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Cultural life

 

Society fundamentally consists of three areas: economic life, political & legal life, and the area that we will call 'cultural life’ due to lack of a better word.

 

Cultural life encompasses all the areas in which the individual, individual development and individual talents and abilities take center stage. Examples are education, science, the cultural sector, arts and religion, the media, health care, and private associations. But also entrepreneurship, investment of capital and the courts must be seen as belonging to cultural life. Just like the free public debate between citizens, which creates a healthy sense of justice from which new just laws can develop.

 

Freedom in cultural life

 

Every human is unique, has his or her unique contribution to give to society, and develops in a unique way. Typically, for activities in cultural life, special talents, abilities and creativity are needed. That’s why freedom is the pre-eminent organizing principle for cultural life.

 

Examples

 

What about the subsectors of cultural life? Everyone understands why we need freedom of speech and freedom of the press. But why do we also need freedom in education, health care and the judicial system?

 

  • The state has too much of a say in education. The people in the educational system who daily work with children, know best how to teach pupils, how to foster their development, and what goals should be set. They have the professional skills and experience, and they’re standing in front of the child or student in question. The freedom in science and teaching that exists in universities, should therefore also be extended to lower education.

 

  • In health care, it’s important that, on the one hand, patients can freely choose a specific health care method and provider. On the other hand, health care providers should be able to work on the basis of their experience, expertise and insight. The state should not enforce nor ban the use of specific cures or medicine, and should not control which health care providers are allowed to practice. The medical sector can manage such matters, through organizations of its own.

 

  • The judicial branch should not be a part of the actual democratic system. Judges should be able to freely reach verdicts independent from other citizens or the state, on the basis of both the law and their life experience and knowledge of human nature.

 

  • It follows from the nature of economic life that capital is best managed by cultural life – for example by non-profit foundations. Cultural life, then, only needs to make sure there are well-qualified entrepreneurs who work productively with the capital as long as they are active in it personally. If an entrepreneur quits, cultural life makes sure he is succeeded by another qualified entrepreneur. It’s in the general interest that companies are well managed, and that qualified entrepreneurs are able to run a company. This interest can be safeguarded in the right way by cultural life.

 

  • Land is also best managed by cultural life. Land has never been produced by humans, can thus not be private property, and can therefore also not be bought or sold. Of course, a farmer can sell the yield of the land, but he cannot sell the land itself. Agricultural lands could be owned by non-profit foundations that make sure there’s a farmer who works the land productively. That’s in the interest of society as a whole. When a foundation owns the land, the land doesn’t have a private owner anymore, and the ownership of the land is now linked to the foundation’s stated goals.

 

Financing cultural life: gift money

 

Currently, cultural life is primarily financed through the state. The state collects taxes and funnels the money to education, health care, the cultural sector, and so on. This is often accompanied by arbitrary allocation of funds, conditions that are too rigid, bureaucracy and waste. Free cultural life is distorted, paralyzed and partly annexed by the state this way. In reality, gift money is the most logical way of financing cultural life.

 

Having a free and blossoming cultural life is of great importance to society as a whole. That’s why gift money should flow to cultural life from economic life, which has the tendency to produce profits through its own nature. Of course, money should be donated to organizations or individuals who have proven themselves in the eyes of the donor, but there is nothing personally or directly done in return. That’s why it is gift money. There are different ways to arrange a ‘system’ of gift money : through transfer of profits, through taxes that are funneled to cultural life without conditions, through the aging of money and through the stewardship of land and capital.

 

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