August 1. 2011
Macrohuman: A group of human beings that uses communication to work in synchronization and harmony toward goals. Some macrohumans collect taxes from citizens- this special kind of macrohuman is my current focus.
New Social Contract: Taxpayers should (but often don’t) get a say in how their tax revenues are used, regardless of whether those taxes are collected by public or private entities.
Tax: An expense which is mandatory for participation in society. This includes property, sales, and income tax, but it also includes rent or mortgage, food, hygiene products, clothes, and everything else required for purchase in order to be considered a member of society worthy of receiving a living wage.
Ownership: is the confluence of responsibility and control
There are many macrohumans competing and cooperating for dominance in our world, and they go by many names – corporations, governments, liberation armies, charities, religious institutions…
Our world is increasingly controlled by private, banking oriented macrohumans, originating largely out of Wall Street, and controlled entirely by the wealthiest 1% of the world.
Those who run our world are not in government. American government, for example, is paralyzed, and growing weaker. Just flip on the news and look at the debt crisis. Everything is burning down, and the politicians are arguing over whose turn it is to do the dishes.
What Republicans have just gotten away with calls our whole system of government into question. After all, how can American democracy work if whichever party is most prepared to be ruthless, to threaten the nation’s economic security, gets to dictate policy? And the answer is, maybe it can’t.
- Paul Krugman, 8/1/2011, in reaction to the debt ceiling outcome
Much of private tax revenue ends up in private bank accounts, and in accepting this tax revenue, the controller of those accounts must accept a responsibility identical to that traditionally associated with the government.
Through no fault of their own, humans are dependent on society for survival. The governing macrohumans in our world must accept the responsibility that comes with accepting the tax revenues of the world. This responsibility requires a shift to societal experimentation as a means to lifting out of our economic depression.
Experimentation, trial and error learning, is the only way we will prevail. Private industry is the only macrohuman capable of doing this. We need to eschew homogeneity and experiment our way out of this economic storm.
There needs to be discussion between the private entities that run our society and the public itself. Concentration of wealth should be public knowledge.
Bold vision is required to think of new types of experiments, and I will be outlining interesting new experiments in the near future.