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PEACE GOVERNMENT CHALLENGE PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 May 2009 14:17

    (The following challenge scenario is offered to students and adults around our planet willing to take the time to develop alternative future government solutions that they believe will help create a better future for all people, and our environment.  This scenario is intended to inspire reactions, investigation and creativity to bring together new ideas and scenarios to start a process of consensus building.)

ASSUMPTIONS

   Just like money systems and cultures are evolving and changing so must we accept that how governments function in our world today is also changing.   How is it possible to have such a massive international collapse of economics and not wonder who is to blame?  Banks and insurance companies want us to believe they are the victims. Mortgage lenders want us to believe they did not realize the seriousness of their bad loans. Government officials want us to believe that they have been caught completely by surprise by how fast and deep the present recession has developed.  No one is to blame.  This recession just happened on its own.

   Sorry to tell you this but we are being lied to by all of the above.  There are plenty to blame for what has happened.  This economic crisis should never have happened.  It was not destined to happen.  It was not evil that made it happen.  God did not ordain that this should happen.  It did not happen because people were naïve or stupid.  There will be giant losers and giant winners from this recession. 

   One basic question is did this recession happen because the economic variables involved became so complicated and rational thinking became clouded with unrealistic optimism that events collapsed the economic system with little warning and few options to change the direction of these events?  A second question has to be asked is whether there were elements within the financial system that always knew what the outcome would be for the kinds of economic behaviors (loosing of credit, bad loans and mortgages, insuring bad mortgages, and bond ratings based on insure bad loans) that resulted, and who was responsible for allowing all of this to happen?  Certainly there has been a cloud of unrealistic optimism with the media suggesting that there was no upper limits to the price of stocks, real estate and gold; and a general view that economic growth and wealth accumulation could go on forever.  At the same time there have been plenty of economic writers warning that economic growth built on credit alone is a house of cards that can and will come down someday.  The concern we have in this section is why did governments around the planet allow this house of cards to be built without more restrictions, monitoring and controls to protect the economic well being of the general population and commerce?

       Let us ask another question of whether we believe that it is the role of governments to protect the general population and businesses of their nations?  Do we want governments to oversee a nations economy?  How can governments of nations protect a globalized economy?  Have dramatic changes in international business caused governments to be outdated?  Have economic elements on the international level become so complicated and nontransparent that they became out of control?  Did governments actually know what was developing and just looked the other way to allow this economic collapse?  Have governments changed in ways that may have allowed this economic crisis to develop for the benefit of special interests?  What kinds of changes are being recommended by governments because of this economic crisis?

  There is either tremendous irony or deliberation in what has happened because governments around the globe should have known what was developing with the bad mortgages and ties to so many business elements within nations, as well as how interconnected nations have become to economic elements such as mass investments and borrowings.  We have to assume that governments really did know that the credit house of cards was being built out of very little of substance.  There may be two reasons governments have allowed this economic crisis to happen.

  The first reason is that the masses are being so affected with unemployment and loss of homes, cars and incomes that they are open to allowing governments to “find any solution and fast”.  The solutions that are being brought forward are giving governments tremendously more central power and control over banks, insurance, bonding, mortgage writing, and general monitoring and restrictions.  We are also seeing huge outlays of stimulus packages being given to key industries and banks, that have allowed taxpayer money to be given away without much monitoring or restrictions, even allowing huge bonuses to be given to the very people that may have been involved in helping to create the financial problems.  Are these events coincidence or planned in advance?

  We are also seeing the size and scope of central governments becoming much, much larger and expensive.  When governments take over banks, insurance companies and mortgage lenders this is a giant step in new directions for governments.  When governments give away money by the hundreds of billions and trillions, even when they have no such assets to back these gifts and loans, it opens the doors for inside corruption on one side and the rise of an inflationary cycle that could bring even more economic problems in the near future.  Are governments moving toward more central control and at the same time jeopardizing economic stability in the long run to benefit some in the short term?

