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In January 1995, we were moved to create Powerpoint briefings on Government, Economy, Education, and Society.  We sent these out to about 50 government, industry, and spiritual organizations and leaders.  We never heard anything back.  Then again, that has not been unusual for us.  In 1995, we transcribed the briefing chart into web pages.  The contents are captured again in the following in hope that this time they will strike a chord in a manner that allows people to act on them.

GOVERNMENT


IDEAS ON GOVERNMENT by Wayne Ellis Hartman Jr

These ideas came from an outline that was created in January 1995. What can I say. I was compelled by spirit to express. There was no specific forethought or planning for the briefing. It came through essentially as stream of consciousness in about a 3-4 hour unbroken period of time.

PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT

TO PROMOTE THE COMMON WELFARE OF SOCIETY.

To secure peace within the country and to actively promote peace throughout the world.To provide for the education of the society.To provide legislation of the economy to ensure that the economy provides the greatest service possible to the people.

In particular, to assure that the economy provides full employment and that it provides the goods and services required to meet the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of the people.

To provide for the general safety and security of the society.To provide basic infrastructures such as roads and bridges for transportation; and stadiums, parks, and other structures for recreation or other public use.To provide basic services where it is either required or most efficient that a single supplier provide the service.

TO WORK TOWARD ACHIEVING A NEW WORLD ORDER.

To promote peace, freedom, and harmony throughout the world.To lead in addressing global environmental issues.To assist in addressing economic inequalities between nations.To free the world from the risk of nuclear war.To work toward a true United Nations, one that is united at least to the degree that our states are united in the United States.

TO REGULATE TRADE WITH OTHER NATIONS AND TO ASSURE THAT SUCH AGREEMENTS RESULT IN WIN/WIN SCENARIOS.

Here, it is important to really evaluate all the factors involved to ensure that the result is truly Win/Win.It is not enough that each side thinks it has won!

SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE US.

Legislative

Enact laws necessary to support the common welfare.Repeal laws found not to support the common welfare.Levy taxes required to fund the government and it's programs.

Judicial

Ensure that justice prevails across the land through the courts.Ensure that neither the Legislative nor the Executive exceed powers granted by the Constitution and the Law of the Land.

Executive

Ensure that the laws of the land, including all government programs are carried out effectively.Establish friendly relations with other nations where possible, and make treaties appropriate to address world issues and problems.Act as "Commander in Chief" of the armed forces of the country, only employing such forces where necessary and then only to secure peace.

MAJOR PROGRAMS

DEFENSE

This should be reduced to an essential minimum.

We live in a world where there are no longer two superpowers.Our strategy and our funding must be revised to reflect this.

It is not clear that the present means of choosing and funding new programs is done in a manner that truly serves society.

Consideration should be made as to who should be involved in such decisions.Our levels of security and compartmentalization of information are a big problem in this area, contributing greatly to high costs.

WELFARE

No one in the country should be living at or below the poverty level.

Welfare must provide the net to ensure that this doesn't happen, period.

The fix to this is to ensure that the economy provides jobs with sufficient income to everyone.

EDUCATION AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION

Provide everyone with the education they need to function most effectively in society.Provide everyone with the access to information that they need to function most effectively in society.

This could initially be via suitable facilities in schools and libraries.It should also extend to the workplace and the home.

POLICE AND JAILS

Provide for the physical security of people from one another.Enforce the laws of the land, using force as required.

Search out, catch, and detain those individuals who break the laws.

Carry out sentences imposed by the courts.

Run the prisons, rehabilitating prisoners to the degree practical.

COURTS, ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND PROSECUTORS

Pass judgment in civil and criminal cases.Conduct prosecution in criminal cases.Conduct the defense in cases where the defendant cannot afford it.

VARIOUS BUREAUS AND DEPARTMENTS

Department of TransportationBureau of Weights, Measures, and StandardsCity Planners

Building permits, building codes, inspection & enforcement.Public transportation.

Department of Commerce.

Business permits, quality assurance, and fair trade.

BASIC RESEARCH

NASA: Space Program and related technologies.Medical and biological research.Information technology.Other enabling long-term research that the private sector will not fund yet has overall public value.

NATIONAL PARKS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Preserve and protect our most beautiful scenic wonders.Enact and enforce legislation to prevent further damage to the environment and to correct the problems caused in the past.Bureau of Land Management retains the bulk of the land in this country for the use of the entire society.

It is not clear that grazing rights, mineral rights, water rights, and lumber rights have been managed in a manner that best serves the society.Companies have gotten far too good of a deal in many cases.

PERCEIVED PROBLEMS

GOVERNMENT IS TOO LARGE.

Too many agencies, too many bureaucrats.

GOVERNMENT SPENDING IS TOO HIGH.

National debt is too high.Still operating under a large budget deficit each year.Taxes are too high (on average approximately 40%).

GOVERNMENT IS INFRINGING ON TOO MANY FREEDOMS.

GOVERNMENT CAN'T BE TRUSTED TO SERVE THE PEOPLE.

Too many PACs and special interest groups get in the way.Most representatives are lawyers; the least trusted group in America.

DESTROYING THE PERCEPTIONS

GOVERNMENT IS TOO LARGE.

Given the purpose of government described earlier, if anything, the government is not large enough.

There are many services that society requires that the economic system is not structured to support. These the society can provide better for itself.The government is presently the only organization set up to provide common services for society as a whole.

When we look at the size of government, we need to consider the services that it is providing. The bulk of government either directly provides services or administers that contracts in which private companies provide goods and services for the society.In the open market, individual gain and individual greed are key factors which impact the ability for society to get maximum value.

When operating properly, the government as the servant of society does not have this fatal flaw.However, when the PACs and Captains of Industry are allowed to use large sums of money to influence decisions and legislation, we all lose.

GOVERNMENT SPENDING IS TOO HIGH.

How do we really know this?

What does it truly cost to educate someone?
What does it truly cost for national defense?
What government programs are really needed and which are wasteful?
What level of aid should we give to foreign countries?
What level of welfare should we provide to our own people?

When we examine the national debt per capita vs the per capita share of resources in this country, is it really that bad?

Most of us have personal debt ratios that are far worse than this!Yes, we have to pay interest every month on this debt. However, it is at rates that are lower than we pay for house mortgages.

The deficit is another matter. If we know that we are using the extra money to do something important enough to incur added debt, that is one thing. However, if this is not the case, the bottom line is that the budget must be balanced -- cut spending or increase taxes.

TAXES TOO HIGH (APPROX 40%)

Prior to WWI this was 10%, after WWI 20%. After WWII, it jumped to 30%, and after Korea to 40%.During that same time the quality of life in this country improved immeasurably in nearly all aspects.

The variety and quality of goods and services increased dramatically.Automobiles, planes, electrical appliances, robots, computers and a host of other inventions have completely changed our lives.The period after WWII was a time of prosperity following the long severe depression of the 30's.The period after Korea was during the height of the Cold War era requiring heavy expenditures for defense. In addition, the prosperity continued to grow.

The 40% figure is highly inflated due to the way deductions are allowed for various things.

Were the federal government to go with a flat tax rate of 15% or so, this figure would drop from 40% to approximately 25%.

GOVERNMENT IS INFRINGING ON TOO MANY FREEDOMS.

