Why this project is so important

Do you think if you had good ideas and solutions political parties would welcome you?  If you do, then think again.  All around the world Governments are showing their incompetence; they blame global conditions for national problems, but will not accept help from, and co-operate with, those able to solve the global problems.  Politicians are influenced by constituents, the general electorate, lobbyists, donors and their own political and career agendas, and shape policy accordingly: not circumstances conducive to political parties offering comprehensive, sustainable, egalitarian, social and economic plans, because coherent philosophy is not a priority.  This project seeks to promulgate such a plan so the electorate will understand and demand it.  This will change what people seek from politicians, and in turn shape the policies offered by political parties.  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, or vote UKIP etc., because you don’t think anyone is worth voting for, 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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Understanding the problems – ideological extremism

Flawed 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 an article (link below) which suggests counter ideology is required to combat ideological extremism and terrorism.  Rationalism can offer this counter ideology: a framework that provides a rich secular existence, secures the peace and builds prosperity before, and maintains it after, the troops leave.  Social and economic inclusion, at home and around the world, would make it much less likely that a John would become a Jihad John.  We will continue to see division along sectarian lines and return to turmoil, as is now the case in Iraq, without a robust, sustainable, egalitarian ideology for mankind (August 2014).


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, 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 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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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