Nov 27, 2014

Don't pluck my mangoes. A story of sharing.

Don’t Pluck My Mangoes
A story of sharing

Look, mom. So many big ripe mangoes on the tree behind the bus-stop. A woman is picking the mangoes.

Stop. You are under arrest. You must not steal the mangoes.

Why are the policemen arresting the woman? The roadside tree doesn’t belong to anyone.

The tree belongs to the government. They are arresting her for stealing mangoes from the government.

The government? Who is the government?

Unconditional basic income: the monetary equivalent of universal suffrage


Le journal du revenu de base

"Establish an unconditional basic income is probably one of the most important advances of the last 100 years. The right to vote for women, civil rights ... and tomorrow income for all. This is an incredible opportunity to be able to establish what would become the biggest release of the human being."
(A translated version from the newsletter.)

Yes, an unconditional basic income or a citizen dividend is the monetary equivalent of universal suffrage. 

Nov 26, 2014

Lessons from Singapore - The simple secret of Singapore's success

Lessons from Singapore (From the Telegraph)
"When British ministers scour the world for policy ideas, one country is most often singled out for praise and emulation: Singapore. In the mid-Nineties, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown travelled there seeking guidance on how to reform the welfare state, and came back promising a “stakeholder society”." 
"Whatever its democratic deficiencies, Singapore’s model has – with no resources and limited land – produced a small state, efficient public services, a competitive economy and high per capita income. There must be something we can learn from that."
The first lesson to learn is that Singapore is a country with plenty of resources.

Now, the simple secret of Singapore's success.

For every person in the country,

The person pays the government 
more than
  the government pays that person.

Money going from a person to the government is not just income tax or goods and services tax. There are many explicit, implicit and untold ways that money flows from a person to the government. The video below mentions just a few more.

This is the simple secret of Singapore's economic success.

If you wonder how any politician can win election after election with such a social system, that's another secret.