A New Zealand Party: Let’s Share the Worth of Earth
|April 12, 2014||Posted by Staff under Good Press|
A 2014 excerpt of Fuseworks Media, Mar 21.
Our current targeted welfare system is no way to build a society which claims to value intimacy, honesty. and strong families.
The New Economics Party wanted an unconditional Citizens Dividend for all individuals that was not means tested, asset tested, or work tested. The benefits of the commons — land and the natural resources — should be shared equally.
New Zealand had three precedents for unconditional payouts.
- In 1948 every household was given a dividend because we had a particularly good wool cheque that year.
- The second was the Universal Family Benefit that existed from 1946 to 1991 when family support became targeted.
- The third was in 1977 when the unconditional National superannuation was paid to all over 65 without asset or income testing.
Ed. Notes: Big changes come more easily from small countries. In a small country, it’s easier for the citizens to have a conversation. It’s also easier for a citizen to identify with their territory, the nature, the resources, and the economic value of the land. Perhaps New Zealand could lead the world!