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On a high level, each person on this planet brings with them unique knowledge, wisdom, and capability that they can share with the broader society. Chronic illnesses and death detract from humanity’s valuable resources. The goal, therefore, should be to keep each human consciousness alive as long as possible.
But healthcare is a mess. Prices are too high, there is unequal access, and although the quality of care in the US tends to be quite good, America’s health span and life spans trend lower than most developed countries.
The solution, at its core, is to design public policy that neither blindly accepts the “free market” as the savior (ignoring obvious market failures) nor places government in total control in a way that risks stifling innovation. In short, let markets work where they work and correct them where they don’t. The basic principles for doing this are as follows:
Individual mandate/Catastrophic Insurance
Health Savings Accounts or Risk-Adjusted vouchers
IP Reform (Discussed Below)
Education, Science and Technology
Education is our primary means of transferring knowledge from one generation to the next. The more efficiently we can do this, the better off civilization will be.
The advancement of science and technology underpins not only current economic growth and human progress, but the long-term sustainability of civilization itself. It is foolish for us to assume that technology, like time, is asymmetric and always moves in one directly. Technology can (and has) moved in the reverse direction.
My concern is that recent human progress since the industrial revolution, is akin to a dying star that shines most brightly just before its own mass forces it to collapse in on itself. Like an elder star, the only means of continuing to shine is to continue to push outward with ever greater force.
Therefore, we should do everything in our power to sustain and accelerate technological advancement. This can be done via:
Economic growth is necessary as a means of expanding the opportunities and capabilities of citizens such they can live their lives to their full potential. When people live out their potential, they can contribute meaningfully to society as a whole. There exists a reciprocal relationship between the society and the individual, each contributing to the other.
Economic growth, as history shows, must be inclusive for it to be sustainable. Growth should also strive to minimize environmental damage, at least as far as possible, without violating the laws of conservation of energy and matter. This can be achieved through the following basic principles:
Rationally Free Markets
IP Reform (discussed above)
Inequality as a Bell Curve
More than ever, it seems, society is being torn by the extremes. In America, the left wing is restricting speech, instituting safe spaces and trigger warnings, while the Right has invented a reality of its own. This cannot continue.
The current structure of the media and politics is such that the extremes, the societal outliers, gain all the attention and representation despite not speaking for the majority.
Understand and Address the Limitations of Modern Corporate Media
Counter Misinformation Through Critical Thinking
Understanding of the Horseshoe Theory to Discourage Radicalism
People in America have a tendency to treat Western style democratic representative government as the ultimate form of government. They see it as an “end,” which began with monarchs, evolved into limited monarchies, and then into modern representative democracy.
The inclusiveness of the economy (and therefore its sustainability) as well as technological advancement potential is inextricably linked to government design and policy.
Therefore, the more effective government is at generating sound policy, the more growth and development that will result. Western-style democracy is certainly not the only, nor the best, means of achieving this. I propose, where possible, to introduce new forms of democracy.