Investing in Society
18 September 2020
If we are to think of society as a mass organization of humans, then we can think of tax money as the venture capital needed to fund the operation. Although the government is the group within society that dictates the use of tax funds, we must remember that the funds gathered through taxes are ours as a society to use, not for the government to abuse. When we begin to contemplate how to use our tax funds underneath this understanding that the funds are there for the functioning of society, then we can begin to consider how we should use these funds in society in a way that empowers human beings. As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we are not naïve to the fact that there are major policy reforms to be had if each citizen is to have more awareness and influence in how taxes get used, yet we feel it is important to begin the thought process on what taxes should be used for before fighting for the ability to dictate policy.
The question of what we use our tax funds for essentially revolves back to the question of what we need as human beings to survive and thrive within society. Even for those in control of society, we should all see the importance of a society that enables and empowers each human being to live their best life which in turn will allow them to contribute back to society with higher levels of productivity. The question is what kind of social safety net we want in place as a society. When placing a social safety net, the all-important question of where to place the net comes about. How low must someone fall to receive assistance or how much do we want to alleviate for people through the protection of the social safety net. The common term for this concept is known as the welfare state. Generally known as social programs ran through government assistance, the welfare state is already something that is in existence in many democratically (using this term loosely) ran countries. The question of the welfare state is to what extent it should operate? Another way of contemplating the purpose of the welfare state is what amenities and services should be distributed, maintained, and controlled by the central power of the government.
As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we believe that the path towards understanding where the proper places to hang the social safety net is to first build an understanding of the basic needs required to sustain one’s life as a human being. Only then equipped with this understanding can we determine which items are necessities that society should provide to its contributing members, and which items are not. What are the necessities required for life? There are the obvious answers that we know through day to day existence as a conscientious human being such as food, water, and shelter. There are also other items that we would see as requirements to be successful in the 21st-century world that we are currently existing within. Things such as education, energy to power modernized living, and healthcare just to name a few. This is the idealistic things we would think our tax contributions could help us with.
When it comes to our tax funds, we must also realize that there are other infrastructural and institutional investments that we must make as a species for the proper functioning of society. Things such as roads and bridges, to paying for the salaries of our elected officials and law enforcement officials. It is important to realize that recognizing the need for these items and roles within society does not mean that we excessively spend on one at the expense of another. To enable a society that has the best interest in mind for all human beings within that society will require finding the equilibrium that allows us to string a social safety net that will catch any human being before becoming a net negative contributor to society while allowing for us to maintain society through the practice of regular government spending on required infrastructure and institutions.
As a society, if we are to truly consider ourselves civilized, then we must reach this equilibrium and a point where society enables its members to be the best human beings they can be. What is required to do this though? What things should we be able to rely upon through the social safety net? As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we believe the following six amenities of modern living are requirements that must be afforded to all human beings in our global human civilization.
- Clean Water
- Healthy Food
- Sustainable Shelter
- Universal Healthcare
- Equal Education
- Renewable Energy
For those who are concerned with the cost, we must realize that even small increases to the top 1% of the wealthiest combined with an honest and accountable review of the current tax budgets to cut wasteful spending could fund the programs required to deliver these amenities of modern living. Providing these amenities fairly and equitably is not a simple task yet join us next Friday as we elaborate our vision on how these amenities of modern living can be distributed to every human being within our global human civilization.
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