posted on Feb, 6 2010 @ 05:18 PM
It depends what country you are in.
In the US, for example, the resources and talent exist to employ most people. If I were in absolute control of the US, I'd seal off the borders and
prevent any further immigration until everyone is employed. I'd also levy huge tax fines on corporations that promote overseas outsourcing, and offer
tax credits to those that employed Americans. I'd encourage manufacturing in the US, slap tarrifs on most imports, and would only condone trade for
the few items that are absolutely needed. I'd stop further foregin debt to the extent possible. Since the US generally produces excess food, I'd
conduct the slimited amount of international trade necessary based on agricultural exports rather than "debt export." The biggest problem would be
energy. This could be solved by moving to an increasingly coal-based economy (the US has the largest proven coal reserves in the world) and
encouraging alternative forms of energy as well as reduction of waste (there is plenty of room for that). I would also work to promte less
materialistic/hedonistic values via the media and to promote savings, domestic production, respect for a Stoic/Spartan ethic, long-term thinking,
This plan would not be perfect -- its easy to poke holes in any plan -- but something along these lines would be better than the current system.
If I were in charge of a resource-poor, talent-poor nation like Somalia or Kyrgizistan, obviously different strategies would be called for. Even a
wealthy, talented, but resource-poor, import-dependent nation like Japan could not afford to seal itself off completely.
[edit on 2/6/10 by silent thunder]