23 March 2010

The search for big political ideas

Filed under: democracy, Humanity Plus, innovation, politics, vision — David Wood @ 1:07 am

On Saturday, I attended an event called “The Battle for Politics“, organised by the Institute for Ideas as a “pre-election public summit”.

The publicity material for this event gave me reason to look forward to it:

Party politics no longer seems to be about clear ideological differences, or indeed any kind of substantial debate reflecting competing visions for a better society. Nonetheless, many pressing issues remain unresolved.

So though it might be tempting to write off mainstream politics as irrelevant, and to take a ‘none of the above’ position in the coming election, this can only feed the pervasive cynicism about the possibility of social change and progress. History has not gone on standby, but continues to throw up new challenges.

The Institute of Ideas wants to take the opportunity of this election to re-enfranchise the electorate and put each candidate on the spot by asking them to declare where they stand on a range of key questions.

And yes, there were some worthy discussions during the day:

  • The electorate seem still to be deeply interested in political matters, even though they are alienated from existing political parties and politicians;
  • Changing the way voting takes place might engender better discussion and buy-in from the electorate to the political process;
  • The ever growing costs of the welfare state – coupled with our current financial shortfalls – mean that some significant change is needed in how the welfare state operates;
  • Insights from social sciences (such as behavioural economics) possibly have at least some role to play in improving political governance;
  • Wider adoption of evidence-based policy – where appropriate – probably will also improve governance.

However, at the end of the day, I felt underwhelmed by what had taken place.

For example: at the event, the Institute of Ideas had launched their “21 pledges for progress 2010“.  This included the following gems:

  • Limit the police’s power to detain people without charge to 24 hours rather than 28 days, in the interests of civil liberties and due process.
  • Declare an amnesty for all illegal immigrants presently in the UK, whether asylum seekers or economic migrants, in the interests of recognising the positive aspirations of those who seek to improve their lives by moving countries.
  • Open the borders, revoking all immigration controls, in the interests of the free movement of citizens.
  • Get rid of police Tsars and unelected ‘experts’ from government decision-making in the interests of parliamentary sovereignty and democratic accountability.
  • Abolish the monarchy and the House of Lords in the interests of a fully elected legislature and executive.
  • Direct state funding of schools into providing universal access to the highest standard of education in academic subjects, rather than politicised cross curricular themes like sustainability or citizenship, in the interests of passing on real knowledge to our children.

I applaud the Institute of Ideas for catalysing debate on a series of important topics, but I saw little evidence of political ideas that are likely to deservedly capture the imagination and the enthusiasm of the electorate.

The material I liked best, from what was on display, was something entitled “The London Manifesto for Innovation”, created by a group called “The Big Potatoes“.  This made the following assertions:

  • We should “think big” about the potential of innovation, since there’s a great deal that innovation can accomplish;
  • Rather than “small is beautiful” we should keep in mind the slogan “scale is beautiful”;
  • We should seek more than just a continuation of the “post-war legacy of innovation” – that’s only the start;
  • Breakthrough innovations are driven by new technology – so we should prioritise the enablement of new technology;
  • Innovation is hard work and an uphill struggle – so we need to give it our full support;
  • Innovation arises from pure scientific research as well as from applied research – both are needed;
  • Rather than seeking to avoid risk or even to manage risk, we have to be ready to confront risk;
  • Great innovation needs great leaders of innovation, to make it happen;
  • Instead of trusting regulations, we should be ready to trust people;
  • Markets, sticks, carrots and nudges are no substitute for what innovation itself can accomplish.

I’d like to build on these insights, with some concrete suggestions.  These are suggestions for items that should become national priorities – items that deserve a larger amount of attention, analysis, resourcing, and funding.  Borrowing some of the “big potatoes” language, I see these items as potentially having major impact over the next 10-20 years.  As such, they deserve to be national priorities during the decade ahead.

I’m not sure exactly what belongs on this list of national priorities, and look forward to feedback.  But here’s an initial proposal:

  1. Preventive medicine – since the costs of prevention will in many cases dwarf the cost of cures;
  2. Anti-aging treatments – an important special case of the previous point;
  3. Better than well – just as there are many benefits to avoiding ill-health, there are many benefits to promoting super-health;
  4. Cognitive enhancement and intelligence augmentation – to help everyone to become smarter and more sociable (both individually and collectively);
  5. Artificial general intelligence – an important special case of the previous point;
  6. Improved rationality (overcoming biases, in all their forms) – another important special case of the same point;
  7. Freedom from fundamentalism – diminishing the hold of dogma, whether from “scripture” or “tradition” or “prophets”;
  8. Education about accelerating technology – so people become fully aware of the opportunities, risks, context, and options;
  9. Robotics supporting humans – providing unmatched strength, precision, and diligence;
  10. Nanotechnology – the use of atom-level engineering to create highly useful new materials, compounds, and tools;
  11. Synthetic biology – techniques of software and manufacturing applied to biology, with huge benefits for health;
  12. Largescale clean energy – whether solar, nuclear, or whatever;
  13. Patent system reform – to address aspects of intellectual property law where innovation and collaboration are being hindered rather than helped;
  14. Smart market regulation – to handle pressures where social forces lead to market failures rather than genuinely useful products;
  15. Expansion of voluntary enterprise (the domain of not-for-profit contribution) – since not everything good is driven by financial motivation;
  16. Expansion of human autonomy – supporting greater choice and experience – in both virtual and physical reality;
  17. New measures of human accomplishment – an attractive vision that supersedes economic measures such as GDP;
  18. Geo-engineering capability – to equip us with tools to wisely restructure the planet (and more).

To give this list a name: I tentatively call this list “The Humanity+ Agenda“.  I propose to say more about it at the Humanity+, UK2010 event in London’s Conway Hall on 24th April.

The list is driven by my beliefs that:

  • Humanity in the 21st century is facing both enormous challenges and enormous opportunities – “business as usual” is not sustainable;
  • Wise application of technology is the factor that will make the single biggest difference to successfully addressing these challenges and opportunities;
  • If we get things right, human experience in just a few decades time will be very substantially better than it is today – for all people, all over the world;
  • However, there’s nothing inevitable about any of this;
  • Getting things right will require us becoming smarter and more effective than ever before – but, thankfully, that is within our grasp;
  • This is worth shouting about!

Footnote: Some people say that big political ideas are dangerous, and that a focus on effective political management, pursuing pragmatic principles, is far preferable to ideology.  I sympathise with this viewpoint, and share an apprehension of ideology.  But provided rationality remains at the forefront, and provided people remain open to discussion and persuasion, I see great value in vision and focus.



