Race in America: My Reflections on “The Present Crisis”

Poetry is all I have to offer today when my country is in such turmoil. I write a lot about race unity, hoping to spread hope. Wherever there is a thought of hate, replace it with a thought of love. We can do this. We will reach the promised land. Keep the faith.



On Restitution and Absolution

(Reflections on James Russell Lowell’s “The Present Crisis”)


From the cauldron that’s America, now in full rolling boil,
Feel the heat of convolution, smell the stench of bubbling oil.
Arms reach out from bloody soil, for relief of human mis’ry.
Mingled voice of white and black call on heaven to take pity
On the people of this nation, ‘cross the heartland and the cities.

Where the sheet-covered figures now march by light of day,
And by night roam the youth gangs seeking unsuspecting prey.
Where retreat into tribalism is our new found insanity,
Self-hate and righteous bigotry reach a level of profanity
And America is drowning in its own inhumanity.

Race relations in America, it’s like entering a maze…
The racism in our fibers is a cancerous malaise.
In some hearts there’s deep despair, and the poor hope no more.
‘Neath the barely restrained violence dwells a lust for retribution.
There dwells an anger deeply rooted in unjust persecution.

While a hoard of TV pundits poke the wound in fascination,
Mesmerized by all its festering, paralyzed by complications,
A new wayward generation can’t transcend its own confusion.
The past beckons ever-present, calling out for resolution,
While the future looms so imminent, with the threat of no solutions.

The momentum of decay is now measured by the hour
As the race-related incidents descend in steady shower.
Each assault deals loss of hope, each new verdict heightens panic.
Feel the fall of a great country, sinking like the great Titanic.
Rearing now for its third gasp, as it drowns in the Atlantic.

One great canvas holds the anguish now reflected in all eyes,
Our faces all turn upward, voices question darkened skies:
“Who will give us restitution?” “Who will grant us absolution?”
“When will come illumination, and an end to tribulation?”
“Do we even have volition to break with our tradition?”

White sister, black brother, come to table, eat your supper.
White father, black mother! Cool your anger, ease that hunger.
Cast the load and sit you down! Break your bread and pass it round…
Hush your mouth and do some lis’ning! Drink the gall of our own history…
Humbly look into each eye. Bow your head and eat your pie…


The gang children of today, you see, who live by hatred’s rule
Only mimic what was learned in our forefathers’ school.
When they led that Cyclops, Slavery, where our trusting feet did play,
To the offspring of that monster they did sentence us as prey.
They enslaved their children’s children in a trackless round of hate.

They defined the most great issue that would challenge us today
As we struggle to retrieve our wounded children from the fray,
From the claws of Slavery’s offspring, Indifference and Self-hate,
We glance behind to roads long forgotten in dismay,
Where the bare bones of history, show both greatness and disgrace.

‘Twas the portion of the white man to be this land’s oppressor,
Blundering into this great drama oft to plunder and divest her.
And now even when immigrating lately to the scene,
He is burdened as accessory to our forefather’s sin.
Now he totes a weary load in the color of his skin.

And it fell to the black race to be sacrificial lamb
Then the victims free of sin on the stage of this our land,
But like the children of the Israelites when freed from their bondage
Some went wandering in the desert, some went turning to idolatry,
Seduced by every idol, now the tools of their own carnage.

So while white man’s soul did battle with the demons in his head,
The black man had to wrestle with the dragon in his bed.
While the one lost his faith by succumbing to his greed,
The other reaped his grace overcoming evil deeds.
For even ‘neath oppression can the spirit wander free.


At this pass, this great juncture, when the stars are all aligned
And the fruitage of our actions have all ripened on the vine
From the forces of the universe we must question this convergence.
We must ask the divine purpose in the cyclical resurgence
Of Moses’ children’s bondage and Pharaoh’s people’s scourges.

On the shores of this new nation were we destined here to meet?
Some came chased here by intolerance, some came shackled by their feet.
Are we then to chart a path through God’s primordial maze?
Meant to play out age old themes upon this nation’s stage?
Search the meaning of the cosmos through kaleidoscope of race?

Could it be our Revolution, from which our freedom grew,
Won the privilege of dignity only for the few?
And the truth we found self-evident but still chose to deny
Entombed in our constitution a poison laden lie,
Incongruity we’ve struggled ever since to rectify?

For as each century came full circle we came inching towards the truth.
By the strife of good and evil our thirst for freedom grew.
Fighting for emancipation our whole nation agonized.
Marching for desegregation we were further purified.
It but remains to ask the present hour where our crisis lies!


For our country’s schizophrenia there must be a resolution
Lest the strain of our disunion prove our final dissolution
Into shards of shattered principle, into stripes of shredded dream.
What began in incongruity must forever be made clean.
In the river tide of history we may never swim upstream.

To redeem our great nation, from the brink of its destruction,
And retrieve its mangled soul from the pit of its corruption,
Let us wade in the water trusting ever in His grace.
And thus, coax a resolution from the iron teeth of fate
Where we all gain restitution for humanity’s mistakes.

In America’s march triumphant t’wards our spiritual evolution
One brother’s restitution is the other’s absolution.
The one who shows forgiveness heals the wound in his own soul.
And his mistrust, once relinquished, severs slavery’s last hold,
Breathing peace where resentment has taken heavy toll.

The other, who through trial, overcomes his own denial,
And wrenches from his gut that unconscious racist bile,
When desisting of supremacy, his redemption does attain.
In becoming brother’s keeper he wipes from his hand the stain
Of the slaying of poor Abel by his wandering brother Cain.

Thus, for each man and race to its challenge overcome.
To determine what its station, in the darkness or the sun.
To the measure each man caters to his love or to his hate,
Or voices by his silence his collusion with the race,
Turns the tide of this great nation and of our commingled fate.

As we’re merged blood with blood, our destinies can’t be parted.
As two saplings grown entwined who cannot be divided.
By the sheer sweat of sinew, by the act of conscious will,
Must we turn our sights up mountain, scaling back on back until
We plant the flag of oneness on the peak of highest hill.

As we’re made from the same dust and dwell in the same land
We must become one soul, be the lion and the lamb.
We must eat with the same mouth and walk with the same feet.
Till the signs of our oneness make the round complete.
And though darkness be upon us we dare not accept defeat.

