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

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

  1. I think currently sortition would be a bad idea, but if we get to phase 4 of your outline when people are a lot better educated, it might work. I don’t know how well it worked in ancient Athens, I remember trying to find a good source to read or watch on it a few years back, but I think I couldn’t really find one which went further than just explaining the basic concept (I probably didn’t look that hard).

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    1. You are quite right: we are not yet ready for sortition, but it certainly can work by phase IV. I’ve not found any detailed works on the idea, but I believe that some journal articles did mention it (hopefully those articles are still freely available?). Of course, the citizens of Athens were the elites, a homogenous, wealthy, and educated-to-govern set of men, but that does not preclude our ability to adapt both the system and ourselves in order to make a tool better suited for the ideals of our democracy.

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      1. I read something like 20% or 30% of the Athenian population were citizens (and could vote). Sure that slice of the population is too small, but isn’t it too big to categorise as just the elites?

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        1. Nope: they were all the rich, slave-owning, ruling class: yes, it was around 25 percent, give or take 5%, but still elites, given that the remainder of the population was de-voiced, disenfranchised, and generally screwed.

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        2. Yeah, you’re right about that. I was thinking, with 20 to 30% citizens there’d have to be some less well off citizens too, but like you said, because the rest of the population was oppressed that does make them the elite.

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        3. I find your reasoning impeccable, Nerias, and I much appreciate your reflections on my comments. Now, if we can just help all the rest of us to understand what you have just pointed out, and to begin to turn our current set of oppressive systems into a set of systems that can work equitably and sustainably for all human beings.

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        4. I think there’s of course room for complexity. There are many forms of oppression and nowadays (in the developed world) they are more perpetuated by social systems and intergenerational wealth/status transfer in my opinion than any laws. Those things seem very complex and not jet fully understood by anyone…

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        5. Yeah I agree, laws can make a big difference. Think nowadays I’d even be in favour of some sort of reparations (if we can find an effective way to make it help people). It’s of course unfair that people are worse off because their descendants were oppressed, or because they live in another country. Foreign aid I’ve always been in favour of reparations took some convincing.

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        6. I’m glad to see that convincing is possible, thank you! At least we could certainly find some way of paying in-kind reparations, but I think the problem might be figuring out how to target whom: lighter-skinned people like myself can often find some documentation of our enslaved ancestors who were manumitted or who self-purchased from owners that were either our direct blood relations, or who helped our ancestors due to those blood ties. Many descendants of enslaved persons, however, have absolutely no documentation, and no way of finding any documentation (speculators or simply courthouse fires, for instance, leave no documents), while many of our ancestors who were Free People of Color were required, as such, to register in every courthouse and precint where they lived or traveled through slave states or the District of Columbia, to show their “free papers” and often that they also had a White “guardian” to vouch for them. So we are much better documented (as the fact that as many as 3/4 of FPoC in 1850 South Carolina were “mulattoes” according to one census). So, I worry, and I think that a more broad-brush manner of according reparations may end up being needed. In any case, I think that most basic services need to be freely available to everyone, at some minimal level at least, to prevent people from being on the street, hungry, or without healthcare and some basic level of servicable education.

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        7. Ideally I’d go further on the welfare and education front. To the level where everyone can afford a little or tiny bit of luxury, have all their needs met, and receive excellent healthcare and education. I don’t care that much if the services are technically free as long as everyone can easily afford them, but free would be better since fixed costs hurt poor people more.

          I’ve heard people talk, as a way to broaden reparations, to just expand (educational) opportunities for poor people. To me that doesn’t seem like it’s the same thing, but I’d still be on board with it too.

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        8. I absolutely agree with you on both counts: I’d go farther on both fronts, but make it a universal basic income, rather than welfare, and no, expanding educational opportunities is not enough, because racism is quite real, and alive and well in this country. But it is a complex issue that needs to be acknowledged as legitimate, first, and then widely and deeply discussed.

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        9. I’d agree the US has a long road to go on racism, however it’s a bit of a lightning rod for these kinds of conversations. Here in the Netherlands it sometimes feels like I hear more about racism in the US than about racism at home (maybe because I use the internet too much, which is heavily US dominated). We do have a lot of talk about black Pete, a cultural tradition which has sparked a lot of controversy, but we don’t often talk about police violence and other issues, despite us having relatively high levels of police violence (and probably also problems on other issues), just nowhere close to US levels.

          With welfare I did mean the broader system of assistance to poor people and am in favour of a universal basic income too, though my view on it could change since I’ve heard we don’t have that much data on it yet, but it seems both good and in the long term necessary. There is also some concern basic income could be used to cut back on benefits (because everyone gets it, it’ll be more expensive, so harder to defend), but in the cases benefits don’t decrease or increase it seems better to me.

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        10. Indeed, these are complex questions, which need grappling with on community as well as global levels, and I’m sad to see, but not surprised, that the relative level of violence here acts as a “well, we’re not as bad as…” gaslightning rod.
          Which goes back to your earlier comment: transparency at every level through public pressure is important in every community, to examine and improve the circumstances in every community, even if ‘not as bad as’ somewhere else.
          Thank you for your work in attending to these things, too!

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        11. I don’t know enough about them too. I noticed our police violence stat was pretty high a while ago and while writing the previous comment I looked up some more stuff, but not enough to have a firm grasp of the issue. I did notice a relative lack of clear articles by authoritative sources in the search results, but that’s not that unique to this issue (it’s a lot harder to find good info on Dutch issues than US or UK ones, even with Dutch being my native language).

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        12. Interesting: are there no established reliable sources, like university study sites or local government sites? Surely you must have more than we do, I’d imagine, as transparency is better in Europe, in general, particularly in your section of Europe, or so I thought?

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        13. We have more per person, but a lot of the big universities are in the US. The US is much larger than any European country, so there’s more journos and scientists covering issues, even if we have more of them per person. The internet is also very English language focused, so it doesn’t surprise me there’s more to be found about English speaking countries too. I’ve also neglected Dutch politics/media for a bit too long, so I’m not as skilled at knowing the intricacies of our media environment as I should be.

          There’s probably some more transparency over here than in the US, but the most recent government tried to keep a lot of things off the record, to make it easier to talk candidly I think was their reasoning. We’re likely gonna end up with many of the same people though…

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