Geoliberal socialism is the ideology of justantherprimate. It is civically liberal, economically left, and culturally progressive. He believes that the ideas of liberalism and Georgism will work better in a market socialist society.
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State & Democracy
Geoliberal socialism defends a Liquid & Participative democracy, a semi-presidential republic, and Democratic federalism. he believes that the problems of the current democracy will be solved by increasing citizens' ability to have a real say in the topics they care about. It is also flexible and realistic. he supports federalism or a highly decentralized unitary government because it's the fairest most efficient way to run a government, also states or regions should follow a bioregional logic.it also supports open source & digital government ideas, such as the Estonian zero-bureaucracy.
Economically, Geoliberal socialism advocates for Keynesian/ordoliberal economics within a socialist market-based system with a focus on economic democracy. This system will resemble a Pluralist commonwealth.
According to Geoliberal socialism, private ownership (especially of the means of production) is a violent, coercive hierarchy that limits the potential of markets and the economy because it is a monopoly thus it hampers allocative efficiency. Also, it leads to private appropriation of property income, such income is generated by the working class, but it's stolen by the owner of property even though they didn't put any effort nor contribution, there before this institution is inherently exploitative.
Consequently, in aims to improve society, He proposes: 1.-Public/common ownership in some sectors Geoliberal socialism believes in the nationalization of land & natural resources. Following Georgist principles, profits from rent, owning will be socialized through taxation in the case of land, effectively making land Public. Also, the extraction of Natural resources will be slightly monopolized by Nationalized enterprises. But profits of the private cooperative sector by the extraction of natural resources will be socialized through taxation So Land & Natural resources will be commonly owned
Also, other natural monopolies, services that all of society relies on, or have inelastic demand, should be publicly owned and run without concern for profit. These publicly-owned bodies would be democratic, independent, advised by guilds of specialists, and will have highly participative components in which workers, consumers, and stakeholders (like communities near a mine) will have a say. These sectors will be Publicly owned or have a public character:
- Electric grid
- Water and sanitation systems
- Railways & interregional transportation services
- Local transportation services (run by a local authority)
- Postal service
- Health service
2.- Cooperative ownership of the means of production Geoliberal socialism aims to fully socialize the means of production, either by slow reform or a "democratic revolution".Cooperative enterprises will make up the majority of economic activity and employment in the market. Small and medium-sized enterprises will be allowed to remain or be created as private, though only if they certify as “B-corps”. B-corp is a certification that ensures a standard of social and environmental responsibility in addition to a minimum level of horizontality and workplace democracy if these regulations are broken the business will be closed. in the meantime Co-determination, Profit sharing, Employee stock ownership, and other methods that give more power to the workers will be encouraged.
3.-the common ownership of ideas (pirate politics) the abolition of intellectual property, and the replacement of patents with prizes.
On taxation, he hates the current tax system, it doesn't focus on reducing wealth inequality and doesn't punish actions that harm the commons. because of this he will (implement/legislate/start) a tax shift from the current taxes to a new era of taxation, one that will reduce wealth inequality and punish polluters, In this Fiscal model there are 3 main groups of taxes: redistributive/general taxes, Eco taxes/Georgist and Sin taxes. The taxes left out will be abolished like Income Vat Sales and others.
Details : 1.-Redistributive/General taxes:
- Wealth tax: will tax the entirety of an individual's assets at a fair market price. will only apply to extreme wealth
- Inheritance tax
- Automated payment transaction tax + bank tax: (APT) is a small, automatically collected, flat tax on all economic transactions, its only point is to collect revenue + (bank tax) proposed to improve financial stability
- Social tax(income): it's basically an income tax set at a progressive rate, but its revenue will go toward social insurance, health insurance, savings accounts and Pensions.
- Data tax:
- Harberger tax: This will be a transitional tax on the private property of capital goods, to improve the current state of capitalism. Which consists of a system that allows people to declare the price of their assets but for which they would have to pay an annual fixed tax. If a buyer offers to purchase the asset at the declared price, the owner of the asset cannot refuse to sell. will be abolished when private property is phased out.
- Land value tax: will fund UBI
- Carbon tax: will fund the carbon dividend
- Natural-resource consumption tax
- Point-source toxic/water/air pollution tax
- Vehicle miles traveled tax
- Plastic tax
- Landfill tax
- Farm chemical tax
- Other steering/pigouvian taxes
- Fat tax
- Sugar tax
- Alcohol tax
- Cigarette tax
- Meat tax
the majority of tariffs will be eliminated and replaced by Eco tariffs
Macroeconomic & Monetary Policy
In Macroeconomic policy, He kinda likes Modern monetary theory a lot.
