All services, Education, healthcare, recreational, research and development to name a few are all provided for in exactly the same way.
The purchase of shares for each service business are associated with the property in the same manner as council tax or land taxes however with a business instead of a government performing services the amount invested in that service, charged for, and paid to employees are directly functions of the customers decisions and if the company is successful it will be given responsibility for a wider area.
A key point to remember with Smallism is that each service is only geographically bound by the investors and the geography for different services will often be different to each other.
This is what we mean by taking back responsibility.
In this section we look at some example models for services currently provided by governments.
Have you noticed how mega companies being listed on a stock exchange is always huge news?
IPO (Initial Public Offering [of shares]) Jack Ma listed his billion-dollar company a few months ago, DIDI the same.
But wait. What is the primary (traditional) purpose of the stock exchange? Any business student, even those taking high school business will tell you that share sales are to 'raise funds for the business'. Often to start up - or expand the business.
But when a company is worth billions, and the CEO is the richest man in China something doesn't smell right.
The truth is that the stock markets are fraudulent gambling dens for the rich to become richer.
Let's look at the unintended (possibly) consequences of some of the changes put into the stock markets.
Short selling - is how stock/share prices are manipulated. What the big banks and brokers do is wait for the number of orders in the systems to get to a certain price and then set a massive bet against that price, creating a panic sell or buy, short selling enables the fraud to work both ways.
I just said that the brokers wait for a 'certain number of orders' and this takes me to the second fraud. These brokers 'know what is in the system'. The 'order books' are open so they have a great advantage over retail traders.
Now, the poor retail trader is a lamb to slaughter. Not having access to the order books puts them at a great disadvantage too. Not to mention that they have to pay extra Fees simply for holding the shares if they are in a leveraged position. on average 70-80% of retail traders lose money on the markets and foreign exchange. This number has to be published by the retail broker so is easily available on Broker comparison sites.
So what is wrong? Well, apart from the massive international fraud rings that run the exchanges and brokerages.
Would you be surprised to hear me say that they are not smallism?
The Smallism vision of a stock exchange is (unsurprisingly) local. Imagine this scenario:
Your friend wants to start hairdressers but needs to raise capital. She would then register her company and her shares and then place those shares with a local stock exchange, for local people and businesses. She then goes to all her friends and asks them to 'chip in a few quid' to help her get started. Once her IPO is finished she has raised the capital and starts her hairdressers.
Of course, not just her friends, some of the shares are available over-the-counter (OTC) at the share shop, and how much people are willing to put into this investment will be a balance of what she has promised to pay back in dividends and the resale expectations of the investor.
Additionally, those local people who have invested are more likely to use that salon to ensure their investment is working well, to see it operate and maybe suggest improvements. Also, they will recommend their friends to use it.
This leads us very nicely into the article Where Marx Went Wrong, and how for a stable economic community to operate optimally the customer must also be the owner. Read more about that here.
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Justice, like all state entities, has become corrupt. Unfair sentencing and political prosecutions have become common. The latest crimes of 'hate speech' (but only certain kinds of hate speech) and the COVID related prosecutions show that justice has become subpar to the needs of the people.
Smallism aims, in the long term, to realign the justice system to the needs of the people. Simplifying the legal code and making it easier and quicker for legal cases to be made and heard.
Because legal action is an integral part of how Smallism manages ward relationships.
For example, if a ward is dumping waste products the surrounding wards will prosecute for the clean-up and this action will prevent the dumping ward from dumping in the first place.
Given that the nature of education has changed because of the ubiquity of the internet, the political influences within the state education system and the range of specialist subjects available, that have grown in number over the last thirty years the way in which we deliver education needs to change.
There are only two subjects or topics that are of universal benefit and these are English and Maths. (note that this applies to the UK specifically. Localism in other countries can modify to their own needs).
One of the mistakes (aside from the success of their political agenda) Labour made with education was opening up subjects that had previously been 'hobbies'. While it's wonderful that children can take subjects that they enjoy - Singing, Acting, Media Studies and so on, the 'chances' that they will have a successful career based on those subjects is small. There is simply too much competition because they are subject's we'd all like to be successful in. Unfortunately, only a few of us make the grade required to become successful at them. Simply look at the number of Media graduates working in unskilled jobs to validate this.
