This post is the rough draft of Chapter 6, section III, for my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, formerly titled Baby Acres/Floors.
Putting a floor on poverty so that every baby born can have a safe childhood.
Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equity and justice, and why in 4 phases. This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us. This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind will eventually have each person’s basic needs met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind.
Chapter 6 section III:
( Chapter 6, section II was last week…)
III. : (1103/1k wds) An overview of Getting to Phase III of this project from Phase II:
III. A (292/250 wds).
Phase III’s milestones and time limits could arguably be adjusted, and quite well will need to be, depending on the situation over the next 30 years. Phases I and II will have likely taken at least 15 years, or even 20 years each, and thus between 30 and 40 years will have now passed, since the start of this project. While it could be argued that this phase is merely a running start for Phase IV, some more detailed reasons for separating these two phases will be addressed in chapter 9. Can the length of each phase be adjusted? Certainly so, but if and only if that adjustment does not happen again, and again, resulting in that phase becoming a never ending reality, terminating the project before fully secure freedom for all of us is achieved in the actually existing world. Therefore, limits need to be placed on how far any particular phase of this project can be extended, with five years appearing, at the very inception of this project in 2021 (aka the year 12021 HE), to be a reasonable number of extension years to place that limit. The goals and their attendant milestones must encompass universal health care, a ubi, universal free education, and the adaptation of tools with which many of us are already familiar into newer versions of those tools more suitable for our current circumstances. These milestones, requiring enough flexibility for each community to adapt them to local needs, yet also enough solidity to meet the standards of reasonable populations across many regions, will need to be set with a maximum of transparency, accountability to those managing the process, and responsibility for making a visible difference in the lives of both participants and observers of this process.
The milestone actions, in addition to meeting the standards for good governance, must also be part of a set of tasks that can scale up from ordinary every day individual level activities to tasks in which all members of entire communities and regions can participate regularly and meaningfully. These milestone accomplishment activities must also be universally useful and accessible even to currently homeless people, both in the early stages and as we reach the end goals. The question of whether these tasks should be broken down into separate stages, one stage for each of our Three Universals, Plus, objectives of Phase III, or started with all three plus and once is a bit of a What If? exercise that can be better addressed in chapter 9. Some examples include anything from providers giving free seminars, to community health clinics expanding free access. Likewise, community colleges, and then universities allowing free auditing of classes, to full test out for credit access to all residents. In like manner, the basic income, like that of Stockton, CA, and be expanded to more people, more and more often, while we all expand our healthful lifestyle changes like cycling, walking, even at peak rush hour if less than a 35 minute walk. These changes will all result in healthier population as education, both formal and informal, progresses, and those changes will show up in visible measurable ways as we all pitch in to help scale up each set of activities leading to milestones and larger goals, together.
III. C (267/250wds).
The objectives of this phase, in particular, are likely to generate many objections and accusations of naivety regarding the need for a Single Payer System of universal healthcare, fully free education, and in particular, a UBI, given the culture here in the US. Some quick responses, as most will be discussed further in chapter 9, are that as with trains for pollution, among other things, and early childhood education, an ounce of equitable prevention is worth a pound of health care cure. And as to the quite probable accusation of being naive, aside from the fact that many studies back up the suggested policy changes that this project is working toward, the reader is requested to consider the following, as if living in the skin of a person experiencing homelessness right now. Just as living with an abusive person can bring out the worst in US, living in a situation where our needs for safety, food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare, and transportation are met, such as a system laid out in this project’s Vision, can also help to bring out the better angels of human nature. While we act as individual agents to consciously direct ourselves, simultaneously, it can be to the betterment of both the structures and of our society by helping one another. Better to take the risk of some percentage of people choosing to rest at home and do nothing, while the naive majority contribute, then the risk of a landless and increasingly desperate majority responding with violence to the rising levels of inequality and homelessness, food, and energy precarity, and fear of “the other”.
III. D (257/250wd).
Metrics for phase III will come, in part, from a long time ago, in an example far, far away, and draw lessons from that thesis, reviewed by Dittmer in the IJCCR book review of SMG by Jones, 2010. To answer the question of how do we know where we are in the milestone and goal timeline, and what sort of a difference we may have made in the process, we will need four sets of metrics for each stage, earlier and later, of this third phase of our overall project. Such metrics, especially in this phase of the project, will need to be decided upon with a maximum of community input. Chapter 4 showed a vision of what Phase III could look like in the early and in the later years of this phase, taking each item of the “Three Universals, Plus” one at a time. By successively increasing levels of volunteer workshops, staffing in clinics and doctors’ offices, libraries, etc, we can have concrete ways of measuring the alignment of this vision with change in actually existing reality. Existing public health metrics can also give us a start on showing how the project is making a difference, with examples like fewer respiratory hospitalizations as smoking and vaping decreases, to name just one category. Both expanded education and a ubi will impact levels of hunger, teen pregnancy, voter engagement, etc, giving more potential ways to measure the impact of this project as we hit our milestones, reaching toward the last stage of our overall vision, in Phase IV.
— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 6, section IV of to how to get there… )
I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.
And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps: Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964). I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS
the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE
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Stayed on Freedom’s Call
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Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.
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