I was just reading Mustafa's post about problems and solutions and the premise is that to find solutions you need to accurately identify the problem. That makes perfect sense. Then someone says that there is no solution to mass killings and I have to say, yes, there is, but no one wants to do it, since it would involve mass killings. We can find a way to identify potential monsters through brain scans and kill them first. The fact that they might not ever act out isn't the issue in creating a solution. Just as we use the idea of vaccinating people against ailments they might not come in contact with.
Sometimes the answer to a problem is the problem. Such as, why do we need borders at all? If illegal immigration is such a problem, why no just say, okay, come and go as you like. Problem solved. Make rules in your country that if someone works without proper documentation, the person who hired them gets all of their assets taken from them. Make it that if someone without proper documentation does a crime and is convicted, we execute them. I don't care what the crime is. It could be littering. You're here as a guest, dammit, act like one. Singapore and Pyongyang could be examples.
Children born in this country without proper documentation are not allowed to use any government services, ever, even roads and sidewalks. Do you see my point? The problem isn't illegal immigration at all. It's a problem of requiring proper documentation. Farm workers could be given documents that allow them to work when crops need to be harvested. Foreigners could be given documents that allow them to attend school. The onus for making sure that the people in your midst have proper documentation would be the burden of those they interact with and the penalties would be directed at them. Problem solved.
It's the same with drugs. Legalize them and make them products sold in markets that can contribute to the system in tax revenue. Drugs are never the problem. People are and we blame the drugs because people are us and we hate our weaknesses and like to blame things that can't defend themselves. How drugs are used is the problem. All kinds of people use drugs everyday and are considered decent, contributing members of society. This separation of drugs into good and bad is madness gone insane. It's a way of filling prisons, legitimizing police forces of way more numbers than needed, with weaponry of warfare, and keeping gangs viable to make people scared of violence and guns, particularly our immigrant populations in our inner cities where we teach kids to become drug dealers in our schools, if they can't make it as professional athletes, or rap artists. Who really wants to spend their life working at Micky D's? The only thing that's good for is having a place where it's safe to deal drugs from. No smart person eats the food. And Jews in this model are not minorities, or not a "poor" minority.
I'm an economist with a degree so I know about a man named Gary Becker. Gary Becker believed all problems are economic with economic solutions. And that social control created to promote better economic behavior is much more effective at creating a livable society than is government control using criminality.
So, on crime. Make criminals be shunned or killed if they prefer. Make criminal corporations be shunned. Make criminal countries be shunned. Send them all to distant rocks. Put them out of business. Invade them and remove their ruling aristocracy. Shunning is the most effective method anybody has ever come up with to prevent criminal activity since it removes the guilty party from any economic or social engagements which is the point of most people's lives.
Taking the money helps too, but we have too many methods for people to hide their money. Look at that Cohen guy who ran an insider trading scheme. He ripped off the system and then was fined some ridiculous amount, but it was only peanuts compared to what he'd made, so where's the punishment? And now he's back in business and people are flocking to him because they know that his insider trading business is a sure win, and he makes no bones about doing it again because he says he did nothing wrong.
Look at Milken, who did the same thing and had the same outcome. Now he's a respected philanthropist with all of his swindled money. Our system writes glowing stories about how brilliant the swindles were and not one word about how the punishment is hurting the swindlers, because it isn't. Look at Wells Fargo. We have real problems and the solution of our government is to profit from the swindle again and again and again when the real solution is to do some killing too.
Gary Becker said that if you want to eliminate poverty give people a reason not to be poor. Do you understand? Doesn't that make sense? We make it easy to be poor. The richest country in the world promotes poverty with its social policies. We are not giving our poor people good reasons not to be poor. We condemn them to poor health, and poor environments, and poor educations and then blame them for not doing better.
In countries with low poverty rates they provide a social structure with social services that make it hard to be poor. Everybody gets healthcare. No one goes without a home. Everybody gets a decent education. They chop off the top end of success to create no bottoming out, by tax policy, and they aren't debtor nations like we are. They just have superior social and economic priorities. We use the military where other countries use street cleaners. That appears to be the only solution to poverty, social commitment to creating a better environment, not more employment. That appears to be the only solution to sexual abuse too, having women be more taken care of by a better social environment and more economic equality.
In health, in religion, in fulfilling the human spirit, their are always solutions to settle our differences and they are always economic and social. What we have right now in the world is a failure to communicate a viable economic and social agenda that can lead us into the future. And it's not because there aren't solutions out there, there are, it's because the powers present the problems in way they make them appear unsolvable. Why? Because it protects them in their positions of power and privilege.
The coming problems we face will create huge upheavals in the world dynamic. Our present economic system has to be scrapped. Our current political system has to be scrapped. Our current religious system has to be scrapped. The only thing that will save us really is our insane military machine. That too is a socio-economic animal waiting for its opportunity to be unleashed.