I am neither Democrat nor Republican. The best way to describe it is Scott Adam’s term “Libertarianesque”. Humans need the maximum amount of freedom to thrive. Experiments need to be made. Changing circumstances need to be adapted to. (The rules that worked for your parents will not work for you.)
A human must be able to make their own choices. They must be able to think and plan for their future to the best of their knowledge.
Will bad things happen? Inevitable. Each and every human is unique and there is no guarantee that they will choose the “right” choice. That’s all a person can do, take a side and go with it.
But we need not stumble around in the dark. We can plan. We can organize. We can use our ingenuity to minimize the damage to ourselves, our friends and our communities.
1. Education- Having a map isn’t much help if you don’t know where you are. That’s why education with the emphasis on the two following notes are the most important things. A realistic education is the greatest tool a person can have. You don’t need a diploma or anything, just a skill that can be used.
1.1 Health Education- If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. We need to dispel the myths of medical science, especially those related to birth control. I don’t think there are too many things more disruptive than the birth of a child.
1.2 Financial Education-People need to understand how money works. Financial problems permeate into every other part of your life. Life is much easier if you can learn how to live within your means. There are people who are living paycheck to paycheck on $100,000 a year salary. How do you manage that? (That’s also why I’m against raising the minimum wage, if you are still running on the hedonic treadmill, a million dollars won’t be enough.)
2. Culture- We don’t need more laws. Laws are limited by who enforces them. You need to create a people who will choose to do the right thing. Our current culture though rewards people for self destruction and consumption. We rail against something different each week, each controversy as quickly forgotten as it was picked up. Essentially, we lack accountability and lack the attention span to make sure that they stay honest.
I’m sure there is more, but in the end, it all boils down to this: Each person has a choice on whether or not they will improve the world.