The Developing World Attaining Full and Equal Rights

Before going into the Complexities of negotiations between developed and developing nations, lets analyze how can a nation or region attain security so as to avoid starvation and poverty as faced by 100s of millions today?

First they must abandon corporate control of food supplies and obtain their food from local permaculture. Plants providing thread for cloth are among the most prolific in the world, six foot high hemp for example.

So fiber for clothes can also be local and the soil improved even as it produces. Houses built from rammed earth or rock with ceramic interiors that will last for centuries is also a local industry.

Within that local industry are the essentials of a secure society, food, fiber, and shelter. Where then does all the resources of the world go?

Where and why stands out stark and clear, resources go primarily to maintain the “freedoms” so cherished within the developed world. Trips to Europe, cruises, annual vacations, run uptown for a hamburger, shop till you drop, a house full of clothes and shoes that are seldom–or never–worn, kids with closets stuffed with toys they never play with, and on and on. The list of what a modern society is titillated with is endless.

At Aptera Electric Typ-1 e – Video Test Drive, you can watch a video of a 300 mile per gallon, three wheeled, two seat, gas-electric hybrid, Aptera car that requires less than 10% the labor and resources to build as today’s average car. Beyond the computer, which is not a necessity, there is nothing in that car which was not on the shelf 40 years ago. On short drives, it runs on electricity, is charged each night, and uses no gas.

With a lifespan of double that of today’s cars (for local runs the gas engine is not used and fiberglass bodies are easily rebuilt) and everything in that car except the computer having been on the shelf for use for 40 to 50 years, this means that people throughout the world could have been driving a very cheap car that polluted very little and used very little fuel for the past 40 years.

The efficiencies of a market economy are fiction. The wealthy world were sold expensive SUVs, pickups and other big cars because auto companies earned $8,000 apiece on them, only $1,000 on small cars, and could not have earned over $500 on a little gas eclectic car.

Ditto for almost everything else sold within the so-called developed world. You can pay $700 for a pair of shoes that cost $3 to produce and ship. Even the cheapest priced shoes, which are just as good as that $700 pair I looked at, will cost $40 while an efficient economy could produce and distribute it for $15.

The story is far too big to explain here. It is enough to know that it all has to do with the monopolization process–which is the process we address deeply–compounded by promotional, persuasive, titillating advertising and further compounded be a society trained to conspicuous consumption. Market economies are feeding egos, not providing essential needs at low prices (see http://www.storyofstuff.com/).

We Document that the monopolization process, siphoning most the wealth of the world to a few, wastes over half the labor and resources within that system of theft.

As demonstrated by how cheaply a person could commute, clearly a local economy caring for everybody is far more efficient and secure than a globalized economy caring for a few.

With only two days employed per week required to provide a quality, secure, life, a community can find ways to structure their time without wasteful consumption of resources and energy.

Towards the end of the previous article we discussed China and the developing world decoupling from the monopoly system of the Western world.

Below we will be discussing the initial stages of that decoupling. in The simplicity of eliminating poverty and war will stun you we discuss the final stage of the world abandoning that wasteful and destructive system.

Though it will be firmly denied, the developed world–America, Western Europe, and, up to now but that may change, Japan–are an allied imperial-center-of capital. Never would they impose upon one another the structural adjustments they have enforced upon the developing world.

We have addressed how the wealth of the developing world is siphoned to the wealthy world through Unequal Pay for Equally-Productive Labor.

All wealth comes from resources and most resources are in the developing world. Yet the resource-poor imperial nations are wealthy and the resource-rich nations on the periphery of empire are poor.

The wealth of the periphery pouring into the imperial centers is explained by the simple formula high pay divided by the low pay squared. If the poor nation’s equally-productive labor is paid $1 an hour and the wealthy nation’s labor is paid $10 an hour, that is not a 10 times differential in retained wealth. It is an exponential 100 times differential (See the above link) .

Allowing one hour as one unit of wealth, the poorly-paid worker must work ten hours to produce one unit of wealth from the well-paid worker or nation while the well-paid worker can purchase 100 units of wealth from the poorly-paid worker or nation. Increase that pay differential to 20 times (50 cents an hour labor against $10 an hour labor) and the capital accumulation differential increases exponentially to 400 to one.

If the developing world is to ever gain full rights and equality they must negotiate with the developed world for fair value for their resources and for equality in pay for equally productive labor. The developed world will not want to negotiate. In defense, blocs of the developing world must ally together.

Mahatma Gandhi, when he freed India, demonstrated how to force that negotiation. If Third world labor refuses to mine or haul that ore, cut or haul that timber, or load those ships, the developed world will have no choice but negotiate.

