“Capitalism without morals and ethics is doomed and destined to failure. Competition is meaningless when others have advantages and head starts. That’s simply inequality and imposed poverty in the name of a free market economy and the invisible hands of a system corrupt to the core. There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.” SDR, Founder of PEFWelcome to the Parallel Economics Foundation, and our International Friends, Representatives, Delegates and Ambassadors.
Energy price manipulation and collusion are risky business that deprive the market of flexibility, hinder progress, increase poverty and inequality, and amass billions and trillions in the coffers of big companies. They led to capital shortage and quantitative easing, or simply money printing, which became necessary to float the economy and prevent market contraction and melt down with an avalanche of repeated recessions. In spite of fracking and shale gas, which is not that safe for the environment, energy prices remain volatile.
Globalization did not create prosperity, but rather deepened world poverty and created inequality. Its success is measured by how many billionaires we have. It is time for a parallel economy with different sets and assets of economic, environmental, moral, and ethical values. Our sister organizations are bent on structuring solutions away from petrol and oil. We have the technological knowledge and the technological breakthroughs to achieve real change, but lack the necessary resources to make them reality. Only you, the world's citizens, not big companies, can embrace it and create it.
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Economic recovery is not coming fast enough, because jobs are not created fast enough. The economy is not efficient enough to create new jobs, since big companies are busy in their monopoly game to control the aspects of their markets and their dominance. They are not sincere enough about job creation.
The Merit of Globalization
As a newly-founded organization, we wish to emphasize that our role is not boringly academic topics and matters as much as to argue matters of economic decline, inequality, poverty and unemployment. PEF implies the application of eco-science on economics, the tangibility and equilibrium between the environment and the economy. The opportunity costs involved with it as well as our obligation to the ecology, the citizenry, and the planet. We are creating and developing different models as an evolution in due course and as a reaction to actions caused by globalization: poverty, injustice, recession, depression, lack of strategic planning and strategic foresight, and capital shortages.
From a general perspective of macro and micro economics, the world is not at an acceptable level of equilibrium, but rather is experiencing sharp fluctuation, aggressive speculation, and controlled monopoly or oligopoly. Statistics and quantitative analysis are geared for the short term and often yield wrong and unpredictable calculations and results. Qualitative analysis might not be as popular, but it is a short term touch and a sample of what reality might look like. It is a useful advantage of accurate economic intelligence beyond theoretical forecasts and political spin to suit certain and limited political and economic agendas. Our new school of thought operates within the boundaries of macroeconomics, and our models will be built around it.
The current world situation is not sufficiently stable to allow prosperity and eliminate poverty. Fortune is in the hand of the very few, quite the opposite, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. PEF is about addressing these issues and the concentration of wealth in a few hands around the world and especially in the hands of powerful shareholders and multi-national conglomerates. We might ask ourselves one question: What did Globalization achieve? Is it a force for good, or is it adding more misery to our existing misery and poverty?
Westernization was a step before globalization, but its connotation suggests the return to colonization. Therefore, globalization sounded better and more appealing to create one harmonized market with the same tastes and requirements in a global market segmentation by customers, habits, demographics, trends, and product segmentation, so commodities are imposed on consumers by one structure and easy market penetration, creating the generation that craves for everything in the market whether we have the power to buy it or not. Non-essential gadgets, the latest "must haves," are pushing the boundaries to an extreme. It is total global market domination and manipulation. Behind this global market domination are shareholders and greed that is fuelling speculation and eventually global recession, depression and systematic market contraction, because these globalizers are competing for the same markets.
Enterprise is not a bad thing, but domination and manipulation call enterprise into question. Capitalism is not about manipulation and domination and practicing monopoly, which is creating a serious dent in free market economy. Globalization did not eradicate world poverty but rather created exploitation, even child labor, global warming as a result of expanding industries and economic crisis. On January 5, 1941, President F. D. Roosevelt stood before the Congress and spoke of "a moment unprecedented in the history of the Union." He presented, as a single concept, both the domestic program for the United States and the principles of his global "grand design." First he spelled out his economic bill of rights:
- Equality of opportunity for youth and for others;
- Jobs for those who can work;
- Security for those who need it;
- The ending of special privilege for the few;
- The preservation of civil liberties for all;
- The enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living.
President Roosevelt deplored the ugly exploitation of the poor, especially during the depression era, when big companies raised prices for no reason but apparent greed and monopoly. He made reference in his Congressional speech to the need to end special privileges for the few, meaning greedy companies and ugly capitalists. Now, 7-8 decades after his speech, wealth is concentrated again in the hands of the privileged few. He was and remains one of the greatest world leaders in social justice and equality and an architect of economic reform. We are happy to call it the "FD Roosevelt Doctrine."
Can globalization reform itself or regulate itself to serve all public interests? Or is it the new form of colonization by power and money? A part from others who send in tanks and agents provocateurs to control assets and countries? Different style subject to nostalgia and ideology, let's call it the Russian Inter-Slavic Globalization. China with its friendly approach lends money constantly to countries without a question asked, dictators or not but China ended controlling most natural resources in Africa, South America, particularly Brazil. What shall we call it, Red Globalization?
What is the alternative to globalization? And how can we empower world communities and increase their fair-trading?
The following is intended to put forward an argument that demonstrates the structure of globalization and its negative impact on our daily life and strategy to remedy this situation:
From Industrial Revolution to Globalization
The Origin of Globalization:
In our discussion, we might cross several academic disciplines and even intruding into Political Science territories to understand culture and influences that led to globalization, but this analysis is needed to expound on catapulting factors that made globalization a dominant force and to explain the ways in which its monopoly is observed in our daily lives and is leaving its marks on humans and eroding local and national cultures in the process.
