Society has renounced socialism and is squandering resources:History teaches us that giant changes can be made over a few decades. History also teaches us that if a society does not adapt to its environment then it will collapse.
THE REAL COMMUNITY MANIFESTO
1. An end to the ‘right to buy’ and an extensive increase in social housing: Last year more council tenants were involved in buying their homes than there were homeless people housed*. This means that councils must acquire more property just for the amount of social housing to stay level. What is more, the cost of private property is massively inflated because renting privately is not worth while and the vast majority of people have no access to cheap social renting. If a significant amount of the population could rent cheap social properties the private sector would have to compete and accommodation would become affordable - therefore more private housing would be built, because it would sell. Proposal 2, below, could be used to pay for this.
2. Scaled V.A.T: Is it morally acceptable that the rich can spend thousands on unnecessary luxuries when they contribute the same proportion of their wealth that the poor do to buy the basics? Products or services that cost £5 or less should have 0% VAT. Those that cost £40,000 should be taxed by at least 100% Nobody actually needs anything worth £40,000! Property should be taxed on a different scale.
3. Nationalisation of fuel and energy utilities: In a decade or so the amount of oil the world produces will start to decrease. Gas has been steadily increasing in price due to scarcity. This is due to the way that the approximately one billion westerners live. There are about 2.5 billion Asians who want to live like this and are doing a good job of catching the west up. The whole situation is obviously completely untenable. Fuel and energy supplies and prices must be controlled by the government. Unless we invest in Nuclear Fuel one day fuels will need to be rationed. However, for the moment excessive use of fuel and energy should be taxed, while moderate users should have their bills subsidized by the government.
4. Create memberships of large corporations so that shareholders are held to account by the people: Investment in large corporations is obviously necessary for the continuation of our way of life. But it also means that rich people can make money out of having money. Investors get far more ‘money for nothing’ than people on welfare benefits do, and, like the jobless, they get it off the people. Every time somebody buys something in a supermarket, or buys an item of clothing, they are subsidizing the rich. This is chronically unfair given the way that welfare ‘scroungers’ are treated. It also increases the price of nearly everything. There should be some sort of check to the power of the shareholders, and the easiest way to do this is to force PLCs to have memberships of staff and customers who have a final say over dividends - and therefore the price of shares.
5. Tax people out of cars and use the proceeds to subsidize public transport: The roads are so overcrowded that on most high streets it is quicker to walk; parking is a nightmare; driving is no longer fun (despite what the car adverts imply); despite serious efforts to decrease the human race’s output of CO2 into the atmosphere it still steadily increases. People need to get out of their cars and onto public transport.
6. Reform of the European Union: During 2014 there was chronic agitation by anti-European, nationalist parties in most west European countries. The European Commissioners’ response to this was to change absolutely nothing. The pan-European economy is the foundation stone of global wealth, and it will not function without a political element. If it were to break up we would all spiral into a poverty that would make our present problems look ‘the good old days’. If the leaders of the Union are not willing to listen to its citizens it will fall apart. We cannot vote for European leaders so our only option is to vote for independence if we do not like them. This is bizarre for an alliance that holds democracy so dear. Personally I do not mind immigrants, but obviously many people feel differently, and there is no reason why Europe should not change its migration laws without totally banning migration. Europe needs reform, it needs to take notice of Europeans, or it will die.
*according to Radio Four.
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The real community campaigns for anti-capitalism, a new kind socialism, and a democratic economy.The world’s resources will be depleted by the middle of this century and we need some kind of revolution to initiate this anti-capitalism. The revolution may well be peaceful and democratic - only reforms to the economy will stop our society from squandering resources.
Essentially, these are the beliefs of the Real Community: -
1. The amount of oil the world produces will soon start to decrease due to scarcity. We will become ever more reliant on bio-fuels.
2. In countries that produce bio-fuels there are already food shortages. This tendency will increase as the amount of oil produced decreases.
3. The Earth can only produce a finite amount of food in the first place. By the middle of this century it is predicted that the total population will be too large to feed, even without the bio-fuel problem.
4. It is true that demographic experts say that birth-rates will decrease in the middle of the century because of the development of countries like China and India. But small wealthy families use more resources than large poor ones, and if there is a fuel or food crisis before this happens where will the wealth come from?
5. Although there are enough resources in the world for all humans to live adequately, for the moment, many of them do not. Some struggle to survive while others use surplus wealth to buy power, or just squander it. The world is completely unprepared for the impending crisis. This generation is leaving the next a life of struggle and dearth.
6. The solution to the fuel crisis is more investment in public transport and much less use of private vehicles.
7.The solution to resource problems in general would involve a socialist system and a democratic economy which wouild create a much fairer system of sharing out resources, and power to say who gets what.
8. These are the beliefs of the Real Community, and what it campaigns on.
The individual is nothing without a community, a community is nothing without individuals. This is where the systems of the 20th century fell down. The Marxist empires of the twentieth century made community so strong that there could be no individual, and failed. Current western society puts individualism on a pedestal to such an extent that it is difficult to detect what is left of community. It will also fail.
Socialism has been excluded by society because society is so money orientated that it is scarcely democratic. Any revolution must make the economy democratic if the next generation is to survive without fear. Anti-capitalism should not just be about stopping the corruption of the economy, but a fundamental change in the way society operates.
The Real Community Manifesto is an optimistic set of thoughts that posits that we can be happier, fairer and more responsible. This is by no means suggesting that heavenly paradise or a utopia is achievable. But things COULD be better
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In history civilisations have fallen when the few have become decadent and are wasting resources at the expense of the many. Only some form of socialism and a democratic impetus can save us.