This post starts the rough draft of Chapter 2, section II. of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.
This section of chapter 2 has another 1000 words, (hopefully currently practicable words).
And once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases. This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible 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 2’s section I was last week…)
Chapter 2, section II. :
Chapter 2: section II. What Phase I looks like, near and by the end of this 1st stage
We, here in the United States, can take a look at countries like France, Germany, New Zealand, and even Mexico, to see examples of a public health service that serves all residents, with many basic needs, like tetanus vaccines, entirely free of charge (I may not have even yet had my FM3, at that point…). A first step would be to see acceptance of the ACA medicaid expansion in all states of the Union. Although this has already happened in many states, some states may need another 14 or 15 years to catch up in understanding of the benefits being offered by the Federal government via the ACA. A fully equipped public health clinic, perhaps like that of the La Maestra, or better, still, like the Family Health Center of San Diego, with dental, optometrist, OB/Gyn, therapy, and family practitioners in one complex served by an intersection of public transportation services, including rail and bus, in every neighborhood, is a second basic and necessary step. Having a nurse, either a Registered Nurse, or a LNP, in every school, community college, continuing education facility, library, shopping center, and apartment building, paid by Medicaid, or supplemented privately, as with the “Minit Clinics” in the CVS pharmacies, would provide a needed complement to the EMS and Fire department rescue services, lowering the burden on the 911 system as well. A much needed expansion of the medicaid long-term mental health services availability would include more therapists trained in extreme and early childhood trauma of various kinds, and an extension of freely available long-term trauma therapy, with or without medications, especially for survivors of CSA and patients living with PTSD, of any level of severity. Finally, nurses and childhood trauma-trained therapists staffing battered persons and homeless shelters 24 hours per day in every neighborhood would both lower the burden on police calls, and provide needed assistance in all locations, even in “nice” areas where no one wants to believe that bad things happen.
By the end of Phase I, in terms of public transportation options, we again look to examples from Europe, and also from Japan. The RER/Metro options in the large cities, and the EuroStar and high speed trains provide a model that Americans, who invented the train, can be proud to see adopted far and wide. But automated light metro systems like the VAL in Rennes, the world’s smallest city with a Metro system, can also be implemented here in the United States. A light rail system connecting with stops in all airports, secondary schools, hospitals or doctors’ offices, banks and stores would revolutionize the way Americans travel and live. Protected cycling paths, as recently upgraded in Montreal, could also be laid as new rail lines are laid. A rail or sheltered bus stop within less than a mile of each person’s home and workplace is easily possible, with planning such as is already done in northern Europe. Options for facilitating the transportation of the elderly and persons with disabilities should be especially carefully taken into consideration and respected. Finally, those rail and protected cycling lanes could even be paneled to all transit centers within and between cities, and with energy production mechanisms like kinetic pavements and other forms of footfall generation, already used in many places. Thus, by the end of this first stage, public transit options can easily be greatly expanded for a safer, much more enjoyable, and even energy generating travel experience all across the United States.
In like manner, by the end of this first stage, the public library system could easily be much strengthened. The British library system give one example to look at, at least in terms of its robust ILL system, which was able to automatically request and obtain a copy of a book from the US, apparently unavailable in the UK due to being out of print, back in 2007! Our public library system should likewise be able to borrow, transparently to the library patron, all across the world, and free of charge. In addition, by the end of this stage, there could easily be additions of more individual and group study rooms to all branch and main library locations, with power outlets and better wifi, which is a continual problems in libraries these days (although access to gaming and such sites could be throttled to save bandwidth for learning activities and research…). In northern France (2015), highway rest stops have self-cleaning restrooms, automatically sanitized after each use. There seems to be nothing preventing us from installing similar washrooms in or next to public library branches for the added comfort of patrons and local residents near the branches. This would alleviate many problems faced by local branch librarians in more vulnerable neighborhoods, as well as providing slightly more humane access to wash facilities for those people currently experiencing homelessness. Given the central role that libraries exercise in the life of any local community, it seems a given that all branches should be open from at least 7am to 11pm every day of the week, all year round, including summers and holidays, which are the most difficult times for many children and even adults from abusive families, or without families. Finally, all lending in all media, film, electronic and also paper, should be available at all branches, with at least one, preferably two, dedicated Reference librarians (who hold at least an MLS), available all day long at every branch library. Obviously there will need to be more at the main library in any city, so many more librarians will need to be hired, as well as various staff to support them in the crucial work that they do for the public, and for our democracy.
Finally, and closely connected to the public library system, yet still a separate set of needs, we can and must, by the end of Phase I, have a robust system of rotations for continually updated finance law workshops. This system of free continuous financial legal learning could be partly based out of the public library system, which should have a conference room in each branch dedicated to free nightly lectures on consumer law. This ties all four parts of our public domain social and physical infrastructure together at the end of this first stage to start a continuously self-reinforcing virtuous cycle of learning and upgrading all parts of the Commons. Good public transportation used by the upper and middle classes to get to libraries for daily finance and consumer law lectures not only helps prevent medical debt and other consumer maladies from clogging the court systems, but also directly benefits public health. By increasing learning and lowering stress, these lectures also benefit public health in myriad manners. These common goods help to pave the way for the next stage of this project, Phase II, which begins fifteen years after the start of Phase I. With fifteen years to build a robust public library system, public transportation system, public health care system, and public system of free continuous education for all residents on local consumer law and policy, the stage will have been set for success in continuing the cultural change needed to complement those infrastructure upgrades, and move us closer to obtaining access to the Four Freedoms which President FDR outlined, for all of us.
— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 3. )
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.
As for genre, I’m still wondering: Non-fiction, System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.
Last week’s installment of this series…
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