The limited resources in the countries affected by the Industrial Revolution meant that industrialists had to look elsewhere for raw materials such as cotton, minerals, oil, rubber, and other vital commodities for manufacturing. The need for these materials and products led to world partition between WWI and WWII, affirming large scale colonization of the super powers of the time, with zones of influence unavoidably followed by national independence wars.
A massive number of independent states and countries emerged, which were instigated and admitted to the ranks of the newly formed United Nations at the end of WWII. Most of these independent countries kept certain ties with their ex-colonizers. The colonizers had established industries in need of new markets and raw materials to fuel their manufacturing industries, which led to the concept of Westernization/ Internationalization. Today the word has developed a bad connotation that suggests large scale marketing and the new face of colonialism.
In order to eliminate the evils of all colonialism, a psychological face-lift and transformation were needed to make Westernization more appealing and accepted by the wider audience/ customers, ex-colonies' citizens. Hence, the birthplace and era of globalization occurred, with help from the "Internet Revolution, the super cyber highway," in spite of its bust and boom. Globalization is strong and well, thanks to the first club of billionaires in human history with super multi-national companies and corporations.
Globalization also helped the migration of jobs to developing countries, where labor is cheap and raw materials are in abundance, which explains the speed at which these powerful corporations became suddenly strong with massive financial power. The rapid change in world economics meant one thing that these corporations and their shareholders have one thing in common: maximizing profits at all costs, regardless of corporate governance or social and moral responsibility, they are just clichés look good on paper and on websites.
The accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few with privileges, speculation, the mentality of spin, and bad management of super banks led to a deep financial crisis that started in the US and is now felt across Europe, followed by Asian markets and the rest of the world. The weakening of the most desired currency; the American dollar prompted investors to shift their investments back and forth to the Euro and Sterling areas and aggravated the problem further. The rise in oil prices crippled the industrial sector, commodities, and domestic products. Fracking and shale gas did not solve the problem but made oil companies richer and the public poorer with impact on employment and negative wage increase, a wage decrease. This increasing problem deepened the world financial crisis, which made banks and lenders less eager to lend, even among themselves, and this lack of inter-bank loans indicates a serious capital shortage that paralyzes industries, inventions, and innovation. This current world financial crisis led world governments to crisis and emergency meetings to stem the problem and inject state money into the economy, such as the injection of $70 billion in the Northern Rock bank in England and close to $200 billion for Bear Stern bank in the USA. This state intervention heralded a milestone in new economics: State Capitalism.
It is becoming normal and acceptable that governments come to the rescue of fledgling corporations and institutions, which cast shadows of doubt on the fundamental questions: Is globalization a successful formula or a disaster in the making? How many chunks of the economy are in the hands of global economy? Is globalization a monopoly, pure and simple because it seeks to control natural resources and attempts to reduce government regulations to suit their ends? Governments are bouncing back by muscling in their huge reserve to stem early bankruptcies that are responsible for global recession. We all know how the auto industry in the US asked for financial assistance, while the national debt is in excess of 10 trillion dollars, in which China has a big stake that is increasing by the day. Indeed China has the capacity to bring down the American economy, but such an action would be impossible because it is not in China's best interests, given the cross investments between them. We may qualify this as Inter State Capitalism or Inter Government Capitalism. It is unconceivable that China along with the petro-dollar countries are supporting the American government and the American economy, which is mind-boggling for ordinary and patriotic citizens.
China and India are emerging on the international scene, but global organizations have set a strong presence to the point that property prices have "gazoombed" meaning jumped and lowered living standards even among the middle classes, as the experience of people in New Delhi, India, attest. Worst of all is the fact that they are converting prime agricultural land to cultivate bio-fuels. How are we going to feed 200 million below the poverty line in India? That's not economic justice. It is simply making scarce resources scarcer. The increase in oil and petrol product prices along with increased consumption and the slow paced development of "Alternative Energy" is a clear indication that governments are not doing enough, and the factors behind the market's "invisible hand" are globalization, globalizers, and globalists, champions of globalization that exploit the misery and poverty of the world.
There is and will be a heavier price to pay if we don't find a formula to stabilize world economies, social justice, and sustainable economic growth. Stock markets are losing shares worldwide, but at the same time massive bonuses in the billions are paid to traders, equal to the losses or more through sheer speculation. Have we asked ourselves are these bonuses well-earned or is the money simply evaporated to land in traders' bank accounts?
The world needs a new economic order and new financial mechanism with social justice and completely fair trading, economic sustainability/ stability, economic growth in science, technology, and increased research and development that triggers an environmental revolution with great emphasis on vital inventions and innovations in alternative energy and automotive technology. To conclude our paper, globalization is not a solution for the entire world because it is erasing world cultures and replacing them with standardized businesses, products, and services, basically imposing new norms and corporate vain cultures. After all, why must we all have the same gadgets, eat the same food, drink the same drinks? We love differentiation, we love different and spicy food, burgers are nothing or less than addiction and cows do produce GHG in sheer numbers.
Regionalization, not Globalization is the Answer
The previous analogy is evidence that we must challenge globalization by the introduction of an alternative, which we have named "REGIONALIZATION":
"A Region or Cluster of Regions in any Country working together on one continent and cooperating collectively with a counterpart in a different country from a different continent, using Cooperatives of Fair Trading instead of companies with Shareholders. This model is similar to sister cities projects, but here we mean collaboration between a state in India with another one in Germany or USA, for example."
This model is not widespread, but its importance is to bypass big players intent on monopolizing behavior to enrich their shareholders. Regionalization, in contrast, will bring mutual benefit, fair trading, and cultural ties, exchange of ideas and know-how, and technology transfer.
