Girl seeks for better ways to ease her emotional experience of abandonment, of feeling rejected by others, of being disenfranchised from her right to have a dignified living, of wanting to feel something else other than the belief that she should not have been born. She starts experimenting with drugs to ease the pain. She has no support, no one to talk to and so she starts seeking a way to make her own money by selling grandmother’s pills to peers at school. The rest is history.

 

As society we’ve perpetuated poverty as ‘an unchangeable – and sometimes covertly ‘necessary’ – economic condition that is in fact the actual source of all hard work and labor that enables our societies to function. We have all collectively decided to continue accepting the fact that parents have no guaranteed living support for their children, to have money to provide them with the necessary to live until they can fend for themselves and so, having a child is the equivalent of having to spend your entire day making money to give your child their bare minimum basic needs; this pattern works at a different level yet same principle in middle to upper-middle class. There’s lack of time for supporting the child, to be there with them, to be walking with throughout their schooling process, to develop effective relationships and communication – none of that exists because parents are busy all day long trying to survive in a dog-eat-dog world-system, the one that we’ve collectively given continuation up till today.

 

We have all implicitly agreed that it’s easier to take drugs than solving problems, understanding them at their root and cause which most of the times can be traced back to how the constant need of ‘making money’ prevents children from having available and supportive parents that care after them. Instead we have procured the creation a multi-billion industry that is currently known as the ‘health-scare’ industry as every health-bill comes like a fire that burns any hard-earned money in a matter of hours of any health-care services provided to a person that, if lacking insurance, will have to most likely spend a great part of their hard-earned wage to pay for indispensable health-services. We have all collectively decided to agree that health-care services are ‘expensive’ and any health industry has become a big-bucks business that only an elite can afford – the rest? Well, currently people go bankrupt when trying to pay any long-term disease problem, a problem caused by all points of neglect in our food and service industries, in our prevention tactics to precisely learn how to develop effective relationships, to provide proper education that is practical to the betterment of our societies by learning how to be a self-responsible, supportive and cooperative human being that considers doing, acting and thinking how to create a world that is best for everyone. This would prevent so many problems… but unfortunately, we’re now facing the direct effect of all the things we haven’t done and so we can only begin to remedy one by one by seeing the ‘full scope’ of the problem and how we all directly and indirectly have co-created such tragedies as they happen day by day.

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This is what our denial to provide the right to life has caused

We do have a solution, and it begins with realizing that every individual that doesn’t have access to work to ‘earn a living,’ should be Given a Living Income as an irrefutable human right. That is what all children of the world should get, administrated by parents that are also in turn counseled and properly administrated in order to ensure such money is being used in the benefit of the child and prevent any misuse of such funds that are the financial security crib that we can provide to each girl and boy born into this world. Then the mothers and fathers of this world will have sufficient and proper time to educate themselves on how to be a parent, on how to take responsibility for their own children and how it is that we can begin changing the world by removing the survival modality, the imposed need to work even two jobs to ‘make a living’ which are those who have suffered the most due to being born into poverty and having no support to get out of it and progress.

This way we will begin to have more time, free time for parents to receive proper education on how to best take care of their children, to have parents being understanding why we require further changes in the schooling systems, how it is that any form of education must not be left at the hands of teachers in schools but to work together to become living examples to the children that can then grow to be and become individuals that understand how their right and responsibility is to develop themselves to be living examples of what an integral and responsible human being is, what it is to create relationships of support, trust and care toward one another so that we can create a healthy and thriving society. The nature of our current tormented, depressed, and needy of a relief children and adolescents can be changed by providing a Living Income to them and their parents so that their job –the most important job in the world – is properly paid for in order to dedicate themselves to fully take care of and responsibility for their child. This will prevent the problems previously described caused mostly by the lack of money, the lack of ourselves as society to support each other back up to the point where we are creating incipient minor-criminals that seek a way out of themselves, because of lacking all real physical care and support.

