How Humanity Will Snatch Victory From Economic Defeat

Copiosis is humanity's victory
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We’re witnessing capitalism’s predicted downward slide. Just as Copiosis gains more awareness and support. More [smart] people and organizations are beginning to look at how that slide is affecting people and how those effects further threaten the global economy.

This confluence will see humanity snatch victory from the ruins of capitalism. Out of its ashes, and the ashes of communism and socialism, will rise the shining light that is real freedom born from Copiosis.

McKinsey & CO. published a report not long ago called POORER THAN THEIR PARENTS? FLAT OR FALLING INCOMES IN ADVANCED ECONOMIES. Data in this report illustrates really good news: as more people realize capitalism is in trouble (if not doomed), more people seek alternatives. As said above, many think Copiosis offers a compelling replacement.

Back to the report: According to research, in the United States, where I live, single mothers are 20 times more represented among the lowest-income households as they are in the highest-income ones. For many readers this probably is a no brainier. But implications of this statistic are far reaching.

The poor are coal mine canaries

Another group hard hit by flagging capitalism are the less educated and less skilled people. According to this report, these people are  “…more likely than those who [are economically] advancing, to support nationalist political parties [and policies] such as France’s National Front…[and the United Kingdom’s BREXIT and Trumpism.]”

Indeed, unrest among the poor, less educated and unskilled indicate problems politicians usually ignore until said problems are acute. In the last few years though, such problems have gone epidemic, affecting even the middle class.

In other words, the canaries are dead.

This is good news for Copiosis

So we have the virtuous cycle of people hard hit by eroding capitalism, choosing ideologies which further erode the system, which further affects people, which creates a greater need for an alternative, an alternative called Copiosis.

I call that a virtuous cycle because this cycle is birthing a better societal system. So it’s ok the poor, single mothers and others are struggling. Their struggle is part of that birthing process. It’s also temporary, just like giving birth.

And like good obstetricians, we’re facilitating that birth. The baby is coming. It brings a compelling narrative we at Copiosis call Real Freedom and Fundamental Change.

We’ve talked about real freedom a lot in this blog, but if you missed it, it’s a hallmark of what Copiosis offers. We describe it here:

Copiosis brings real freedom to all

That’s a compelling narrative, especially once one understands how Copiosis creates this situation.

Other compelling narratives sparking cries for better and more are surfacing nearly every quarter these days. 2020 was a year of many compelling narratives: COVID-19, Trump, food lines, unemployment, businesses shuttering…these all compel some people to ask “can we do better?”, while it compels others to demand “we CAN do better!”

We see the latter in BLM and other similar protests.

Copiosis will benefit the poor…everyone else too

Some wonder why it is people can’t rise out of poverty today. They often point to poverty-stricken people as a point-of-blame for their trouble.

What isn’t as often acknowledged are the systemic challenges creating lack of opportunity for many of these folk. This lack of opportunity often creates a malaise among those in poverty, leading to a sense of hopelessness, helplessness and efficacy-deficits middle class and rich people don’t face.

As I’ve pointed out elsewhere though, these symptoms of the poverty-stricken are now being increasingly being felt by middle class people the world over as they face a litany of undesirable outcomes in their collective “what is”, a “what is” fueled by capitalism’s downfall. That’s the compelling narrative: bringing experiences of the poor to the rest of us.

This is all good news.

Back to single mothers and the poverty stricken

In response to a well-thought-out critique of Copiosis, I describe the origin of most crime in the world as a feeling-condition made up of efficacy-deficits and how they arise. I believe these efficacy-deficits are passed from generation to generation, giving rise to a large amount of crime today.

Because Copiosis solves this efficacy-deficit directly and from a number of directions, we can make the claim that we eliminate most crime in the world once Copiosis becomes the dominant economic system. Want more detail than that? Download the critique and turn to page 11. There I detail eight sources of crime and how Copiosis eliminates all of them.

Unless we understand where and why crime happens, it can’t be eliminated. But that doesn’t mean its elimination is impossible. Crime can be eliminated. But not while capitalism, communism and socialism still exist.

Some think capitalism’s decline foretells an empire’s collapse. We think it foretells humanity’s victory. Copiosis is that victory.

The nature of necessities in Copiosis

provide necessities to allA member of our Facebook Social page asked: How do we decide what are necessities?  Is all and any education or healthcare a necessity, or only up to a certain level?

Let’s use this post to examine this question.

In Copiosis, all humans get necessities—healthcare, clothing, shelter, food, and education—provided to them at no cost.  No one is compelled to give you food, say, if you’re a jerk.  So in order to get your necessities, you have to comply with the common expectation in most human societies—don’t be a jerk.