  1. David,

    rather than comment on your suggestions for national priorities, I’d like to question what you mean my national priorities. In particular is a “national priority” something that is government sponsored?

    The reason I ask is because some things in your list clearly need some sort of government sponsorship, or they won’t get off the ground (patent reform, market regulation, large scale clean energy), but others don’t. In fact I strongly believe that research and development priorities should not be set by governments, but should be set by the institutions and companies doing the research. So, depending on what you mean by “national priorities”, I might argue that, for example, anti-aging, artificial general intelligence, nanotechnology and synthetic biology should not be on the list of national priorities at all. (Note – I am not arguing about the merits of those technologies, merely about whether they should be included in a list of national priorities.)

    Rather than specific technology proposals I’d rather see something like “increased funding and independence for universities”.

    Comment by Martin Budden — 27 March 2010 @ 3:00 pm

  2. I like the way you think Mr. David Wood. I know my response is way too late since this post is almost a year old, but i’d still like to post this. Judging on your way of thinking i’d say the only viable option in the long term is a resource based economy (global). But since this is far from viable at this moment in time due to all the differences in cultures and such. Therefore i’ve tried to make an ideological political policy to try to describe a possible transistion phase from the current system towards the next. This policy is far from complete but it will give a basic overview of what i’m working on. Kind Regards, Olivier Name: MDP, Modern Democratic Party. Ideology: To build a future based on a combination of ecology, humanity, sustainability and technology with a pinch of common sense. National Goal: The aim is to solve problems of any scale on a holistic level, to improve the country, the people and nature. International Goal: To seek collaboration with countries who envision a similar ideology. Combine our resources, science, services and education to aim for a bright innovative ecological yet humane and technologically advanced future running on sustainable energy forces. -Feedback Request Version- True Democracy in any country, can only really begin through a mental (r)evolution of its citizens. “The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” -Robbert Kennedy “The way we live our lives is really the issue at hand. We live our lives according to our states of consciousness. Our current 12-month calendar generates states of consciousness that are out of harmony with nature. States of consciousness that are out of harmony with nature create actions that are out of harmony with nature. Actions that are out of harmony with nature are destroying Life on Earth.” -Timothy Tussing Unfounded Auto Didacted Thinktank’s Policies Regarding the Political Remodelling Towards Democracy Olivier.van.Leeuwen@gmail.com -Index- -Chapter I – actual policy- 1. Education 2. Food production (agriculture) and drinkwater usage 3. Healthcare 4. Science 5. Immigration 6. Transparency & Legal System 7. Media 8. Energy 9. Waste & Recycle 10. Housing Market 11. Business Model 12. Public Transportation 13. Cannabis Legalisation and production 14. Drug Policy 15. Animal Rights 16. Culture & Art Events 17. Defense 18. Police & Penintiary System 19. Monetary System 20. International Aid 21. Foreign Political Policy 22. New City 23. Job Market 24. Calendar Reform Chapter II – Elaboration 2.1a PP 2. Reasons to change Food and Drinking Policy 2.1b PP 2. Efficient form of food production. ‘vertical farm’ SkyScraper 2.2 PP 9. Explanation of the Cradle to Cradle design concept 2.3 PP 10. Ideas for Eco-mortgage blueprint requirements 2.4 PP 12. MAGLEV facts and research; efficiency, durability, cost, etc 2.5a PP 19. Elaboration on the Maastricht treaty of 1992 and the Banking Law in 1998 2.5b PP 19. Elaboration on the limitations of GDP to judge the health of an economy 2.6 PP 22. Elaboration on the New City along The Venus Project’s concept 2.7 PP 24. Elaboration on the Law of Time PP 1. Education. Possibly reform to the Finnish Education Policy. Short Elaboration on the Finnish Education Policy; Finnish education and science policy stresses quality, efficiency, equity and internationalism. It is geared to promote the competitiveness of Finnish welfare society. Sustainable economic development will continue to provide the best basis for assuring the nation’s cultural, social and economic welfare. The overall lines of Finnish education and science policy are in line with the EU Lisbon strategy. In Finland, the basic right to education and culture is recorded in the Constitution. Public authorities must secure equal opportunities for every resident in Finland to get education also after compulsory schooling and to develop themselves, irrespective of their financial standing. Legislation provides for compulsory schooling and the right to free pre-primary and basic education. Most other qualifying education is also free for the students, including postgraduate education in universities. Parliament passes legislation concerning education and research and determines the basic lines of education and science policy. The Government and the Ministry of Education and Culture, as part of it, are responsible for preparing and implementing education and science policy. The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for education financed from the state budget. The Government adopts a development plan for education and research every four years. (Source: Finnish Ministry of Education) Education is the most fundamental path to improvement. To find new revelations in their later age people first need to be educated in knowledge, experience, wisdom and the ability to accurately analyse. Possibly start with Philosophy on a young age to try to stimulate mental growth to learn how to analyse and reason (Critical Thinking). PP 2. Food Production and drinkwater usage. The fact that unhealthy food is cheaper then healthy food shows a key issue that can be made towards preventative healthcare. This lifestyle is unhealthy and preposterous. In times of crisis food has to remain available for citizens. Therefore any nation should be able to generate enough food to sustainably feed all their citizens. Promote Local Trade, for example by, changing subsidies from high ecological cost produced food to the season food and vegetables etc, decrease taxes on locally produced food and increases taxes on the foreign foods that are traded in the local market. Besides food we have to reconsider our uses for drinking water. Stop the use of drinking water for things such as flushing the toilet and washing the car. Through the introduction of low cost Eco-mortgage (see pp 10.) for people who let their house be build / renovated to the qualifications set, to receive such a mortgage will provide ways to deal with issues such as the unnecessary waste of drinking water. This will reduce both ecological and financial cost and increase overall efficiency and welfare nation wide. There is also another issue. As more people are born, and eventually need a place to stay, the amount of terrain available for agricultural exploitations will diminish even further, when it’s needed the most. All of this indicates that we need to find more efficient ways to grow food. Where we now use agriculture space to grow for animals which in turn is food for us we quadruple (possibly even more) the amount of resources needed compared to if we’d feed ourselves with non-meat products. Meat should be a luxury rather then a necessity. -Promote Skyscraper Farms (elaboration under chapter II 1b.) -Ban corn based bio fuel, this is not a solution. It drives up the financial cost on a huge amount of food and drinking products, in affect increasing the intensity of the global food crisis. -Restrict genetically modified seed use from companies that are known to cause mass ecological damage such as Monsanto. -Ban Patent holding on Life. Such as seeds, animals and any other form of living organism and genes. PP 3. Healthcare. Preventative Healthcare: Environmental conditioning affects 99% of our actions, and all diligent behavior studies have proven this time and time again. People become alcoholics not because they have a genetic predisposition, but because of the influence of their parents or friends. If you abuse a child, very often they grow up to abuse other children. It is virtually