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Economic Democracy

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Nearly all the countries of the world today have come under some sort of democratic structure. Liberal democracy has been established in such countries as the USA, Great Britain, France and Canada, while in the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, and Eastern Europe socialist democracy is the dominant system. The plight of the people in liberal democratic (so called democratic) countries is not as miserable as it is in communist countries, because in communist countries the political and economic system is imposed on society by party officials, causing untold human suffering and severe psycho-economic exploitation. Both liberal democracy and socialist democracy may be considered forms of political democracy because these systems are based on economic and political centralization.

Political Democracy

In all countries where democracy is in vogue today, people have been deceived into believing that there is no better system than political democracy. Political democracy has no doubt granted voting rights, but it has snatched away the right of economic equality. Consequently, there is gross economic disparity between the rich and the poor, immense inequality in people’s purchasing capacity, unemployment, chronic food shortages, poverty and insecurity in society.

The type of democracy prevalent in India is also political democracy, and it has proved to be a unique system of exploitation. The Indian constitution was created by three groups of exploiters: the British exploiters, the Indian imperialists and the ruling parties representing the Indian capitalists. All the provisions of the Indian constitution were framed keeping an eye on furthering the interests of these opportunists. Just to hood wink the masses, the people were granted the right of universal suffrage. Millions of Indians are poor, superstitious and illiterate, yet the exploiters, through such practices as making false promises, intimidation, gross abuse of administrative power and vote rigging, repeatedly win over the electorate. This is the farce of democracy. Once they form the government, they get ample opportunity to indulge in rampant corruption and political tyranny for five years. In the subsequent elections – whether on the provincial or state level – the same absurdity is repeated.

This type of political opportunism has been going on in India since Independence. For the last thirty-five years, the political parties have maintained that in order to attain economic parity with the industrially developed countries of Europe, India must follow the democratic system. To support this argument, they cite the examples of America and Great Britain or China and the Soviet Union. The political leaders urge the electorate to vote in their favor at election time so that the country’s starving masses can reap the benefits of a developed economy. But once the elections are over, the exploitation of the common people continues unabated in the garb of political democracy, and other areas of social life are completely neglected. Today millions of Indian citizens are being deprived of the minimum requirements of life and are struggling to procure adequate food, clothing, housing, education and medical treatment, while a handful of people are rolling in enormous wealth and luxury.

One of the most obvious defects of democracy is that voting is based upon universal suffrage. That is, the right to cast a vote depends on age. Once people reach a certain age, it is assumed that they have the requisite capacity to weigh the pros and cons of the issues in an election and select the best candidate. But there are many people above the voting age who have little or no interest in elections and are not conversant with social or economic issues. In many cases they vote for the party rather than the candidate, and are swayed by election propaganda or the false promises of politicians. Those who have not reached the voting age are often more capable of selecting the best candidate than those who are entitled to vote. So age should not be the yardstick for voting rights.

Whether or not a candidate gets elected usually depends upon party affiliation, political patronage and election expenditure. In some cases it also depends on antisocial practices. Throughout the world, money plays a dominant role in the electoral process, and in nearly all cases, only those who are rich and powerful can hope to secure elected office. In those cases where voting is not compulsory, often only a small percentage of the population participates in the electoral process.

The prerequisites for the success of democracy are morality, education and socio-economico-political consciousness. Leaders especially must be people of high moral character, otherwise the welfare of society will be jeopardized. But today in most democracies, people of dubious character and those with vested interests are elected to power. Even bandits and murderers stand for election and form the government.

In almost all the countries of the world, the masses lack political consciousness. Cunning, erudite politicians take advantage of this shortcoming to confuse people and attain power. They resort to immoral practices such as bribery, vote rigging, booth capturing and buying of votes, and stand unopposed for elections. Consequently, the standard of morality in society is declining, and honest, competent people are relegated to the background. Moral leaders have less chance to win elections because election results are rigged through financial inducements, intimidation and brute force. In the present democratic system, all sorts of immoral and corrupt practices are given the opportunity to pervert society. The very nature of the present system is that it favors the capitalists and exposes the administration to immoral and corrupt forces.

The farce of democracy has been likened to a puppet show where a handful of power hungry politicians pull the strings from behind the scene. In liberal democracies, capitalists manipulate the mass media such as radio, television and newspapers, while in socialist democracies the bureaucrats lead the country to the brink of destruction. In both forms of democracy, there is little scope for honest, competent leaders to emerge in society, and virtually no possibility for the economic liberation of the people.