For a glorious vision beckons, in the prophecies of old.
Of a day when former enemies will willingly take hold
Of the weapons of their hatred, gladly to transform,
Into instruments of healing. To remove that crown of thorns
From the brow of all their brethren, and be to peace reborn.

And America’s share in breathing life into this vision
Is to heal the wound within, to cure its own division.
For our ever-present crisis is mirrored in all nations
Where old enemies now rise in burning conflagration.
Dare we raise up the first prejudice-free generation?

A global race committed to advance civilization
And ransom all of “those who have trespassed against us.”
For leading by example is our only global power:
With each of our soul struggles we are hastening that hour
When humanity, AS ONE, yields this planet’s finest flower.

By Rhea Harmsen

Copyright 1996

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The World is Getting Better, not Worse – Unity of Thought in World Undertakings

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The World is Getting Better, not Worse – Unity of Thought in World Undertakings

The World is Getting Better, not Worse – Unity of Thought in World Undertakings

The world is getting better, not worse. It can be proven. By measuring the increase in something called “unity of thought in world undertakings.”

Whenever all of humanity decides to unite around a certain principle or enterprise, or in solving a common problem, it can be said we have reached a plateau of global consciousness (albeit around a single issue). Unity of thought in world undertakings is a positive trend in the social evolution of the planet. Through it, we can perceive great cause for hope for the future of humanity, rather than the ever-gloomier apocalyptic scenarios popular culture is fond of presenting. Yet, few people are aware of it. It is as if a flower has bloomed in the night, and is presented at break of day, to an astounded humanity.

Knotted Gun by Carl Fredrik Reutersward. Gift of Luxembourg.. UN Visitor’s Plaza

This global unity of thought may be scientific, economic, or in the arena of human rights or global governance. It also comes about as a result of shedding of obsolete ideologies from previous centuries. Entire systems of thought, of government and economics have fallen out of favor and are currently frowned upon by the world community, even if they are not yet completely relegated to the past. Among them are slavery, colonialism, imperialism, racism, tyranny, dictatorship, disenfranchisement, religious warfare and genocide, to name a few.

Unity of thought in world undertakings is one of the Seven Candles of Unity. According to ’Abdu’l-Bahá, a Bahá’í leader and writer who lived from 1844 to 1921, these seven candles are the milestones to achieving complete unity on the planet (see all seven candles in the addendum, #1). No one seems to know exactly in what order these candles will be fully lit, only that they are occurring simultaneously or concurrently, and that they are inching us closer to the goal of a united world, a peaceful global civilization.  Anyone who puts their efforts behind the achievement of one of these candles of unity can be said to be contributing towards the final goal of a planetary civilization.

Many examples of unity of thought in world undertakings exist, some in the nineteenth century, many more in the twentieth century, and with an accelerating momentum, they are coming to pass in the twenty first.

The Prime Meridian at Greenwich was adopted in 1884

One early example is when humans agreed to adopt a universal system of time. 26 nations attended the International Meridian Conference held in October 1884.   By majority vote they agreed to adopt a single prime meridian for all nations as the beginning point for the measurement of the 24 hour day.[i]  The Greenwich meridian, which passes through the village of Greenwich, England, was chosen.  Prior to this point there was much confusion in the world. Each city could set it’s own time, so that arriving by train from another city a visitor would not know what time of the day it was. Each city or region operated on its own, with no universal standard.

We can look forward to many other such milestones being achieved in the way we measure things: the adoption of a universal calendar that reconciles both the solar and lunar calendars currently in use around the world is an imperative.  A universal system of weights and measures would be infinitely useful. We are almost there, actually, with the United States, Liberia and Myanmar being the last holdouts to the metric system. [ii]

But unity of thought in world undertakings has, and will come about in many other arenas, not just in weights and measures. Health, human rights, international law, and global governance, are a few. Many instruments and agencies have been developed in order to bring about this type of worldwide collaboration.

Smallpox is the first disease eradicated by the World Health Organization.

In the arena of health untold human suffering has been avoided by the formation of the World Health Organization (WHO), one of the specialized agencies under the umbrella of the United Nations.[iii] WHO was formed in 1946 with the mission of working on communicable and non-communicable diseases, to improve maternal and child health, environmental hygiene and nutrition. The global initiative to eradicate smallpox, for example, started in 1958, when 2 million people were dying from it every year. By 1979 the disease was declared eradicated. Many other issues and diseases are now being combated by WHO in a global manner, including malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, STD’s, polio, measles and recently, Ebola. Global methods of disease outbreak surveillance now exist, as well as the compilation of accurate statistics on the spread and morbidity of diseases.

Deliberation of nations takes place in yearly gatherings called Commissions.

Deliberation of nations takes place in yearly gatherings called Commissions.

In the arena of human rights a great milestone was achieved with the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human rights in 1948. Prior to this time there was no international standard by which all nations could be held accountable for the treatment of their citizens, or by which progress in human rights could be measured. Now, with this consensus or unity of thought, a charter exists for the convening of world nations in yearly gatherings called Commissions. In these Commissions, government representatives from member nations hammer out and adopt documents called Conventions. Once the Convention is agreed to, each of the signatory countries must take it home, ratify it and try to implement it.

The cultural practice of child brides is widespread

The cultural practice of child brides is widespread and requires systematic attention

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW),[iv] is one example of a machine that has been working for nearly sixty years to bring about progress in the world of women. Government representatives of each of the UN member states have gathered every year since 1946 “to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.” The CSW, now in it’s 59th yearly gathering, has drafted the 1953 Convention on the Political Rights of Women, the 1957 Convention on the Nationality of Married Women, the 1962 Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages, the 1951 Convention concerning Equal Remuneration for Men and Women Workers for Work of Equal Value, and the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The Food and Agriculture Organization works tirelessly at the grass roots.

The Food and Agriculture Organization works tirelessly at the grass roots.

More than twenty specialized agencies  exist, functioning in a similar manner. Each agency coordinates world efforts in such fields as agriculture, education, children, refugees, development, labor, industry, money, intellectual property, meteorological, maritime, aviation, and narcotics. (see Addendum #2 for a full list of agencies under the umbrella of the United Nations Economic and Social Council). The conventions they’ve adopted have been propelling progress and international cooperation on a range of issues.