impossble to understand how biology works outside of the context of environment. One of the most crazy making and most widespread, potentially dangerous, notions is that ‘behaviour is genetic’. It means a wide spread variety of things, but for most people it winds up meaning: ‘a deterministic view of life, one rooted in biology and genetics where ‘genes equal things that can’t be changed’. “Genes equal things that are inevitable and that you might aswell not waste resources trying to fix, might aswell not put societal energies into trying to improve because it is inevitable, it is unchangeable.” (which is nonsense) Only a few very rare diseases are genetically programmed, extremely sparcly represented in the population that are truly genetically determined. Most complex conditions might have a predisposition condition which is a genetic component, but a predisposition is not the same as a predetermination. Most diseases are not genetically predetermined (heart diseases, cancers, strokes, mental health conditions, addictions etc) Genes are not just things that help us behave in a certain particular way regardless of our environment. Genes provides us with different ways of responding to our environment. It is the epigenetic influence that happens environmentally that either activates or de-activates certain genes As a result of the current free-trade market and capitalism, is that sickness is more profitable for the pharmaceutical industry then cure and thus in effect in virtually all cases put all their resources in the solvement of symptoms rather then the causes and pay little respect to the cost of their produced medicine. Since the well being of the nation is a prime responsibility of a government, nations should subsidise heavily in the research towards low cost natural medicine without side effects and genuine cures. This will lead towards the change of research going towards the causes rather then the sympthoms. This will reduce healthcare costs in the long term. With the growing number of elderly people worldwide a new way has to be found to give these people a way to do something with their life in terms of passing on knowledge, education, light part time jobs for those who feel on top of their “wits.” Due to pp 2. already a large effort is made into the improvement of preventative healthcare. Combine both “Alternative” and “Regular” medical practises, our aim should be towards prevention, rather then cure and cure rather then continues treatment. (Possible research areas are detailed under the science policy) PP 4. Science. If the world population keeps growing at it’s current rate, without changing our food production process, we need a second planet by 2050 to feed ourselves. Neither are materials here unlimited, so subsidize to create freedom of thought, to find ways stimulate our advances in this area. Possible study areas of importance: -Long term impact of genetically modified food on nature and ourselves. -Ways to filter salt water into drinking water with a very low ecological impact. -Preventive medicine (since the costs of prevention will in many cases dwarf the cost of cures) -Ways to implement permaculture, or intelligent design, into every day life . -“Alternative” medical practices and how to incorporate sucessful parts with the “Regular” medical practises. -Nanotechnology (the use of atom-level engineering to create highly useful new materials, compounds, and tools) -Synthetic biology (techniques of software and manufacturing applied to biology, with huge benefits for health) -Largescale alternative energy (whether solar, tidal, wind, geothermal, or other) -Cannabis Sativa’s nutritious and practical uses. (Example. hemp, 3rd world aid high protein food and bio-fuel) -Research special food diets (plant based) as a means of battling diseases. -Mycology and it’s ecological and medical performances, including things as Konjac-mannan (KJM) and American ginseng (AG) and their medical potential as a cheap effective controlling-medicine against type 2 diabetis and Cannabinoids in their potential for a cheap effective medicine for a wide variety of cancers and tumors. (Cannabinoids destroy many forms of tumor and cancer cells but also have potential against, for example, leukemia and lymphoma and can also help prevent the death of brain cells during a stroke, head trauma and nerve gas exposure) -Mycology regarding how to support vital biodiversity. -Cognitive enhancement and intelligence augmentation (to help everyone to become smarter and more sociable) (both individually and collectively) -Education about accelerating technology (so people become fully aware of the opportunities, risks, context, and options) -Robotics supporting humans (providing unmatched strength, precision, and diligence) -Patent system reform (to address aspects of intellectual property law where innovation and collaboration are being hindered rather than helped) -Expansion of human autonomy (supporting greater choice and experience – in both virtual and physical reality) -New measures of human accomplishment (an attractive vision that supersedes economic measures such as GDP) PP 5. IMMIGRATION. Propose a 5-year freeze on economic immigration. Use the subsidies for immigration to deal with those already under our care. Once this is dealt with, improve the system that handles the complete immigration process before re-opening borders. a) Citizenship obtainable through a combination of qualifications such as, for example: -500 hours of language course, -250 hours of culture course. -Need to work and live within the country for 5 years. -Need to be a positive contributing addition to our society. (financially and / or intellectually) b) Immigrants who violate the law (3 minor offenses or 1 severe offense) will be returned to their country of origin. PP 6. TRANSPARANCY & LEGAL SYSTEM. To guarantee transparency of both the government side, as the corporate side, journalists should have a higher level of legal protection to reveal possible snake pits. (More in pp 7) We need to learn from our mistakes, which cannot be done if we cover them up. Trial and error is the fundamental basis of life in how we learn. Increase national political awareness by holding referenda on laws that are deemed sensitive or seen as a matter of Public Opinion. Separate Religion and Government. Choices in government need to be based on rational conclusions and facts rather then on theological values. Allow freedom of religion with the respect to opposition. Implement a new Ministry of National and International Political Awareness, to create ways to easily access and vote on referenda, and gain information about topics related to the referenda. Thus promoting civil debate, on which any proper democracy thrives. This will also be a way of providing information on companies and corporations about, for example, their ecological performance to the public. Encourage the public to a more aware approach on consumption. “Trust in law is an essential condition of freedom. Distrust skews behaviour towards failure.” (Philip K. Howard). In order for citizens to regain their trust in the legal system we first need to acknowledge the fact that mistakes have been made. Law must set boundaries protecting an open field of freedom, not intercede in all disputes. *Simplify the law; “Migrate from the complexity, toward general principles and goals. Law has to be simple enough so that people can internalise it in their daily choices. If they cannot internalise it then they won’t trust it. The way to do this, is to restore authority to judges and officials to interpret and apply law. Re-humanize the law to make the laws simple so that the citizens feel free and the people in charge have to be free to use their judgement to interpret and apply the law in accordance with reasonable social norms.” (Philip K. Howard) Once again this will promote citizens to have civil debates on political and other issues. *Habeas Corpus is of vital importance to every form of democracy, therefore any country that does not uphold this should not be supported politically, nor financially. *Restrict the need to carry ID cards to violence and crime offenders. *Any civil protests that have 15.000 supporters or more need to be discussed within parliament to address the origin of the protest and see if and how improvements can be made(if it is an improvement for the people, the country or nature). *All Government’s spending over 50.000 euro should be listed on-line where the citizens have access to it. PP 7. MEDIA. To ensure real free journalism, which is vital for any true democracy, there will be new laws implemented to increase legal protection for journalists. This is not only to prove the government’s change towards transparency but to also promote critical thinking and perception analysis.