This page is dedicated to explaining how the
AEM's Egalitarian society deals with issues that have been recently receiving media and
Many of these issue however, are usually discussed
in more detail somewhere on this website.
The Global Recession
Within the AEM's Egalitarian
Australia, global recessions and depressions will have a much
impact upon the lives of its citizens and the economy. There are
several reasons for this. First, everyone remains employed, which
keeps the domestic economy functions as per normal. Second, we will
be gradually creating a culture and an economy that is less
dependent upon trade to survive. Third, while the export industry
will undoubtedly be affected, the Egalitarian state is able to regulate
imports in relation to exports, and therefore we can easily cut back or increase
imports or exports in relation to how well or poorly the
domestic and the international economies are doing. Forth, Australia
will be fully owned by its citizens, which means that the value of
all of our companies will not be influenced by the stockmarket.
Fifth, the Australian dollar will
be regulated, and not floated within the money market. Six, credit
crated this latest global recession, and there is no credit within
the AEM's Egalitarian society, and nor will you need it (See the
EAM's Egalitarian Economy web page).
Seventh, if there were a reason to provide credit, it would be
provided by the state and not international lenders.
Carbon Emissions Trading
Within our contemporary capitalist
societies, the greatest barrier to preventing the reduction of
carbon emissions is not a shortage of low-carbon technologies, but
because the state leaves the responsibility and the costs of reducing carbon
emissions up to the owners and shareholder of businesses and the
citizens. This is why governments are forced to create economic
disincentives in order to persuade businesses and citizens to reduce
emissions. As such, a carbon emissions
trading scheme is resisted by many.
Carbon emissions trading is not an
issue that will affect the citizens within the AEM's Egalitarian
society because reducing carbon emissions is the state's responsibility to solve and
the state's cost to bear. That is, it is the state that must develop and install
technologies that serve to reduce our nation's carbon
emissions, because the state owns all businesses and supplies all
available products to its citizens. See the section below, titled
"Global Warming" for some idea about what the AEM hopes to achieve
in relation to the reduction of carbon emissions and our reliance
upon non-renewable forms of energy and resources.
Interest Rates on Housing Loans
It is an indictment against
capitalism when our economy is said to be booming, but we are unable
raise wages or pensions (that need to be raised
because they have not kept up with inflation, regardless of oil
prices) because it will serve to increase inflation, which will
serve to increase interest rates, which will put more economic
pressure on home buyers and other borrowers. This situation is
exasperated further by our growing
dependence upon credit to survive. If these are the good times,
let's hope our economy doesn't wane. The fact is, we are on a
downward spiral and there is no way back up. Things are only going
to get worse. This is where capitalism leads you, and the citizens
of Australia may finally be just starting to realise it.
Within the AEM's Egalitarian society,
interest rates become a redundant issue because there is no credit.
See our 'The AEM's
Egalitarian Economy' to gather a better understanding about how
the AEM Egalitarian economy works.
Rising House Prices and Property Rental Prices
House and rent prices within the
AEM's Egalitarian economy will always remain low and uninfluenced by
inflation, because the people who run the country have to live on
the same wage and pay the same prices as everyone else.
Homelessness is said to have doubled
during the 12 year reign of the Liberal government. There is also
many more people relying on
family and friends, or living in emergency accommodation,
overcrowded conditions, tents, or home garages etc. That this is
occurring in a time of economic affluence is extremely disturbing. Within our capitalist society, there appears to be no real
solution to this problem in sight. It also tends to make a lie out
of the Liberal Party's claim that when businesses are doing well, so
is the society.
As mentioned on our home page, the
AEM believes that it can stop all homelessness within 24 hours of
taking control of the state, not including those people who are living in
remote regions. Our plan is to find or supply temporary and
motel accommodation until we find or build homes for the homeless to live
Shortage of Doctors within Public Hospitals
Ironically, there are no shortages of
doctors within private hospitals. Thanks once again to the Liberal
government, funding for public healthcare has been deliberately
decreased in order to promote and support private healthcare.
