Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Shared Base Income

This is important, this has got to be read, "A Shared Base Income..."

"Resource allocation is a dilemma for any society. How do we share? How could that work? I think that managed resource allocation, particularly of products and services, is not feasible with any form of central control or planning. The complexity of individual need for product (and contribution of) is too complex - we may all need houses, all food, but we all want to make our own choice of food and housing. How do we enable this? Well, the free market economy has done this to a degree for finished products. It enables us to choose what products, what technology we adopt (and then adapt to our use).

"I think we cannot throw out the free market if we want a free society. Unfortunately, in a free market (and it must also be a fair market, competing by being distinctive, not by undermining competitors) some people will earn more than others - that is just the way things are, some people's products are more popular than others and thus they will accumulate more money. Fortunately, money cannot only be accumulated, it can be shared. And this is what must happen if we want a free and fair society where everyone is free to make their best contribution, according to what they are best able to do and where they see a need. Money can enable this.

"Money in a system where it is not shared, but allowed to accumulate, causes the incentive of the system to become, overwhelmingly, the pursuit of money. In a system where money is shared (say half of all our earnings from trade shared between us all) money is no longer the primary incentive. When we all have a shared base income then we are free to decide how we contribute, and we do that according to who we are and where we see the need - in other words we realise our potential.

"In this system of shared income, there will be still be persons who earn more than others, but there will be a base income in which we can all find the security to contribute how we wish. With this we will be likely to choose greater leisure (some of the greatest ideas are conceived at so called 'leisure') and, no doubt, we will seek to automate and mechanise those jobs that are repetitive and physically harsh.

"A shared base income also gives us all a direct share in the growth of our economy, indeed its level will vary with it. It would, I believe, give us a much greater sense of community as well as independence to contribute how we are best able."



Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Kiwi Flag

If we didn't want our flag to say anything about our history and so on..., then maybe the Kiwi flag would be a goer, eh? We're all Kiwis aren't we?

The Kiwi Flag


New Zealand Coat Of Arms

If the flag is changed, what happens to this?

Image of New Zealand Coat of Arms

"The Coat of Arms depict a shield with four quadrants divided by a central "pale". The first quadrant depicts the four stars on the flag of New Zealand; the second quadrant depicts a golden fleece, representing the nation's farming industry; the third depicts a sheaf of wheat for agriculture; and the fourth quadrant depicts crossed hammers for mining. The central pale depicts three galleys, representing New Zealand's maritime nature and also the Cook Strait. The Dexter supporter is a European woman carrying the flag of New Zealand, while the Sinister supporter is a Maori Warrior holding a Taiata (Spear) and wearing a Kapeu (earring). The Shield is topped by the Crown of St. Edward, the Monarch of New Zealand's Crown. Below is a scroll with "New Zealand" on it, behind which (constituting the "heraldic compartment" on which the supporters stand) are two fern branches." Coat of Arms of New Zealand, wikipedia,


Saturday, February 13, 2010

It Does Not Have To Be This Way

We don’t have to have the system we do. We can change our system from one that sustains and increases inequities to one that shares opportunity so we can all contribute in the way that best suits us.

We need to recognise the intended or unintended purpose of our system, and think outside of this, to a system that enables us to live how we want to live, without harm. Our system is not so complicated it can’t be comprehended, though it may appear so from the jargon and rhetoric academics continually build around it.

Money is the oil in our system, but should not be the purpose of it. Money allows our system to function. It enables trade and the allocation of resources without premeditated control. But the market is not perfect. Money tends to pool, and in our system at the moment these pools are protected, damaging the rest of the system.

Fortunately, the nature of money, unlike resources, means it can be constantly distributed so we all have enough to make our best contribution according to what we best do. This continual distribution of money to all parts of the system is via a shared base income.

Our current system has evolved out of a history of power and wealth in hierarchical societies. A basis designed, most particularly, to preserve the resources of the few who already have resources, a basis provoking an often over-riding pursuit of money and resources by any participating in it (this is the de-facto purpose of our current capitalist system).

