The World at Our Hands Report

Transition EconomicsWorld at our Hands Report sequences all current economic TE Proof Chart surveys in order of causality. This means that the policies and measures which cause advancing economies – are first at the top of the list – and then the measures that create less improvement – or have adverse impacts, are at the bottom of the report. This sequencing permits an easy visual confirmation of which measures improve economies with the highest probability

The following list is a central repository that we update to include as many TEP and related Transition Economic surveys as quickly as we can validate them. These surveys become our decision-supports and building blocks for picking proven-successful policy every time.

An explanation on how to build TEPs, and that TEPs can take a little practice to master – is explained in End of War Chapter 4. View explanations of Transition Economics and Social Contract Product Reports to see how combination TE Proofs are created

The World at our Hands Report has grown into five sections:

  1. beginning with a study of FDR’s proven New Deal Policies – which he used very successfully to turn-around our last mature capitalism.
  2. This section is followed by the sorted Sustainable, Neutral, and Unsustainable Policies library.
  3. Next, a list of familiar-but-misleading Unsustainable Political Policies are explained
  4. Sustainable Social, Government (Public), Business, and Finance Policy, and
  5. Finally, Mixed TEP Reports and the Social Problems that comprise the Social Contract measures

Contributions

Researchers and universities / colleges are invited to contribute to the World in our Hands Report. Send your TEP survey in email to info@sustainsocieties.com; download the most recent TE Proof Chart template and most of our recent working data here

New TEPs and Proofs must include supporting data and citations for all data sources. Contributors’ names are published here in the report pending review and acceptance of your research. We regret that we cannot accept all submissions and will prefer to accept submissions for the following TEPs with priority:

Non-trade-based Advancing Economy measures | Rental Poverty | Mortgage Poverty | Home Affordability | Nationalism/Culture | Scale-Up vs Greenfield Investment | Open Markets |  Middle-Income | Single/Double Income Family | Female Inequity (Developed Nations) | Female Equity (Developing Nations) | SKILL versus WILL (Engineers/Technology Leads/Medical versus Admin and Money professionals (H.R./Legal/M.B.A. Generalist /Administration/Accountants) – ideally in Leadership/Boards/Sustainable Societies

Section 1: FDR’s Proven Turn-around New Deal Policies

In the 1930s, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) worked against Congress and Senate obstructors to ensure tens of millions of starving Americans had the basics of life. His Second Bill of Rights policies laid the foundation for the American Dream’s strong Social Contract – which then built the greatest economy in history

Japan, Germany, and Italy (the FDR-Democracies) lost the war, but won the peace when FDR’s Second Bill of Rights policies were added to their Constitutions in the Marshall Plan. These are the only G7 nations with advancing economies today; they have six weeks vacations, maternity leaves, great schools and free university (in many cases), great healthcare and lower taxes than private insurance scheme countries. No political parties in North America support these policies; Mr. Trump’s team support Full Employment and Nationalism only. You will have to support and vote for ACT Parties to rebuild the American Dream

Nationalism

Immigration policy and FDI add a higher risk of collapse-trending economies, and there is no benefit to adding population in an economy

Social Contract

In a monetary society, Salaries must exceed Cost-of-living (CoL) to afford freedom, and to ensure that every country’s most important assets, it’s citizens, can each contribute to the economy. When Salaries fall to CoL, we lose our Social Contracts, and when salaries are lower than CoL we watch starvation wages erode Social Contracts until today every country loses $3.6 billion per day to them. In democracies greater than 15-million, Constitutional guarantees for our basic needs must ensure rights of food, shelter, healthcare, security, education, …  or the costs of productivity loss climbs quickly to many billions of dollars per day. We measure Social Contract by Social KPIs like longevity and Social Problems like poverty, suicide. See a calculation of Social Contract at TransitionEconomics.info and see an explanation of why every $1 invested in Social Contract returns $4 here

Strong Social Contract nations are self-sufficient and can easily permit change as from automation. How? By ensuring automation also builds Social Contract products first – see Worthwhile Industries

Wealth & Income Inequity

The United States have the second highest number of millionaires, but with wealth inequity at a very high 80 and income inequity at an equally high 41, income and wealth does not distribute as is needed to create an advancing economy here. 130 million people, the bottom 40%, own less than 0.3% of wealth in America. The costs of lost productivity is a staggaring $37 billion dollars per day, or $13.6 trillion annually in America. Statistically, the U.S.A.’s chances of improving its present collapse-trenging economy is 50% lower than a low-inequity nation.

