As long as the capital is
ruling instead of the human being living alongside other people will remain
In the essay “Capitalism Is
Finished” (Archive Dec2011 and CHM 6/2011) I point out that there is a lack of alternatives whereas
capitalism is boosting its decline.
The fatal cause – in my view
– is the common immaturity of the most people for real democracy.
Nevertheless I try to sketch
a cosmonomic alternative in some details, being aware of the utopic character.
Utopia is but representing a
driving force of life and often has initiated, encouraged and carried out
But I stay sceptical about
present and near future times because I will irritate by my remarks the
mentalities of single persons as well as the psyches of crowds and nations as I
break with the traditions that are hindering peace.
I The Representative Parliamentary Democracy
Though common life in some
states of the earth may appear quite well organized over some decades, nobody
can deny the many meagre livelyhoods and devastating plights.
Billions of people are
suppressed, exploited and exterminated by political systems that pretend
“democracy” but never ever qualified themselves for pure and true democracy.
The term is controversial in practical politics, because there is no clear
definition of it but a lot of colourful sparkling interpretation according to
the respective lobby.
Ever since the capitalistic
strive for profit has entered into coalition with strong egoism and with the
ubiquitous religious delusion which suits at optimum efficiency the people’s
submitting to the ruling structures that are “given by God”.
On this basic attitude –
rehearsed since countless human generations – there can stand even any other
ideology at all to lead the people to believe in “values” that guarantee the
power and influence of the rulers and of the lackeys who are playing into their
Up to now only some “western
democracies” may be regarded as forerunners to a really enlightened
participation in the democratic process that is worthy of a human being.
To this very day there is no
objective real and consistent democracy in all over the world. It still has to
be outlined and to be developed.
The existing immature
concepts of some constitutions and declarations may serve as starting-points on
the way to a practicable and effective representative democracy.
Here some essential criteria
at an overview:
State and religion must be separated
consequently on all levels.
Plebiscites are possible exceptions, but
regularly the power of people should be expressed by votes.
Each citizen who is “qualified” by the lowest
common school exam should have a duty to vote.
Members of political parties as well as
independent candidates should be elected. The commitment to the parliamental groups
seems to be extremely anti-democratic.
Election campaigns mean superficial eye-wash.
They should be minimized by forcing all parties and candidates to inform
objectively about their programmes in the form of news under equal
circumstances. – Nothing more and nothing less. Election campaigns via the
media should be banned.
Lobbyism in parliament should be persecuted as
corruption and coercion by criminal law.
Funding of political parties by the state would
Secret services go against democratic rules and
against the human dignity.
The security service (protection of the
constitution) should be controlled by special parliamentary transparency.
essential criteria of a new democratic culture can be found in the Cosmonomic
II The Country’s
The term “country’s economy”
(German “Volkswirtschaft”) is to be understood as a programmatic one, because
economy should mainly work for the common benefit and less for optimizing the
profit of some individuals.
Stock markets have been
established worldwide as uncontrolled systems of speculations though their
functions are immoral and inhumane. They remunerate high risks without
responsibility and lead to unjustified enrichment and to positions of power. A
humane order of world economy should say good-bye to such pseudo-religious
There is an urgent need for
simplifying the economic life, to give it transparency, for by the present
welter of governments in helplessness concerning the overcome of hopeless
mountains of debts it has become clear that capitalism doesn’t understand the
labyrinth that it has created.
This scene is accompanied by
direct losses of democratic power because banks, companies and rating agencies
are taking over the real government though they don’t have any democratic
The necessity to
simplification is also concerning the daily civic economic life: Finance bills,
invoices and texts of contracts are representing ever since a confuse and
puffed up bureaucracy.
In a humane economy no
citizen should fall through the social network.
Every healthy adult person obligatory should
care for his living.
Minimum wages should be established firmly by
law, and above all, should be enforced.
Equal wages for the same work should be a
fundamental assumption for a new economic order.
In the case of incapability for work a minimum,
worthy of a human being, of social care should be guaranteed.
The humanization of the working place is
including as well physical as psychic criteria and is forcing a fair compromise
between employers and employees.
Real life is showing that
there is no “free play of market powers” but perhaps some mirage for a while,
so control determinations and guidelines should be elaborated on democratic
basis. They should not only cling to the status quo but were also responsible
for the consequences within sight for the following generations. Economy with a
far-sighted strategy also means a gliding contract between generations: The old
ones have to leave an intact world to the young ones. Up to now this was no
success, as wars, famines and outrages to nature are proving.
The latter aspect doesn’t
mean the ideologically propagated environmental scenarios but scientifically
proven objective facts.
More to the status of science
in the following chapter.
III Education and
If there is a lack of
education, men’s intelligence will remain useless or will even turn into
destruction – a platitude one might think – all the more, if considering how often the term “education” is
appearing in social plannings or party-programmes.
The global situation of
mankind is testifying about a sobering education outcome of the “most developed
organism”. Much too engrained, people get education mixed up with believing,
they put education under the knout of values and definitions of honour which
don’t stand with an enlightened world-outlook to support ethics that are worthy
of a human being.
