November 9, 2011 in World
Let’s look closer at the steps to resolve the issues raised by the Occupy Movement.
The key to resolving these issues is for you (each person) to surrender to your heart’s passions, to bravely step forward, and to believe that you are taken care of by life itself. The challenge to doing this is the intricate, confusing, and conflicting array of laws that currently regulate life.
I previously identified two groups of people who make money: those who build wealth by taking advantage of quirks within laws and those who provide true value in the form of marketable products and services. The primary problem faced by those who provide true value is the weight of the laws used by first group.
This form of capitalistic socialism must stop because it is unsustainable.
We have two ways to stop it. We can allow it to collapse by continuing current practices or we can do the messy work of determining how to reduce the government regulation that got us here in the first place.
Some within the Occupy Movement believe the removal of government regulation was the cause of the foreclosure crisis. My opinion is that they don’t look deeply enough. They are looking at the cause of the surface problem. The problem must be solved at the root level or the surface problem will reoccur.
The root level problem is that we have given away our power to government regulation. We make decisions based on laws that may or may not be relevant. These rules and regulations are so verbose that they either cause analysis paralysis or force us to trust experts who claim to understand these rules. Either way, we quit thinking and start blaming.
This no longer works because life in our information age moves faster than the government entities can regulate it. As a result, outdated laws are used by those who make and enforce the laws to prevent other people with newer and possibly better ideas from competing with them. The list of people who do this is substantial.
Contrary to what many people think, it isn’t just Wall Street and bankers who take advantage of laws to make a living. Judges, attorneys, tax preparers, medical professionals, general contractors, teachers, professors, electricians, plumbers, social workers, therapists, food producers, and all who must be licensed do this.
This licensing procedure doesn’t tell anyone about the quality of the product they are getting. Instead, it provides numerous government jobs for those who regulate licensing. It allows those who are skilled at test-taking to acquire a license and possibly a job while eliminating those who maybe more skilled at the task and less skilled at test-taking. It creates bureaucracy without any guarantee of production.
A possible alternative is to allow the market to determine the failure or success of a product or service provider. For this to happen, we must systematically remove government regulation. This could get messy because it requires each person to take personal responsibility.
This is not something televised that we can watch from the sideline. Instead, it must take place between you and me, face to face, soul to soul, without a governmentally licensed third party to regulate it.
Looking at is this way, I can see why we haven’t yet resolved these issues.
Maybe it would be easier just to allow the system to collapse and build it from scratch.
What do you think? Do you see other solutions? Feel free to list them below.