Political democracy has become a great hoax for the people of the world. It promises the advent of an era of peace, prosperity and equality, but in reality it creates criminals, encourages exploitation and throws common people into an abyss of sorrow and suffering.

The days of political democracy are numbered. PROUT demands economic democracy, not political democracy. To make democracy successful, economic power must be vested in the hands of the common people and the minimum requirements of life must be guaranteed to all. This is the only way to ensure the economic liberation of the people. PROUT’s slogan is: “To end exploitation we demand economic democracy, not political democracy.”

Economic Decentralisation

In economic democracy, economic and political power are bifurcated. That is, PROUT advocates political centralization and economic decentralization. Political power is vested with the moralists, but economic power is vested with the local people. The principal goal of the administration is to remove all the impediments and obstacles which prevent the economic needs of the people being met. The universal aim of economic democracy is to guarantee the minimum requirements of life to all members of society.

Nature has been kind enough to provide abundant natural resources to every region of this earth, but she has not given guidelines on how to distribute these resources amongst the members of society. This duty has been left to the discretion and intelligence of human beings. Those who are guided by dishonesty, selfishness and mean-mindedness misappropriate these resources and utilize them for their individual or group interests rather than for the welfare of the whole society. Mundane resources are limited but human longings are limitless. Hence, for all the members of society to live in peace and prosperity, human beings have to adopt a system which ensures the maximum utilization and rational distribution of all resources. To achieve this, human beings will have to establish themselves in morality and then create a congenial environment for morality to flourish.

Economic decentralization means production for consumption, not production for profit. Economic decentralization is not possible under capitalism, because capitalist production always tries to maximize profit. Capitalists always produce at the lowest costs and sell at the highest profits. They prefer centralised production, which leads to regional economic disparity and imbalances in the distribution of the population. In the decentralized economy of PROUT on the other hand, production is for consumption, and the minimum requirements of life will be guaranteed to all. All regions will get ample scope to develop their economic potentiality, so the problems of a floating population or overcrowding in urban centres will not be allowed to arise.

New Home Based Business Idea

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So, you have a new home based business idea rolling around in your head and you are bursting to get started. It is time to harness that energy and create the business you have been dreaming about. Starting a business is fairly simple as long as you know the basics. Once you know what you need to do to start a business for the long term, then you can create the business of your dreams?

The first thing you should consider when you get that new home based business idea is its marketability. Are you going to be able to sell what you have in mind? Are people going to buy your item or service? Take a close look at the market for your new home based business idea to see what competition is out there and if people are willing to buy what you have to offer. If you find that your new home based business idea is not all that new, you may need to narrow your idea to a certain niche. Find the area that needs what you have to offer the most and that is the right area for your new home based business idea.

Then check the laws in your state. Depending on your new home based business idea, you want to make sure you have the right licenses and certification to offer your product or service. For instance, if you are opening a day care center from your home, you may need the state to come out and do an inspection. You may need to fill out special paperwork. In many areas you are required to obtain a business license for your new home based business idea. Check with your municipality to see what is required. A business license is usually inexpensive.

Another good idea is to create a business plan for your new home based business idea. Why would you need to put it on paper? A business plan allows you to create goals and values for your new home based business idea. It sets down on paper the concepts that you may find useful in the future. It allows you to see how you want to run your business and how you are going to make it grow. It does not take long to write a business plan, but it is usually one of your most useful tools for making your new home based business idea a reality.

As you are creating your business plan for your new home based business idea, you will be taking some time to assess your financial needs. You need to determine your operating costs and if you will need to obtain a business loan to get your new home based business idea up and running. If you apply for loans or look for investors you will definitely need a business plan. Take a look in the long and short term to decide what your new home based business plan will require.

Advertising is also an important part of making your new home based business idea a reality. You may not think it is important, but how will anyone know you exist if you do not advertise your products or services? One of the most inexpensive and easiest ways to advertise your business is to create a website. The internet is quickly becoming the primary way people find out about services and products, so a website is no longer an option for your new home based business idea. If you are operating on a budget you can create a minimal website for very little money. If you want a top-notch website for your new home based business idea you can go so far as to hire designers for your site.