In the L versus U-Shaped Charts here, we see that some countries managed inequity better than others. In the TEPs here, we see the clear benefit of keeping Wealth GINIs below 67% and Income GINIs below 33%. This is confirmed by the U.S. Historical Income GINI chart that shows inequality leaping by 25% in the 1920s and then correcting under FDR’s New Deal and Full-Employment Policies from 1940 to 1944. When the United States hit 33%, it built the greatest economy in history – and then they lost this advantage in the 1980s under Ronald Reagan’s Low-Tax policies

Pensions and Personal Savings

3:  Political Opportunism & Mislabelled Voter Messaging

In the 1980s, American Political Parties pioneered marketing test-centers to develop messaging that garnered voter support for policies that were also preferred by wealthy political contributors. Dickens, Lord Byron, Hugo, Orwel, Hobbes, FDR, and many other writers wrote about the dystopia created by Low-Taxation, Low Estate Tax, weak government correction of unbalanced Salaries and Social Contracts. They also warned against government that was not for the people

Low-Tax

The policy of Low-Tax, like all of these politically opportunistic Policies were selected in market tests because they sounded appealing to voters. At the same time, these policies have ensured inequity to the point where 95% of all income gains go to the Top-1% rich today, while they stall economies, multiply debt (which is serviced by every tax payer) and creates hardship which inspires revolutionary sparks in a powder-keg of avoidable anxiety

Low Death Tax

Middle Income & Female Equality

Political opportunism is rife in mature capitalisms. In the absence of strategic planning, civics training in our schools, and credible reporting, populist news presents petty drama and also whichever messaging tests best in market studies. These policies are broadcast in billion-dollar advertising campaigns and this keeps voters in support of 95% of all income-gains flowing to the Top-1% of wealthy. Middle Income is the largest percentage of working voters – and women, obviously comprise half of most populations

Birthrates fall below 2.2Female Inequality – is the same policy as Double Income Families – sometimes called Double Income Traps. See “Low-Tax” policy to understand the economic impacts of Middle-Income election campaigns

Stock Markets

No Welfares. Private Healthcare & Insurance

The United States is the only G20 nation without Universal Healthcare today. After World War II, FDR’s Second Bill of Rights was added to the Constitutions of Italy, Germany, and Japan – and these countries are the only three advancing economies in the G7 today. The average number of paid vacation days here – is six weeks annually. These Universal Rights were added to several European Constitutions by the Marshall Plan and U.N. because of the estimated 40-million civilians who starved or died of disease after the war’s end

High Social Contract nations have some of the highest economies in the world per-capita. The opposite is true also; low social contract nations have some of the lowest economies too. The SCP Report manages the problem by measuring revenues lost to each economy. For example, America loses $37 billion dollars a day – or $13 trillion a year – to its low social contract; to its inability to empower citizens and take advantage of opportunity like high social contract nations do. The average loss to each country globally today, is $3.6 billion per day

Small Government

Open Markets & Laissez Faire Business Policies

4:  Sustainable Social, Government (Public), Finance, and Business Policy

Social Policy

Role: The Right Plan is the one whose ends, means, practical thinking and purposeful action result in a Good Life. A life full of things you need – and not necessarily a life full of everything you want. With a little luck, goods in body and soul, and by making a habit of good choices that reflect moral virtues of temperance, courage, and justice, a Good Life should be sought and found. (Aristotle, Politic 322 BCE)

Vote for Sustainable Policies only, Fertility Rates, Respect, Family Values, Single Income Familities, Community, Longevity, Social Contracts and reducing Social Problems, access to Incomes greater than Cost of Living – at all phases of life, Home Ownership

Business Policy

Role: Convert opportunity into capital and incomes; where the term “capital” refers only to assets that grow by themselves. 10 Cattle become 20 – so these are Capital Investments. When large, established firms turn to salary and headcount reduction, economies benefit from replacing them with by mid-size and greenfield infrastructure companies

Manage false perseptions: When government fails in its role to provide social contract balance, realize/account for externalized social costs. Starvation wages build a low-productivity marketplace and shrink the economic “pie” that provides business with opportunity. Remember that 84% of stocks are owned by the Top-10%, so full-priority to stock price at the expense of the broader marketplace – which now loses $37 billlion per day in the United States alone, injures everyone – including stockholders