Also aiding in the development of unity of thought are world conferences or summits. The United Nations Conferences on the Environment and Development, for instance, also known as the Earth Summits, were held in 1992 and 2012.[v] From them, emerged the following documents: Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, Agenda 21, and Forest Principles. The following conventions were adopted: Convention on Biological Diversity, Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.  Under the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientists the world over contribute to an assessment of climate change, it’s physical, social and economic impact, and work on strategies for the control of greenhouse gas emissions. These findings are summarized in yearly reports to governments and policymakers.

The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 was also the site of the Global Forum

The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 was also the site of the Global Forum

On December 12, 2015, the historic Paris accord on climate change was signed by over 180 countries, creating a framework for the reduction of carbon emissions. Countries also pledged one hundred billion dollars to assist other countries and island nations displaced by the effects of climate change.


Another arena where we can look forward to new milestones in unity of thought in world undertakings is the eradication of poverty and hunger. The Millennium Goals were adopted by the United Nations for 1990-2015 (see addendum #3 for all eight goals).[vi] The first target goal was to reduce by one half the number of persons living on less than $1.25 per day, and halving the proportion of those suffering from hunger (defined as 1. Prevalence of underweight children under five years of age and 2. Proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption).

Ethiopia, Community of Atsbi Womberta, November 2011 Endamino Primary School The school meal programme helps every boy and girl concentrate on class instead of hunger. These meals helped the Endamino school achieve a 0% drop out rate over the past three years and an enrollment which is 53% female. Students learn to build fuel-efficient stoves out of locally available materials. They learn to make natural fertilizers and grow trees too. This hands-on knowledge is then taken home where children teach their parents, most of whom never had the opportunity to go to school themselves. In this way, the Endamino Primary School is teaching an entire community how to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Students at Endamino are hopeful for the future; many of them want to be teachers when they grow up. To help nurture this, the school has started a program where kids in grades six through eight are actually trained to become tutors for younger students who canÕt make the trip each day to school. Armed only with a small chalkboard, these young teachers-in-the-making head out after class and on weekends to help ensure everyone gets an education. Children enjoying a plate of CSB+, provided by WFP. Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

These children in Ethiopia partake of the school meal program from the World Food Bank.
Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

Ahead of the 2015 target date, the population living on less than $1.25 a day in developing countries was halved to 21%, or 1.2 billion people. The majority of this achievement took place in China and India. Some countries did not see progress and some goals fell short of fulfillment. Consultation on more aggressive targets are underway for the future. 795 million people in the world suffer from hunger or famine.

In the financial arena great turbulence exists in the world, much of it due to the absence of universal systems. At present, the people seem to be at the mercy of greed, exploitation, rogue economic maneuvers and financial lawlessness. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank Group of five agencies focused on reconstruction, development, finance and investments, have yet to discover the solutions to the world’s economic problems or the complex process of building a just universal economic system. A global system of currency is also a crying need, not just in the European Union, but for the world. The UN Global Compact came into being in the year 2000 to encourage standards in business with regard to work practices, human rights and corruption. The Compact has given birth to many other related agencies and movements.

G8 countries pledged funds for debt relief of poorest nations

G8 countries pledged funds for debt relief of poorest nations

Global consciousness has become centered on the terms “income inequality” and “economic justice.” It is now evident that economic justice is a prerequisite to unity. Under conditions of inequality and oppression, world unity and peace are unattainable. The elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty is the ultimate goal, as it is the only solution that will produce lasting tranquility. In the effort to comply with the Millennium goals to decrease poverty, G8 countries supplied the IMF and World Bank with enough funds to forgive the debt of countries with a yearly per capita income of less than $380 per person. Nevertheless, given that global poverty comes from systemic problems, it requires  systemic solutions.

Going forward, the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty should be the guiding principle for unity of thought in the economic arena. Legislative remedies and voluntary giving are among the local as well as global movements that must be encouraged. Wise legislation can ensure that wealth is derived ethically and not through exploitation of the worker or the environment. It can also regulate taxation, so that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. Legislators should also deliberate on what are normative economic rights of citizens. Do they include the right to basic food, to guaranteed work, to elementary education, to public healthcare, to universal pension, for example? Legislation to eliminate extremes could go so far as to promote profit sharing of capital with labor, giving the worker some return for his intellectual/physical effort.

Billionaires pledge to give over fifty percent of their wealth away.

These billionaires pledge to give over fifty percent of their wealth away.

Voluntary giving is a powerful means of ensuring that one’s wealth is spent with purpose, reflecting one’s hopes for humanity. It is also a tool for the elimination of extreme wealth. In 2010 The Giving Pledge became a movement on the part of billionaires to give away over 50% of their wealth.[vii] Through it, philanthropy is not only gaining momentum, it is also transforming the meaning of wealth. Increasingly, wealth is seen as a means of making a difference in the world, rather than as a means of ensuring one’s own comfort.


Civil society and global activism pressure governmental organizations

Civil society and global activism pressure  governmental organizations to address issues

Civil society is one of the most powerful examples of unity of thought in world undertakings. Often, when official world organizations meet, they are shadowed by a forceful contingent of thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) made up of citizenry. In the Earth Summit, for instance, while some 2000 government officials deliberated, 17,000 non-governmental organization participants held a Global Forum.[viii] These NGO’s often lobby for causes not yet adopted by the world governmental organizations, and provide steady pressure for issues to rise to the top of the world’s agenda. Some organizations may have been born in one nation but their scope can be extended by alliances with an ever-wider group of collaborators, until global solidarity is reached.

This vast catalog of achievements shows that humanity is increasing its power to mobilize around pressing issues, to consult, and to reach consensus. Furthermore, the implementation of world undertakings is becoming more muscular.

Despite this sense of growing hope in our ability to improve global conditions some very thorny problems remain, and a sense of urgency mounts, with regard to increasing the pace of these world undertakings. And although the maxim that “a good tree cannot give bad fruit,” is widely accepted, some detractors of the work of these world bodies exist. Their objections come from a lack of trust between collaborating nations and a fear of jeopardizing individual nation sovereignty. In some extreme cases, fundamentalist religious agendas dominate the domestic discourse and may prevent a country from ratifying these global initiatives.  The United States and Iran, for instance, are among the last seven nations that have not ratified CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, adopted by the UN in 1979.[ix]

It is evident that any one country alone cannot solve global crises such as terrorism, human trafficking, international drug trade, and refugees. Ever-wider circles of collaboration must exist, based on the growth of global consciousness of the solutions. Some nations are eager to join in collaborative efforts, while others, due to entrenched private interests or deeply seated “cultural practices,” are slow to join the table of global cooperation. It has been amply demonstrated, however, that slowly, the pressure of the world community and of systematic monitoring, brings about change.

