So I may as well add my voice.
Amongst all the rhetoric of politicians, business owners and financiers I hear others saying that these people “don’t know what they’re talking about”. Now, I don’t want to be accused of that so I thought that before I talk about economy I’d better find out what economy is.
So I checked.
The online etymological dictionary tells me that economy came from the Greeks (οἰκονόμος) and is the “management of the household”. Ah ha, I thought - I can devise a list of what may constitute the management of a household. This is what I came up with:
- providing shelter and safety,
- maintaining health and well-being,
- ensuring sanitation and cleanliness,
- raising children and providing them with education and encouraging them to realise their potential,
- providing nutritious meals,
- tending the garden and surrounding land,
- making sure that communication is honest and transparent,
- keeping the peace,
- remembering to celebrate.
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The list above gives some clues. Thus, here is my programme for stimulating the economy:
- eliminate homelessness and provide adequate shelter for refugees,
- ensure access to clean water and sanitation for everyone,
- provide health care for all,
- give children everywhere access to free education,
- make sure that pollution is minimised and in most cases eliminated,
- distribute food so that no-one need go hungry,
- find ways to resolve conflict without recourse to violence and war,
- recognise our cultural differences and welcome diversity,
- open up channels of communication and allow for transparency in public decision-making,
- clean up our wasteful and dirty industries,
- celebrate life with festivals, carnivals, concerts and gatherings.