Common ground key to social problems

Thursday, January 31, 2019
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As the government seeks to find solutions to the issues that affect us daily in society, they first need to find “Common Ground,” that place where they can begin fruitful conversation and debate, to come to some viable conclusion to any given issue. I observe a reluctance by the parties involved to share in the causal effects of their laws and policies on society. It’s quite evident that unless they come together at some point, the effects of their unwillingness to get these issues resolved are only going to get worse for society as a whole.

Common ground is the key to most of the social problems that we face in America, as in fact it is all over the world. Not so much the common ground needed for proper discussion or debate, but the Common Ground that is the source of many of the social problems on earth; the Common Ground that we stand on, which is the land. Whoever owns the land, enslaves the people who live and work on it.

Every living thing on earth needs the land to exist, and for anyone or any organization to take ownership of the land, is to deprive folks of their right to the full fruits of their labor. The taxes we pay, in my opinion, are tribute we pay for the right to work, and exist. People are in competition with each other for employment, because government isn’t working for We the People. Tax laws that work only for the rich, health-care plans that ask us to pay the premium, and the bill, schools with not enough material or outdated material, infrastructure that needs attention, and so many other issues ignored, as we the people carry the weight of society on our shoulders.

It’s not that there’s not enough; it’s the unjust distribution of wealth that stagnates growth. Would bringing home the Gross instead of the Net change most people’s condition? I think so. If the restrictive taxes were removed from production, would manufacturers be more incentivized to produce? Taxes on labor, and the property produced by labor, are unjust by the way they deprive us of the full fruits of our labor.

Commonground is the solution to many of the ills in society. By making land common to the masses, we can all receive the full fruits of our labor. I don’t propose to take anyone’s land. There is a much better and peaceful way to accomplish this. If we apply a tax to the value of land in America, and put that revenue into a fund for the Common Good, we can cover the running of government, health-care, education, infrastructure, the military, and any other needs of the people. Abolishing all other taxes will open up production and trade, which will give labor access to employment. Since the value of land is based on population, it’s only right that the population should benefit from it’s revenue. The rich who government seems to favor will benefit also in that they won’t pay those taxes either.

Since social conditions are causing the problems in society, raising the conditions of society will resolve many of the problems that struggle and poverty produce. The stress of want contributes to crime, alcoholism, and other addictions, gun violence, and violence in general. That urgent urge to Get and to Keep is pitting us against each other in our attempt to just live.

Chains of habit are stronger than the hardest steel! Seek out the truth and let that knowledge help us to break those old rusty chains. We can’t look to government for change, as their job is to keep the Status Quo in favor of the rich.

Social reform is not to be secured by noise and shouting; by complaints and denunciation; by the formation of parties, or the making of revolutions; but by the awakening of thought and progress of ideas. Until there be correct thought, there cannot be right action; and when there is correct thought, right action WILL follow. Power is always in the hands of the masses of men. What oppresses the masses is their own ignorance, their own shortsighted selfishness.

( Matt Jackson is the author of Promised Land (The Continuing Quest.)

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