25 singers and musicians from 20 countries collaborate on a UN song to highlight the oneness of women

One woman song – 25 singers and musicians from 20 countries collaborate on a UN song to highlight the plight and oneness of women

What can the ordinary individual do to contribute to unity of thought in the world or to support these world undertakings? The generality of the public is almost completely unaware of this positive trend in global affairs. At best, our understanding is confused. We have no concept of how massive and organized these efforts are, of their rapid rate of development and mobilization. Our focus is still on individual country hegemony, the current wars and threat of wars, and the chaos of our disunion. An individual strategy, however, to align with the unity of thought movement can be a powerful decision. Artists, activists, socially conscious people of every persuasion can contribute to tipping the scales in the direction of global civilization. They can align their discourse, content, product, or professional practice with the growing consciousness of oneness, diversity, unity, solidarity, cooperation and world-mindedness. It is in the mind of single individuals that vision begins, that innovation is conceived, that love for humanity is born and carried out.

In 1912, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “The second candle is unity of thought in world undertakings, the consummation of which will erelong be witnessed.” We are surely bearing witness to it in this day. Momentum gathers such that soon, rather than pushing a boulder up a hill, we will have reached the zenith and the boulder will be rolling downhill propelled by its own force. That is to say, that at some point, governments and non-governmental entities will have developed the unity of thought, the will, and the vision to act, to fix the most intractable problems of humanity. Although this is but one of the Seven Candles of Unity (by which we can measure our progress towards world peace), it is overwhelming evidence that the world is making steady progress. The many crisis which daily distract and confound us, serve only to impel us to more clearly define the problems, and to more urgently seek enduring, collective solutions. So, yes, underneath the fog of all that is happening, the world is getting better, not worse.



1 – The Seven Candles of Unity[x]

1.  The first candle is unity in the political realm, the early glimmerings of which can now be discerned.
2. The second candle is unity of thought in world undertakings, the consummation of which will erelong be witnessed.
3. The third candle is unity in freedom which will surely come to pass.
4. The fourth candle is unity in religion which is the corner-stone of the foundation itself, and which, by the power of God, will be revealed in all its splendour.
5. The fifth candle is the unity of nations — a unity which in this century will be securely established, causing all the peoples of the world to regard themselves as citizens of one common fatherland.
6. The sixth candle is unity of races, making of all that dwell on earth peoples and kindreds of one race.
7. The seventh candle is unity of language, i.e., the choice of a universal tongue in which all peoples will be instructed and converse.


2 – Agencies under the umbrella of the United Nations Economic and Social Council

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Functional commissions
Regional commissions
Specialized agencies
Other entities
World Bank Group


3 – Millennium Development Goals by 2015: [vi]

  1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. To achieve universal primary education
  3. To promote gender equality
  4. To reduce child mortality
  5. To improve maternal health
  6. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  7. To ensure environmental sustainability[1]
  8. To develop a global partnership for development[2]



[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Meridian_Conference

[ii] http://www.zmescience.com/other/map-of-countries-officially-not-using-the-metric-system/

[iii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Health_Organization

[iv] http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/brief-history#sthash.Wkn8iXkL.dpuf

[v] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Summit

[vi] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Development_Goals

[vii] http://givingpledge.org/index.html

[viii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Summit

[ix] http://www.cedaw2015.org/index.php/about-cedaw

[x] http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/WOB/wob-19.html

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Europe and the joke of reverse colonialism

Europe is being invaded and I’m laughing. But at the same time I’m weeping(really) because people are suffering and dying to escape from war and persecution. How sad it is to walk through a long, long underwater tunnel to get to your cousins, and to be turned back. To be unwanted.

Right now there are upwards of 60 million people, classified by the United Nations as refugees or internally displaced persons. They are wandering the world in search of a home. So sad.

But there are many funny stories in this big story. One of them is about Iceland. The government of Iceland said they could only take in 50 refugees this year. Then, the big-hearted people of Iceland got together on Facebook and 11,000 said they would be willing to take refugees into their homes! Ooops. The government was forced to reconsider. LOL. This is how it should be, the people should tell the government what to do and not the other way around!

Another story. Two countries said they will only take Christian refugees. That’s certainly laughable. What an un-Christian attitude! But perhaps Jesus Christ, the founder of the religion of “love thy neighbor,” would be weeping at this attitude among his supposed followers.

Another funny thing; some are upset that overwhelmed countries receiving refugees have not sorted them out properly. They want them to distinguish between “legitimate” political refugees seeking asylum and those whose children are merely starving. That’s because they would deport the latter. Good luck with that idiotic distinction.

You have to ask: did the European colonials have the same standard? When did looking for better economic opportunities become a censured thing? Europe, imperial Europe, the continent which colonized the rest of the world, invading and ravaging unnumbered cultures, building their wealth and resources by plundering and enslaving others, is now experiencing the discomfort of being invaded by hordes of people wanting to encroach on its resources. And I’m laughing. Because it is simple karma. It’s a weird sort of reverse colonialism taking place here.

But the funniest part is that they think they can stop this invasion. They can’t. Build a wall and it will be crushed. Establish quotas for refugees and they will be exceeded. And just as colonialism was unstoppable for the native cultures that suffered it, just as it is irreversible for the current generations that resulted from it, so will Europe be conquered, whether it wants to be or not. It is an inexorable movement, as sure as the tides of history. Europe is attractive because it has food, and shelter, and order, and peace. That’s better than the gold the colonials sought.

Resistance is hilariously shortsighted, because PEOPLE are a resource that the European countries need. They should be vying with each other to get as many bodies as they can inside their borders. Many countries have a population growth crisis, births are not replacing deaths. They NEED workers in order to have a healthy tax base, in order to preserve their elderly benefits, in order to safeguard the gains of several generations of socio/capitalism. The refugees coming in are crazy for work. They are people who know how to work hard. And they have more children than Europeans do, so they will inflate the population.
Give these children good educational opportunities and they will become the engineers and computer scientists that the future needs. It’s a win-win.

