Friday, February 27, 2015
Compensation for Commons
If you have a job that doesn’t pay enough to live on or to take care of your family would $5,000 or $20,000 extra for a family of four help if you received this once a year? This could be done in in the U.S. by charging rent for the use of our commons and for carbon taxes, financial transactions, intellectual property and technological infrastructure seeded with public money. Then there is also our natural resources, such as natural gas, oil, iron, gold, silver, copper, trees, water, clean air—all of these and more is considered sovereign wealth, which belongs to every U.S. citizen. Each citizen should have one share in America and receive each year dividends. Just like the corporations, which are using our commons for the most part free and it is time for them to pay up. This is what is done in the state of Alaska with its oil product. The citizens receive about $2,000 each a year as compensation. Most wage slave people here in the U.S. and around the world do not understand the concept of the commons and that they are the owners and should be compensated for the use of these commons, which have and are making the 1 percent of this world very rich and leaving the rest in the economy ruined. One out of every 21 people in New York is a millionaire, how did they get this money? There is a movement on this in some states in America and in some countries, but every wage slaves and the people who are retired don’t have jobs and all who are still in college should read the book, “With Liberty and Dividends For All” by Peter Barnes. This concept is not new, and Barnes outlines the concept and how it’s been underutilized. It started in the 17th century by Gerrard Winstanley, who led protests in England against enclosure and now in 2015, the time is ripe to consider this as the new economy for the 99 percent.