If you agree that we cannot continue growing these massive psychological problems based on lacking support for each other to live in the optimal way that we can coexist in, then join us in our education and shared process of developing and understanding solutions where we would usually see none before. We cannot continue to divert the necessity of this with further disagreements as to how this money would mean potential losses in the economy or ‘inflation in prices’… we’re talking about here about a collective well being, we’re talking about providing the certainty, the guaranteed provision of living rights to every human being from birth until they have sufficient age and education to know what it is that they want to do with their lives, their time, their participation in society. How can we expect our society to evolve by maiming the essential support that every living being requires to grow? Food, water, shelter, healthcare, education, parental care and proper support is what every child should be given in the most decent and dignified manner, it is an act of love that we can all provide to each other if we agree that this is what it means to provide a proper foundation to live in a dignified manner.

It’s in our best interest to do this as we can no longer see ourselves unaffected by the lack of others. We can prevent psychological problems, broken families, mental illnesses, criminality, drug addictions and a lot more by focusing on that which we can give and receive to support each other as equals. It’s a matter of ethics, of doing what is right.

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Happiness in Capitalism is possible For Everyone with Living Income Guaranteed

 

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One of the usual aspirations our lives is: to be happy. It becomes the continuous elusive fantasy that seems to be usually linked to the ideal of having (lots of) money, being wealthy enough to be and do whatever we want. And this is precisely the kind of idea that we have tried to manifest and recreate in our society with such force that we are willing to do ‘whatever we can’ to achieve this – and this is where happiness loses its reality roots and becomes an excuse to fight in the battlefield that we’ve turned our current world-system in, doing anything we can to win this happiness, even if our happiness becomes another’s loss and misery.

We haven’t realized that we can actually provide sufficient money as a living right to everyone in order to satisfy our immediate needs and with doing so, creating the ground for equal opportunity where each individual can then choose which way to develop themselves to their utmost potential. The problem is when Happiness becomes an excuse to abuse, squander and use the power that comes with money to become greedy and eventually, even daring to pay law makers to pass on regulations that benefit self-interest, while provoking damages that hurt the majority affected by it. This is when happiness becomes another’s worst nightmare, and this is how we get to know that our ideal of happiness as having ‘the most’ implies leaving others with the least or with any at all.

Happiness is not meant to mean ‘accumulating lots of money and buy/consume everything you can with it’ – Happiness is in fact a state of general well being where we can live with the certainty that, the way we make business, the way we obtain our money, the way we produce and consume is not harming anyone or anything, and instead all our economic activities and participation exists within the consideration of what making the most of our lives should be about: contributing to each other’s well being and being supported back for doing so.

Our definition of economics requires to introduce this idea of restoring – or implementing for the very first time – the necessary notion of general well being that comes with proper management, use and distribution of resources to enable a healthy functioning of our society and the financial relationships that we generate in order to provide each other with our necessary means to live, grow and expand while at the same time learning ways to improve ourselves, instead of continuing the current dog-eat-dog mentality that curbs our ability to grow. We have to work together in order to enjoy our life, and that means: taking the economic matters in our own hands. 

Happiness is thus linked to the certainty that we are doing the right thing, that we are taking care of each other, that we are respecting the use and distribution of resources so that everyone is benefited, to ensure that we are not allowing some to get ‘most of the cake’ while leaving others with non.

Living Income Proposes the introductions of values and principles that are lived as a property and function of a new economic model that can enable this first step in our human evolution towards a common wellbeing with the simplicity of providing a Living Income to everyone that requires it, higher wages to everyone that works and a series of reforms to our contribution to state revenues that will simplify our economic system to a functional unit of self-support, where we can stop the current financial crisis that comes with pain, stress and suffering and instead develop healthy mechanisms that provide the necessary money to cover our right to life – this in turn becoming the essential solution to reviving the economy and avoiding the current path of self-immolation that we are creating within the current egoistic version of this capitalistic system we’re participating in.

Time to add Happiness to our lives within the consideration of another’s happiness as our own too, which will in turn create the necessary trust toward one another to live in peace and harmony

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Why are higher wages a Win-Win Solution?

 

Everyone knows that having money enables us to cover our needs and live in a comfortable manner, however the less we earn, the higher prices go up, the more taxes we pay and the more wealth is accumulated in the hands of a few means that the less opportunities exist to change the way the economic model works now. But, we have to learn this has not always been ‘the way the world works.’