(Nullius in verba, “Take no one’s word for it”). Confine the amount of ownership of media corporations, which means that a single media corporation can own not more then, for example, three media outlets. In order to explain why, we need to look at what a media outlet means, which basically is, a content provider. And due to the large role that media plays in our lives we can under no circumstance allow more then three media outlets to be owned by a single corporation in order to protect both journalism and the people. For content providing in today’s society is often viewed as “truth” which means that once the perceived “truth” is received by the citizens they will often believe it and reason accordingly. When the mass media promotes a certain idea in society, such as “terrorism”, the public is conditioned into believing this is true and a real threat, regardless of reality. The fact is, we are emergent, vulnerable organisms and are always undergoing influence, conditioning and change to a certain degree. That ‘degree’ is largely influenced by the social/ideological identifications which many have been conditioned to think are immutable. This particular state of awareness is where paralysis comes in, for there is nothing in nature to support the conclusion that anything we think about today will not be outdated in the future, for one of the few patterns we can stand behind with a certain degree of confidence (so far) is the reality that all elements of nature are emergent. The ‘identification’ with a set understandings for the sake of one’s integrity is a serious distortion in our world, for it is considered a ‘weakness’ when a person is proven wrong. This is, of course, absurd, for to be proven wrong is how most learn and it should not be a feared circumstance. “The human species is the only species that has the ability to interfere with their own growth”.(Fritz Pearls) This is an important understanding, for our belief systems, which we think we must keep to support our identities, often stand in the way of new, changing understandings and personal growth. By restricting the ownership of these media outlets a multiple number of media outlets will investigate and double check each others published content. Keep a small amount of media outlets in government hands to provide political information, non profit based documentaries and and other forms of culture enriching entertainment that can lead to civil debates and questions, which in turn, through reason might lead to an improvement of our standard of Life. Currently stupidity is an easy crowd pleaser in media outlets, this is subconscious propaganda towards feeling content with not letting the human mind evolve and mature, both physically and mentally. Important to change from stupidity entertainment towards intellectual or educational entertainment brought in an interesting format. There are all kinds of educational / informative entertainment forms available, whether it is through documentaries, series, comedy, science breakthroughs or any other display of remarkable progression. PP 8. ENERGY. There is more then enough energy all around us to tap into, all that we need to do, is put the equipment in place. Tidal power can be captured on the sea surface, combined with a windmill above sea level for wind energy capture and several mills under sea level for the current energy, a combination of three never ending renewable energy resources that can be harvested and stored. Research the cost and gains of an interconnected web of these 3 forms of energy capture on an area of, for example, 100 by 150 kilometres in seas and oceans. The combination of these three renewable energy sources should be designed on efficiency and durability along a cradle to cradle concept. Seek possible collaboration between Germany and Netherlands into Geothermal energy. Re-establish the truth regarding the Global Warming. If the perception of co2 (which is one of the 4 basic building blocks of life) being a pollutant persists then all forms of life, including our own will ultimately result to, for example, taxations on breathing, and birth. It is in the interest of life itself to question that co2 is a pollutant and the prime cause for global warming. Nevertheless the fundamental reason to have renewable energy sources still upholds. It creates independence, other then the material used to build the construction, there is no price to pay financially nor ecologically for the provider of the energy, which is nature. Nor is there a rest product. If the technology is good enough then the price of the construction will inevitably pay itself back along the progression of time. By removing the need for a limited resource such as oil we can prevent future catastrophe when this resource will not be about in abundance and not all countries have developed the proper tools to handle with this situation. *Promote Alternative Energy in the private sector through subsidies. *Research the possibilities of incorporated ‘solarpanels’ in glasswindows. *Research wind energy capture through kites on top of the improvement of the windmill concept. (-Further Elaboration with statistics and graphs needed-) PP 9. WASTE & RECYCLE. Put a big drive on recycling, make it easier, and increase the overall efficiency to transfer the “trash” to the recycle bins. Provide certain small tax benefits for companies for the use of recycled paper etc. Materials are not unlimited on this planet, let’s create quality, rather then quantity. Severe financial fines for business corporations that are polluting the environment and make them accountable for violations of laws and agreements. Pollution should never be caused by financial saving, therefore i propose fines that at least equal the cost of the complete removal of the caused pollution. The ultimate ways of dealing with problems such as waste and recycling can be dealt with at the core when a new city is build from the ground up. (more in pp. 22) a) Packaging materials. Study the possibility of manufacturing fully degradable packages, or even nature-nursing degrading packaging materials. Turn left over food into bio fuel? Corporate intelligent technological ideas into purchasable accessories to improve the standard of life. *Aim for a Cradle-To-Cradle product concept from toys to complete houses that truly can be recycled, rather then downcycled. Waste after all equals Stupidity. (Elaboration on the Cradle to Cradle concept Chapter 2.2 pp 9) PP 10. HOUSING MARKET. Introduce the possibility for citizens to get an Eco-Mortgage, provided by the government if the house meets the qualifications concerning the green house guidelines that the government will set. (example in chapter II pp 4) It has to be ecological, durable, have certain forms of renewable energy sources and minimization of waste through the use of technological or ecological practices. The Eco-Mortgages will have low interest rates, for example, 1% interest rate for lower class incomes, around 2% interest rate for the middle class incomes and 5% for the higher income classes. There should be no large financial profit structure behind this. Only enough to keep the mortgage-providing-system running. Once again this will illustrate towards the people how we try to change this society for the better for the people, the country and nature. This will stimulate the house market to become “green” effectively. Houses with a garden can be introduced to permaculture and intelligent design to maximize space versus gain. This will stimulate and advertise the change of mind-set to aim for a healthy, financially affordable, ecologically responsible lifestyle. Ultimate goal for the Housing Market should be; To create durable ecological houses that produces enough energy to supply the daily consumption of energy for the entire house and all technological appliances combined with the storage of the energy needed for the daily commuting. PP 11. Business Model Encourage ‘democratic workplace’ businessmodels to new business starters; this improves democracy, efficiency and transparency on the ‘work floor’. The problem in most modern businessmodels, is that the employees have more knowledge but less control of the workplace then employees have of major political decisions (where they atleast have a vote and the right to be heard, even if they know nothing about the situation).Tight control by too few people tends to create groupthinking, turnover in staff, and a loss of morale among qualified people helpless to appeal what they saw as misguided. misinformed, or poorly thought about decisions. Often employees who publicly criticise such poor decision making of their higher management are penalized or even fired from their job on false pretext or another. The foundation of workplace democracy is based on one of the first lessons that we learn as young children – the importance of sharing. There are three things that successful democratic workplaces share amongst their employees: information, discretion, and rewards. 