If the right to own assault weapons is a "freedom" we've gone way overboard in this country.The freedom to privacy is an interesting issue as well. Does this extend to protecting criminal activity? Or, is it in the best interest of society for the government (as society's agent) to have an effective means for carrying out its duties and responsibilities?This is really an issue of the group versus the individual.

For most of our history, we have operated as a loose collection of individuals.Sports teams, military units, and to some degree companies are exceptions.Many of our deepest social problems arise from this crucial issue. Are we a society that focuses on the needs of society while it acknowledges and respects individuals, or are we simply a collection of individuals out to meet our own needs while expecting others to do the same?We've reached a point in time where the power of collective focus is the only real way of addressing all of society's needs. Most individuals simply do not have the time or information needed to do this effectively in a complex world.

GOVERNMENT CAN'T BE TRUSTED.

This is our problem, we elected them. Further, we stand by and allow the system to work as it does without doing anything.

There is nothing that says legislators have to be lawyers.If our political parties fail to give us better choices, it's time to leave them and find independent candidates.

We need to get the PACs out of Washington DC and out of the reach of our representatives.

No company or PAC should be able to contribute toany candidate.No individual should be able to contribute more than $100 to any candidate.

We need a better way of knowing where candidates stand and whether they are qualified for a position or office.

One way to do this might be to have each candidate generate a 60 minute video that explains: what qualifications are required for the position; why I am qualified; what key issues/ problems must be addressed; and my position on those issues/ problems.

ACTUALLY, GOVERNMENT CAN'T BE TRUSTED.

This perception is correct given the way that the system is set up to run today. There is simply too much potential for corruption, and the extremely high cost of running for office almost forces moral compromises to be made.

Yes, these reflect greatly on the integrity of individuals that are involved in politics. However, with the way society is presently structured we've put these people into the lion's den where the stakes are incredibly high; especially to private industry, where slight changes or exceptions in legislation can literally amount to fortunes.

Without tough campaign reform, running the PACs out of town, and treating such dealings with companies or industries as major criminal offenses both for the government and corporate officials involved -- there is not much that can be done to fix this.

The bottom line is that we can't let private corporations dictate policy to the government (the servant of the people) or to We The People.These corporations should be our servants as well, not just the servants of the owners and shareholders. They owe us this for having access to our market.

CURRENT PROBLEMS

DEFICIT SPENDING CANNOT CONTINUE.

Must balance the budget either by reducing spending or increasing revenue from taxes.

Increasing tax revenue can come via an overall tax increase or via targeted cuts in deductions for individuals and/or for corporations.The bottom line is that the bulk of the people (primarily the middle class) pay for most of this anyway either directly in taxes or indirectly in the prices of goods and services.

The only exception should be for deliberate long-term investment in infrastructure improvement.

THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING.

We're paying more and more, yet the kids are learning less and less.Must reevaluate what we expect from education in this day and age.Must revamp the system as required to provide what is needed.

CRIME RATE IS TOO HIGH. SOCIETY DOESN'T FEEL SAFE.

Recent crime bill addresses some of this.Lack of moral responsibility is a major contributing factor.

This is a failure of our families and our religious organizations.However, it has become such a major problem that it may be time for the government (again, as the representative of society) to get involved.

Cost of prisons and of law enforcement are high as well.

Need to come up with alternatives that require fewer resources. It shouldn't cost $30,000 per year to lock someone up -- that's over three times the yearly minimum wage.Need to reconsider issues of what civil liberties prisoners are entitled to?

Gangs are a problem in most cities, even in small cities.

Here we need alternative outlets that allow the energies of these people to be used constructively rather than destructively.

TOO MUCH LITIGATION IS TYING UP THE COURTS.

Need to reduce the amount of litigation.

Force party filing suit to pay defense cost if they lose the suit.Get lawyers out of the process when they don't need to be there. Allow the two sides to plainly state their case before a judge or arbitrator and decide the matter swiftly.Get people accustomed to working out their differences amicably again.

Force loosing party to pay all court costs.Establish strict rules on what constitutes a reasonable suit.

Current rules make it tough for justice to prevail.

Consider amendment to repeal part of 5th amendment relating to right to refuse to testify on grounds of incriminating oneself.

The bottom line is that justice must be based on truth. Society should permit whatever means is most expeditious to getting to that truth. (barring cruel and inhumane treatment, of course).

Consider use of drugs (truth serum) and lie detectors to get to truth.

Or any other means that is reasonably reliable.At the very least these should be elective on the part of the accused and might result in a quick acquittal, saving time and possibly preventing innocent people from being incarcerated awaiting trial, or worst yet convicted on circumstantial evidence as the guy from Canada who spent 10 years in prison until analysis of DNA evidence proved that he was not guilty.

Criminals will probably not elect these techniques. Neither may others who fear that a false result might occur because they are nervous.

POVERTY, HOMELESSNESS, AND WELFARE.

Kids don't have any choice. They should not be hungry, or uncared for in any manner, period. Further, if they are in abusive homes, they must be removed immediately and placed where they can get proper care.

As a society, we owe this to all of our children -- no exceptions.This means we must have appropriate places, families, or organizations that can provide this care when and where needed.

No individual or family should be below the poverty level.

The poverty level is that level required to just meet basic subsistence needs.Allowing people to live below this sanctions unnecessary suffering.We have more than enough abundance to ensure that every member of society lives at a level above basic subsistence.Where possible, we should expect the individual or family to make some beneficial contribution to society for this support -- possibly in the form of some type of community service.

There should be no homeless in society, unless they choose to be so. Even then, one must wonder about their mental health.

It doesn't take a lot to constitute a home. A small room with a bed could suffice. Many of these in one building could form a motel-like structure or an apartment complex. If necessary a larger dormitory arrangement could be worked out as well.Residents in such facilities could be taught and expected to perform most of the basic services required to keep the facilities running and in good order.The bottom line in all of this is helping people to be able to help themselves. In doing so, society wins big time.

THE CONSERVATIVES ARGUE THAT PRIVATE CHARITY SHOULD TAKE CARE OF THIS "PROBLEM".

However, why should a few have to carry the burden for a problem that belongs to all of us?

Private charity forces those who care enough to do it all.

After all, we are all responsible for allowing an economic system to exist which results in these outcasts.

Arguing that it is their choice is not the answer. The bottom line is that there is not anywhere they can go for jobs.When you don't have a home, where do you go to clean up enough to deal with a potential employer?Further, the bottom line is that the economy lives with a 4-8% unemployment rate. That's a lot of people out of work simply because there are no jobs to be had. (also, because it's good for business!)

One only needs to open one's eyes to see that private charity isn't getting the job done. There are homeless people everywhere.

CONCLUSIONS

GIVEN THAT THE MAIN PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO PROMOTE THE COMMON WELFARE OF SOCIETY, WE NEED MORE GOVERNMENT, NOT LESS.

As we move from a loose collection of individuals to a connected and whole society, the nature and amount of services that we as a society require from government grows greatly.We must be careful that we do not allow industry to unduly influence our legislation any longer.

Further, we need to go back, find and repeal any legislation that has passed which benefits any industry or special interest group to the detriment of the society or to the environment.PACs and their influence must be eliminated.

We need to look at the government as a service organization of society that provides us with services free from the greed and profit motivations of private industry.

We have a right to expect these services to be the best they can be.

