“Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” – Voltaire
Harvard University is inadvertently asking that students and staff align with unsustainable and socially-irresponsible policy, by requesting Diversity and Inclusion in its hiring programs. Many governments and businesses in high-income nations are making a similar mistake.
This is not an article about religion, but many readers might not realize that Bibles are textbooks that explain how to build sustainable societies. The Roman Emperor Constantine wasn’t a religious man, but in 325 A.D. he governed a nation that was at war with itself. Constantine recognized the urgent need for a universal law similar to Hammurabi’s from 1760 BC, which could stabilize and govern his society. In 1639, Harvard University’s Puritan philosophers and academic founders took the unusual step of establishing their university based on physics, metaphysics, and also on the bible’s scripture – for this reason.
This model for a sustainable society included basic laws (the Ten Commandments), Heads of Households, family values, respect of neighbors (the Golden Rule), respect of parents, one’s mate, living wages, and single-income families as well. Savings, community, abundance for all, happiness, avoiding debt, property ownership, and avoiding excessive possessions too – are all sustainable lessons explained in the Bible. Capital Formation, investment, paying more tax when you earn more, and even a sophisticated 50th-year Economic Reset and Debt Forgiveness program are all explained in the Bible. Today’s 7-year debt-forgiveness standard was taken from the Code of Hammurabi which is 4,000 years old.
Essential Good was given “teeth” when presented as a God and afterlife, and the Golden Rule was the Saviour of others, the Joshua – in Greek, Jesus
“Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer.” – Voltaire
Translation: If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him
The bible presents the requisite USE CASE, Actors, Inputs, and Outputs of a sophisticated working system for sustainable societies. Most policies in bibles are quantifiably sustainable; a handful of violent passages are not, but most can be proven sustainable by statistical surveys of successful societies today. The World at our Hands Report‘s library of policy proofs presents an econometric analysis of ta Biblia policies for this reason.
By the policies in the Bible, we should never see a Mature Capitalism as we do today, nor as we saw in the 1930s. Mature Capitalisms are mathematical certain imbalances that occur in capitalisms reliably over 60-years, that are expensive and dangerous. As you read Leviticus 25:26, you can see that Mature Capitalisms are preventable as well. Ta Biblia’s lessons were based on lessons taken from the Torah (the Law) which borrowed from the Code of Hammurabi.
Today, the U.S. loses $30 billion every day unreported to 130-million citizens living in starvation wages and in unbalanced low social contracts because we can’t vote for sustainable laws and policies.
Freedom, in a monetary society, is having money left over after all costs-of-living. 40% of Americans don’t own anything according to the Federal Reserve Budget Report of 2010, despite a Constitution that insists on the sustainable policy of “Freedom” – or as Henry Ford explained it, living wages. Blue Collar Workers have modest savings, own homes, and pensions, but this 130-million group is below that level.
We were “too smart” for this secular and philosophical education, but once you strip away the story-telling literalisms which were needed by a 99.9% illiteracy rate at the time, bibles teach us time-tested solutions to the very great majority of social problems that we see today. The challenge that we failed at, was in recognizing and presenting those important sustainability lessons – in a contemporary context, so that we could build a sustainable society as well.
Most of us struggle to understand what is useful context and truth, even in our news programs. What news is opinion and unimportant, versus what advice and policy is inaccurate or even harmful? And, which policies are proven to work reliably and to be essential? We don’t have a clue today because our schools don’t teach us how to build sustainable societies any longer. We are not taught which policies are sustainable versus which are unsustainable and therefore, socially irresponsible. The billion-dollar advertising campaigns of oligarchs serve as our only training
In international research across 158-countries, policies that are causal and unsustainable create collapsing economies and dystopic societies reliably – 100% of the time. Policies that are sustainable, create advancing economies, and prosperity 100% as well. The World at our Hands Report Proof library curates a listing of sustainable and causal policies similar to the Social Contract Report to the right.
