first, a disclaimer:
- only god & nobody is perfect
- humans are not god
- thus humans make mistakes, but if given the chance, humans can learn and improve to create “a better world”.
- no man made product or construct or system will ever be perfect, but does that mean, we should have never left the cave in the first place? (no of course not)
The Economic Reform the World needs
Is a simple one, it can be put in one sentence, but to enact it, will require massive reforms:
“Value those, that add true value to society”
Let’s compare two examples:
- case a) a lady cleans a toilet
- case b) bank A sells house X to bank B
- case c) “owning” a source of income “factory”
Which of the two cases add more value to society?
money wise case b) can create much more profit, but does it add value to society?
Given the fact, that a lot of houses are purposely left empty (not for rent), just to speculate on rising house prices? (a good example of the perversion that capitalism has become, if unchecked, by a smart, fast moving gov)
In this case, case a) does not only add more value to society, it also does not purposefully harm society as case b) does, by denying access to resources, people need to survive.
So pay those well, that ACTUALLY add value to society, and tax those high, that are malicious to society, and you have a nation that automatically creates value – in the true meaning of the word
case c) “owning” something is not a job
- this might sound ridiculous to you, but it is unfortunately not a joke, there are people out there, that earn A LOT OF MONEY for owning something. And they “think” this is a proper job. It is not, because it is adding ZERO value to society.
- if you build a factory, created jobs, good.
- if you inherited the factory never worked there, bad, you get money from it, but do not work there? how can this be fair?
- the factory is not only highly efficient (saving energy) it runs on CO2 neutral solar, produces in an environmental friendly way, recycles as much as possible? even better.
- you invested in the construction of the factory or in it’s reform towards more sustainable production, also good, because it created jobs and sustainable new products.
- bad: kick out 50% of the employees to reduce costs, to drive up share prices, then sell it again (completely destroying the company’s 30 year old culture on your way out)
plus: go after the (financial) criminals
all those well-known tax heavens, need serious threats of boycott, if they don’t start changing their business model (Cuba style of trade embargoes).
- don’t allow financial crimes of the past to become time-barred and financial criminals to get away with it
- don’t cut deals with the bank robbers “oh if you pay back 80% of what you stole, it’s okay”
- give the investigators the means they need, to identify the financial criminals
Failing to do so, will seriously damage the trust of the people in democracy.
the philanthropy bullshit: first extract, than give (some) back?
ok some philantrophy is better than no philantropy… but … look at this case:
Harvard’s (https://alumni.harvard.edu/community/stories/adding-value) example “story” of, how to add value to society:
“I think it’s important to remember where you came from.”
“Giving back is part of my core philosophy,” says Kim Wagner PhD ’94, who has given consistently to the Graduate School Fund for twenty years.”
“She came to the Graduate of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) for a doctorate in pharmacology, intending to go into academia.”
“Instead, she was inspired to take on the world of biopharmaceutical consulting.”
“I felt like an industry position was the best place for me to add value to society,” says Wagner, who spent the next twenty-five years at the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company.”
let me translate that:
- you went to Harvard
- studied hard to get good grades
- to then go on to a company that does lobby work for BigPharma (it is called “consulting”), meaning, trying to influence the law makers to make laws in favor of BigPharma, in order to EXTRACT a profit from society, while (maybe) curing some disease, maybe while causing more other disease (drug A helps against disease A, while having side effect B, drug B helps against side effect B, while causing side effect C an so on…)
- you profit from a corrupt and exploitative system (that OF COURSE avoids taxes like the devil)
- then you donate some to whatever entity to feel better
- Here have to quote Bregman (again):
“the Rich are not paying their fair share” (Youtube)
“how to prevent a broad social backlash – the answer is simple – stop talking about philanthropy and start talking about tax avoidance – taxes – taxes – all the rest is bullshit” (Youtube)
Dear reader, if you are reading this blog post, and dedicated time and brain-resources (energy) thinking about the value of it’s content – if it makes sense or not – how to improve it – what is missing – you just contributed positively to society as well!
What would contribute even more positively: the information from which, action can be derived from.