1. Sharing Information If employees are unaware of their company’s goals and performance, it is easy for them to lose sight of the importance or significance of their tasks and how they contribute to the attainment of the company’s goals. Every employee should therefore know and understand the company’s goals as well as how the company is performing and progressing towards those goals. If necessary, employees are trained so that everyone is able to understand the company’s financial and other important data. People are then able to better manage their own activities and to help keep customers happy, sales growing, and expenses to a minimum. 2. Sharing Discretion If employees are knowledgeable about the company goals and about how their jobs fit into the overall picture, then employees should also have the discretion to decide on the best way of performing their own tasks. People who have the power to decide how to do their jobs will feel a greater amount of ownership and pride in their tasks, and they will be more motivated to succeed. In addition, one of the main reasons for the success of democratic governments is the ability of people to elect their leaders and representatives. Many of the benefits of workplace democracy will remain unachievable without similar processes. 3. Sharing Rewards Employees have always shared (often disproportionately) in the consequences of poor company performance, either via layoffs or decreased compensation. Employees should also participate in the upside when companies are successful in achieving their goals. This is the most effective way to align employees’ interests with those of the company. Examples of shared financial rewards are Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOP) and companywide profit-sharing programs.” [1] Employee development, job enrichment, and job rotation should be able to be arranged ad hoc by the work team itself to suit its own schedule. Job sharing is also possible and desirable if an employee wants time off and another is in a position to do overtime, without the concern that this will set a precedent for management abuses or job losses. Talent identification and management take place at the same time on the ‘shopfloor’ where it is easy to access competence. Teambuilding and management rely on the same interpersonal relationship as did hiring. Termination of employment is also by the same people. Work stoppages are common but very short in such an environment, due to, mostly, interpersonal problems that are soon worked out, because the team has to power to resolve the issue itself. Unfair dismissal claims are impeded because any firing is due to losing the support of one’s fellow team members, and the faith of the social network and one’s peers on the ‘shopfloor’. In any jurisdiction, this is a legitimate criteria for dismissal, that one is not able to retain the faith of one’s colleagues. [1] Source: http://workplace-democracy.org/ PP 12. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. It is tn the benefit of an entire nation to have fast, safe public transportation. Due to the low maintencance costs of MAGLEV (MAGLEV stands for Magnetic Levitation) transportation systems, the tickets can be kept at low prices. Start with MAGLEV public transportation between major cities. It is a big investment but it is an investment that pays itself back in quality, durability, efficiency and cost; both financially as ecologically. Compare the Chinese public transportation ticketing system versus our “OV CHIP”. Research MAGLEV busses and other forms of innovative efficient ways to improve efficiency and cost, both financially and ecologically from the durability angle. The ultimate goal is to introduce a type of public transportation that will render the personal car useless within city limits. Also study the use of electric cars and the infrastructure behind it. The average range of a modern electric car is roughly 300 kilometres and 90% of all nation wide daily commuting can be done with a car that has less then a 300 kilometre radius. Thus 90% of all the nation wide daily commuting done by cars that can be energized in an ecological sustainable way. -Add ideas to for example mass-order electric cars as a government and then be able to sell this to citizens at a more affordable price. By doing this as government you gain respect from the citizens, decrease air pollution, reduce the dependance on oil and are able to see where supporting infrastructure should be installed. (More information about Maglev facts can be found under chapter II, pp2) PP 13. CANNABIS LEGALIZATION AND SYSTEM REMODELLING. Grow Cannabis Sativa in name of the state, keeping growth under government watch, thus being able to monitor the quality, and put taxes on it. Hemp has many practical uses, and cannabis many medical uses. Also check for possibilities to use it as a high protein food product for 3rd world aid and bio fuel. This reduces the paper work for police who have to run around after suspects of minor significance and reduces the need of corn based bio fuel. Research the difference between the use of medical marijuana versus medical chemical products efficiency and price on a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. The financial gain from the government’s position provides new resources to provide subsidies towards the areas where we seek growth while being able to monitor quality and decrease the illegal trade and growth of cannabis. PP 14. DRUG POLICY. Individuals found in possession of small quantities of drugs are issued summons. The drugs are confiscated, and the suspect is interviewed by a “Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction” these commissions are made up of three people: A social worker, a psychiatrist, and an attorney. The dissuasion commission have powers comparable to an arbitration committee, but restricted to cases involving drug use or possession of small amounts of drugs. If the person is addicted to drugs, he or she may be admitted to a drug rehabilitation facility or be given community service, if the dissuasion committee finds that this better serves the purpose of keeping the offender out of trouble. If the offender is not addicted to drugs, or unwilling to submit to treatment or community service, they may be given a fine. (Source: Portugal’s Drug Policy) PP 15. ANIMAL RIGHTS. Give animals legal rights. Allowing prosecution and legal fines on things such as animal cruelty. The money gained from the fines goes to local shelters and other animal welfare institutions. Introduce a Bill of Rights for Animals such as the following: 1. Humanity as an animal species shall not arrogate to itself the right to exterminate or exploit other species. It is humanity’s duty to use its knowledge for the welfare of animals. All animals have the right to the attention, care, and protection of humanity. 2. No animals shall be ill treated or be subject to cruel acts. 3. All companion animals have the right to complete their natural life span. Abandonment of an animal is a cruel and degrading act. 4. Animal experimentation involving physical or psychological suffering is incompatible with the rights of animals, whether it be for scientific, medical, commercial, or any other form of research. Replacement methods must be used and developed. 5. No animal shall be exploited for the amusement of humanity. Exhibitions and spectacles involving animals are incompatible with their dignity. 6. Any act involving the wanton killing of the animals is biocide, that is, a crime against life. 7. Any act involving the mass killing of wild animals is genocide, that is, a crime against the species. Pollution or destruction of the natural environment leads to genocide. (Source: Animal Liberation Front // Edited) PP 16. CULTURE. Reduce the tax on culture and art sector related events.. To understand why this is important, there is a need to explain what culture is; Culture is the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought typical of a population or community at a given times. [1] Culture is also the modes of thought, behavior, and production that are handed down from one generation to the next by means of communication interaction-through speech, gestures, writing, building, and all other communication among humans – rather by genetic transmission of heredity.