Some Proposals to Counter Global Destruction


1. The Ideology of Representative Democracy
Expensive publicity campaigns and/or corruption determine who can be a candidate and who is elected in democratic elections. Big money inordinately influences political decisions.
Allow each person to be a candidate for a given political position (eg MP) only once, whether eventually elected or not. Submit all major decisions to universal referendum (simple and virtually costless through the Internet in countries with electronic Identity Cards.)
Which famous politician said "When it becomes serious, you have to lie."?

2. The Ideology of Consumer Free Choice
Human beings in rich countries over-consume and entice those in the poorer countries to do the same. Advertising does not inform; it convinces, hence radically distorting the "free" market.
Eliminate advertising for all consumer goods.

3. The Ideology of an Infinite Planet
People will buy almost anything if the price is right, but that price does not take into account environmental and climate effects of production and consumption.
Hold manufacturers responsible for all environmental and climate effects of their products in a way similar to how the pharmaceutical industry is made responsible for medical effects.

4. The Ideology of Carbon Emissions Trading
The very rich can each produce more greenhouse gases in 10 minutes than does a poor person in a poor country in a lifetime.
Set non-negotiable, non-tradable quotas for consumption of natural resources and for pollution by each individual and by each organisation, identical for everyone, first within each country, later globally.
Which famous politician said "The struggle against poverty in the world and the challenge of cutting wealthy country emissions all has a single, very simple solution... Here it is: Put a price on carbon."

5. The Ideology of Waste Disposal
Petrol-based plastics contain toxic materials (many of which are zero tolerance: bisphenol A, phthalates, etc.). Plastic never disappears but disintegrates into tiny particles that climb back up the food chain.
Forbid plastic in contact with food and children, as well as all other single-use products such as non-reusable packaging and discardable goods, the manufacturer and distributor being socially and financially responsible for any toxicity or items found discarded.

6. The Ideology of Risk Management
Private risk-taking is inevitably bailed out be public funds.
To curtail risk-taking, limit all interest and dividend rates to the inflation rate plus 1% and oblige lenders to hold assets equal to 100% of the amount lent.
Which regulatory agency chief said "Consenting adults in private? That's their problem."

7. The Ideology of Comparative Advantage
Unnecessary transportation is a major source of environmental destruction and climate change. (No country taxes aviation fuel!)
Stop importation of any item that can be produced within a country.

8. The Ideology of Free Market Competition
Duplication of suppliers to provide "competition" produces enormous wastes.
Eliminate all competition and publically control "natural" monopolies: natural resources, public transportation and communication, energy distribution networks, and so on.
Which famous venture capitalist said "Competition is for losers."?
And which famous economist said "If we can teach undergraduates to wince when they hear someone talk about competitiveness, we will have done our nation a great service."?

9. The Ideology of Trickle-down Economics
Rich countries over-produce whereas millions in poorer countries starve or die of curable diseases.
Transfer the result of all growth in production in rich countries to the poorer countries.

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