Centers for Economic Planning
A Center for Economic Planning is a local company owned by all the members of the jurisdiciton where it is created. This jurisdiction may be a city, a county, or a group of municipalities that forms a union for the purpose of creating a CEP because individually these municipalities are without the resources to fund a CEP on their own.
As the name implies a Center for Economic Planning aim is investment. It is intended to funded through a small sales tax, although there is nothing that states the funding has to come from a sales tax. The CEP will operate through elected representation from within the jurisdiction where it is created but will be directed by direct democratic forces. The people within the city, county, or group of cities will have a great deal of control over investment and the representation is merely the facilitator of public will.
The purpose of the CEP is to allow people without money to decide what they will produce which increased the amount of opportunites available within that jurisdiction. The CEP is owned by all the people within the city, the businesses that are created or purchased are owned by all the people within the city. In this there is no incentive for the CEP to minimize labor costs in order to maximize profits since the goal is to maximize the satisfaction of the citzenry. The opportunities the people create through their CEP will typically be a better quality of opportunities than the opportunities created privately. In short, more opportunities and a better quality of opportunities.
In empowering people to decide what they will produce, people become empowered to decide production gear towards renewable energy and sustainability, which provides humanity its best hope at avoiding the premature extinction of the species due to man made global warming. The only way to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is by reducing the deman for fossil fuel which cannot take place unless the people have a vehicle to decide production, and presently, most of the population in the United States is without the means to participate in such decisions.
Inherent in a better quality of opportunities is the obvious benefit of increasing the income levels of the population. This will allow people to make greener choices and reduce their carbon foot print in an effort to preserve the habitability of the earth for future generations.
Thomas Ferguson, the foremost authority on investment politics, wrote the following “…political action is far more costly in terms of both time and money than classical democratic theories imagined. As a consequence, popular control of the state depends on the extent to which ordinary citizens can bear those costs. Nothing metaphysical is implied here: to control the state citizens need to be able to share costs and pool resources easily. In practical terms, this requires functioning organizations – unions, neighborhood organizations, cooperatives, etc. – in civil society that represent them without enormous expenditures of time and money. There is one and only one guarantee of this: those organizations have to be controlled by and financially dependent on them.”
( Golden Rule: The Investment Theory Of Party Competition And The Logic Of Money-Driven Political Systems, Chicago, University of Chicago Press)
In addition to people having the power to popularly decide production, the profits associated with the businesses that will be owned by the CEP are subject to popular direction. The reason people who are among the top 1% and more specifically among the top 1/10th of 1% have the resources to determine the course of politics, essentially select who the voters will vote for, is because they own the major industrial players.
A Center for Economic Planning creates ownership on a progressively major scale from among those who own little or nothing. This provides a majority of the population the resources to compete in politics and have their interests represented in government even if those interests are opposed to the interest of industry and wealth. A Center for Economic Planning is an “organization…that represents them (populous) without enormous expenditures of time and money. (which is)…controlled by and financially dependent on them”.
A city or the jurisdiction of people who own a Center for Economic Planning does not require an enormous amount of time and money from those people. Simply a portion of that city with an interest that requires representation or candidate whom they have an interest in supporting expressed to the Center for Economic Planning, and their elected representation which is financially dependent and controled by said population, will execute the directive with the Center being possessed of the resources to make such an execution feasible.
A Center for Economic Planning is an avenue, in fact the only avenue, to achieve popular control of the state. It brings to life the word often spoken but never seen: democracy.
For those of you who are interested in the first edition of the book , the outline of processes and prospects it is available through the link below, and much of what is mentioned above is reiterated and expanded on in the book. In one final act of redundancy (this description and the book) which I find necessary due to all the people who have mistaken a Center for Economic Planning with co-op let me provide a brief distinction betweent the two.
A co-op is small group of citizens who create a business which is owned by the members who usually also fulfill operational responsibilities within the business. It benefits the workers who are also the managers but still serves no interest to the broader population aside from the products it sells or the services it provides.
A Center for Economic Planning is a company that is owned by the entire population where it exists. It purchases and creates businesses as it is directed to by the population. The entire population has a stake in the success of the CEP owned businesses on a few fronts: A: even for private business owners they benefit from the rest of the population having better income opportunities through the CEP as it provides people with greater means to purchase the goods and services it provides. B: the profits of CEP owned business are invested and appropreated any way the population decides, which means even a citizen who neither works for a CEP nor has an interest in using the CEP to particpate in decisions of production, still has an interest in directing political power through the CEP or some other apropreation related issue. C: The prosperity of the population has the potential for great social ripples that benefit everyone. Reductions in crime through reductions in poverty and inequality. Increases in educational opportunities and home enviornments more conducive to learning and intellectual development as people benefit greater incomes, which in turn reduces crime and paves the way for social mobility, opportunity, the development of intersts and hope.
The points being, a co-op benefits the people involved in the co-op, the same as the corporation, whereas the Center for Economic Planning benefits the whole people who live within its jurisdiciton.
Centers for Economic Planning is the first book in the Black Series of Books. The black series of books are justice related books that consist primarily of legislative ideas to address problems. Other books in the Black Series of Books is Poor Lives Matter which focuses on the correlation of poverty and inequality related to police exposure and the unnecessary use of deadly force by law enforcement; and the outline for the Criteria for Deadly Force and Enforcement Act which addresses the aformentioned problem. The third book of the Black Series is The Homeless Liberation Initiative which is complete but requires some minor modifications. Poor Lives Matter also requires some modification although it is available on Amazon with errors. All three books will be released soon as the Black Book Vol. 1, books 1-3.
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