THE GOVERNMENT IS AN ARM OF SOCIETY, NOT A TYRANT THAT CAN DO AS IT PLEASES AS DURING COLONIAL TIMES.

Every aspect of the government should be designed to provide services in the most streamlined and effective manner possible.Per our Constitution, the government is only empowered to do what we the people empower it to do for us. It cannot take on additional powers of its own accord.

IT IS TIME FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.

It has been 208 years since the Constitution was ratified in 1787.During that time the United States and the world has changed in ways that the Founding Fathers could never have dreamed.It's time to take a hard look at what will be required to take this country into the next century and revise the Constitution to meet the demands of the first century of a new millennium.beyond@redshift.com


Copyright © 1995, Wayne Hartman, Revised -- (27 Nov 95)

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ECONOMY


IDEAS ON THE ECONOMY by Wayne Ellis Hartman


PURPOSE OF THE ECONOMY

TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE THE GOODS AND SERVICES THAT ARE REQUIRED FOR THE WELL-BEING OF SOCIETY.

In particular, these goods and services should address the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of individuals and groups of individuals within the society.

WHERE REQUIRED, TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE EXCESS GOODS AND SERVICES THAT CAN BE EXCHANGED WITH OTHER COUNTRIES FOR RAW MATERIALS OR FOREIGN GOODS AND SERVICES THAT CANNOT BE PRODUCED EFFECTIVELY LOCALLY.

Here we must take care not to take advantage of other nations in such exchanges. As a moral nation guided by spirit, we must conduct all of our affairs with honor.In general, such trade should be balanced so that no nation is burdened by unwieldy debt.

CONSIDERATIONS

THE PURPOSE SAYS NOTHING ABOUT "FREE ENTERPRISE"

THE PURPOSE SAYS NOTHING ABOUT MARKETS AND PRICES.

THE PURPOSE SAYS NOTHING ABOUT MAKING PROFITS.

MONEY IS SIMPLY THE MEDIUM WE USE TO EXCHANGE GOODS AND SERVICES.

It makes it easier than having to barter for everything. Essentially all barter is done against this common representative unit, and then the units can be exchanged at the set rates for goods and services.There is nothing that sets the value of goods and services other than demand and the price someone is willing to pay.This can cause difficulties with people receiving fair value.

ECONOMIC HISTORY HAS NOT BEEN "FAIR"

The wealthy have had unfair advantage and used it ruthlessly.Several became extremely wealthy via less than honorable means.Until this century, there was a great delta between the haves and have-nots. It's only in the past 50 years or so that the middle class has risen so greatly in level of comfort.Even with the rise of the middle class, over 80% of the country's wealth is still in the hands of less than 10% of the population.

UNLIKE THE GOVERNMENT, THE ECONOMY IS NOT AND HAS NEVER BEEN CONSIDERED TO BE SOCIETY'S SERVANT.

In many respects, the Captains of Industry have more power than anyone in the government.These men are beholden to no master in our present society.

FOR MANY DECADES, INDUSTRY HAS EFFECTIVELY DECIDED THE COURSE OF LEGISLATION IMPACTING THE ECONOMY.

This meddling was clearly not in the best interest of the public.The tobacco industry is one case in point that has so entangled itself with political careers of key legislators, that it has enabled itself to profit immensely at grave cost to the general welfare.Perot's warnings about the incredible influence of the PACs on our representatives in Washington are a testament to how effective these lawyers are at saving money for the companies that hire them.

IT IS TIME TO TAKE THIS POWER BACK.

The bottom line is that the resources of this country belong to the people, not to any companies. And, if our legislators have taken this away from us, they did so without our approval in the process.

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT MAKES THE CURRENT WAY OF DOING BUSINESS IN THIS ECONOMY SACRED IN ANY WAY.

We the people can decide to change the rules of the game at any time. This is completely within our rights and our power.For instance, if we decide that families should only be able to pass a limited of wealth to their children, we could:

Enact a law that allows up to $100,000 per child without any tax penalty and then tax any amount above this by 90% or even 100%.This would make the children "more equal" and would require that each individual earn his/her wealth by his/her own merit.

As another example, we could limit the amount of profit that any company can make off of any endeavor. Perhaps this should be set to something like a maximum of 15%.

The actual percentage might need to be dependent on the nature of the goods and services that the company or individual provides.

ECONOMY AS A SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE

Employs the skills/talents of people toward labor that results in useful products and services.

Presently many jobs do not really use skills/talents hence don't provide sufficient challenge. This is largely due to the nature of the jobs and the availability of a pool of people to do those jobs.

There is no reason for not having 100% employment.

A job is the means by which an individual provides a service to society.There is plenty of work in society for everyone to have something useful to do.Where the private sector stops, the public sector should pick up in defining projects for the society to do and services for individuals to provide.

The economy should produce and distribute the goods and services required to meet the collective needs of society.

When we have people going hungry, this is not happening.When we have homeless people and families, this is not happening.When we have people living below the poverty level, this is not happening.

COMPANIES ARE DRIVEN BY THE BOTTOM LINE [PROFITS]

This is not surprising, it's what the game of free enterprise is all about. Providing service or value is at most a secondary factor.Further, short term profits presently receive the greatest attention.In some cases, this directly puts the public at risk.

Cigarettes are a key case in point.Decisions to recall and fix versus risk the potential lawsuits involved with a design flaw in a product have come to light several times in the auto industry.

It's scary thinking that the cost of human life comes out to be as small as it does in their equations.However, it's not surprising that the cost to the animal life or other aspects of the environment are treated with even less respect.The question is: Do we truly want to allow such companies to even do business in our society? After all, it is our choice!

THE ISSUE OF "FAIR WAGES" FOR A DAY'S WORK

What should the range of wages be?

Is it truly fair that this should be several orders of magnitude? Especially given that individuals put in similar amounts of their time and energy.Wage effectively determines the amount and types of goods and services one can afford. What factors should impact this? Is it fair that one's natural skills and talents are so important in determining this?

What should the minimum wage be?

This should be governed by the minimum level of goods and services that an individual is entitled to in society.At the very least, this should result in an individual or family living above the poverty level. An open issue is how much above the poverty level.

One's performance should be judged relative to one's abilities.Increase in wages should be based on merit and need.

Merit is demonstrated whenever the individual does something that provides greater value to society.

THE PROBLEM

THE ECONOMY IS THE MASTER RATHER THAN THE SERVANT IN SOCIETY TODAY.

Yes, the economy delivers a sufficient quantity of goods and services to those who can afford them. However, the economy also determines who can afford what in society.

Industry essentially determines what most jobs will pay, and the amount that a job pays determines what the individual with that job can afford to buy.Yes, the individual has some choice of which specific goods and services to spend money on, but this is highly influenced by commercials that entice people to buy specific goods and services regardless of their true value.Many goods are basically duplicates of one another, with no real differences between them. Also, many times different models are similar as well.

The economy operates on a 6-8% unemployment rate.

This keeps a ready reserve of people to fill vacancies and has the net effect of keeping wages lower than they would otherwise go.Those who are unemployed either have to go to the government, to private charity, or to family for support -- assuming they aren't pushed out to the streets. It would be much easier on all if everyone worked.

WE ALLOW COMPANIES TO USE UNFAIR TACTICS TO GENERATE A MARKET OR NEED FOR THEIR PRODUCTS.