[2] In effect by decreasing taxes on culture related events, the citizens get a increased amount of possibilities to participate in the continuesly evolving culture. [1] Webster’s II New College Dictionary pg. 274) [2] The Sociological Imagination pg.6 PP 17. DEFENCE. Any country should be able to protect its self in this day and age, but where the boundaries in this are is a political aspect. Preventative war without physical proof is a tool for governments to induce their desired policy onto the people, to for example, boost their economical growth. War should never be seen as a profitable source of income. Therefore stop international missions and downsize defence. However, since the government must insure the safety of the people and the country there is a need to look at options such as space rocket shields, this in itself will also give an opportunity of growth towards the science aspects in this sector and provide additional jobs. Downsizing will cause a financial benefit that can be used towards humane innovations and subsidies that will further build on a system where the ultimate goal is to make defence no longer a national requirement. In this time and age we know better ways to help evolve, stimulate growth and provide aid to a country in need then by / through force. PP 18. Police & Penitentiary System Police changes; a) Reduction of paperwork, b) Increase of taskforce, c) Enhancement of nationwide technological support for the police a) Due to pp 13 and pp 14 there will be a significant drop in both the illegal drug trafficking and the amount of time spend on paperwork for insignificant crimes, thus allowing more time and resources to be invested in the more severe crimes. b) Due to the downsizing of the army a lot of people will be looking for new jobs, this is an excellent oppertunity to significantly increase the police taskforce. c) Invest in a nationwide technological support system that combines all local policing and nation-wide policing to allow quicker solvement of investigations. Penitentiary System changes; a) Provide education, if a detainee meets the requirements set then the money for the study will be loaned to a detainee at the start of the study, then after completing study and sentence, the government will provide a job. As soon as the “former-detainee” is employed he/she will start paying off the study debt. b) Create a prison construction that creates the necessaties to work together, the punishment should be aimed towards the temporarily removal of physical freedom, not of intellectual freedom. If people are forced to work together purely due to the improvement it can provide to them all, then the reintegration in to the society will also become less troublesome. *Research the possibilities of, for example, skyscraper farms inside a prison. This could be done so it leads to a neccesity to do teamwork, it generates energy for the facility, sewage filters, natural fertilizer and enough food for the entire facility. PP 19. Central Bank and the Monetary System *Create awareness regarding how the banking system works and try to change the current debt-equals-profit banking system into a minimization of debt and interest. *Nationalisation of the Central Bank or a re-introduction of 0% interest on government loans. *Rather then making the Gross Domestic Product a top priority for a country, it should aim to make the Gross National Happiness it’s prime priority. (The Centre for Bhutanese Studies in Bhutan is working on a complex set of subjective and objective indicators to measure ‘national happiness’ in various domains (living standards, health, education, eco-system diversity and resilience, cultural vitality and diversity, time use and balance, good governance, community vitality and psychological well-being). This set of indicators would be used to assess progress towards gross national happiness, which they have already identified as being the nation’s priority, above GDP.) The Monetary System is based on Competition for Labor and thus Labor for Money. Very simply, the “competitive edge” can only be sustained through self-perpetuation, and self-perpetuation/self interest naturally leads to a static institution which prefers not to change, for it threatens the survival of that business, government or the like. This is unsustainable. In order to explain why a central bank needs to be either owned by the government, or be able to obtain loans at 0% interest rates, there is a need to look at how a nation’s currency is created. A four step plan for the creation of money: 1) The overseeing committee approves the purchase of Government bonds. 2) Government bonds are purchased by the Central Bank (in private hands) from whoever has them for sale on the market. 3) The Central Bank (in private hands) pays for the bonds with electronic credits to the sellers bank. // these credits are based on nothing // which in turn credits the sellers account // The real trick is that the credits are based on nothing, they are created ‘out of thin air’ by the Central Bank. 4) The banks use deposits as reserves. They can loan out, for example, ten times the amount of their reserves to new borrowers, all at interest. So 1 million in government bonds turns into 10 million in bank accounts. The Central Bank creates 10% and the banks 90%. To reduce the amount of money in the economy the process is reversed. The Central Bank sells bonds to the public and the money flows out of the local purchasers bank, loans must be reduced by 10 times the amount of the sale. So the Central Bank’s sale of a million in bonds results in having 10 million less money in the economy. Basically it comes down to citizens to choose if they want their tax money to increase the standard of life for a privately owned bank or if they want their tax money to be used to increase the standard of life for themselves. [>Referendum<] "The government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and the credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the Buying powers of the consumers. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is the Government's greatest creative opportunity. By the adaptation of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be the master and become the servant of humanity." [6] While supply and demand are generally accepted as market functions for establishing price, the present financial price system is not self-liquidating. [4] Corporate firms typically endeavour to 1) minimize the cost of production and 2) increase sales, in order to 3) maximize shareholder value. But when consumers cannot buy all the goods being produced, "investor confidence" tends to decline, triggering declines in both production and employment. According to many analysts, such economic instability stems from a central contradiction: Wages are both a cost of production and an essential source of effective demand (needs or desires backed with purchasing power). Moreover, "those who produce the goods and services of society are paid less than their productive contribution" [4] The problems of the current economic system is that the difference between earnings and prices is typically appropriated by industrial and banking centers of capital through monopoly control of finance and other market resources. Such exclusive entitlement tends to artificially impose conditions of economic scarcity upon the majority of the population. While the accelerating advance of technology developed and maintained by labour, tends to generate a virtually unlimited abundance, this process also drives the wages down as workers are replaced with machines, thus minimizing the purchasing power of workers in the market. Furthermore, many analysts consider invention a "more or less costless store of knowledge captured by monopoly capital and protected in order to make it secret and a 'rare and scarce commodity', for sale at monopoly prices. So far as invention is concerned, a price is put on them not because they are scarce but in order to make them scarce to those who want to use them." [1][2][3] And as a result, patent monopolies capitalize stock values far above tangible labour value. The difference between labour-value and monopoly-value is transferred to consumers in the form of higher prices, and collected as "profit" by intermediaries who have contributed nothing to earn it. Corporations have established a homogenous global playing field around which they can freely move raw materials, labour, capital, finished