The outset of the Industrial Revolution was a troubled time for many as adjustments had to be made in industry and production and as many jobs were made outdated by “modern” industry and machines. The same is going to hold true as the new Technological Automation Revolution once again changes the entire economic landscape across the globe.
The economic and financial systems as have been established for within the Community Developments have been specifically tailored to address these, along with additional financial and economic concerns including disparity and the equitable distribution of wealth and economic disparity while at the same time rewarding the producers and creating an incentive for encouraging the individual to improve their personal circumstances as well. Seeking solutions to the Technological Automation Revolution was never an intended goal of the founding members, but the real-world solutions as arose to many current issues, also readily addressed the economic and financial problems soon to plague humanity at an unprecedented level.
The Industrial Revolution can actually be traced back to the seventeen hundreds (the eighteenth century) and innovations in the textile industries primarily throughout Europe. The Industrial Revolution however, took a rather long time to build up enough steam to change the landscape of the entire system of production and industry. When it did hit however, it was in many ways, as devastating to the economic and financial systems as it was beneficial.
Ultimately, the solutions that worked did not depend on propping up a dying industry, but rather, on focusing on the future of industry and production and working in support of the new systems brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Such is the case with the financial and economic systems established for the Community Developments in regards to the Technological Automation Revolution.
When Henry Ford came out with the production line and began mass-producing vehicles, it was revolutionary in many aspects. Not the least of these was the ability to utilize manpower much more efficiently, thus reducing the need for human labor. As automated technologies take over, more and more people are going to be put out of work.
Some studies show that people need jobs and some studies merely indicate that people do not necessarily need jobs so much as an income. What all of these studies do have in common is certain results taking place. In cases where handouts are given without consideration of anything in return, there is the creation of a dependency class. With the exception of some who may be more limited due to debilitating factors, everything received must be earned lest it lose any perceived value.
When something has no valuei, it becomes worthless, disposable and even insulting to some. It is not feasible to just provide someone with a house and expect them to turn it into their very own home and respect and care for it and maintain it as such. This is especially true when individuals and/or families that have been homeless and/or indigent for multiple generations are provided with housing. There must be some means in place for them to make the home their own and to give it a very real, if not tangible valueii to them.
Moreover, it is important to provide them with education, based on the results of their aptitude batteries so that they have an actual opportunity for being successful. Still, for them to become successful in any endeavor, they will also need viable opportunities once their training is completed. Job placement programs will be an important part in the process of providing people with the opportunities that they need and also in furthering the pursuits of the community as a whole. If there are no jobs available, the individuals (or families) may be required to maintain a garden or a park or even a portion of a park or to keep the weeds and the trash picked up along a certain section of road or street.
The work itself is not as consequential as the fact that work must be done and benefits must be earnediii. In such a way, whatever is possessed or owned by the individual, has been rightly bought and paid for. The subtle nuances of this principle are not necessarily tangible in nature, but it has been shown to be a realistic approach and there is no reason to believe that such a system would not provide a very real benefit to both the individual (and the family unit) and to the community as a whole. When even the formerly indigent and underclass citizens are virtually indistinguishable from the “normal” members of society, and they have rightfully earned that which they possess within the community, the overall benefit should far outweigh any negative impacts and/or concerns. In the event that there are mitigating factors or extenuating circumstances for individual members of the community, these can always be addressed through the Ombudsman Program and/or through the Citizen Review Boardsiv.
The Technological Automation Revolution is another “concern” as it will be replacing a great many jobs currently undertaken by people. Should these people who have been displaced be made to unduly suffer? Should antiquated and outdated corporate models and methods of industry and production be further subsidized solely to provide work for these people? As in the days during the onset of the Industrial Revolution, a great many models and methods will have to be revised and/or replaced.
How then, does the community still provide work for these individuals? How will it be possible for the community to ensure that these individuals can still receive a “paycheck” even when jobs are scarce or non-existent in their respective fields? What is to become of the role of these individuals within the community developments at such a time as they have been effectively “machined out” of their respective jobs?
People are currently being “downsized” and “outsourced” at a record pace. Current economic and financial models generally provide little in the way of insurance against this trendv. Given the fact that virtually half the world’s population already lives in poverty and that among the working class, a large number of people are merely a single check away from being impoverished, it should be obvious that a new system needs to be put into place.
By establishing a parallel economic and financial system within the community developmentsvi and slowly integrating it into the current, global economic and financial systems, this system can be isolated and “tested” in a “real-world” environment with minimal risk.
