Social Contracts must be corrected
Social Contract (SC) is a measure of how well our basic needs of life and social problems are met in each country.
Food, shelter, healthcare, education, security, and suicide, all factor in. When unreliable salaries don’t afford basic needs, this imbalance of starvation wages and unemployment (failed access to incomes) will cause our national Social Contract scores to plummet – and this will have an expensive impact on national productivity.
Unlike most terms in Social and Economic Science, Social Contract is measurable – as are all terms used in the science of Transition Economics. By counting the healthcare system (longevity), education levels and quality, social problems (homeless, poverty, suicide, fertility), starvation wages (inequity, savings), and trade balance (productivity) levels that each local Social Contract supports, we arrive at a value that anyone can confirm.
Social Contract scores are a top-3 indicator of advance – from 2,000 indicators and 24,000 TEP reports. Reports of GDP, Disposable Income, Stock Market performance, U-3 Unemployment, and similar – are not quantitatively meaningful reports as an empirically confirmable fact.
As we see in this TEP Chart to the left, when a nation has a strong Social Contract we find advancing economies (trade surplus) 100% of the time, and the opposite is true too 100%. When every nation has a strong Social Contract we see World Peace. When we see most nations globally – enduring low Social Contracts, as we see in today’s global mature capitalism, we see World Wars – reliably through history. Social Contracts are “CAUSAL” indicators.
Which are examples of indicators that are not causal? GDP, Supply & Demand, U-3 Unemployment Reports, Disposable Income, Right and Left Policies (only Sustainable Policies matter), Stock Market performance, Climate? NOT CAUSAL – see that TEP Survey report at The World at our Hands Econometric Library.
These reports are used by politicians because they are either always positive or can be manipulated to positive.
These reports ignore unsustainable inequity and starvation wages entirely. The implications in large democracies are sobering; Every voter decision made based on non-causal unsustainable reporting becomes a vote for socially irresponsible policy.
The Social Contract Loss Reports
Low Social Contracts are incredibly expensive; Low Social Contracts cost nations $4.3 billion per day on average today and the U.S. loses $30 billion daily – unreported. Social Contract Loss Reports are created by comparing the Export per Capita of a high-Social Contract nation, and calculating what additional revenues would be realized if your countrymen could also earn that much revenue for their nation.
The magnitude of how expensive SC Loss is will surely surprise anyone because we’ve never been taught to demand a Social Contract Loss report. We’ve been taught to ignore the performance of other nations, to only focus inward only, and to ignore our shrinking economic “pie”. In these 3D pie charts we see that among the G7 nations, the United States led losses at $11 trillion annually in 2018. This makes investing in Social-Contract-building national Social Development Goals (SDGs), a wise and strategic investment for any country.
Local SDGs and self-sufficiency are essential How easy are Social Contracts to correct? Very easy. CSQ publishes a One-Vote Solution for democratic citizens so that they can simply vote for ACT Parties – or for political parties with policies certified to be ACT-Compliant.
Social Contract Product
Social Contract Product – The SCP Report adds economic measures the SC measures as follows: First, Social Contract measures the most economically beneficial social measures of an economy…
And then the SCP Report (Social Contract Product), adds causal financial measures to Social Contract scores:
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SC and SCP TEP Charts contain measures that combine to ensure a perfect 1.0 score – because this indicates maximum impact on impact and advance, and our MEMS tool allows us to show trending for these combination TE Reports nation by nation, and region by region, over time. As we continue to search for complete statistics going back ever further in time, we arrive at compromise charts that are not entirely accurate, but are nonetheless helpful in showing important events in a fifty-year timeline. Are these truly the best measures of successful economies? For 2019 we didn’t have the World at our Hands Report, so we didn’t have scoring – which is a ranked list of every available TEP Chart Survey. We have this in 2020 now, and MEMS has allowed us to take Transition Economics to enable very impressive new levels. In 2021, we’ll know a lot more and we can revise the SCP and Social Contract Reports to include the best social and financial measures possible. Today, 100% of The SCP’s top-20 countries have advancing economies; that’s a much better indicator of economic success than the GDP, HDI/IHDI, or any other Index reports offer today.
