a reply to: Pax et Intellectus
Well, if I only had a single day, I would have to act rapidly to ensure that whatever changes I made could balance themselves into a homeostatic state
after my power evaporated without causing a great deal of upheaval. What I would do is:
a). Abolish fractional reserve banking.
b). Forgive all debts on a global scale.
c). Pardon all crimes other than murder, rape or torture.
d). Clear everyone's credit scores back to 700+.
e). Create a stock market for all business, properties and resources within our solar system and give everyone on the planet an equal share.
f). Destroy all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
g). Distribute automatic firearms to every nonviolent person, except those who proclaim beliefs that would promote warfare or genocide.
g). Abolish all governments on a global scale.
h). Institute a world court with a system of universal justice.
I). Abolish slavery.
J). Declare all humans equal citizens of the world, with egalitarian liberties (both positive and negative), and an equal basic level of opportunity.
K). Create a city-state system where every person is able to vote directly on issues (direct participatory democracy), leaving unincorporated
territory to only be subject to universal law so if people don't like the policies of their city-state, they can avoid them. This way people could
move to areas that are most ideal to them and create new city-state to enshrine their ideals into reality, giving people ultimate control over their
L). Create a system of currency wherein every adult is issued 100 credits of new currency upon their 20th birthday and all adults over 20 are issued
100 credits upfront one-time. No other method of currency creation can be made including fractional reserve lending so that way the ratio of citizens
to credits is always a 1:100 ratio. Deflation will occur when people devise new technologies that expand productive capacities, and inflation can only
occur when people hoard too much money, driving up the prices of things by refusing to reinvest in new productive capacities. No longer will humanity
be subject to the whims of central bankers for their state of economic growth, but will have to coordinate with and rely on one another in order to
maintain a stable economy.
M). Create a 100% inheritance tax so upon one's death they cannot pass their accumulation of wealth and power onto their children. Money collected by
this tax will be distributed equally across all of humankind.
N). Create a passive transaction tax (something like 0.5% per transaction) which will be used to operate the day to day operations of the
O). Abolish all income taxes.
P). Abolish all property taxes on people's primary residency, except those operating a home-business.
Q). Set a maximum property tax rate of 1.5% only for those properties within the limits of city-states to go towards the operation of the
R). Set a tax rate for businesses and capital gains of 10% this will go to fund the world government.
S). Establish universal pollution standards for every location on the entire planet.
T). Create a trust subsidizing the exploration and colonization of space and offering tax breaks to corporations who relocate their pollution causing
endeavors to orbital facilities.
U). Abolish professional armies and bureaucracies. Set up a system of participatory governance where people volunteer one day per week for some civic
function. They can opt out of this requirement, but if they opt out, they cannot vote until they opt back in.
V). Abolish salaries and benefits for elected officials.
W). Abolish campaigning.
X). Set up a campaign website where every candidate at every level if given equal exposure if they qualify for that election.
Y). Abolish donations, gifts or campaign advertisements to any politician. Classify this as a crime of bribery punishable as a felonious offense.
Z). Abolish any interest rate above 5%, classifying such an interest rate as usury, a criminal felonious offense.
AA). Abolish liability caps world-wide, holding corporations fully responsible for the actions of their officers and employees.
AB). Abolish wages. Employees must either have equal ownership in the firm they work at, or must be paid in shares of stock so that they will acquire
equal ownership after a 30 year working period of a 32 hour, 4 day working week.
AC). Require 30% of corporate profits to be paid out as dividends to shareholders with each passing year.
AD). Set a retirement age of 50 worldwide. Anyone over this age who does not have the financial means to support themselves will be given free
healthcare and a pension from the global government after this stage of their life. People may continue to work past this age at their discretion.
AE). Abolish working more than 32 hours per week. Anyone who works 32 hours and still cannot support themselves will be given food, housing and
medical subsidies from the global government.
AF). Establish a universal system of disability and unemployment insurance on a global scale.
AG). Establish a world health organization that will heal the uninsured for low-cost or free to the greatest extent possible.
AH). Establish a global education system, being free for students. Every student in the world will be guaranteed an education up to the age of 18.
After this points, students of merit will compete for positions in institutions of higher education. Those selected will get their educations for
AI). Create Liberal Arts Centers in every city which will be free to all residents to teach basic liberal education to all people. Only Science,
Medicine, Engineering, etc will be meritocratic. The purpose of liberal education is to create free citizens, not art history majors, although those
degrees could still exist, but the knowledge would be available to everyone.
AJ). Create a voluntary militia in each city state.
AK). Allow for the coordination of the militia on a global scale in case of terrorist activity or insurrection.
There might be more, but that's about it. If I can get even 30% of that up and running before I'm taken out of power, I think people could keep it
going. There would probably be some turmoil from the hyperreligious thinking the anti-christ had risen to power, but once that settles down, it should
make for a fairly stable system supported and maintained by the people instead of a centralized authority.