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political economic theory hopism
Hopism is political theory written by an ordinary person with ordinary aspirations for life. Hopism recognises and accepts human nature’s weaknesses and strengths and tries to build a realistic framework to create a society of low tax, high social service and low waste.
This is Hopism-Beta-Edition, republished again after a four year break due to background issues. It is still edition 1 and could do with some editing, better english, slicker graphics, some videos and many more diagrams. That will get done sometime during rainy dark November 2014, together with a discussion forum, where this rough idea can be beaten into shape and better written by contributors.
The end result is more useful work done, a happier society and more free time to enjoy your life - whilst knowing that social obligations are met.
Hopism is short and sweet
Hopism is under development, there will be bits you like and bits you dont, maybe there could be different splinter variants. The theory itself is simple and should take less than an afternoon to understand. There are around twenty texts on the webring, each less than a thousand words.
Affordable housing and pleasant towns and villages is what people need, not Amazonian frog capitalism with spurious endless economic ”growth”.
What we have in most western countries is a grossly distorted house cost. While these costs are inflating all seems well, as the economy is falsely buttressed with noney, while people congratulate one another on how much money they have made on their houses.
Financial gain from clever property development is to be rewarded, but sadly when all property is doubling in price there is nothing clever about it and eventually leads to poverty, lack of disposable income and unaffordable housing for young disenfranchised people.
While it is wholly acceptable for fancy houses in exclusive areas to always remain expensive, we must always provide an alternative of;
We also need to recognise changing lifestyles and provide smaller and cheaper to run homes for singles. Affordable housing is a basic right of mankind.
Unrestricted home building does not mean sprawling uncontrolled development. It must still be sympathetically applied to landscapes, the only change being more land being released so demand is met.
Whenever there is a shortfall of homes in this price bracket or shortfall of social housing provision there can only be one solution and that is to build more homes which prevents house price escalation. Right now in most countries we have restricted building land, inflated land prices and housing shortages. This leads only to one thing, escalating house prices.
Mortgage slavery now dominates many lifestyles that would otherwise be pleasant and prosperous.
Once we have rationalised house prices we can start to maximise everyone´s disposable income and time. These two factors together are what brings quality of life. Time to enjoy life, and money to maximise the value of that free time. It is recirculating disposable income that generates wealth, not leeched out mortgage interest centralising economic life on the banks. Economic life should be centred on people so that the money they have worked hard for stays in their pockets to be spent on services as they so wish.
Once we have estabilished affordable living accomodation costs, the notion of running just to standstill and feelings of financial helplesslness can end.
A practical and new solution to mass housebuilding techniques is proposed by Terreace.