Low Social Contracts and Wars
When left uncorrected, low Social Contracts have the track-record in twenty past mature capitalisms – of creating devastating wars reliably. No civilization has survived these imbalances – and today’s mature capitalism is the first to occur within a mature nuclear era as well. If history repeats as it did in 1914 and in 1939, a third preventable World War – and its likely nuclear winter – could bring human life on this planet to an end within just nine years – by 2028- and sadly that’s scientific method’s researched observation speaking. I wish it was just conspiracy nonsense. See the timings of war’s commencement in World Wars I & II in the chart below. How does an imminent extinction-level event go unreported? How do democracies decide to vote for governments that lose $30 billion dollars per day? Why were you never taught about a recurring financial crisis that even the Bible documents? Yet here we live in another mature capitalism today. Weak Social Contracts create a powderkeg of tension that waits for any spark to ignite it. In June of 1914, the spark was supplied by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo; in 1939 it was Hitler’s invasion of Poland. From currency wars to trade wars, and from social problems to populisms and revolutions, World Wars – are both normal and preventable in mature capitalisms.
We are trained to think of “me, me, me” today; our liberty, our guns, our money, our “side” is best – but the science of both econometrics and historical observation proves that “me, me, me” doesn’t work. Even the Bible warned us against “tattooing the name of” (aligning with) an economic power, and then voting for whatever nonsense that group might like to collapse us with – is a fast-track to human collapse.
The Bible is not religion; it’s a scientific owner’s manual that teaches lessons learned in 3,000 years of civic rise and fall. Biblia Vulgata was the second millennial update of the Code of Hammurabi. See all of that detail in “The Book – The Scientific Update of the Bible” – and the Global Leadership Book of Knowledge When we don’t learn a scientific evidence-based approach, we become belief-based followers – and followers of theory, ideology, and religion as well.
In the New Testament’s Revelation, the “Beast” is Babylon, Rome, NAZIs, Libertarians, Neoliberalists, WEF, and any group that would take all that we own, only to then leave us slaves for a 1,000 years – as we saw first-hand with the 1,000 year reign of the medieval Catholic Church and “super-government”.
Climate is a distraction
Climate problems are addressed with Business Operational SOPs and Special Projects. Climate problems have never created a World War; but Social Contracts absolutely have – repeatedly (see the “History tab” above for these dates in history).
Climate industry activists report that we will lose a small percent of our populations if we don’t run projects to clean up air, land, and sea – and to transfer heat-to-space by 2035. For this “crisis”, the students of the world took a protest day away from school in April of 2019. These students should have instead taken a protest day to insist on the far-more-pressing need to solve Social Contracts and Financial Inequality internationally. The blue line in the chart ab0ve, Revolutions Per Decade, is taken from a count of conflicts-per-decade at Wikipedia. Our current decade has seen the highest number of world conflicts in history, as did World Wars I & II.
This Problem has been solved before – The FDR-Democracies
FDR created the American Dream and the strongest economy in history – and he had to fight conservative obstruction tooth-and-nail to build the social programs that were needed to do it. He did this during our last mature capitalism, the Great Depression, seventy-years-ago in a time very like today. He accomplished this turnaround with a handful of policies from the Bible – which included an empathetic, strong Social Contract (see his 1944 Second Bill of Rights and New Deals).
Nationalism, Full-employment, real Income & Wealth Distribution (
20-years of 92% income tax and 80% estate tax for the rich), Single Income Families, Debt Forgiveness, affordable Cost-of-Living, and accessible Home-ownership.
At around the same time, Hitler turned around Germany’s economy more quickly than did FDR – through a Fascism (Ultra-Nationalism) system of government, a strong Social Contract, and Full-employment.
