ACT Canadian is Canada’s Chapter in an international democratic political party concept – called ACT. The ACT Concept is dedicated to building a Right Plan of Sustainable Government Policy and Economic Prosperity in every country. Twitter #ACTP, #ACTcdn, #ACTusa, #ACTgb, #ACTfra, #ACTita
A Right Plan – is a strategic plan of Economic Injectors and supporting government policy. ACT Right Plans are based in Transition Economics Policy and solid Business Case driven planning; policy, that is empirically proven to turn-around Economies and build Good Lives within sustainable societies. All it takes to restore planning to a country where ACT Parties meet, is your vote – so make your name heard by signing our application sheet below.
Reform Democracy to Insist upon Sustainable Policy
Incorruptibility was the primary benefit of an accountable Monarchy-led Parliamentary system of Government. Democratic Election policies, unfortunately, can be quite a bit more corrupt, difficult to improve, and worse, our present practices also make it fairly impossible to plan strategically as a nation.
Corrupt Policy here, means two things – corrupt policy can either benefit a minority at the expense of all; or, policy is corrupt – as in incompetent. Incompetent Policy are policies and laws that are not properly researched nor grounded in pragmatic Business Case method and Track-record Research. There are 180 countries that run Policy, if you imagine that any policy has never been tried before and has no track-record, you’re almost certainly mistaken. “Guess work” is unacceptable in a modern era where this data can be found, and ACT Policy insists that a track-record of stats be posted transparently so that other teams can learn on-going. We review every law in four-year turns, and sooner if monitored KPIs are being missed. If policy and investments improve Export-per-Capita, Debt and Opportunity that support Good Lives – they stay.
Today’s Political Parties might get lucky and copy a sustainable policy now-and-again, but it’s hit and miss at best (especially within larger-population countries). Today’s approach also ignores when No Party offers researched and responsible policy too – and this drives-down voter participation. A responsible vote is one which is certain that every policy has a track-record that is proven to create prosperity and good lives – without exception.
None of this rigour is required today; and this underlying shortcoming has already created a 20+-year track-record of Economic Collapse-trending in Canada, the U.S, U.K., and 72% of other democratic nations internationally.
ACT reforms Democratic Process so that unsustainable chestnuts like “Open Policies”, Immigration, Diversity, Gender Equality – and other emotionally intriguing pseudo-policy – cannot distract from meaningful policy and laws which are proven to build Freedom, Prosperous Economies, Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency.
Why is Democratic Reform Important? To give our country a Long-term Strategic Plan – as needed to rebuild prosperity once again. Emotionally we want Green; but is it reasonable to expect that Oil will vanish when families depend on these steady good jobs? No – of course it’s not. Responsible Transitions need supports in incomes, public insurance, pensions, healthcare and education first – so that we can switch to clean and economically beneficial alternative industries. Without these supports, we are lying to our kids when we tell them that we are not only about status quo.
The policy-making problem: today, every member of a political party in Canada can vote to create policy. It doesn’t matter whether these people are career politicians, non-expert volunteers, marketing leads, or conflict-of-interest individuals. Non-experts directly over-rule expert policy-makers easily and then electoral marketing teams change policy again based on what they think “can win” elections. Are issues like Middle Class, Female Equality, and Diversity important election issues? Emotionally you might feel yourself respond to them, but these are all points that are resolved easily once a strong economy and personal freedoms are restored. Simply put, these symptoms – are cured – by a very different, very professional set of policies and projects.
Sustainable Policy builds economic injectors (with targets that have GDP Export-per-capita and self-sufficiency monitors), education, onshored employment and investment, anti-usury and anti-bubble laws, and they dissuade commodity products which are not manufactured nor owned locally. All Policy – must be presented in Business Cases for short-term, mid-term, and long-term, with proven track records in other advancing-economy nations. A comprehensive national “Right Plan” example is shown below.