Globalization is no less than another form of economic colonization. The only difference is that there are no big armies to control distant territories and lands but rather massive financial powers, shareholders, and the "globalizers," the most powerful corporations on earth. Old-fashioned colonization was based on the idea that "They are not like us; they cannot rule themselves, so they deserve to be ruled." "Or exporting THE AMERICAN MODEL OF DEMOCRACY to Iraq and Afghanistan. These countries have their own norms, models and practices, they do not need us" Brute force and oppression were often the general rules of engagement to effect such changes, regardless of sacrifices and victims. We are here to criticize the wrong beliefs to impose western culture on nations, who do not wish to be imposed upon.
The world new economic order is better off with regionalization rather than globalization that imply cooperation and collaboration, job creation and not assistance and hand-outs. Indeed it is similar to the domino effect by comparison for the following factors:
Globalization = Shareholders = Massive Profits
Globalization = Massive Bonuses = Greed
Globalization = Capital Shortage = Recession
Globalization = Massive Bonuses = Greed
Globalization = Capital Shortage = Recession
Advantage Of Regionalization:
Regionalization = Stakeholders = Cooperative
Regionalization= Fair Trading = Common Wealth
The Infinite Human March For Progress and TechnologyLike our slogan, our foundation is the natural response to frustration that galvanizes societal forces to bring about rapid solutions for acute problems: unemployment and the lack of opportunities. We must stand up to big companies and elitism that are adding to our misery in pursuit of money grapping and total control, manipulation, collusion and supremacy of the market, even eroding our buying powers in the process, which made the essence of capitalism redundant by creating an elite society and oppressive billionaires aristocracy.
On top of that, they use a language that we cannot understand or comprehend. This deliberate campaign of disinformation aims at one thing only to maintain the status quo and the riches at the top, creating inequality in the process, new poverty and destroying the foundation, fabric and structure of the middle class. Jobs cannot be created by fat cats, nor by greedy corporate culture. Inventors and innovators are the answer and the new face of humanity and the mirror of the world. Inventors and innovators are simply visionaries of the future and the stoic human progress.
Why Are We Called The PEFWe are not moving fast enough towards a green economy, quite the opposite, we introduced fracking and shale gas extraction with dangerous environmental consequences. In addition oil and gas prices will never drop but increase, which are complete lies, deception and utter propaganda. Politics of today is nothing but pure ideology with no substance or objective, while the old establishment and its demagogues will remain in their place unless we have a transformational change.
This change will not happen fast but can move faster if we galvanize forces by organizing intelligent debate focusing only on solution driven strategy and not empty materials. Obama initiated the "innovate act" but it remained words on paper and never put to action due to bureaucracy and jargons that the majority does not understand, too professorial. We must work together with people, who have the same interests such as intellectuals, philosophers, scientist, economists, environmentalists, inventors and innovators. Above all out of the box free thinkers away from dirty politics.
When we come together, then we are repeating and mimicking a culture that produced results and the best in science and technology, even by creating an independent economy from scratch. Therefore, becoming a parallel economy with different tangible technological assets based on the best inventions, innovations and the integration of strategic intelligent green infrastructures, including smart built environment, advanced electric transportation and total road electrification.
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Thus, we encourage intelligent debates, conversations, dialogues that only focus on job creation, opportunities, inventions, innovations and advanced technological breakthroughs with new technological assets.
Why This Foundation Is Born"For each action, there is a reaction, equal in force and opposite in direction." Capitalism is becoming a dangerous ideology that benefits the monopolizing rich elite at the top and the global billionaires club. It embraces greed, inequality and blames us for our poverty for not working hard enough. It is not anymore equal opportunity capitalism with rules and regulations. There is nothing to stop them from accumulating the entire world wealth in their hands and amassing all riches to benefit them in the name of free market, their class and their cronies and servants of any kind.
This kind of greed aligned ideology put capitalism in dangerous inevitable spin that undermined its own existence and survival by sheer greed and stupidity, because it will stops at nothing but benefiting the few heartless elite at the top without human conscious, ethics and moral codes. This is the real reason behind the lack of investment and shortage of capital to create jobs and opportunities. It is pure economic stagnation and we are damned if we do not do something about it. It is an iron curtain of greed that separates the "have" and the "have not".
This is a wakeup call for the citizens of the world, the majority of the 99% that western and global capitalism has reached its dead end and that globalization is not working and it is not the answer, since it did not alleviate poverty in developing countries but the opposite increased poverty and exploitation. It also deprived us from our jobs at home, making us poorer than before since the 1920 depression. It is no brainer, a double dipping for the elitists/ globalists CEO's, their investors, shareholders and we let it happen by both the government and deregulating authorities. Has anyone asked the question: "how come prices are on the increase, when we are supposed to be in deep recession or accurately depression?" and who is monopolizing the market? Who are they the hidden hands of the monopoly market?
Is the economy stupid, or are we defying the rules of supply and demand? Or is the equilibrium dead? It is the time to stop inequality and exploitation, so stand up and be counted. We do not ask you to bear arms but raise your pens and pencils to write everyone in the neighborhood and the wider community: enough is enough and we shall take care of our destiny, because we have the solution. Our movement is not politically oriented, even if it sounds political but it is solution driven and oriented towards getting the better of every one to team up and create jobs and opportunities by partnerships, associations and social enterprising. Let's build the nation back again at home and benefit other countries and nations from our experience and expertise, let's build the middle class again.
Parallel economics, scientific environmentalism and social enterprising will bring you the dream, hope and security you deserve but we have to work together without the dirty politics and the disease of ideological affiliation. Our solutionism driven strategy will create the needed jobs through inventions and innovations and by correlating vital economic sectors and linking them with sustainable sources and clean energy.