Geoliberal socialism has a hard time choosing between New-Keynesianism or Postkeynes.png Post-Keynesianism. He prefers the framework, economic analysis, and even some policies like Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) of Post-Keynesianism, but is afraid that, given their lack of real-world application, if ever implemented it would lead to a crisis.
He hopes that one day, policies like Modern monetary theory will prove correct in the real world. If they prove incorrect, New Keynesian policies should be embraced with a Post-Keynesian touch. But in the end, he just wants to incorporate Keynesianism in a Marketsoc.png market socialist economy.
He wants a strong welfare state to ensure that members of a society can meet basic human needs, have a meaningful life, and increased productivity through greater support for deeper specialization. Also, welfare saves money, like the American healthcare system would be cheaper if universal and single-payer. He supports the implementation of a pack of universal welfare programs such as:
Universal basic services
UBS advocates a wider range of free public services enabling every citizen to meet their basic needs and achieve certain levels of security, opportunity, and participation. The core principles are:
Universal: guaranteed entitlement according to need and not one’s ability to pay. Basic: sufficient rather than minimal, enabling people to meet their basic needs, participate in society, and flourish. Services: collectively generated activities that serve the public interest.
Under UBS, the provision of free public services must go beyond health or education to cover other basic necessities (e.g., housing, care, transport, information, nutrition). UBS will be more egalitarian and redistributive than our current welfare system.
UBS can also be more sustainable by decarbonizing the economy in a just way – rather than disproportionally loading the costs on the lower income brackets – and by supporting sustainable consumption corridors.
Provide Public, affordable housing & Homeless shelter
Implement Universal, Broad, Single-payer healthcare & National Social care services
Boost Public, free education.Guaranteed Universal access to education Implement a good educational method like Design-based learning & Phenomenon-based learning.
Improve Local transport to access other services, shops, and employment. Fully implement Free, public, sustainable transport Build High-speed rail, Light rail transit, Bus rapid transit,
National Foodbank Food security Food Stamps
- Information :
Access to communications that enable participation in society as well as access to the other services. Freedom of information Municipal wireless network Public library
Universal basic capital
UBC is another way of looking at social security. UBC is a predistribution mechanism to address wealth inequality. Having a liquid and protected safety net to fall back on puts workers in a fairer bargaining position, the value of one’s combined assets can serve as a buffer in times of income fluctuation or emergencies.
- Baby Bonds: Bonds from birth funded directly out of Treasury and held in an account by the federal government, similar to Social Security.
- Postal Banking System: Will administer a guaranteed high yield savings account, the Government Retirement Accounts, and Universal social insurance, the USI is a group of insurances, unemployment insurance, and general insurance.
- Government Retirement Accounts: administered by a Postal Banking System, it will have two modes of capitalization: Individual and Collective, on the first one, GRAs would be individually owned accounts, returning individual contributions just like 401(k). On the second mode, a fraction of every individual contribution will be grouped in one fund the returns will be given back to all in need.
Universal basic income
This UBI should, and can be, entirely independent of welfare payments, unemployment insurance, and so forth, thus ameliorating the concern that it would replace the welfare state. He has his own model of UBI that is the mixing of these models:
- Universal basic dividend (UBD)
In this system, a percentage of capital stock (shares) from every initial public offering (IPO) will be channeled into a Commons Capital Depository, with the associated dividends funding a universal basic dividend (UBD).
- Citizen's dividend / Commons dividend
Citizen's dividend is a proposed policy based upon the Georgist principle that the natural world is the common property of all people thus everyone has a right to benefit from it. It is proposed that all citizens receive regular payments (dividends) from revenue raised by taxing the value of land, natural resources, and the rest of the commons.
This concept is a form of universal basic income (UBI), where the citizen's dividend depends upon the value of natural resources or what could be titled the commons
- Carbon fee and dividend
The system imposes a carbon tax on the carbon emissions, and then distributes the revenue of this tax over the entire population (equally, on a per-person basis) as a monthly income or regular payment. He supports implementing them either combined or separated.
Social wealth fund
Even though he supports mostly left to far left economic policies and absolutely despises Fiscal Conservatism economic rationale, He is concerned about the Fiscal sustainability of the programs like a green new deal and UBI, UBS and UBC. Theoretically Post-Keynesian economics says that the gov. could pay for all, but there is not real world evidence of this theory. If MMT turns out to be shit, another way to pay for these programs and still be Economically Sustainable, is to create a Sovereign Wealth Fund & a Development Bank.