In History: A Monarch – with his/her expert advisory committee(s) set Strategic Direction for a Nation in 10-to-30+ year timelines (reigns). Parliaments on the Right of the King argued for a Conservative approach to this planning; where Left-sitting Lords argued a more expensive and feature-rich liberal approach. Both left and right worked toward an expert plan of responsible strategic objectives.
Today: Politicians and marketing teams sponsor emotional favourites that can get them voted into power. Simple majority governs – regardless of whether a policy is proven Economically harmful – or helpful. Spending is routinely announced without also announcing targeted return on the investment (ROI).
What happens if we do nothing; accept our status-quo? Poland is the world’s longest-running true-democracy. In 400-years, a simple majority vote took the country from a super-power nation that was six-times its modern-day size, to near-obliteration in World War II. Collapse is inevitable in a pure Democracy – just as it is in Pure Capitalism; the only mitigations are to i) train all voters to be sustainable policy experts in high-school or 2) insist that an experts-only panel create proven-sustainable strategic policy.
How does the “ACT Canadian” Party change Democracy?
- A Right Plan of Policies are tabled by expert researchers; these policies are then ratified (agreed to and followed) by all parties
- Right and Left parties approach strategic plans from a more Conservative or Liberal tact, but both sides are always supporting a sustainable ratified Right Plan
- Right Plan Policies are not based on EGO but rather on moral, altruistic SELF – see Steven Pressfield’s definitions from “War of Art”
- Policies are proven to restore a Good Life in advancing economies in other countries consistently
- Policies are backed up by business cases; so that spending has an expectation of return; with monitoring
- Short, mid, and long-term cost, benefit & impacts are understood, measured during policy operation, and adjusted if targets are missed
- Will this require a change in constitution? Laws should be revisited regularly; just as in software change controls. When the economy is failing; status quo become an direct line to a cliff.
“Open” Finance is Bad Policy
Strong Mature Financial Industries are proven to damage economies. Through Open Policies in Usury – in Mortgage and other, Private Insurance systems, Foreign Investment and failings in domestic investment, bubbles in Real Estate and Stocks – Financial Industries are academically proven to damage economies consistently. Norway was interventionalist – and both business and populations benefitted
Development is Built
Scalable self-reliance automations which reduce cost-of-living and imports while improving export-diversity – are critical Economic Injectors
Inequity is Expensive
In any discussion of an Economy, its important to realize: Who is paying the bills? We all are. Inequity costs $4 for every dollar spent to maintain it. We can have performance bonuses and rich people, but when a large percentage of citizens do not have the ability to produce export wealth for a country, it costs economies trillions of dollars annually. Read more at Support the 49% for Prosperity.
Socrates said that Great Philosophy is Great Leadership; and Great Leaders are Great Philosophers. The Ten Commandments & the Golden Rule are examples of important Philosophy that were later adopted by every religion in history. History has proven Socrates correct through Buddha, Alexander the Great, Marcus Aurelius, King Arthur, Sun Tzu, Saladin, Queen Elizabeth I, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Ghandi, John Kennedy, and other legendary leaders.
In Politic (322 BC), Aristotle noted that “a meaningful life” was one spent contributing to a Right Plan of Worthwhile Projects that support a sustainable community and Good Lives.
A Right Plan has two parts:
- Development (Worthwhile Projects): Development is Built; and building requires strong planning and the support of…
- Government Policies that make these projects possible – TE-Mature Policy
Consider George Jetson’s 3-hour workdays and 2-day work-weeks – without fossil fuels, no overcrowding, in an idyllic futuristic setting. Consider that to get us from today’s policies to that level of change, we are going to have to: uncouple economies from status quo trade leaders – like Crude Oil; and then we must uncouple incomes, healthcare, insurance, and pensions from traditional jobs – so that automation can do the repetitive labour for us. Anti-eviction and guaranteed incomes must protect homeowners from the rise and fall of interest rates in uncertain job markets and automated communities must reduce our cost-of-living to enable much smaller pension incomes to meet our needs in retirement.