We are nothing but the human face in dealing with adverse heartless forces; we are trying to bring happiness and equality for the masses through the ingenuity of ordinary people and a movement of renaissance and rebirth of the American dream.
Parallel Economy To Phased Out Economy,
Oil has been discovered hundreds of years ago. Gasoline has been in use for more than hundred years. Our addiction to oil and gasoline never stopped and will continue to a deadly effect. We cannot overvalue any commodity to become too expensive, resulting in less money circulating in our hands and what so called "Free Market.".
and Towards Real Green Economy
Oil is a scarce commodity, environmentally polluting with volatile prices rising constantly and destabilizing the economy as a permanent threat. Make no mistake, oil prices is here to stay constantly on the increase and not the decrease. It will never to go back:
1) OPEC economies depend heavily on monopoly to fuel the "petro dollar reserve." Oil prices will rise and rise, even with all the efficiencies that we try to implement. The laws of supply and demand will never change, unless we use substitutes and that's the solution in diversification and source multiplication.
2) The evidence also resides in fast growing economies such as India, china and more new entrants in the fray of fast growing economies, accompanied with massive demographic explosion.
3) In America alone an additional 5-10 million cars will be sold up to 2020 and contribute to volatile oil prices and more addiction, because ICE and hybrids still use petroleum products unless we increase the number of fully electric vehicles, powered and supplied by green grid from renewable sources and advanced technologies. The pace is slow but the change is about to happen sooner rather later.
The above argument makes it necessary to leave no stone unturned and push forward strategic thinking to produce fully electric vehicles and electric transportation with long range. While the arguments in the past were inconclusive, now it seems that solutions are closer than those who think it is still remote and beyond our life time reach. Electric Transportation and Road Electrification are scientifically and economically feasible if there is a strong will and strategic thinking appetite and strategic leaders.
The fully electric transportation structure is misunderstood and people wrongly believe that electric transportation will lead to more fossil fuel consumption and becomes a drain on the grid networks. This is an inside the box thinking mentality and mindset that does not believe in real technological breakthrough around the corner. This short sighted vision is shared on both sides of the political arena, even among the majority of academics, who also think inside the box and hinder attempts of thinking outside the box, evidenced by the majority of grants are paid to cover wages, salaries, and expenses in the name of R & D without tangible and serious solutions to fully electric transportation and road electrification.
IBM emerged from a garage and so was Microsoft. Technological advances and breakthroughs are not allowed to surface, due to lack of funding, investment opportunities and the lack of belief in garage revolution, which is the core of America creativity and American enterprising. Banks do not help, nor venture capitalists and so much at stake while we are consumed with little interests, opposite to the big picture and the next industrial revolution. Are we forcing entrepreneurs and inventors to head to China, even if they do not like it and even when they try to re-instate the pride of "made In America?"
For example range extension is not limited to battery improvement, nor improved hybrid systems. Other technologies do exist to increase range more than 500 miles. It is not costly to re-tool machines, plants and factories, it is us, the humans, who also need re-tooling if not tuning and strategically aligning our way of thinking. Bureaucracy and politics maintain the status-quo and a relentless campaign of disinformation and distorting the truth and data. The public needs real information and education about oil addiction and how to create new wealth from inventions and innovations. Our economy is not far from a terminally ill. Technology and sciences are the creators of new opportunities, jobs and green assets.
Is an aligned strategy by means of combined science, technology, inventions, innovations and advanced economics with "Out of the Box Strategic Thinking." Servicing the environment is achieved by tangible and scientific methodologies through inventions and innovations, opposite to shallow theoretical wasting resources methodologies by pure lobbying without achieving any tangible solution. Tree-huggers organizations have more funding and power compared to those with real scientific solutions. Scientific Environmentalism is after rapid solutions that benefit all and not the few by presenting tangible solutions to acute problems through scientific methodologies without dogmatic approach but scientifically oriented and aligned strategy. Scientific environmentalism will create new assets that are totally different from the oil based economy but parallel economics with different sets, different values and community assets, that are mostly green and clean foot prints with absolute zero carbon emission.
Social EnterprisingPopulation explosion and scarce job opportunities require from us to re-tool our thinking in job creation as a collaborative effort and collective planning that benefit all without running into inequality, exploitation and maximizing profits for shareholders. Workers and employees should decide and elect their managers and supervisors. All to become equal stakeholders with corresponding level of responsibility and performance. Productivity might be rewarded in order to encourage healthy competition with devotion, rather than greed and lusting for bonuses. This socio-moral responsibility is the driving force to shape future social enterprising without hindrance or bureaucratic approach. Social Enterprising is the alternative vehicle for inventors and innovators and they should be rewarded accordingly by how many jobs created by the fruit of their labor and creativity. Shares will be allocated based on length of service, salary, talents and managerial skills at no cost to the associates, instead of calling them employees.
Communism and socialism are dead, capitalism is in intensive care. We need a true and absolute renaissance without the political intoxication, nor the ideological dogma. We need a true critical and analytical thinking like a scientist in his laboratory, measuring anything and everything in his way. That's a true progress, if not a renaissance that we badly need.
Social enterprising is not socialism. It allows workers and employees to benefit from the fruit of their labor and a voice in the decision making process. Simply, it is the factories of the future for the many and not the privileged few, who decides on a whim to close a factory to make more money at the expense of the many and the destruction of many families, that is eroding the middle class in the process. Thus, making room for the upper class and further enlarge the bottom of the pyramid for the lower class of destitute and the poor. That's not a fair competition but shooting capitalism in the ankle for the sake of greed and amassing wealth for nothing. Social entrepreneurs are new breed of leaders, who are immune to greed and the hunger to sit on top of the pyramid. True leaders do not join the club of billionaires of the 1%. Social entrepreneurs instead are morally, ethically and humanly the beacon for the 99%, the majority of ordinary citizens.
