Neil Peart revolutionized Welfare? (Writing journal, October 12, 2012)
“Unanimous Consent” has been making a concerted effort to solidify its spot at the top of my ideas list. Last night, I progressed from the introductory chapters of Is Life Like This? (despite not having done any of the exercises) into the chapter on developing characters. And I started to really see the main character. So far, he looks and acts a lot like Neil Peart of Rush, which probably makes sense considering Neil’s libertarian sensibilities and thoughtful lyrics. One of the exercises suggests envisioning the town where the character lives; walk right on down the street and describe each building. It got me excited to actually try that for the character’s new liberty town. I want to get out some graph paper and start sketching.
Having a bunch of errands to run today, I planned a quick shower but ended up thinking about a comment thread I’d just read on Facebook. A friend was asking opinions on the Presidential candidates. Most of the replies were civil but one had just been posted that fervently came to Obama’s defense. In the shower, one thought led to another and I came to wonder about a real solution to Social Security and Medicare. What if we converted all the benefits to a loan—people in need can get what they need, but they have to pay it back (or their heirs do). And then I realized this is something I can use in Unanimous Consent—they set up a private welfare system. People invest and it loans out help for people in need. In fact, this is what draws a lot of investors in—they come to start companies that provide the services that government typically provides.
The Welfare Guarantee Company: founder starts a company to provide the private equivalent of welfare/social security. People may buy stocks or bonds in the company and then the company’s money is used to make loans to people in need. The people must pay the loans back (or pass them on to their heirs). Of course if they had previously invested and later find themselves in need, they can either divest their investment or borrow against their own ownership
The founder gets people involved in moving there by founding a series of companies to provide private versions of things government typically does (roads, social programs, etc.). “Yes, we’ll be open to competition, but we’ll have the advantage of being first, and I’ll see to it we remain the best.”
- Reading with authority (Writing journal, October 3, 2012)
- Of mice and writing (Writing journal, October 4, 2012)
- Execution Isle is calling (Writing journal, October 9, 2012)
- So this is supposed to be hard? (Writing journal, October 2, 2012)
- Who needs a keyboard when you’ve got a Zebra? (Writing journal, October 8, 2012)