Creating, and Sharing

The American Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal”. Clearly they are not. All people are not created equal. They never have been, and never will be. Indeed this very inequality has been responsible for all the world's troubles, war, poverty, environmental abuse, oppressive government, even our dysfunctional banking system.

Of course there are differences between people; we all have our own skills, aptitudes and interests. But these differences are not inequalities, merely dissimilarities.

The significant difference lies in the inequalities of physical force and mental cunning, and individuals' propensity to use these superior abilities in order to gain wealth, power and influence, not through their own efforts alone, but by expropriating the work and wealth of others.

We are all born, of necessity, implanted with the seeds of self-preservation and self-improvement. They are basic to survival. If we use this impetus to create, to invent, to improve on what has gone before, collaborating with those around us, then civilization will advance to the benefit of all.

But if the desire for self-aggrandizement is exercised at the expense of others, if we seek to gain wealth, not through our own creative labours alone but by exploiting and dispossessing others, by expropriating the work and wealth of others, the more aggressive will become richer while others grow poorer.

We have over time polarized ourselves into two distinct camps: the managers and the managed, the organizers and the organized, the exploiters and the exploited, rulers and subjects, haves and have-nots. And the two are in continuous conflict, once reflected in wars and revolutions, now in industrial action, and the Right-Left battles of numbers we call democracy.

But the once clear-cut Right-Left choice has become muddied and confused by politicians seeking some mythical "Centre" promising prosperity for all, yet without the ability to give it concrete definition. The result is an ideological limbo, and for want of any alternative, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer.

Our need now is for a new political-economic focus combining growth with social justice. We need to create prosperity, and share its fruits fairly. And it's not as impossible as it may sound.

Britain Forward

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