Let us have a look on the previous and actual propositions to change the world for the better.
To stop poverty this is often proposed. Mostly these expenses are in the more richer countries, the real poverty is not there. The scale is badly estimated: Worldwide expenses for armament are about 1.800 US$ per year. 1/3 in the US. Distributed to over 7,5 billions of people this come to 130 $ per human on the world. Distributed to the poorest 1 billion that would be 1.800 $ per each. On the other side: unemployment in the manufacturers country. And how the money come to the poor?
The rich people should give to the poor is another idea. Following the list of Forbes 1.645 billionaires possess a total wealth of more than 6.000 billions €. That are assets, not income. Distributed to all people on the planet everybody would receive 800 $. A possible 5 % cash dividend after taxes would give 40 $ to everybody.
Money and Interest
“Abolish the money and all problems in the world dissipate”. This naif proposal is voiced in the media and subject of many books. Sure, money is too much valued – but this is part to our cause: human root cause. The interest is the price of waiting the repayment and the risk. This economic law is still valid.The money creation by the banks is as a danger yet added to the above proposal. But this constitutes only a liquidity, when somebody receive cash for immediate expense and has to repay later. There is credit and debt simultaneously, nobody gets richer by this operation only. Furthermore the argument is: By the interest more money than the amount created has to be repaid. And this would in long termin ruin the system. But everybody who offers for some more income a yoga course, ask money which has not been “created”.
Unconditional basic income
A dream of many people, economists and entrepreneurs too. But the financing is still open – as long as we do not come back to paradise. In each country there is a different culture especialy for the social net. The effect on the mind and personality is unknown. Actually a basic income would only possible in the rich industrial countries – if the social culture permit (surely not in USA). And not in the countries with the real poor billion of people.
The inequality between humans results of many differences and talents, which are valued differently by the fellow human beings in our society with divised labor. By this concentration of wealth and income develop. Inheritance can add to this. All a very human process. Probably 90 % of all sold books are written by the same 10 % of authors. And with music the same.
Naturally the value of “Equality” plays an importand role in our life and excesses should be fought. In our vision of change the world certainly we have to look more to equality of opportunities – regardless the family or country where born and the sexe.
Expert models to change the world
Nobel price winner Joseph Stiglitz has written a thick book (The Price of Inequality) blaming the lobby of the rich establishment (1 %) in politics. And many he writes on taxes and finances. But that leaves us in a little vague (new society contract, acces to education etc.) He is focusing the inequality, but does not propose a practical way. Britsh economist Anthony B Atkinson, too (Inequality), does not describe a really practical way with his financial measures.
The very known american economist Jeffrey D. Sachs has advised many states for economic reforms, when currency and taxes were important. He propagates in his famous book (End of poverty) more development aid, to help the poor countries to climb the first rung of the ladder of economic development. Naturally he speaks of investments and emphasizes the micro-credits, but there is no strategy how to achieve these Investments.
US-American economist William Easterly (The White Man’s Burden) has the contrary position. The west has made many mistakes in aid. The countries in development should borrow money on the free financial market and invest all internally. Dambisa Moyo (Dead Aid), economist of Sambia, takes the same line.
The Demographers Rainer Klingholz and Wolfgang Lutz (Education first) have the nearest approach to the deep cause of world challenges. They describe with many examples in history and in countries the spread of knowledge and modern learning methods. But they remain a little abstract as to connect education with material welfare and the effect of personal development. And here on English interview with the authors.
We can conclude finally, except the last model: they all put the cart before the horse (politics and taxes). The same applies for the open criticism of capitalism as remedy. A real new approach combining and tackling simultaneously the 3 deep roots of our planetary problems is needed.