Smaller-population countries realized the importance of making socially-responsible, sustainable decisions in national policy quickly, because a nation of just 5-million people quickly felt the impact of neighbours losing incomes when engineering jobs were off-shored; or country resource rights were mismanaged. In a much larger population country, the impacted individuals could be absorbed by other industries – for a time. We see that that time is running out as the U.S.’s federal and state economies – and democracy – are visibly faltering today.
A Right Plan Example
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Interest Rates on the Rise
Interest Rates are rising after unsustainable low-interest rates failed to stimulate the economic corrections as hoped.
Why are Interest Rates of “life and death” importance? Inequity wasn’t corrected after 2008, usury and foreign investment-created housing bubbles – and income interruptions were permitted, so economies could not Reset and living conditions became much worse for many in the G20. Spain, is one of the worst examples of unsustainable housing and mortgage policy – but not a unusual case either. In Spain, as in most other countries, homelessness rates are soaring (400 people per week since 2013). At the same time, more homes sit empty than there are homeless families. 5% to 10% of these new-homeless will commit suicide and in Canada, 50 age-50 men commit suicide every week. Its a life and death problem created by failed access to incomes which afford a living
Solutions exist of course. Anti-eviction, Anti-Usury and variable Public Housing Ownership Policies can manage people who lose their homes to interest rate increases. Rental markets too need solutions in policy, as they have soared 50% higher in recent years. Individuals who experience unemployment income interruptions will be hit hard and fast by North-America’s insufficient social-welfare safety nets and runaway housing bubbles
“Open” Business is Bad Policy
Tax Evasion/Avoidance, Offshoring, Low Tax/Trickle-down, Foreign Ownership – are all policies proven to damage economies empirically. Norway has one of the strongest economies on the planet at the same time its people lead the American Dream and lead the world in Battery Car Ownership – and it got this way by being interventionist. In history, business has never been documented to be able to self-regulate themselves in a socially responsible way and this is perhaps more true today than in most other times in our 4000-year capitalist economic history.
Many G7 citizens live as “boiled frogs” today; in a world made uncomfortable so slowly – that we can not even note when it was that things started to change for the worse. Retired Canadians, age 60 and above, can look back on a relatively easy life; with easy access to home-ownership, jobs, single family incomes, pensions and so on. The odds seem insurmountable by comparison for many younger people – and failure to provide opportunity and freedoms is a serious problem today.
What is Freedom? Freedom – is a 20-year-old man or woman who can can support a family and children – while still attending higher education from their their own home. Freedom is not living with concerns like working and saving for years, before you can pay-off student loans and then work to afford a starter home in your mid-thirties. At this point you can marry and start having kids at 40 in hopes that you won’t be among that 50+% of couples that divorce and that you are not fired at age 45 to 50 from your career. That’s a boiled frog; and for many Canadian it’s reality, madness, and clearly not – freedom
Freedom lets families live close to each other – if they wish – so that they can help younger and older generations to support one another
Women can work – or raise their children – as, and when, they wish
Respect-for-one-another is a basic marital instruction and ideal that ensures a society-wide low divorce-rate, strong families, homes, and sufficient pension incomes
Fathers are not bound to office cubicles and three hour daily commutes; while worthwhile engineering, medical, and community automations benefit all
A rewarding life – of art, science, discovery, adventure, travel, acknowledgement and rewarded contribution – while building worthwhile projects,Engineering Safety Nets, and Economy-Assisting Innovation, must be available widely
A Party of Leaders committed to responsible and positive Government. We’re not politicians – no-one is selling anything here and you won’t hear meaningless buzzwords like Middle Class and Diversity here either. Rather, we are economic scientists, engineers and authors; experts and researchers – in Sustainable Government Policy, Democracy and Sustainable Societies. We work to avert inevitable violent revolution by making peaceful revolution possible (JFK). Consider:
- If you believe that our younger generations are going to rent shabby flats within housing bubbles without ever having the opportunity to own a home, pension, dental benefits, the education they wish, nor the opportunity to raise families at a young age – think again
- We are: not Liberal, not Conservative; we forward policy proven to create an advancing economy – only. We explain our research in Proofs; and Requests-for-Change in Business Cases transparently
It’s a much less-dramatic, and much more-professional and productive approach to running a democratic nation
- Economies must Monetize (similar to China & Germany); so we must maximize Exports with a laser-focus on increasing our GDP Exports-per-Capita stat, and
- We need to be Self-sufficient in order to reduce Imports; so invest in EconomyTech and Worthwhile Campuses
- Good Lives need abundance, prosperity, technical leadership, opportunity and freedom
- Scarcity, conservation, and inequity is the Economy of the 1000-year-unproductive dark ages & middle ages
- Accept data without fear; if Socialistic Policy nations are Advancing 95% while Capitalistic Policy nations are 40%, ignore a lifetime of bad programming
- Transition Economics explains that inequity has a 4:1 Cost:Benefit that must be addressed actively in Depression Cycles like today; countries that have done this already, still live a Good Life (the American Dream) today…
Bubbles are Bad Policy
There is no Energy Poverty nor Housing Bubbles in Denmark, Holland nor Norway. Why is this? The reason is because these small-population countries quickly saw the social and economic impact of permitting foreign investment or irresponsible cost overrun programs, so “Open” laws were quickly voted-out to protect citizens
Diversity & Immigration vs Culture
The stats say it all: in a study of G20 countries over the last 25-years, countries that permitted large immigration waves have failing economies today. And, those that permitted little or no immigration, have advancing economies (see Immigration). Canada did not distribute entrants once they entered the country, so populations of 2-million grew to 8-million – with zero new infrastructure as well. Canadian Culture was forfeit in these centers and Canadians became a clear and even discriminated-against minority.
And what of Diversity among the genders? As the economy failed, unemployment rates increased and housing bubbles created cost-of-living stresses which also created double-income traps and high-divorce rates. Women who preferred to raise families, had little option and replaced more-expensive men in the workforce which forfeited their family pensions.
Diversity and immigration are policies with track-records proven to harm society; Culture is proven correct Policy
Why ACT ?
Aristotle called the American Dream a “Good Life” 2500-years ago. A Meaningful Life, he explained, was one spent building a Right Plan of worthwhile projects that build a sustainable society; communities, with all the basic needs of a Good Life like abundant food, shelter, education, opportunity, transportation, prosperity and security.
Right Planning is a step-by-step process in Business, Engineering, Finance, and Economics to build sustainable communities and economies reliably. Hundreds of hi-tech jobs sharing resources across dozens of Smart City industries in a configuration that reduces Return-on-Investment (ROI) – down to as little as just 20-months.
Alan Turing’s 1943 Universal Machine began a 70-year era of automation that is as promising as it has been disruptive. G7 Governments appear universally uncertain about how to support citizens through a steady barrage of job-losses at the same time that the benefits of computer automation are undeniable.
Strategic Planning discussions often conclude that if we do not “shoot where the duck will fly”, and develop self-sustaining automation today, then we will find ourselves purchasing automated imports from China, Germany, and others within five years – and we see this already today.
No other country will spend more for our lower-quality exports – until the failing of our exports have a devastating, destabilizing economic impact similar to the USSR’s 1986 Economic Collapse for this same reason. In a global monetary system, countries must be self-sufficient and they must also monetize their economy by creating export wealth. Failing both risks economic collapse.
To solve these critical problems, CSQ Research – our guiding Think-Tank, compared the production, debt and trade stats of 180 countries and found that 72% are in a collapse-trending today (a “collapse-trending” indicates debt and trade deficits). Analyzing the policies and economies of the other 28% of “Advancing” nations, is a study in sustainable, empirically proven-successful policy – scientifically speaking. Here is what we learned.
