Full disclosure: I'm an opinionated moderate conservative who
supports the Pirate Party, for the most part. We need to talk about the
economy; the system we've got isn't working and the politicians are
just going round in circles recycling old policies. I've got a better
Is it me or is the internet full of right-wing loons on one side and woolly-minded liberal socialists on the other? I'd say it was a media distortion if I didn't keep meeting them.
Government is a necessary evil. It should be restricted to justice and defence. Let private enterprise and charities take care of public services.
For a start, there's no such thing as a free market because of protectionism, price-fixing, hoarding, and other anti-competitive practices. If all regulation is banned except for market forces, how do we prevent rule by and for the rich?
They haven't thought it through. Some people's needs are greater than others and the cost of living will not go down if our income does because there's no free market. For example, hoarding keeps mortgage and rental prices artificially high.
Now that we've exposed the right and left wings' policies as utter bunk, what do we replace them with?
Whatever it is, it's got to be proven to work in practice. We've got enough delusions floating about, thank you very much.
When communities are empowered to create their own solutions via grants for infrastructure and funding for education and training, they create their own wealth.
And all that sweet, sweet money flows into the pockets of the farmers, brewers, bakers, and artisans who supply the shops, pubs, and restaurants. They created those jobs, not the rich.
The projects big companies come up with are usually about building a luxury homes and high-end shops complex in which the people who built it don't get to live.
When risk being sued for coming up with an idea similar to someone else's, how confident do you feel about working on a new product? Patents on medicine are actually a disincentive to produce new ones; the pharmaceutical companies prefer to milk the old ones, making small changes and re-patenting them. It's called evergreening.
Think about it: more money will flow into the Treasury from higher taxes on the rich and higher wages. Low-skilled workers won't need benefits any more so we can patch the holes in the social safety net AND pay off the deficit. Everybody wins!
Can we do it now, please?