Unfortunately, Nazism’s consistent failings in empathy and its psychopathic behavior toward Germany’s minorities and neighbors, undid any benefit. Hitler’s systemic failings of empathy (explained as the definition of “Evil” by the Nuremberg Diaries in 1946) undid a country because no civilization can survive without essential “Good”.
Every Bible explains how to build a Sustainable Society and our bibles repeated 20-times that “God – is Good”. A Father, Son, and Spirit were teaching tools for Good (in actions and in law), Respect (the Golden Rule), and Creation (building and the shepparding of human advance).
After her husband’s death in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt went on to establish a global Constitution that ensured Social Contract – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the new United Nations in 1948. The intention of social architects at the U.N., was for these rights to be added to every democratic constitution – based on the lessons learned during the Great Depression and based on the fact that tens of millions were dying of disease and starvation across Europe after the Second World war’s end.
As economies started to boom after the war, conservatives successfully vilified social programs as “communist” and “socialist” in America – while the Marshall Plan was able to successfully include FDR’s Second Bill of Rights to protect the Social Contracts in the Constitutions of the countries that lost the war.
Germany, Italy, and Japan lost the war – but won the peace, because today they are the only G7 nations with advancing economies. Not only are they advancing by their Constitutions, but they are thriving among the strongest economies per-capita in the world today, they have six weeks of paid vacations, full healthcare, prescriptions, free college education – for most, paid daycare and maternity leaves, good incomes, with a much lower tax rates than America’s tax + private insurance scheme. King Hammurabi and our Bibles (see Leviticus 25:26) solved the same problem of economic imbalance – with similar policies two-thousand years ago. See ACT Parties (ACT Canadian, ACT American, etc) for more information on choosing policy that resets balance in economies.
How have our Social Contracts reached this critical level of importance?
Transition Economics explains that when you give any country’s citizens one-million dollars each, sixty years later you will have gross inequity. This is normal and it was how successful monetary systems are designed to work as well. Consider that today’s World GDP is fifty-nine-times its size back in 1960; a 1% inflation rate in 2019, amounts to a 60-times increase in cost-of-living and incomes by 1960’s measures.
Exponential costs are created by the mathematical certainty of compounding annual inflations where 60-years of 1% to 14% interest compounding annually will repeat this result reliably. Freedom, in a monetary system, is the difference between reliable incomes and cost-of-living. If this gap narrows over time, our freedoms will be lost. Once freedoms are lost, the next tipping point comes when our incomes do not meet our costs-of-living, our Social Contracts (basics of food, shelter, healthcare, education, etc) are lost – and our economies stall because of this.
Many tens of millions who are now “just surviving” cannot assist capitalistic productivity. Internationally today, strong Social Contracts build strong economies; and weak social contracts build weak economies – verifiably (see this below). Monetary systems, are well documented to have a lifespan – as we see in the Mature Capitalism chart to the right. Today’s record number of wars, international debt, populisms, economic recessions, hardship, and extremism – are normal.
68% of economies worldwide are collapse-trending; which means that they are not being properly balanced by their governments. This is to be expected; it’s normal. In fact, this perfectly normal cycle has repeated dozens of times in historical record – one of the earliest recordings of monetary system resets was in 1763 BCE on the Code of Hammurabi.
Yes; monetary system cycles can be managed and balanced. There are two basic approaches: a) Governments can actively ensure the ratio of salaries to costs-of-living stay in-balance every year; similar to CPI corrections – but a little more sweeping. Since freedom in a monetary society is extra money, this guarantees productive Freedom is maintained in any society
b) Governments can allow open markets to unbalance themselves for many years – and then, when imbalance causes social hardships to become too great, reset the monetary system cycle to a new balance and new cycle again. The Code of Hammurabi and the Bible/Torah (Leviticus 25-26) suggested this second option at a time when monarchs had the authority to make these sweeping resets easily. A fiftieth-year Jubilee Year (a “Reset”) was suggested to pre-empt the hardships of a mature cycle. Resets here included: Universal Debt forgiveness, wealth redistributions, and basically a concerted effort to reset the American Dream conditions that we see at the beginning of any new cycle.