For this reason, educational establishments would only have to provide (by law) these two subjects (English and Maths). Once you have these two subjects, all other learning is discretionary. Some people will study hard and specialise, some will read widely and be generalists. Some will not study at all. The latter cannot be made to study as the education system has found out in the last 15 years and to try and force study is a waste of resources not to mention very stressful for teachers with targets to meets.
Wards will be able to open Educational Establishments in competition or collaboration with other wards. EE's will have to provide a high standard of English and Maths tuition, however, throwing open all other subjects to those who can provide them.
This means that a surgeon with an interest in helping mould the next generation of surgeons and doctors might want to run a biology class. He would then apply to run a course using the exam board of his choice (or indeed starting his/her own exam board if he thinks that's required), select the students that apply, set the course fees (paying a rental to the EE for the use of premises, advertising and administration) and be able to make a profit. The price set will vary based on the number of pupils applying for that course. If he turns out to be fairly useless as a teacher the number of students will drop and the course will be uneconomical to run. If he's successful then he might take on a partner to run another course using his teaching style and methods.
In this way, the link between investment in education and potential wealth generation is re-established.
Operating this way opens up some interesting avenues for development because now consumers are paying for their futures directly incentivising the pupil to work harder at completion but also removes the discrimination by age. If I decide at 40 I want to be a surgeon then there is nothing stopping me from joining this class. If my genius son at 12 wants to take the course, he can also.
This method completely breaks the monopoly of the state school system while ensuring all children get the two most important subjects to equip them with everything they need for future learning.
It also allows pupils to have a change of heart. If someone has done a year of a dance studio and realised they're actually not that good, there is no reason they can't start on a new career path, at whatever stage of their education or age they are at.
Furthermore, new opportunities are opened up. Professional courses become available to school children, including project management, IT and networking skills provided by vendors such as Microsoft and Cisco become available and a 12-year-old who completes these courses can be earning (at the time of writing) 30-40k per year by the time they're 14.
Additionally, education provision at a local level places education and jobs in the same area matching supply and demand. If a coal mine requires engineers then it will sponsor courses at Education Establishments locally. Should someone from outside the area want to follow this course then a range of provisions will be available from boarding and sponsorship.
Only the left will decry this concept as it creates higher-skilled youth at an earlier age. They will scream about child abuse but if a child at 14 can earn this kind of money why on earth shouldn't they? Again it's about having the individual make their own choices about their future and providing a system that allows maximum flexibility with the sole aim of wealth creation instead of ensuring a person has poor education, irrelevant to the local job market and with little opportunity to change direction or progress further through study and experience. One must not forget the number of unemployed media studies students created by Labours ideas of education.
It seems reasonable that the focus of Education required by the state should be to empower the child with the drive, resilience and tools to take education as a serious and enjoyable alternative.
This system also allows for the flexibility in job skills that companies and businesses require, the state will only provide English (Including Latin) and Mathematics, but to a very high level, between the ages of two and fourteen. Funded by a voucher system where parents can choose the best fit for their children.
Obviously, in the ideal ward that Education Establishment would be their own, but having the means to fund other wards through vouchers is how competition is increased and thus the quality of local provision has to improve to keep up.
One aspect of education that is missing from many schools today is teaching pupils ‘how’ to learn with respect to the taking of notes, reading ahead of the lectures and preparing questions, writing formal reports and essays. These are essential skills for lifelong learning and preparation for work and so will be persistently encouraged while learning all other subjects.
The rest of the time would be down to parental and pupil choice as per the model of modes of education. If a person believes their three-year-old daughter has what it takes to be a dancer they can choose a route of learning to suit. If that child then turns out not to be the protégé that was once hoped for the child can start another career path learning tree. Incidentally, there is no reason she would have to give up on the dancing either. This ability to re-train almost on demand, at any stage of life will provide an excellent foundation for a knowledge-based science and technology-based sector of the economy.