…every day would be… a Liberal-Socialist delight!
The ONLY formula for World Peace – and fairness – is a World Government. The League Of Nations was a good try – but it failed. Then came the United Nations – but it too is a bust.
However the basic principle is sound – and this is how it would work if THIS megalomaniac ruled it…
First – there would be a People’s Charter. It would be a set of Humanitarian Rules, guaranteeing EVERYONE a fair break, free from oppression. Then…
…would cease to exist. They would become REGIONS.
Thus the divisions that Nationalism creates would disappear – but regional identities would remain.
Harmony would rule.
…would become irrelevant. As a citizen of the World, people would be free to travel, settle and work ANYWHERE. Their distribution would be governed by market forces.
…would be based on NEED – not ability to pay (an IMMORAL concept). It would be (well) funded from taxes.
…would be based on ability to USE – again, not PAY. You know – TESTS. Those who pass a test move on to the next level. Again, taxation would fund it.
And it would be geared towards REAL LIFE. No developed country can possibly pretend that with “outsourcing” and automation, Full Employment will ever again be a reality – thus it is essential to educate people for LEISURE as well as work, or else they’ll smash the machines and/or get into mischief.
This would include FULL sex education – beginning with the basics at ten, rising to include the subtleties of technique and moral and interpersonal issues, as the kids were old enough to understand them.
Of course, parents could still add THEIR input – but their kids would not have to RELY on it.
…would be geared for the public. RAILWAYS would receive a new lease of life – and company cars would be BANNED. They produce a PILE of woes – lost time, lost tempers and pollution.
With a decent, modern railway system, the roads would become less crowded and their current coverage would be sufficient for CENTURIES.
Plus, ALL public transport would be FREE – paid, once again, from taxation.
The militaries of the World would immediately be de-commissioned. There would only be ONE Peace-Keeping Force. And their main duty would be to RID the World of ALL OFFENSIVE WEAPONS.
Obviously, there are many items that CAN be used as offensive weapons – I myself possess a machete (I have a large garden, situated in the Sub-Tropics, where things grow FAST) – but if a person was carrying a baseball bat, they would have to be able to show they were on their way to or from a MATCH.
The only weapons permitted would be those for DEFENCE. And anyone using one would have to be able to PROVE that they’d had reasonable cause. Furthermore, such weapons would NOT include guns or other lethal devices.
…would be based on a Universal system. While minor variations of legislation would be permitted locally, the basic principles of Humanity would be for all. Namely, all slavery, physical abuse, racism, sexism and violence would be ILLEGAL.
And it goes without saying that no justice system could use barbarism (capital punishment, caning, stoning or ANY physical intervention) against its citizens.
Prison sentences would be in two parts. The first would be short, but unpleasant. It would incarcerate people in solitary confinement – without books, TV or conversation. The second part would be geared to rehabilitation and resocialisation.
However, it would be saved for those who had committed crimes against a PERSON or PEOPLE. Victimless crimes would only incur financial penalties.
Privacy would be guaranteed for citizens. Everybody would carry an ID card – but it would contain only their picture, name, age and current address.
…would be legalised, but regulated. Stopping people using recreational drugs is like trying to stop them FARTING. All drugs would be classified as being either acceptable or not, based on their benefits and drawbacks.
Thus Cannabis, Ecstasy, LSD, Cocaine and others would be available – from legitimate sources – where they would be cheap, pure and of a known strength. They would be sold with non-judgemental “patient information” leaflets, detailing effects and side-effects – like whether they were ADDICTIVE.
However, drugs like Crack, Meth and other substances where the drawbacks WHOLLY outweigh the benefits would remain BANNED – but no money would be wasted on law enforcement, since their use would steeply decline when the other drugs became legal.
Standard working hours would be limited to twenty a week, no-one could work until they reached 18 years of age and retirement would be set at 50. People would be permitted to work longer hours and retire later – but only if they WISHED to.
…would not be banned – but it would not be encouraged either. At school, kids would be EDUCATED about it. They would be shown how it had emerged as a reaction to early Man’s concerns and curiosity (Why Am I Here? Who Can I Turn To? Where Do I Go When I Die?)