This will sound pretty intuitive and even obvious to most of us I think. To explain how we confirmed this empirically, let us begin with the report on our left. The late Professor Richard Wilkenson’s students from Edinburgh University, composed this TED Talk slide in 2011. It compares thirteen social problem statistics in twenty countries. As an aside, Scotland has seen a tremendous turnaround in both social contract and economic prosperity since 2005 – as has Ireland, despite a global recession that still has a stronghold on Britain’s Social Contract and economy. This turnaround can be directly attributed to the efforts of Dr. Wilkenson and like-minded academics and policy-makers in Scotland who modeled the importance of Social Contract policies and reset their economies.
New Zealand, Germany, and Italy have watched these successes and are now positioning themselves to benefit similarly. CSQ Research looked closely at the ten bottom-left countries on the TED Chart. The countries which had the lowest rates of social problems shared advancing economies 92% of the time, and 80% had some of the highest Export-per-Capita (ExCap) productivity measures in the world. The empirical measures of these countries’ prosperity, greatly exceed international averages.
Strong Social Contracts build advancing economies reliably
We next asked, do strong Social Contracts (food, shelter, incomes, security, healthcare, education, etc.) build advancing economies consistently? To answer this question, consider the following Transition Economics Proofs (TEP) Charts from the thesis End of War and updated using data science in the Global Leadership Book of Knowledge (GL-BOK) release in The Book in 2021:
TEP Charts are frequency distributions displayed with a variable x-axis – slightly different from an XY Scatter Chart, and the specific TEP charts above survey 158-countries to confirm that strong social contract nations have advancing economies reliably and progressively. The surveys above confirm that high-scoring Social Contract nations have advancing economies 100% of the time. And, these TEP Charts show something else as well.
“Not only do strong social contracts increase the probability of an advancing economy, but weak social contract nations also have an increased probability of a collapsing and stalling their economy.”
The Social Contract TEP measures the most economically impactful social problem measures of an economy The SCP Report (Social Contract Product), adds the most beneficial financial measures to Social Contract Similar to Professor Wilkenson’s findings, these TEP Charts confirm empirically that countries with low social-problems/ high social contracts, typically have the highest export-per-capita rates and the most consistently advancing trade balances and economies too See the final section in the World at our Hands Report to find an explanation of how these charts are assembled Social Contracts are built by projects that produce food, shelter, healthcare, etc. and are made cost-effective by implementing a mix of both state-owned (20%) and privately-owned (80%) infrastructure producers. 20% public : 80% private – is a typical ownership-ratio in hundreds of countries worldwide.
This ownership mixture can be adjusted during normal operational reviews or whenever operating efficiency requires it.
As an aside, Social Contract is not “Socialism“; Socialism is a mix of ten or more terms – and the term has been deprecated in econometric sciences like Transition Economics – because it’s unscientific, unmeasurable, and meaningless. In science, when we want to prove something, we need to adhere to the Socratic Method best practices of disambiguation.
So, if we mean to indicate “ownership of production by the state”, we just say “Public Ownership”. Most “isms” are misleading and even weaponizable in the hands of a large democracy’s politically opportunistic electoral marketing camps – and so, at CSQ Research, we use terms that can be proven conclusively to help or hinder.
Public partnerships (20%+- public ownership), KPI monitoring, production, capital formation, and cost-of-living, are important for governments to manage. So is CPI (Consumer Price Index) Inflation and housing-affordability because cost-of-living must be kept in balance with available incomes and salaries.
Early-on in a monetary system cycle, capitalism does a better job of monetizing opportunity than socialism; later-on, however, neither system supports social contract without active government management.
