What do the following two random quotes have in common?
At the beginning of the World War I wrote a book about the relations among the great powers during the years immediately preceding the assassination at Serajevo. "The New Map of Europe" dealt particularly with Near Eastern problems and wars and with the foreign policies of Russia, Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Italy in the events affecting the Balkan States, the Ottoman Empire, Persia, and the countries on the African littoral of the Mediterranean. The purpose of the book was to attempt to explain how the relations among the great powers were vitally influenced by the conflict of interests that arose in their diplomatic and economic activities in the regions formerly under the exclusive domination of the Ottoman sultans.*
For two hundred years the African slave-trade was carried on by the most Christian nations, Catholics and Protestants alike, and protected by their governments. Avarice at the price of robbery and blood inspired all alike in the most inhuman, guilty business ever practiced on earth. In 1783 there was a trial in London for throwing into the sea one hundred and thirty-two Africans by the master of a slave-ship to defraud the underwriters, but with no penalty because they were negroes! (Jay.) In 1786 it was estimated that one hundred thousand were annually captured and torn from Africa; and it was admitted that at least twenty thousand perished on the voyage, and twenty thousand more, crushed by cruelty and despair, died in two years.
But no signs of sensibility were perceptible till 1776, when a member of the English House of Commons moved that "the slave-trade was contrary to the laws of God and the rights of man"; but it was at once rejected. Perhaps the discussion between Great Britain and the American Colonies respecting human rights had started this thought. Lord North said "the traffic had become a commercial necessity to nearly every nation in Europe." Seven years later a petition by a few Quakers was not even considered.**
So what do these two quotes have in common? Money. Stronger outside forces preyed upon the weaker for material gain.
It is said money makes the world go round. While a primary and powerful motivator, it is not the only one. The same Christian spirit that prompted the slave trade put an end to human trafficking!
Universal Solidarity is another emerging motivator.
Solidarity is a system by which people help each other. There is shared concern and mutuality. Its freedoms do not include the freedom of one group to exploit another.
Liberty and justice for all are the basis of Solidarity. One cannot exercise liberty without justice or justice without liberty and still retain allegiance to Solidarity. Liberty and justice are the two scales in the balance of impartial Solidarity.
The goal of economic Solidarity is to strike the balance between the freedom and justice; the freedom to own and pursue private property while recognizing and honoring the just limits between private enterprise and social ethics. Solidarity eliminates economic injustices whereby a relative few are enriched at the expense of the many. The primary way Solidarity achieves this goal is by a Constitutional provision barring perpetual indebtedness.
Society must be reorganized around the concept of periodic forgiveness of all debt, public and private.
A LAND FLOWING WITH MILK AND HONEY
There is a modern secret known by few. There is plenty for all. Poverty is unnecessary.
Trillions of dollars are parked in accounts that is capital unemployed. Unemployed capital is a drain on the economy. While it draws interest for the few, it also drives up prices for the many.
Some of this money belongs to wealthy persons, but a great amount is the property of educational and humanitarian foundations. In the past, only the devastation of wars followed by the immediate necessity of rebuilding was sufficient incentive to loose the hands that controlled these vast sums. But we cannot stomach another world war.
Unemployed capital must be punished.
Government borrowing is another source draining a vigorous economy.
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Solidarity is an emerging worldview with religious, political, and economic components. Economic Solidarity recognizes the tension between private enterprise and social ethics. Economic Solidarity resolves this tension by implementing a reorganization of the economic system to factor scheduled full debt forgiveness, public and private.
* Gibbons, Herbert Adams. "An Introduction to World Politics" (1922), p. v.
** Willey, Rev. Austin. "The History of the Antislavery Cause in State and Nation" (1886), pp 13, 14.