SECULAR POLITICS for ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY
An 'indigenous' (Latin = 'self-generating') model for all political parties to join complementary strengths, work together directly with communities, achieve political and economic power collaboratively, catalogue human resources, meet livelihood needs, heal the environment and make peace on earth in our time. When we turn to the indigenous model of 'democracy' from the Greek = 'power of the people', we find the supremacy of 'Economic' (Greek 'oikos' = 'home' + 'namein' = 'manage' from 'manus' = 'hand' = 'care or nurture') Democracy in the specialized Production Societies (Guilds). Each person as a progressive owner of their own specialty's 'means-of-production' particularly knowledge from youth apprentice to elder master is able to make their contribution and decisions for society's benefit. Political Democracy is practiced in the 'Longhouse' or 'Pueblo' 'extended multi-homes', again in 'village' (Iroquois = 'kanata') councils and all subsequent levels national, confederate & continental mostly bringing together diverse Production Societies into communication for collective decisions at various levels. Domestic and community labours such as what is called 'woman's labour' is accounted-for with specialized Production Societies and creates the foundation of true 'economy'. The main point being that; by grouping together individuals, males, females and families according to their main strengths of knowledge and talent empowered in the extended home and specialities, then the rest of this 'fractal' ('division & multiplier') governance system works in human interests.
COMPLEMENTARY POLITICAL PARTIES
After having been involved in the political process over forty-three years, I’ve wondered many times if political parties could collaborate in generating community essential services and thus make an election period into a statement of civil society achievements. Such a hands-on participatory approach gives citizens real knowledge upon which to decide. This proposal is for a complete rewrite of our political system based on indigenous Economic Democracy and Human Resource Time-based Accounting traditions.
Organize members who want to buy MULTIHOME apartment or townhouse complexes together for intentional participatory cohousing. Multihome residential buildings are the missing link in sustainable development. Alone we don't have the resources to buy or convert often expensive green infrastructure, but grouped together in buildings where we own our own condominium style apartment with desired privacy and choice of involvement, then we can put together resources such as in creating a community kitchen, green roof, polyculture orchards, energy efficiencies, community investment and exchange systems. Common areas can be managed with green practices for great savings and efficiencies. The greatest building ecological efficiencies to begin with are found in multihome common roofs, foundations, walls, floor/ceilings and other systems far beyond what can be achieved in the detached nuclear family house. Some members have existing home equity, some have their rents, all have skills and resources which can fill a Human Resource Catalogue. The Computer technician, Chef, Seamstress, Bicycle Repair, Carpenter, Secretary, Child-care, Plumber and other experts can all make significant incomes without having to travel. Small business is given a strong platform from which to launch for service to the wider community. Equipment, food, goods and services can be bought in bulk. When a 35 dwelling multihome complex speaks as a collected economy of 2,200,000$ earning and spending per year, then government, institutions, industry and commerce listen with open ears.
Organize district members into RELATIONAL ECONOMY with local Supermarkets, Grocery, Department and other stores. With stores in mind members are canvassed for their signature of interest. One hundred families or 300 people represent 900,000$ of food buying per year. With a canvas list in hand go to the Supermarket and ask to form a Buyer's Club mediated by Bar Coded membership cards where patronage buying is rewarded with percentage returns to each individual or family. Consumers may buy shares in the Buyer's Club and receive credits according to their purchases, thus progressive investing in their food system. The supermarket with these secure invested members can then service their quality food desires such as organic, natural etc. The store with buying records of invested members can then purchase directly from organic farms using its existing equipment and refrigeration facilities. At Potlucks and other events, store customers, workers and suppliers get to know each other, share recipes for healthy lifestyle, learn about healthy eating and develop a Human Resource Catalogue for investment and exchange between themselves.
COMMUNITY SERVICE REGISTERS
Organize local cities and 'municipalities' (Latin 'munus' = 'gift or service') with COMMUNITY SERVICE REGISTERS CSR. Developing a community Human Resource Catalogue and web-based Community Investment & Exchange Systems, allows citizens to interact with mutual-aid mediated by accreditation. Those who provide goods and services to another receive credits, those receiving are debited. Those who provide essential municipal and provincial services are accredited in a municipal account upon which they may draw in exchange for municipal services such as swimming, garden privileges or tax accreditation to the maximum of that which their household would normally pay per year. Certification of work performed is accomplished through contracting service organisations. The city gets expert work done by specialists across a much broader range of services than could be afforded in any monetary budget. The accounting cost is diminished in web-based on-line registration and accounting but particularly through enhanced citizen participation rates. A city contracting to families, friends and service circles is able to achieve continuity of care for youth, handicapped and elderly recipients who as well may be providing services into the CSR. All humans have the strength and need to both give and receive to the best of their ability. Institutional services which largely segregate and treat individuals for their weaknesses rather than their strengths can be transformed and the quality of care and relationship vastly improved using local resources.
1. Living in connected housing such as Longhouses(apartment-like) or Pueblo(townhouse-like) brought multiple generations into proximity and interaction.
2. Human-resource time-based accounting recognised the contributions of all community members, male-female, young-old and able-bodied/special-focused in complementation of strengths and skills.
3. Specialised Production Societies PS grouped these strengths and each person-member developed ownership and decision-making acumen progressively over the course of lifetimes. Community and nation turn to each PS for specific expertise in each essential service.