Effect of Globalization on Women
Without doubt, big corporations are stagnating not because of the current economic crisis but because they have reached their peak and are in decline unless they invent or innovate. Their behavior is no different than that of the banks because they try to control the market forces as much as they can in a complex way that ordinary citizens cannot understand in a game of monopoly and collusion.
Globalization shipped millions of jobs abroad, thanks to big companies and corporations. It intended to bring prosperity to hosting countries, but it did exactly the opposite, creating misery and more poverty due to low wages and exploitation of the labor force where regulation is minimal in developing countries. At home, the same big corporations control massive resources that do not allow small companies with emerging technologies to buy their components or materials because they hold a monopoly on the market and have free hands to do so.
Inventors and entrepreneurs are facing countless obstacles and dilemmas to protect their inventions and innovations. They do not have the necessary resources to compete with the major players.
Women in Developing Countries:
Within the past two decades, globalization has had a tremendous impact on the lives of women in developing nations. Gender differences have assumed new dimensions with globalization. The economic impact on women has widened from its domestic arena to the global economic scene. Multinational corporations have realized that the cheap labor of Asian women, for example, is the most lucrative way to enhance and maximize profits.
Women in developing countries are a “flexible” labor force. Their cheaper labor forms the basis for the induction of women into export industries. A large number of poor women are looking for work within the narrow confines of a socially imposed, inequitable demand for labor. These women have become the ideal workers in the international division of labor generated by globalization. Without doubt, the economic empowerment of women has a direct relationship to employment opportunities that globalization offers to women.
Although this feminization of labor sectors brings about an array of opportunities and a sense of independence for educated and tech savvy women who are increasingly taking on more responsibilities in the corporate world, the glass ceiling continues to exist for a sizeable majority of women in the informal sector. Changes in agricultural technology have led to the marginalization of women. Global consumerist culture that systematically converts wants into needs and pushes an otherwise simple society to become consumerist has failed to address the agenda of gender equality and the social and economic exploitation for the masses of vulnerable, poor, and docile female labor force in a developing country like India.
Women's Studies Centre, Punjabi University, Patiala 147002, Punjab India.
China is a patriarchal society in spite of the government pretense of egalitarian rules under the Communist regime and a strong control of the central government. Chinese women have never enjoyed equal employment opportunities and benefits as those for men in spite of the Chinese government’s amendment to labor laws in 2007 and extended maternity leave in 2011 to meet various international standards and pressures.
One can assume that the improvement in women’s economic situation will be matched with the elevation in women’s social status. Such an assumption is both incorrect and unrealistic. The more China embraces globalization, the more women’s rights are eroded. Moreover, even advantages to protect women have vanished under the gaze of the elite and power hungry bureaucrats and millionaire business owners due to coziness and corruption between the state and the market forces. Advantages or protections have all vanished.
In comparison, Bangladesh women are an example of the exploitative effects of globalization. They toil in harsh and hazardous working conditions and are under paid as well. Each day they put their lives at considerable risk of fire and death because they work in appalling and dreadful conditions in unsafe environments that are without proper codes and regulations for their protection.
In China the story is no different from the rest of Asia or South America, with one exception: In South America, Leftist governments tend to be egalitarian and have many women in high ranking positions. The only difference is that illiteracy is highest among rural communities, where support for these governments is the strongest rather than in urban communities. Women played a huge role in sweeping Leftist governments to power, and that is an enormous and largely uncredited contribution. South American countries are all rich in raw materials and coal, which makes China their best investor and exploiter at the same time in the name of common camaraderie.
Women in Industrialized Countries:
The flight of skilled jobs to developing countries starting with China and India has never ended but is slowing down because the world economy is stagnating and slowing down as well. In the industrialized countries manufacturing has been a male domain, but quickly the market shifted to more service industries such as insurance and finance, where women overtook men as the dominant workforce and breadwinners in a household.
By contrast, CEOs are the leaders of the global market and did not allow female executives to take the helm and captaincy of corporations. There are only 4-5% women CEOs on a short list compared to their male counterparts. This strategy created the hierarchy of CEOs to maintain it as an old boys club. Since the economic crisis, wages were frozen, and new jobs evaporated or came trickling back with very low wages compared to those of the 1980s and 90s, which exacerbated the economic downturn for middle class families. These conditions brought them closer to the bottom of the pyramid.
Women took the brunt of the new poverty and expanded inequality, at least in part because they were already toiling for lesser wages and in unequal positions when the economic recession began. Governments all over the world have been obliged to legislate for equal pay and equal jobs, even in industrialized countries, but the situation for women has hardly improved. Women still struggle to preserve their jobs if they become pregnant and go on maternity leave. Job equality means equal pay for women with men. In theory, equality is guaranteed in Western countries, but it does not seem to be applicable when needed or demanded. In fact, it often falls on deaf ears unless it is enforced by penalties, primarily through the courts, which protect against unfair dismissal and adjudicate on countless lawsuits based on the grounds of discrimination.
Globalization not only contributed to poverty but also increased inequity between men and women, which is especially visible in the number of women CEOs and company presidents. In academia, in the USA, the pay gap between male and female professors is as much as 20-30% for the same job and the same qualifications, and the upper echelon of leadership continues to be dominated by men in a patriarchal society. Despite the fact that women overtook men as breadwinners by the ratio of 55%-45%, as a consequence of the decimation of construction and manufacturing jobs, women have not really advanced economically, even with the arrival of new jobs. Perhaps as men become house husbands and Mr. Moms and live the lives of women, experiencing the discrimination that women have traditionally known, equality may become equally important to them.