Capitalism:Social – Individual: Public ownership of production is typically 80%/20% in every country worldwide. These ownership ratios are only important when their adjustment better supports a strong Social Contract.
As our technology starts to automate our basic needs entirely, these ownership formulas – and even the use of money, can be adjusted to keep populations well-supported and productive within strong social contracts. This simple approach describes good leadership very well.
For our reporting and monitoring needs, we have many measures to choose from. GDP Reports are insufficient in mature capitalisms so the “World at our Hands Report” from End of War manages problems in economies now. Transition Economics confirms that many other measures need reporting alongside GDP, to ensure the success of the policies that reset our economies. Large democracies lose their social contracts most easily. This is because large populations build diverse economies, and harmful policy in any one industry could be ignored by the votes of the majority easily.
The impacted minority will have to suffer these uncorrected unsustainable policies – or they will have to change industries, move to new careers, change homes, etc. After 20-years, all industries are affected by uncorrected, unsustainable policies that imbalance income to cost-of-living ratios until the entire country’s productivity is pulled down by broad starvation wages, homelessness, and numerous related social problems. The Second Bill of Rights would protect people from these negative impacts of capitalism in Constitution – so that the dystopic conditions that led to war could never happen again.
When we compared the ExCaps of the highest Social Contract nations to large democracies – the economic losses to large economies are enormous. For example; if the U.S. ExCap had kept pace with high social contract nation the Netherlands, the American economy would earn another $37 billion dollars every day in exported trade. Canada would earn $4.2 billion new per day, and the U.K. and France would earn $7.5 billion – new dollars – every day.
Democracies and the Social Contract Product – The SCP Report
End of War – Managing Mature Capitalisms was the book that introduced the SCP Report to the world in 2018.
It confirmed that a strong Social Contract is the common thread of countries that have the most productive economies today. Democracies are “mob ruled” without our Republic Constitution’s Charters of Rights. Large Democracies are the most vulnerable and Aristotle warned against the Pure-Democracy, Oligarchy, and Tyranny – forms of Government for this reason.
When our democratic systems and Constitutions fail to protect our Social Contracts – our rights of food, shelter, income, healthcare, security and basics of life – as monetary systems mature and imbalance, nations lose trillions of dollars in trade, economic productivity, and we can lose our humanity, freedoms, and culture too. Consider donating to get the important message of Social Contract heard – and to give every voter the opportunity to elect sustainable policies too.
The Book and Global Leadership Book of Knowledge take that learning into data and computer science that can double economies reliably. Get a copy of both books here at the CSQ Research website.
The Social Contract and GDP in History
British musician and anatomist turned-Economist Sir William Petty suggested the first working concept of a standardized national ledger GDP Report back in 1652; at the dawn of Britain’s Commonwealth. This was a time of great opportunity for Britain, right at the beginning of a strong 30-year economic boom. This boom followed one of the world’s greatest Great Depressions and mature capitalisms, the General Crisis of 1640. Historians of that period record that at no previous time were so many major wars waged worldwide than during the General Crisis.
1.1. Philosophy and Leadership
When Petty was briefly a member of British Parliament in 1659, he was attributed with establishing the philosophy of Laissez-faire in relation to government activity in the economy. “Laissez-faire” or “Let it go”, is an economic system where private business parties are freed from government regulation, tariffs, and constraint. I mention this as evidence that Petty, an anatomy instructor at Oxford and a music professor in London earlier in his career, took an easier hand in governance whenever he got the chance. Laissez-faire policies would be recognized today as “Open for Business”, “Relaxed Banking Regulations”, ”Low‑Tax”, and “Small Government” policies. The Commonwealth; and Britain’s Government and Monarchy, would grow to rule over 25% of the world’s population by 1925 – propelled by the great boom in growth and opportunity that followed the world’s greatest Great Depression – ever – in 1640.
