Ditching the myths
If the people are to get the changes needed to allow them to lead fulfilling lives, the public must first understand what needs to change and how to make change happen. Those able to provide empathetic leadership need to initiate a dialogue that results in determining a set of demands for the changes needed. Movements for social change need to articulate and rouse support for a new charter for change. We need a list of the peoples’ demands, which instructs legislators and all who exercise power throughout society.
This list of demands must be comprehensive and include changes that encompass all five of the fundamental levers of change, because comprehensive change is essential if it is to be effective and lasting. We need to discard the multitude of myths that hold back the people and instead encourage everyone to think-through the changes needed to enhance their lives. We need to stop repeating the same mistakes that make up the cycle of failures that prevent real change taking place. So, we must find creative solutions to removing long-standing barriers to achieving radical change.
What are our most essential demands?
Below I outline my thoughts about areas where we should demand change - what do you think?
- Across the board, all but the smallest of organizations need to be subject to independent oversight to ensure that they fulfil their purpose and stick to their true function. ‘Independent’ means people who report directly to members or citizens and are not appointed by political parties. For example, the second chamber of the system of government should comprise people independent of political parties and be tasked with ensuring that government delivers on its purpose and function, which ought to be the protection and empowerment of its citizens.
- Democracy only works when it functions as a complete system. For example, political influence is only in the hands of equal individuals, this means that super-rich individuals or corporate bodies must not be able to buy influence buy means of supplying political funding, lobbying or by any other means.
- Taxation must support fairness and widespread prosperity. Tax revenue should come from the fair taxation of income and from taxing all gains achieved by means of speculation, also by recovering social costs out of profits gained by exploiting the weakness of vulnerable persons. Donations to political parties and front organizations by corporate bodies must not be permitted. However, in the interests of encouraging democratic participation, individual donations to political parties (subject to set limits) need to be tax-deductible.
- Markets must be open and fair so that they work for the benefit of all citizens. This requires the placing of limitations on the role of any single or group of associated business in any market, in most markets this means that no enterprise can hold more than a 12.5% share of a market. Also, this calls for stronger and better resourced consumer protection, as well as a proactive public policy framework to encourage genuine self-help enterprises to operate in all markets.
- The organizations that comprise our education system must also be subject to independent oversight, which should ensure that the system delivers education that empowers citizens. Those passing through the system should be empowered to run their own organizations and participate in a true democracy and in the governance of democratically controlled organizations.