Untouched by this is the
enormous ability of the loyal and talented followers in faith who are serving
the for the time being delusions brilliantly: Breathtaking art and smothering
bloody excesses. These permanent differences within and between the systems of
faith, such “abilities” on ideological duty are marking merely a thin
preliminary step of culture.
Education of cosmonomic
character is focussing on the human being and not on religion or ideology. What
we are talking about may be described by the rather conservative expression
“nobleness of the heart”. All effort is being made to reach a flourishing
dealing with one another within a strong society under humane conditions, that
is erected by self-conscious but self-critical individuals who are eager enough
to learn and work for progress, to enjoy progress as mature humans and to help
There is no denying that this
is an idealistic outlook.
The community is generating
its strength from the variety of talents. Equalization and massification probe
to be the wrong way of the education system. “University for all” is
contradictory to biological, psychic and humane knowledges. That is the reason
why a new tripartite school-system should be developed which, according to the
pupils’ performances, is not rigid.
School means a commitment to
achievement, to discipline as well as to recreating spare time. A similar but
higher level of self-responsibility goes for the universities which, for the
benefit of students and professors, have
to be freed from the meanwhile usual leading-strings and school-like teaching.
Undoubtedly education is not
the case of federal, regional and even narrow-minded offices but is needing a
central coordination within a humane society.
Culture and education should
be subject of the activists’ freedom but on the basis of restrictions, if there
are activities against enlightened human beings, against humanity. If
destruction and disposal are intended, science and art should be stopped
officially by the democratic state.
Otherwise science should be
free to decide on aims and goals, on methods and sources of fundings. No
ideological, religious and political pressure should be accepted in state-run
as in private institutes and universities.
The scientific basis for
understanding is the logical and causal thinking, responsible for all facets of
life. Emotion, psyche and physical basis are logical-causal research
disciplines that require regulated qualifications to avoid false doctrines and
miracle belief. There is no science on the basis of faith.
IV Health And
Once I wrote “Health is an
infectious market.” and characterized in this way the capitalistic health
system to which money is a matter of priority. For example, in Germany a
two-class-medicine is installed for health-service patients and private
patients, the latter preferred by the doctors because they bring more cash.
The pharmaceutical market is
also money-orientated, the pharmaceutical companies dictate arbitrary prices
and are healthy by the patients’ suffering. Further more there is a flourishing
market of adventurous quack medicine that is sold by pharmacies, drugstores and
A real democracy needs
monitoring bodies. This is also evident with the supervising of the
food-markets focussing on the usually underestimated adulteration of the food
chemistry. In addition, a better duty of care is to be enforced in all of the
plastic industries concerning the long-term side effects and health
Health should not be
questioned as a private right as long as nobody else is jeopardized. In the
case of emerging diseases and danger of infections objective and not only
propagated findings need to be given before the private sphere is to be
restricted or repealed for the protection of the community or the individual
Health and private sphere are
corresponding with the right for life which in a democratic state cannot, under
any circumstances, be infringed.
Presently we experience the
threat to the private sphere especially by failings of the data protection. But
it will be inevitable that every detail of our citizen life will be laid bare
due to the unbroken development of informatics. Those who are interested in us
will find all data, that is our fate already. Most important will be how a
democratic society will regulate the dealing with the available data. In best
case-scenario the arising transparency could lead to more honesty, to a real
socio-political further development.
I am drawing the conclusion
from that in presenting the cosmonomic philosophy in a way which is fully open
and without any “diplomatic” coding. Thereby I am predictable for anyone who is
interested. All fellow citizens can be sure that, because of cosmonomy, I
favour non-violently the powers of persuation by the carefully considered word
and its unvarnished meaning.
For example, I am writing
right into the conscience of all apparent democrats: Peace is really meaning
the exclusion of war – without exception!
V Emancipation And
Emancipation in a
past-capitalistic-communist society returns to the primary concern: Equal
rights to every human being. Every interpretation of exceptions intends the
turning away from ethnically binding values.
Religions and ideologies do
exclude, condemn, do torture and kill, join in coalitions with the capital ever
historically the most victorious world-outlook of mankind, declaring men and
nature as cheap possessions; no conflict, no war is unwelcome because capitalism
makes money from the human blood. Capitalism is living from conflicts.
Nowadays the money greed is
getting into conflict with itself, heavily indebted, swimming without
Handling conflicts is
regarded merely as culture, it is simplier to fight. Somewhere a foe image can
be found to encourage the profits of armaments.
And of course, never ever did
a do-gooder reach his illusions – and certainly not as a politician.
So what at all is the purpose
of this striving?
In the knowledge that the
right for life of every citizen cannot be questioned, mankind is challenged to
keep consequently the commandment of not killing human lives. However, a true
moral like this is based less on religion and secular ideologies so far but
preferably and very explicitly on social insights into humanity and human
In other words: Not to kill
means non-violence, means democratic discussion culture with a view to reaching
conflict resolution, fair compromises and bringing emancipation – as the
highest social value-system – into harmony with the factual circumstances.
In this sense the
democratically untruthful capitalism is representing a drastic aberration, a
definite hopelessness of solving the swelling problems of an increasing world
In long terms only cosmonomic
or adequate benchmarks will assert themselves as philanthropical and humane.
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