How Man had begun it as Sun worship – developed it to devotion to Earth Spirits – refined it to multitheisms (the Greek and Roman gods) – then advanced it to a variety of monotheisms.
The course would take in fringe religions, plus Native and Oriental ones. And Eastern philosophies that have been turned INTO religions.
As for churches – they are like smoking. Older citizens who had become hooked to cigarettes in earlier times would be permitted to continue their habit (see below) and churches would be allowed to continue their services also.
You can no more talk someone out of religious beliefs garnered over a lifetime – than you can stop a smoker yearning for a cigarette.
HOWEVER – ORGANISED religion would be OUTLAWED. Any group dedicated to the bending of minds would become illegal. And vicars, priests and assorted clergy would have to adhere to a Code Of Conduct.
Essentially, they would come under the same umbrella as doctors, psychiatrists and – well – clergymen. These professionals are not allowed to use their positions of influence for evil. In other words, a shrink cannot seduce a patient. In most places, they are liable to be struck off for same – and in others, they can find themselves in JAIL.
Thus, while a sermon could include recommendations that the flock adhere to general decent moral standards – they could NOT lay down rules as to how said flock dressed, ate, drank or behaved.
In my World, companies and businesses would, where practicable, have to provide reasonable facilities for smokers – given that they represent a quarter of the population.
However, NEW smokers would be banned. Specifically, the minimum age where smoking would be permitted would rise, annually, by one year. And shops would have to ask for ID where a person appeared to be under – or close to – that age.
…would just be BANNED.
…would be arranged along APOLITICAL, BUREAUCRATIC lines. However, the “Why use one form when six will do?” mentality would be CRUSHED.
The World Government would consist of intellectuals and experts from every Region in the World. These professionals would be handsomely paid, but be unable to have outside interests – including through agents, such as wives.
Their duties would be…
One – to raise funds through direct taxation – i.e., Income Tax. Both for persons and companies. This would be the ONLY tax paid – tax on goods would GO. But of course, the taxation would be HEAVY (the money for the public services would have to come from SOMEWHERE) – but it would be applied on a sliding scale, with the richer citizens and companies paying more. And there would be NO “deductibles”.
Two – to allocate the gathered funds to the public services – which would be COMPREHENSIVE.
Three – to REWARD INDIVIDUAL EFFORT – FINANCIALLY. Communism failed because the Commies thought a pat on the head would be sufficient to make people TRY harder. It was not.
Four – to allocate the World’s resources fairly and sensibly. No longer would someone finding an oil-field under their feet be rich. Their find would belong to the WORLD.
Five – maintain laboratories to find cures for all ills – and develop automation to free Man from tedious tasks (see below).
Six – monitor local Regional leaders, to ensure they toed the line. Dictators and despots need not apply.
And seven – maintain the PEACE, with the aid of the Peace-Keeping Force.
It (again) goes without saying that ALL of the World Government’s activities and financial affairs would be 100% TRANSPARENT.
The first man to put a slice of tree under something heavy he wanted to shift – began a process that put him on the Moon.
And now he is within reach of automating the World. Once this is achieved, work will become a pastime.
Therefore, development of automation technology would be the prime concern of the World Government.
Employment, taxation and benefits would be TIED to each other. A system would be put into place that would ensure a level playing field for ALL of the inhabitants of the World.
And once non-creative labour had been replaced by mechanisation, money would no longer be the driving force of humanity.
All of the peoples of the World would be able to devote their time to CREATIVE pursuits, having been freed from the burden of WORK.
Every day would be… the first day of Spring.
This is just a CONDENSED version of my Utopian System. The FULL version would take a BOOK – but I’ve already WRITTEN my book (and 16 years on, I’m still trying to shift copies – no-one READS anymore).
I may add bits to it, as I think of them (one advantage of THIS system over BOOKS) – but it’s a waste of time, of course. NONE of it will ever happen.
Anyone trying to introduce the above would immediately get smacked down by (among many others) the Catholic Church, the big corporations, the oil sheiks – and every self-interested, greedy government in every sodding country of the WORLD!