Fleeing from war, the refugees know the price of peace; coming from insecurity, they know the blessing of a haven; escaping intolerance, they are grateful for the smallest kindness. Welcome them with open arms, integrate them into communities, and they will be the first to protect the peace and security of the country.

In reacting to this global turbulence we must ask ourselves: “Are human beings free?” Or are they born with a stamp on their forehead, meant to restrict their movement upon the face of their mother planet? Borders have held us in for so long that we don’t even question the logic of it. People must move in orderly fashion, they shouldn’t just go wandering to find a better place. There is such a thing as “nationality” and people should abide by it. Right?

Well, if you believe that, then you must also believe that there shouldn’t be tyrants, and conflicts, and famines resulting from wars. There should not be drug cartels and sectarian armies and religious persecution. There should not be exploitation and multinational greed and egregious poverty. There should not be REASONS that make people want to wander. Beyond that even, there should not be children and families who are caught in the crossfire. Now what is more important, to respect boundaries or to protect the human beings?

What if countries declared their borders to be completely open? Anarchy, you say? Complete disorder? To have completely open borders across the entire world is Utopia, of course. Nobody knows how this would work. But what if this were the ultimate end game? Remember, in the beginning, there were no borders at all. Maybe, “the earth is one country, and mankind its citizens.”

Global migration has always been a fact of history, and the current world turmoil has simply accelerated its momentum. In a modern world with open borders freedom of movement would not be restricted or castigated, but it would be documented, so that there could be taxation and representation for all. Simple.

Viewed in broad strokes, the human movements of history become discernible as a fluid, evolving picture. Migrations, slavery, transportations, subjugations. Freedom, liberation, redistributions, equalization. Coalitions, councils, regional then continental alliances, treaties, leagues of nations. Non-governmental organizations, commissions, resolutions, declarations of rights, millennium goals. Global society, world undertakings, planetary trends, universal vision. Interplanetary endeavors, bold experimentations, failures, learning.

Europe, stop kicking and screaming and let yourself be led. The future is knocking and it’s your time to shine.

Note: Needless to say, the story of Europe is a cautionary tail for America and Asia as well.

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On forgiveness, race fatigue and righteous anger


Edward and Jane Howard, who married in 1954 before laws against intermarriage were struck down in 1967, were pioneers of race unity.

In the wake of another senseless incident of racial violence the majority of Americans are sagging their heads in desperation, rubbing their hearts to assuage the pain of a wound that will not heal, saying, “I can’t do this anymore.” Terroracism has the whole nation firmly in its grip. And the media, well…the media which we watch feverishly for some crumb of understanding, will find its focus where it will. It will magnify seemingly random soundbites and often ignore the greater question.

The point is not whether some almost saintly black people can forgive the misdeeds of the gunman. That should not be our focus in this moment. As sublime and awe inspiring as that may be, that should not be our national discourse in the face of this event. The question is how angry should the rest of us be that this can happen, that there are others waiting in the shadows to commit the same atrocity upon black innocent people. And that we should be powerless to deter it, and have to watch it. Again.

When will we, the silent majority, take to the streets and march in the name of the race unity? When will we decide to show by force of numbers that the evil minority does not speak in our name? That we have turned the tide of our country? I do not know how many racist still exist, too many for sure. But they are a small number compared to those of us who have rejected for all time this malignant ideology, who do not want this cancer in our body politic, who have seen and believed the evidence of science that the human race is one species with infinite variation, who want to live in peace and freedom from prejudice.

Whether or not these nice black people can forgive a satanic individual is a personal matter that should be left to them. There are some people who are highly evolved and follow the Christian teaching of “turn the other cheek.” But that should not be the attitude of the state, whose duty it is to exact justice. Neither should it be the attitude of the rest of us, who should be thinking of the future, taking systematic measures to prevent the other domestic terrorists that lurk in the shadows, plotting similar actions. The terror they inflict on the black population of this country, who cannot even attend church without fearing for their lives, who cannot send their teenage sons out on the street without fearing for their safety, that should be our concern.

For the media to play up the “forgiveness story” of these modern day lynchings only serves to appease our apprehension of an all out race war, our fear of full scale riots by the madding crowd. It is a sinister news angle that does nothing to address the underlying problem.

The reality is that we must root out the language, the symbols, the vestiges and the remnants of racism from our culture. Forget free speech. Your freedom of speech ends where my safety is infringed on. If Germany can make it illegal to display swasticas then we can make it illegal to own klu klux clan paraphernalia, to name our boulevards after slavery defending generals, to wave their flag from our public buildings. We must speak out against racist conversations, race baiting, race bashing, reverse racism, institutional racism and colorism. We’ve got to embrace our mixed nation, praise our abolitionists, expose our history, both the egregious and the noble, let go of our lost cause narrative, show that in the main, we are a great people, struggling to get to the promised land.

Our self defense against terroracism should be decisive, systematic and strategic, aimed at protecting our country and everyone in it. Racists in power should be exposed like naked kings, whether they are policemen, administrators, senators or media commentators. Racism, whether veiled or overt, should be out of fashion, out of favor, and frowned upon.

And still this will not be enough.

To truly heal our nation we must walk the path of race unity, forging lasting friendships, overcoming denial, abandoning mistrust, giving up that unconscious sense of superiority, rooting out that learned sense of inferiority. We must intermarry, have mixed race children with multiple allegiances, who can feel the unity in their own skin. In order “to live out the true meaning of our creed,” we still have much work ahead. But let’s get at it, let’s not give up, nor give in to despair. Let’s not forgive, nor be afraid. Like all true Americans, let’s forge the society we want, let’s pioneer the country we want to live in.

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Home (My reflections on the present crisis)

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“And except those days be shortened
there shall be no flesh saved:
but for the elect’s sake
those days shall be shortened.”


I am looking for a place to lay down my head
I look right, then left, but no place is home.
I am woman without country
My poetry no longer soothes me
My prayers no longer cure me
My mission doesn’t fill me –
I just want to go home.

Living in the last days,
Time of frogs in boiling water,
Tribulations without end
Such as was not since the beginning…of time.
There’s no flesh on my bones
I am lost in the storm
I must lay down my head
On a smooth white stone.