Countries with high ExCaps very rarely have economies in a collapse trending – and people live well. The Netherlands’ ExCap is $33,600, Canada is $13,300, and the US is $5,100. The US and Canada are Collapse-trending; Holland is Advancing. When corrected to Holland’s ExCap levels, Canadians would earn $630 billion in new exports annually – that’s a 250% increase in today’s exports. The U.S. side-steps $8 trillion annually by this calculation, and the U.K. loses $1.5 trillion. China’s Economy is Advancing with low ExCap, but their brilliant, Herculean 30-year plan to lift 1.3 billion people out of the stone-age, still showcases a standard-of-living for the average citizen that would be a steep step-backward for G7 nations; low-ExCap, low-opportunity, plus high-inequity was the pervasive economy of a 1000-year medieval dark-age. (Find the stats that we used at http://csq1.org/forums/topic/middle-class-for-power-49-percent-for-prosperity/ and http://csq1.org/forums/topic/the-business-case-for-guaranteed-incomes/).
The discussion casts into sharp relief the very high cost of inequity-levels that prevent a highly productive population. For Canada, $630 billion in new country-wide export revenues makes a compelling Business Case for the 1/10th smaller-cost social supports, and automations that support a Good Life, at a fraction of the cost, and new export wealth while we sleep.
With community automations in basic needs of food, housing, energy, basic goods, Citizens are self-sufficient; they can live good lives that will be little disrupted by economic ups and downs. Automating communities reduces the need for Import spending, it creates exports that citizens can sell, and this approach also enables incomes to be sustained away from overcrowded cities and housing-bubbles; this prevents inflation, which protects pension values, while reducing inequity; and this strengthens democracy’s sustainably too.
Without these automations, and supporting policies, Canada’s Economy is not self-sufficient, so it will need more Imports as it struggles to sell its exports in an increasingly higher-quality, lower-cost international marketplace. As Trade Deficits and Collapse-trendings accelerate, we have few options.
Worthwhile PLCs build these automated Export Economic Injectors, and cost-of-living & import-reducing Community Automations specifically. Our Automated Exports, similar to Germany-owned VW, build robots (automated assembly lines) that build robots (autonomous cars, autonomous lumber farms, etc.) that create high-quality exports and new wealth (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-22/why-volkswagen-systematically-important-germany-and-europe).
Our automations adhere to #WPProjects’ list of the 250 technologies needed to create automated communities (see http://csq1.org/world-peace-transition-projects-faq/) and Transition Economics’ TEMature Policy (http://csq1.org/transition-economics-maturity-model/#TEMat); a list of the Economic Policy Injectors consistently employed by “Advancing” nations. Together, this is a Strategic Right Plan (another term of Aristotle’s) for reliably advancing economies, incomes, and spending-power – while we sleep.
Worthwhile PLCs build these benefits profitably and in a socially responsible and sustainable approach that works with people. Automation is not about denying someone income, or their dream job of delivering flowers, rather its about preventing a life spent twisting light-bulbs into assembly-line refrigerators; its about restoring poetry, music, arts, culinary arts, life-sciences research, imagery, exploration, discovery, and restoring humanity and freedoms to our society. Ask a 20-year truck driver (20-year anything for that matter) “Are you ready for a change?“ Eight times of ten, you are going to hear “Yes”.
Strategic Public Investment in interconnected Renewable Automations is a shift in thinking as beneficial as was Henry Ford’s assembly line. It’s a shift that supports worthwhile and profitable industry at the same time that it also harvests the trillions of dollars in economic prosperity left on the table when our technology Investments do not inter-operate to support a Good Life. When Investment Markets prosper at the same time that national Debt, Deficits, Unemployment, Incomes and Trade Deficits are corrected, only then can they be considered sustainable – and worthwhile.