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 not drawn from other thinking. We do not adjust policy to gain popular support, we are about education and openness, explaining and winning people around. Unlike a political party we welcome new thinking. You do not need to canvass for the Rational Group or donate or be a member to influence our policies and 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. We estimate that with some interest from TV and newspapers, celebrities and a budget as little as $600,000 we can provide annual benefits to mankind in the 100’s of trillions.
In the case of democracies, politicians are receptive to public opinion; in the case of authoritarian regimes, leaders still need viable ideology or could peacefully be displaced because of the ideology’s inclusive nature, so wherever you live it is well worth investing the small effort necessary to see change
The effectiveness of democracy is linked to the wisdom of the electorate. By learning the economic theory and solutions of Rationalism YOU can demand the right things of your politicians; and perhaps enter politics yourself, educating and leading from within.
Currently, the electorate do not know what constitutes a sound economic and social plan and so vote largely based on how change might affect them, and by considering who they trust, seems to provide hope, and looks the part. A political party may be successful at winning elections, but we always see overall economic, social and environmental decline as a result of their inability without a proper plan and policies to legislate effectively. This project is about showing people a fundamentally new vision, winning the majority around to its economically efficient, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable policies. This will end us looking to politicians for answers to find them weathervanes shaping incoherent policies after looking to a bemused electorate.
The Rational Group, by having and promoting a comprehensive plan, and being quite happy to change it in response to sound argument, 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 have neither the mandate nor abilities to do 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.
Rationalism describes the social and business structures, and details the values and economic methods necessary for a prosperous, sustainable, and peaceful world. It describes the systems required to optimally manage education, training, employment, housing, healthcare, taxation, world trade, capital and global resources. The ideology offers a common base all responsible political parties can adopt, prerequisite for the coherence required for sustained progress around the world. The EU, for example, is in desperate need of pan-euro parties to allow it to progress to a federation, but it is not an idea ever talked about because constituent states social and economic policy is so dire.
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?
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, and economic output needs to be categorised, good or bad, building prosperity or damaging. Wealth and economic output levels can and do go in opposite directions and therefore need to be understood as separable by economists and the electorate. See if you can come up with five reasons preoccupation with economic growth is bad. firstname.lastname@example.org
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’s detail or value. Only small measures were taken to reduce the government deficit and so there has been no fall from a cliff (well! USA government shutdown with nearly 1M workers not paid 1 Oct – 16 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. 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, and the dollar plummet? 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: email@example.com
Just email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you