    There are some trends in governments around this planet that would suggest that how governance works is now different that it was 100 years ago and even major changes within the last fifty years.  Here are some of these changes in governments:

  1. National and state governments have become much larger with larger budgets, more employees and more programs.
  2. National and regional governments have become ‘big business” to more and more suppliers of goods and services.  More companies are looking to governments to do business.
  3. More and more businesses are seeing government as another “profit center”.
  4. The more money turns in government the more influence peddling is coming from the special interests that want the money.
  5. Special interests and political action groups have begun to give more and more money to political candidates to increase their influence on government buying decisions.
  6. Politicians to get elected have to either have large sums of personal wealth or be able to raise larger and larger contributions to win.
  7. The media who benefit the most from political candidates spending during elections years reinforce and defend money from special interests to candidates as a freedom of speech issue but in reality it is just big business for the media.
  8. In many cases legislation's are allowing special interests to write the very laws that benefit them financially.
  9. We are seeing a bothersome two way street with special interests giving money to candidates to gain influence but we are also seeing candidates arm twisting companies, unions and organizations to contribute money to influence legislation.
  10. The opportunities for inside corruption increase greatly with large increases in government spending, especially when contracts are let without open bidding or under the table bribes are allowed to key legislative committee members or their families. Elected officials retire from office to become consultants or heads of companies receiving government money. 
  11. Once elected politicians are corrupted the spending usually increases with even less monitoring or restrictions to protect the public.  More and more earmarks or pork barrel spending gets put into unrelated legislative spending.  More and more public tax money gets wasted on non-essential spending.
  12. Governments meant to be off the people, by the people and for the people become governments for special interests.
  13. Governments tied to central banks go farther and farther out of their budgets by allowing more and more money to be printed, bonds and certificates to be sold; even when there are no real assets behind their national debt.
  14. Government spending, and loose controls encourages private expansion of credit and bubbles began to appear in stocks, real estate, retail sales and manufacturing.  As these bubbles burst national and international economies constrict or decline.
  15. Central banks try to influence economies when they start to decline by lowering interest rates and expanding the supply of money but in the long run only devalue the money and huge increases in prices and inflation usually follow.  Personal and corporate assets are lost.  Unemployment goes up. People loose their homes and cars.  More and more people go hungry and get angry.  The poor get more and more upset with wealthy people and with the government with subsequent strikes and riots.
  16. The more troubled a nations economy the more troubled will its people become so this is often when governments will first try to buy off the poor with public works projects, stimulus packages, food stamps and bailouts to try to get their economy to turn up again.   When economies do not turn positive is when governments often decide to move to large-scale war scenarios.  These war scenarios are often triggered by protectionists and nationalistic economic sanctions followed by threats or perceived threats of national security or terrorist acts.
  17. Big wars are supposed to be good for economies because the public rallies around the flag as tanks, airplanes and heavy equipment jump start industries for the war effort.  Some people go back to work and others go off to war.  The public’s attention is taken away from personal financial problems and focused on the war so governments can buy time while they go deeper and deeper in debt.
  18. The problem with the war scenario for World War III is that the next big war could go nuclear or involve chemical or biological warfare that could literally destroy the planet.  Why would any sane civilization ever go to a potential war scenario to solve financial problems that has the potential to destroy the very planet they live on?
  19. Why would war planners ever think they could control the possible escalation to total destruction if economic planners cannot even prevent the collapse of the world’s economy?
  20. The bottom line is we need better alternative solutions for preventing future economic disasters as well as prevent any hint of creating a World War III.  We need to develop an international project like the Peace Highway to bring the world out of its present economic problems, build new balanced cities around the planet to provide jobs, housing, food, water, education, health care and safe communities.  We need to challenge governments to move in new directions so that they are truly governments of the people, for the people and by the people.  To this end the following are recommended changes to present governments:
    1. Religions are at the center of many of the world’s hot spots today.  Personal religious rights have to be protected but religion and state need to be kept separate always.
    2. All governments need to stay within their income budgets.  Nations should not allow themselves to go into debt.
    3. Nations need to be completely transparent with all of their budgets and have more direct voter input into national spending priorities.
    4. Governments need to ban all contributions being given to any and all political candidates.  Candidates should not be allowed to loan or give themselves money to campaign.  Candidates should only be allowed money from their party’s fund raising.  Contributions to political parties should be limited to a specific money amounts and only from individuals or through accepted fund raising.  All contributions to any political party should be completely transparent to the public in real time.
    5. Governments need to find better and fairer ways to assist political candidates from all political parties to share their views and positions to voters before each election.  Governments should sponsor public debates, public information booklets on all candidates, and some public financing that is fair to all candidates.
    6. Governments need to discourage the creation of professional politicians by setting term limits, allowing recall, petitions and referendums.  Proportional representations should be considered. Term rotations of all committee chairs should be required.  Taking away veto powers of committee chairs should be approved.  All legislative bills should be heard and reviewed by committees within time limits.
    7. Voters should be given the opportunity to voice their priorities on budgets and legislation by electronic balloting on a regular basis.  Key legislation should share relevant information to the public before official votes.  All committees and legislative sessions need to be kept open to the public and to the press.  No closed-door sessions should be allowed except for security or employee privacy.
    8. No special voting tricks like top of the mountain or multiple versions should be allowed in legislatures.  No earmarks or unrelated amendments to a bill should ever be allowed.  Governors and Presidents should be allowed line item veto powers on all bills, but allowed to pass with a super majority of the legislative branches.
    9. All legislative bills and tax codes should be written in lay terms and all previous legislation and codes need to be rewritten into lay terms so that everyone can read and understand all laws and codes.
    10. All federal and state judges should have term limits.
    11. Central Banks should be governed by elected representatives and never allowed to earn profits from the sale of public debt.  Central Banks working with a world bank should provide for international ID accounts for every one.  These accounts should allow everyone to have a personalized bank account with sub accounts for automatic paying of taxes, medical coverage, retirement/savings, benefits, and home costs; plus an open debit account.  These accounts could also become international passports.
    12. Tax reform should move to standardized flat taxes that everyone automatically pay through their bank accounts, with no deductions and graduated by income.  Businesses and corporations should also have standardized flat taxes that are related to profits.  Employee owned companies with employees owning more than 50% of a company should not have to pay taxes.
    13. All governments need to have an individual bill of rights to guarantee individual freedoms and rights for everyone.  There should be no discrimination by race, age, sex, creed, religion or sexual preferences.
    14. Governments need to reduce their size, number of employees and budgets.
    15. Governments should not be assumed to solve all social, economic political problems in any society.  Individual and corporate responsibility should be encouraged and rewarded.
    16. Governments should allow and encourage multiple party systems.
    17. overnments need to support environmental and ecological ethics and standards to protect natural resources, natural environment, air/water/soil supplies, as well as measures to limit and reduce global warming.
    18. No National government should ever be allowed to move its military troops or weapons into another nation.  No government should ever be allowed to sell or give weapons to another nation.  All governments should move to reduce and eliminate all weapons of mass destruction.

