Moody Mondays idea: Fully Inclusive Equality via The Four Freedoms Movement

How can we get to a world in which every human being is safe: fed, clothed, sheltered, educated and cared for so that every person can contribute the most fully to Humanity?

per Covey: starting with The Eventual End Goals of The Four Freedoms Movement (allowing each person to contribute fully):

Phase IV

(With 40-60 years of steps in between…)

1. Each child, at birth, receives half a hectare of land, non-alienable. The person may rent, lend or swap the land, but always remains the owner of the land or the swapped parcel. Where ever the location, it should have a well and be arable. (This way, at a minimum, every person on the planet will own at least 1/2hectare of land, free and clear, with no way to lose it…)

2. Beans, Rice, local Greens, and enough fresh drinking/cooking water, and fresh or filtered salt water for bathing for every individual person;

3. Free Bedsit or Tiny House for each individual person, accessible from the time a child can safely (independently) cook an egg;

4. Each family should have a book in the local public library, containing the autobiography of every adult in the family (which means that each person needs free time and the means to write his or her autobiography).

5. Each ADULT is both:

  1. trained to serve in the national protection forces (police or military), and
  2. prepared to rotate, if called upon, into a limited time term of either Jury Duty, city, state, or federal level government duty as a local/state or federal Representative or Senator, Governor, or cabinet member. A system of sortition could gradually replace elections for the House of Representatives and state assembly lower chambers, followed by the upper chambers and executive level elected positions via IRV/Ranked Choice Voting, as the national educational system evens up in quality across the country.

Getting there from … some point in the future:

Phase III: The Three Universals:

Free access to all levels of

1.) universal higher or trade-craft education,

2.) universal basic income, which the use of local currencies may help with,

3.) and full universal health care, for every person, are the three key parts of Phase III, which comes after:

Phase II, which is: taking the Adulthood Challenge

  1. Each person, as a child, must learn to swim (or at least float).
  2. Each child must learn emotional/psychological self-defense and physical self-defense to the greatest extent possible, in a Gandhian context, as well as financial self-defense.
    (1 and 2 are part of the pre-Adulthood pre-requisite criteria:)
  3. Then, each child may decide to remain a Pre-Adult, having all basic human needs met, but being barred from undertaking Phase IV adult roles, such as serving in protective or governmental positions.
  4. After passing prerequisites 1 and 2, and deciding to test for Adulthood, any Pre-Adult may choose to attempt The Adulthood Challenge, of teaching some person a needed and difficult skill, such as speaking a language from 0 words, or teaching someone to read, beginning with the alphabet. A task, in other words, that ordinarily averages 2-3 years in the classroom setting.

Phase II is about both a new rite of passage into a new form of adulthood, and also about forming a culture in which “each one teach one” is taken seriously as a duty to humankind.

The current stage is Phase I:

Phase I involves both a preparation period for the coming stages as well as an on-going process of empathy-building, while actively building full support for our key publicdomaininfrastructure.

Action Items in support of literacy and inclusivity that you can take right now:

1.) Download two differently sourced documents about sortition,

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page,

4.) Write a novel that imagines a safer and kinder world than we have now, and tells a good story, that might make a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Let’s #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail and support these four key parts of our #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !


September, 12020 HE

88 thoughts on “Moody Mondays idea: Fully Inclusive Equality via The Four Freedoms Movement

  1. I appreciate that you are planning/dreaming beyond what is currently in the general discourse. We tend to be stuck in what is currently considered possible/popular, which I think is a mistake both because even those policies that are hugely popular aren’t being enacted (which suggests that there isn’t a clear connection between current popularity/acceptance and what will actually happen), and more importantly, because the Overton window shifts so dramatically, especially in the longterm. And given that we are so far from where we should be, we absolutely need people who are driving us to think broader to what is possible.

    Now, a question — can you clarify whether the Four Freedoms you are referring to here are exactly the ones that FDR spoke about (speech, worship, lack of want, lack of fear)? Or are you using the model of Four Freedoms but focused on different topics? I definitely see lack of want represented in what you are writing about here, but I’m less clear on whether you are directly writing about the other 3 freedoms as well?

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    1. Hi, Masha!
      Thank you!
      So often I am called a dreamer, and it is said in that tone of voice that seems to indicate that I belong in the trash bin with Oscar the Grouch!
      Exactly! And thank you for informing me of the Overton window!
      What is the verse about ‘where the people lack a vision…’ (one of the Proverbs, I imagine, or perhaps in Kohelet…): If we have no image or idea of where we could be, and of what kind of society we could build together, then what are we aiming for, but chaos?
      I also hope that putting one possible image of a vision for society out there will remind us and become part of making it a self-fulfilling prophecy when Dr. King said that the arc of history bends toward justice -it can only do that if we have some shared image of justice, or at least some set of images to choose from that represent a set of ideals that we want to implement, even if not all of it can be implemented, or if there turn out to be unintended consequences of some of those ideas.
      Thank you again, for encouraging me to dream and think of our ideals and where they could take us.
      wrt the 4 Freedoms, I mean this movement to be a full-scale implementation of FDR’s 4 freedoms, starting with the freedom from fear, which I see as being wrapped up part and parcel with the freedom from want:
      -even your own bedsit/room with a kitchinette (pref. with a small bathroom, too) gives you both freedom from the want of housing, but also the safety, if the Tiny Apartments are designed well, like a very good hotel room/suite, with separate ventilation (if those really exist), well-sealed and sound-proofed with good locks.
      -public transportation that is safe and used by the middle and upper classes as well as by the working classes and the poor solves the want of transportation, but also makes our sidewalks safe to walk on, and safe (with SIDEWALK Cuts: Get It Done San Diego…) bike lanes like they have up in Canada, kept away from the cars, which also makes driving safer for drivers as well: each want that we solve also adds to the safety of us all, or am I missing a piece?
      -freedom of worship is part of Phase 0:
      the Empathy-building stage.
      In theory, we have that freedom already, but in practice, freedom of worship is also a safety issue, so part of freedom from fear, I think (but I am sure I am forgetting or missing something there…)
      -freedom of speech:
      for me, that is an issue of equality of power, civility and graciousness, and education and critical thinking, that we allow all voices to be heard, and that we respond civilly, politely, intelligently, and graciously: those are values which are bound together with empathy and safety, thus, once again, falling under that same practical implementation of freedom from fear, which translates at least partly into freedom from want (and into Phase I’s pro-bono legal and financial education, as well as Phase II’s Adulthood pre-requisites of the three types of self-defense: financial, emotional, and physical).
      So, in short,
      yes, I am trying to build a plan that would implement all 4 of FDR’s stated freedoms, in a phased in program that builds a movement across about the next 40-60 years or so.
      If that makes sense?

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