The question always comes back to how to do you measure success? In answering that, a community becomes more socialist or more democratic.
Lately health care has become more of a concern for Americans because of the blooming retirement age population. Those folks are more in need of health care, generally speaking, than younger folks.
This points out another axiom of communities. They need to define who they are composed of. And they especially need to define who they are when they attempt to measure how well “they” are doing… that’s what put’s the “they” into perspective to allow that answer to be found.
Another problem is the organization of larger numbers. The bigger a population gets in a community the more voices there are. How does this group communicate enmasse to be able to do the work of “measuring success”?
There are tools to communicate. There is a healthy backbone of rule and law and morality built into our nation to give us all the big picture of our success. That just leaves the daily living to contend with.
Daily living is all about the economy. How well do you fair, fair citizen, at getting a job? At getting paid? How do you during your commute to work, how do you get your groceries? How do you get the groceries home? How how how, medicine, kids, vacation, sports, study, how how how? These are all the economy.
Throw in the science and religion, and you’re going to have a hefty project in trying to get everyone to be able to “measure success” together.
When we decide what Truths we hold to be self-evident, I think it is high time that we hold the above truths to be self-evident. There needs to be an fundamental understanding that there are things that all people in this system want to be a part of. Chiefly, all want to be a factor in the process of “measuring success”, so much so, that this process is in fact what voting is. It is the right of the people to have their understanding of the “success measurement” be represented for them to other people within the system. Beyond this, people want to operate with the understanding that there are self-evident principles. Namely, people need food, people need water, housing, medicine, joy, family, peace and tranquility. Take away any one of these from a large number of people and the result is a voice of dissent in the “success measurement”.
Now the question becomes how to we succeed in providing all of these self-evident necessities and still condition our system to fall neatly into a Democratic or Socialistic system. The problem with trying to force the community into one stream or the other, is that, really and truly the economy can never be made to govern the collective, the economy simply is one of the results of there being a collective. Therefore, any attempt to force any single, specific monetary configuration over the entire scope causes a collapse in the fundamental understandings.
The problem usually is that power follows money. Money is capable of buying and securing power. And people tend to use that to an advantage. In mapping a process toward measuring success, when an economy is being forced by overly powerful people because of their monetary prowess, to succumb to a specific type of economy, the system will not succeed in accurately measuring success, and can therefore not see what repair may be needed by some, and can therefore not react and repair itself.
The only course of action is to remove the power from those who would use it incorrectly by choosing a different type of community. This is how democracy swings toward socialism, and vice versa.
A solution toward “measuring success” more successfully would be to create a common language of discussion so the efficiency of discussing what is needed flows more freely. For instance, rather than say “How do you do?” upon meeting someone, a common language of saying “How is your success?” would give the discussion a more free flowing rate. The reply of “I am lacking self-evident societal need one – a house” when heard, even once, should elicit a passing along of this information to everyone. “How is your success? Fine, how is your success? Fine but I hear someone is lacking housing”
This dedication to success is the key. How is your success?