FDR created the American Dream and greatest economy of all time. He did it during a mature capitalism like today and with just a handful of policies. Eleanor took her husband’s empathetic Second Bill of Rights (1944) to the newly formed United Nations as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Japan, Italy, Germany, Austria, and other European countries, lost the war but won the peace – when these rights were added into their constitutions by the Marshall Plan – which was necessary due to millions of civilian deaths after the war – caused by starvation and disease. Today these are the only G7s nations with advancing economies and the average paid vacation days in these countries is six-weeks; Italy has eight
FDR’s policies included 20-years of Wealth Distribution (80% estate taxes) and Income Distribution (92% income tax) for the rich, Nationalism, Full-employment, single income families, a strong empathetic social contract, debt-forgiveness, low cost-of-living, and affordable home ownership
Family values played a part. After divorce and unemployment decimated the nuclear family in the 1930s, single income family policies ensured that both men and women could both live full lives. Women could start families when they wanted, birthrates maintained a sustainable 2.2 children per woman, and families could care for itself more – so we didn’t need to ask others to raise our children and watch our elderly. Men could not keep high jobs in business or government unless they were “Heads of Households” and a husband’s salary supported both his relations – and his wife’s family too. Similar policies were no different in Russia, Europe, and the United States. Birthrates in North America’s “Double Income Family” policy norm today – are at an unsustainable 1.7 and less. This Double Income Family policy is known widely as Female Equality
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Social Contract is the biggest problem of our time – or of any other in human history. Why? Because today’s 70-year-old monetary system cycle is the first to mature to a normal imbalance within a mature nuclear era. By the timing of World War commencements in 1914 and 1939 – which were the result of our two previous low social contracts and mature capitalisms, we are within just ten years of the correctable 100% destruction of most living things on this planet by a World War III. Climate is a minor correctible issue in comparison and climate has never led to World Wars. Low Social Contracts lead to major wars reliably in history.
The United Nations was created to ensure “big picture” planning and to prevent another mature capitalism. Its failure explains why our schools don’t teach democratic voters the importance of sustaining Social Contracts today. 95% of countries are experiencing and treating far-less-important social problem symptoms now (mental health, poverty, etc), without understanding what is the underlying cause. We solve only causal problems transparently here – and we invite readers to learn to understand a defendable scientific approach that is proven to work in other economies reliably
Capitalistic policies that work well to build a strong Social Contract (SC) early-on in a well-balanced monetary system, don’t work well later as the cycle matures and unbalances. This is due to first, the mathematical certainty of compounding annual inflation; and second, due to the natural imbalances created by successful unmanaged capitalism in any economy. As annual inflations of 1% to 14% compound for 60-years, a 1% inflation in 2019 is now 60-times (60% inflation) in 1960 dollars. Just 5% of nations today live the American Dream still because they actively managed the balance between incomes and cost-of-living (they ensured a strong Social Contract). Transition Economics (TE) proves that a strong Social Contact ensures advancing economies at all points in a monetary system cycle’s maturity – and that a low-SC sends economies into a collapse-trending
In countries that did not protect their social contracts, productivity stalled because citizens could not capitalize on the nation’s resources. A weak Social Contract (low-SC) costs nations an average of $3.6 billion per day; a reality which is ignored and unreported by GDP reports. Our schools teach theory in how economies should work, and not how economies actually do work – and so voters were never taught how to protect Social Contracts with their vote. FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights” would have added Social Contract to America’s Constitution – to “Win the Peace” as he would have said
Without proper reporting, economies become like any fleet of vehicles that are run without oil-changes for a year. The manager shows terrific costs-savings and is bonused and congratulated for his managerial skill. He is given a promotion and the next manager is now responsible for costly engine repairs. Housing bubbles, starvation wages, unemployment, export revenue losses, all runaway unreported while politicians are rewarded due to a GDP report that was designed to always be positive. In 60-years, World GDP was negative by -1% in one year only – and that was 2008; an economic event as catastrophic as 1929’s crash.
The word “Socialism” has become a mash of discussions in ethics, ownership, social programs, merit, economic performance, and more. This “mash” is a contravention of Socratic Method’s best-practice of disambiguation – which effectively means that it is meaningless and can be easily misused. Traditional Conservative and Liberal policies are socially and economically unsustainable in an unbalanced low-SC economy – and so both parties can obstruct needed sustainable policies just as FDR’s New Deal and Second New Deal policies were obstructed in the mid-1930s. See a USE CASE for Monetary Systems & Terms here. Transition Economics deprecates terms like Liberal and Conservative – to prefer the terms Sustainable and Unsustainable for this reason
Hardest hit by these confusions are the large democracies. Where the Marshall Plan could not ensure socially responsible policy corrections were added to national Constitutions, multi-billion-dollar advertising campaigns could misinstruct voters to prefer policies that damaged social contracts, stalled economies, and also sent 95% of all income gains to the top-1% rich. Political opportunists tested slogans like “low-tax”, “small government”, conservative, liberal, “open markets”, unAmerican, socialism, which compelled voters to inadvertently create the same dystopic conditions that authors Dickens, Byron, Hugo, Orwell, Aristotle, Hobbes, Tolstoy, Rousseau and many others, warned against during their experiences in mature capitalisms. See Political Opportunism Proofs in our World at our Hands Report page.
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