products, tax-paying obligations, and profits. Thus, corporate franchise has become a perpetual grant of sovereignty, including immortality, self-government, and limited liability. By the end of the twentieth century, corporate power – both economical as political – stretched worldwide. International agreements, promoted by the United States not only lowered tariffs but extended corporate property rights and reduced the ability of sovereign nations to regulate corporations differently. [5] Such "hypermobility of capital" has the potential to generate economical and political insecurity around the globe. "If the search for lower wages comes to dominate the movement of capital, the result will be not only a lowering of worldwide wage disparities, but also a lowering of total global income." [3] [1] Penrose, E (1951). The International Patent System. p. 29. [2] Nadudere, Dan (1977). The Political Economy of Imperialism. Zed Books. p. 251. [3] Money; A Mirror Image of the Economy by Dr. J.W. Smith [4] C.H. Douglas – Pioneer of Monetary Reform: Richard C. Cook [5] Capitalism 3.0 by Peter Barnes [6] quote from President Abraham Lincoln PP 20. International Aid Try to make an International Human Right about water such as: "Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances." (quote from Vandana Shiva) Roughly 30.000 people die every day due to contaminated or lack of water. This is more then AIDS or War. Developing nations are susceptible to exploitation mainly because they have no independent monetary system, using the U.S. dollar instead. This feeds the fractional reserve banking system, operated by the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. (imperial centers of capital) Developing nations pay heavily for this service through market interest rates and because banking profits and property ownership emigrate to financial centers elsewhere. [3] According to many analysts, the United States, has maintained some measure of stability economically dominating of the rest of the world as a means of filling the gap between production and consumption. Beginning with massive loans to European combatants during World War I, and continuing through the lend-lease program of World War II, U.S. domination of trade reached it's peak through economic recovery measures following these wars. Through forming the basis for U.S. prosperity during the 1950s and 1960s. U.S. trade domination was exhaused by the mid-1970s, when the U.S. implemented a policy known as dollar hegemony, intended to stabilize the economy. [1] With a consistently negative trade balance over the decades since, some analysts suggest the U.S. has compensated for the gap between purchasing power and prices with a wide variety of debt in all sectors of the economy. In this process many analysts claim that dollar hegemony has flooded the world with U.S.currency loans or debt based instruments to support U.S. fiscal and trade deficits, pay for extraordinary levels of U.S. resource utilization, induce foreign governments to purchase U.S. armaments, ensure the allegiance of foreign governing elites, and maintain foreign economies in subservience through World Trade Organization and International Monetary Fund trade and lending policies. [2] Some experts suggest that, "under the Bretton Woods system, the Federal Reserve acted as the world's central bank. This gave the U.S. enormous leverage over economic policies of its principal trading partners." [3] This is important to realize because of the implications these kind of policies have on developing countries. According to J.W. Smith, "Currency is only the representation of wealth produced by combining land (resources), labor, and industrial capital." He claims that no country is free when another country has such leverage over it's entire economy. But by, combining their resources, Smith says, developing nations have all three of these foundations of wealth: By peripheral nations using the currency of an imperial center as its trading currency, the imperial center can actually print money to own industry, within these periphery countries. By forming Regional trading blocs and printing their own trading currency, the developing world has all four requiremens for production, resources, labor, industrial capital, and finance capital. The wealth produced provides the value to back the created and circulated money. Developed countries need resources from the developing world as much as developing countries need finance capital and technology from the developed world. Aside from superior military power of the imperial centers, the undeveloped world actually has superioir bargaining leverage. With their own trading currencies, developing countries can barter their resources to the developed world in trade for the latest industrial technologies. Barter avoids "hard money monopolization" and the unequal trades between weak and strong nations that result. [4] [1] An Emergency Program of Monetary Reform for the United States, Richard C. Cook The Market Oracle. Retrieved July 1, 2007. [2] An Emergency Program of Monetary Reform for the United States, Richard C. Cook The Market Oracle. [3] Monetary Causes of the US Immigration Crisis, Cook, Richard C. The Market Oracle. Retrieved July 1, 2007. [4] Economic Democracy: The Political Struggle for the 21st Century (4th Edition, 2005) by J.W. Smith PP 21. FOREIGN POLITICAL POLICY. * Due to the investments this country put into the war on Terrorism we would like to see how the war truly progresses and how Afghanistan and Iraq are being turned into democracies or if they are merely turned into slaves for oil exploitation. Therefore we demand an International investigation towards the War on Terrorism and the events that lead toward and during this. (Example: 9/11 and 7/7) This is to re-establish the trust from citizens in International Law and Democracy. *Demand Justice regarding America's endless violations of the Covenant of Geneva and the preventive wars between 1900 to 2011. *Stop all military, political and financial aid towards international violations of Habeas Corpus, mostly being the war on terrorism. *Investigate the collaboration of the World Bank, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the UN for acts of cruelty against humanity. (World Bank has a success rate of about 34%, most of the times the loans made to countries do NOT improve the quality of life for the people, and they often tend to create even bigger differences between the rich and the poor. Through for example privatising the water market.) The implications of not being able to pay your debt to the world bank leads in almost all cases to a depletion of national resources which then leads to an even greater amount of casualties under the population then prior to the loan. The World Bank should NEVER be given legal immunity. "Trust in law is an essential condition of freedom. Distrust skews behaviour towards failure." (Philip K. Howard.) In order for citizens to regain their trust in the legal system we first need to acknowledge the fact that mistakes have been made. *Ban products that have been produced and / or manufactured by people with a wage under $1 an hour under the employment of large international profit based corporations.. PP 22. NEW CITY. Build a new city according to The Venus Project's concept. Renovating an existing city comes at a huge price; instead of pumping endless streams of money into the renovation of an old city we should investigate the cost vs. gain from the constant renovation of old cities versus the construction of a new city. By creating a new city from the ground up we are able to incorporate ecological and technological ways to minimize things as waste of water and food for example and maximise the use of current technological knowledge to build a state of the art sustainable, durable new city. From the use of solar panels and rain water collection on the roof down till the filtering of the sewage.The financial.costs of building such a city are beyond a single nation's financial capabilities. *Introduce new forms of payment, such as instead of money, trade services or resources. (For example we need an x amount of material and a country as (any country with the resource to provide that material) will in return be promised an x amount of yearly accepted students in the new city, or let their scientists use our laboratories and resources for an x amount of time) This is a huge investment, but it is also a boost for things such as economic growth, education improvement which in turn will provide even better solutions or revelations on issues that can result in the improvement of the standard of Life. It also