Advertising, in particular, uses psychological techniques to get people to consume specific products.As an example of how well this works, the only money that the television networks make is through advertising. This money pays all the bills for all the programs that are run on TV, including all the high salaries per episode of the stars on the hottest programs.

You can bet that companies would not be paying such high advertising costs if the net result wasn't increased sales, increased market share, and increased profits.Further, on top of the cost to the networks, companies pay extensive amounts to advertising agencies to make sure that the 30 or 60 second spot that they come up with has the greatest effect.In many cases the cost to produce a one minute commercial exceeds the cost of a 60 minute show.The cost for a 60 second spot for the Super Bowl this past year was $1 million.

Actually, the bottom line is that we the consumers pay ALL of these bills.

The companies deduct these expenses from their income. They just use a part of the money they take from us to pay this expense.Also, since in most cases the psychological factor produces the compulsion to buy, the manufacturer can keep the price higher and still sell it because in some way it has been justified as "better" in our minds.

Clearly, this practice is not in our best interest.

It doesn't force manufacturers to compete based on value for price.It doesn't ensure that society gets the best products.

A whole industry (TV) has been created and is sustained by getting a large part of society to spend a significant amount of time watching shows that primarily provide entertainment but also provide a wrapping for commercials that coerce us to consume products.

If the shows have such redeeming social value, let's pay for them directly and get rid of the noose that companies have on us. The bottom line would be lower cost as actor's salaries would be kept more reasonable.At the very least, there should be a review panel to evaluate commercials.

Of course, this would mean the TV industry would have to then focus on providing us with quality entertainment and educational shows. But, that is the service they should provide anyway.

The amount of people tuned in could provide an indicator of how many people were being served at any given time.The amount of resources expended in the production of various shows should be proportionate to the audience watching the shows, and/or to the overall value provided to society by the program.

TOO MANY SIMILAR SERVICES COMPETING

Individual consumers should not have to waste the time to determine which among similar competing services is best.

There should be an impartial group that does this once, ar at least lays out the information in a way that makes it easy for the individual to decide.

Where services are truly "equal", let's quit all this waste of energy and find a fair way to split the market share, thereafter expecting the competing parties to cooperate to improve service and reduce cost wherever practical. Fighting over market share is WIN/LOSE for SOCIETY.

TOO MUCH COMPETITION, NOT ENOUGH COOPERATION

Competition is supposed to keep prices down, thereby providing goods and services at the best price to consumers.

However, when we get to the war of brand name against brand name, we're not really competing between apples and apples anymore, but in many cases between apples and oranges.Even if we are competing between apples, it's between different varieties that have little in common other than being apples.For instance, Coke vs Pepsi vs RC Cola vs Shasta Cola vs Generic Store Brand Cola. These are all Colas. Yes, they taste different. Yet, why are the first two roughly twice the price of the rest?

In many cases, competition wastes effort because resources are being redundantly applied across two or more companies.

At times it is useful to employ competition to motivate and foster multiple teams to work harder and to get added innovation on something.However, too much competition can burn people out.

Cooperation that allows multiple groups to take advantage of the best that both have to offer, allowing better solutions faster.

JOBS ARE NOT TAILORED AROUND INDIVIDUAL SKILLS / TALENTS

Society wins when each individual is operating at their peak and applying their abilities in a manner that is of the most service to society.The individual also wins in this situation since this form of expression typically is one that supports pursuit of happiness.Most jobs in society are not set up in this way. Manufacturers or companies have particular jobs that they are willing to pay to have done that require various types and levels of education and skill.

In many cases these jobs are repetitious and boring. In fact, the only reason many haven't been automated is that the cost of labor is still cheap compared to the cost of automating.In some cases Unions have stepped in to standardize the working conditions and to fight for fair pay. However, this has been a long and hard struggle.

Within society, for each job that needs to be done there are one or more people who are right for doing that job.

It is extremely important to society to fit the right people to the right jobs!

UNFAIR "OWNERSHIP" OF PROPERTY

This is one of the toughest economic problems to deal with.How much ownership of property can be allowed insociety without incurring the problem of the "haves and have-nots"?"Right to Use" is probably a better term than "Own", and such right should probably not extend past one's own existence.

Some things should be considered as personal property -- clothes, furniture, jewelry, books, and other personal effects.But, land, this is another matter entirely. Here, the law of the Indian's seems more relevant. How can one own mother earth, or father sky?

And, what about ownership of one's house?

Again, right to use seems enough. The landlord should be the society.This would make everyone tenant/owners in a sense.

TOWARDS A SOLUTION

CONVENE A NATIONAL ECONOMIC CONVENTION

Define the service that the economy must provide to society.Define present shortfalls in providing that service.Identify key infrastructure changes needed to address shortfalls.Explore changes that need to be made in "ownership of property".Determine whether Captains of Industry will cooperate in good faith.

They will probably not take kindly to relinquishing the power they now have.However, the people will not be denied. The economy must serve us.Allow industry to come up with a plan to modify the economy so that it serves our needs for full employment and for better goods and services.

FREE TV FROM IT'S RELIANCE ON COMMERCIALS

Companies will need other means of advertising their products.

DEVELOP A PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTING INFRASTRUCTURE CHANGES

Some education of society may be required to explain what is being done and why. Many presently have no awareness of this.These are major infrastructure changes that impact both the way companies do business and the way individuals work. Cooperation between companies is rarely practiced in the current environment.Rather than trying to push consumption of fixed goods and services, industry should be projecting actual need, producing sufficient goods and services to meet the need, and using any remaining resources to work on generating new goods and services.

Yes, this smacks of master planning that got the Soviets in trouble.However, we already know how to produce more than enough and have the appropriate capacity in our factories and service industries. The Soviets never had this.Further, to some degree manufacturers are already doing this based on knowledge of market share. Otherwise their production would exceed sales, increasing inventory.

DEFINE A NEEDS HIERARCHY AND ENTITLEMENTS

The purpose of the economy is to produce and distribute the goods and services required to meet the needs of society.Needs must be defined for each individual and for various family structures. In addition, the entitlements (i.e. what the economy as an arm of society will provide to meet these needs) must be specified as well for each of these conditions.The structure should provide incentives that encourage individual growth and greater contribution to society.

These could be it terms of higher wage so that one could buy more goods and services. This could even include a better house or job.Another alternative would be in terms of funding some project that the individual was interested in pursuing.The bottom line is that there should be a range of incentives that would appeal to the range of individuals in the society.

Some level of equality or "fairness" must be achieved in this area.

EXAMINE THE PRESENT DIVISION OF WEALTH AND COME UP WITH A PLAN THAT DISTRIBUTES IT MORE "FAIRLY".

It is time for the injustices of the past to be righted. Exactly what they were matters not anymore.Decide to what degree past generations (family) can financially assist future ones.Decide to what degree a person can accumulate wealth in their lifetime. Do we really need people with personal wealth in the billions, or even the millions for that matter?

In a free country, there should be no limit. Yet, because things are so interdependent, without society as an audience or market, these same individuals would not have been able to be so successful.

Money is a somewhat arbitrary commodity. What something is worth is dependent on what someone will pay for it, not on anything related to cost. Somehow we need a means to assess value.

DEVELOP AN ECONOMIC VISION FOR A WORLD OF TOMORROW.

