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Create a paradigm shift by retooling our systems to refocus on the basic needs of everyone….

If our current global economic paradigm can be described as a balance between need and want, an imbalance has occurred whereby the focus of today's economic resources is severely stacked in favor of "want" over "need", then we have missed something very important and valuable. The result is extraordinary waste and the lives of millions spent in social and absolute poverty, the greatest waste of resources, as the basic "needs" of these individuals and/or whole populations are severely compromised and never met. This waste translates into hundreds of billions of dollars as the potential contributions of these people remains unrealized. How can we encourage a paradigm shift using our educational systems both in early development schooling (K-12), college level, and in corporate settings beyond schooling to subvert and swing focus away from "want" towards "need" to rebalance the systems and insure everyone's basic needs are provided before basic wants are promoted?

How can we create a paradigm shift by retooling our systems to provide the basic needs for everyone before promoting the wants of those whose basic needs have already been met and recapture the human potential currently being wasted?

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  • Feb 6 2013: In addition and more to your point. i would like to point out a few ideas i have to alter and improve the system which might further thinking along these lines and contribute if not act as a cataylst for the shift you refer to. First of all alot of the terms we have grown accustomed to associating as bad must be looked at more carefully. the comment right before mine speaks to the influence our media and other components of the media have in shaping our thoughts. I agree socialism in its truest state ( everyone gets the same amount of money and lives the same type of life) is inconceievable or at the very least impobable, but the thinking is that anything remotely socialist sounding is considered evil. Why is this? Futhermore why is everything regarding our current capatilist economic system held to such a high esteem. Capatilism and globalization have contributed to the rise of poverty and the lowering of standards of living in virtually every corner of the world including and especially in America. Yet politicians in America hold it up as a shining economic model and anyone who fights against it or acts to change it is seen as a socialist or some other term demonized in the media. My thought is that as you said the economic model as well as poliicies of goverment should reflect the "needs" of the people and be to willing enact any policies that might benefit their general welfare. My suggestions lack the polish that would make them acceptable or feasiaable at the present time, but i believe as ideas and with some alterations they can get the ball rolling. First instead of The Federal Reserve acting as central bank, i believe it should be abolished and a new national bank be setup soley for the US. This bank instead of taking the interest as profit would invest that money made back into the United States thus greatly lowering taxes and eventually ideally elimanating them. Lastly, a minimum wage where working or not people get enough money to stay out of poverty.

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