This. Whether you achieve is your problem, not mine...
The perpetual game, and not an end game, of liberalism can be exemplified nearly perfectly with the best government in the world - in Japan, where I have lived for 15 years. Far freer and more economically blessed, and far safer, Japan is the model you seek.
Japan's is a socialist system, and there are no rich factions controlling corporations. Hence, the rich provide no jobs here -- rather organizational staff oversee all hiring. Organizations operate under primary missions “to benefit society”; that is, missions “to earn profit” are responsibly subordinated.
> free and open national and local elections which are very competitive across several parties, ruling party provides prime minister in the Diet
> national health care, full coverage at ~$125 per month (charge to upper middle class income level, if compared to US), no rejections
> 3%-5% unemployment ongoing, during most recent US-caused recession maximum at 5.6%: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/Economics/Unemployment-rate.aspx?symbol=JPY
> under 10% personal income taxes (mine are 7.5% with above-average income level), and just 5% consumption tax nationally (prefectures won’t gouge up consumption tax like US states do)
> 40% corporate income taxes
> 22,000 licensed lawyers as a cap with little to nothing to do (0.017% of population, or 1.7 of 10,000 persons) (while US has 24x as many lawyers or 1,200,000 lawyers, or 0.4% of population, or 40 of 10,000 persons) -- in Japan, people solve their own problems rather than working-class leeching courts
> most equitable wage distribution in the world ([a] of course extracts threat of executive thievery, [b] worst is the US and UK) (executives earn no more than double of staff salaries across the board, voluntarily and according to tradition)
> public transportation provided at no charge to all workers -- paid by employing companies (PLUS - I have never needed nor wanted an automobile, and instead save ALL the plethora associated costs, interest, taxes, and fees)
> oligopolized, inter-cooperative banks operating under missions “to benefit society” rather than “to earn profit” (no working class gouging ATM fees) (no checking accounts to gouge workers) (low interest and generous forbearance)
> setting 10% product price mark-up typically across-the-board by sellers (voluntary based on honor and missions “to benefit society”), heedless of fluctuations in demand -- effectively discourages consumer price gouging
> subsidized staple food products to the end consumer, regulating ongoing fair pricing
> no excessively abusive sin taxes (cigarettes at $4.10, exact same brand price at ALL vendors – 2nd lowest price in the 1st world)
> lowest crime rate in the world (due to no richclass oppression) (AND only 1.8 police per 1000 people vs. 2.85 per 1000 in the US)
> even the very, very few homeless in Japan WILL NOT beg -- perfectly debunks vacuous accusations that socialism creates dependency, and rather displays that socialism heightens personal honor: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090117a6.html
> none, or very, very few telemarketing calls to one’s home (a Japan faux pas) -- typically only very rare service calls from your telephone line provider (imagine domestic peace and quiet -- what a concept…)
> free to carry a beer into a theatre or onto a train (just threw that in to exhibit daily freedom from fascist abuse) (Why can we do this? We can because (1) law books are logical rather than oversized for working class thievery, and (2) competition is not a forced philosophy here. The theatre doesn’t force their product down my throat, nor get their panties in any wad over what I do. I’m FREE here.)
And here's the clincher:
> $35 trillion in national savings, $16 trillion of which held by households: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2012/05/22/national/savings-for-average-japanese-family-top-16-million/
So, it's not an end in any measure, as this society continues its improvements daily and annually. Therefore, it's perpetuity -- or an "organism" which grows and develops.
Have a nice day!
· 6 years ago