The overall mission of this Global Justice Movement initiative has been succinctly summed up by Buckminister Fuller as follows:
“To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”
Our message is that neither socialism nor capitalism provides a sufficiently moral alternative for building true economic justice for every human being. We believe there is a “just third way.” The solution to economic injustice is not to make enemies out of the owners but, by lifting barriers, to make owners out of the non-owners. Economic justice demands real economic democracy—empowering each person with the means and opportunity to acquire and enjoy the full rights, rewards and responsibilities of productive capital ownership.
The new economics to do this is known as binary economics. Binary economists Louis Kelso and Mortimer Adler wrote: “today, in Western industrial society, we see toil advancing claims on the whole life at the very moment of history when technology offers liberation. Leisure and the liberal-arts tradition are giving way to the totalitarian work state which has no place for whole persons, only “human resources” and servile functionaries. The totalitarian toil state originates in the lack of productive property ownership 0f the majority.”
In a more specific sense, to address today’s problems and to pursue our purpose and goals, research and educational programs are aimed at:
– Creating an asset-backed currency for non-inflationary growth linked to broadened ownership opportunities.
– Broadening access to capital credit through two-tier discounting of local bank credit by central banks, such as the Bank of Canada in Canada and the Federal Reserve System in the U.S.
– Simplifying the tax system to discourage government deficits and to accelerate private-sector growth through expanded ownership and widespread distribution of profits.
– Advancing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and justice-based management systems to empower workers with the rights, responsibilities, risks and rewards of employee ownership.
– Developing strategies for privatizing State-owned enterprises into professionally managed, employee-owned corporations which are capable of competing without subsidies or special protections.
– Offering a unifying third alternative to collectivism and monopolistic capitalism.
– Developing precise and workable concepts of Social Morality (as distinct from individual morality), including Social Justice, Social Charity, Economic Justice, Distributive Justice, and Participative Justice.
– Nurturing in educators a devotion to Economic and Social Justice, as an ethical framework for guiding students into work for the common good.
– Challenging new generations of youth to pursue justice and freedom within business careers and other professions.
The overall goal is to develop and disseminate a strategy and series of approaches by which people can understand and practice the moral values, central principles and logic behind a free enterprise theory of economic and social justice.
We believe that the real enemies of human progress, freedom and justice are not primarily bad people, but bad ideas and the systems that spring from these ideas.
As a result of defective ideas:
– The inalienable human right of access to the means of acquiring private property, especially within the modern corporation, has been shackled politically. This seriously hampers investment and productivity, increases the centralized power of the State, and erodes individual self-determination.
– Short-term, bottom-line expedients are crowding out long-range growth and economic justice.
– Primary reliance on the system of wages and welfare without ownership promotes a needless and increasingly destructive conflict between workers and owners.
– The job training system degrades the non-owning worker to the status of a tool, rather than educating him to be a master of the machine.
– The capital credit system denies workers equal opportunity of access to future capital ownership and profits.
– Socialism and other forms of collectivism, as well as monopolistic capitalism, have failed to produce peace with justice for humanity.
– Conversely, good ideas are the catalyst to economic growth and human development.
Our message is that neither socialism nor capitalism provides a sufficiently moral alternative for building true economic justice for every human being. We believe there is a “just third way. Economic justice demands real economic democracy—empowering each person with the means and opportunity to acquire and enjoy the full rights, rewards and responsibilities of productive capital ownership.
The goal is to get the message of binary economics and it’s corollary of Universal Basic Ownership (UBO) into the marketplace of ideas.
For a more detailed look at how our mission can be implemented, please explore the detailed work included on this website.