Economic and financial instability at the global level virtually guarantees the beginning of a new and horrendous global conflict. Isolated solutions can be implemented and tested and, upon their successful operations in real-world environments, a smoother financial and economic transition into the Technological Automation Revolution can be introduced globally and not restricted to the Community Developments.
Another primary factor in the success of such efforts is in the leadership of the foundation(s) and the governing bodies and the responsibility of the peoplevii to hold the leadership accountable in accordance with the standards of the community. It is absolutely imperative that the oppression of the people not be allowed to commence as once it has begun, it is impossible to break the binds of that oppression through any means other than complete and total social disruption. It is hoped that there will be enough community developments built quickly enough so as to allow for the introduction of economic sanctions if and when it becomes necessary to keep any of the local governing bodies and/or foundations in check. However, this is not a very realistic goal at present, no matter how altruistic it may be in theory.
It is also imperative that economic and financial stability be maintained even during the transition into the age of the Technological Automation Revolutionviii. The provision of work, even in the form of social participation or other civic duties as may be determined, allows for people to actively earn their keep no matter how trivial their contribution may seem objectively, though subjective opinions are equally as important as well. Automation may well replace virtually the entire human workforce soon. If the ensuing changes to the related economic and financial structures are to be transitioned into smoothly, it is necessary to begin the transitional phases now, before the Technological Automation Revolution gains its proverbial steam. If automated technologies do replace the entire human workforce, or even substantial portions thereof, who will the consumers be? People need jobs in order to earn what they have, but the system itself needs to be adjusted to meet the current situation within the modern needs as dictated by the global circumstances and the reality that is crashing down on humanity as you read these very words.
People only need jobs insofar as they can have a sense of pride and worth in what they possess. They have put forth something in order to get what they have. The creation of a dependency class, has given society multiple generations of self-important, self-righteous people who feel that they are entitled to whatever they want by the mere fact of their existence. The ill-conceived and poorly implemented social assistance programs have created dependency classes among entire sections of society, in some cases leading to unprecedented levels of poverty and hopelessness. Among the “African-Americans” in the United States, the numbers for the out-of-wedlock birthrates and the single parent homes have effectively reversed since the implementation of the purported “war on poverty”ix. Whether intentionally or not, these programs of “support” and “assistance” have harmed far more people than they have ever helped.
What is the meaning behind these numbers though? These social assistance programs, whether by design or by accidentx, have created multiple generations with a sense of dependency and a welfare state that is literally unprecedented in the entire history of humanity. While it is acknowledged that many indigenous peoples do historically, freely share what they have, everyone within the community also has a duty and/or responsibility to the tribe in return. The people must contribute and hold the governing body and each other to account.
Many of these same results have occurred throughout other groups within society as well. In the United States alone, there are overly large numbers from numerous segments of the population. Hispanics, (Especially among the native and indigenous South American populations not necessarily of Hispanic origins), native Americans and even among the poorest of the white population in the rural Appalachian Mountains and other rural locations. These groups have suffered equally devastating results from the supposed war on poverty. When this problem is looked at closely on a global scale, the numbers ... and the areas of concern grow exponentially and only serve as further proof that the entire system is flawed and needs to be changed completely, not relegating it to be fixed by the very same “experts” that made the mess to begin with. Far too many and an ever-increasing numbers of families are seeing multiple generations living in impoverished conditions and forced into a complete dependency on the government, at the expense of the taxpayer, for their survival.
Add in the fact that nearly half the population of the world lives in abject poverty and it becomes clear that this purported “war on poverty” has been lost. The approach taken to relieve the suffering and provide assistance for the people requires ... demands a different approach and new programs to be implemented if there is to be any real hope to fully eradicate the scourge of poverty from the face of this earth. The basic necessities of life need to be provided to each and every person on the face of this earth ... and beyond the confines of this world when that stage is reached, but there must be at least some cost for everything that is provided, and that cost should not be born on the backs of the taxpaying, “productive and contributing” members of society as is currently the case. Even if the only available jobs are menial or superfluous in nature some work must be required by and all that are capable of working. The creation of a new and improved dependency class is not even an option to be considered, much less continued! No person should have to suffer or go without, and especially not have to worry about going (or actually becoming) bankrupt due to being downsized, outsourced or even because of medical emergencies.
