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The Billionaires Improve the Country Project

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Imagine the recognition that we still need our military to protect us, but with time, their missions can be gradually pointed away from destructive conflicts to humanitarian efforts. Military personnel also have much of the technical expertise required for space travel. Imagine all militaries, working together peacefully, redeployed to explore the planets. After all, we are only one asteroid away from extinction. We have to get out there.

Imagine the American billionaires, echoing Richard Nixon, demanded a governmental strategy to take the profit out of war. Imagine the billionaires of the world demanded the same of their governments. Imagine everyone realized the elephant in the room is military spending- the fuel for future wars.

Imagine if all of the world's leaders gradually realized they no longer have to fear domination from one another. Imagine the techniques of domination, the evil triplets propaganda, spying and war, became obsolete. Imagine the end of the surveillance state.

Imagine a more flexible society where new technologies and industries are embraced, and a funding mechanism protected business owners and workers of obsolete industries from the harm of this transition.

Imagine the tools of scientific inquiry freed from the shackles of industry funding.

Imagine the financial incentive for pollution removed, clean water and air for everyone, and the preservation of natural habitats.

Imagine the riddle of technology decoded. Rather than causing our extinction, technology ensured our survival.

Imagine humanity finally solved the paradox proclaimed by Oliver Lacon in Smiley's People, by John LeCarre: "Our future was with the collective, but our survival was with the individual, and the paradox was killing us every day."

Imagine the esteem the billionaire class earned. History judged this precious act of teamwork, this responsible use of power, the turning point in the development of our species.

"You may say I'm a dreamer.

But I'm not the only one.

I'm grateful the billionaires joined us.

And the world lives as one."

Death and chaos stalk every human being. Our only peace derives from bearing this burden together. Imagine.

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