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Probably should have saved this for Monday...
im the king
I had a brainwave recently. Not sure how I'd implement it, but I'd like to see a society where you had two options.
1) You play the game.
Capitalism, free market, no limit on financial gains, no taxes, entirely private sector.
2) You opt out of the game.
A limit is placed on earnings. Basic income is guaranteed for all. Taxation, central financial organisation, socialised everything.
The difficulty would be to allow these two social modes to COEXIST without the former swamping the latter. How you could encourage a viable free-market private sector without the opt-outs NEEDING to worship at its altar would be a massive challenge, and conversely, how you could socialise services for the opt-outs and then deny their free usage to the game-players would also be tricky (although it is interesting to consider that opt-outs would be allowed free transport, healthcare and other national services, whereas players, with no wage restrictions, would HAVE to pay for the same things) - who runs the services would also be a difficult issue to manage as you'd have to socialise certain aspects of the private sector while encouraging others (food is another minefield - perhaps centralised essential grains and cereals or local produce?)
As for environmental impacts, well, the capitalists will have to accept that the majority of land is common land or natural habitat, not to be commodified unless for a good and sustainable reason. Money can be made in other ways, from other capitalists.
People can opt in or out at any stage (although opting out would mean mandatorily donating any excess wealth to the central government). A year or so ago I'd have opted out of the game and into socialist control. Nowadays, no, but I think an income guarantee system HAS to exist in order to eradicate poverty and desperation.
I genuinely think this is how the world will survive in the medium-term. And I think it can be done.
good luck sorting that out
and settle on something more akin to the second system, albeit with localised economies
but the ideal always shifts depending on the circumstances - we have to aim for a realistic ideal, then we can let another ideal take over once this is achieved, and once it's shown how much happier the people in the socialised system are :P
you're right though - I'm outlining a halfway house
i don't think *that* many people are terribly attached to rampant egocentric libertarian capitalism in principle; the problem is more that the system is so very deeply entrenched that it seems almost impossible to begin reforming, and most people find the status quo easier and less worrying that radical social change. your proposal doesn't allieviate that problem, so why not just go for radical social democracy with heavily tempered capitalism as your 'halfway house'
everyone has to do what I say.
others' sexuality, religious beliefs and race completely stop being concerns.
and the rest of you dicking around like rhesus monkeys dismantling a car at Woburn
*winds down window, slumps into hands*
it wasn't very good.
Please dont punish me.
enough sex for everyone that these sorts of threads become a thing of the past.
*two cents added*
more public spaces (hanging out is mandatory)
populace is distributed across country according to benevolent algorithms
a museum on every street corner
all housing is owned by the state
£100k cap on earnings, £10k pa guaranteed for everyone (shout out to theWza)
easily accessible funding for all ideas
zero growth economy
everyone calls their mother regularly
obligatory trips to the countryside
late-night cafes and diners everywhere
free cats and dogs
many freedoms crushed (nicely)
nuclear fusion perfected
people live right near their workplace
everyone is cool forever
sisters. im just watching
but can I hear more from TheKennedyCurse?