The way we approach economics must be dealt with delicately. Of all sections of this article transition economics is the category where attachment is most identified. Transition economics isn’t a one-way street. It is a highway with many routes leading to one direction. Our arrival is dependent on what pace and path is taken on the voyage to an economical transition. The reason a utopian approach will never work is because nothing is perfect. Our systems and views can always be improved. Socialism and Communism approaches looked beneficial on paper but neither worked and neither will ever work. R. Buckminster Fuller once said, “you never change people by fighting their existing reality.” Mr. Fuller understood the importance of our senses. People need to hear, see and touch change. Even though their existence is leading to extinction. Speaking of transition economics alone wont get the job done. We need research, action, trials and implementation. We must find a bridge to get us to “paradise” otherwise we are jumping to extinction.
The objective of this section and pretty much this paper is to bring awareness to alternative economic system approaches. The more information we acquire the more educated choices we can make. Peter Joseph the founder of The Zeitgeist Movement once said, “people’s sense of possibility is directly related to their knowledge.” Thus explaining my title, social reform: planting a seed of possibility. The ultimate goal is achieving a moneyless Natural Law Resource Based Economy but the transition period must be a way to feasibly attract all economic classes. Emphasis on an integrated approach will initiate progress, not fighting or blaming each other. Revitalizing our value system is a big factor in this transition. I quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we…must undergo a radical revolution of values.” MLK’s views are still legitimate today. Our views and values on incentive, human rights, democracy, economic systems and the like, must be changed in order to under go social reform.
Many people seem to believe competition and money gives incentive, this is a false conception. The free-enterprise system does create incentive to achieve, however it also breeds many negative incentives. Today, massive financial barriers place limitations on innovation, individual creativity, and personal incentive. History proves that many of our greatest contributors (Tesla, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Bell, the Wright Brothers, Darwin, Einstein and many other historic contributors) were incentivized through personal passion to innovate, regardless of the financial gain. The greatest incentive without debate is the improvement of the standard of living. It’s time to usher an incentive system that promotes wellbeing rather then self-preservation.
We have massive income disparity today and classism does not discriminate against anyone, it claims us all. Classism knows no race, it knows no ethnicity, it knows no age, and it preys on the billions. Today we can globally eradicate social classism through reevaluating our economic system. We can all have the highest standard of living, higher then the few on the Forbes list. Together, rich, middle class and poor we can form an alliance in the name of human, environmental and personal benefit. Our existence depends on it.
Capitalism in its present form enables classism, greed, crime and corruption, however it can be improved to remove these negative by-products. In doing so, we can go beyond capitalist and democratic socialist economics to become even more economically efficient and well rounded by following a transitional economic approach. The use of money results in social tensions and elitism based predominantly on economic disparity. The monetary system promotes inequality. People are not equal without equal purchasing power. Modern day slavery is shoved on us because of the need of money. In reality, most laws are enacted for the benefit of corporations. Monetary stature gives influence to lobbying, bribery, and the persuading of government officials to make laws that serve corporate interests. Those who control purchasing power have much greater political influence. In todays senseless economic systems we do not have enough money to make real global change, so it’s time we change economics.