More interesting than this discussion of Petty, was his employer Thomas Hobbes’ contribution. Thomas Hobbes was an economist and political philosopher at the Cambridge and Oxford Universities – whose 1651 book “Leviathan” established the Social Contract Theory for the first time. The Leviathan of his book cover was a global monarch who ensured minimum social contracts and human rights the world over. In her 1948 Universal Rights document, Eleanor Roosevelt recreated that figurative Leviathan at the United Nations. Rights of Food, Shelter, Security, Healthcare, etc. – were mandated to every nation, but few countries amended their constitutions to include these rights – and to their detriment as it turns out. Hobbes had lived through a terrible global Great Depression – The General Crisis of 1640, as had Mrs. Roosevelt in the Great Depression of the 1930s. From this experience, Hobbes came to see clearly that economics should describe the requirements of “peace and material plenty”. Other authors, statesmen, and philosophers saw this as well; notables included Lord Byron and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Charles Dickens books and characters eloquently corrected the failings of capitalist open markets; Mankind was my business. One look at the difference between the GDPs of the first and second industrial revolutions (1750 and 1880) – clearly shows the difference that Henry Ford’s revolutionary high-wage, high social contract approach to capitalism positively impacted every nation’s prosperity. The Social Contract Theory suggested that Government by the People wasn’t enough; and that Government for the People was essential. Social Contract is not Socialism by the way – socialism is ownership of production by the state. Social Contract is different; Social Contract is our basic rights and freedoms. High Social Contract nations report very low social problems because people have the things they need to be productive, to contribute to the economy, and this permits them to contribute to the well-being of their communities as well. Norway, for example, is not socialist. The state owns a small percent of its production – as does Germany and most other countries. Norway is a small population of five‑million who established a strong social contract in law, in response to terrible suicide rates and hardship during recessions there in the 1980s. Norway was interventionist with businesses that detracted from their social contract and today Norwegians, and business, live the American Dream in an economy that is as productive as was America’s in the 1950s and 1960s. 6% of nations internationally live the American Dream still today; look for these in the top-20 positions of the SCP Report. Low Social Contracts cost large economies trillions of dollars in productivity and trade annually. The United States loses $37 billion dollars a day to its Social Contract failings. Who are the biggest losers – is explained in this chart. Governments for the people create strong Social Contracts. A strong social contract builds a prosperous economy – verifiably (just look at the top-20 SCP country ExCaps to see this). Social Contract works because citizens can only be productive when they have the things they need – like shelter, food, education, access to incomes, and costs-of-living that afford freedom to live comfortably. Americans achieved a strong social contract in the 1950s and then lost it; they voted it away to one empty promise after another. Today’s economic leaders are Norway, Ireland, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Slovakia, Switzerland, Slovenia, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Germany, and Hungary – just to name a few of the SCP leaders below.
1.3 The Golden Rule
The Bible, the Torah, and the Code of Hammurabi each described this monetary system phenomenon – and also explain pre-emptive fifty-year resets for the problem. See Leviticus 25-26…
“25:10 Consecrate the fiftieth Jubilee Year and proclaim liberty throughout the land… 35. If any of your fellows become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. 36 Do not take interest or any profit from them … so that they may continue to live among you. 37 You must not lend them money at interest or sell them food at a profit.”
