Here is a brainstorm; an innocent attempt to put the world back together. My vision includes tv, internet and movies, so stay calm.
1. National/International conduct, Science, Politics, Military (Are there holes in my plan? Yes.)
National= Block out the states. 3 to 4 different ‘zones of governance.’ 3 or 4 ‘united states.’ The nation as it is is simply too big to effectually organize. We’re 40 times the size of all of the u.k. This wouldn’t be in accordance to any philosophy or party system, but simply with regard to ease of resource allocation and more effective systems of care. Inside that structure, each state would still make their own policies for bringing services to citizens, though the whole of the u.s. would adhere to same safety and quality standards. Resources would come from within u.s. borders only. This may place limitations on certain items, and so be it. If we can’t find enough for our people on 3.8 million square miles then we’re lost. Evaluations would be made as to the long-term sustainability in manufacturing and consumption (this is where our scientific community would be utilized). The federal reserve is abolished as money is abolished. International= we would be producing everything within our own borders. Downsizing. We would export only what we could afford to and only to help in achieving sustainability with survival resource issues. We have nonpartisan delegates working with other nations, mostly in regard to our shared planetary impact. Pointed mediations of our direct disputes implemented and revisited. Beyond that, no more ‘world’s policeman’ mentality stems from the u.s.. Our nation is out of any world market. Science= Space Program, etc. on hold until we become non-fatal to ourselves down here. It’s not just resources/materials, it’s that there needs to be more scientific vision within our civilized models. An ethical progress needs to slowly work through all systems. Scientific expertise morally needs to be brought fully to bear on societal harmony. Politics= a re-do of the constitution. No party lines drawn, just an ongoing dialog that directs policy, keeping our new goals at the forefront. The 3-4 nations’ governing councils would consist of rotating, short-term citizenry. Yes, everyone gets ‘government council’ duty unless well warranted otherwise. There is no president, or one leader. Public speakers are used to declare counseled decisions. Laws are made much less, and more in a ‘living document’ style. Personal religious beliefs would not be discouraged and would not be focused on. Public forums and city councils utilized, not mayors, not governors. Councils would consist of rotating, short-term citizenry. Yes, everyone gets ‘city council’ duty as well unless well warranted otherwise. Resources for projects allocated by the 3-4 regions, distributed nationally if need be. Marriage is left as a personal choice and not a part of state function. Church and state are truly separate, in all official communications and within new media sources, unless you want to public-access your own station, which anyone could do. Military= Most war weapons and nuclear power discontinued. Military would abandon formalism and focus almost solely on mediating national/international conflict. This new, non-formal entity would come to the aid of areas in conflict on u.s. soil, to help out multisystemically. It is also out of all markets, so that should cease most of its reasons for being anyway. Defense is now thought of in terms of dialogue, resource/survival labor and proactive problem solving. If a war becomes unavoidable than this system has failed.
2. money, healthcare, employment, housing
Money/Insurance= No way. Nothing is insured. Money is not used, everything is ‘covered.’ Healthcare= hospitals and private practices mix as a proliferation of small clinics. Healthcare is free and everyone’s responsibility. There is some sort of medical model ‘sameness’ that is overtly based on nutrition and exercise. Much less emphasis on medication. People allowed the time to heal. permanent contraceptive procedures freely offered and advertised from teenhood up. Healthcare would include the physical, behavioral and mental continuum. Work= Would be under a model of gift economy, and only to ensure essential survival and basic comfort. Everyone would have to perform 2 hours of something a day, 3-5 days a week, based on their interests and skill, toward this end of essential survival services. You may be trained for rotation as needed in other areas should the need arise. There is an abundance of people on site to pick up slack immediately, lots of overlap in shifts. The job sector would entail only the needs of our food distribution, healthcare, infrastructure, housing, education and constabulary needs. You are not paid but given access to services and resources. This 2 hour a day role would supply us with shelter, food and healthcare as well as free your life up to pursue your own interests. The rest of it, entertainment, cultural narratives, art, downtime, restaurants, parks- that would be up to us to work on. Materials crafted for free, time spent working there considered voluntary, but done for the benefit of our new shared ethical progress. Physically and intellectually disabled would be helped through this system, as part of new healthcare responsibilities. Night shifts and/or areas where there may be a lack of interest or skill would all be planned accordingly. The interest here would not be in serving the work force, or economy. It would be in serving ourselves. We would sometimes have to gather stronger in times of crisis, or to deal with shortages. We do this anyway. However, I’m counting on this shorter work day schedule to enable more people to fit in where needed. Housing= Would be a shared labor/repair process. Housing people could not be any sort of profit sector, as nothing is profit based. Everyone gets housing, though it will all look different; more green, more environmentally integrated. Land ownership would be a pointless concept (again). A basic regulation of what unsafe trespassing is would be organized and kept as a lawful living document. Other than that, owning the land is ridiculous. Just make sure we’re not mean to eachther on it.
