Of The Poor, By The Poor, For The Poor

We need to establish a two-part economic system within every nation. One being the already familiar private economy which allows relatively free markets and free enterprises, whereby citizens are greatly free to create their own businesses and to set their own prices and to gain their own profits, and one which is a public economy that allows those in need to work together to supply their own needs. Similar to the idea I posted titled, "Feeding The Poor With Community Gardens," listed under "Society," the poor and the privately unemployed would create and use public markets where, together, they would make their own products and provide their own services, instead of entirely using tax dollars. Everyone who is unemployed within the private job market could immediately and automatically, without question, get a public job at little to no further expense to private citizens. The poor, or those out of private work, could shop at public stores, operated and maintained by the poor, to buy products made and distributed by the poor. This would take away a great deal of the burden on governments who currently provide most of the aid to the poor, using taxes, as well as lower the shame and raise the pride in those in need, since it would not exactly be a handout.

These public shopping centers would only be for the poor or those in temporary need until they can get back on their feet or find a private sector job. This obviously leads to two separate forms of currency. One that is public, printed by the government and used primarily by those in need, and one that is private like those currently being used in the relatively free market systems. These systems do not necessarily have to exist completely separate. There can be some crossover and exchanges made possible, but the main caution is to prevent any disruption amongst the private markets. For example, allowing the poor to sell there vegetables to those who are NOT in need could prove harmful to the private markets by taking away their business. But a private citizen should be allowed to buy products and services from public citizens if those products and services are not available in the private market, and public citizens should be allowed to purchase from private markets if private citizens are willing to accept public currency. But again, that public currency could never be allowed to hire public citizens to work for them or use it to buy products they could find within the private market.

As soon as a public citizen in need is able to find a private sector job, he or she would no longer be allowed to have a public job or to earn additional public money, unless it is needed to supplement his or her private sector job(s) in order to rise above the poverty line. However, their remaining public currency, which they truly earned while working as a public citizen, could legally be used within the public markets.

Local governments may have to kick-start these new public economies by providing land, buildings, and funding, but I’m confident that once these economies get launched they will become very self-sustaining and the government and all citizens, private and public, will be better off in the long run. The overall bi-economy will flourish and prosper quite well.

It would also be nice to one day extend this concept to a social economy and a capitalistic economy, whereby any citizen, whether they are poor or not, could choose to live in a more socialized economy. In such an economy, citizens would still be free to start up and operate their own business, but there would be more rules and guidelines in terms of price setting and profiting. In other words, let the capitalists have their world and let the socialists have theirs. Hopefully though, a delicate balance between the two economic systems could be achieved, since I believe pure capitalism and pure socialism are both, on their own, doomed to fail. I’m confident such a balanced system will become a reality and will usher in a new golden age of prosperity and well being. Thanks for reading!

Guyus

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  • This is an excellent idea! I wish this could all be implemented today! I think it would help the whole world get rid of a lot of needless suffering and a lot of wasteful spending.

  • I object because you have stated that everyone is entitled to a public job, yet you have no examples of what these jobs might be. Indeed the very "public jobs" you talk about would in all probability cause further unemployment in the "private" economy you speak of, due to companies then able to rely on free labor (at least free to them) for certain tasks. This concept of a "public job" with "public job money" would not actually solve the unemployment concerns of a nation, rather it has the potential to completely imbalance an economy and further widen the rich/poor gap.

  • ATTENTION TO ALL READERS: PLEASE READ MY POSTS CAREFULLY AND FULLY BEFORE GIVING IT A NEGATIVE RATING OR BEFORE POSTING A NEGATIVE COMMENT. SO FAR, ALMOST EVERY NEGATIVE RATING AND COMMENT (WHICH THANKFULLY ARE FEW) WAS DUE TO A LACK OF CAREFUL READING. AND IT’S UNFORTUNATE THAT MY RATINGS HAVE TO SUFFER FOR THE LAZINESS, NEGLIGENCE, OR INCOMPETENCE OF OTHERS. THIS OF COURSE IS TO BE EXPECTED SOMEWHAT WHEN ALLOWING FREE SPEECH. NOT ALL COMMENTERS ARE GOING TO BE INTELLIGENT OR JUSTIFIED IN WHAT THEY SAY. BUT WHAT MAKES THIS ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT IS THAT GLOBAL DEMOCRACY IS STILL NOT SET UP, YET, TO ALLOW EACH OF US TO MORE DIRECTLY REPLY TO ANOTHER POSTER’S COMMENTS, TO PERHAPS HELP THEM SEE THEIR ERROR IN JUDGMENT OR TO RECONSIDER THEIR POSITION, NOR ARE ANY OF US NOTIFIED BY GLOBAL DEMOCRACY WHEN COMMENTS ARE POSTED. HAVING SAID THAT, DO FEEL FREE TO GIVE ME A NEGATIVE RATING AND/OR TO LEAVE A RESPECTFUL, INTELLIGIBLE CRITIQUE IF YOU BELIEVE IT’S TRULY DESERVING AS LONG AS YOU HAVE CAREFULLY AND FULLY READ MY POST. I’M WILLING TO TOLERATE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK AS LONG AS IT’S NOT DUE TO A LACK OF CAREFUL READING ON YOUR PART. THANKS FOR READING THIS ALL THE WAY THROUGH!

    GUYUS SERALIUS

  • TO 000005195: Yes, I believe everyone should have a job, whether public or private. I didn't provide any examples of those jobs because I did not feel that was relevant. They could be any job made possible. When I read your second concern, it made me believe you did not carefully read my post. The public jobs I described could not in any way cause further unemployment in the private economy, because as I pointed out in my post, the only ones who could use this public labor or purchase goods and services from such a public organization are those in need, unless it was a product or service that is not available in the regular private market. Please read what I wrote, "These public shopping centers would only be for the poor or those in temporary need until they can get back on their feet or find a private sector job. . . . the main caution is to prevent any disruption amongst the private markets. For example, allowing the poor to sell their vegetables to those who are NOT in need could prove harmful to the private markets by taking away their business. But a private citizen should be allowed to buy products and services from public citizens if those products and services are not available in the private market, and public citizens should be allowed to purchase from private markets if private citizens are willing to accept public currency. But again, that public currency could never be used by a private citizen to hire public citizens to work for them or use it to buy products they could find within the private market."

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