Be Part of The Solution
As a movement of economic and environmental renaissance, we invite you to join us in triggering the silent technological revolution and by supporting projects initiated by partners and associates at the ARM, the IIfET and the PEF.
Therefore, building a green economy requires engineering, retooling, strategic planning, changing mindset, and up to date design and architecture. The technological revolution is not a mere correlation but strategic integration of the following strategic economic sectors:
A) Electric Transportation.
B) Road Electrification.
C) Green Grid.
D) Built Environment.
E) Intelligent Infrastructure.
F) Smart Communication.
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Sustainability - Marketing Saturated Culture - Economic Insecurity
Sustainability-Marketing Saturated Culture-Economic Insecurity The environment is filling with discarded devices, computers, cellular and mobile phones, and all other must-have gadgets and items. Technology madness is creating a time bomb, and big corporations are failing to acknowledge their role in this ecological disaster. Cannot they develop a smarter way to launch new products every year? Could they instead make a universal device that can be updated every year or two, to give the consumer an opportunity to be ecologically-responsible instead of pushing them through social and marketing pressures to purchase new, must-have gadgets when their old ones are obsolete.
Sustainability is not just an idea, but a way of life to adhere to because it respects all human and non-humans alike, ensuring that every living being has the right to live in a clean and safe environment. No one has the right to trash Mother Earth! What shall we do about these ships heading to Africa and other developing countries where workers dismantle our industrial waste of computers, electronic devices, and phone gadgets? They contain mercury, lead, PVC, chromium, cadmium, bromine, brominated flame retardants (BFRs), and Phthalate/ phthalic acid (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity).
Phthalate Chemical Structure
Our society is saturated with aggressive marketing that aims at pushing sales to its highest peaks. These PR and marketing strategies aim at nothing but enriching shareholders and investors at the expense of the environment and the ecology. These marketing campaigns push poor families to the edge, to sacrifices beyond belief and financial limits when children ask their parents to buy an expensive pair of sneakers/sport shoes with price tags of at least $100 because aggressive marketing converts “WANTS” into “NEEDS” and aggressive demands: “If that kid has it, why cannot I have it too?”
Parents, wanting to please their children, succumb very often to these demands at the expense of their food budget and vital necessities, so we create the ultimate domino effect of sacrifice and the perfect consumerist society. Therefore, it makes us slaves to corporations and their hungry shareholders, whose wealth increases at the expense of the silent majority and creating serious consequences, including expanding poverty, misery and inequality in a time of economic decline, uncertainty, and job insecurity.
Smart Home Self-Employment Solution
With prolonged economic crisis, job insecurity, and social upheaval, we cannot guarantee a job or a position for life to everyone. Average peak employment is becoming the late 40s and early 50s, when workers are judged overqualified because experience seems to have no value in the eyes of a new generation of employers. One need only witness the avalanche of greed and wage cuts, with wages stagnating for the last five years and so, to understand the problem. Moreover, an explosion of population, changing demographics, and an increased number of graduates suggest that jobs are not guaranteed for all who seek them, especially those recent graduates who face repayment of student loans.
SHSES Diagram, 3 Steps
Few of us get the early signs of risk and the early warnings of job insecurity, trends of evolving skills, market demands, and the new technological orientations. These changes are also associated with the increase of basic costs of living, including the doubling or tripling in price of simple commodities, transportation, automobile insurance, and the fuel to power the auto. After sending hundreds of CVs in all directions, the job seeker must eventually acknowledge the futility of his search. Either the applicant’s CV is deficient, or the job market is especially competitive, or the market itself has no jobs on offer.
These are serious challenges that will in due time demand difficult choices and innovative solutions. Given ever-rising energy prices, these choices and solutions will be crucial. Hope is fortunately at hand. Assuming that people are technically savvy or willing to learn, there is hope at the end of the tunnel for those with a vision of the future. Moreover, there is plenty of room for new entrants.
The US government has been and is currently encouraging the trend of energy sufficiency for cities, urban areas, and rural communities. Trends for the future and countless reports of economic intelligence confirm the trend of working from home and self-employment, but what can be done to generate an income from home? To make it easy to understand with help from our diagram, we divided SHSES into three categories. Naturally it needs investment gradually, and it is not cheap, but it is creating combined assets from home to generate a reasonable long term income, like developing a normal business, by cutting the costs of production while looking for different kinds of customers:
1) Being Part of the Green Grid
Cities and communities can participate in energy generation below or above domestic household needs, depending on their objectives and plans. Most residential homes using solar power and to some extent wind turbines do not generate sufficient energy to meet their needs. In fact, they generate much below 100% of their energy capacity. Therefore, they have to buy electricity from local energy providers. Using a hybrid system of wind and solar, it is possible to achieve an efficiency of 100% of their electric energy, thereby making it possible to pay nothing for their electricity consumption. Increasing efficiency to 150% means the production of extra kilowatts that can be sold to energy providers under federal government schemes and recommendations. This additional 50% is pure income on top of the savings that a household will gain by not paying an electricity bill anymore.
2) 3D Design & Prototyping
Nano technologies and advanced materials allow them to be adapted to print objects in 3D dimensions for many applications and uses. This process allows significant budgetary savings and quick operation of rapid prototyping in anticipation of full scale production by factories. The costs of prototyping are phenomenal, but not anymore, thanks to 3D printing technology.
