Social Reform

What are your convictions? What do you live for? What do you fight for? What charity do you donate to? What non-profit organization do you belong to? These are rhetorical questions accounting for a mutual consensus. Many people want to see some form of change, to contribute to some cause. Whether it is a cause for human, environmental and equal rights, animal cruelty, prison reform, free and fair elections and the list continues. What I am proposing like many advocacy groups like The Zeitgeist Movement, The Venus Project, and the like is a collaborative integrated approach rather then a segregated path.

Let me emphasize that scarcity and income disparity are no friends to peaceful coalition. “Scarcity breeds crime, conflict and anti-social behaviors.”1 So we are at a battle with time to unify and peacefully organize. It all boils down to this, we live in an antiquated obsolete system, an outdated social structure where efficiency, sustainability, human benefit and natural law comes secondary to greed and profit. The common denominator for our unification would be environmental, social and personal interest in conjunction.

Together undivided by parties, classes, ethnicities, nations, barriers and groups we can pivot the narrative from “that’s just the way it is” to “how can we fix it.” Together we can set the standard where it should be in the 21 century. I will quote the American architect, designer and inventor R. Buckminister, “Neither the great political and financial power structures of the world, nor the specialization-blinded professionals, nor the population in general realize that…it is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary and henceforth unrationalizable as mandated by survival. War is obsolete.”

We have a responsibility to our planet, nature, our children, future generations and to each other to contribute to a habitable planet, sustainable environment, and a harmonious society. We live in a world where military spending is uncompromised and prioritized. World military spending totaled more than $1.6 trillion in 2015. The U.S. accounted for 37 percent of the total military expenditures. Globally over 100 billion dollars are spent annually on nuclear weapons.2 My point is as a society we need to consider reallocating our spending to improving our many social institutions and to the development of our neighboring societies. Perhaps funding the implementation of a new age “Marshall Plan” would help diminish fundamentalism. Investing in the rebuilding and stabilization of our eastern neighbors. Investing in a program that showed success in civil reconstruction and starting alliances.

We need to focus on structurally combing societal, personal and environmental interest in order to succeed in humanity. This objective follows the guidelines of what is labeled as a Natural Law Resource Based Economy (NLRBE). Which is the foundation to sustainable economy. NLRBE is a universal socio-economic system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. This type of economic approach is the blueprint for our societal improvement. There are no quick fixes or one solution. One way or another some form of sacrifice must be made and when we decide to make it would make a significant difference. Until real reform becomes our priority we will remain a product of this system. Power will never concede, until it’s demanded to. It’s time we start articulating our demands by analyzing the potential possibilities.

We need to reconsider our approach on issues regarding the society, environment, health, energy and technological advancements. We need to ask ourselves how is it that in the United States of America “30-40% of food produced goes to waste”?3 and yet the world battles starvation. How could it be that over 1 billion people have no light?4 That is nearly one-fifth of the world’s population without a viable energy source. Why is it that there are over 10 million vacant homes in the United States5 and yet we are plagued with homelessness?

Why are fossil fuels being used when we have made breakthroughs in harnessing clean energy? Why haven’t we pushed more aggressively to harness renewable clean energy on a large scale to substantially decrease the harms of carbon emissions? Why is crony-capitalism celebrated and minimally regulated? Citizens United is a Supreme Court ruling that declared money equals speech and corporations are human beings. How could our Supreme Court pass this conflicting law that permits legal bribery and lobbying of politicians?6 Why is sickness heavily profited on? How does a controversial trade agreement called The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) get a legislative fast track thrust that could violate human and environmental rights?7 If one was to say there are reasons and solutions to many of these problems including problems not mentioned why is this societal system not proactively moving towards solutions. If one was to say there are tangible research and scientific evidence waiting to be expounded on, what are we waiting for?

A Lie We Live by Spencer Cathcart