Disparity

         That there is a massive financial disparity between the rich and poor of the world is beyond doubt. 
        More than 3 billion people in the world live on less than $2.50 a day.  
        In 2014 American individuals gave 260 billion dollars to charity … in 2013 they spent 278 billion dollars on fast food, beer and soft drinks.  More alarmingly they spent 212 billion dollars on lawn care, gambling (projected gambling on American football is 95 billion in 2015, 95% of which is illegal), dollar store purchases, professional sports, video games, Easter, chocolate, engagement and wedding rings, romance novels, perfume and tattoos. In 2015 Americans spent $570 billion dollars on new cars.
        From just these few examples we can see that westerners are happy to spend far more on living a decadent lifestyle then on helping each other or even themselves.
   
        The decadent western lifestyle is not sustainable. I am not advocating the abolition of freedom to waste money just the taxation of frivolous spending to develop sustainable programs (profits from car sales into clean public transportation).

        Do I think that, if fortunes were reversed and the poor and rich traded places, people would act any differently?  The answer is no.  It is human nature to be selfish.  I also do not believe that people should live such disparate existences based on the luck of where they are born.    Humans, throughout history, have been proven incapable of acting in the best interests of society, the same society that is requisite for their success. 

        It is the responsibility of government to protect citizens from each other and themselves.

        Society is a product of the relationship between nature and nurture.  Natural human behaviours such as selfishness, love and greed are nurtured by the system in place as prescribed by government.  Humans behave as naturally as their government allows them.  Government should encourage the traits that make society and its citizens prosper.  Current government is based on profits, capitalism and competitiveness.  It is clear that this form of government is not sustainable or moral. 

        Co-operation is requisite for a modern sustainable society.

       It is evident that co-operation and respect for others is not an inherent human trait.

        We NEED to stop pretending that everything is ok and that people are inherently moral.  I do not doubt that there is good in people but it is supressed by our current system.  Everyone, including individuals, companies and government, are out to make as much money for themselves as possible.
       
        Sustainable living is not only more responsible and requisite for continue prosperity, it is far more fulfilling then capitalism.  Citizens may be complacent but they are not content, they are rich yet unfulfilled, busy yet bored and challenged only by petty human interactions rather than the underlying struggle for survival that is so easy to forget when living so decadently.   
  

Independents for Sustainability
Policy
Priorities
Introduction
Decentralization
Disparity
Financial Accountability
Humanism vs Nationalism
Zero Growth Rate