Understanding the problems – ideological extremism

Flawed or non-existent social and economic policy has led to unrest and suffering around the globe – Brazil, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain are examples. An ideological vacuum persists in Europe, it has not progressed to form a federation like the USA, and separatist parties are gaining influence.

Egypt, Israel, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Ukraine are or have been war zones; lack of sound ideology, understood by everyone, has allowed ideological extremism to gain influence.

Googling ‘ideological extremists’ one can find this article (link below) which suggests counter ideology is required to combat ideological extremism and terrorism. Rationalism can offer this counter ideology: a way to secure the peace, provide a rich secular existence and build prosperity before and after the troops leave. Without it we will continue to see division along sectarian lines and return to turmoil, as is now the case in Iraq (August 2014)

http://www.pvtr.org/pdf/Ideology%20Response/Ideological%20Response%20to%20Terrorism%20and%20Extremism.pdf

What it is all about!

As at least one professor of philosphy has said, and I hope many of you have realised, democracy currently only gets rid of inept and corrupt governments and politicians. We need it to do more, we need the ability to create good governments, we can do that by knowing the solutions to ask for and the policies to look for in our political parties manifestos.

If you currently don’t vote because you don’t think anyone is worth voting for, find out about Rationalism and its solutions; then contact your national politicians: in Parliament, Europe, Senate, Congress etc. saying that you will only vote for them when they have policies that implement Rational Group solutions.

Get in touch with us by email to find out about Rational Group solutions: we can call you back for a chat and you are welcome to attend a meeting.

email: inbox@ourvote.org

Understanding the problems – poor economic management and inequity

We are not producing the right goods and services, nor in a sustainable way, and they are not being distributed optimally. Rationalism provides answers to how the 3 objectives of economic efficiency, sustainability, and equity can be achieved. To set mankind on the path to achieving these objectives, which one needs to come first and why? Can you think of two things essential to achieving the objective?

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Understanding the problems – economic theory

It’s good to identify and understand the problems before working on the solutions!

The belief that economic growth is essential, the reliance on it as a cure-all, and the important things that are consequently ignored, are the most significant and damaging failures of contemporary economic theory. Economic growth is not the primary thing we should be monitoring, only in the developing world, assuming regions should remain inhabited, need there be growth. Wealth creation and increase in economic output can and do go in opposite directions and therefore need to be understood as decoupled by economists and the electorate. See if you can come up with five reasons preoccupation with economic growth is bad. inbox@ourvote.org

Rationalism and Rational Group

Two important things are needed to end the world’s problems:

The first is a full, viable and clear ideology.  Rationalism provides the moral principles, social structures and economic methods necessary for mankind to flourish now and, because it allows the recommendations of environmental science to be embraced, in the future too.  Like the founder, most people will be unaware of any previous use of the word ‘Rationalism’ but for clarity the ideology is unrelated to anything else or earlier philosophy.

The second is widespread understanding and global popular support for Rationalism. By joining or supporting the Rational Group, spreading the word, canvassing, signing petitions, making a donation, contributing ideas and research, helping with web site, social media, or language translation you will be doing important work to make the world a better place.  Fortunately, public support for Rationalism can be widespread and informed, partly because the causes and solutions to world problems are actually quite straight forward, and also because the internet allows ideas to be disseminated freely in a way that was impossible 500, 100 or even 10 years ago. 

In the case of democracies, politicians are receptive to public opinion; in the case of authoritarian regimes, leaders still need viable ideology, so wherever you live it is well worth investing the small effort necessary to see change

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Soft landing over the Fiscal Cliff

It was back in November 2012 that the two things needed to avoid the so-called Fiscal Cliff being a problem were blogged here:

1.) Share out the jobs

2.) Cease trading at a deficit

Neither Republicans nor Democrats seem to have any idea of this solution, it value or it’s detail. Only small measures were taken to reduce the government deficit and so there has been no fall from a cliff (well! American on American inflicted USA government shutdown with nearly 1M workers not paid 1 Oct 2013 – …). Debt continues to grow, USA government still spends more than it gets in. Total USA government debt is about $15,000,000,000,000. But that’s not all Americans owe – private debt on top is estimated at $40,000,000,000,000! Supposedly only $5,000,000,000,00 owed to China. The Chinese now enjoy spending the most as international tourists – of course these are not the low paid Chinese workers. What about the cliff? Will the debt make it crumble, the dollar plummet and turn all USA into one big Detroit? Who do the rich and powerful of China care more about, their American customers or their poor Chinese workers? Will creditors be allowed to lose out or will future generations of USA citizens be held to account? If the latter will China use the money to pays its workers more? There is another solution to the wage disparity, can you work out what it is?

Part of the solution that will end the economic mess, and provide long term stability, is to share out jobs and maintain both a trading balance (imports equal to exports) and fiscal neutrality (government spending within what it collects in tax). Rationalism details how to achieve these objectives. If you can help get the solutions into legislation, have contact with an interested senator/congressman/president, newspaper or tv station email: inbox@ourvote.org