An ideology for the 21st Century
In what world do we want our children to live?
PREAMBLE (concept of humanity)
Man is a social being. Individual development is always dependent on social development. Man is empathetic and able to love. This is the basis of human community;
Every human being is capable of destruction. Living together means constant vigilant teamwork to deal with our own destructive properties. This process will never be completed, and is perhaps our biggest challenge;
Economic growth is unlimited, innovation means the emergence of new ideas so that with the same amount of resources more can be done. Economic growth is not an end in itself, striving for balance and well-being is the ultimate goal of economic development;
Universal Human Rights address the effects of inequality and injustice but do not solve the systemic causes. Solutions lie in a restructuring of economic, political and other social events. The processes that lead to these solutions require direction;
The declamation of an unambiguous and generally accepted way for the establishment of a society is impossible. However, starting from the Universal Human Rights a directive desirable for the vast majority can be deduced. This statement is a precipitate;
Now, therefore we proclaim this UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN DIRECTION as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations:
We are born into a safe and secure social environment in which we will live in full participation and balanced harmony with each other and our natural environment, and in which we will enjoy respect and dignified old age benefits.
Food and shelter are available to everyone.
Health care and health insurance are affordable and accessible to everyone.
Education is generally accessible and offers maximal opportunities for exploration, development and growth within the social context of a learning environment with well payed and valued teachers.
Natural resources are available for us and future generations. Resource taxes are raised so prices will reflect the real costs of products and the depletion of ecosystems is prevented. Finite energy sources will also be taxed so abundant renewable energy will become universally available.
High salaries and profits will be taxed in order to avoid excessive socio-economic inequality. Tax revenues are used to fund common expenses like culture, education, research, public transport and government.
The value of money is tied to some fixed value, so that excessive speculation and inflation are avoided. The monetary system is under strict control and regulation of state-owned but independent central banks.
Culture and art are societies’ main goals; economy is the most important means. Subjective and sustainable wellbeing is the ultimate desired policy outcome. Meaning and shared experiences make a healthy life valuable. Art and culture are accessible to everyone.
Inherent imperfections of (free) markets will be checked and balanced by domestic and international law. Inequality is constantly contested through progressive taxation and anti-trust laws. Mixture of commercial and corporate interests is avoided by strict rules and regulations. Public goods for which free competition holds no obvious collective benefit (public transport, education, defense) are operated by the state.
The government is responsible for organizing the aforementioned aspects of society. Government and parliament are democratically elected and then govern independently according to the principle of representative democracy. The nation state is the principal unit of the (global) society. Boundaries of the nation state are semi-permeable: there is enough security for its inhabitants to guarantee work, possessions a sense of safety, but also plenty of opportunities for mutually beneficial trade and exchange of ideas. International bodies promote cooperation and stability based on consensus.