3) Electronic Printing
Equally, electronic printing allows for printing small and medium size electronic boards that are rapidly designed, produced, and implemented for various applications in all kind of industries. The aspects of 3D design, prototyping, and electronic printing along with excess energy promise triple income for one household that has learned and mastered the three trades, knowledge, and know-how to becoming a small enterprise based at home.
As a matter of fact, this is an important competence in the league of highly demanded skills these days by many employers. Currently in the USA, 4-5 million jobs cannot be filled simply because workers lack necessary skills; often these jobs require a college degree and specific training.
Start Up a Social Enterprise, a Cooperative, or a Club
Shifting economics requires us to re-tool our thinking about job creation to include collaborative efforts and collective planning that benefit all without running into inequality, exploitation, and maximizing profits for shareholders. Workers and employees should choose and elect their managers and supervisors and become equal stakeholders with corresponding levels of responsibility and performance. Social enterprise is the alternative vehicle for employment when all conventional means of finding a job have dried up, for people to come together and create opportunities through their talents and skills for their own benefit.
Social enterprise is not socialism. It allows workers and employees to benefit from the fruit of their labor and gives them a voice in the decision making process. Simply, it is the factories of the future for the many and not the privileged few, who decide on a whim to close a factory to make more money at the expense of the many and the destruction of their families along the way.
Sound familiar? Hedge funds did exactly this, benefitting from ailing businesses and weak manufacturing by buying at very low prices and selling later to the highest bidder, which led to economic crisis, one after another, and the destruction of livelihoods and communities entirely. Cooperatives are the best known form of social enterprising and are no different from the formation of any corporation. Social enterprising could also be a not-for-profit organization or a charity, which are similar to social clubs or sport clubs. If you have an idea or if you wish to join or participate in new enterprise creation, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Home Made USA Initiative
The notion of being nationally-made might be a noble and proud goal, but recent and constant increases in oil and gas prices have made corporations think twice and shift to local production. Manufacturing in China, however, and other developing countries is not easy as it was before the Great Recession. Raw material costs have increased and shipping costs have doubled, if not tripled, which in turn chips away at the profit margins of corporations that have shipped jobs from their original homelands.
The Parallel Economics Foundation, however, is taking the initiative to present ideas and projects to stimulate the economy and to create tangible solutions on the national level to create jobs and stimulate production. It also addresses environmental concerns to find a solution to the plight of bees and their decline. The funding of such environmental projects leads automatically to the creation of new jobs, increased employment, new opportunities, and new products, while at the same time coming to the rescue of bees nationwide.
Made in America is an initiative to encourage the creation of small manufacturing enterprises by teaming up with like-minded people in industries such as clothing and fashion, light appliances, and the design of new types of devices that are used generally or made to be part of other, wider industries such as assembling and heavy manufacturing industries.
Creating small new industries is both possible and feasible in a civilized society that is struggling to address job shortages by creating new streams of income and possibilities that were not previously available by other means in a time of economic crisis, economic decline, and repeated recession caused by greedy bankers and hedge fund managers.
While we are creating these initiatives and projects, we aim at creating a new generation of leaders who are motivated by moral values, ethics, and ecological awareness at the same time. These groups of leaders can join our umbrella to form and lead new organizations under banners of social, environmental, and equal opportunities for all. The creativity and ingenuity of ordinary people are resources into which to tap to extract the best in everyone to solve a particular problem or lead to the building of a new business or the construction of new factories.
Made in USA initiative is not a program of protectionism, nor is it intended to isolate the US from the rest of the world, but rather to stimulate dormant skills and professional expertise that are underutilized and undocumented. Small industries can emerge with little capital and the generosity of charitable people, who are concerned about their fellow citizens and patriots at home and friends abroad. If you have an idea or if you wish to join or participate in new enterprise creation, please do not hesitate to contact us.
America Home Sewing, Strength in Numbers
Home Fashion for All
Going back to basics and visiting old times and old places is not a bad idea after all. The basic home factory was born in residential locations, and as we say of inventions and innovations, such IBM and Microsoft, all were born in a garage. This essential story repeats itself again and again in all times. The sewing machine is an indispensable tool for success. Bringing together several working homes/ work-from-home machines is no different from building a small factory in essence. The rest are minor details.
Finding willing people and entrepreneurs to team up together is the next step to forging a step ahead, towards a wider social enterprise or a cooperative, where all work in harmony to complement each other’s activities to design and manufacture according to skills and talents in need. Once this level is organized, then comes an important factor, which is marketing: Where to start, how to start, and who are the potential customers?
Once manufacturing is set at home or homes, in basements or garages, or even living rooms, according to needs and priorities, then setting shop, where customers can see and order products seems the logical next step. We are not talking about premises, however, with rent and excessive costs, but about a virtual shop, which is the internet, a shop online.
A website is the first point of departure, where connecting to secure payments such as PayPal is most common. Once this step is set, then expansion into social media comes naturally, and the better the products are, the more sales they generate. But word of mouth, talking to and informing your friends and families, is the best way to expand sales. For they in turn will relay the information to others in different circles of friends, acquaintances, and family members. When someone is wearing your products and another person asks “Where did you get it?”, word of mouth becomes your best tool of marketing that continues generating sales for you or your enterprise or entity.
Senior citizens are perhaps the biggest not-for-profit social enterprise in the US, and they can teach us valuable lessons in design and production. Making quilts is not an ordinary job, and we are not all going in this direction. It is, however, a means to look at our surroundings and environment to establish the best course of action and adopt one production capacity and marketing strategy. At PEF, we are looking for nationwide partners who are willing to team up with us and share common strategies and expertise. Equally we extend our hands to do the same worldwide. If you have an idea or if you wish to join or participate in new enterprise creation, you may qualify to use our brand. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
The plight of bees in the U.S. is increasingly fraught, and it is not attacks by other bee species, such as the African bee, or escapees from research centers, who in their turn start to compete with domestic bees, originally brought from Europe, that are the source of their endangerment. Many studies demonstrate that American Bumble Bees are at huge risk from pesticides and insecticides, with their chemical components that are the lethal and silent killers.
