What is democratic government for?

I thought that the Tax Research idea of a National Wealth Service was inspired. I commented and said exactly that.

A ‘National Wealth Service’ sums up both how we pay for it and where it comes from. (I was inspired enough to suggest that the ‘National Wealth Service’ might even be the slogan for the next election…)

The ‘National Wealth Service’ is the epitome and the very essence of what, in fact, government is for.

Why else do we band together?

Only I suggest, surely, for our greater good – and not to engender a cunning Conservative and individualist plan to exploit each other?

What, in fact, is democratic government for?

If not, fundamentally, in order to achieve a National Wealth Service?

The Conservative argument has been to suggest that there is no wealth without work – however precarious. But I fear that this is in order to shut down the parallel argument of how wealth is distributed.

I’d submit that the National Wealth Service is fundamental to Democracy.

If it isn’t then it is entirely possible that Chinese capitalism is rather better.

Which surely suggests that knowing where money comes from is rather fundamental to democracy in general and Western Democracy in particular.

Otherwise Chinese capitalism will surely be us.

Comments

  1. brian faux -

    True enough that there`s no wealth without work – even the apple falling off the tree needs to be picked up- but the Tory view is `no wealth without somebody else`s work`

    1. Peter May -

      Very true 🙂

  2. Graham -

    “Why else do we band together?” I think early “societies”, such as hunter-gatherers, were largely cooperative as indeed are many other species, such as wolves, ants, bees and some primates.

    Once a more sedentary lifestyle evolved and a surplus was produced through “farming” then the usual suspects discovered that if they could appropriate much of the surplus then a life of ease beckoned. And thus it has remained to a considerable extent.

    But clearly, there is considerable cooperation, just not enough and not targeted to tackle the most pressing issues, such as preparation for pandemics and climate change.

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