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New visions and ideas on how people can live together in the 21st century are more than necessary. Below you will find an expanding collection of articles on new ways to shape the economy, organize the monetary system, finance cultural life, and more. Feel free to share your innovative idea!

 

Advertising

 

Worldwide, an annual amount of 400 billion dollar is spent on advertising. Advertising is part of an economic system that raises prices and creates artificial needs. But does it give us what we really want? Read more…

 

Associations

 

Associations are Round Table discussions between producers, traders and consumers who, through discussion, try to meet everyone's needs and fairly reward everyone’s share in the production process. Are Associations the solution for the future? Read more…

 

Cultural life

 

Cultural life includes education, science, arts and the media. For matters to run well in this area, freedom is a vital necessity. Read more…

 

Democracy

 

Our current democracy has a say on too many subjects. On the other hand, it neglects many important tasks. And the issues that really form part of democracy, are not decided on democratically. How is this possible? Read more…

 

Equality

 

Society consists of different areas that all need a different organizational principle. Equality is pre-eminently the principle that belongs in politics and justice. In that area equality has three sides. Read more…

 

Fairtrade

 

Fairtrade uses an important principle of the associative economy: products must be priced in such a way that everyone who cooperated in the production process can live a decent life. It is that simple (or it should be). Read more…

 

Financial crisis

 

The financial crisis that erupted in 2008, is essentially caused by a global savings surplus. This money went partly to finance the national debts. But what if this money has been 'gift money' to finance ‘cultural life’. Read more…

 

Freedom

 

Freedom is a beautiful ideal and for many the highest good. But it belongs to a specific social area: that of cultural life (education, science, arts, and so on). When freedom crosses its own borders, it creates selfishness and chaos. Read more…

 

Gift money

 

Gift money is money ‘used’ to finance education, science, arts, religion etc.. These areas have a significance for society that far transcends the individual. It is therefore logical to largely finance these activities with gift money. Read more...

 

Money

 

Money is not a commodity such as bananas or furniture. Money should be a mirror of the real economy of goods and services. In addition to 'purchase' and 'loan' money, gift money should also have a permanent place in our society. Read more…

 

National debt

 

The fact that everywhere in the West national debts are continuously on the rise, shows that states have taken on too many tasks. Moreover, ever increasing national debts are also dangerous:  at some point investors get nervous and demand higher interest rates. Read more…

 

Ownership

 

Proprietary law dates back to ancient Rome and is in urgent need of revision. Specifically, the three factors of production (nature, capital and labour) should not be part of ownership. A split between management right and right of use is obvious. Read more…

 

Pricing

 

All forces in economic life come together in pricing. But how can we set the right prices? The right price is achieved when all stakeholders in an economic chain receive their fair share. This can be done by associative consultation. Read more…

 

Referendum

 

Democracy literally means “government by the people”. In a democracy there is no authority above the people; the people are sovereign. Popular sovereignty is not a guarantee in our current representative system. Therefore the referendum must be introduced. Read more…

 

Shares

 

When using shares, a company can end up in the hands of parties that have little involvement or little knowledge of the facts. This has negative side-effects. Besides, shares also lead to a shadow economy that is not based on real economic achievements. Read more…

 

Solidarity

 

Solidarity is the other side of the picture when it comes to division of labour. In earlier societies, everyone worked for themselves. In a modern economy, everyone works for the needs of others. This situation calls for solidarity. Read more…

 

Speculation

 

The profits of speculators are estimated at tens of billions of dollars each year. Speculation causes heavy fluctuations in the market prices and it creates price increases. We consumers maintain the class of speculators. Why so? Read more...

 

Stock exchange

 

At the stock exchange, rights are in fact traded and that quickly leads to problems. The trading of stock exchanges is fundamentally irrational, leads to growth coercion and rewards parties that are not productive. However, there are companies that do use shares in a healthy way. Read more…

 

 

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