Liberty rather than Control
Lots of liberty and less control benefits self, community and the environment.
In the last few months I have signed many worthwhile petitions that campaigned for liberties or against harm of people or environment. Today I refused to sign a petition to limit bonuses of bank staff. It would be hypocritical of me to tell the State to interfere with the decision of a business of how much bonus it pays its staff when I would not want that sort of interference in my own business decision-making on bonuses. As business owner and citizen I support minimal interference by the State.
I consider the State should have only three functions: army, international diplomacy and enforcement of laws protecting rights and liberties, compensation law and contract law. Anything else is run by small district councils centred on the local level.
All citizens, business and community should be allowed the maximum of rights and liberties to do as they like as longs as they do no harm to people, community or environment. The laws encoded for rights and liberties, compensation law and contract law can enforce the rule of “do no harm”. Control is not desirable, but penalties for harm is desirable. The State bailing out a failed bank makes no sense to me, especially when it is the poor who suffer the most from the action.
The backbone of the economy of the State is the small business, who operates on the community level. It makes sense to concentrate all resources on the small business and not the unsustainable foreign-owned corporates. The backbone of the political systems is the small community councils who better knows the needs of their community than a largely ignorant centralised government. The backbone of the social systems is the family, and then the community; when their voice and needs are destroyed society collapses. If the family and the community is strong then so is the nation, it will hold against anything since family and community work together in adversity in ways a centralised State apparatus can never do. The backbone of the environment is local, all the assets of wood, river and land belong to the community who exist as stakeholders and stewards to utilise sustainable activities to keep them healthy. It it obvious that when tens of thousands of communities are sustainably managing their own environmental assets on the local level that the overall impact is the entire environmental system of the nation is healthy and abundant.
In all things from your own life all the way to the leadership of the nation the focus that increases liberty and eliminates control results in healthy, happy and abundant outcomes.