Where and how will people live?What goods and services will they consume?Where and how will they work to provide these goods and services.

THEN DEVELOP A PLAN TO MAKE THE VISION A REALITY.

What infrastructure changes are required?What job training and job restructuring is needed? Perhaps even the restructuring of entire industries.What steps are required to achieve the plan?What prototypes are needed to demonstrate concepts and/or explore alternatives?

REINVENTING THE ECONOMY.

Get rid of the waste, but in a manner that assures people of continued employment at their present wage level.

The bottom line is that society pays all salaries be they public via our taxes or private via the prices we pay for goods and services.There is no place else for the money to come from.If we're going to pay the salaries, we might as well get our money's worth. However, we need to assist any displaced people in finding something more productive to do.

Get rid of, or at the very least, moderate the profits.

The bottom line is that society pays all profits as well, and profits provide no useful service in return -- other than possibly keeping investment money available in the economy.

Empower people to constantly improve all part of the systems used to produce and distribute goods and services, and the quality of those goods and services. Also, encourage creativity to come up with new goods and services to meet society's expanding needs.

CONCLUSIONS

IT IS TIME TO TRANSFORM THE ECONOMY TO SERVE SOCIETY.

This is a revolutionary idea in economic thought, one not likely to be embraced by those with economic power today.

THE ECONOMY EXISTS TO PRODUCE AND DISTRIBUTE THE GOODS AND SERVICES REQUIRED TO MEET THE PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL, AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF SOCIETY.

Distribution of goods is a decision for society to make and for the economic system to implement.This requires determining who is entitled to what. People are not used to thinking in terms of being collectively responsible for meeting the needs of individuals in society.

THIS WILL ONLY HAPPEN IF A VISION IS GENERATED ALONG WITH A SPECIFIC PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTING THAT VISION.

RECOMMENDATIONS

CONVENE A NATIONAL ECONOMIC CONVENTION

Define the service that the economy must provide to society.Define present shortfalls in providing that service.Identify key infrastructure changes needed to address any shortfalls.Explore changes that need to be made in "ownership of property".Define a VISION for an economic system of the future (circa 2002).

TAKE STEPS TO IDENTIFY AND ELIMINATE LEGISLATION THAT UNDERMINES THE ABILITY OF THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM TO SERVE SOCIETY EFFECTIVELY.

GET THE PACs OUT OF WASHINGTON DC. ANY LEGISLATOR CAUGHT DEALING WITH A PAC SHOULD BE FIRED, PERIOD!


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EDUCATION


IDEAS ON EDUCATION by Wayne Ellis Hartman


BASIC ASSUMPTIONS

EVERY PERSON IN SOCIETY HAS A RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION

That education should include a core curriculum that everyone is expected to learn. Albeit, this should be kept to a minimum.That education should provide the individual with the knowledge and skills needed to live a productive, healthy, and happy life.That education should last for the entire lifetime of the individual. It definitely cannot cover only grades K-12.That education should be tailored to the specific individual's needs, fostering the development of the individual's innate skills and talents.That education should include vocational training regardless of the vocation the individual chooses to pursue or is most suited for.That education should be free to the individual. Society's return comes when the individual applies the skills and knowledge learned for the benefit of the society.

MERIT SHOULD BE THE CHIEF SELECTION CRITERIA FOR HIGHER EDUCATION.

It is not enough that one have the desire to go through a particular education program, one must also show the aptitude.

Doctors, dentists, lawyers, and other professional fields are a few cases in point.Here, it is important that tests and interviews be used to determine who is most appropriate for filling these positions in society.Similarly, society should actively sponsor a number of Ph.Ds to meet it's research and professional needs -- while at the same time more passively offering such programs to individuals with the interest and dedication to pursue this on their own. In no case should money be a factor.

Society benefits most when it's members are operating at the best they can be, and not only as individuals but in groups as well.

This only happens if individuals are put into education environments that are most suited to their optimal development.Exactly what this is is for the education system to decide based on a detailed assessment of each individual plus an understanding of society's needs.

PURPOSE OF EDUCATION

TEACH BASIC SKILLS REQUIRED TO FUNCTION.

Reading, writing, arithmetic, and basic problem solving.Basic learning skills that can be used throughout life.Basic coordination (sports) and cooperation (team spirit).

PRESENT BASIC INFORMATION REQUIRED TO STAY HEALTHY.

Nutrition, exercise, emotional, and mental well-being.

PROVIDE A BASIC ETHICAL FOUNDATION FOR SOCIETY

Ethics and right behavior. Common teachings from religions.Freedom, nature of government, responsibilities, and rights.Spiritual basis underlying all expression of consciousness.

DEVELOP THE NATURAL SKILLS, TALENTS AND ABILITIES OF EACH INDIVIDUAL.

In the grander scheme of things, these were selected to allow the individual to fulfill a particular destiny, or at least attempt to do so.These are the most important resources that any society has. We cannot afford to waste the skills of any one of us.It matters not where these abilities lie, be they athletic, artistic, manual, intuitive, rational, aesthetic, philosophical. Any one or more of these can have great value if developed sufficiently and applied in the right way.

TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO FIND OUT WHO AND WHAT THEY ARE.

First, people must be shown that this is an essential life task.Then, they must be given tools for self-discovery.

PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS WITH THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING THEY NEED TO WORK EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

This is especially important given the expected number of different jobs a worker starting today will have in his/her lifetime.As a society, we're in a much better position to do this well than relying on a private sector economy tied heavily to a bottom line.

PROVIDE THE MEANS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO LEARN TO EFFECTIVELY CARRY OUT THE LEARNING PROCESS AS FAR AS THEIR TALENTS AND INTEREST WILL TAKE THEM.

Such individuals provide an enormous resource for tackling the problems of society that require special knowledge and skills.Learning keeps people fresh and alive. Further, it's extremely important in a world that is changing as rapidly as ours.

CURRENT PROBLEMS

THE THREE R's ARE NOT BEING TAUGHT EFFECTIVELY.

That is, they are not being learned effectively.If one can't read, write, or figure; there is not much place for one in society.It is not clear that going back to basics will fix anything.

VIOLENCE AND DRUGS ON CAMPUS ARE NOT CONDUCIVE TO LEARNING.

Violence seems to be rampant everywhere.Drugs are available at ages that are simply abominable.

THERE IS NO AGREED TO EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE THAT DRIVES THE CURRICULUM.

FAR TOO MANY BUREAUCRATS.

They are at the local level at each school, and then up through multiple levels as far as the federal government.Bureaucrats don't enhance or facilitate the education process.

TEACHERS ARE NOT EMPOWERED TO DO WHAT THEY DO BEST.

Discipline is nearly absent from the classroom. Disruptions prevent those who want to learn from being able to do so.Teachers have been reduced to babysitters. In many classrooms, this is the key function that has remained.

PAY IS FAR TOO LOW TO ATTRACT THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST

It's time we treat teaching positions with the respect they deserve given the huge responsibility that they have, educating our young.

EDUCATION COSTS TOO MUCH

Actually, this is not certain. Put another way, we are paying too much for the results we are getting.Whether we are paying too much or not enough for education can only be determined by evaluating exactly what benefits education provides for society.

