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The changes that people need

by Rob Hueniken on December 3, 2016

neopeopleism-making-a-difference-for-us The changes that people need start with people changing how they participate in business, politics and community. The business and political leaders have long ignored the declining prosperity of hard working people, and allowed corporations to be the only voices heard. People have stayed hopeful, working more jobs for less income, and kept quiet by big screen TVs and fancy cell phones.

But now it’s clear that widespread prosperity isn’t coming soon, and that the people with the most money and power want even more of it.

The world needs more people involved and active in the issues and organizations at every level: city, province, state and country, to ensure that the needs of people are factored more seriously into business decisions and political plans. That takes people exploring the possibilities, sharing their skills and concerns, and working together for an inclusive economy and a safe environment.

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4 Reasons to fix Financial Inequality

by Rob Hueniken on October 22, 2016

Harvard philosopher T. M. Scanlon offers four key reasons why we should fix the problem of Financial Inequality.

1) Economic inequality can give wealthier people an unacceptable degree of control over the lives of others.
If wealth is very unevenly distributed in a society, wealthy people often end up in control of many aspects of the lives of poorer citizens: over where and how they can work, what they can buy, and in general what their lives will be like.

2) Economic inequality can undermine the fairness of political institutions.
If those who hold political offices must depend on large contributions for their campaigns, they will be more responsive to the interests and demands of wealthy contributors, and those who are not rich will not be fairly represented.

3) Economic inequality undermines the fairness of the economic system itself.
Economic inequality makes it difficult, if not impossible, to create equality of opportunity. Some will enter the workforce much better prepared, and people with few assets find it harder to access the first small steps to larger opportunities.

4) Workers, by cooperating to produce national income, have a claim to a fair share of what they have helped to produce.
If an economy is producing an increasing level of goods and services, then all those who participate in producing these benefits — workers as well as others — should share in the result.

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Knowing when to close the screen

by Rob Hueniken on September 17, 2016

People are in digital jailIt isn’t just kids that are getting addicted to screens. We are encouraged (and expected) to use our iPads, phones and TVs. It’s hard for people to understand how curiosity leads to wasted potential. There is always one more webpage to look at, one more tweet to send, and one more TV series to binge watch. People don’t get bored now, so they don’t know when to close the screen and actually do something. Here’s to people getting out into community, experiencing life eye to eye, and helping to make a difference.

Click here to read the New York Post article “Digital heroin”.

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Makers and Takers

by Rob Hueniken on July 5, 2016

Most people are realizing that our economy is broken, and that despite their hard work, very few people find a good job or get paid well. This article (“Saving Capitalism”), from the cover of Time Magazine, shows how the financial services sector has gone from serving businesses to extracting 85% of all the money. It employs very few people, discourages research and development, and focuses only on short-term gains and consumption. But we can change things. Our system of capitalism has good elements, and it had good rules. Those broken rules can be fixed!

Article: How Wall Street is choking our economy and how to fix it, by Rana Foroohar:
http://time.com/4327419/american-capitalisms-great-crisis/?iid=sr-link3

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It’s Time for a Balanced Economy and People-Focused Government

April 13, 2016

As news and business reports are making clear, the rich have a huge (and growing) influence over both the economy and politics. In an animated GIF created by the Financial Times, the damage to working people is easy to see, and getting worse.   (Graph via Michael Hiltzik, of the LA Times) The Pew Research Center study on America’s middle class shows the 40 year trend: The biggest group used to be in the Middle Class, but now is the rich. Income is down for everyone, except for the rich. There is a growing number of people in poverty. In […]

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Remembering Who and What is most important

March 17, 2016

The American people have seen their economic hopes and hard work sucked up by the wealthy, and cast adrift by the Money-First focus of both Republican and Democratic leaders. But Americans know who is most important (People!) and what is most important (Shared prosperity). Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders each offer fragments of change: Sanders has his focus on flowing money back to people, while Trump uses and encourages anger against the system. The difference, for now, is that Trump is not unifying the people, but dividing them with racism and insults. There is no doubt that Americans are shifting […]

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New institutions for bringing about change

March 6, 2016

For economic and social change to happen there needs to be both a movement (that values shared prosperity and excites people) and institutions (that generate and encourage improvements). In the past the people-focused institution was labor unions. But with unions being squeezed out by the rich and global pressures to reduce wages, there needs to be another type of grass-roots institution that brings about change. Here’s a forward thinking article about changing our economy to have more worker-owned co-ops, community land trusts, and publicly-owned banks. Click here to read the article. Here is a link to the author’s books on […]

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Seeing global issues as important

January 12, 2016

The Good Country is a website for people who see global issues as important, and who are concerned with international co-operation and human progress. The Good Country Index has Ireland leading the way. Sweden is 6th, Canada is 12th, the US is 21st, and China is 107th. Here’s a TED talk by Simon Anholt, a link to the Good Country Index, and some FAQs about it.

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Here’s to real changes in quality of life

December 31, 2015

Here’s to a year of showing that people really matter, and for real changes in governments, businesses and personal attitudes to raise the quality of life for everyone.

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The brilliance of Trickle Down

October 15, 2015

Trickle Down was a brilliant tactic to let the rich have their way, build hope in regular folks, and to pretend that greed at the top would not overwhelm our world. But the fallacies of low-tax strategies are now clear, with reduced funds to repair roads, nationwide financial inequality effects, and unemployment.  We knew that greed exists, but we did not expect the levels of #ExtremeGreed that have shaped our world. Massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, combined with reducing the strength of labor, have siphoned away virtually all of the new wealth from working people. Similarly, corporate influence […]

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