Let’s take the most usual example. The growing rate of income inequality in the United States of America and around the globe has its most recent roots in 1978 when the taxation to the rich was diminished and the financial industry deregulation, enabling the infamous 1% to grow richer and richer to the exorbitant data that we find today wherein 400 individuals may hold half of the wealth of the entire Nation. The problem in itself is not their wealth, but how it is used – meaning, it’s not being reinvested back into the economy in ways that it reaches the population – it mostly goes to bailouts, lobbying, political campaigns or other forms of capital investment that are not taxable. From my perspective, this ability for the corporate powers to define what the government does is what the ideal of ‘Free Market’ becomes when government does not regulate the greatest casinos on Earth – Wall Street – and exorbitant amounts of invisible money are able to be created out of thin air, out of bidding on the actual assets and work that real people do, which means that this world is in reverse: human labor – whichever form it is – has been ousted from the benefits of any form of ‘economic efficiency’ or ‘growing economy’ in GDP numbers, and instead, the middle and working class have been tied to a noose where instruments used for further polarization of society, such as inflation along with a stagnant rate of wages for over 35 years have led to the ongoing crisis since 2008 worldwide: a few people having all the money they want and the rest having less and less power of acquisition, which results in an ever straining bubble about to burst when realizing that even those with great wealth depend on those that helped create their great wealth in the first place: the middle class that is now being eradicated to become part of the poverty lines.

As Nick Hanauer nailed it: Costumers are the Real Job Creators and explains how the middle class expenditure is what has made companies like his own the extremely profitable business it is. Why? Because the more people can afford to buy, the more businesses win – therefore, the less people can afford buying products = the less profit great business owners have. It is obvious that limitations in one side of the society inevitably catch up on the wealthy rest too, if those millions do not generate economic activity.

 

The problem with wealth is that it’s not reintegrated back to society, it’s mostly spent in some other forms of investments, are equally ‘bubbly’ goods such as gold, hedge funds, art or financing government members to deregulate the markets, which only continues to widen inequality.

When looking at the problem and tracing the point back to how individuals go from middle class to poverty, one can see that there has been a problem overlooked when large corporations take the jobs of small businesses, resulting in going-out-of-business  which means jobs are lost; when technology reduces the amount of human labor required, when having no ‘good job opportunities’ forces underemployment and lower wages because we have collectively accepted that ‘it’s best to have at least a shitty job with bad wages than nothing,’ which in turn makes the idea of ‘higher education being the key to live well’ another planned obsolescence tactic to rather generate debt in college people so that their working money – if they do happen to find a good job – is able to be slashed In half to pay for an education that most likely won’t get people having the job that was expected to give three to four times more than what they earn on a yearly basis, plus paying taxes that won’t go back in social benefits. This is the current straining reality: the problem is the structure of how money is being used, but also the complacency and ignorance to accept things ‘how they are’ instead of realizing that: this is Not the way life’s meant to be, this is Not the way economies have always operated. We have reached the bottom and we can only go that far.

 

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What happens when wages are not good enough?

Besides growing discontent toward governments, corporations through protests and worker’s strikes, some of the immediate coping mechanisms that newly unemployed people do is saturate credit cards to pay for basic needs like food/services/transportation and education, take low-end jobs or resort to criminal activities, resulting in worse consequences at a collective level. Others went through the expectancy of ‘earning more money’ through refinancing their houses – which created the big bubble that burst in 2008 – leaving many in a declared state of poverty and bankruptcy, working two or three jobs to make ends meet – and sometimes not even that is enough. Using up savings or retirement funds for healthcare bills became a way to care for the essentials, leaving many homeless people living in tent cities while millions of houses are left empty and owned by banks that essentially propitiate debt to make profit… and we have fallen for it.

This is obviously a stressful and unacceptable situation considering that personal taxes paid to the IRS are not directly benefiting people with any form of unemployment plans – which have been recently cut for millions of Americans – as well as the 40 billion cut in food stamps over a decade – or creating of ‘new jobs’ since we know that the problem is this gaping inequality stemming from the stagnation of wealth in the hands of a few and having the rest having to cope with inflation, debt, rising health costs, topped credit cards, gigantic mortgage and college debts that seem insurmountable since wages have not gone up at all since then 1970’s.

