Friday, October 10, 2008


10 October 2008

"Only a crisis--real or perceived--produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable."
(Words of the late economist Milton Friedman taken from The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein.)

Milton Friedman also said that "economic policies have consequences." I submit that history will eventually prove Milton Friedman and his so-called "free-market" or "fundamentalist" capitalism was the worlds most prolific and deadly terrorist in the latter half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Friedman and his economic terrorist group, trained at the University of Chicago, have three trademark demands that have caused more suffering, conflict and death than any known terrorist in modern history.

These demands are: privatization, government deregulation, and deep cuts to social spending. Sounds familiar doesn't it? It should, our current economic impotence and devastation is the result of almost forty years of applied Friedman economics. These ideas are also intimately and directly connected to our nation's foreign policy. Contrary to myth and popular belief the United States economic structure and policy have never been genuinely "free."

From the the time of our Constitutional Convention, since the United States Constitution was ratified and the first Congress called to order; throughout the course of our nation's history the economic policy and all that flows from it have been designed and implemented to benefit the wealthy elite minority faction. Everything about our country and government with regard to the accumulation of wealth and power has, and is, done to favor those that have the most. This fact is indisputable.

We, the people, have only one choice to make. We must stand up, stand together, and carry out a second Revolution in the name of citizens and absolute equality. It is the obligation and responsibility of our citizenship. It is not only our right but it is our duty to rise up and remove our bad government, to cause a shift of power. With our Constitution in tact, using the means it provides, citizens must institute a new government based on the system and process of Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government.

The system and process arising from Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government promotes and protects the value and dignity of citizens. Wealth, profit, position, and power are not the primary and overriding objective. Humanistic Equalism economic policy requires that all capitalist enterprise succeed or fail on its own merit and ability. Humanistic Equalism makes government a tool and a means for citizens benefit and, while vigorously encouraging entrepreneurship and the creation of wealth, Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government does not act or function as the machinery of perverted American capitalism’s exploitation and greed.

The tax code will no longer be up for sale to the highest bidder. All business, public or private, charitable or philanthropic, religious or political; all business that owes taxes will pay taxes. Like all citizens, they will pay taxes for the privileges, and rights guaranteed by our Constitution; they will pay taxes for the opportunity and freedom to make as much money as can be made. Nothing in life is free including American citizenship and wealth.

With government based on Humanistic Equalism our civil and criminal code will no longer be for sale. Justice will no longer be a high priced commodity available only to the wealthy, powerful, and well connected. The executive branch of government will be taken off the auction block; while professional lobbyists, unscrupulous tax lawyers, and accountants, along with so-called health care insurance providers will all have to seek a new line of work. Because the system and process of Humanistic Equalism will eliminate any need for such vermin.

Because Humanistic Equalism forbids the interference of government into the affairs of free market enterprise, multi-national corporations and big business financiers that wish to protect operations located in other countries, or secure natural resources and open new markets will have to spend their own money, energy, and blood. America's military and foreign policy will no longer be for lease. The use of police, National Guard, or the United States military to oppress the needs and demands of labor or to overthrow uncooperative foreign governments to enhance corporate power and profit will no longer be an option.

Every citizen private and corporate will have absolutely equal status, privileges, and rights in regard and relation to our federal government. Yes, I know that most people read these things and immediately think, "This guy is either smoking something or living in fantasy land." The truth is, because that is exactly what most people will say is evidence and undeniable proof that we have been completely subjugated to defend and protect the status quo and elite minority faction; the wealthy pseudo-aristocracy that rules our country and controls every aspect of our lives. The ideas of Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government are just as fantastic and impossible as the idea of independence was to the subjugated colonists that carried out our first Revolution. With one major exception, Christianity and religion are truly divorced from government and relegated to the free market of ideas and personal choice.

Humanistic Equalism is a system and process of humanity not money or "manifest destiny." As such, it postulates that if people are the primary focus and concern of bureaucracy, if our citizens, as well as governments of other nations, are treated with equality, respect, dignity, and honesty then there will be no reason for economic warfare or violence of any kind. The economic policies and machinery of Humanistic Equalism government will have a profound life-altering effect on all citizens. Especially average common working people and the traditionally poor.

The status quo approach to economics, while wildly effective and beneficial for an elite minority faction, is cruel, inhumane, and degrading to the overwhelming majority of common citizens. It generates huge profit and wealth for the few at the expense of the many. I believe it should be evident that America and its citizens will be tremendously and positively affected by government and economic policy emanating from the philosophy and principles of Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government.

This concludes my initial in-depth examination regarding our traditional understanding and view of economics and how it will change with the implementation of a new government of Humanistic Equalism. Next, on 15 October 2008, I will join tens-of-thousands of bloggers from around the world to discuss the ever-widening and thoroughly demoralizing issue of poverty. I sincerely hope that you will think about the concepts and possibilities expressed here and contained within Humanistic Equalism: Philosophy for Ethical Government. Until next time, Give Peace a chance.
James B. Tinsley, B.A.

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