THERE IS NOT ENOUGH INVOLVEMENT FROM PARENTS

Broken homes, two income families with latch key kids, and larger gaps between generations due to accelerated change contribute substantially to this.Socially, we are not arranged so that kids get the support, care, and assistance they need to grow up into responsible adults.The education of parents is often too weak for them to be of much assistance to their kids even if they wanted to be involved.

TOO MUCH RELIANCE ON TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM TEACHING.

This worked in an age where the world was much simpler and the job was to disseminate a set curriculum to everyone.We now live in a world where knowledge is partitioned. In such a world, most of what individuals need to learn is highly dependent on what they will be doing for their life's work.Tailoring of the curriculum to the individual's needs requires providing substantial time where students learn on their own.

LIMITED MEANS OF KNOWING WHAT A STUDENT HAS LEARNED

This is especially a problem as students move from teacher to teacher or school to school.Universal records with results of standardized tests, aptitude tests, modules learned, and teacher evaluations would help.

CONSIDERATIONS

NEED TO FREE TEACHERS TO TEACH

This requires reestablishment of classroom security and discipline.Disruptive students should be removed and placed in a separate environment until they demonstrate that they are ready to learn.Teachers must be given time to focus on individual student needs again.

THE KEY LESSON TO BE TAUGHT IS: HOW TO LEARN.

There are many ways to learn, not all of which work well or even at all for various individuals.Teaching someone how to learn empowers them to learn anything for which they have appropriate tools, skills, and aptitude.Given the rate at which the world is changing, this is extremely important as learning has been transformed into a lifelong process.

OUTSIDE OF THE MINIMUM CORE CURRICULUM, STUDENT INTERESTS SHOULD DRIVE WHAT THE STUDENT LEARNS.

This should be guided by appropriate advice from the teacher or from one or more mentors.These mentors should be highly knowledgeable in the areas in which the students natural talents and abilities lie.

This requires that a means be established to identify the natural talents and abilities of individuals. Some aptitude tests already exist. A range of others will need to be developed.The intent is that the relationships last over a significant period of the individual's life, if not for their entire lifetime.Multiple mentors may be needed in cases where skills lie in multiple areas for which no suitable single mentor can be found.Mentorship should be considered like a "time tax" that individuals pay to help with the development of others in society. Only those most suited to perform this service should be enlisted/recruited to do so.

It is important to keep students both challenged and motivated.

EVERYONE SHOULD BE "EMPLOYED" TO TEACH

Each individual should consider it their responsibility to pass their skills/ knowledge on to at least one other individual during their lifetime. Society should help to identify who that should be.

This assures that skills/knowledge are never lost. There is always a living host in which they are embodied.

Society benefits whenever the overall level of education is increased and benefits more the further it is increased. The greatest increase comes when everyone is teaching what they know to others.

We need to be careful that what is being taught is moral, effective, and right.This requires some oversight on the part of all of society, as a responsibility that we all have for and toward one another.

Those with the appropriate talents, skills, and knowledge to be of the greatest benefit to society should either be paid as Master Teachers or should have a part of their time taxed to be used toward education projects. This could be a part of the price they pay for having their research funded by society.

IT'S TIME TO CONSIDER NEW DESIGNS FOR SCHOOLS

Some alternative designs have been tried over the past 40 years.An assessment should be made of what worked and what didn't and out of that one or more designs should be chosen for prototyping.Those that work the best should become part of a plan for renovating our schools, however implementation should be tied to plans for renovating our communities.

IT'S TIME FOR A NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CONVENTION THAT IS EMPOWERED TO:

.... DEFINE WHAT EDUCATIONAL SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED
.... By What Parts Of Society
.... To What Parts Of Society
.... To Meet What Specific Education Needs.

This should include all types of educational needs, both secular and spiritual from birth through death including: pre-schools, grade schools, middle schools, high schools, trade schools and apprenticeships, colleges and universities.This should address who is entitled to what educational services at what points in their lifetimes.This should address how both the public and private sectors will be responsible for providing various education services.

OVERALL CONTROL OF THE EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM AND THE MEANS FOR PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL SERVICES SHOULD REMAIN WITH A GROUP WITHIN SOCIETY WHOSE SOLE CONCERN IS THIS ASPECT OF THE WELFARE OF SOCIETY.

Local boards can retain some autonomy, but should serve in an augmentory capacity only. The bottom line is that we cannot allow the few at the lowest level to define the education process.Efficiency demands that we quit allowing non-experts to make decisions at a local level based on partial information. This results in a lot of duplicate work and many wasteful decisions.The better approach would be to convene the best and brightest and get them to work out one or more viable alternatives. These could be prototyped at a level that no individual school district could afford and the best prototype could be offered to all school districts where they could then be appropriately tailored.This is not the same as having a staff of administrators or bureaucrats clogging up the system instead of teaching. Changing administrative policy doesn't fix anything unless it gets rid of some of the administrators in the process.

THE BOTTOM LINE SHOULD BE: HOW DO WE GET THE BEST EDUCATION AT A REASONABLE COST.

This requires setting a budget for education and then operating within that budget. This should be a resource not a cost budget.

TOWARDS A SOLUTION

CONVENE A NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CONVENTION

Establish a national education policy for society.Define a core curriculum that includes a sound moral basis.Explore alternative concepts for schools and set the groundwork for creating needed prototypes to demonstrate that these concepts do indeed work.Define what skills are required of teachers in the new environment.

Train present teachers in these skills where possible.Enlist new teachers with these skills where necessary.

Reevaluate teacher compensation and revise it to be commensurate with the value of the tasks that they perform.

Teachers perform one of the most important tasks in society.How well teachers do their jobs to a large degree determines the overall creative productivity of the entire nation. This, in turn, is a key factor in the economy of the nation.

DECIDE ON A VISION FOR EDUCATION IN SOCIETY.

Make sure the VISION includes all aspects of educational services required by society.Realize that in this day and age, education is a lifelong process that requires commitment both from the individual and the society.Determine what budget and/or resource commitment is required to achieve and support that VISION.

PLANT THE VISION FIRMLY ON THE GROUND

Use prototypes to show that the VISION can be realized and to come up with optimal ways of achieving the VISION.Cookie-cut the best solutions to get them out to all districts. In most cases, solving a problem the right way once beats attempting to solve it the wrong way thousands of times.

REALIZE THAT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL'S SKILL & TALENTS THAT GO UNTAPPED, SOCIETY LOSES GREATLY.

Education is not confined to the walls of our schools, libraries, and universities; it is something that springs eternal from a being curious to know, and it can be fulfilled by something as simple as nature, a caring fellow human being, or a professional teacher.As a society, we must commit the resources needed to develop these skills & talents.

In many cases this is not a matter of money, but of access to the right person with the right skills to assist the student in the learning process.In some cases, access to the right resources is required.

Someone once said that "a mind is a terrible thing to waste". Here we're talking about more than that -- mind/body/spirit, and this we definitely cannot afford to waste.

There is a sacredness of spirit in every one of us that chose expression at this time on this planet. One of society's greatest obligations is to facilitate this expression.

ENLIST ALL (OR A LARGE PART) OF SOCIETY IN THE SOLUTION

Nearly everyone is able to assist others in learning how to do something that the individual does well.

