A Really Good Idea
by Henri Liu
Having got tired of repeated calls from various government officals asking us for advice on major issues, gou-rou.com decided to hire visionary thinker Henri D. K. Liu. Today he presents his proposal for a safer, fairer world.
When I look around me I see many problems for the world. Last year, I set myself the task of solving them. Today I present to you the result of months of dedicated research and contemplation:
Today in the world many people are unhappy. We spend our lives doing jobs in order to get money, which we then exchange for goods and services. Some people earn more money; they get more and better goods and services. Meanwhile some people earn less, and get less.
What I want to propose is a system where everyone is treated equally no matter what job they do. Everybody gets the same standard of healthcare, food, living etc when they require it, no matter what they "put in" to the system. In order to make this system work, it may be necessary to arrange society into smaller, self managing collectives, or "communes" if you will, which will be the distribution points for food / services, and the collection points for what people produce.
In fact, in this system, rather than production being tailored to meet demand, perhaps demand could be controlled by say, the central / local government. Control of the various industries could be handled on a national level, by government bodies or institutions, rather than by a small exclusive group of businessmen. The methods and ability to make things would be in the possession of the very people who do the work.
In order to achieve this kind of system, the way we live would have to change, almost as though society itself were being "rotated". (can we do an infographic here? Henri) - (Graphics guy is on holiday in Hong Kong - Ed.). Once this "rotation" had been achieved, the new society could begin to function.
Currently, religion often seems to function as a "narcotic", perhaps extracted from a flower, which numbs the multitudes of people. In the new society, following the "rotation", religion should be heavily discouraged. It could be replaced by a new way of thinking, a "notionology" in which people believe in society rather than any abstract concepts or deities.
(Viva Le Rotation! – ed)