When standard commercial and industrial economies are joined with domestic Multihome (privacy with community options) traditions of the Longhouse/Pueblo, then we enhance more welcoming economies which double the citizen’s economic and political power. Indigenous multi-home options develop within existing apartment and townhouse complex living so as to provide enriching options for tenants and condominium owners. Domestic organisation roots ‘economy’ (Greek ‘oikos’ = ‘home’ + ‘namein’ = ‘management’ derived from ‘manus’ = ‘hand’ = ‘care & nurture’) back in its intended purpose. Indigene Community focuses on cohousing https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/extending-our-welcome-participatory-multi-home-cohousing
LIVE, BUY, BE, WORK, INVEST & EXCHANGE GREEN
We all realize that the political communications process needs media ownership (capital) and operating budget funding far in excess of what is acknowledged by the Canadian Electoral Funding Act (which the Conservatives have targeted for elimination in this majority mandate). The mainstream parties culture hidden funding relations with large corporations. Liberals were caught red-handed during the Sponsorship scandal around the last Quebec referendum and thereby de-structured their funding apparatus leaving the Conservatives with a massive advantage. The Conservatives are now riding an unfettered team of corporate horses & media control. The ensuing vote harvest showed itself off during the 2011 election.
VOTING WITH DOLLARS & TIME
Progressive political parties can help Canadians organise their earning and spending dollars to recapture both economy and policy making. Canadians should recognize that; corporations are economic collectives, representing essential livelihood planning and realities. Livelihood in this present economic system, is sacred to all of us (even if in ignorance we destroy the biosphere and eliminate humanity’s future). Political opinion ‘democracy’ (One-member/one-vote) generalized over vast areas of decision-making, without opportunity for making commitment nor giving and measuring contribution is neither sacred nor functional. Citizens vote far more effectively everyday with the dollars we spend ultimately determining both economic and political policy, than with an ‘X’ marked once every four years.
Statistics Canada 2006 counts roughly 31,612,897 people in Canada at 2.5 people / household = 2 adults + .5 youth. 61.4 % of Canadians voted = 14,720580 voters. Canada’s 12,437,500 households earned and spent roughly 1.1 trillion dollars in 2006. This divides up into 41,401$ per full time wage earner, 34,796$ per person or 66,343$ per household economic family. These income figures are skewed by the extreme incomes of less than 1% portion of the population so are adjusted here downwards to calculate 66,343$ / median household income.
During the May 2nd 2011 Canadian Election Conservatives, New Democratic, Liberal, Bloc Quebecois, Green parties ran candidates in all ridings across Canada, drawing the above votes. *Other Small Parties include: Independent (non-party aligned), Christian Heritage, Marxist-Leninist, Libertarian, Progressive-Canadian, Rhinoceros, Pirate, Communist, Canadian Action, Marijuana, Animal Alliance/Environmental Voters, Western Block, United and First Peoples' National parties. Other small parties all ran candidates in various ridings drawing 1% of votes.
PROGRESSIVE SECULAR POLITICAL ECONOMY
Towards employing the resources of all of our collective community personality and parties.
Canada’s individual income, earning and spending is calculated at 1,100,000,000,000 or 1.1 trillion dollars in 2006. For the purposes of the above statistics, the higher end billionaires and multi-millionaires haven’t been included in this calculation using Statistics Canada 2006 figures and a median income of 41,401$ / year / full-time earning individual and 66,343$ / year / Economic Family totalling 826,000,000,000$ (826 billion dollars) is used as the baseline income in these calculations. Time and money in Human Resource Time-based accounting modules for Founders, Workers, Suppliers and Consumer stakeholder investment are interactive and equivalent.
PROGRESSIVE & CONSERVATIVE COMPLEMENT
Organising this already existing progressive economic flow into support of a sustainable green economy will not only make human life on earth sustainable but as well will recapture the political, finance and economic system for human livelihood. However many progressive processes are self-defeating. The bootstraps approach of conservatives have indigenous roots.
The good news is that implementing this kind of Human Resource Time-based accounting and Capitalism is the real message which Conservatives have been trying to reach (unconsciously) and spread over hundreds of years even as they destroy the biosphere. Conservatives will join the rest of the population in a green economy making capitalism possible for everyone.https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/2-sharing-our-livelihood
Parties can involve members and populations directly in achieving livelihood based ecological-economic development. Canadian statistics roughly (~ is used as approximate symbol). Political parties are centrally fixated upon electoral political democracy rather than working with the population’s present strengths and resources. As you will see in the table presented below progressive parties including the NDP have huge resources in the population, communities and member activists who have voted for them if we think in terms of enumerating and animating our strengths. Our voting populations collectively have economies in the billions of dollars which can be organised towards our social, political and economic mission by calculating and animating individual, family and household earning & spending. Let’s build Political Economy empowering the strengths of individuals and families in the present economy and infrastructure exactly as they exist.
Obviously Canada is presently just a colonial branch of once French/British and now American monetary-capital based economy. If we want to put our roots into this soil as well as change the world, we need to be knowledgeable about engaging citizens overtly in political-economy. Canada will need this kind of concertation if we are to be able to sweep past the USA’s reactionary central monetary model of economic dominance.
"Regard human labour as more even than money and you have an untapped and inexhaustible source of income, which ever increases with use." (letter to a British Governor circa 1945) “Becoming the change we want to see in the world”, "Live simply so that others may simply live." Mohandas K. Gandhi
project coordinator, Home of Dialogue, LaSalle, Quebec, H8R 1X9