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Tools For A New Political Economy

Article IV


Regarding Exploitation Of, and Injury To, the Worker-Consumer Class by the Owner-Shareholder Class, and the Necessity of Worker or Common Ownership of Production



Problems To Solve

The amplification of destructive production and consumption that benefits the ruling class (owner-shareholders) while increasing burdens and injuries for the non-ruling classes (worker-consumers):
  • Exploitation of natural resources and labor, often at the expense of the well-being of workers, local communities and surrounding ecosystems
  • Socialization of business risk and public funding for research and development of profit-making innovations
  • Rewarding pathological behavior (i.e. “business as usual”) and divorcing business ethics from prosocial norms
  • Privatization of public goods
  • Engineering artificial demand through marketing and advertising, as complemented by concurrently engineered scarcity

Pervasive, devastating and self-amplifying injury to all human beings, and most acutely the non-ruling (worker-consumer) classes:
  • Toddlerization and infantilization of consumers - creating excessively dependent consumers who cannot care for themselves and externalize all problems and solutions, then become habituated to chronic consumption and commercialized addictions around those commodities
  • Accelerating changes in technology and a forceful expectation for everyone to adapt to them immediately
  • Enticement and reward for operating at the lowest common denominators of moral function (animalism)
  • Ever-expanding marginalization, disenfranchisement, criminalization and incarceration of anyone who challenges the capitalistic status quo, or who can’t (or won’t) operate within it
  • Snowballing physical and psychological diseases and dysfunction directly attributable to commercialized programming of diets, stress and conspicuous consumption

Increasingly global homogenization of human culture, caused by:
  • Greater economies of scale through monopolization and mass production
  • Lowest-common-denominator marketing appeals
  • Allure of U.S.-style consumerism and its inherent “newer-is-better” frenetic meme
  • Technological standardization

Proposed Solutions

  1. Disrupt “business as usual” & pro-capitalist PR campaigns
  2. Eliminate corporate personhood & right to free speech via Constitutional Amendment
  3. Institute greater direct democracy at all levels of government
  4. Create citizens councils via civic lottery
  5. Migrate away from shareholder ownership of production to common and worker ownership
  6. Eliminate corporate monopolies
  7. Create new community-centric schema & structures for enterprise
  8. Create non-profit infrastructure & essential services sector of competing enterprises & social credits system (i.e. a Universal Social Backbone)
  9. Enlist the wealthiest elite as change agents
  10. Migrate away from private ownership towards common ownership (i.e. a Level 7 property position)

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