Iniquity abounds, suffering is aflame
As in the days of Noah…the flood came,
And took them all away

Can a spirit survive being crushed in a vice?
How long before it shatters like a supernova?

Oh Mercy grant that these days are shortened,
Oh say, we can all go home.
Pray we will come together
Oh Faith, feed us on the bread of hope.
And God grant soon the Earth is chastened
Her children helped to find their soul
That one by one we forsake the hating
Bind her wounds and bring her body home.
Please God, may these days be shortened
Praise God, we can all go home.


Rhea Harmsen

Copyright 2004


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Parliamentary Speeches of Maria Klaus – BIRTH OF IDEAL CAPITALISM – On Consultation

IMG_2999[1]INTERVIEW SOUNDBITES 5 (translated from Aussish)


(SHOPPER 1) “She had an unusual religion. Where you can’t get involved in partisan politics. You know? Really. You can’t run for office. Only if you’re appointed. And that’s what happened with her. This old man from her district died. The prime minister asked, who is the best person from your district. They said, ah there’s this retired teacher, a school principal. So they named her. And then she goes there. And starts talking about things.”

(SHOPPER 2) “Solving problems. That’s what she did. While other members were stuck and arguing. She started bringing solutions. And it was so refreshing it caught on. Like a wildfire.”

(SHOPPER 3) “Yeah, and then, people started to watch what she said. It was on television. Her speeches were carried live. And I skipped class one time, because Maria Klaus was going to speak.”

(SHOPPER 4) “Even in the bars. They switched the channel to see her speak. If they knew she was going to speak.”
(SHOPPER 5) “Well that was not so shocking as her first speech in parliament. I looked this one up later, when I was doing my master’s degree on her. And it was absolutely amazing what she did. She changed the rules of the game. She established a whole new set of rules for deliberation. And this applied only when SHE brought something to the floor.”

(SHOPPER 6) “Ah, but it started to rub off. Because by contrast, it made other practices look silly. Actually, you could now see right through members who had an agenda, or who were controlled by special interest groups.”




April 21, Year 1

I thank the Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen, for his gracious introduction and I accept his invitation to address to you a few words. As the speaker mentioned, I am from the — district and I am humbled, sincerely humbled to be in this beautiful edifice, so full of meaning for our people and on which rest so many of their hopes.

I am also a bit overwhelmed to be among the company of such distinguished ladies and gentlemen such as yourselves, who have chosen this field of endeavor, to be public servants, and have spent many years here.

In fact, that is why I address you, to explain to you the peculiarities that have led me here, and the limitations to my service. You see, I will be here a very short time. As you know I was appointed by our illustrious Prime Minister to complete the term of the late distinguished Mr. —–, member for my district for the last 37 years. I have never harbored any aspiration for a political career and was greatly surprised to be asked to undertake this challenge. Nevertheless, I am committed to serve in good faith, to the best of my ability, giving all my heart and mind to the devising of solutions to our country’s problems.

The reason I say I am surprised to find myself here, is that if the normal course of events were to be followed, I could not be here. You see, my religion, it makes no matter what that religion is, I know we make no distinctions here. But the fact of the matter is that I am prevented by that religion from engaging in any form of partisan politics. At present, our political system as u know is very much ruled by the party system. In order to obtain a seat in parliament one must align oneself with one party, in opposition to another. So. The first peculiarity of my case is this, that I will not, indeed cannot seek a second term following the completion of this one.

I appreciate your perplexity, but it must be so.
Now I am sure you have already deduced from this my next difficulty. And that is that I must serve without aligning myself to any political party. You ask yourself perhaps, how can I be of any use at all, then? Well, I have given this a great deal of reflection and I feel there may be a way, if I simply confine myself to deliberating the merits of a question, without regard for how it affects the interests of the various parties or its alignment with a particular partisan ideology. Likewise, ladies and gentlemen, when I bring a proposal to the floor, which I hope, with conscientious study to be able to do, you will help me greatly, by following a procedure where you deliberate my proposals on its merits, with full and total frankness, with full indulgence of my inability to explain how it would fall within the various party alignments. If you are able to do this, I am sure you will quickly ferret out the flaws of my argument or be able to add modifications of improvement. With that explanation, which I hope was sufficiently brief, I hope I have obtained your goodwill for the peculiarity of my mode of serving my term of office.

Thank you very much.



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Parliamentary speeches of Maria Klaus – BIRTH OF IDEAL CAPITALISM – On Student Debt

INTERVIEW SOUNDBITES 8  (Translated from Aussish)

(COOK/OWNER of a tiny felafel place talks across the counter to a CUSTOMER)

“Yeah, I remember one of Maria Klaus’ speeches.”
“Which one?”
“The one about the student debt crisis.”
“They say she did that speech for her nephews and nieces.”
“Yeah, that one she really put her heart into. Not that she didn’t put her heart into all her speeches, but she really was mad about this, you know. Because it was the young people. We had hurt them, she said, and how were we going to fix it?”



