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No Freedom Without Justice

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What is the single thing we can do to improve the nation now and for the long run?

What really determines the direction of   the nation? What controls the progress a nation makes toward that more perfect union? What brings a sense of fairness and justice to all people simultaneously? What divides us most fiercely? What is the blocking mechanism for funding even approved legislation? What allows for the biggest and most influence on government policy? The answer to all is money. If that is   true then why haven't we at least re-examined the systems it functions under and what it is influenced by?   We must use the tools of advanced understanding to focus on education about,   and creating a public mandate for money system rebuilding so strong the political class cannot ignore it.

This examination is a basic tenant of problem solving. The concept and discipline of problem solving has been around for decades and the tools available to determine the root cause of problems have increased in number, functionality and sophistication . Why isn't it mandated that politicians use these tools to solve problems and determine solutions free of ideology and aligned with justice for all? A mechanism to institute such proper use of complex problem solving is necessary to move from the politics of ideology to the politics of expanding freedom and integrating justice into everyday life is missing.

The constitution set up a structure for problem solving in a democratic fashion but we now need to move to a, constitutionally mandated if necessary, method of ensuring the use of the latest well tested methodologies and processes for problem solving. Maximum freedom, maximum justice, maximum citizen education, maximum citizen input should always be included in the methodology as regulating mechanisms of the problem solving methods used and determining which one(s) to use and update and to ensure there alignment with the freedom and justice or all paradigm. This may be the only way to break away from the current politics of destruction and obstruction dominating the 2 party system of government. But since all things like this must go through that same system and that there is no national referendum mechanism available to citizens it is a stretch to suggest any thing can get done from now on. There is one path forward for citizens -- FOCUS on the single most important problem now to force politicians to pay attention. Avoid all measures of opposition and never quit demanding direct action designed by us the citizens on this single most important problem. The problem is what is the single most important problem that if corrected has the most far reaching effects possible. This one argument making the case for what that single most thing is - money.

Economic Justice is primary justice. It is only primary because it controls and is superior to all other justice - today. It is superior to all other justice because it is the most powerful driver of behavior and its resultant activity in the world - today. Money is ubiquitous -- in our monetized/ financialized world it now affects every single person around the globe. Its methods of creation and by whom it is created, its valuation and its method of circulation are the bedrock components of a money system.   It is how they are done that is important. The creation is currently done as debt -- no new money comes in to existence without someone going into debt. No country would have an economy without government debt despite the crusade against more spending etc. by government. It's an oxymoron to say we must quit spending when in fact spending by borrowing is the fundamental tenant   allowing this structure of an economy to function at all. This oxymoron should be a huge red blinking sign telling us our politicians do not understand monetary systems or are completely complicit in the malfeasance the system is producing.

Economics is rooted in the administration, valuing and circulation of a means of exchange. This means of exchange is the foundation and the most basic of all communication. Money has the potential for good and bad activity in and of itself but its real and most powerful force is in how it is created, valued and circulated into the economy.

In the final analysis who controls this administration and its valuing processes of money is who literally directs the course of the world over time. It is difficult to imagine how there is justice when there is not equal access into all aspects of the primary driver of all civilization.

Paymnets on Debt Keep Money in Circulation Insufficient
Paymnets on Debt Keep Money in Circulation Insufficient
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Eventually maybe we need to move away from money and its derivatives and all its forms to accomplish a pure justice for all humanity. Moving away from money as the primary driver of justice is likely to take quite a while barring a spontaneous evolutionary event. It would likely take the enlightenment of a big majority of citizens to internalize and institutionalize value in some way that allowed all of us to   intuitively recognize and be able to communicate among ourselves,   that understanding of value across all aspects of humanity including and not limited to spiritual needs, physical needs, intellectual needs, academic needs, work, desire, rights, freedoms, politics, democracy and justice.

But until then there are a myriad of ways to dramatically extend justice and freedom using money organized and administered differently. Todays' incessant demand for unsustainable growth is driven by exponentially increasing debt just to pay the financial community. They create new money, dysfunctionally, from nothing. They charge and accrue interest to be paid back to them - on money that never existed mind you while NEVER creating the money to pay the interest. This creates accelerating money creation, and inflation as well as exponentially increasing debt from nothing just to pay the interest on that same debt and accumulating interest. Debt creation has been purposely made part of the money system as a positive (for the bankers -- not for us.) feedback loop which guarantees debt growth exponentially. Many others designs would stop this and provide us with an amazing powerful money that could fund accelerated progress across all worthwhile endeavors of humanity, and create expanded freedom and justice we've never experienced. Some feel we are 2000 years behind where we could/ should be had money been correctly designed.

If a nation truly believed in complete justice then nations, their leaders and its citizens would be fully educated on the matter of monetary systems. When this was done and fully understood, vast majorities would ask questions like why is "this or that necessary', "why is this or that done and why"? The answers to these questions would almost immediately change the course of national monetary policy and dramatically alter the course of the nation toward sustainability and equality without authoritarian mechanisms.

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