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political economic theory hopism
Hopism is political theory written by an ordinary person with ordinary aspirations for life. Hopism recognises and accepts human nature’s weaknesses and strengths and tries to build a realistic framework to create a society of low tax, high social service and low waste.
This is Hopism-Beta-Edition, republished again after a four year break due to background issues. It is still edition 1 and could do with some editing, better english, slicker graphics, some videos and many more diagrams. That will get done sometime during rainy dark November 2014, together with a discussion forum, where this rough idea can be beaten into shape and better written by contributors.
The end result is more useful work done, a happier society and more free time to enjoy your life - whilst knowing that social obligations are met.
Hopism is short and sweet
Hopism is under development, there will be bits you like and bits you dont, maybe there could be different splinter variants. The theory itself is simple and should take less than an afternoon to understand. There are around twenty texts on the webring, each less than a thousand words.
Money and capital is now based on shifting sands. To bring prosperity we must first realign money to the production of real things and switch back from partial noney to money. This requires planning because aligning currency to variable production commodities, such as gold that fluctutate, is also equally problematic. This target is Base Capitalism where the value of capital and money is held true.
The same corruption of capitalism has also occurred in different ways in modern socialism which is automatically associated with poor practice, conservatism in thought and process with resulting low productivity.
Change, efficient practice and flexibility does not find reward in socialism, so business quickly stagnates and there is lower productivity. Lower productivity means fewer capital goods and less real things to share around, i.e. increasing poverty.
By cleansing out the corruptive practice and influences in socialism we can create a clean and highly functional Base Socialism. Amish communities show that socialism works. In fact both capitalism and socialism work when they are correctly interpreted and applied. The notion of capcialism is to then combine the best practice of base capitalism and base socialism to create a clean and ordered society that fairly rewards hard work balanced with social responsibility and stability for all.
It is not evil to earn money to own nice things or take fun holidays, but we must also provide via taxation so that every child has a glass of milk in the mornings at their free school.
Capcialism can provide the wealth of capitalism through productivity, together with the social results and stability of socialism, to bring hedonism to our personal daily life and collective futures.
As Bhudda said, the middle way is best. Capcialism will properly define and organise what that middle way is. Hence the derivation of capcialism as the economic basis of hopism.
Strategic shackling is ethical and moral restraint of that base capitalism.
This ethical shackling can be used to maintain standards and even playing fields for trading. The example of ethical standardisation in pig farming used earlier is why strategic shackling is essential. There are many other reasons for shackling, for example defining gradually increasing stringency on limits of pollutants for engines in vehicles or limiting use of appetite accelerants like E621 in processed food.
There are currently major tax leakages via company ownership in tax havens where profits are sucked offshore, this is purely selfish greed. These companies enjoy trade in countries, but will not part reinvest their in earnings at their source point. This cheating must be stamped out or the leeching companies closed and stripped of assets.
The final aspect of Hopism is to combine Capcialism with Productism.
Productism is the improvement of products, at lower cost, higher performance with more longevity, this gives better prosperity to people.
The products can be represented by anything that fits the loose description of a product, from farmed goods to cafe cakes and on to conventional industrial goods such as bicycles and wind turbines.
Service products can equally be improved, so that more service uptake become´s realistic for more people to facilitate the redistribution of wealth. When those products are better, our lives are improved and we do not need to work such long hours to get the same level of prosperity.