Resolution H2O: Housing & Urban Development
By: Marcus Perriello | Our Voice Contributor
Besides putting food on the table, the security of stable housing is the most poignant material aspect of any economy. Like bears that hibernate in the Winter, humans need shelter to ensure their survival from the elements of nature that are unfavorable towards them. We used to be just like those bears, living in caves and making use of our daily lives with what raw materials were readily available at the time.
Throughout human history, eventual discovery of other human tribes both in the immediate vicinity and abroad have yielded conflicts over territory and resources. Today, most people would consider such behavior irrational, uncivilized and primitive. As far back as the institution of profit-driven housing, everything we’ve done in our lives with the generation of profit in mind has been to secure our most basic requirements for life; most notably, securing a private dwelling.
But there is one fly in this ointment: That “private” dwelling is often not considered private at all, but rather an extension of a greater territorial jurisdiction held by a ruling class. It is the motive for profit, in tandem with self-professed claim to ownership of said territory by those at the top who deliberately drive this For-Profit housing system. Therefore, throughout history humans have almost always paid homage in some form or other to the ruling class that claims supreme dictation over a given territory. It can be argued that this has been the case because of the most primal instinct of all: Fear. But fear of what?
Before the blank edges of the globe were finally filled in, people had little-to-no idea about what lay beyond their own respective boundaries of understanding – many still cling to that way of life: to this day. But thanks to the technological advancements of sea travel, flight, and now the internet, each territory has unlimited access to an entire world of knowledge that offers the potential to shatter the boundaries of ignorance and promote a more harmonious and prosperous human society.
However, the prospect of death has always kept society from moving forward in this regard because those who claim ownership over a given territory have successfully managed to ingrain into the public psyche the idea that their well-being must be all-but totally dependent on the good graces of the ruling class. Hence, the basis of all economies in Territorial Capitalism and the false sense of security within which also presents the ever-looming prospect of said systems failing due to economic stagnation or decline. The fear in reference is the fear of death; death by starvation, by homelessness, by not being able to succeed in a Capitalist system that rewards winners of the competition of life and leaves all others behind, eventually, to die.
Since each and every person in the world values their own life most of all, and nothing can move society forward without the willing participation of as many in society as possible, we come to the conclusion that all people must be guaranteed the basic necessities of life: Food. Shelter. Clothing. Healthcare. Education. These are the Five Pillars of Life. They are those which no human being can live without.
Before we discuss how this relates to the Hydrodollar system, it is important to understand the rationale and function behind the housing situation as it exists today. Once again, it’s all about two things: Fear, and Profit.
Fear: If people aren’t able to somehow keep out that which they don’t understand along with living in an ever-growing population that is in need of shelter, it will make territorial battles more prevalent. It would eventually lead to mass extermination of the less-fortunate by those who have their own dwelling – and fear losing it.
Profit: Fiduciary guidelines and practices are what keeps the potential crisis at bay and minimizes the chaos that would ensue without such a system in place, despite the fact that human lives are lost as a result of said system anyway.
While all this is unfortunately true, that is not to say that there is not a better way. Here is where the Hydrodollar system comes in.
Because the Hydrodollar is a direct reflection of the global water table, it is also a reflection of the amount of resources available to society. With more resources comes more material to build homes. With more homes comes more civil security. With more civil security comes less incentive to leave people out in the cold to perish. Also, because of the increase in intrinsic value to the currency as a result of this trend, homes become less expensive per capita, which can be of great assistance in allowing residents to tend to the other aspects of their lives more freely.
This is not to say that the territorial ruling class would not impose higher prices, as logistics and territorial popularity are certainly of concern regardless of what system is in place. But due to the nature of the Hydrodollar system, the incentive lies not in price-gouging tenants, but in removing the speculative aspect of the housing market to cap prices and reduce overall societal stress.
Naturally, this leaves the issue of other prospects for Urban Development. With the housing issue being properly addressed at this point, the issue of Infrastructure comes into frame. With more people having ideal living conditions comes the question, What can they do to sustain their communities? The Hydrodollar system more than provides all people with the necessary funds to live their lives in comfort and security. Now there is the matter of all other areas of their communities that make it thrive.
Happier people means healthier lives and more productive expressions. With all people being guaranteed a basic income, the need for the ruling class diminishes as people become more and more comfortable with the new system. Some communities might still want a hierarchical structure and that’s totally fine, but it is a widely held belief that the happiest and healthiest communities in the world are the ones that are the most democratic and inclusive. Urban projects can be determined on an as-needed basis by the community, at this point, reflecting the needs of the people without the dictation of a ruling elite. Under these conditions, there is no question that Infrastructure would get prime consideration. Especially in the United States, which has a current Infrastructure rating of D+! The overall health and smooth functioning of the community depends on that infrastructure being solid, sound, and environmentally friendly.
In most situations, this is where inter-communal trade comes into play, as well as international trade, as various parts of the world have resources that other areas do not, some in a greater abundance than others or compared to areas with none at all. The Hydrodollar system allows these trades to take place smoothly, depending on the demand in question and where it is most needed … or whomever is the highest bidder. Of course in most cases, it is the highest bidder that gets prime access to said resources – even with the Hydrodollar system.
With this in mind, it is even more essential that urban development projects be done with the long-term prospects supporting it, as the resources to repair or upgrade various parts of a community’s infrastructure will not always be so readily available. The one positive thing about this scenario is that since the Hydrodollar system eliminates the incentive for global warfare over territory and resources, we engage instead in helping each other to thrive as much as possible through long-term thinking instead of short-term, profit-driven motives.
This is not to say that there won’t still be those who want to privatize their housing sector. But attempting to do so is an exercise in futility because the nature of the Hydrodollar system eliminates the need for a ruling class in this regard, as well as allows for all people to be guaranteed that which is most important: The Five Pillars of Life.
With this, there is no more budgeting involved in economic discussions, but more about finding out how much to compartmentalize to each facet of society. It’s really as simple as that. As for any territorial disputes that may arise, legally recognized parameters are all that is needed in such cases. It doesn’t cost money, only time and a bit of mental processing. As we approach the much-anticipated venture into the next frontier and attempt the colonization of The Moon & Mars, and beyond, with the Hydrodollar system in place, we can eventually secure any excess resources needed for planetary colonization. I know that sounds extreme and far out for our present situation, but true progress is made by both learning from the past, and looking towards the future.