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U.N.: Global Refugee Numbers Reach Alarming Levels

Nick Salter:

Rationalism offers a robust sustainable ideological solution to world problems, but its promulgation would need to be financially supported and covered by the media.

Originally posted on TIME:

(BERLIN) — Syria overtook Afghanistan to become the world’s biggest source of refugees last year, while the number of people forced from their homes by conflicts worldwide rose to a record 59.5 million, the United Nations’ refugee agency said Thursday.

Pointing to crises in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Burundi and elsewhere, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said he doesn’t expect any improvement in 2015.

“There is a multiplication of new crises,” he said. “The Iraq-Syria crisis gained the dimension of a mega one … and at the same time the old crises have no solutions.”

The report comes at a time when Europe is grappling with how to deal with a flood of new migrants crossing the Mediterranean to escape the fighting in Syria, Libya and elsewhere.

UNHCR estimated that a total of 59.5 million people worldwide had been displaced by conflict by the end of last year —…

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Rationalism and Rational Group

Two things are required to address the political, economic, environmental and social chaos we see around the world –

The first is a sound and comprehensive 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.  Unlike a political party you do not need to canvass for the Rational Group or donate or be a member to influence our policies and solutions.  We are entirely meritocratic and cannot be bribed and will not change policy to gain popular support.  We are about education and openness, explaining and winning people around to the solutions.

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 donations, helping with web site and social media, the merging of charities and NGOs, and 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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What it’s all about

A political party may be successful at winning elections, but that does not mean it will govern effectively.  The electorate do not know what constitutes a sound economic and social plan and so can only decide based on issues that affect them, and by considering who they trust and who looks the part.  This of course is a simplification: politicians do tell the people what they think they want to hear, but they are also influenced by lobbyists, donors and their own political beliefs and career agendas; and parts of the electorate do care about the environment and the common good.  So it becomes confusing and complicated, no surprise we often see disagreement and contradiction within parties, and street demonstrations and conflict.  All in all, not circumstances conducive to political parties  offering comprehensive, egalitarian, sustainable, social and economic plans: developing and winning people around to a coherent philosophy is not their way.  As a result, all around the world, debt, environmental degradation, human suffering and species extinction is daily evidence of the incompetence of governments.

The Rational Group, by having and promoting a comprehensive plan, and being quite happy to change it, offer people solutions to learn about and policies they can demand from politicians.  This will change politicians behaviour.  It is the way to end the vicious circle of incompetence, failed policies, failed political careers, corruption, distrust, and lack of popular interest in politics.  It is a no blame solution too, as it could be argued that political parties have a duty to represent the people, and do not have a mandate to do much more,

If you currently don’t vote because you don’t think anyone is worth voting for, or are thinking of voting for a separatist party like UKIP SNP etc. in the vain hope that regionalisation is a solution to the world’s problems, find out about Rationalism and its solutions; then contact your 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 or you can attend or host a meeting.

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Rationalism – a comprehensive ideology

Rationalism details the economic methods and describes the social and business structures necessary for a sustainable, peaceful and functional world.  It offers unique and original solutions and describes the systems required to optimally manage education, training, employment, housing, healthcare, taxation, world trade, capital and global resources.  It offers a coherent ideological base for all responsible political parties:  essential for effective coalition government, unity, the progression of the EC to a federation, and progress around the world.


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!

Companies rise and fall but there is no need for there to be an overall rise.  Economic contraction can be an indicator of greater efficiency.  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 and not be a part of a wider economic and social union, 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

Scottish Referendum

A YES might lead to turmoil in markets but that would be short term, the main problem is that Alex Salmond’s ideas are at best half baked. NO supporters who point to the great share Scotland gets of science funding, for example, are pointing to castles built in the sand: western countries are in all but name bankrupt. Those that see a YES vote as a way to prevent the UK taking Scotland out of the European Community would simply be swapping one set of troubles for another variant: Europe is a basket case. The rise of separatist movements, whether they are in Ukraine, Scotland, in the UK via UKIP or in Europe via other separatist parties are symptoms of flawed economic theory and social policy, which is a global problem.

So currently there is nothing to be gained either way, Scots are caught between a rock and a hard place. There has been ‘mobbery’ but the YES and NO campaigns have been bringing people together and if, win or lose, Scots want to carry on campaigning we can provide guidance.  Scotland could be an example: we have global problems which can only be solved by all political parties and governments adopting Rationalism as their base ideology, it could be the first country to establish a functional, sustainable, egalitarian economy and society.

Other points to consider:

Finland, like Scotland, has a 5M population. With such a small home market Finns understand the need to export to find big enough markets to make some forms of business viable and profitable. Export improves trade balance and although Finland joined EC in 1995 and understandably its worst deficit year occurred since then, in 2012, it still has a very healthy overall trade balance.

Cameron’s Conservatives have how many MPs in Scotland? Is it just one? Do Scots care that next year could be their last chance to help defeat Cameron in Westminster?

Scotland covers an area 60% the size of England and has a population density of 174 people per square mile. England has 1,054 crammed in to each square mile.

Nick Salter founder Rational Group