May 23, Year 3

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is done. We have killed the goose that laid the golden egg.
What is the golden egg of our country? The middle class. Why such fuss over the middle class? Because it is the motor of a capitalist system. They are the consumers of the goods and services that a capitalist system (or free market system as we like to call it) produces.
In one generation we have succeeded in killing the goose that lays them. So, there will be no more golden eggs coming.
Who is this goose that lays the golden egg, you ask. It is the college student. He/or she is the one who has the potential of becoming educated, getting a job, and moving into the solid middle class.
Up until a generation ago this was the safest path into achieving “the dream” or the “golden egg.” A social class blessed with the possibilities of car ownership, home ownership and of passing on to their children the access to opportunity.
But we have killed it. We have killed the dream by killing the goose.
First of all, we raised this goose from infancy to believe in a lie. We said to it, “if you are a good little goose, and study hard and go to college, you will be able to get a job. That job will enable you to partake of all the benefits of our society. Prosperity will sit on your nest. You will lay a golden egg, you will be an acting, partaking member of the middle class.
What’s more, we said, you are entitled to go to college, because this was our original goal in creating the middle class, and this is the fruit of our efforts. So if you want to be anybody, you must go to college. And all the good little geese said, “Okay. I will do this. I will be a good little goose, so that when I grow up I will be able to lay a golden egg.”
However, Ladies and Gentlemen, one thing we didn’t tell them, was that we wouldn’t be able to pay for it. That through a series of happenings which I won’t recount to you now, it had grown beyond our reach as parents, to send them to college. College was too expensive, we didn’t have enough money, we were squeezed already, and they had to fend for themselves.
And this is when the wolves began to appear. And since they came in sheep’s clothing nobody minded the city gates, we just let them all in, and let them play among our little geese. Well, they were not so little anymore. They were youth geese. Full of dreams and under great pressure to go to college.
These predator wolves now, that were not being watched, said to the youth geese, “I will lend you money to go to college. All the money you need to pay your exorbitant tuition, plus money to live while you go to your dream college, and I will do it at the modest interest rate of 10%. And you don’t have to pay me until you’re done and you have a great job that is paying you lots of money, so that paying back the loan will not even feel like a pin-prick in your vein.”
And off the youth geese went, and they borrowed $15,000 dollars for their first year, and with all the savings their parents could scrape together, they paid their $17,000 tuition, got a student grant, a government loan for $5,000 and a part time job, and were able to live like paupers through their first year. In their second year, they had to borrow a little bit more, $22,000, because tuition had gone up and their parents had no more savings. They took out another $5,000 government loan and made ends meet for that year. At this point they were $49,000 in debt and things started to weigh on them, they got a little depressed and had a bad semester in their third year, but their debt grew by another $29,000. At which point, their geese parents, who had co-signed on all these loans said; “Sorry, our credit is overextended, the wolves are at our door, and we cannot co-sign another loan for you because it looks like you might not make it to the promised land of the golden goose egg, and we might have to end up paying the wolves back ourselves, otherwise they will take our nest away.”
At this point, still with another year and a half to go to graduate, and already $78,000 in debt, the youth geese didn’t know what to do. They began to suspect that they might have been tricked by the wolves in sheep’s clothing, and that they had better not borrow anymore, so they left their dream colleges, which by now had become nightmare colleges, and started trying to find another way to get to the promised land of the golden egg.
But they found no job that would pay them, the wolves were constantly at their door, barking loudly for them to begin paying their loans back, saying that if they took ten years to pay it back, because of the 10% per year interest rate, the goose would have to pay back double what he had borrowed, that is $156,000. And when the young goose cried and said, “I can’t possibly pay you back in ten years,” they said, “Well, then pay us back in twenty, but you will have to pay three times what you borrowed.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, at this point the youth goose, seeing that he would have to pay back $234,000, gave in to despair and said: “I shall have no life for this crushing debt that is upon me. I cannot ever afford to marry, or to have little geese, or to build a nest for them to live in. If I am lucky enough to find a job without my dream degree, it will only serve to pay back this crushing debt, and I will not even be able to support myself.”
At this point, Ladies and Gentlemen, the young geese in the land, realizing they had been lied to, tricked and sabotaged, hung down their heads on their necks, and drowned themselves in the river of despair. Their parent geese, highly incensed, tried to raise up a clamor against the wolves, but they only came and took their nests away, saying the debt must be paid.
That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is the story of how we killed the goose that laid the golden egg. And it is truly a grievous, sad tale.
Now. What can we do about it?
This is truly the crisis of our time. And I feel our whole country is in the balance. Here, at this juncture. How we respond to the present crisis, will determine whether we will lose the middle class, which is what protects us from devolving into a medieval darkness of complete extremes of rich and poor. As you know, I have said to you over and over, the salvation of our modern way of life, of the values we hold dear, is the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty. How can we allow these predatory wolves to pray upon our young people, setting up a horror scenario for the downfall of our civilization?
It has been suggested by some, that we simply ignore this generation of marginalized young gooses and try to do a better job from now on. After all, the middle classness of a person is not defined by their actual economic condition but by the label they were given at birth, the label they think defines their identity. So, no one will actually notice there is no middle class left as long as no one points out that they are standing in the middle of the room with no clothes on. After all, being a member of the middle class is a privilege, and we must pay for that privilege by not letting anyone know it if we no longer deserve to be there.
Others have suggested that we devise some bandaids for the problem. Such as, letting the young gooses pay back the massive debt by taking longer, or by paying it in proportion to their income. Have you ever heard of a poor person who could pay off a $234,000 debt? Centuries ago, some persons bought their way out of slavery or indentured servitude, but the cost was not so high. I call this a bandaid approach because it does not get at the root of the problem. The root is, that what we did wrong must be undone. That means any solution has to be retroactive, otherwise the goose will still be dead. And we will no longer have the dream.
It is true. We can never go backwards. How do we go forward? How do we deal with the wolves holding hostage the young geese and their parents?
Well, 15% of the debt is from governmental student loans. We have several options, to retroactively forgive the interest on those loans, or to retroactively forgive the loans, going back to a certain year, when the wolves began to arrive. This would undoubtedly stimulate the economy and rescue some of the young geese. It would be a bailout. Would our current budget be able to withstand foregoing this repayment? Perhaps. Would it bankrupt the student loan program? No. The legislature could appropriate a bigger slice of the GNP for this purpose. It would be an investment in our future. Can we afford not to do this? What would be the result if we don’t?
All these questions must be studied expeditiously and answered with simple mathematics.

Now, what can be done about the other 85% of the toxic student debt? The government can buy it, by refinancing the loans at a lower interest rate. How, you say? By creating an institution whose sole and non-profit purpose it is to administer student loans and promote education. It would remove the incentive from predatory lending to students by removing them from the private sector and confining them to the public sector. It would also help prevent the swelling of college tuition costs, by setting caps on per credit prices.
Now, some may say such a massive bailout amounts to paying a ransom to the wolves. And it is true. But it will also deprive them of ten or twenty years of future profits on the backs of the students. In effect, the government would be paying off the principal (which it would eventually recover from the students paying off their debt) and the high interest rate. It would recover some of this interest from the students and the rest could be recovered by instituting a program which I will call “Rescue the Middle Class.”
“Rescue the Middle Class,” is exactly that, a fund to which anyone wishing to contribute to salvaging the educational costs of this lost generation can donate. It is in effect, buying back our future, preventing an economic genocide, preserving the balance of classes in our country and the dream of the golden egg. A campaign of universal participation can be promoted, where small and large tax deductible contributions are encouraged, in the name of civic duty.
So, ladies and gentlemen. We made a mistake. Let’s own it. And let’s fix it.

