Don’t tax the rich, un-tax the rest.
Let’s study how to improve transportation, food, freedom, and activism–not just dump those defunct cars, meat & milk, addictions, and the TV.
The car lobby is already reinventing itself. Electric cars (the exhaustion pipe moves to the power plants), driverless cars (fewer accidents?), and now also a water tab inside. Higher taxes for cars and gas mostly disturb the poor but won’t reduce the amount of car travel. What to do?
Quick lanes only for cars with passengers are a tad better.
Better and more frequent public transportation can be a winner too.
But the best would be to make all public transportation rides 100% free.
Costs the state lots of money? I wonder. What percentage of the costs are travelers actually paying? Most of it is heavily subsidized already. How much cost the whole chapter of ticket sales and inspection? No more!
Saves also ads to advocate against the overuse of private cars and to promote living in rural areas, outside of city centers.
Frees up commuting time for the tired to work, learn, read, call, or sleep.
It must be such that the regular traveler says: having a car is stealing from my own wallet and time; I’m not crazy.
There was a Belgium professor gastroenterology (intestinal health) who (when I was a student) advocated eating whole-wheat bread as the way to close most hospitals. All sicknesses would nosedive, he claimed. It could be a bit of an exaggeration but the core of truth is noted.
Make whole-wheat bread, cookies, and pasta 10% of the present prices.
Make whole grains, legumes, and veggies 10% of the present prices.
Don’t reduce things that give (too quickly) calories, like stuff that has alcohol, potato, white rice, or corn in it, nor stuff with sugar or salt.
Hours spent excising should delay the time we need to show up at work and reduce our premiums for the health funds and life insurances.
Revamp the old clinics and hospitals to housing and reduce the workweek.
It must be such that the regular consumer says: buying junk food, refined foods, or animal produce steals from my wealth and health; I’m not crazy.
Make any kind of detox therapy free of charge and waiting time.
Make any kind of relationship therapy free of charge and waiting time.
It must be such that anyone in distress says: for some imaginary short-term comfort I’m not going to ruin my brain or relationship; I’m not crazy.
It’s simply not enough anymore to help the people and animals close to us. We must organize and work together on a national and global scale to help all irreplaceable: groups, creatures, nature, the planet, and art to survive.
The hours of participating in SOS activism should count as work hours and be subtracted from the number of hours we work for our regular salary.
This will greatly reduce the time spent vegetating in front of the TV.
It must be such that the regular worker says: not trying to save the planet and everything dear to us is throwing away our future; I’m not crazy.
Do you think the above is too extreme? Extreme problems ask for extreme solutions. Presently, all of humanity is on its way out. And even if it survives, we’re each needlessly going to die within about a century.
But, this could also be an election strategy to get half of all the votes.