Advertising also means putting yourself out there and marketing your business all the time. Join networking groups and send out flyers. If it is affordable, you can place advertisements in newspapers and magazines. You do not need to do everything at once, as you need to stay within your budget, but always keep your eye on expanding your new home based business idea.

Take your time to build up your new home based business idea right. You are probably fairly excited over the prospect of this new business venture, and you need to take that excitement and turn it into productivity to create the business you have in mind.

Political Marketing Solutions Worldwide

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Political marketing differs throughout the world. Even though geographically the UK is close to Europe in many respects their cultures are very different and this is reflected in the difference between UK and other European political advertising campaigns.

In the UK people tend to strongly identify with the leader of a party, whether this is a positive or negative association (often the leader is so known they will often be reduced to a surname like “Cameron”, “Thatcher” or “Blair” often being able to help people picture the characteristics of that leader and by extension their party.)

One interesting aspect of European political marketing is that many countries do not have a legal definition for it. In the UK there will often be a clear indicator before the start of a broadcast political advert (For example “This is a political broadcast on behalf of the Conservative party”). The campaigns rules are considered quite strict in Europe. The USA does not have the same restrictions that other countries have on the other side of the Atlantic.

Some countries use predictive dialer, a hosted predictive dialing and political marketing solution for the campaign workers and volunteers to make phone calls. Other countries use robocalls, IVR, text messaging and direct mail. The USA seems ahead of the curve Fundraising is a big reason for this. Recently Canada, Australia, and countries in South America have started to use the American system for political advertising and marketing.

Other countries have a clear definition and this is reflected in the way the advertising is presented (these countries include Cyprus, Lithuania and Sweden). A number of countries (including the UK) also have a ban on paid political advertising. The reason for this is that it is felt that those parties that have the ability to pay for more space would have disproportionate influence.

One of the biggest influences in European politics has often been those who run the media themselves. This is why some countries have specific restrictions to prevent this, including the UK. While in Italy Berlusconi could distribute leaflets glorifying his life message this type of hyperbole would not be considered appropriate in the UK (indeed with the rise of social media any overly hyperbolic statements can be parodied and undermined very quickly).

In short some European countries do follow the balance of the UK model and this allows for messages that are not disproportionate and (in theory) allows for a balanced platform.

Business Ideas and 4 Steps to Make it Profitable

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In a few words, we can summarize all about becoming profitable with your business ideas within four very easy stages. Understanding. Preparation. Do it Now. Sell it. There are no simple way to making money with your ideas for a business. Let’s put it this way. If you’re seeking a bypass that you can use to materializing any top business idea online, you may desire to ignore this article. But in order to commence making money from your online business, there are A lot of things to be done. The best thing Is for you to hold on to your day job (if you still have one) and take all four stage we Advise here and THEN you quit your day job.

Understanding

Research the business. That’s the first thing you should do if you are really serious about launching any of the top business ideas online these days. Starting the new online business is not Hard at all. In fact, it is relatively Simple and needs little funding. Do your homework; take a look at what your competitors are doing. See how successful they are, adopt their Strong points and ignore their bad ones. Define your services or products by Studying on the Possibility of being profitable in your business. Remember, following profitable business ideas is a Career, not a part-time job. Even if you’re still under employment,

You’ll still need to understand all there is to understand about your business ideas, environment and firm. No two ways about it.

Preparation

Next, you need to write business plan with your online business. Even if you don’t have all correct now, write about your new supposedly profitable business ideas, you’ll find that the cloud of uncertainty will commence brightening up When you write your business plan. It’s when you’re sitting there, writing, preparing and planning your online business that the jigsaw starts floating into place automatically. Then you will make promote judgment that when follows can give you top business ideas.

Don’t just mimic other people’s business plans. That’s one large mistake you should ignore. If you desire your work at home online business to succeed, come up with your own business plan. This is the only way to go. You can use software or programs to help you write your business plan, but you don’t mimick other people’s plans. To make a business plan for your profitable business ideas the plan should add information about possible expenditures, revenues, advertising, promotional campaigns, projection of profit.. Etc. There typically isn’t much in the way of legal documentation to be done for an online business idea. But before you commence working at it, you should check With a lawyer or a friend who is running a profitable business to make sure your ideas are not flouting any rules.