Abridged, Leviticus 25 – 26
Bibles are books that explain a sustainable society; as an author of research and books that define sustainable societies, I can relate to the challenges that the authors of these great texts faced. The Muslim Quran does the same, as does the Hindu Vedas, Buddhist Tripitaka, and so on. Every religion in history, even Pagan religions that are no longer practiced, explained the Golden Rule and Ten Commandments; these are sustainability models for any society. Why haven’t these books created a sustainable society yet? I talk about this in “End of War – Managing Mature Capitalisms“. When we secularized our schools because we didn’t understand a contemporary context for 2000-year-old tutorials, we stopped teaching basic rules of leadership and philosophy to our young. It’s not surprising that we cannot understand why we stand again at the precipice of yet a fourth unnecessary World War (the Seven-Year War of 1754 was the first World War in truth). The Bible repeats 20-times that God is Good; because “Good” is absolutely essential to a sustainable society. Good is not a “nice to have”; we cannot decide to take a day off and kill, covet or disrespect today. This explains the importance of a single, wrathful God figure who showed his “teeth” whenever we found it inconvenient to not be good. In 1820, the global literacy rate was still just 12%, so we humans needed incredibly simple, literal lessons when these books were written. Even today most educated people find the unemotional practiced art of academic discussion and Socratic questioning both difficult and frustrating. The Bible repeats the Golden Rule 8-times. Conservatives in the U.S. often say “helping people” equates to socialism – and explains it as a “bad” thing, but this amounts to one of the greatest lies of any time in human civilization actually. Evil – is the systemic failure of empathy in society (The Nuremberg Diaries, 1946). Helping people – and good – is critical to any country’s economy and it is critical to sustaining any civilization. Remember that every other civilization in history has fallen, and Social Contract is as American as its Mayflower Compact and FDR’s Second Bill of Rights as well. Also, see End of War for my explanation of the phases leading up to war within these cycles; the currency wars, which are followed by trade wars, and so on… Education – unites us. In Wikipedia’s list of socialist states, only four of 225 countries in the world aspire to socialism:
- i) China – ranks 40th in Social Contract – by comparison Canada is #37, U.K. is #24, and the U.S. is #57
- ii) Laos is #129
- iii) Vietnam is #32
- iv) Cuba – is #20 in Social Contract, a U.N. High Development nation, and #4 of 104 in developing Latin nations – despite fifty-years of American blockade.
The eight countries in the world that reference the word Socialism in their Constitution, use it in a context which excludes exploitation, injustice, and to ensure a strong Social Contract. Mature Capitalisms (Great Depressions) are cyclic in successful capitalisms and occur when imbalance impacts our social contracts. Social Contract imbalance can only occur when a democracy’s citizens permit it; the government policies that damage a social contract are endorsed by your vote. Oligarchies, a government not for the people and another of Aristotle’s evil forms of government, can deny this vote to citizens by “training” them to vote for unsustainable policies. As an example, do you remember “Low-Tax”? It created today’s inequity, stalled growth, and high-debt. How about “Death Tax”? This was a message crafted by Republican Think-tanks in the 1980s to help abolish the unsustainable policy of eliminating inheritance taxes for the rich. When we don’t know what to stand for, we can fall for anything – and fallen we certainly have. Giving people what they need to be productive, makes every citizen a profit‑center. Leaving them to just “get by”, means that they only have the opportunity to be a cost center for an economy. Hobbes realized this, and more – he saw that Government had to play a role in maintaining a balance between capitalistic prosperity and the well‑being of citizens; one that ensured protection in policy and law for a civil and productive society and body politic.
So what is wrong with the GDP?
The GDP hides big, expensive problems.
The GDP reports none of the $4 billion in daily trade revenues lost to unproductive economies (the USA loses $30 billion per day – 50% of their economy – unreported), none of the poverty created by housing bubbles, and it always reports production – even if that gain is just inflation, housing bubbles, and bank mortgages.
Politicians use GDP because the report is always positive, and they can hide big, expensive problems easily with it. In the chart above we see that even the Great Depression and Great Recession are completely hidden by GDP Reports.
Vote for Us! GDP is good – so we are doing a great job!
In the past 60 years, the World GDP has reported only one -1% year. 2008 was as severe a financial year as we have seen since 1929 – and yet GDP recorded -1%.
Recession reports which are based on GDP Growth are nonsense as well. These false reports are designed to ask voters to completely ignore the 130 million people who are completely unable to contribute to the economy – and who own nothing.
GDP is boosted by social problems in fact – because housing and energy bubbles (mortgage, rental, and energy poverty) artificially increase a country’s GDP.