Bees play a vital ecological role in the entire eco-system and the whole pollination process in urban and rural communities alike. Without them, gardens in cities and towns will fail to thrive; in rural communities, the damage can be even greater, with crops decimated and the production of fruits and vegetables dwindled to nothing. However, many opportunities for helping the bees exist, among them to analyze their environment and the nature and number of pollutants in the air.
We owe bees so much, and we have to return their favor by understanding their influence on the entire ecology and the correlation associated with growth or decline. Bees hold the key to our survival. Without them, many questions and uncertainties may keep us from finding accurate answers. Studying and documenting bees remain the best tool at our disposal. Global warming might not seem that relevant to them, but the chemicals in the air released by cars or increased doses of pesticides can lead to bees’ destruction. Pollution is causing pulmonary disease and asthma in young children. Bees are failing to return to their colonies. Clearly, the homing task seems to have become more challenging for them, increasing the likelihood of their deaths.
Colony collapse disorder is marked by bees abandoning their hives and not returning. Bee colony losses have alarmed U.S. farmers, who rely on about 2.68 million managed bee colonies to pollinate crops, a $15 billion industry, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Widely used insecticides interfere with the homing instincts of bees, international researchers suggest, thereby linking a class of agricultural pesticides to the growing threat to beehives known as colony collapse disorder. Since 2006, U.S. beekeepers have reported unusually severe winter losses of honeybee colonies — 33% or greater — with about a third of the losses directly attributed to the syndrome.
Explanations have ranged from poor nutrition to diseases to mite pests, which have devastated wild honeybees. Also mentioned in the new study, which looked at both honeybees and bumblebees, are pesticides, including the "neonicotinoid" insecticides that are among the most widely used agricultural pesticides worldwide. “Ironically, we have moved to neonicotinoids because they are safer for people. We may be seeing unintended consequences of a solution to an earlier problem," says entomologist James Frazier of Penn State University in State College, PA.
These bumblebee findings are important because reproduction is a key element in deciding whether or not to approve a particular insecticide, says entomologist Jeffery Pettis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The queen bees that survive the winter are the ones that must start a new hive the next year, so the fewer queens that are produced directly affect survival.
Tackling these problems is seriously urgent but also we should take it as a challenge and opportunity, not only to solve the problem but how to increase the number of bees and their production of honey. This solution is also a blessing in disguise, because while we are eliminating risks and hazards for the bees, we are creating new employment opportunities and many positive outcomes. If you have an idea or if you wish to join or participate in new Honey Bee enterprise creation, you may qualify to use our brand on your products. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Global warming, climate change, droughts, and wild fires all across the country have affected America at large but particularly sectors of concern, farmers, ranchers, and many rural communities. They are systematically facing challenges that, despite their tough way of life, promises to affect them sporadically or that may, in fact, become the norm, like California’s drought and wildfires. They are caused by freak patterns in nature and with little warning. We are observing extreme winters and extreme summers that cannot be explained. How long will they last?
Rural American communities have been affected by the economic downturn and the prolonged economic crisis in addition to these natural disasters. Their dwindling income is a matter for concern, and the methodologies to address it are remote. This cycle triggers a systematic hike in food prices and commodities because cattle have to be slaughtered for lack of pasture to feed them once soil has turned to dust and sand like a desert without grass.
People in rural communities have to adapt to the problem of radical climate change and look for solutions from all directions. Industries are forced to reduce CO2/GHG emissions. Farmers, however, are not required to do so. Yet they must move with the needs of the time by diversifying and embracing renewables at all cost in order to survive. Farmers and rural communities have the capacity to generate clean energy from solar and wind, and even to generate hydrogen for all purposes. The excess energy can be sold to energy providers, which will constitute another source of income, perhaps close to or more than the income generated by the farm proper and its agricultural products.
Irrigation Questions in Need of Answers
Farmers suffered a great deal from the recent drought, and the changes in climate is here to stay. So is the dilemma facing an important agricultural sector that affects millions of jobs and millions of consumers? This is an epic problem that requires a mega solution. Irrigation occurs mainly from strained wells underground, and the cost of electricity is rising. To offset the costs, the only solution is to adopt massive renewables on a large scale and that will largely solve the problem.
Water desalination is becoming another promising solution for rural communities close to the ocean, where water can be pumped by economical means, treated, and desalinated to be used for agricultural purposes. California and similar regions have the same problem to deal with, and technology is the only answer to solve these rising problems and challenges of the 21st century.
Desalination is of a great importance to our research and studies. We invite all to participate from different geographic areas. We shall publish a case study in due time.
Rural Communities Strategic Planning
Delaware Devils Soccer Team & Club
The Delaware Devils Soccer Team was established in May/June 2014 after three years of thinking and debating about attracting volunteers who would like to play friendly matches in Delmarva, where traveling does not involve much cost. The goal is to develop the team’s capabilities and skills to rise to the challenge of national level competition and attract sponsors from all arenas.
Positions are open to those who are willing to join our management team for both teams, male and female, under one franchise.
As we are at an early stage, we are looking for fundraisers with a love of SOCCER and a love for a club that can make them proud.
Is open to all with skills and capabilities. We are equally looking for talented females to play and lead a separate team under the same banner, federal rules, and regulations.
This page is a starting point. We are anticipating expansion to a separate website and social media.