All that is required is matching the people who know with those who need to know. This could be done as a part of a national education database.Of course, the matching must be followed by a commitment of time. This would not necessarily have to cost anything, but it constitutes the consumption of a resource in society and the delivering of a service to society.May need to provide common places such as schools where such "teaching" can be accomplished. We're so used to operating as individuals that our communities aren't set up to handle this very well.

For most people, this should be treated as a tax on their time. It is not clear that it would have to be on top of their present 40 hour work weeks, rather it could possibly be part of that.

On the other hand, through some transition period, it may be necessary for individuals to give up a part of their free time to help fix society's present ills.Exceptions to this should be rare. Everyone has something to contribute.

CONCLUSIONS

EDUCATION PROBLEMS REQUIRE VISION TO FIX.EDUCATION MUST BE TREATED AS A SERVICE THAT IS PROVIDED TO INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFETIMES.NEED TO CONVENE A NATIONAL EDUCATION CONVENTION EMPOWERED TO MAKE SWEEPING EDUCATIONAL REFORM.

Administrators should be expressly excluded from such a convention as well as lawyers.

ONE OF THE KEY ROLES FOR EDUCATION IS TO ESTABLISH THE MORAL BASIS ON WHICH SOCIETY IS FOUNDED.

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SOCIETY


IDEAS ON SOCIETY by Wayne Ellis Hartman Jr

These ideas came from an outline that was created in January 1995. What can I say. I was compelled by spirit to express. There was no specific forethought or planning for the briefing. It came through essentially as stream of consciousness in about a 3-4 hour unbroken period of time.

BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SOCIETY

FOR SOCIETY TO WORK, THE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY MUST HAVE A COMMON AGREEMENT BETWEEN THEM.

Each is entitled to what that individual needs: physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.In return, each is responsible to serve society to the best of that individual's talents and abilities.

SOME MAY CALL THIS COMMUNISM. SUCH, INDEED IT IS, FOR A SOCIETY IS NONE OTHER THAN A COMMUNITY.

Perhaps that is the key. Throughout the world we have societies in the midst of turmoil.What they lack is the common unity that lies at the root of the word community.Note that nothing about community require living in communes.

SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS MUST SERVE SOCIETY OR THEY SHOULD BE ABOLISHED OR TRANSFORMED.

Government is one of the key social organizations.Institutionalized religion is a major social organization.Companies are major social organizations that are often overlooked.All three of these are currently doing a very poor job.

SOCIETY HAS A RIGHT TO DEMAND THAT SERVICES BE PROVIDED FAIRLY, EQUITABLY, AND EFFECTIVELY.

The present economy clearly does not live up to this.Government bureaucracy is notorious for its ineptness.

DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS AND SERVICES IS A SOCIETAL DECISION NOT AN ECONOMIC ONE.

Free enterprise usurps the societal responsibility for this, allowing the captains of industry to set the fate of many.There is more than enough for all if only we collectively agree to make it so.

THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH WORK TO KEEP ALL EMPLOYED.

Here too, it's only a matter of deciding that we will not waste the resources, skills, and talents of any individual.An economic system that keeps unemployment at 4-8% imposes a high burden on government welfare programs and on private charities and results in higher crime rates as well. The sad part is why -- simply to foster competition in wages (to keep them low).

POWER IN SOCIETY

MEN HAVE BEEN FIGHTING OVER THIS FOR 1000s OF YEARS.

Yet, the power of the Empress is far more subtle than that of the Emperor.

FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS, POWER HAS BEEN PRIMARILY THE PRIVILEGE OF THOSE WITH GREAT WEALTH.

The Carnegies, Mellons, Rothschilds, Vanderbilts, Fords, Morgans, and Rockefellers are cases in point.Modern day examples might be Bill Gates, Ross Perot, Tony Robbins, and a host of others -- many presently at the heads of large corporations, or in important posts or elected offices in government.

AS THE PISCEAN AGE DRAWS TO A CLOSE, THE EMPEROR TYPE OF POWER WILL NO LONGER HAVE RELEVANCE.

Power will come from who you are spiritually and what you know.

THE AQUARIAN AGE WILL BRING A RENEWED FOCUS ON INTUITIVE SKILLS.

Power comes not from us, but flows through us from a source far greater than us.In addition, Wisdom is linked with power in a way that has not been known for over 2,000 years since the golden ages of Egypt and Greece and the nature/ goddess cultures of Europe.

THE CURRENT POWER STRUCTURE MUST FALL.

The seeds for its destruction lie in its very nature.

The economic giants control everything in the current system.This will change when people become aware of how enslaved they are.

It does not provide the key service of making society better.

The very essence of power wants to be of service. At one extreme, it serves individual greed; at the other, it selflessly serves society.The nature of current problems makes it obvious that greed is king.

THE HIEROPHANT IS THE RIGHT LEADER IN THE NEW AGE

That individual most qualified to lead the nation is the one who should be given the job.

Is concerned solely about creating an infrastructure that serves society.Cannot be bought by special interests. Bows to a higher authority than man's.Has an ability to understand the big picture and solve problems at that level.

There is only one individual that came with the mission of leading the United States into the Age of Aquarius.

The spiritual awareness of the individual will be obvious.The spiritual destiny of the United States will be made known.

EMERSON SAID:

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.

IN GOD WE TRUST

SUCH SIMPLE WORDS, YET WE HAVE ALLOWED OUR SOCIETY AND ITS INSTITUTIONS TO SWAY SO FAR AWAY FROM THEM.

Without a spiritual foundation, a moral basis, society cannot exist.

Everyone received this foundation during the early decades of this country.Today, many people don't receive any moral or spiritual training.

There is a major difference between freedom of religion and separation of church and state.

The first says that one is free to practice any religion, provided of course that no laws are broken in such practice.The second say that the church shall not interfere in the activities of the state and vice-versa. However, groups such as the Moral Majority stretch this.

THERE IS A HUMILITY THAT COMES FROM PLACING OUR TRUST IN GOD. THERE IS ALSO A SENSE OF THE NEED FOR MORALITY OR HUMANENESS FROM ONE INDIVIDUAL TO ANOTHER.

IT'S INTERESTING THAT WE PUT THIS ON ALL OF OUR MONEY.

In Caesar's time, such was not the case.

Jesus example of looking at the face of Caesar on the coin and saying to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's would be much more difficult when looking at a $1 bill.Does this mean that our money, our economic system, has a spiritual component to it that didn't exist in Caesar's time?

Why is this on our money, especially given the righteousness with which we tend to separate church and state?

Clearly, atheists and agnostics must have a rough time with this.The majority opinion, however, probably would not allow such a change.Yet, our mints don't get mass approval for their designs.

In whose God and why?

There is only one God, though it be called by many names.We trust because we know that spirit guides our destiny, not only as individuals, but as a country as well.

E PLURIBUS UNUM

FROM MANY, ONE.

Common unity is the way that the ONE is expressed.

Unfortunately, individualism gets in the way.

We are a people that take pride in rugged individualism.

It's an integral and important part of our heritage.It's also an integral part of many of our present problems.

Sacrificing the individual for the group is not the answer.

First, it simply would not work. Too many people would fight it and rightly so.Second, much of our greatness comes from our individual creativity. This is something we cannot afford to lose at any cost.

The solution requires creating an infrastructure and environment that fosters individuals to be all they can be while creating goods and services that are of the greatest value to society.

Dual focus is the key. What's good for the society is placing each individual where that individual wants to be and can be most productive.

