So, now it’s a question of who falls into which bucket? And so does the flawed theory of “survival of the fittest” find its way. There are countless of articles on economic system and what can be done. I have decided to take a different approach and start with what is the prime objective of a “rational and just” economic system… and then build on how the ideal economic system will handle it robustly than the current systems – be it capitalism or socialism.
Even before we get there, let me share what someone says in support of what I am about to share… “The causes of the economic crisis are a combination of greed, incompetence, and a number of additional negative character traits.” – Steven Pearlstein, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a Washington Post columnist
A human is in fact someone composed of organic needs and instincts, all of which requires answers on how to satisfy them
(1) At the core foundation, the purpose of an economic system is to ensure economic well-being of every individual by solving the problem of poverty.
(2) This economic system has to co-exist in harmony with the other important systems of any well-run civilization – the social system, the political system, the legal system, and the moral system. What we see today is exactly the absence of this… where the ecosystem is so corrupt and degraded that I cannot think of any of these five systems being in a good shape.
(3) Now, everyone is very well aware of poverty in developing countries… how rare is it to see images of starving children in Asian countries or malnutrition-related deaths in almost the entirety of Sub-Saharan Africa? The US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service reports that ‘in 2011, 50.1 million people lived in food-insecure households and prevalence rate of food security in the US has gone up from
However, what we are not aware of is that hunger has embraced shores of the “developed world” as well
(4) We, living in America, have no clue about this given the media whitewash such fundamental issues get. It was eye opening for me to see a CBS video on “hunger in America” to show how one in six Americans are going hungry every https://loansolution.com/payday-loans-va/ night. So, even within the capitalist stronghold, there are one in six Americans who need a REAL CHANGE.
(5) And to add urgency to the situation, it was touching to see how some regions in the world have seen hungry push people back to the stone age… with adults selling off their kids just to afford food. This is really the bottom a civilization can get to… even though all this is happening away from many of us who are fortunate to live easy lives, it is our collective responsibility to rise above the “individualism” mindset to solve this problem.
When we talk about economic framework, there are two different fundamental issues – economic science and economic system. This is because there is a fundamental difference between the method of production of goods and services (economic science) from the manner of their distribution (economic system). Economic science is universal and scientific with no effect from ideology or mindset. However, the distribution of resources, how goods and services should be given to the public, whether they should go to the rich or the orphans, the aristocracy or the landlords is different and dependent on either the belief system or ideology.
In an ideal setup, a human is neither an economic unit (as viewed in a capitalistic system) for whom all decisions from marriage to pensions to drugs to education are viewed from an angle of economic effect and cost. Neither is a human simply matter (as viewed in a communist system), just one aspect of nature, nothing more.