Do it Now

I must say that this has to be the hardest stage of all. Getting your Online business ideas off the ground. Deciding on and registering the domain name, hosting firm, designing the website, setting up the merchant accounts, shopping carts, uploading all the pages and images, checking links etc. Time consuming but at the end of the day, when all works out and your business ideas turn profitable, there is a outstanding level of satisfaction believing that doing all that enables you to stick to you ideas for a business till it becomes profitable.

Sell it

Now that the business is all set to receive orders and you’re all geared up about your new potentially profitable business, it’s time to commence marketing the products and services. Bear in mind that no matter how strong your ideas for a business are, it is useless if it doesn’t make money. Find ways to advertise online and offline, tie-up With partners and affiliates, get others to help you promote your ideas, use autoresponders, set up your ezine, write copies, give and take links with other websites, join forums, take part in groups related to your business etc. All in the name of selling with lots of Endurance and persistence, being profitable from your own business ideas online could be as simple and smooth as you desire it to be. Just keep your view and Goal. And don’t forget, nothing occurs overnight, so, be patient and persist, and surely do not give up.

Being Politically Correct Can Cost You

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I was informed yesterday that one of the major shopping outlets this year would stop greeting customers as they walk into their store with the politically correct phrase, “Happy Holidays.” Instead, they have instructed their employees to use the politically incorrect phrase of, “Merry Christmas.”

It seems that every business in the USA has changed their language around this time of the year to be inoffensive to the public by referring to the season as the holidays. We have Holiday parties instead of Christmas parties, we send out Holiday greeting cards instead of Christmas cards, and so on.

I appreciate the bold move by this major shopping outlet. Yes, they will probably get their share of criticism, but they made this move based upon a very basic business principal, market research. Through their research they determined that the consumer, on average, spends more money in their store when they are greeted with the phrase, “Merry Christmas” than they do with the generic, “Happy Holidays.”

Is it wrong for a business to remember why they are in business and to act accordingly? I think not. Every business, including yours, has the obligation to earn as much as possible for their stakeholders. The success of your business creates jobs, strengthens the economy, reduces government subsidies, and makes children happy (Merry Christmas!).

We can learn a very important business lesson here. Following the crowd may seem to be the right thing to do, but don’t fail to validate the results through quality market research. Don’t waste money or lose money because of your failure to measure results.

To everyone out there, have a Merry Christmas!!

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Rick Stephens is a recognized business advisor and consultant. He specializes in working with small to mid-sized business owners to strengthen their business processes and ultimately grow their business. Rick has been accredited by the Institute for Independent Business, an International accrediting body for senior executives.

New Global Economic Leadership

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he USA was not always the global economic leader. It took its current place more or less after the world wars. Before the USA, the UK was the global economic leader. The Sterling Pound was worth a lot more than what it is worth today relative to the Singapore Dollar. I remember my parents and my grandparents keeping the Sterling Pound when I was a kid. The exchange rate was S$7 to a Sterling Pound, if I remember their accounts correctly. Today, it is S$2.5 to a Sterling Pound. Not as sterling as before. So, global economic leadership shifted from the UK to the USA.

Now, Jim Rogers has said this many times and I agree with him: economic leadership is shifting once more and the next 100 years will see Asia taking over the reigns of global economic leadership and he expects China to take the lead.

This is why I have also shared my views with friends that my favourite currencies, apart from gold, are the RMB and the Indonesian Rupiah. I’ve a bit of all three and intend to accumulate more gold. The RMB and the Rupiah are fiat currencies like the US$ but they have not been abused and are not as flawed. The RMB is backed by enormous reserves and the Rupiah is the currency of a country with abundant natural resources which the world demands. Untouched by CDOs, these countries’ banks were unscathed.

The Chinese economy is large and dynamic. However, it has to undergo a huge behavioral and structural transformation for the Chinese to consume more and to rely less on exports. Why do I say this? Let us look at Indonesia. It has a population of 240 million, a far cry from China’s 1.6 billion, and private consumption forms 60% of its GDP. In China, private consumption forms only 36% of its GDP.

Many might or might not know this but “China’s consumption-to-GDP ratio has dropped by nearly 15 percentage points since 1990 and continues to deteriorate in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The sources of China’s low consumption rate are both behavioral and structural.” This was in a recent report by McKinsey.

Asia might be the future economic powerhouse of the world and China might become the leader but the journey has only begun. The transformation will take time.