I spent a lazy hour browsing past discussions in the ‘Future Society’ and ‘Job & Income Guarantee’ categories. A comment by Jim O’Reilly caught my eye. In part, it reads:
[M]ost of us probably spend a fair number of hours regularly thinking on our own about how to advance to a better world. That’s a bit of a waste though as we’d be far stronger if we combined our efforts. Is it absurd to think of combining resources and working together in a project that would try to make a sound case for “utopia”? Or is that madly beyond our pay grade?
I like the idea. The task is daunting, but also exciting. It would be a worthwhile contribution if we could add to the public discourse on this question.
Currently, there is considerable dissatisfaction with the economic system, as evidenced most notably by the emergence of the Occupy movement on the left, but also, in a less conscious way, the Tea Party on the right. So far, no widely accepted vision has emerged of where we are trying to head. Without a coherent set of demands, it is difficult to push for meaningful change.
At the same time, any program needs to be open enough to allow for diversity of opinion if it is to find broad-based support. In some previous posts (e.g., here and here), I have sought to allow for a degree of openness in this respect, as have others in their comments. But these are only the beginnings of exploration. The ideas — or alternative ones — need fleshing out.
Although, as Jim intimated in his comment, the task is a challenging one, it is obvious from the quality of previous discussions that many people have contemplated how economic activity might be better organized. So, I thought it might be worth creating a space, in the comments section, where anybody who feels so inclined can explore – as briefly or as in-depth as they like — their conceptions of a better society. The more contributions and viewpoints, the merrier. Please don’t feel constrained by what has been posted here in the past, or confined to any particular ideology other than your own.
Who knows? It might help us piece together common elements that can be further developed not only by us but by others operating, now or in the future, elsewhere in cyberspace or the “real world”.
Relevant links to other blogs or forums concerned with similar questions would also be beneficial.