Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Liberty, Unity, and Justice – the rights of communities and a manifestation of the “care economy” in these United States.

When in the course of modern politics, we arrive at a turning point of corrupt politicians and dangerous fanatic representations, we must come together as free and independent thinkers united in our hope for better things. Our promise for progress must be centred around people, as all lives matter; and we must be sensitive to the values of social and environmental justice, as they must be enabled by the fairly elected public servants along side of well-functioning and socially responsible institutions, both equally charged with the province of representing their people well in these times.

But there is now an ever more dangerous accumulation of wealth and the concentration of power giving rise to inequalities that transcend Geopolitics. Financial and tax regulations put in place are mere token solutions, further eroding the moral standings of individuals leaving communities vulnerable to corruptions and misguided policy directives. There is no state in these United States, as a unity of its communities, that is focused on assessing cultural impacts, sustainability and vibrancy of cultural developments. Yet we are gregarious creatures, are we not? Culture is fundamental to our social life and inclusion is the process by which we recognize our differences and come together to capitalize on them through our similarities. Social policies thus play an essential role not only in reducing poverty but also in fostering economic development. But we must be free of the welfare state and shift our aim to changing behaviours. We have to provide incentives for voluntary participation. Sustainable environmental management and resource use must strengthen the resilience or adaptive capacities of individuals and their communities while also achieving their social goals. Merely reducing the problem of inequality by affirmative actions ignores many structural conditions and constraints that determine individual opportunities, choices and outcomes. It also fails to address key drivers of inequality in the economy. We therefore have to pay close attention to macro-policies that prioritizes job creation, provide accessibility to community supported infrastructure and care services, protect worker's rights and privileges, support indigenous innovations and decentralize production, and formulate social programs to target all forms of discrimination.

Together, we the people of these United States of a land to be freed, can shape the participations of empowered populations; can transform social policies that extend beyond the residual roles of the mere welfare states; can target the alleviation of poverty and integrate political and economic functions necessary to provide security and opportunity. Together, we share the burdens and benefits of growth, of the cost of care for others, in compassion and forgiveness to the terrors of hatred and darkness in men's hearts. United, we must be attentive to the broader functions of social policies that threatens progress, generating social tensions over scarce jobs and resources, undermining our health and productivity, and disenfranchising our future generations.

If we do not act, we risk failures leading to violent conflicts and greater environmental degradations; we risk not just our freedom, but our entire earthly existence.

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." 
- Declaration of Independence of these United States

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