3. Food, Entertainment
Food= Food stands would be small affairs, and everywhere. Stands would sell only raw foodstuffs. Nothing made or mixed. People would teach people how to prepare their dietary needs at first. Later, this would be part of our public educational responsibilities. Much more local agriculture implemented and utilized- at least 80%. A model that is less about many competing options and more about basic health. Food distributed in accordance with family size. Any restaurants would be completely cooperative, and up to the people to organize. Food distributed in accordance with the new no-money model, with ‘resource abuse’ assessed individually. Entertainment= Would be vastly different. In media, “if it bleeds, it leads” as a philosophy would have to be thrown out. Public forums would be nightly news. Stations run on a public-access basis. There is no money coursing through this system anymore. Bars would be b.y.o.b. with safety measures in place; spaces for self-organized entertainment. Resource lists would be broadcast often, and everywhere. Information derived from tv/internet/media would be organized around a ‘helpful hint’ model, directing people to groups, resources, free opportunities. Entertainment in general would no longer be corporatized. Anyone can have access to a web-based channel. Televisions/devices would pick up both tv and internet. Not a schedule of programming so much as a variety of options that could be watched whenever. Like tivo/internet for your tv/device. There would likely not be as many of these devices made, and share centers for technology would become more standard.
4. Education, Urban Planning, Drugs, Crime
Educational systems= Teachers unions reorganized, more accessible evaluatives for teachers used regularly. Multiple teachers per classroom. Time spent at school, for teachers and students, would be much less. Field trips the norm, with the home schooling model as an open option. Elementary would teach the basics, high school would branch in the direction of the individual. Off-site situations would be used more and in conjunction with the students’ education. Classes on cooking and nutrition, basic construction, anger management, mediation, conflict resolution. Classes mix ontology, philosophy, exercise, self-examination. Religious beliefs would not be discouraged or focused on. Classes would be conducted more in circles. More emphasis would be placed on methodology and the process of learning through critical thinking techniques, less emphasis on the canonized learning subjects. This would be worked out as the student progresses in whatever way they progress. Problem behaviors addressed individually, with the recognition that certain students will need a higher form of societal nurturing, one-on-one scenarios, etc. Urban Planning= Would be much more open and green. Trees planted everywhere in the city. Nature must somehow be filtered back in again. Street culture mixed with forest culture. More public music and sound systems. Community dance and performance gatherings much more abundant, permits less necessary for every event. Drugs/Crime= Crime would be reevaluated in general. Punishment for drug use taken off the table. Some drugs legalized. Alcohol and cigarettes would be make-your-own, with care given to addiction. Addiction treatment models brought to bear on problem drug behaviors, not incarceration. The purpose of this 2-hour a day work model would be to provide a life where drugs wouldn’t be the problem they are now. There would be no fines, no suing. A restructuring of law enforcement into a more informal entity, safety-minded using prevention and community communication as the core model. These citizens are publicly appointed, with different tiers of crisis training and public involvement. No more uniforms, but basic IDs for these people. Warm-hearted interventions would be the primary goal when at all possible. Relaxation therapies mandatory for these safety-trained citizens as ‘the job’ll get to ya.’ 2 hour shifts a day as well, lots of shift overlap. People who’ve committed crimes attend trauma-informed group and individuated therapies that interrelate with their interests, healthily. Those who need to be separated from others regarding safety stay in care houses, ‘safe’ houses, properly secured, with 24/7 support from a broad spectrum of caregivers. No more huge jails.
* Here is a response from a friend that brings up needed questions:
“But what about when other countries are at war with leaders like Hitler or other countries that just want to blow us up? I think there are times to get involved on this planet to avoid unnecessary human suffering. And what would stop other countries from bombing us needlessly if they wanted with no consequences. They could without us having weapons…scary thought.
