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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-04-09 06:20 PM
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How to Share the World's Resources: A Proposal
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How to Share the World's Resources: A Proposal


A comprehensive proposal for how a system of economic sharing could function within a reformed world economy and the effect it would have on corporate trade, international finance and aid mechanisms.


How to Share The World's Resources: A Proposal
24th September 2007
Written by Rajesh Makwana
Edited by Adam W. Parsons

A purely market based approach to global resource allocation, based on the values of self-interest and competition, has proven incapable of securing basic human needs for the majority world. Under this model, the global economy has failed forty percent of the world's population who still live in poverty, resulting in the unnecessary deaths of some 50,000 people every day. At the same time, overconsumption, commercialization and financial speculation continues to destabilize the world economy and accelerate climate change.

If the international community is to address these issues directly, it is vital that those resources which are essential for meeting basic human needs are no longer controlled exclusively by private or national interests and traded only for profit.

Under the auspices of the United Nations, new mechanisms must be created to ensure that natural resources, essential goods and services are held in trust on behalf of the global community and managed cooperatively to secure basic human needs universally and perpetually. In the short term, the priority must be an emergency redistribution program to end extreme poverty.

Wider economic reform which strengthens economic democracy can ensure that a system of sharing essential resources could function alongside a reformed free-market that allocates non-essential goods and services.


Contents

Introduction
Shifting Economic Values
Proposing a System of Sharing
The United Nations
A United Nations Council For Resource Sharing (UNCRS)
1. The United Nations Emergency Redistribution Program (UNERP)
Emergency Redistribution as an Alternative to Aid
2. Restructuring the World Economy and Sharing Resources
Determining Essential Resources and Needs
Holding Natural Resources in Trust - A Global Commons Trust
Producing Essential Goods
Providing Essential Services
A Global Sharing Network (GSN)
How Sharing can Transform the World Economy
Conclusion
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-05-09 07:54 AM
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1. The concept of sharing...
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-05-09 08:37 PM
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3. we supposedly teach our kids to share
ha.. ha, we gave up up 'childish things'!

and then, isn't sharing kinda of like socialism? :eyes:
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-05-09 08:42 AM
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2. Well
We N. Americans are the minority of the world's human population and the most consumptive. If you are a member of that N. America subgroup you have a target on your back if redistribution is the arrow.

Why is it we were so fortunate to have so much for so little?
And will we be able to let go of it peacefully?
Doesn't look that way, eh?
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