Are Work Benefits a Personal Responsibility or an Entitlement?

Recently I’ve come across many cases where people are receiving benefits  that seem to me, on the surface at least, to be rather lucky.  These benefits have varied from grandparent childminding, stress massages, stress days off from work, maternity leave from a potential employer, after hours meals and taxis, paid family holidays, home baby help and more.  People seem to think these benefits are ‘necessary’ to survive their work.  They believe they are entitled to them.

These are all great benefits to receive.  But not everyone can receive them, so there’s an equity question here.  Even more, I wonder whether these benefits are necessary at all.  Why does this generation need these benefits, to be provided by someone else?  And who should be responsible:  people themselves, their employer, or the government?Read More »

‘PEOPLISM’: A NEW POLITICAL VISION. ECONOMIES ARE FOR PEOPLE.

As most of us despair the deceit, wilful blindness, self-centred arrogance and corruption of many politicians and leaders in all of our countries, I wondered how do we find a new way to reconfigure the process, create a genuinely new framework for rethinking our societies?  We’ve had capitalism, centred on the power of money and markets.  We’ve had communism, centred on making everyone equal.  We’ve had socialism, centred on protecting the weak.  We’ve had dictatorships, centred on a few powerful people making decisions for the rest of us.  We’ve had democracy, centred on equal rights to speak and vote.  We’ve had religion, centred on the basis of blind faith in the mystical.  We’ve had royalty, centred on the power of a specified family.

All of these have their weaknesses, as we are too painfully aware.  I propose a new political philosophy of ‘peoplism”.  Peoplism focuses a government on what people actually need.  Let me explain how it would reframe our priorities and decisionmaking.Read More »