In the AEM's Egalitarian society, all
citizens can consider themselves to have free
private healthcare cover.
The main contributors to global
warming are the burning of fossil fuels and land clearing. Upon
taking control of the state, the AEM will immediately begin the
process of winding down all coal fire power stations as it begins
the construction of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind,
and tidal electric power stations. It is hoped that coal fire power
stations will be eliminated within 10 years. It is also hoped that
all fossil fuel burning vehicles will be replaced by electric
powered vehicles within 15 years.
All new homes and buildings will
incorporate the latest energy efficiency technologies, and many
existing properties will be upgraded to be more energy efficient.
Most land clearing will cease, and
tree planting will begin in earnest for four main reasons (although
there are other reasons). First, to combat the effects of global
warming caused by carbon emissions. Second, to restore more natural habitats for our native
fauna. Third, to provide for industrial applications for renewable
timber products in preference
to using non-renewable metals in the construction of many products.
Forth, to stop relying upon imported timber for our housing needs
(much of which comes from the illegal timber industry).
Struggling on the Pension
Currently, pensioners, particularly
those who rent, are struggling to survive economically. Because
pensions are a governmental expense, this problem is never going to
go away within our capitalist society. In the AEM's Egalitarian
society, those who run the state, live on the same wage that you do
and face the same retirement conditions that you do. This
guarantees that life for all retired citizens (and all other
citizens) will never be economically stressful.
Food Prices and Insufficient Wages
As just mentioned, in the AEM's
Egalitarian society, those who run the state, live on the same wage
that you do. They also pay the same prices that you do, and
therefore you can be assured that you will always be able to afford
a comfortable standard of living, no mater how expensive food prices
become. However, if you read 'The AEM's
Egalitarian Economy', you will see that inflation virtually
stops within the AEM's Egalitarian society, and therefore rising
prices is not an issue that will ever concern you.
Increasing Petrol Prices
Unfortunately, this is not a problem
that anybody can solve due to the diminishing supply of oil, and as you already know, the problem is only
going to get worse. The solution then, is to stop
using vehicles that use fossil fuels. As mentioned earlier, this is
something that the AEM hopes to achieve within the first 15 years of
taking control of the society. This also serves to reduce global
warming, and it also stops the nation's heavy and expensive reliance
upon imported oil.
This problem could have been solved
many years ago, and it is actually capitalism that has served to
prevent this technological change and development from occurring,
because the oil and petrol industries serve to make individuals rich
and provide lots of revenue for governments. Further, we need to
rely upon the owners and shareholders of privately owned business to
provide new types of vehicles and the wide-spread infrastructure
required to power these vehicles. The costs involved as well as the
knowledge that the majority of consumers are not be able to afford
to change to new vehicles at a fast rate serves to make such
ventures economically unviable for many years, and privately owned
companies, particularly share held companies, are reluctant to
invest in such projects when it will serve to decrease profits and
share prices for this period. Further, consumers, particularly low
paid consumers, resist change because they must bear the costs of
buying new vehicles. In the AEM's Egalitarian society, this change
in vehicles and infrastructure becomes the responsibility of the
state (not privately owned businesses) and therefore change happens
quickly because it is in the state's economic interests to do so,
unlike in our capitalist society where government revenue is lost by
the lack of consumption of oil based products. Also, in the AEM's
Egalitarian society, everybody rents their vehicles from the state,
and therefore we do not rely upon consumers to have enough money to
change to new vehicles. Another issue within the capitalist society
that helps resist change is that many workers lose their livelihoods
when these industries and their jobs become redundant, thus adding
to unemployment growth. As such, the workers resist the collapse of
the industries they work in and so do governments. In the AEM's
Egalitarian society, there is no unemployment and it is the state's
responsibility to find suitable new jobs for you when the industry
you work in closes down.