An Overview of the Threefold Idea

IN AMERICA, AND IN EACH COUNTRY, there will be three sectors for Economic, Political, and Cultural affairs, each with their own leadership. The three sectors will be as structurally independent from each other as foreign countries are today. There will be three executives, three capital cities, and three flags for each country. Each individual human being in the country will be a member of all three sectors: as an entrepreneur, worker, and consumer in the Business sector, as a citizen in the Political sector, and as a free participant and patron in the non-commercial/non-governmental Cultural sector.
The Economic Sector will run the economy without Government interference. All the Businesses in the country, and their Industry Associations and Chambers of Commerce—in association with the Labor Unions and Consumer Federations—will embody an Economic Forum, which will select an executive Economic Manager to serve as the human face of the Economy. All economic powers and departments of the present-day Government will be transferred to this Economic Executive, including the Central Bank ("The Fed" in the U.S.), the postal service, and the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Transportation, and Energy. This is not some kind of state-planned economy, but a business-formed, entrepreneurial Association of Associations—and so becomes an associative economy. This Economic Forum will be responsible for issuing currency, for negotiating trade agreements with other countries, for infrastructure and utilities, and for all aspects of our economic livelihood and prosperity. An Associative Economy is more libertarian than present-day American-style corporocratic capitalism, because in an Associative Economy there is literally no Government ownership or management of any economic activity, including currency issuance. On the other hand, the economy is freed to fulfill its original mission of meeting real human needs (food, clothing, shelter). This return to a humane, livable economy might be called Mutuality, Solidarity, Co-operation, Social Justice, Altruism, Fraternity/Sorority, or Brotherhood/Sisterhood. These key qualities are not in conflict with Professionalism and the striving for Success, Prosperity, and Abundance.

The Political (Rights, Legal) Sector is the continuation of what we now know as Government. It is drastically streamlined to become a pure Rechtsstaat (Rights-State, or Rule-of-Law Governance). It retains the constitutional powers of law and human rights Governance, including working conditions, environmental quality of life, and what police, jails, and military are necessary. It divests all economic powers and cultural powers (including education and healthcare) to the other two administrations. The feeding trough which attracts lobbyists is completely removed—the Economy will have its own legitimate arena, disentangled from the Rights Sector. The Political Party Organizations are structurally severed from the Governance. They are reconceived as free, private associations of individuals who propagate a particular view of political science and statecraft. Like membership in any other Cultural Organization, the party membership (if any) of candidates for Rights Service will not be printed on the ballots; individuals will offer their service as Individuals, not as party functionaries. The Governance will have nothing to do with "primary" (in-party) elections; in the eyes of the Rights Organism, the only election is the General Election. And our Rights Servants will be seated in our legislative chambers alphabetically by last name, instead of by their allegiance to the Organization of the Left or the Organization of the Right. The Political Sector also legislates what basic rights or "benefits" the Economic sector and the Cultural sector must provide citizens, such as the Right to a Dignified Livelihood (in the Economic sphere) and the Right of School Choice and the Right to Preventative Wellness and Medical Care (in the Socio-Cultural sphere). Yet the Governance itself will not own, operate, or determine the professional praxes of any Economic or Cultural endeavor. The Political sector consists of the Political Legislative branch (the U.S. Congress in America) and Political Executive branch headed by the President (or Prime Minister in parliamentary countries). Voting, town meetings, substantial consensus, referendums, direct democracy, and sortition (random selection of citizens to serve political office) are key practices of this sector. The guiding principles of the Political sphere are Equality before the Law, Balance, and Democracy, or better yet, Humanocracy.

The Cultural (or Civil Society) Sector is composed of the non-commercial/non-governmental organizations of the country. Freedom, Liberty, Diversity, and Individualism (even "Anarchy" in its benevolent sense of Autarchy and Self-Reliance) are key cultural qualities. To be a part of this sector, the organization must accept no Government money and no Advertising money—it must be funded solely by freely given donations. It must be working in a Cultural field such as education, art, science, religion, medicine, sports, and media. And it must offer its services for no fee. A country-wide Socio-Cultural Council will select an executive Cultural Leader to serve as the face of Civil Society and Culture. The Cultural administration is not a Government—it is an Initiative of Initiatives. No cultural initiative even has to participate in the Council, and they will be free to form competing Cultural Councils. The service areas of Cultural Councils of two different countries could even territorially overlap. All government-owned cultural assets are divested to become the core of this Free Cultural Sector. Most notably, all Government (public) Schools are divested as non-commercial, secular Community Schools. Yet Universal Education is maintained: the same amount of money that is presently being funneled into Compulsory Government Schools ($5,000 to $15,000 per child per year, depending on the state), is instead issued directly to every parent as a Pedagogical Scholarship which they may use towards their child’s tuition at any school, whether it be a secular Community School, an academia-oriented College Preparatory School, a Religious School (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist), Philosophical School (Montessori, Waldorf, Paideia, Sudbury), Nature- or Farm-based School, Arts or Craft School, Language School (Francophone Lycée or Indigenous language immersion school), or Homeschool Co-operative. The Separation of Religion and State is maintained because a parent choosing to use the scholarship for a Religious School is not essentially different than a retiree using Social Security funds to donate to a church or mosque, or for elder care at a religion-based nursing home. The Individual is entrusted and empowered. Likewise, all the money which is presently going to Governmental Medicine, such as Medicare, is instead issued directly to every citizen as a yearly Wellness and Healthcare Coupon which can be used for the allopathic or alternative healthcare of the Individual’s choice, including preventative care such as counselling, yoga classes, and gym membership. To our wealthiest 1%, these two Educational and Healthcare coupons are no more than a tax rebate. To our 99%, they’re a pedagogical and wellness revolution, which will provide soil and sunlight for the little ones of today to blossom into the most ethical, nuanced, and vibrant generation in the history of America.


One salient feature of a Tri-Sector Society is the structural severance of Nationality (cultural identity) and Citizenship (political identity). The ownership of all the cultural programs and assets which are divested from the Government (such as the State School Systems and Universities, the National Park System, and the National Library) is transferred to a new kind of entity called a "national-cultural organization" (NCO), which will serve as the body of the National Identity, and will retain the national flag as its organizational symbol. The NCOs (such as "The American People") will then be free to offer cultural initiatives throughout the world and depict their cultural territory on maps however they wish. National homelands will freely overlap in the same way that the ecclesiastical territories and provinces of the various religious denominations have been free to overlap since America initiated the Separation of Church and State. The "stateless nations" in Threefold America—such as the Lenape/Delaware Indian Nation, the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy, the Lakota People, the Native Hawai’ian Kingdom, and Puerto Rico—will be free to declare cultural independence as NCOs, with their own Olympic teams and distinct membership in UNESCO and other international cultural bodies. The Individual will be free to belong to one or more NCOs, or to formally participate in no National Culture at all. Regardless of our ancestral or chosen Nationalities, we remain Citizens of our united Rights-State, and workers and consumers within our united Associative Economy. A Threefold Society structurally transcends the Nation-State model. This concrete Pluriationalism will end many wars.

THE THREEFOLD IDEA WILL BE ACHIEVED in America through three constitutional amendments describing the Separation of Business and State (which is the unspoken aim of the Occupy Wall Street movement), the Separation of Culture and State, and the Separation of the Economy and Culture.
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Travis Henry,
Jun 28, 2012, 9:16 AM