The categories of necessities—clothing, education, healthcare, shelter, and food—may not change.  Which products and services in those categories are designated as necessary will change over time.

Locals need the freedom to determine what is necessary, so necessities are determined by location.  For example, a winter coat in North Dakota is probably a necessary clothing item, though not in Southern California.  A Gucci winter coat is probably not a necessity even in North Dakota.  A coat designated as a necessity would probably be a functional, generic brand that keeps you warm, looks nice, but is not a status symbol.  If you think about it, there are a lot of products and services that fall into our five categories, but wouldn’t be necessary.

The Copiosis society as I see it would err on the side of providing as much of both of these necessities. Why? Because healthy, well-educated people make the best societies.

In health care for example, plastic surgery in most cases would not be a necessary procedure.

While the steering committee, the Copiosis Organization, and local communities will have some say what goes into these five categories and what doesn’t, ultimately, producers will decide what their product will be, and their net-benefit reward is contingent on it.

For example, as a producer I may designate my product a necessity because I want the largest number of people to benefit, thus causing me to earn a lot of NBR, all other factors being equal.  The easiest way to do that is (a) make it a necessity, (b) make it perform well for its primary purpose (c) make sure that the product is made as sustainably as possible (cradle-to-cradle manufacturing) and (d) incorporate other functions into the product to make it eminently beneficial.

If I’m making a winter coat, I may want to ensure it is made from materials that are readily renewable or from recycled materials. Maybe I can make the coat from old coats (former waste).  I definitely want to make sure it not only keeps people warm, but also dry.  It could be attractive enough for people to want to wear it.  I want my manufacturing to be as environmentally neutral and to employ as many people as possible so long as those people are doing satisfying things that go into making the coat.  Alternatively, I could have it fully automated.  Either way offers benefits.  Finally, I would want my product to be incorporated into other products in some way or be returnable to the originating factory where it can be refurbished new and provided to someone else.  I might also incorporate sensors that allow medical research, or that monitor the wearer’s biometrics and report that to her physician.  It might also incorporate some kind of emergency distress system that could alert emergency services if something were to happen to the wearer.

You get the point.  Alternatively, I could designate my coat as a luxury, but that’s a different matter.

I don’t see any valid argument for limiting education in any way—education facilitates self-actualization and individual productivity or fulfillment.  Healthcare is another matter.  Clearly there are some procedures that are elective.  But everyone does need healthcare from time to time, for chronic and circumstantial issues, trauma care, and such.  The Copiosis society as I see it would err on the side of providing as much of both of these necessaries as possible.  Why?  Because healthy, well-educated people make the best societies.

How to win the War on Drugs

Drug War

We’re going to win the war on drugs by surrendering.

Americans balk at avoiding a fight, a tendency that’s gotten us in a lot of trouble. The War on Drugs is a great example.  We focus on solutions at Copiosis, so I’m not going to detail the drug war’s history.  You likely have opinions about it anyway, we don’t need to quibble about who’s right.

My guess though, is your solutions are based in status quo thinking.  Let’s look at how surrendering to drugs causes us to win the war on drugs.

By surrendering, I don’t mean making all drugs legal.  That’s only part of the solution. A peaceful victory needs a lot more.

Some definitions and motivations

First, by “drugs” I’m talking about those substances producing extreme dependence in the user, causing deterioration of a person’s productive function, where “productive” means contributing to society in a positive, meaningful way however that looks for each individual.  So, I’m referring to extreme use of cocaine, meth, crack, and other such drugs predominantly, not marijuana per se.  I do include chronic use of more recreational drugs like marijuana as well, as well as ecstasy and the misuse/abuse of functionally useful drugs such as morphine and other pharmaceuticals, to the degree they reduce a person’s productive function.

When I talk about the “War” on drugs, I’m referring to the moral purpose of the war, not the war itself.  By that I mean efforts to free individuals and society from the undesirable results of chronic problem use and abuse of substances which produce negative results described above.

There are all kinds of reasons why people use the drugs mentioned above. Many begin using them out of curiosity. Seems to me (and I could be wrong) that the most socially-destructive forms of drug use exist in poor and disadvantage communities, often black and Latino, or poor white communities.  

Drug consumption and abuse exist in the middle-class and upper-class segments too of course. Those instances need attention. The most obvious example of drug abuses impacts exists in the lower income communities. At least that seems to be the case in the US.

A choice born of circumstance

By surrendering I mean allowing people to make their own choices from a position of freedom that for most people is not available today.  The kind of freedom I’m referring to is not possible while debt-based economies, corporate-controlled governments, and the need to earn a living to afford basic necessities dominate.  In Copiosis, people are freed from these velvet glove oppressors.  This is a prerequisite to winning the war.  Why?