        The design and development of a global transit system will take decades and trillions of dollars to accomplish.  This mass transit system needs to be privately owned by the employees that build and operate it.  A percentage of the income from this mass transit system should go to nations and regions in exchange for allowing the system to be built under present day interstate highways.  These incomes should be used to benefit all of the people of these countries.  As people and products travel around our globe at speeds of 400 to 600 kilometers per hour and possibly over five billion people live and work in Peace Cities connected to the Peace Highway it will become even more important that national and state governments find compromises so that justice in one country is equal to laws and rules in all countries.  The following are suggested as directions that all nations need to consider for consistency in laws around our planet as soon as possible:

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      1. The end to capital punishment
      2. No lifetime sentences, or unusually long sentences.
      3. No political prisoners.
      4. No discrimination on the basis of race, religion, creed, sex, age or sexual preferences.
      5. Crime prevention rather than a strategy of filling prisons.
      6. Convicted persons sentenced to public work jobs and work from home activities.  No more jails and prisons as holding pens.
      7. Create categories of drugs including medical prescriptions, over the counter medicines, alcohol and tobacco, non-addictive small quantities of mood changing substances, and illegal addictive medically dangerous drugs.  All but illegal dangerous drugs should require the buyers to register their use when purchased.
      8. Prostitution should have medical supervision and prostitutes should be registered and protected from physical harm and abuse in their trade.
      9. Cash and coins need to be banned and all money transactions need to be done through each person’s personal bank account number with all transactions completely transparent to authorities. Black markets should be banned and made illegal except for simple bartering of time, services and goods such as garage sales.
      10. Aborting a fetus in the first 100 days should be a woman’s choice, a doctor’s choice in the second 100 days and only by a judge in the remaining pregnancy.
      11. Personal liability limits should be set on all classes of lawsuits.
      12. Acts of violence, physical and mental abuse, intimidation, fraud and theft, kidnapping, bombing, terrorism and embezzlement need to be dealt with the same across all national boundaries.   There needs to be a consistent international criminal code of justice.
      13. In the case of members of Peace Cities they will face a double jeopardy in being convicted of any of the above criminal offenses will also mean they may be banned from living and working in Peace Cities around the world.
      14. Complaint courts need to be organized so that actions that cause damages to one party can be addressed in public court against a second party or parties.  These people’s courts should not require legal counsel and may bring forward mutually agreed upon resolutions.
      15. All nations need to have clear laws in immigration but jobs and residencies within Peace Cities should be open to international applicants to create a giant mixing pot of people in all Peace Cities.  Although individual Peace Cities might develop along special professional preferences such as medical centers, research centers, educational centers, retail centers, retirement centers or recreational centers these cities should not discriminate against any class or group of people.  By their specialization some Peace Cities may develop a preference for certain personality types (social cooperative) and a dislike for other types (aggressive type A) but all applicants should be given knowledge of such preferences before accepting any position or residency.
      16. Once an individual or family is accepted into on Peace City or is hired to work for the Peace Highway they should have both a national ID and an international ID so that they are free to travel anywhere the Peace Highway might be available.   Peace Cities should have public accommodations such as hotels for temporary visitors, patients, students, shoppers but Peace Cities being private communities should be allowed to control who is accepted or not accepted to live and work as permanent residents and stock holders.
      17. All laws should be in layman’s language and provided in English and each countries native language.
      18. All Peace Cities and on any property of Peace Highway should have a total ban on guns, weapons or explosives of any kind, except possibly security personnel.
      19. All nations connected by the Peace Highway need to agree on an international set of standards for air/water/ground pollution and strategies to reduce global warming.
      20. All nations connected by the Peace Highway need to have animal rights protection for all species both domestic and wild animals.
      21. All nations connected by the Peace Highway need to have laws to protect oceans, seas and waterways ecologically and the life forms found in them.
      22. All nations connected by the Peace Highway need to have very similar flat tax systems with all taxes automatically taken out through personal bank accounts.
      23. All nations connected by the Peace Highway need to support the creation and use of renewable energy sources within sound environmental standards.
      24. All nations connected by the Peace Highway should pledge to never invade another country or region, send military personnel into another country or sell or give weapons of any kind to another country. Navy’s and military submarines need to stay within their country’s international boundaries.  International disputes need to be handled by an International Organization.
      25.   All weapons of mass destruction need to be destroyed, including all stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
      26. War and terrorism should be outlawed by all nations on earth.