What about Right and Left Policy? Right and Left designations are meaningless actually; when all parties sponsor unsustainable policy, we collapse no matter which of these “sides” you might like to vote for. Introspect on the insult to your own IQ the next time you want to slander someone for being Right or Left.
Sustainable Policies are embedded in constitution in European FDR-democracies; they have six-week vacations, great schools, great healthcare, lower tax than a U.S. private insurance boondoggle, and advancing economies – the only G7s that have this are the FDR-Democracies – Germany, Italy, and Japan since they added FDR’s Second Bill of Rights to their constitutions after World War II.
Unsustainable Policy can be accommodated, and there is even a benefit to adopting laissez-faire policies when there is a surplus of opportunity in a booming economy, but a laissez-faire approach is not appropriate in mature capitalisms today.
Similar to any Casino or the SaberMetrics approach in the 201 movie MoneyBall, economies can advance reliably when all policies are confirmed to offer even a small mathematical advantage “to the house”.
What are concerns with “Diversity” …
Ambiguous terms are undefendable and can also be weaponized. For this reason, it is always recommended to adhere to Socratic Method’s best practice of i) saying only one thing at a time, and also ii) saying just what you mean. To prove something is true or false, good or bad, one has to disambiguate the term first. “Diversity” – is an ambiguous term. Depending on the source, it can include policy discussions of Immigration, Onshoring, Offshoring, Globalization, and also Female Equality. Diversity Policy implementation in many countries has included clear racism and sexism and has mandated that hiring, lending, and even investment be based on race and gender. Diversity in the form of female equality policy is proven in research to have created a list of no less than thirty social problems. See that article here…
The Golden Rule’s Empathy and Respect are policies proven to be eminently sustainable, but Immigration is not a sustainable nor beneficial policy. Visiting foreigners and students should be afforded every respect and protection; as should legal refugees, however, current policies of immigration (Canada – is the highest G7 immigrant sponsor per capita for 20-years), onshoring, and anti-family-values policy like double-income families, Diversity, and Female Equality. These policies drive starvation wages (salaries below the cost of living) nation-wide in many nations now. Unsustainable Business Accounting practices count that there is a benefit to running unsustainable Globalization and Diversity policies, which stall economies within just a decade or two. The economy that businesses relies on, today loses $3.0 billion dollars every day in Canada to this unsustainable accounting, and $30 billion daily is lost in the U.S.
When you fish a lake dry, everyone goes hungry including the fishermen; and the opposite is true too; when you fish a lake sustainably your needs should be met indefinitely.
Sustainable Capitalisms were probably doomed 10-minutes after accountants realized that by hiring a male at 25 and firing them at 50, they could save $1 million per employee pension. All they had to do then was to hire by diversity quotas, to offshore and onshore, or immigrate at starvation wage-levels to reduce their operating costs dramatically.
In case I explained that too quickly, here’s how it works. Businesses sponsor Female Equality and Diversity non-profit groups, programs, and consultants, as they release male staff (and their family pension commitments) – saving themselves up to $1 million per employee/family. It takes 30+ years for a family pension to retire someone comfortably. A pension is most beneficial in its last 10-years – like a mortgage, and then businesses offer lower wages and lower or no pensions to female and minority/onshored workers under the guise of “Diversity”.
Feminist groups, and clearly university Diversity programs, applaud this social advance and add their votes to “the cause”.
Most Governments ignore the unsophisticated unsustainable business practices and side with feminist lobbies to endorse Diversity whenever it can win them votes or funding.
Unsustainable Policy drives economic stall in any nation. Before COVID, Canada’s growth was forecast at just .1% despite its vast undeveloped resource potential. China is smaller in area, yet its growth is planned at 39%.
Diversity by respect and empathy is sustainable, but Diversity by racism, sexism, ageism, and the exclusion of family values, heads of households, single income families, living wage policy, and family pensions – is unsustainable as it stalls economies reliably as we see today.
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To explain concerns with “Female Equity” …
Fertility Rates in the U.S. are 1.8 and dropping (sustainable fertility is 2.2) – and in Canada, where diversity policies are in law now, fertility is at a suicidal and plummeting 1.5. China after 30-years of 1-child family policy is 1.4.