We can change the basis and purpose of our system to enable us all to live fulfilling lives without harm, but we have to choose to do this. Take a look at OUR SYSTEM if you are interested in enabling us all to have the freedom to live without harm, and you’d rather this was the purpose of our system.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Manifesto e-book

An e-book of The Common Purpose Manifesto is now also available at Amazon as well as the soft cover print version at Blurb. The manifesto's purpose of fulfilment without harm underlies the spirit of TheDUDE and is the basis of the OUR SYSTEM network for changing our system so we can all live without harm. If we don't consciously have this as our goal, we cannot attain it.

The Common Purpose Manifesto states the purpose of fulfilment without harm and outlines the changes we need to make to our system to allow this to be a reality. The OUR SYSTEM network summarises some key elements of this change in its Agenda.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Iranian Victory Of The Revolution Day

“Last week, two men were hanged after being accused of inciting the post-June 12 election violence that erupted last summer in Iran. The Iranian government failed to answer one key question - how these men could have been responsible for the violence when they were being held in detention long before it even occurred? As if this injustice wasn't enough, now the lives of 9 more men hang in the balance on similar charges. We fear some of them may be executed before February 11th - a date holding much significance in Iran and one that could signify an end to these abuses.” Amnesty International USA (Feb 6, 2010)

It is hard, frustrating, to look on and see people being killed for pursuing the freedom to express themselves without harm. I hope the Iranian people can collectively show enough strength to reject their controllers. The Iranian leadership’s control needs to be rejected by Iranians for their authority to be removed. The only authority these leaders have is from people doing what they say – if people, Iranians, particularly those instrumental to the authority of the leaders, such as the police, the army and the technocrats stop doing what the leadership tells them to, its authority will dissolve.

It is the most courageous thing we can do, to stand up and reject authority and demand the right to live without harm. But if this is what Iranians want, they must do it. And if the leadership wants to show strength then they should know that true strength is respecting people and their right to express themselves without harm. Rejecting harm (including the use of harm) isn’t weak, it is strong. It is time Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad showed this strength. Likewise, it is time for the Iranian people to show the courage and foresight to reject control. True leaders live without harm, a principle we can all lead in.

[Source: OUR SYSTEM]


Saturday, February 6, 2010

The New Zealand Flag

Whoever heard of a flag that represents only what "we are today" (New Zealand Herald, 6 Feb 2010)? But then, whoever heard of nation that is only what it is today? We are our history - where we come from and what we have done is part of who we are. Forget it and we forget ourselves and our culture.

The Union Jack is on the New Zealand flag for reasons bound to our history and the very being of New Zealand as a nation. If you are a New Zealander, esp. of British or Maori descent, then you should know this. New Zealand's founding document, The Treaty of Waitangi, is an agreement between Maori and the British Crown. The New Zealand flag reflects Britain and the British people in the South Pacific.

Our New Zealand culture is bound to Britain by the way we do things, our history is intermeshed. The British descendents here are still a people, we still have an ethnicity, just as the Maori do and every people around the world. To forget and then destroy our ties to Britain destroys our self-concept and denies us our history. Rather than destroy this tie we should strengthen and celebrate it.

The Maori flag is a good idea - the New Zealand flag doesn't well represent them (if any change were made to the New Zealand one it should have been the inclusion of a Maori symbol rather than the Southern Cross). But the New Zealand flag is still our flag - yes it does represent the British in the South Pacific, but that is where we came from, who we are; the fact that there are now many other peoples here doesn't mean we should change our flag, certainly not while our nation is founded on the Treaty of Waitangi.

Not until the Treaty is superceded by another agreement should the flag be changed, maybe that agreement will cede sole soveriegnty to Maori, who knows; however, we would be wrong as British people in the South Pacific to sunder through thoughtlessness and neglect our ties to Britain and the British culture our people brought here and that forms the basis of us our culture. Our roots in Britain go back far further than our roots in New Zealand. For our wellbeing and our realisation of who we are we should strengthen these ties not deny them.