Towards Full Employment

There is so much to do. It is incredible how anyone who wants to work is not able to do so. It may partly be because too many people are on the payroll being busy doing nothing useful – such as talking down phones on nuisance or negative calls, or writing on paper which ends down in the bin within a week.

Leaving things up to government to do something is part of the problem. We are responsible now. There is too much to do and too few of them with any power, so it is unfair to expect them to have the knowledge and understanding to:

  • Bring back pride into neighbourhoods;
  • Create public spaces which we want to show to visitors;
  • Plant trees, bushes and flowers that harmonise our estates, streets and parks with nature;
  • Support children through schools and our elders their last days;
  • Reclaim public spaces from the car;
  • Build the homes we need and community centres we dream of;
  • Research and deliver sustainable energy and trade;

A couple of million jobs are in this brief list and will be worth investing in. Government are virtually irrelevant in this context, except as a negative force, and all prudent ways to lessen tax should now be on the table.

There are far too many people employed in the three great fault lines of our current cultural landscape.

  1. Rent – should be replaced by services and maintenance of property and avoid overheads which include maintenance of owners on permanent leisure leave.
  2. Finance – must be tamed to promote trade and industry.
  3. Government and authorities – need transformation from self-serving cliques into renewed democratic structures, based on the principle of universal participation, where each individual has the structural opportunity of representing their community.

 

A mechanism to evolve our current wasteful practise is to switch the welfare and benefits budgets out of central government and into local authorities. We can do this for a trial 2 – 5 years period in one region and see whether representatives who live among and are closer to their communities can commission construction, services and improvements, or whether like our evidently failed parliamentary system – just dole out benefits, preferring to keep citizens idle and keeping in with a system of like rentiers, financiers and authorities like themselves.

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