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Proutist Economic Development Rational Distribution and Maximum Utilization. Dada Maheshvarananda. The Claims of Neoliberal Economists. Economics is a value-free, objective science. Every country can achieve economic efficiency and success through free market trade.

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proutist economic development rational distribution and maximum utilization

Proutist Economic DevelopmentRational Distribution andMaximum Utilization

Dada Maheshvarananda

 2004 Proutist Universal

the claims of neoliberal economists
The Claims of Neoliberal Economists
  • Economics is a value-free, objective science.
  • Every country can achieve economic efficiency and success through free market trade.
  • Countries should produce cheaply a few special goods for export.
  • Countries should use foreign exchange to import whatever they need.
  • It is a right to maximize one's wealth.
  • Any tax or law that diminishes property rights would jeopardize the growth of society.
  • Economics should not consider the question of fairness, or whether or not everyone receives a just salary.

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the question of fairness
The Question of Fairness
  • In 2000, Citibank paid its director a salary with stock options of $151 million.
  • Disney paid their CEO US$575 million.
  • Apple Computers paid CEO Steve Jobs $872 million, 30,000 times what the average Apple employee is paid each year!
  • In Venezuela, Lorenzo Mendoza and family, owner of Polar beverages, has a net worth of US$4.3 billion,
  • Gustavo Cisneros and family, media baron, has US$4 billion. (Forbes magazine, www.forbes.com)
  • The wealth of the world’s 200 richest people more than doubled during the last four years. Question: are you two times richer today than you were four years ago?
  • Neoliberal economists say these figures, the difference between what the richest and poorest receive for their work, don’t matter if the economy is healthy and growing.

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Dr. Amartya Senof Calcutta won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics, because he had “restored an ethical dimension to the discussion of vital economic problems”.

P.R. Sarkar, a contemporary of Sen, also focused on inequality, the measurement of poverty, and on how societies can make choices that are both fair and efficient.

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a logical and moral solution to this economic question
A Logical and Moral Solution to this Economic Question
  • Prout asserts that the only justification for granting higher income to a person is to motivate him or her to exert greater effort to benefit society.
  • “The surplus wealth should be distributed among meritorious people according to the degree of their merit.”
  • This surplus is used as an incentive to motivate people to render greater service to society.
  • It can be given as increased salary or as other benefits.
  • Continuous effort will be needed to raise the economic standard of the common people

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the first fundamental principle of prout
The First Fundamental Principle of Prout
  • “No individual should be allowed to accumulate any physical wealth without the clear permission or approval of the collective body.”
  • Because the physical resources of this planet are limited, the hoarding or misuse of any resource would diminish opportunities for others.
  • Ceilings must be placed on salaries, inherited wealth, property and land ownership.
  • “Collective body” means society. Economic boards will have to decide the maximum income and wealth. Board members should be honest, with a sincere desire to serve for the welfare of everyone.

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The Second Fundamental Principle of Prout

  • “There should be maximum utilization and rational distribution of all mundane, supramundane, and spiritual potentialities of the universe.”
  • This means to make the best use of the world’s resources, including protecting the natural environment.
  • Based on the idea of “Cosmic Inheritance”, to share the planet for the welfare of everyone, not just a few.

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The Third Fundamental Principle of Prout

  • “There should be maximum utilization of the physical, metaphysical and spiritual potentialities of the unit and collective bodies of human society.”
  • This concerns human resources.
  • It values both individual and collective well-being.
  • Waste of human resources occurs when people lack education, or are denied opportunities to develop their talents.

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The Fourth Fundamental Principle of Prout

  • “There should be a proper adjustment amongst these physical, metaphysical, mundane, supramundane and spiritual utilizations.”
  • Holistic development and equipose of both the human being and society.
  • Where there are competing demands for any resource, the more rare and valuable quality should be utilized.

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The Fifth Fundamental Principle of Prout

  • “The methods of utilization should vary in accordance with the changes in time, space, and person, and the utilization should be of a progressive nature.”
  • Change is constant.
  • The application of Prout models is not set in stone - the principles though are time-enduring.
  • Prout has dynamic principles that should be applied considering the many special conditions of the location and culture.
  • Technology can both create and destroy.
    • the challenge is to choose wisely, directing research and development for the long-term welfare of humanity and the planet.

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good and happiness of all
Good and happiness of all

The Progressive Utilisation Theory

is propounded for

the happiness and all-round welfare

of all.

PROUT

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