A NEW ECONOMIC MODEL
A total transformation of the money and tax system is required to address the multiple crises we face. We need a new economic model that works for all Life.
The economic metamorphosis we propose will move away from tax on work and production towards tax on resource use. Our philosophy is that Earth is for sharing, so owners of private land and its resources must pay an annual rent to the public for the privilege, instead of having their earned income confiscated by government. More
Our solutions will go a long way to tackling resource depletion, climate change, environmental damage, unemployment and poverty, while at the same time unleashing the human creativity and entrepreneurial spirit required to meet the big challenges ahead.
We will change the way money is created. The current interest-bearing debt money system drives the world-devouring engine of perpetual growth, transfers wealth from the poor to the rich and causes growing debt, instability and environmental harm. The profit making bank createdimoney system we live with is a monoculture that causes people to behave competitively in a dog-eat-dog world. We want multiple currencies co-existing. Until we change the money system we change nothing. Change it and you help all of the above including climate change.
Equality, according to research, makes everyone happier. Inequality is the greatest predictor of a range of social ills. Other parties draw attention to the growing gap between rich and poor, but so far their proposed solutions usually rely on centralist solutions and do not encourage green business. They also keep wanting to tax work and enterprise. You cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions.
We believe the economy, the post fossil fuel economy, should be what Herman Daly called “a stable state economy”. Within that stable state there is constant and dynamic change as old things die and new life is created. In this system resilience will bear more weight than efficiency. We need to get the balance right.
We are internationally linked with organisations involved like the New Economics Institute and all the websites it links with.
The future could be brutal – the old economy will struggle in its death throes while the new one emerges. We hope our party will be a catalyst in birthing this new economy and give New Zealand a measure of resilience to withstand the shock coming our way.
Centralisation and monocultures are not Nature’s model. In all our policies we try to imitate Nature’s model of organisation.