 

While the above scenarios for setting higher standards for governments may sound like some utopia, or impossible task we will never achieve any higher standards unless we can mutually agree to what higher standards are about.   There will be many who will disagree with many of the standards set forth but what is needed is a growing dialog of consensus building among nations and the event of a giant international project such as Peace Highway and subsequent Peace Cites is hoped to create the forum for such consensus building.

From a theoretical position there are three scenarios that may develop that nations and governments may have to deal with regarding a Peace Highway and Peace Cities that is worth bringing forward at its beginning.

The first scenario has to deal with what happens when such a massive project develops around the planet.  If the Peace Highway and Peace Cities develop primarily as a result of the financial crisis we are seeing today (2009) because they have the potential of creating billions of jobs and balanced safe new cities for billions of people then we are going to see people, commerce and money move from traditional cities and investments to this project and new cities.   If five billion people might move into Peace Cities and work for the Peace Highway that will still leave possibly three to five billion people in traditional societies.  Traditional cities will fight against public money going to new towns, traditional banks will fight against investment money moving to a new banking system, and it is possible that we may see an inside versus outside split of cultures and commerce.

   At this time in history the elitist money and power brokers have the advantage of controlling money, markets and governments.  These brokers will not want to invest their money into this new option and not have control of this new culture.  If however, due to the monetary crisis, the Peace system gets started it will pull people, products and money into its system under a new set of democratic participation and power/wealth distribution.   

  Can this movement from elitist power brokers in control to a dispersed democratic international society be accomplished entirely peaceful?   The only way it might be successful is if traditional money that has invested in war scenarios and monetary control schemes today see profitable outcomes to basically being bought out by the Peace Highway and Peace Cities of tomorrow.  This will mean that the principles of Peace Highway and Peace Cities are maintained without allowing old money to take control.

    Since it might be assumed that governments of today are largely controlled by traditional elitist money and power brokers it is expected that they will resist the Peace Highway and Peace City concept.  On the other hand it appears that the planet earth may be ready for a new direction coming from the bottom up culturally.  The Peace Highway and Peace Cities should be very popular with the hundreds of millions of people unemployed or underemployed so it will be beneficial to all if governments will see that these new alternative futures can be developed parallel to traditional cities and nations in peaceful ways.   There needs to for open discussions and cooperation of all people concerned with the future to make better things happen.

   A dramatic split between those living inside Peace Cities and those living outside of them does not have to happen.  There still will be tremendous needs for the two cultures to cooperate and work together.

  A second scenario that is likely to happen is that the Peace Highway and Peace Cities are diametrically opposed to the continuation of organized crime.  Legalizing some mood drugs and prostitution will take away considerable business from present day organized crime.  Requiring all money to go through a bank system and eliminating cash will greatly affect organized crime’s ability to make money.  Fighting fraud and identity theft with a super strong international personal identification system may eliminate over fifty percent of organized income in the future.  Opening up governments, setting term limits and rotating committee chairs will make it near impossible to corrupt sitting key legislative members.  Limiting contributions to political parties and no gifts to personal candidates will greatly reduce the influence of special interests, one of which is organized crime. 