On top of that, paying taxes without getting any support back is a slap in the face considering that:

“The US is now locked into a system whereby the government issues bonds to generate the funds for their operations, bonds that are backed up by the taxation of the public’s own labor. […] the most outrageous fact of all is that not one cent of the money collected by the income tax goes toward payment of government services. This startling admission was confirmed by the Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, better known as the Grace Commission, a Congressional investigation that was appointed by President Reagan in 1982 and concluded:

“With two thirds of everyone’s personal income taxes wasted or not collected, 100 percent of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the federal debt and by federal government contributions to transfer payments. In other words, all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services [that] taxpayers expect from their government.”

  – James Corbett

 

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Solutions

The Debt hole is able to be stopped first of all by stopping the need to go into debt and because right now it might be impossible to ‘create jobs’ from out of thin air – since there’s no economic flow – a first and necessary input that generates a new flow has to be created: to provide a Living Income to people that currently are unemployed and give Higher Wages to those that do work. This is why we support the movement that is gaining momentum in the US to raise wages from the average $7.25 to 15 dollars or more, as it is well know that people that earn higher wages become loyal workers, enhance their dedication and working skills with the general incentive of gaining more money, which means a higher quality living standard, better quality products, better education as well as considering that higher power of acquisition is the best cure to an anemic economy. This will in turn not only truly generate ‘jobs’ but a better quality jobs in new ventures that will go beyond the usual retail and service industry, which currently has the most job placements and the least pay, keeping a stagnant society designed to manufacture, serve with no use of our true skills and potential that we all have as human beings.

Therefore the real capital that must be recognized is ourselves: the human capital, understanding that any speculative bubble will eventually burst as it should, since it was never real in the first place and instead, focus on supporting the ‘middle class’ with better wages, which in turn will create better job opportunities and eradicate poverty by providing a Living Income to everyone that so requires it.

This will also remove the need to create ‘extra funds’ – and their eventual cuts in the emergency of further ‘budget crisis’ – for unemployment or pension plans, since the provision of a Living Income is No Longer linked to Personal Income Tax, but through other means that we suggest are used to fund the Living Income, such as using the money that goes to military budget, foreign aid, nationalizing companies that profit from the use and sales of natural resources and value added tax, which will in turn create a system that stands by its own spending-movement profit rather than taxing the poor to siphon those funds to pay governmental debts.

 

The Living Income Guaranteed model will not only enable the provision of a basic income or living income in a sustainable manner, but it will also enable the following changes in the economy of any nation that implements it:

 

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Living Income Guaranteed - Eradicating Poverty

We know the extent of poverty in the world yet we keep pretending that our picture perfect life is all that exists – would we ignore the neglect of life if it was at our doorstep?
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EU’s Basic Income Petition: What NOW?

285,041 people signed for the Universal Basic Income Petition in Europe but why didn’t it reach the million?

First of all, I agree that the petition in itself – no matter what the result is – has brought the idea of Basic Income to more people’s ears and eyes, making it known that there can be a way to fund each other’s right to have access to what we require to live as a fundamental human right. However, along the presentation of the petition, there is no explanation or proposition as to how the Basic Income can be financed… and this is from my perspective the ‘missing link’ to genuinely have people being interested about it and not merely see it as some kind of “indefinite unemployment benefits” or an unregulated form of welfare for everyone.

What might be a problem is that in the mind of the people that work, the idea of providing unconditional money to live sounds like ‘adding more taxes so that everyone can have unconditional income for the rest of their life’ – and as we know this also sounds like demotivation for people to take on a job and ‘be a productive member of society.’

So we have to first address the common fears that emerge when being presented with such a petition without presenting the plan, the scheme, the economic model that will enable the provision of a basic income in a sustainable manner. This is what is missing and I do say that it is a flaw since it is quite obvious that we are all living in such constant stress and worry about money, that the sheer idea of having to have more of your income cut by higher taxes to fund another form of ‘social security’ sounds like another burden to deal with, it would simply worsen things in a person’s mind when the whole picture is not considered, such as how paying lower wages and having to fund unemployment benefits and have ever growing poverty rates do not only affect those that ‘have no money’ but everyone gets equally affected since less money means less buyers, less economic vitality, more crimes, more health problems, more unemployment hence more stress, anxiety, survival tricks  that those with money also are affected with. However when this is not entirely presented and provided as immediate information and a reason to vote for a Basic Income, a person will simply act based on keeping the (limited but ‘known’) status quo and refrain from even getting to know more about Basic Income and its proven benefits to society. 