Lost or denied pensions and starvation wages? That’s another GDP Report-booster – because corporate Profits increase and boost GDP, while Profits are proven to boost economies not-at-all in econometric science.
Record-high debt loads, record financial inequality, record homelessness, record international wars, conflicts, and extremism, yellow jackets in Paris; these are not normal times – but what does the GDP say? The GDP says we are just fine.
The GDP says your government is doing a great job.
The GDP explains that big businesses are not pushing billions of dollars daily out of your economy through their externalizing of social costs.
The GDP says your politicians are competent and managing your best interests. If I was an incompetent politician, I would want to report with GDP as well.
When we don’t know what to stand for, we’ll fall for anything…
Economies are large, so mistakes are large and expensive also. Canada’s export is $510 billion dollars a year which means that they lose a staggering $4.2 billion dollars a day – every day that they ignore the problem of their crumbling social contract. The U.S. loses $30 billion daily; the U.K. $7.6 billion daily, and France losses $7.5 billion.
See Social Contract Loss in billions per year in the SCP Report on the next tab to the right here.
There is a very large problem here, one that needs your vote to change it – and millions are suffering in your community every day because of it. That – is the reality of a failed social contract and it is a compelling reason for large democracies to reinforce their constitutions to safeguard rights of food, housing, healthcare, security, incomes, and freedoms.
This is why ACT Parties and CSQ Certifications are important now as well. Do you think $13 trillion would afford the cost of a social contract in the U.S.? Studies show we earn $4 for every $1 invested in Social Contract; and this also means we lose $4 for every $1 that we don’t invest.
The Gross National Product “does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials… It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile”
Robert F. Kennedy, 1968
The SCP Report for 2019
Social Contract Product is the most economically beneficial report on the planet today. This can be verified by viewing Transition Economics Proofs (TEP Charts) for the U.N.’s HDI, IHDI, Happiness Report, and other surveys including OECD and Happy Planet Indexes. Scroll down to view the legend …
“A/C” – A = Advancing Economies: are nations with positive trade balances; C = Collapse Trending nations with trade deficits “SCP” – Social Contract Product is the weighted scoring of each nation’s economic and social rankings to the right “Social Contract” – is the unweighted scoring of social measures only “Social Contract (SC) Loss” – these are the dollars that this economy loses annually to its present Social Contract; compared to a strong SC nation like the Netherland’s ExCap. “SC Loss” – is a simple calculation: ExCap / ExCap (preferred) x Export “SC Loss per Day” is SC Loss / 365 HDI – is the United Nations parallel score and ranking Citations explaining all data sources are explained in End of War. Click here to get your copy.
Help us to rebuild your Social Contracts
Social Contract Campaign contributions permit us to lobby at International, Federal, State/Provincial, and even municipal levels of government – to ensure that this message is heard. Social Contract should be a government-sponsored and coordinated effort, but at present, this problem is little-understood and little-communicated to the voters who can solve this problem. Read about all of the Sustainable Societies programs here and research contributions are also welcome in education, empirical analysis, and financial industry programs
Help us to educate and to get the word out through proper staffing of the lobby to rebuild our good lives and sustainable communities. Check out our Campaign at Change.org
ACT Social Contract rallies are a peaceful, coordinated, and productive movement of voters. They get the message out and they tell democratic governments clearly that your vote will change your communities for the better going forward. The ACT Party is a concept that builds sustainable political parties in your country and ensures that every democratic voter can elect to build sustainable societies consistently in future as well. What do Social Contract Rallies ask for?
- A strong Social Contract – in national Constitutions (especially important in large democracies)
- Responsible management of economies to ensure long-term strategic planning (Right Plans), prosperity, increasing productivity, recognition of merit (and not wealth), and training as needed by citizens to turn their opportunity into new revenues for your nation
- The right to vote for a strong Social Contract at ballot boxes
- Sustainable World Peace and Prosperity – the Golden Rule