Salaries above Cost of Living, Single Income Families, essentials of Social Contract can never be high-profit businesses – residential housing for one example (housing bubbles) because this business model shrinks economic productivity. In matters of Climate and Environment, Operational SOPs are always needed to ensure as near-zero carbon-footprint operation wherever possible, end-of-life life-cycle-management SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) should be incorporated into business models. Qualified engineers and technology people are often not provided with access to credentialing that money managers have, but skills individuals are essential at the Board Level nonetheless. Germany also mandates workers on its Boards – as a very successful model

Government Policy

Role: Governments must:

  1. ensure that a productive social and productivity balance is maintained at all phases of a monetary system cycle, and
  2. must minimize unsustainable policies during times of economic imbalance – even to the extent of precluding political parties refusing to offer voters Sustainable Policy
  3. Add the rights of food, shelter, healthcare, education, pensions, UBI, and proven-sustainable policy requirements into any large-population democracy Constitutions greater-than 14 million (see FDR-Democracies above). Every FDR Democracy has an advancing economy today, six-weeks paid vacation, great schools and healthcare, etc. so a proven track-record
  4. Government must ensure a less-than 33% Income GINI & 66% Wealth GINI; these created the American Dream and greatest economy in history. The rich, and indeed 51+ percent of any democratic population, suffer little or not-at-all due to shrinking economies, the lower 49% are the ones who are voiceless and can suffer real hardship; $4 is the return on investment (ROI) for every $1 spent on social contract statistically.
  5. A TASK program must run across academic institutions to ensure sustainable curriculum is taught consistently
  6. Climate and Environment – are managed by Operational SOPs or Special Projects
  7. Abundant, affordable, clean energy and resources are essential to any prosperous society
  8. Facilitate the transition away from a monetary system as the automation of our essential needs continues

Protect Causal Sustainable Policies, Home Ownership, Social Contract – this ensures every citizen is an asset and not a drag on the economy; strong SCP (Social Contract Product) – via a positive trade balance and ensuring the nation is capitalizing on the opportunity it affords it citizens, cost-reducing and automating Public Utilities, Debt Management & Debt Forgiveness. Government must ensure to SEED Greedfield Evergreen Investment and not Scale-Up Spending, and also take a small percent of ownership in social contract essentials

Finance Policy

Role: Enable productive commerce that keeps the money supply fluid; capitalize on excess opportunity, and support evergreen greenfield needs in unbalanced markets – especially in Social Contract Industries. Finance is both enabling and parasitic, so be accountable to economic prosperity and growing the “Pie”. Theses prove that Financial Industries harm economies once they grow beyond a certain maturity and size

Adopt Risk Management processes that ensure SCALE-UP investment in high-opportunity markets, and SEED investment in low opportunity nations; prefer trade surpluses in every national portfolio; commercial and foreign competition cannot compete with private Social Contract essentials (housing, healthcare, food, education, etc.).

Section 5:  Mixed TEPs

Transition Economics permits its Proofs (TEP Charts) to present multiple measures. A caveate is that they must align very closely to the convensions explained in our USE CASE and Terms for Monetary Systems. Some care has gone into ensuring these terms are disambiguated; have one meaning per term and not multiple meanings

The Social Contract and Social Contract Product (SCP) TEP Charts below, measure a mix selected from thirteen social problems and measures suggested by Professor Wilkenson’s University of Edinburgh team in their 2013 study of Social Contract measures. Their TED Chart, summarized statistics collected by every nation for: suicide rates, divorce rates, longevity, poverty, trust, obesity, teenage births, mental illness, addiction, math & literacy, social mobility, and imprisonment. See those Charts here

When combined, they create the mixed TEPs:

Its true that Social Contracts are improved by guarantees of food, shelter, incomes, security, healthcare, education, etc., but rather than measure consumption, we instead measure results. The Social Contract TEP Chart is an unweighted measure of the most economically beneficial social measures:


Social Contract

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Education

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Income Inequity

Longevity

Suicide

Poverty

The SCP Report (Social Contract Product), is a weighted measure that adds the most beneficial financial measures to the Social Contract measure explained above:


The SCP Report

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Export per Capita

Trade Balance

Debt

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Social Contract

Consistent with Professor Wilkenson’s findings, these TEPs confirm empirically that countries with low social-problems have high social contracts;  AND, that this causal relationship is shared by measures of export-per-capita and positive trade balances. See all Causal reports above in Sustainable Policies

The first 2019 SCP Report did not have access to this “World at our Hands Report” – and still it predicts advancing economies better than any of the United Nations HDI and Happiness Reports. For 2020, The SCP Report will be guided by the best TEP charts available, so as to include the most causal of Social Problems and Indicators possible:

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