A National Wealth Fund is a state-owned investment fund that invests in real and financial assets. It will operate like the Norwegian Government Pension Fund; this means its profits will help to pay social spending. Specifically this model's purpose is to aliviate/help to cope/ with the debt and deficit generated by programs like a green new deal and UBI, UBS and UBC.
And also it is in part a Stabilization Fund and a Future Generation Fund, this means, the SWF will receive a part of the revenue from natural resources, thus maintaining a steady level of government revenue in the face of major commodity price fluctuations (hence the term "stabilization"), as well as the avoidance of inflation and associated atrophy of other domestic sectors (Dutch disease). And also the FGF part means that it is to invest in a diversified portfolio of appropriate growth assets in order to provide for future generations.
The Fund will have a diverse revenue composed of: A part of the revenue from the taxation of the ownership, consumption, extraction, use (etc) of natural resources by private enterprises (Like mining) Also public surplus from natural resources from public enterprises the surplus of the public enterprises. Profits of public oil companies
It will strictly follow the guidelines of ethical investing, to avoid investing in projects that damage the planet and society. This means the SWF will invest in green projects, cooperatives, and other democratic enterprises. An advantage is that the state can make a longer-term investment, hopefully attracting other forms of finance to support firms that private investors are not yet prepared to invest in.
The SWF will have a division that administer the universal basic dividend system.
Geolibsoc belives that unions, collective bargaining and flexsecurity are better than government regulation of the labour market and have an important role to play in reducing inequality and providing workers with protection. He believes that the role of governments is to establish a basic regulation (Living wage, maximum hours, anti-union busting laws, ban child labour, parental leave and basic employee benefits) , support unions and workers that want to unionize, keep unions working with businesses as partners rather than as adversaries.
Geolib socialism acknowledges man made global warming and thinks that climate change and its consequences is the biggest threat that humanity has to face Although individual action can have some impacts on the environment, that's not enough. Only international government action will solve this crisis, technological progress is absolutely crucial but it alone will not save us.
Green new deal
He believes that the fastest, comprehensive, and socially just solution to global warming is a Global Green New Deal/Global Marshall Plan Under this plan individual countries will implement national green new deals , and at the international level a global confederacy/supranational entity will coordinate and execute a global plan that will focus on the world-wide implementation of environmental regulations and a national GND, the enforcement of this regulations (underdeveloped countries will not be punished), the supervision of each national environmental program, helping poor countries reach the targets set, and ensure a just transition for the working class all around the world. On the global scale every country will pay their fair share, this means the global north and imperialist countries will pay reparations to the global south, poor countries will pay as its ability.
On concrete policy measures He is a syncretic environmentalist, taking many approaches and combining them to form its own ecological thought.Though he believes that abandoning the profit motive, and capitalistic private property will set the path for a more long-term sustainable economy, and technological progress like Synthetic meat, GMOs, biodegradable plastic, and other technologies all play a role to fight climate change.They are not enough, any effort to fight climate change has to include market-based systems and regulations.
- Green tax shift :
The object of a green tax shift is to implement a "full cost accounting" or "true cost accounting", using fiscal policy to internalize market distorting externalities, which leads to sustainable wealth creation. these taxes are.
- Land value tax
- Carbon tax
- Natural-resource consumption tax
- Point-source toxic/water/air pollution tax
- Vehicle miles traveled tax
- Farm chemical tax
- General steering tax
Under geolibsoc the energy market will be dominated by National utility companies, the rest will be Democratic Cooperatives and Community/Municipal-owned enterprises. Due to energy production's character as an extremely strategically important industry, the state should coordinate the market to ensure quality service. At the same time, while the market would be effectively completely dominated by the state, the industry should not be centralized to one authority but instead, several state-owned energy-providing companies should compete with each other in fair market conditions.
Also, the smart grid system will be implemented to greatly improve reliability, availability, and efficiency, and it will reduce the centralization of energy. This system is a good way to massively expand renewable energy because it mitigates the flaws of renewable energy.
According to geolibsoc the energy mix should be made up of:
Nuclear energy: as a primary and backup source.