There are thirty significant social problems raised by “Female Equity” policy in research – see https://csq1.org/forums/topic/the-gender-inequality-problem-in-canada/
New Zealand was the first nation to permit the female vote and Iceland was the first to elect a female President. Iceland has since had to implement laws to cap female employment at 60% – in offices. Why? Because, perhaps not surprisingly, people hire themselves; men were being denied access to incomes so laws had to be installed to prevent this. Also, females won’t tend to keep a non-contributing husband and second family in many cultures, where a male will consider it his responsibility as the Head of a Household to support his wife’s family.
A women’s single-family lower-salary needs, gave companies who adopted this “Double Income Family” policy, a substantial salary, pension, and insurance-cost reduction (a substantial social cost externalization). Iceland is dying; in culture, people, and language, with a fertility rate of 1.8. Its population of just 338,000 is survived today by immigration which has been a considerable challenge for Icelandic culture and language.
Government and business policy in Canada demands open sexism as it embraces Female Equality programs today. Sexism is encouraged in hiring, and in-home and business lending, economic development investment, and in other programs. Where males are replaced at 50, coincidental ageism has occurred as well.
Politicians are opportunistic – and hope to garner more votes by targeting the country’s largest demographic groups, so male/female, middle incomes, working-class, demographics of common campaign targets.
Businesses are opportunistic – and see a chance to reduce their pension costs by as much as $1 million per employee. The wholesale practice of firing men before they reach prime pension years is the norm in North America today.
Whatever the motive, these changes have had the net effect of reducing fertility rates to 1.5 and falling rapidly – where 2.2 is break-even and 3.0 is healthy and growing. Men have stopped offering marriage, women in their twenties don’t own homes, none have families of their own, nor children. Women can find starvation wage jobs more easily than males – just like in the 1930s – again. Single Family Income Policies were enacted in the 1930s in an effort to recast the obliterated nuclear family and the poverty, starvation, and homelessness that dystopic conditions brought with it.
This birthrate loss to Canada’s population is offset today by unsustainable immigration policies – at rates for which there is insufficient infrastructure. Housing bubbles are run away now in major urban cities, in most towns, and also in rural areas across the country.
To explain the problem with “Inclusion” …
Respect and Empathy – are essential policies in any sustainable society, but Diversity and Inclusion – are provably not. Consider that when a consensus agrees that unsustainable policies are important at Harvard University, Harvard is made cliché, unscientific, and irrelevant. Ignoring experts and science permits a systemic academic mediocrity to emerge.
Remember that hundreds of generations called themselves “modern”, and yet none of those once-great civilizations have survived. Clearly, both the opinion of experts – and the needs of sustainability, must be weighted higher than an inexperienced consensus opinion. I think the statistic that 40% of Americans believe in Angels is appropriate to recall here. Does consensus in thought make a thing “true” or “best” – of course it doesn’t – and it has a very great chance of dumbing-down and embarrassing the group too.
Canada, the United States, and 93% of High-Income nations share a leadership problem today. Men and women are right and left legs – equally indispensable to one another, and only viable by the other as well, yet even here divisism is rampant today. Respect and Empathy – are essential policies in any sustainable society, but Immigration and Diversity is not. No civilization survives without socially-responsible policy similarly.
As an aside, policies that are unsustainable can be accommodated when there is a surplus of opportunity and prosperity in a nation, but that is not the case in a mature capitalism as we see today. This is worth repeating because Mature Capitalisms are expensive, dangerous, and preventable – and we have not prevented one today precisely because we don’t adhere to the sage advice of voting for sustainable policy only.
About the Author:
Edward Tilley is a researcher in the field of Sustainable Societies, and the founder of the econometric science of Transition Economics. Find quantitative metrics for Sustainable and Unsustainable Policy at the World at our Hands Report and a thesis-driven correction for voting irresponsibly at ACT-American.com.
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