The followers of Gandhi refused to work for the British Empire, massive suppression ensued, the labor of India still refused, British soldiers could not stomach imposing further unjust violent suppression, and Britain gave up on the pillage of India.

Once at the negotiating table, the rules for providing full rights and equality must be decided upon. This requires,

* Equal pay for equally-productive work. This gain in rights provides roughly equal buying power relative to the talents and energy expended.
* Sharing those productive jobs (once a region is fully developed each need work only two to three work days per week).
* Support for structuring their societies to avoid the subtle monopolizations of land, technology, finance capital, and information (see The simplicity of eliminating poverty and war will stun you). This will increase economic efficiency equal to the invention of money, the printing press, and electricity.
* A worldwide effort to address population issues and sustainable development to the capacity of the earth to provide resources and the environment to absorb wastes. With the most Catholic country in the world, Italy, having a birth rate per family (1.29), Germany a birth rate of 1.51, and Japan a rate of 1.53, far below replacement levels, shows this is an attainable goal.
* The wealthy world to turn their war industries towards producing industrial technology for any nation or region of the world that agrees to eliminate terrorism and war.
* All military weapons beyond that necessary for internal security to be turned over to the United Nations or destroyed.
* The United Nations should be chartered with the responsibility of overseeing world peace.
* All unjust Third Word debts to be canceled.
* Markets should be free between regions of equal development and equal pay but managed between countries and regions unequally paid so as to avoid the theft of the labors of the lower paid.
* Support for regions to establish their own central bank and trading currency (such as the 15 countries of Europe are now doing under the euro).
* Through equalizing surcharges, minerals and other resources in the low-paid countries to be priced relative to mining or harvesting of those same resources or substitute commodities in the developed world. The recycling of minerals would then be profitable and renewable energy would be competitive. The consumption of the world’s oil and coal will be slower, pollution pressures will be lower, and all countries will develop faster.
* Labor values to be calculated and equalizing surcharges collected on exports of manufactured products to equalize those values.
* Funds collected from these tariffs on international trade should go towards building industries and economic infrastructure in the lower-paid nation or region and for renewable energy capitalization, developing environmentally sound products, designing and implementing ecologically sustainable lifestyles, rebuilding soils, and cleaning up and revitalizing the ecosystems of both the developing and developed worlds.
* To avoid corruption, any industry or infrastructure built with developing world money or with equalizing surcharge funds shall be built by contract. Once their own tools of production are established, these regions will be building their own industries and infrastructure.
* Once nations or regions are roughly equal in technology and labor roughly equally paid, surcharges should be eliminated and fair and honest free trade will flow between nations and between regions.
* A nation or region short on resources should be allotted a higher level of industrialization. (Japan provides the ideal example.) Once all nations and regions are roughly equal in world trade, equalizing surcharges should disappear but a resource depletion tax should remain to fund rebuilding soils and revitalizing the world’s ecosystems.
* As has already been successfully tested, one-year-old trees in biodegradable, aerodynamic, pointed cylinders can be planted at the rate of 800,000 trees a day per plane. Newly planted grass grows beautifully in North Africa when fenced off from goats. Technology has been developed to grow extensive ground cover in one to three years on steep, barren, infertile road cuts. The technology is here to reforest and regenerate the earth and a resource depletion tax (higher resource rents paid to society) is the proper source of funds.
* As per The Simplicity of Eliminating Monopolization of Technology, inventors should be paid well and patents placed in the public domain.

* To protect everyone’s rights and freedom, the world’s intelligence services should remain operative and alert. These agencies should be mandated to cooperate in preventing terrorist attacks or wars anywhere in the world. That mandated change alone will eliminate most terrorism and all wars.

* The buying power for a healthy economy comes from wages paid to productive labor. Those earnings are spent for family needs and that money is spent again and again as it is passed from hand to hand to purchase necessary food, fiber, shelter, and services. Thus care must be taken by both the developed and developing world for each region to produce their own food and consumer products and provide most of their own services.

Only through a cohesive population and an allied region can peacefully obtain full rights and equality. Thus the responsibility of each is to alert as many as possible and organize to attain full rights and freedom.

People are good. Prove to philosophers and negotiators in the wealthy world that peace and prosperity for all is possible and many will recognize they have been misinformed and support you.

The link to the right, The simplicity of eliminating poverty and war will stun you, demonstrates how, under these rules and taking advantage of the current financial crisis, the world can be developed to a sustainable level and poverty largely eliminated in only two generations.

For their citizens to accept such violence upon others, empires have to control their perception (known as propaganda). We now turn to Fabricating Incidents to Start Wars.

Those crucial 170 words describing an honest, efficient, capitalist economy. Does anyone have the ear of President Barack Obama’s Economic Recovery Team?

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