Sep 30, 2011

Citizen-ownership Democracy. Partial Examples. Canada. Mongolia. Russia

A) Canada, Alberta.

"In late 2005, Alberta Premier Ralph Klein announced that one-third of the Canadian province's unbudgeted surplus from high oil revenue would be distributed to Albertans, each of whom would receive a CanS400 check in 2006." (From Oil, profits, and peace: does business have a role in peacemaking? By Jill Shankleman)

This is not as good as a full citizen-ownership democracy where the full oil revenue will be distributed directly and equally to all citizens.

B) Mongolia. Where citizens own the land of their country.

"Between May 2003 and May 2005, each Mongolian is officially afforded the opportunity to take up a private, household landholding within their respective “home” areas. The amount of land varies according to the latest land law, with the smallest parcels being granted in large urban areas, and larger parcels being granted in aimag and soum areas."

"Land privatization in urban areas (approximately 0.02% of total land – but figures vary) is free of payment. Only application fees are paid, and we encountered fee payments that were significantly different than government published rates for different elements of the application. After May 2005, acquisition of land will require payment. Title is only granted to households/families at present. Families in Ulaanbaatar are entitled to 0.07 ha, while in families in rural aimag centers and soum centers are granted up to 0.35 and 0.5 ha, respectively."

C) Russia. Distributing free land to 3-child families.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has a really really fantastic plan. He gives 3-child families free land. "Caring for the future generation is the most reliable, intelligent and noble investment," Medvedev said. There is something there for Singaporeans to learn.

If Singapore adopts a citizen-ownership democracy, every citizen stands to receive thousands of dollar a year from the sharing of common wealth (see the Singapore example). This is a sure way to really grow the Singapore future generation.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed an amendment to the national Land Code to provide free land parcels to families with three or more children, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

"In line with the amendments to the Land Code, citizens with three or more children will be granted free parcels of land held in state and municipal property, including for the purpose of individual housing construction," the amendment said.
The measure is part of a wider government policy to provide broader support to families and reverse a severe population decline.
During his annual address to the nation in November, Medvedev outlined a range of proposals aimed at supporting families with many children.
"Caring for the future generation is the most reliable, intelligent and noble investment," Medvedev said.

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