My grandson Oliver, aged 24, was reading the international topics.
“Next week, an adjustment to the planetary constitution program will be voted on worldwide. If it is accepted with a majority on a worldwide scale, it will be implemented at the start of next year, 2040. Since the world has evaluated to a place where everyone is entitled to a job or, a kind of basic income or both, and the ones who are working in production or services areas as well can freely chose in which period they can contribute to society or take some time off for personal development or whatever, and since the new constitution of 2024 has led to a completely other world; WOCOMAS, the world council for managing society after a number of debates in the regional world councils, REWOCO, has decided to finalize the process of the need to have armies. Since every war has being ended and all layers of humanity work together in harmony to produce what is needed and a place to live and public services are guaranteed, and there is no more hunger or ideological disputes, for 16 years now already; not a single military bullet was fired, only police forces war armed. From 2040 onwards the old military structures will only to be used to tackle nature disasters quickly and massively. The expectation is that people in mass will vote for the final reconversion of their armed military forces. Some years ago they already voted to end the production of guns and other large scale aggressive products; but now the process was in his last phase. “
Being nearly 84; there were times in the earliest years of this century and the one before I never would have thought ‘we’ would come this far. The world, by solving it’s economical and bureaucratic problems and financial barriers (the huge influence of speculators of all kind and the law of maximum profit) had completely changed in those perspectives. Every citizen was in a very telematics way administrated by one of the fifteen projects he belonged to. One is born and the local council project takes the dates from the health project over and automatically informs the other projects : education, work, housing, energy, telematics, transport, environment, agriculture, production, distribution, social security, culture and money. As one gets older, all the information about someone can be found in one of those 15 projects. This system had a different view on things. Money for example, was only used in an administrative way. In the project Telematics worked for example 100 million people, with the difference between income scales being 1 to 3…one could easily on the base of using one WOCU (world currency) calculated how much the total costs of making use of telematics would be, added with other costs. There were no phone bills any more even, because for each customer, the same amount of WOCU digits was taken each month automatically from his or her account. The same system was used in every other project of society, except for the things one buys in shops. The entire ministry of Finance of all kind of councils in the world, had a lot more easier job, because in fact each worker paid more or less paid the same taxes…and what was sold in the little shops, a fixed amount was taken in to account automatically. And since workers had a different life style with much more free time as before and jobs that they could easily switch, only small scale and middle scale enterprises were privately owned, the big multinationals, in great numbers had become collectively owned and managed by the whole population, by means of the councils, both on a world and local scale. People again could become farmers if they wanted to, after decades of practically 1per cent working on the land.
Suddenly Oliver said : “so, tell me again when things really changed with this world that was pretty chaotic in your days grandpa Joseph”.
I took a more comfortable seat. “Well, as I probably told you before, you will often think on occasions you will hear me talk about those matters; it was about the end of the 20th century when ideologies started taking another path. Collectivism was a bit slower than the severe discipline in capitalistic production units…one could not loose one’s job not as easily in the Sovjet Union in those days…but less goods were produced and due to imperialist tensions between the greatest countries, the USSR fall apart. A lot of people thought it was the end of history; but the war tensions became even greater in and between nations. There was not only the divide between each new emerging nation, like the Chinese one, who had understood that the way forward was combining it’s one party system with a great deal of collective ownership with individual enterprises and responsibility; there also became a religiously masked movement, politically orientated, with the same imperialistic projects as its rivals. The age of terrorism and wars, was not what people had hoped for when they celebrated the new 21th century. Now it was the turn of the capitalistic system to fall apart, after his stage of globalization, when there were to many who believed the neo liberal profits would have no ending and no obstacles to overcome. The turning point, was the year 2008 when stock markets fell and the value of money and state defaults began to have crisis effects on employment, profits and so on. More and more wars for oil in fact and more and more places were as soon as elections were held, the results were rejected by as well the ruling layers of bourgeoisie or segments of the mass of people. It became more and more different amid social unrest to even form a government that good find a way out of thos difficult international issues. Finally, the going and acting together of a lot of progressive groups resulted in the demand that people should have the right to have another kind of elections as the one based on the Greek democracy some thousand years ago…more and more the demand to vote by approving a global program first and then in a second round appointing the people responsible on project lists, not party lists, was heard. Finally the United Nations took control of this new democratic process…and people were paid the same digits for driving a truck in Polen a in Brussels as in Katmandu. The success of these this kind of democracy grew as hunger and wars were stopped. A huge campaign to make those changes acceptable and to encourage people to take part in them was put in place by the progressive groups and parties who had started the change; or rather all those kind of different changes who had become necessary.
I myself worked in the department of education.”…to be continued