Social Contract is the biggest problem in our society today
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Correctable Social Contracts are at their lowest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Why should we be correcting this urgently now? Because the last two times this happened, we created World Wars and our next will be the first to begin in a mature nuclear era. By the timing of our last two World Wars, a third could begin at any point between 2018 and 2028. Most of us don't realize that we are at the highest level of world conflicts in history this decade, and that every U.S. President for the past 100-years, save two, has started a war.
If our history of twenty-plus major wars in mature capitalisms repeats, an extinction-level event could be a handful of years away - while we pine distracted about easily-corrected climate projects and the antics of unqualified populist politicians.
Large populations are easily influenced to stall their economies by multi-billion-dollar advertising campaigns. These campaigns convince us to vote for Low Tax, No Death Tax, Open Markets, Small Government, Guns, Middle Class, Female Equality (double family incomes), and similar, which are policies assuring that 95% of all incomes continue to flow to the top-1% rich since 2008 (search the Berkeley study).
A voter educated against cheap marketing tricks, and taught to understand the enormous costs of a weak national social contract, would never vote for policy engineered in marketing tests to sound appealing - while drastically reducing the growth and size of our economy and good lives.
Freedom - in a monetary society - is the difference between reliable incomes and cost-of-living (COL). As COL approaches income, freedom is lost; as income falls below COL, our Social Contracts are lost. Maintaining a balance that permits everyone sufficient freedom to be productive is essential because weak social contracts cost the U.S. $37 billion per day - and costs Canada $4.7 billion per day. See the SCP Report for these stats - http://csq1.org/SCP
Read Dickens, Byron, and Hugo to understand how these policies build dystopias at times like today when monetary systems have matured and become unbalanced.
Mature capitalisms are mathematical certainties based on 1% to 14% annual inflation rates. Today's 1% inflation is 60% inflation in 1960 dollars from 59-years ago. If ratios of income to cost-of-living change, the gap grows exponentially now too, so imbalance grows more quickly.
U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR - 1933 to 1945) faced similar conditions in our last mature capitalism. He turned things around to build the greatest economy in history - and the American Dream's social contract and good lives for most of G7 nations. He did this with policies of:
- 20-years of 80% estate tax and 92% income tax of the rich. Today, the top-1% that have taken 95% of all incomes since 2008 - see Berkeley's study
- A strong, empathetic Social Contract - with affordable cost-of-living and home ownership. Read the Second Bill of Rights at Wikipedia
Nations with strong social contracts still live the American Dream today - including Japan, Germany, and Italy, which were the three G7 countries that had FDR's Second Bill of Rights added to their constitutions. Strong Social Contract nations countries have the strongest economies per-capita in the world up to 100% of the time in a Transition Economics survey of 157 countries in 2019.
Our political parties in Canada in the U.S., do not let us vote for balance; they don't allow us to vote against run-away rents and mortgage poverty, unreliable or unavailable incomes and pensions, unsustainable birth-rates, and squandered family values. This means that young women can't choose to have families at age-20 if they choose; they must instead become cheap labor and suffer double income traps and having their children raised in daycares while in their thirties. Young men can't start lives easily, are refusing to offer marriage, and 50-year-old experienced workers are unable to find incomes and have lost family pensions - just like in the 1930s' mature capitalism (The Great Depression - and just the latest of many).
The list of social problems (starvation wages, pension loss, high cost-of-living, rent & mortgage poverty, suicide rates - up 50% in Canada and elsewhere since 2016, etc.) is almost as long as our rising frustration levels.
All of this cost is hidden from view by GDP reports that were designed to be positive no matter what. World GDP has shown a negative growth of -1% just once in the last 60-years. Its no wonder politicians want us to measure their performance by these reports alone - and - our Media and Academia have not raised alarms which means the problem is systemic.
Large population democracies are the most vulnerable because majorities protect the status quo and ignore imbalances that they think impacts a minority only.
We stopped teaching the "lessons learned" of past societies when we secularized our schools. Family values, the Golden Rule, Ten Commandments, Seven Deadly Sins, and Jubilees (Economic reset) - were lessons designed to maintain a good life and working civilization.
You have no option to vote to correct Social Contract today; and only the thesis-driven ACT Party supports this.
Sign our petition demanding strong Social Contracts - and donate to raise awareness and to lobby governments at every level. Lets get Social Contracts back at the ballot box at election time as quickly as we possibly can.
Read more at http://SustainSocieties.com/Social-Contract
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