Good question.

All our social problems stem from a lack of personal freedom.

I believe drug use continued to the abuse stage, is a choice made out of desperation.  It’s desperation born of a perceived lack of choice, freedom and options.  The lack results from the economic and social context in which the choosing happens.  This context includes every day stresses of living in contemporary society, stresses that are hard to single out because together they represent “daily life”.

Let’s look at the basics.  If you don’t earn money, you don’t have a place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, or other resources you need to survive.  A very few know this is not really true, but the vast majority of people, you included, probably, believe that if you are not earning money, you’re in a precarious position.

That reality alone spawns a whole lot of fears:

  • Fear of performing poorly in your job.
  • Fear of long-term illness.
  • Fear of getting divorce.
  • Fear of choosing the wrong partner.
  • Fear of others (of getting robbed, swindled, cheated out of your money).
  • Fear of competition for jobs, money, food, etc.
  • Fear of not belonging.
  • Fear of not finding love.

The list really can be endless depending on how much you believe you must rely on (i.e. pay money to) others to get what you need or keep what you have.

You’re not consciously aware of all this on a daily basis.  All that is needed for these stresses to reach your conscious awareness is a single event—a news story about poor economic performance, rumors at work, pandemic scares or actual pandemics, insecurity-triggering advertisements, suspicions that your partner is cheating, being rejected by that man or woman, and so on…

Any one of these can bring your fears front and center.

Drugs offer relief from these stressors.  Some people get relief through exercise,  others from sex, others from shopping.  Some turn to drugs for relief and don’t let that become a problem.

Others, however, turn to drugs and their lives change forever.

The key to a society-wide surrender to drug use is realizing that the decision to try drugs is a choice born out of circumstance.  If we’re going to win, we must focus on the circumstances compelling such choices and then do something about them.

Lack of personal freedom.

We’re definitely not as free as most of us would prefer.  “If money were no consideration, meaning you had all the money in the world, what would you be doing right now?”  I asked many people this question at the start of Copiosis, and the answers I received were a strong impetus to get Copiosis off the ground.

Making everyone more free solves nearly all our social problems, including drug use.  People living in traditional socioeconomic systems are not free. By free I mean this:

Based on this definition of freedom, you can see no one is free on the planet. So the question becomes: if we want this level of freedom, which I call real freedom, how do we do that? And how does that win the war on drugs?

By providing all necessities to everyone at no cost alone, we eliminate many pressures stressing people out.  I’ve written about this before and it’s not hard to think about the reality of this.  If food, clothing, shelter, education and health care were all provided to everyone at no cost, most things people do to afford these things they’d no longer do, thereby freeing up more and more of their time to do what they want.

The first step to winning through surrender is making people more free by providing a society where they don’t have to earn a living.  The next step is making all drugs legal.  In Copiosis, that’s easy.

Why socioeconomic problems are both burden and solution

Prediction.001“The soil, it appears, is suited to the seed, for it has sent its reticle downward, and it may now send its shoot upward also with confidence. Why has man rooted himself thus firmly in the earth, but that he may rise in the same proportion into the heavens above? For the nobler plants are valued for the fruit they bear at last in the air and light, far from ground….”

– Walden, Henry David Thoreau

 

I wrote before that some believe humanity’s end is here.

A different perspective: Darkest yet it gets ‘fore dawn.

Humanity may fizzle under weight of it’s self-inflicted calamities. What I find is how spectacularly inadequate we are at prediction: The cosmos and its purpose are far beyond human comprehension. So too human ingenuity.

That means my guess is as good as anyone else’s. Including the doomsayers.  What puts the odds in favor of this post is I’m taking action – as are others – to create a better reality than we have. Until there are too few for viable human reproduction, the task continues.

Escape Velocity

Perhaps pernicious problems are purposeful. Example: our space rockets require tremendous amounts of fuel to escape Earth’s pull. Heavy fuel. Yet our rockets carry that weight, plus the fuel tanks, to achieve Escape Velocity. Beyond Earth’s gravity, excess fuel burned, fuel stages ejected, the ship is free. Fuel is both burden and solution.

Pernicious problems orient humanity to important things. Intractable problems beget unreasonable solutions. Our best and brightest are not on Wall Street, in hedge funds, on trading floors. Those are the duped. The sheep. Our real bright stars are focused on goals that will “shoot [humanity] upward with confidence”. Rooting ourselves firmly in the earth through problems we create, we soon “may rise in the same proportion to the heavens”.

Achieving this escape velocity may be Challenge Number One. But spaceship humanity is fueled and ready.

Humanity isn’t over. We’re just getting started.