“We forget what gives money its value – that someone exchanged work for it."
Quoted by Neal O'Hara from the Readers Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary
“The best way out is always through."
“There is always an easy solution to every human problem – neat, plausible and wrong."
H. L. Mencken (Italics, mine)
[This essay tries to find the "easy" solution to a difficult problem. Contrary to the last quote above, it is not wrong, but right, and easy, because it comes to us through the "thinking of our brains" – not through the cloud of unthinking beliefs, that fuel our political parties and religions today!]
Ideologies, just like religious dogma, have turned people against each other. The political parties, conservative and liberal, would have you think that there is a divide between the individual and the society he lives within. Ask any older Americans what they think of the words: “Communism” or “Socialism”, and, immediately, they look at you with a scornful look; and either turn away, or call you a traitor, for even mentioning such anathema! Fifty years ago, Communism was the “Evil Empire” trying to destroy American freedom; but few kids today even know what it was, let alone understand its doctrine, or why it failed those, who upheld it. The same goes for the Socialism that gave rise to it. In those days, these ideologies denied “private property”, and therefore fell to the onslaught of Capitalism, which gave people the free enterprise that secured their individual fortunes.
Today, Capitalism has changed even these doctrines into something else; they no longer mean the loss of private property, but, especially recently, they mean the “size” of government, and the impact that government has on the economy. We have seen Communist countries like China, not only embrace Capitalism, but excel at it!
Capitalism has won out; but is it really that free enterprise that upheld the individual, and created a world that scorned society at large? Why is there this rift, between society and the individual? Is it real?
First of all, Capitalism does not scorn society – it depends on it! Free enterprise, may scorn the control of economics (and therefore society) by government, but it certainly cannot do without it! Society buys its products, and keeps it alive. In turn, society depends on free enterprise to provide the economy which keeps it alive. There is no contention between the two, as the parties and their ideologies would have you think; but there is a distinct dependency, one upon the other, that favors both.
The problem, as we are now seeing it, is the “cost” that the failure of free enterprise is reaping on society. Governments are taking up the slack, where this failure (in not providing enough jobs; or, in making the cost of commodities too high for the average individual – just to name two of the many failures free enterprise is responsible for today) is evident, but the cost of “large government”, as it is termed today, is put right back on the individual, through the “ritual” of taxes! Government “costs” society, and therefore, even the economy, money, because of the economy's failure to take care of society. The parties see this, as either a benefit (liberals), or a handicap (conservatives). But, both need to understand that the individual cannot live without the society that buys its products; and, the society cannot be drowned in poverty and misery, because government has to shift the cost of free enterprise's failure back to the society (the taxpayer). This conundrum, that seems impossible to solve, is itself killing Capitalism today. The parties go back and forth with the same old solutions, but they fail to understand the real problem as stated above. The contention is not an ideological breech (between the individual's and society's rights), but a practical problem that means creating a new way of looking at the connection between society and the individual (free enterprise).
“The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, as stated in our “Declaration Of Independence”, is the process we call Capitalism. The government that was created to defend and uphold that process, so that it became available to the ALL of society, instead of just a FEW, is the democratic republic, society, as a whole, created to regulate the laws that would be made to keep those rights available to ALL. Thus, government protected the individual by actually protecting society itself. The one depended on the other, each promoting the benefits it provides to the other. Thus, the division, or contention, between the two is non-existent.
But, what we see as the actual facts today, does not uphold this proposed state of affairs. There is a great divide today, because of the aristocracy this process of “free enterprise” has created. Poverty and misery have not decreased, but have, instead, increased (thus, created the great disparity on the lips of everyone today), although, on the whole, the standard of life has gotten better. There are still many that do not have the opportunities that the Declaration Of Independence guaranteed! Thus, somewhere, the ALL of democracy has become a phantasm, existing only in words, not in the reality, society presents to us, in our everyday lives! This is a deception that those who prosper, do not readily see, because it does not affect them, as yet; but, those homeless and destitute continually see this, as the irremediable loss of that dream, democracy held out to ALL! Thus, we are divided as a society; and, instead of fixing this state of affairs, we instead create parties and false ideologies to keep the status quo, and mire us in the constancy of this present condition! The myth of the contention between the individual and society makes us sterile, to attempt the solution we need to make the ALL, once again, the hallmark of democracy, instead of its deception.
So, how do we create a solution to this “conundrum”, as I have called it?
Fixing The Unfixable!
First of all, we must see through the haze that the parties and, even religions, have created to keep this state of affairs “unfixable”1! “What we created we can fix” – I said this in another essay2 that outlined my solution to this state of affairs. It means dropping the “beliefs” of ideologies, and even dogmas, and using that brain, we are all endowed with! If the usual solutions fail, then we must institute new ones – yes, it is that simple! You see, politics and religions are a problem for this very reason: they are outside of the reasoning process. Both, mire the mind with statements, which must not, or cannot be questioned, even by reason itself – things called beliefs! They form camps, where adherents come to settle; and once settled, cannot be removed. That is why these two things have created so much hate, trouble and heartache for this world, since we emerged from the caves our ancestors lived in, in prehistoric times. But, contrary to both, this world is fixable!