He believes that nuclear energy has an important role in the fight against climate change, mainly as a base and backup of every energy mix. He supports Small Modular Reactors as its main model of reactors, they can give energy to small communities or big cities because they are easily scalable, can be mass-produced, and used in a decentralized way. Conventional big reactors will be constructed in energy-demanding zones like big cities and regional capital cities. Breeder reactor technology will be applied in both models as much as possible. Thorium fuel will be preferred over Uranium and Plutonium will be bann
Renewable energy: as a secondary source. Among all renewable energies, He likes Solar energy, Wind energy, Green hydrogen, small-scale run-of-the-river hydroelectric, and geothermal energy, on the contrary, he hates biofuels and big dam hydroelectric.
The transportation sector of services, unlike the rest of the services sector, should be mostly based on larger state-owned and private companies co-existing on the market. According to Geolibsoc trams, trains and metro are modes of transportation that should be dominated if not monopolized by state-companies, while other types of public transport like buses, taxis, airplanes etc. should operate with private and state companies competing in market conditions. Logistics and transportation of resources and goods should be primarily performed by the state.
To at least survive climate change it is absolutely necessary to greatly reduce the use of private transport (mainly cars) and replace it with public transport. Favors public transportation, especially trains, because they provide an equitable transportation system, reduce air pollution, create a sense of community, improve community mobility and health, commuter productivity, and road congestion.
Because of this, each GND will greatly increase public transportation specifically:
- Trolleybus (urban/suburban area short-travel)
- Trams (urban/suburban area short-travel)
- Light Rail (urban/suburban area even inter-city)
- Mass rapid transit ( urban/suburban area)
- Freight trains (long travel)
- High-speed train (inter-city and long travel)
Trucks will be replaced by freight trains, buses will be used on a small scale, and in human-friendly cities, walking and biking will be the main method of transportation.
Infrastructure & Urban planning
It has been proven time and time again that in times of economic crisis or large recession, the state can boost demand and stimulate the economy. It is also proven that one of the best forms of spending is Infrastructure spending The greatest problem of Infrastructure spending is that gov. does not expect recessions or they don't have any plan to what to do, so when one hits, governments try to spend as fast as possible in a very uncoordinated way, this means that they don't necessarily spend on needed projects but on new projects that nobody asked for. To improve this he proposes a “to-do list” of infrastructure or long-term strategic planning. This will be a "list" where guilds, specialists in the field, and gov planners will organize projects in priority from "In immediate need" to "Long-term need", also citizens will propose projects and rank them in priority and they will have veto power. This list will be constantly actualized when a project ends or they add other projects. When a recession hits, the government will revise the list and act in accordance, spending on projects "In immediate need", in normal times the state will also spend on infrastructure but not as much and mainly on maintenance and keep executing ongoing projects.
Other policies include Geoliberal socialism wants to implement a good Urban planning system that will relieve stress, mitigate climate change, reduce wealth inequality, improve human relations and create a more sustainable human lifestyle Because of this he supports a set of policies to create an ideal sustainable city
A)Smart growth/Compact city
The Smart growth or Compact city is an urban planning and urban design concept, which promotes growth in compact walkable urban centers and relatively high residential density with mixed land uses. It is based on an efficient public transport system and has an urban layout that encourages walking and cycling, low energy consumption, and reduced pollution. A large resident population provides opportunities for social interaction as well as a feeling of safety in numbers and "eyes on the street". It is also arguably a more sustainable urban settlement type than urban sprawl because it is less dependent on the car, requiring less (and cheaper per capita) infrastructure provision.
This entails things/policies like: Transit-oriented development, Pedestrian/Bicycle-friendly land use, affordable housing, the replacement of car-based infrastructure with human-friendly and rail infrastructure, and others. On Public & Affordable housing, we should copy models like Social housing in Vienna or Village houses in Hungary, The Viennese model is the ideal model, it gives a lot of comprehensive, quality housing at an affordable (or free) price. I like the Hungarian model because of its simplicity and that it proves that you don't need more than 10 floors to house a significant population, Social housing initiatives will incorporate local, historical and indegenous elements to public housing architecture Also to achieve a Compact city in already car-developed cities the Superblock model will allow us to achieve a sustainable city.
There will be a green belt that will go around every city: A green belt is, in essence, a policy for controlling urban growth. The idea is for a ring around a certain area where urbanization will be stopped, allowing wildlife to return and be established.
The fundamental aim of green belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by creating a physical boundary like a forest, this also will allow the regeneration & protection of natural environments, improve air quality within urban areas, will ensure that urban dwellers have access to natural environments with their consequential educational and recreational opportunities
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