It would not be fair to say that all people in the power elite are also connected to organized crime but it would be very naïve to believe that there is not a considerable overlap between them.  Those elected officials who cry the loudest against Peace Highway and Peace City and who try everything possible to not allow such scenarios to develop may well be corrupted by organized crime and special interests from the power elite.  

  It would also be naïve to think of organized crime as mafia types wearing trench coats and smoking cigars making decisions in smoke filled back rooms.  Modern day organized crime is very technically savvy, operate with high priced specialized attorneys to hide money and operate out of legal business fronts more often then from the street corners of yesterday.   Organized crime has the ability today to steal millions of identities and move their funds out of personal bank accounts before anyone even suspects that it has happened.  Organized crime has probably infiltrated all levels of government and businesses.   They may look like they play by the rules on the surface but their only real goal is to make as much money as they can anyway they can.  

Peace Highway and Peace Cities can cooperate with power and money brokers who are willing to follow legal laws.  It should be very possible that Peace Highway and Peace Cities can be mutually beneficial with traditional cities and commerce. Billions of people from the bottom of civilization can raise their standard of living and live in peace around our planet with the top of society, if they are all willing to cooperate.   But the bottom line is that Peace Highway and Peace Cities cannot coexist with organized crime.  Organized crime by its very nature and goals will always try to corrupt, steal and not follow the rules or laws of any society.    

The third scenario that could cause tremendous problems to the future of Peace Cities is a very socio/psychological issue.  Some architects have argued that if allowed to build perfectly designed cities that they can produce perfect people and behavior.  This has always been the problem with utopia designs in what is perfect for one person may not be perfect for all others.  If it should happen that the people of earth, in very large numbers, get to live in environmentally balanced safe communities where all of their food, water, housing, medical, education and recreational needs are basically provided to them as equals will they be satisfied?  Will the first two generations or maybe the first three generations involved in designing and operating Peace Cities really live in peace with almost no crime or violence within?  But how about the fifth generation of young people?  Will they become bored and turn to deviant behavior just for kicks?  Can we predict that all residents of any Peace City will grow into peaceful, cooperative, friendly, and good citizens of their city?  Can we predict that all children will be raised in loving and caring families?  Can we predict that all mates will always be loving partners?  Can just the creation of balanced communities through conformity to higher living standards someday create antithetical behavior contrary to maintaining peace in a city?

  The residents of Peace Cities will have many challenges to overcome.  Their development will not come easy but they must be created peacefully or the very reason for their creation will be lost.  Governments and special interest groups will oppose them.  The military industrial complex will oppose them.  Organized crime will oppose them. Aging populations that may see life to 150 may create challenges unheard of today.  Boredom from within for new generations will have to be dealt with by offering designed changes to personal lives unimagined today.  Some how the outside world and Peace Cities must find a way to cooperate and coexist.

  No one should think a better future will come easy.  It will take billions of people and trillions of money.  It will take new technology and new strategies of organization and governance.  It will take fifth graders opening up their imagination and offering their designs.  It will take each of us to imagine that a better future is possible and be willing to get involved.   Can we make it happen?  Yes, we can. 

    Your submission may use any of the above ideas and concepts or you can go in any direction you recommend.  You can deal in specific recommendations or you can chose to provide a more comprehensive overview of your recommendations for developing improved future governments.  Your submission could deal with any of the following issues:

    Budgets

    Taxes

    Earmarks

    Constitutions

    Bill of Rights

    Elections

    Equal Rights

    Justice

    Individual Freedoms

    Environment

    Global Warming

    Social Security

    Medicare

    Central Banks

    Bail Outs

    Stimulus Packages

    Trade Deficits

    National Debts

    Protectionism

    Nationalism

    Democracy

    Socialism

    Communism

    Capitalism

    Marxism

    Fascism

    Dictatorships

    State Rights

    Proportional Representation 

   Your submission can include written scenarios, designs, photographs of models and short videos.  All submissions need to be emailed, with attachments to the below address no later then December 31, 2009.  Submissions of merit will be posted on this site.  By submitting all entries are agreeing to allow their material to be shared with the world on this site. All entries will be judged by a panel of reviewers and awarded Peace Points. Points may be accumulated, auctioned or redeemed. (See REWARD EXCHANGE BOARD) 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 19:41