Equally important however, is the subjective view of the individual. The reasoning and meaning behind that previous statement should not be lost or discarded. The person who has studied for years to become a doctor is likely not going to react well to being relegated to sweeping the streets in order to provide a home for their family. It is imperative that the responsibilities and requirements for receiving benefits not be established in such a way as to be seen as “pointless” or “worthless”, but as necessary and important contributions to the societal structure. In such a way, it is possible to give people pride in what they are doing, and in their benefits.
i Whether in a debt-based system or a value-based system, value is directly correlated to the worth of something. If nothing has any quantifiable value, it has no worth. Examples of this can be seen everywhere but seems to be especially prevalent in the inner-cities and impoverished rural locations in addition to other locales wherein there are large numbers of impoverished and/or indigent individuals.
ii It does not matter so much what the work is as it does that there is some effort put forth by the recipients of the assistance to earn what they receive. Everything should be earned and never given without restriction. As technology and automation advance, these roles for the people may even become substantially less strenuous and demanding but nonetheless, there should be a system in place whereby people can earn what they receive.
iii Even a commitment in the form of “sweat equity” or the exchange of labor for a financially viable reward, gives at least a sense of value to whatever is provided as a benefit. It is absolutely imperative that every effort be made and every possible step be taken to prevent the creation of a society wherein a dependency class will prosper at the expense of others. While every effort has been made to ensure that even the poorest of residents will have their basic needs provided for, it should also be noted that every effort to improve their personal situation shall be rewarded and not punished, and every line of support provided down to the level of the individual.
iv The Citizen Review Boards and the Ombudsman Programs will be the two primary methods for keeping the foundation(s) and the governing body in check, They will also provide the average citizen with a direct voice ... a direct line of communication to the governing bodies. This is especially important in terms of making the benefits available to all citizens while at the same time allowing for extenuating circumstances on an individual level to be addressed.
v Unemployment “Insurance” (which is little more than allowing the government to use the money of the individual interest free until such a time as it may, only by need, return the property of the citizen to the citizen) provides only a temporary stop-gap against poverty, especially when many families are only a paycheck away from homelessness. Social assistance programs are temporary in nature unless the person (or family) is impoverished to the point where it becomes a career trap, costing more to get out of than can be afforded. Those receiving only social assistance will suffer financially any time they try to return to the workforce closing the trap.
vi From the time of the Magna Carta onward, free peoples have ultimately been the final system of checks and balances designed to keep the governing body in check. Unfortunately, throughout history, the governing bodies and/or the members thereof, have used what powers they were granted in order to obtain more power and control over the people whom they were sworn to protect and defend. Not only should the powers of the governing body be few and well-defined, an equal ... if not opposing document should be constructed as part of the governing documents, to lay out exactly what is necessarily prohibited and what powers the governing body may not assume. In short, it is necessary to directly address those issues that open the door for abuse and to ensure that every means possible has been put in place to prevent those circumstances from being allowed.
vii In reality, people are by and large overly apathetic about their governance. If they must be compelled through mandatory service to keep the chains of oppression off society as a whole, it seems a small price to pay. Funding will be established for the Ombudsman Programs and the Citizen Review Boards in order that any and every resident is duly compensated for their service but serve they must. Only a united people will be capable of reigning in those who seek and crave power and control.
viii Economic stability is necessary to prevent an economic collapse that would ultimately lead to a war in virtually every sector wherein the economies were suffering. Furthermore, and from the perspective of the Community Developments even more importantly, the economic stability is necessary to ensure the ongoing trade and the continued viability of the parallel economic and financial systems in place. As long as these systems are maintained, there should be virtually no financial disparity between the community developments no matter where they have been established across the globe.
ix Of particular interest in regards to these studies is the Moynihan Report written in 1965. From follow ups and reviews of this report comes the following observation: “When Moynihan wrote in 1965 on the coming destruction of the black family, the out-of-wedlock birthrate was 25 percent among blacks. In 1991, 68 percent of black children were born outside of marriage. In 2011, 72% of Black babies were born to unwed mothers.” The purported “war on poverty” has been exceptionally destructive to the Nuclear Family Unit.
x While it is difficult to imagine that the best minds in the worlds and so many governments around the world with so many more independent experts, have accomplished this destruction of family values by accident, the alternative is far worse to consider. There will be no cries of conspiracy theories or other more nefarious intentions made here, but it really is very difficult to believe that so many “experts” from around the world all came up with the same flawed projections and implemented so many programs so similar in nature merely because of flawed data being input into the proverbial system. The system has to be changed if poverty is to be fully eradicated.