Plans for the 21st Century
The political processes has gotten mired down in day to day squabbling
over short term issues. This has resulted in a complete abandonment of
any discussions of long-range goals.
First steps need to be formulating goals, including those that seem
too idealistic to be achieved. Then a separate discussion can take
place on how to move towards these goals. Hopes and aspirations should
not be limited by fears of being unrealistic.
My initial suggestions (please feel free to add to the list):
Universal retirement support for every member of society.
Universal health care support for every member of society.
Free education to anyone who wishes it through college.
Mandatory education through high school - not just attendance up to a certain age.
Universal food support for every member of society.
Restructure communities to be less dependent upon transportation.
Lower the work week to prevent both over work and under employment.
Establish equal protections for workers.
Eliminate discrimination based upon a person's inherited traits.
Reform drug laws to be more effective and less retributive.
Reform "sin" laws to be more effective.
Create public works projects to improve water supplies in the West and
to improve desirability of living in the center of the country.
Improve land use planning so most people live nearer the natural landscape.
Achieve new sources of energy using fusion, solar power or other breakthrough
Reverse migration from the land to the cities. Create viable economic
opportunities in a decentralized environment.
Develop new goals in life less dependent upon material rewards.
Lower world population by 20% by the end of the century.
Demilitarize the world economy.
Establish global land use policies to replenish the natural landscape.
Improve standard of living for all those below the norm - health care,
education, food and shelter.