puts the country in the spot of the world; it will draw tourism, intellectual exchange availabilities, technological advances and all provided with the freedom of speech but with the respect to opposition. (Elaboration on the concept and further information can be found in Chapter 2.6 pp. 22) PP 23. Job Market The construction of a new city, the new public transportation construction, the sector that opens up due to the cannabis system remodelling, the increase of police task force, the innovative ecological and alternative energy sector due to the housing market, the research around combinations of renewable energy forms and it's construction and the re-education sector that is needed to support all of this, will combined create enough new job growth for atleast 10 years with the possibility of continuing this growth for several decades if this policy proves successful. (Further Elaboration still needed) PP 24. Calendar Reform The Calendar we use is the organizing principle of our lives. It programs our societal culture with daily, weekly, monthly and annual customs and habits. Therefore, to change the calendar we use is to participate in one of the most subtle and profound forms of revolution happening on the planet today. The current world standard calendar is the 12-month Gregorian calendar, in which the months have an unequal number of days (28,29,30, and 31) and do not correspond to any cycle of nature. This is the only standard of measure used today that has unequal units. As an arbitrary division of the solar year, this calendar although illogical, unscientific and artificial, remains the central unquestioned institution of our modern society. As Broughton Richmond wrote in Time Measurement and Calendar Construction: "If the Julian/Gregorian calendar was to be offered as a new device for measuring time, we, with our present knowledge and state of living, would reject is as something utterly impractical, lacking in harmony and order, unbalanced and irregular, too clumsy a calendar to make calculations by…" It is time to ask: Why do we use an instrument of imperfect measure to coordinate the affairs of the world? "The very nature of the calendar that the world follows has stunted the mind and the body's innate timing sensibility…Our sense of time is a fundamental perception. If the standard of measure of time that we use is irregular, then we must contemplate deeply and understand what this does to our mind over centuries of prolonged use." (-Dr. Jose Arguelles) Perhaps the most questionable aspect of our global civil calendar is the nature of its origin and imposition. The Gregorian Calendar reform was issued by Pope Gregory the 13th, eliminating 10 days from 1582 in order to insure the central religious feast of Easter was on time with the Spring equinox. Before this tyranny of time, and subsequent colonization of the mind, there were many more diverse calendars in use than have survived today. In fact, Gregory's calendar reform was essentially the first act of globalization and is responsible for what has become today's worldwide mono-time. With less than 18% of the world's population being Catholic, its seems entirely inappropriate that a world filled with such a rich variety of religions, cultures, and spiritual traditions would be subordinate in time to the calendar of the Vatican/Roman Catholic Church. Because of the religious connotations of the Pope's calendar reform, many non-Catholic nations resisted adopting it. For example, Japan held out until 1873, China until 1912, Russia until 1918, and Greece until 1924, when they finally conformed for convenience in international business and governmental affairs. Remark by the Foundation For the Law of Time: "The old calendar (gregorian), with its irrational ordering of months and weeks, is at the root of a society which is an institutionalized disorder against nature." A true standard of measure has equal units, and a true measure of time reflects natural cycles. (elaboration on the Law of Time can be found in Chapter II) The base argument against the 12-month Gregorian calendar, as presented in Alexander Philip's The Reform of The Calendar (1914), is stated as follows: "For what is the framework…by which we arrange our actions? It is no other than the scheme under which we arrange our time – in one word, our calendar…[thus] the disorganized state of all social arrangements is ascribable to the calendar…The dislocation of our calendrical arrangements is due to two distinct causes…the incongruity of the week; [and] the irregularity of the lengths of the months…" Dr. Argüelles confirms, "The argument made is a profound one…Why do we expect a rigorous standard of uniformity in our measurements of space (size, weight, volume, etc), but spurn or ignore the same requirement of uniformity in our measurement of time, especially the time that governs our everyday social arrangements and consciousness? How can we think that this would not have a profound underlying effect on the very nature and conduct of our society? Since Gregorian-time currently synchronizes the planet through the global world of commerce and its commonly accepted notion that Time is Money, its no wonder that the sentiency of Nature has been denied, replaced by marketplace values. Both Time and the Biosphere have been compart-mentalized, quantified, and sold off in a self-consuming game of artificial worth. The fundamental shift to a 13 month 28-day calendar reorients the human mind to a balanced standard of time and reconnects us, as a society, to our inherent relationship with the living Biosphere. With this awareness, it is everyone's right and responsibility to examine the timing standard we have collectively been issued, and the underlying values and mentalities it upholds. Our global society is now faced with this decision: to carry on with business as usual, or to make an unprecedented shift in our thinking and set a new direction for planetary policy. The 13 month 28-day calendar has been proposed as a preferred alternative to the Gregorian calendar since 1849. The League of Nations had scheduled to change the world standard calendar in 1933 to a 13 month 28-day calendar, preferring the logic and regularity of its perpetual design: 13 months of 28 days each = 364 days (52 perfect weeks) + one last day before each new year that is not a day of the month or week and has been followed by many societies before ours. It is no surprise that massive religious objection from representatives of the Catholic Church – the very source of the Gregorian calendar – made false claim that the break in the 7-day week for the 365th day of the 13 month year, (called the "Day out of Time") would anger God and cause "chaos, barbarism, and war." The unfounded propaganda succeeded in halting the reform. It was again brought to the United Nations, where the debate has been adjourned indefinitely since 1956. By understanding that the calendar we live by directly affects our mind, and our sense of either connection to or disconnection from the rhythms of the natural world, we realize that the first step to global reform is to personally follow a calendar of harmony. In this light, people across 6 continents have already changed their calendar, day by day synchronizing with the harmony of the 13-moon, 28-day calendar. The Day Out of Time, the 365th day of the 13-Moon Calendar, is now an official holiday in over 70 Brazilian cities alone, including Sao Paulo – the 2nd largest city of the world. Months would always look like this: Sunday 1,8,15,22 Monday 2,9,16,23 Tuesday 3,10,17,24 Wednesday 4,11,18,25 Thursday 5,12,19,26 Friday 6,13,20,27 Saturday 7,14,21,28 Leap years will be dealt with every 52 years for a period of 13 days of celebration. July 27th be the 1st day of the 1st month of the year, July 25th be the 28th day of the 13th month of the year, July 26th be the ''day out of time", a day to celebrate life and nature. Months can keep the same names with a 13th added month called 'Sol' between july and august Days of the week stay similar, just more organized and efficient. Changing the calendar to a system of harmony is uniting all cultures of the planet, regardless of race or religion. This gives a perpetual 52 year cycle calendar that is efficient and brings balance while allowing the possibility of reviewing and reevaluating the calendar every 52 years.

    Comment by Olivier van Leeuwen — 17 February 2011 @ 11:44 am

  3. the elaboration section i haven’t added here.
    This policy was made for the netherlands in its origin 🙂

    Comment by Olivier van Leeuwen — 17 February 2011 @ 11:46 am

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