I yield the floor.



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Parliamentary Speeches of Maria Klaus – BIRTH OF IDEAL CAPITALISM – On Work

workersINTERVIEW SOUNDBITES 3 (translated from Aussish)

(STUDENT 1) “The Capitalists, the capitalists. She kept using this funny term. And at first we didn’t even know who she was talking about. Then little by little it became clear.”
(STUDENT 2) “But it was funny because she wasn’t a communist or anything like that.”
(STUDENT 3) “No—she just wanted to fix capitalism!”

“I couldn’t find work in my town, so I came to the capital. I looked and looked. I took some shit job. And I couldn’t get ahead. Finally I went back.”

“If you graduated with a degree in something and wanted to find a job in that, it would take years. You couldn’t find anything. It was so discouraging.”

“The effect? You want me to talk about the effect? Well, we had everything you don’t have now. Garbage on the streets, vandalism, begging, old people who couldn’t take care of themselves. Disorder, social disorder.”
9 of July, Year 2
Ladies and gentlemen

I would like to address my remarks today to the wonderful and awe inspiring topic of work. Yes, work. Common, everyday work. So many jobs need to be done. So many people are in need of social services and do not get them. The elderly could use a hand with cleaning their home, running errands, some even need help taking care of their bodily necessities such as food and hygiene.

Public facilities and roads must be cleaned, beautified and landscaped.
There are professional jobs for which one needs training and apprenticeship and there are unskilled jobs.
The point I am trying to make is simple: there is work to do. And this is aside from the normal paid jobs in manufacturing and institutions. Everywhere there is work. There is no scarcity of work.
Then why is there a scarcity of Jobs?

There are some that would have us believe there is a scarcity of jobs because it would be to their advantage if this were so. If people are desperate enough they will take a job at any wage. The key to capitalism is to drive down the value of labor (through the myth of scarcity) so as to maximize profits.

But I digress. Let me get back to the subject of work.
Society must have workers. It is the workers who pay our taxes. It is the workers who produce the commodities that are sold in our economy. It is the workers who provide all the services we need. At some point there is a balance between the supply of workers and the demand for workers that is optimum; ideal for a society to function well. There is a point of wellbeing.
What is this point? It is the point at which every individual who needs it has a job. There should be as many jobs as there are people who want jobs.

Now let us examine the relationship of the individual with work. Every individual must have some occupation, whether it is in the arts, crafts, sciences or services. Work gives dignity to the life of the individual. Whether this work is a generator of income is not the issue. The individual must have work for his own sense of self worth, for his own sanity, in order to express himself, in order to feel himself of use to his fellow human beings. Some may think they do not want work, that they wish to lead a life of ease, dedicated only to leisure, but in reality man must have an occupation. Otherwise he will flounder and become afflicted with maladies. It is true, we have seen the loss of motivation, the depression, the delinquency.

In our modern day then, these three things are a fact: there is work, society benefits from workers, and the individual benefits from work.

Through time man has worked for his survival, hunting, gathering, farming, caring for his family. As we became more communal we traded goods and services. Then, we came to establish a value for labor and the commodities produced by labor. Then, some found a way to capitalize it and eventually, to divest the worker of his work, so that it no longer belonged to the worker himself, but to the one who purchased it. Some work became valued more and other work was devalued because it bore no relationship to money. Because of this relationship of work to money (labor to capital) we have become very confused about things, our relationship to work has become distorted, twisted up into a thing to be stolen, enslaved or delegitimized. One example of the later is mother’s work, which is fundamental to society but is at the same time not valued as such.

Now I would like to return to a simple view:

1. That work done in a spirit of service to our family and to society at large is an expression of our highest selves.
2. That all individuals need an occupation for their own well being.
3. That society benefits from a fully employed population and avoids many problems arising from unemployment.
4. That the relationship between an individual’s work and its valuation (monetization) needs to undergo a fundamental re-conceptualization to reflect principles of fairness, equity, justice, and respect. Likewise, we must do away with all traces of exploitation, greed, devaluation, underemployment and ultimately, poverty.

If we can agree on these principles, how shall we implement them?

Here I propose 3 measures for your consultation so as to regulate work in Aussland:

1. That we find employment for every individual 16 and over who wishes to work. That is to say, the government shall become the guarantor of “the right to work” through an agency to be established. This agency will coordinate with the private sector to place individuals in jobs, to generate at all times a supply of jobs equal to the demand, by coordinating with all providers of employment. Whatever percentage of employment the private sector cannot provide, the government will provide. In other words, if the percent unemployment is 9%, then the government will place these individuals in government subsidized jobs.

2. The second point is that the baseline wage for unskilled labor be regulated to be equivalent to that needed for subsistence. That is to say, if one works, it cannot be for a value less than that of subsistence. We are not all equal. Some will work and due to their genius and superior effort or talent, they will accrue added value to their work and achieve different grades of prosperity. But, we are sufficiently equal to say, all men’s labor is equal to their subsistence. That if a man or woman’s labor is not equal to their subsistence then something is being stolen from him.

All other wages then will continue from there, as determined by market supply and demand, degree of skill and preparation, etc.

3. The third point is that industry be taxed, to create a fund for the education and preparation of workers. If the employer benefits from a trained workforce, then it is only just that they contribute to the preparation and training of the workers. We currently tax both the employer and worker to create an unemployment compensation. These taxes will become obsolete since now everyone can be guaranteed full employment. So this money (now to be called “employment taxes”) can be set aside to pay wages to the new 100% workforce and to set up the Labor Agency of the government.
Now, this set of three cardinal principles are a choice we can make in society, due to the advancement of the times, due to the complexity of the economic machinery today. We are now post industrial revolution, post communist experimentation, post Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Yes. We can decide, Ladies and Gentlemen of Parliament, this is where I come before you to propose we adopt this three part “Work Act.”
The fact of the matter is, that unemployment has a high cost to society, it causes more problems than we are willing to have. So why not end the charade of job scarcity and decide, yes, decide, to have full employment of our population? If the normal economic machinery of capitalism and the free market will only generate 90% of the jobs needed for our population then let society guarantee to provide the rest.


As reported by Rhea Harmsen


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