If there was no money and people only worked two hours a day, what amount of people needing medical care would be able to receive care? What if there was a shortage of, say, ER doctors because everyone preferred gardening? What incentives could be offered to encourage more interest in a needed profession? I wouldn’t want just anyone operating on me, etc…This may be why pay and the different pay ranges for jobs exist. And what two hours would you want to work? Pick me for 3-5am please!! Lol. Do you get something like a nice house or a house with a pool (that someone else maintains for you through volunteering or work) if you have a more demanding job–like an ER doctor? Are all homes the same?
What if someone keeps having kids and then can’t get food for them (however food is received)??? You can’t buy more, so what do you do–especially if you can’t grow it?
I think two hours a day of work, but then some form of volunteering with your money-free world…to make it work. I don’t think there would be enough ‘man power’!! Who keeps track of the hours?? What about the able-bodied lazy people who just don’t want to work? Do they just die eventually? …that’s what would happen in the wild…
What about geography for farming needs (flat land)? Food from other countries…like grapes. Guess we won’t eat grapes…can’t get to Chili or Peru from here…”
I can only speak on my country- but this would be my plan for all countries. No country would be getting bombed if they were all out of world markets, if the idea of profit through money ceased to exist, and if religion wasn’t focused on (but not discouraged). Do you know how many problems taking money out of the picture solves automatically? Some of these things I mention in the videos – I know some jobs by their very nature would be longer than two hours – medical/operating table jobs- I would fold 3 shifts together as 1, so people can pick up where others leave off, with enough overlapping information. Lets make ‘doctor’ a more possible thing to attain.
No, in my vision no homes are better for certain people, doctor to garbage person. Every job for society is a job to do with equal thoroughness. No one takes care of another person’s home just because they have a more complicated job. Everyone gets much more time to their own lives.
The way we work in the medical field would now include teams of people picking up the slack. More than there is now, even. Do you know how scary a problem overpopulation is becoming? I simply trust that there will be enough people for all these new-vision jobs. There will be more than enough. In this essay I mentioned the work week as being 3-5 days a week and 2 hrs a day, b/c I am kind hearted-3 hours is just too much of your day gone in the interest of a simple survival ‘economy.’ Two hours of service a few days a week from everyone possible should keep a simpler america sustained. This is the part I don’t want to waver on, b/c people need their lives back. But we need a premeditated system in place if we’re going in this direction. The reason structural violence is occuring is b/c we slowly got better at resource maintaining and building better and better equip., tools, weapons, ’til we got to the point where 1 person could reap huge benefits b/c they didn’t have to work anymore. They basically got out of the work force. They just called shots. A no-money system removes competition from the stage as well as that blind expansion. Not in every instance, but basically, it collapses the current greed mechanism. You can resource abuse, but you can’t systems abuse. Damage becomes more manageable. Rotating council duties will keep planners from planning with too much self-interest. People who commute long distances count that time as part of their job, and may work less hours on the actual site. I’m pretty sure there’d be less cars, so solar/public transportation adopted more effectively. Solar buses are just starting to come into vogue. Just look at what’s out there for innovative ideas now.. We have the technology to get simple and comfortable and be efficient at it. It’s changing peoples’ minds that is the stumbling block.. Every country in history has dried up or been taken out. We need a new paradigm. I get how money/trade was a way of organizing and optimizing survival at first, but it’s actually getting in the way now, becoming profit-for-profit’s sake. We have that first Full photo of the earth in space taken in the 70s- JUST the 70s! now we know just how little and connected it all is. We’re learning too many important things to concentrate on ‘job creation’ and ‘healthy economies.’ Those things don’t mean anything unless individuals are at the fulcrum of change. But they’re not- a weird imaginary mass called ‘money’ constantly orders the importance of caring for eachother now. We as individuals don’t think in these truncated formats, we have heart. But that doesn’t matter, these formats organize our lives for us at this point.
People who are ‘too lazy’ are also helped in this manner, but slowly. They’re probably depressed b/c they’re human and here and have no good idea of why. People checking in with people is part of the healthcare system. Most people want to be reached. Most people want help. Once we start to see this clearly, we’ll come at them right. Through working at homeless shelters and centers for 15 years, all I’ve seen is human conflict, but I can still say this is possible, b/c you start to see people open up, regardless. It’s usually us who shut down after awhile, but it’s only because you can’t genuinely care for people 8+ hours a day. That’s superhuman, and disastrous.