Next we must focus on the cause of the problem: costs!
These “costs” are a leftover that a government that has immersed itself in the business of economics has incurred. Government is not economics itself, but its regulator. What I am saying here is that once government is pulled out of the economic process itself, through eliminating the process of it having to pay for itself, the problem of costs disappears! Again, – yes, it is that simple!
Why can't this be done? Well, economics, that process that forms predictions about itself, by using the data of the past, to predict the future, has locked itself out of this solution, because this state has never before been tried! So, it cannot predict anything about how this solution will or will not work, because it exists outside of the data of the past. But that does not mean it will not work!
Economics has made itself, essentially, unchangeable by its own process. But, government is not, and, in fact, was never supposed to be a part of the process – again, it was made to control the process, not be a part of it.
You see, government makes the laws that control the process – control it, by making it fair and equitable, so the ALL of society does not become controlled by the very FEW, we created this democracy to overthrow, once and for all time! Yet, what has Capitalism done: it has drawn government into itself, and in this way, through the very process that was supposed to make it fair and equitable3, made it unfair and inequitable – it has created the very same aristocracy, it was made to do away with!
Thus, government is at odds with the economy, because it is, itself a part of it. The solution is to separate it, from the economy – yes, it is that simple!
So, how do we eliminate the costs that are the problem with all free governments today? We do away with taxation. We do away with taxation, by making one, and only one money, or valuation, worldwide. And, we allow government to print all the money it needs to enable it to function, so that it is no longer a part of the economy, but merely a buyer, who represents societies needs, and, whose total wealth is the same as the society's total wealth – unlimited in extent4.
Thus, government is free of the specter of the markets, making its costs unaffordable to the society it was created to serve.
With this solution, we have sketched5 out a way to bring the society and the individual back into harmony with each other, and find their proper roles in our lives, not as competitors or rivals, but as the allies, we meant them to be. And to destroy, for once and for all time, the aristocracies and privileges, this rivalry between the two, has fostered in political ideologies and the dogmas of Gods, who live in the failures6, economics has caused to thrive!
The Individual is not a rival of society, but a part of it; and government must make sure that the ALL must not become the FEW it has become today! We the People, is not the SOME, today's Capitalism has fostered through privilege and hierarchy, but the ALL, democracy meant it to be, and the opportunity, we should all derive from it!7
1 I say religions here, because the religions have today become the mainstay of the "culture" of charity, which today's Capitalism has instituted as the fix for the poverty and misery it causes. This is supposed to be the way to defeat the burden that poverty places on government, and keep government “small”; or, out of the way of interfering with businesses' growth. Beliefs, instituted by God, are beyond dispute: therefore charity has become ordained by God, as has poverty itself! So, why bother to look for any other solution! That is the deceptive reasoning that “politicized” religions use to further their ends.
2 See my essay: “The Final Solution”.
3 Through taxation!
4 I say unlimited in extent, because the labor of any society is unlimited. And, labor is really the true wealth of society, through which society also creates its wealth. For a more detailed explanation of this, see the essay: “The Final Solution”.
5 This is a sketch, not a final draft of a solution. Please read the rest of the economics, "Solutions Series", for a further outline of the additional problems that must be addressed. This "sketch" is a solution for the major problem; but it must be finalized, by also addressing these other less serious problems.
6 Poverty and human misery are these failures!
7 There is a further issue that this essay does not question: the ability to find a solution that needs a worldwide policy or scope. For instance, the prerequisite of a single money worldwide, and the elimination of the monetary marketplace that creates the low costs of the Third World, is taken for granted, and not discussed. Can we find the cooperation between different governments to allow this to happen? Can governments ever have the ability to disassociate themselves from political ideology enough to make this solution not only hypothetically feasible, but practically feasible? Can governments come to truly represent the benefit of ALL peoples, by overruling the benefit that their own people experience? So, is the value of this essay only ephemeral, at best? I think not, because the same problems, as to the unchangeableness, of the economy, keep Nations from talking today. The same ideologies (and, dogmas of religions), and their exclusive benefit, keep Nations at odds with each other. If we see these, as mere deceptions, approachable through reason, we find the common ground to keep all peoples on the right track, toward harmony and agreement. So that, perhaps, one day, all the peoples of the world will see the benefit to themselves this “thinking outside the box” will foster! We must finally see that we must all learn to live, even with our own kind; and, see that immigration and migration for gain, only leaves behind problems, we must all finally deal with! We must teach all the Nations of the world to provide for ALL their people. This is not the problem of any single Nation, but of all. Eliminating the excuses the economy teaches us to avoid this issue, is the first step we must conquer to finally achieve this goal!
Originally Published:August 6, 2015
Revised:August 7, 2015