21. All states shall support SDGs, tax wealth and financial transactions, and redistribute funds equitably.

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1. SDGs and the Redistribution of Wealth for “Saving the World in a Hurry”

Is a Higher ‘Quality of Life’ a Bulwark Against Disaster?

Rapporteur: Shane Roberts

The six threats of the Project to “save the world” are described as “causally inter-dependent” and requiring “systemic change”. This points to a complex world, where any problem, cause, effect or solution related to each threat may be given a simple label that masks an underlying complexity, e.g. in a mesh of chicken-and-egg dilemmas about where to start: everywhere at once?

So it is with the Project’s roster of solutions, wherein ‘plank’ #21 in part states that “All states shall support SDGs” and in so many words arguably calls for a redistribution of global wealth. Between the SDGs and the notion of redistributing wealth, we have landed in a sea of complexity – theoretical and practical. To start with, what are the SDGs, and what might one mean by “wealth” and mechanisms for its redistribution?

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This is an interesting article discussing the potential for universal basic income as a by-product of COVID-19. What are folks thoughts on this?

Title: Why the Response to COVID-19 Should Include Universal Basic Income
Author: Rose, John
Publication(s): Canadian Dimension
Date: 22 April 2020
Link: https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/why-the-response-to-covid-19-should-include-universal-basic-income

The blind, even illogical, reactive Western hostility towards effective fiscally progressive measures is formidable … As a somewhat humorous example of such anger (albeit on a fortunately small scale): Just the concept of socialists having any power anywhere on the planet causes distress to a local man here who’s vocally vehemently opposed to liberalism. On a couple occasions he became so narrow-mindedly enraged that he, with his tightened fist trembling before him, uttered to me, “I’d vote for the devil himself if that’s what it took to keep those Godless socialists out of office!”

Let there be no more big-business-as-usual Democratic party of the past.

Blindly voting for the establishment-forwarded Democratic candidate no-matter-what, regardless of his/her neo-liberalist corporate-interest ideology, should no longer be expected of an increasingly financially struggling electorate. Therefore, before such vast progressive electorate support is given, there most notably needs to be genuine progress on the socio-economic inequity/inequality file, which apparently is only getting worse.

When I vote in a federal election and/or write a letter, I do my best to make them state, No More Big Business As Usual!

With this in mind, the federal Democratic party membership might want to critique the 2016 Democratic National Convention decision-makers’ apparent allowance of actual large-majority state-primary wins by Bernie Sanders to instead be given to the trailing Hillary Clinton as legitimate victories. For example, every county in West Virginia voted overwhelmingly for Sanders, yet the DNC declared them as wins for Clinton, the latter candidate’s neo-liberalism, quite unlike Sanders’ true progressiveness, already known for not rubbing against any big business grains.

P.S. Funny how I, an extensive news consumer, learned about this otherwise newsworthy 2016 DNC vote-tally shenanigan via a (superb) Michael Moore documentary rather than the mainstream news-media.

The Tobin Tax: The case for a tax on international monetary transactions .
AUTHOR(S): James Tobin

April 1, 2011

This article is based on a speech delivered in 1995 at a CCPA conference in Ottawa by U.S. economist James Tobin, who died in 2002 at the age of 84. A prominent supporter of Keynesian economics and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1981, Prof. Tobin is now widely known for his suggested imposition of a tax on foreign exchange transactions. Such a tax, he argued, would reduce speculation in the international currency markets, which he saw as dangerous and unproductive. https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/tobin-tax

Some people consider it bad manners to complain about inequality. Strange.