Another aspect is how there are no clear explanations as to how it will be funded.

Here is Enno Schmidt, an artist that took on once again the idea of Basic Income and placed it back on the table in Switzerland

Enno Schmidt of Switzerland’s Basic Income Initiative collected 100,000 signatures to provide every adult citizen with $2,800/month. See more videos: http://therealnews.com

 

We agree that Value Added Tax is a plausible way to fund a Basic Income/ Living Income, however the sheer idea of having to maybe inflate prices becomes yet another usual fear which we have addressed in the following post for your investigation: 

Will the Living Income Guaranteed cause Inflation?

 

Problem is that Switzerland is not a member of the EU, hence Enno’s perspectives didn’t make it into the petition itself either. This left the petition with a gap that was unresolved and eventually lead to people most likely not voting for this petition either out of not being aware of it, or fearing inflation, higher taxes, jobless people and so forth which in the mind of any person sound like a threat to everyone’s stability.

 

So, the suggestion we have for the European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income is to structure the petition in such a way that the ‘How the Basic Income will be Funded’ usual question becomes part of the first points that one person reads into the petition. The Living Income Guaranteed encompasses a set of mechanisms created and developed by the Equal Life Foundation wherein we explain how the provision of a Basic Income can be made genuinely sustainable as a citizen’s share of the economy.

We all agree that providing an income to have a dignified living is a Human Right, however this world at the moment doesn’t operate by opting to fund people’s right to life, but how it will directly affect those that are already having the most money and that includes you and I as the people that have sufficient money to be educating ourselves and creating solutions for those that are already in such tight and harsh financial position, that it is impossible to even become aware that there are solutions, and that we all can support funding it for each other if we establish the best way to give and receive our right to life.

 

From the European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income campaign’s website:

“Before January 14, 2014, we have to collect one million statements of support with minimum numbers reached for at least 7 member states.
If we collect one million statements of support for Basic Income from the 500 million inhabitants of the European Union, the European Commission will have to examine our initiative carefully and arrange for a public hearing in the European Parliament.”

 

We also suggest to expand the notion of basic income beyond the EU along with a scheme that will be also supportive for people to understand how a Living Income will benefit everyone financially in different ways according to how each one desires to live and wishes to make money to live.  And that’s why we say: no need to resort to fund the Living Income/ Basic Income by Personal Taxes – but instead investigate how we the people can be directly benefited by the use and sales of resources and public services through processes like nationalization.

Therefore, there are many ways in which the petition of a Basic Income can be transformed into a political proposal that new political parties take on as their main proposal, this way it will mean that countries won’t have to wait for an entire union to decide to look into the basic income proposal, and instead directly propose it at a national level since it is much easier to work country by country than attempting to have an entire set of 1 million scattered throughout the European Union saying yes to it without the specifics.

  

I also agree since it is our duty as citizens to understand, that if we are asking for a solution: we also have the responsibility to explain the various options and ways in which such basic income can be funded  – and by taking on this point, the reality of our current system and economy will have to invariably be considered when asking for a basic income.

We got the solutions proposed, it’s time to expand beyond the definition of ‘basic income’ as ‘providing an unconditional amount of money to every person’ as said by Barb Jacobson, coordinator of the European Citizens Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income in the UK, who gave very valid points but also diminished the Basic Income to being simply money that is unconditionally given – and that’s it. This sounds unrealistic without giving right away the ways in which is can be funded and provided as a human right. It’s part of our responsibility to inform ourselves on the ways we can contribute to perfecting this idea of a basic income and how to make it economically viable, otherwise it becomes just something we ‘ask for’ without considering all parts of involved, which would imply learning how to market it within the current state and condition of us running our lives in our current chronically-in-crisis system: we created it, so we must create and present the solutions as well.

 

Time to refine the petition to a political proposal that is backed by political parties in Europe and around the globe – let’s make of the notion of basic income a comprehensive economic and political model that can be implemented in any nation around the globe and present it as the genuine win-win solution it can be – and for this, research the Living Income Guaranteed Proposal..

 

 

Let’s continue educating ourselves and the world about the benefits of providing each other the ability to live in dignity.