Socialist Solutions: Quality of Life

Social policy in areas like health care, child care, education and protecting the unemployed are part of a “solidarity system” that makes sure that almost no one falls into economic despair. in the USA we dont have to pay very high taxes, but in return enjoy a quality of life that many Americans would find hard to believe this is possible.  While it is difficult to become very rich in anywhere,in Denmark for instance, no one is allowed to be poor. The minimum wage in Denmark is about twice that of the United States and people who are totally out of the labor market or unable to care for themselves have a basic income guarantee of about $100 per day. 

National Health care in America , free of charge and high quality. Everybody will be covered as a right of citizenship. Prescription drugs are inexpensive and free for those under 18 years of age. he popular notions of economic development must pass.
We have developed a society based on materialist greed and wasteful consumerism. That must change. We need to build a society that embraces a sustainable future, one that balances our ecological needs with our financial needs.

Many communities are recklessly being destroyed by either rampant development or economic depression. This
development has brought too many strip malls and not enough economic development which produces quality, living wage jobs. Cooperatives are businesses owned by employees. They are run on a democratic basis and fulfill economic and social needs.

Our future must contain a greater degree of cooperative enterprise. We must develop and build cooperatives so people can have quality jobs that also sustain them. The advantages of cooperatives are that they are democratic, self sufficient, equal, give equity, provide a living wage, and are ecologically sound.

There are many cooperatives that can be developed. Worker-owned supermarkets, energy companies, phone companies, social needs co-ops, etc. Co-ops should be developed in place of welfare, because they can alleviate poverty, re-develop communities, and sustain the natural environment.

This would give people the ability to control their own work. Employees would have control of the means
of production. It would also eliminate the mindless mind numbing jobs entrenched in Taylorism and workfare programs which pay slave wages.

Fredrick Taylor was a early 20th Century industrial economist who is accredited with, “No Brains in the work place
People are no different than machines. When one wears out get another one.”

We need a welfare system that will give people freedom, and not manage poverty. We can change society so every person can live a happy, fulfilling life. One of the best systems of co-op enterprise is the Mondragon system of Spain’s Basque region. Co-ops are not a dream, we have real-world examples to
guide us.

We have co-ops in America that provide inexpensive food, and were the first in product labeling and consumer consciousness in providing quality products. We need a better system of work environment. In
Europe and Canada they have:

1. Six weeks paid vacation.
2. National Health Care.
3. Social programs that work.
4. A Living Wage.
5. Free Continued College and University.
6. Ecological Development
7. A Universal Income and Jobs With Justice

By cutting back on government waste and corporate welfare programs we could literally afford all of
this for our nation and share with developing nations. Transforming our attitudes away from the coldness of todays thinking, we could develop a society where we develop more compassionate, charitable mentality. Where the national wealth is shared and we put an end to the torture of poverty . Our Congress in Washington, should fight for the right for everyone to fulfill their aspirations.

The fight for quality, affordable housing and rent control is on. According to The Partnership with Sustainable Communities:

Sustainable communities are places that have a variety of housing and transportation choices, with destinations close to home. As a result, they tend to have lower transportation costs, reduce air pollution and storm water runoff, decrease infrastructure costs, preserve historic properties and sensitive lands, save people time in traffic, be more economically resilient and meet market demand for different types of housing at different price points. Rural, suburban, and urban communities can all use sustainable communities strategies and techniques to invest in healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods, but these strategies will look different in each place depending on the community’s character, context, and needs.

Developing more sustainable communities is important to our national goals of strengthening our economy, creating good jobs now while providing a foundation for lasting prosperity, using energy more efficiently to secure energy independence, and protecting our natural environment and human health. Three federal agencies came together to create the Partnership for Sustainable Communities to help places around the country develop in more environmentally and economically sustainable ways. To guide its work, the Partnership developed six livability principles:

Provide more transportation choices.
Promote equitable, affordable housing.
Enhance economic competitiveness.
Support existing communities.
Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment.
Value communities and neighborhoods.

Residents living productive and sustainable lives are the foundation of a healthy community. A variety of support activities can develop and maintain the community’s human resources, as well as provide assistance to facilitate the use of sustainable practices in people’s homes and neighborhoods. This topic area will provide examples of what individuals are doing for themselves and with others.
Education, Training, and Lifelong Learning Sustainability is a state of mind and way of life. Incorporating sustainability principles, concepts and approaches in both formal and informal education processes will help institutionalize these concepts and encourage their widespread adoption. This section offers many resources and organizations that promote sustainability education

Health, Nutrition, and Recreation
Good physical and mental health throughout the community is essential to allow citizens to participate fully in community life. This section offers information on health, nutrition, and recreation options and provides selected examples of policies and programs that make them possible.Responsible Buying and Consumption
Individuals contribute to local and global sustainability when they adopt more responsible patterns of buying and consumption, thereby consuming less energy and fewer resources. In this section, resources for “Ecological” goods and services, produced by companies with good environmental records, will be available, as well information about ways to assess and reduce resource consumption.

Healthy Home and Property
Home design and maintenance can promote and model more sustainable lifestyles. Healthful, non-polluting approaches at home and throughout the community can contribute to sustainability and support the local ecosystem. This section contains resources to more sustainable practices and purchases

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