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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 – and all have great universal healthcare, great schools and free university in many cases, much lower taxes than the U.S. private insurance scams, home nursing care, pensions, on and on
Seventy years later, FDR’s Second Bill of Rights is considered America’s greatest export – by many successful European nations
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 a 70% 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 3.0 children per woman, and families could care for their old and young – 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
CSQ Research theses, courseware, and articles explain sustainable policies in government, business, science, and non-theory-based Transition Economics – and many are also summarized in the pull-down Policy menus above
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 to fulfill its primary mission explains why it can’t keep up with world conflicts and this is also 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. At CSQ Research we solve causal (root cause) problems first, we build sustainable societies globally (World Peace), and we do this transparently – and invite readers to learn to understand a defendable scientific approach that is proven to work in only the most successful countries and 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 inflations; 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 is causal to advancing economies at all points in a monetary system cycle’s maturity – and that a low-SC nation sends their economy into a collapse-trending reliably
In countries that did not protect their social contracts, productivity stalled because citizens could not help their country to capitalize on its resources – and so the greatest resource of any nation, its people, became burdens on the economy. A weak Social Contract (low-SC) nation loses an average of $4.3 billion per day and this cost is ignored unreported by GDP reports. Politicians present GDP reports only because they are always positive by design – but the first step to solving any problem is recognizing that you have one.
We didn’t have the data nor the computer-generated infographics to visualize, easily present, and understand complex economies 50-years ago, but we do have these today. Unfortunately, a typical 20-year Adoption cycle, delays our top schools who still teach theory in how economies should work, instead of teaching how economies do work – in transparent, verifiable Proofs as all sciences insist. Micro and Macroeconomics are theory-only – and these studies are also proven to be dangerous fiction in observation; only twenty to thirty high-Social-Contract nations, have prevented a mature capitalism today, this is from a field of 220 nations as well. And these are the same Economics instructions that built the powderkegs that resulted in World Wars I & II.
Voters were never taught the importance of protecting Social Contracts, and other sustainable policies, with their vote – and FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights” was never added to America, Canada, England, France – and many other national Constitutions, to ensure the essential needs of any prosperous society. In North America, Conservative and Liberal political parties offer only unsustainable policies today. Both Right and Left parties obstruct economic prosperity in the same way that FDR’s nine policies (New Deals) were obstructed tirelessly by his Congress and by the Senates of the 1930s. The ACT Party is a solution for democracies wishing to vote for all nine of these proven turn-around policies.
Without proper reporting, economies become like a fleet of vehicles that are run without an oil change for a year. The fleet manager shows terrific cost-savings and is rewarded for his managerial skill; at the end of the year he is given a promotion, leaves the division, and now the next manager is responsible for the long-gone first manager’s costly engine repairs. Housing bubbles, starvation wages, under-reported unemployment, export revenue losses, all run unreported today – while politicians are “applauded” by a GDP report that was designed to always be positive. In 60-years, World GDP has been negative (by -1%) in one year only – 2008 – an economic year as catastrophic as was 1929’s crash.
In news, “isms” – in terms like “Socialism” – can be weaponized. This is because they are an amalgam of ten discussions: in ethics, ownership (public and private, property and production), social programs, merit, economic performance, and more. This ambiguation contravenes Socratic Method’s best-practice of disambiguation (click to see an example disambiguation here). New econometric sciences like TE deprecate many “isms” for this reason – see a USE CASE for Monetary Systems & Terms here. TE also deprecates terms like Liberal and Conservative or Right and Left when describing business and government policies, preferring the terms Sustainable and Unsustainable Policy instead – and then “Proof”ing/proving that policies are one or the other through both metrics and observation per scientific method.
Hardest hit by these confusing policies, terms, and misreports are the large democracies. Where socially responsible policy corrections were not ensured in national Constitutions, multi-billion-dollar advertising campaigns could redirect voters to prefer policies that damaged social contracts, stalled economies, and also repaid those expensive ad campaigns by sending 95% of all income gains to the top-1% rich. Political opportunists market-tested slogans like “low-tax”, “small government”, “conservative/liberal”, “open markets”, unAmerican, Socialism, Middle Income, Female Equality, and gun ownership, which compelled voters to inadvertently shrink their economies, increase debt, and to create the same dystopic conditions that authors Dickens, Byron, Hugo, Orwell, Aristotle, Hobbes, Tolstoy, Rousseau and many others, warned against during their experiences with mature capitalisms of the past. TE’s World at our Hands Report page explains the problems with each of these misreports.
Mature Capitalism / monetary system imbalance – is extinction-event-level dangerous, its expensive ($4.2 billion per day in Canada; $37 billion in the U.S.), and it is absolutely correctable.
CSQ Research’s Sustainable Societies Program is home to The SCP Report (The Social Contract Product Report), TASK (The Academic Sustainable Societies Challenge), Transition Economics and TE’s World at our Hands Report, ACT – the solution that gives every democratic citizen a vote, Worthwhile Industries, #WPProjects, CMI (Country Management Index), SDC – Training & Sustainable Certification Programs, and more