The 12 Reforms
Implementing the 12 reforms would transform the western world. But for the rise of The Problem Judeo-Christian values would probably have seen in these reforms as a natural historic process. The reforms would cause structures of privilege, power and unjustifiable wealth to crumble. The “bad barrel makers’ (Ibid: Zimbardo) would be excised from the body politic. We would all be outside Plato’s Cave, breathing fresh air, bathed in a new dawn, looking out to wide horizons. A future without dire consequences would be rising like the sun.
Explanation: Plato's Cave - Plato lamented that people adopt a limited world view. He compared it to being chained in a cave, restricted to staring at the walls while others, burning a fire behind them, use puppets to project images on the walls. Those in chains have no independent frames of reference and so assume the dancing images they can see are reality.
Once outside the cave the common man and women would be on the road to real citizenship. They would have a vital part to play in national decision making. Demographic decline would not threaten cultural and economic survival. The way is clear for the renewal of commitment to the West’s founding values. Opportunities for people and families to invest in their local communities would promise rich rewards, both culturally and economically. They would have full access to the mechanisms of immediate and justice that dramatically reduce uncertainty, insecurity and any sense of lost control. They would also be able to take charge of issues like poverty, environmental damage, crime and education under a one-tax system with the flexibility to be tailored to local need. A universal social dividend, paid to every person, may be possible Volunteer-ism and altruism would have the widest possible scope to flourish under these conditions. People would be incentivised to invest, take risks, participate and volunteer-ally contribute. Prosperity in the widest sense of the word would grow beyond crude GDP measure to embrace the economics of happiness. Conditions would be right to handle the coming AI revolution.
Diversity would be expressed as differences under one set of values that frees working and living together from racial and cultural prejudices. Liberalism’s tribalisation of virtue, race and gender gives way to equality of opportunities. Strong families, one set of universally appropriate values (best suited to individual freedom and opportunity), small central government, a self-motivating regulatory environment, easy access to credit and justice and a properly focused education system allows each person to maximise their life potential. The workplace would reflects all of this. When an entrepreneur builds a business he or she knows they can become wealthy if they do the right things. They also know they can only do it if they call on the will, experience and hard work of their employees through a democratised workplace that values people as ‘cosmic phenomenon’, not just units of production and the partial arbiters of price. Businesses are transformed into social enterprises that recognise they are contributing to the whole of society and not just stockholders, or greed. Credit, without the albatross of interest makes doing business and building homes and supporting families a whole lot easier. Politics is no longer the plaything of ideologies and partisanship. Government is for the people and of the people. This is a dream, a vision for the future that takes us out of our present darkness. With the will, vision and leadership it is all entirely possible.