THIS REQUIRES GETTING PEOPLE TO THINK IN TERMS THAT EXTEND BEYOND THEMSELVES, THEIR FRIENDS, AND THEIR FAMILIES.

For the United States, ONE is all 250 million or so of us spread across 50 states an a couple territories.We might start by thinking of each state as One and then combining the 50 Ones to get the ONE. However, the state boundaries put somewhat arbitrary restrictions on the nature of the problems faced, and subsequently the solutions needed from state to state.If we're all ONE, we're entitled to the same things, not necessarily in the physical sense -- but overall.

food, clothing, shelter, education, work, health care, transportation, and recreation.

Every individual must have these basic things, not just those who can "afford them".We can't allow advertisers to use "mind control" techniques that cause us to consume things that are bad for us or that we don't really need.

SOCIETY ENGINEERING

INFRASTRUCTURE CONSIDERATIONS

Government continues to have legislative, executive, and judicial branches to handle foreign affairs + services not provided by the economic sector such as defense and some educational services.Economic sector employs people to produce goods and services. Within society this sector must provide for 100% employment.

Self-policing agency within this sector ensures that things are done efficiently and that they don't cause undue detrimental effect to the environment.Self-policing agency within this sector should also ensure that products and services are created in appropriate quantities to meet needs + whatever export requirements there are. The media and advertising must not put undue pressure on individuals to consume.

Spiritual sector provides basic moral and spiritual training. May be denominational or non-denomination, but is mandatory. Further, all such training will as a minimum cover a basic core curriculum that provides the moral foundation for society. The core curriculum is to be defined by the Hierophant.

GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE CONSIDERATIONS

Government should be driven by an overall spiritual VISION.

Spiritual Lead should establish this VISION.Key members from each branch should form planning team to determine how best to carry out the VISION.Legislative branch should pass required laws.Executive branch should carry out required implementation.

A Constitutional Convention should be called to Re-Constitute the Government.

The best and brightest thinkers from across the land should attend.Current members of the government should be excluded since they have too much exposure to PACs. They could serve as advisors to the representatives from their states, but should not be allowed to speak before the convention.The goal for the convention is to generate a new Constitution that can carry the United States well into the new millennium.A secondary goal for the convention is to identify the Spiritual Lead or the Hierophant that is to guide the country into its destiny in the New Age.

THE VISION

Peace, Harmony, Cooperation, Understanding, Sympathy, EqualityHelpfulness, Kindness, Joy, Trust, Safety, Abundance, ProsperityFulfillment, Happiness, Challenge, Opportunity, GrowthMaximum Productivity, Virtually Unlimited Supply of Goods and Services that Truly Meet People's NeedsSociety, not individuals, owns all the production and all of the natural resources of the country.Individuals provided with what they need to "be all that they can be", including all necessary education or training throughout their life, and the appropriate environment for employing their skills/talents to serve society.

OF COURSE, THIS VISION IS NOT REALITY IN THE US TODAY.

Crime is a major problem that is antithetical to the characteristics expressed in the VISION.Education is in a very sad state of affairs, which seems to be getting worse and worse though more and more money is expended.Society expresses no responsibility to assist them in being all that they can be, and further to find and appropriate position where their skills/talents can be used to benefit society.People across the board are not as productive on average as they could be. This is especially true in middle management and in bureaucratic positions but applies in other areas as well.The Economy does not ensure that each individual gets a job that is sufficient to meet that individuals needs. In fact, between 1 out of 12 and 1 out of 16 people on average who want jobs can't get them.

SO, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Realize that societal problems are not "government" problems under the current Constitution.

The government is empowered to perform specific functions that are for the most part "for the common good".There is no contract between the government and its citizenry, other than that individuals obey the laws of the land; and that the government cannot take away certain guaranteed rights.

What's missing is a contract or obligation between and among the members of the society. The basic terms were stated earlier:

From each in accord with their abilities, to each in accord with their needs (physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual).

Are we willing to trust one another to abide by such a contract? Are we ready to take such a major step forward in the history of the race?

After all. the USSR attempted such a step and failed miserably. What makes us sure that we could do any better?

We have several things going for us that the USSR lacked.

We know how to produce goods and services competitively, and have the infrastructure in place to produce all the goods we need. The USSR never had this since they had to divert so much of their resources to defense.We were founded with a spiritual destiny that is prominently displayed on the back of our Great Seal. This, the USSR never had. In fact, the communists essentially eliminated all religion in the country.Our understanding of equality is far more enlightened, realizing that it applies to the soul and to opportunity, not to talents and abilities.We are in a position to be able to provide the environment necessary to allow the social contract to be fulfilled. The USSR was never able to do this.

ONE OF THE FIRST KEY STEP IS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SOCIAL CONTRACT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES.

This will not be easy, but without one, the US may indeed perish.

Our spiritual destiny must be fulfilled.This is indeed a key step toward that fulfillment. There is no other choice.

NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM

NEW ORDER OF THE AGES.

This is a major part of the back of the Great Seal of the US.Pretty audacious, isn't it? Yet, whoever wrote that was clearly guided by spirit.Well, the time has arrived. We're now at the brink of a new age. The dawn is rapidly approaching.

Looking around, however, it does not appear that we are ready to assume a leadership role in this area.The Republican Contract with/for America doesn't begin to address the true reform required to build an infrastructure that provides a sound basis for the future.Neither do the Democrats offer any viable alternatives.Perhaps it's time to say "a pox on both your houses", and start fresh with a set of people free from the influence of special interests.

Society is a system. Let's start thinking about it as such.

Within that context, society's problems are system problems caused either by poor system design, or poor system operation. Both can be fixed!

UNTIL NOW, THE DESTINY OF THE US HAS REMAINED VEILED.

If anyone presently in government knows of this destiny, it is at the very least guarded as a state secret.

This alone is a major sore spot; that a government that considers itself to be the epitome of a free nation and to some degree the leader of the "free" world should have to resort to classifying so much information is alarming.Many of our founding fathers were freemasons and members of other metaphysical orders. I would assume that their tradition has been passed down, but it is not so clear that it was passed to current government leaders.

If any group (metaphysical of otherwise) is presently aware of this destiny, they too seem to be keeping it in secret.

Why this is so is most likely a matter of need to know. In this area, spirit can operate in much the same way as the government does.

One only has to take one hard look at the back of a $1 bill to know that there is clearly a deep symbolic meaning being expressed.

It may be that the meaning is meant to be clear to the subconscious, though pieces like the unfinished pyramid, 13=Death, and the all-seeing eye of God are obvious.

CONCLUSIONS

SOCIETY'S GREATEST PROBLEM IS THE LACK OF A SOCIAL CONTRACT BETWEEN AND AMONG ITS MEMBERS.

From each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs (physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual).

ONCE A SOCIAL CONTRACT IS ESTABLISHED, WORK ON A NEW INFRASTRUCTURE CAN BEGIN.

Will require a Constitutional Convention to redefine government.Will require massive changes in the economic system and the way both goods & services and wealth are distributed.

ONLY WITH SUCH CHANGES CAN THE UNITED STATES POISE ITSELF TO FULFILL ITS SPIRITUAL DESTINY OF ESTABLISHING A NEW ORDER FOR THE AGES.beyond@redshift.com


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