I talk a lot about how little interaction there is here on Blurt. I believe in large part due to two factors.
Topics that don't inspire much in the way of comment.
Focus on the rewards solely with little thought to the social side of the chain.
Due to a recent event that saw a large amount of stake delegated to me, I would like to try something to see if we can get engagement up. I'm starting a weekly challenge where I pick a topic I would like to see written about.
The topics are designed to be interesting, and hopefully some of you will find it to be as well and choose to participate.
Despite the large amount of stake bequeathed to me for now, I also can see that if this idea works it could be taxed greatly so I need to put some rules in place.
The Posts Accepted Must Be At Least 600 Words.
The Posts Must Be Written With Passion.
I Will Only Guarantee The First FIVE qualifying Posts Linked Here In The Comments Will Receive A Full Upvote From Me.
However, I'll Also Be Upvoting Great Comments On These Posts. If The Comment Is Such Quality It Could Be A Post Itself, Don't Be Surprised If It Also Receives A Full Upvote By Me. So Don't Be Discouraged I Can Only Pick The First Five Qualifying Posts.
The Tag beingsocial Needs To Be Used. Hopefully It Will Make The Posts More Easily Findable For Others.
** Edited to add, as I was correct on my ignorance being lifted as my experience grows.
The 600 plus words must be your own. Copy pasting from other sources defeats the intent of this challenge.
If you find things you dislike about this challenge, please refrain from wasting your time and mine by posting in such a way as to try getting around ruled you may choose not to adhere to. Doing such shows an intent to say fuck you in different words than those actual words. I do my best not to come to posts I find low effort and share my views on the author nor the presentation. There is no reason to do so to me. Doing so is a dick move, that energy better spent focusing on the areas you are pleased with.
A final catch all rule in case my ignorance is still blinding me to loopholes. I can for whatever reason decide your post doesn't qualify. I don't foresee this happening, but then I didn't foresee the recent learning experience either. Please just try to have fun with this, and at the same time we can get to know more about you. The dreams you have, the desires unfulfilled that you believe you could rectify in this example as a dictator.
If this idea works, there might be more rules in the coming weeks. I've never tried a challenge before, and in my ignorance could be overlooking many things. I figure it was best just to get the ball rolling and tweak it as time goes on.
I thank you for any interest you may have, and am hopeful that as the weeks go by if this gets participation, we can begin seeing more posts with robust comment sections as we get to let our hair down and have some fun while learning more about one another.
To get this started, I'll now share what I would do if I were the dictator of my country.
If I Were The Dictator Of My Country
One of the first things I would do as dictator is break up some of the monopolies and place that power and responsibility in many cases local as they should be.
This would focus initially on large land ownership by corporations. Despite being a believer in private property rights, allowing large corporations to own a growing monopoly on the land is detrimental to the real people in the affected areas. It drives prices of property out of reach for the average person, as well as gives the monopolies over food to these same corporate interests.
I would set up programs that would help local communities learn to become more self sufficient in growing their own food, perhaps even going so far as to take some of the already nationalized land and converting some of it into localized community gardens that would be a place to teach agriculture as well as help ensure those less fortunate have access to healthy food that is not tainted with genetic modification. This would ease the real struggle so many have of being able to provide a healthy diet for their families. This food could be free of monetary trade and instead could be one of equity trade. You help maintain the garden, you eat from that garden.
I would demand an overhaul of the education system. In its current state it demands everyone focus primarily on meaningless skills that most are ill equipped to excel at, as well as designed to be boring. Education would become a system that focuses on:
Identifying what interests and skills the individual child has, and shaping a curriculum tailored to their skill set that benefits both themselves and the community by extension where possible. I’ve maintained for many years that everyone is a genius at what interests them. An example of this is making students who hate math learn things such as algebra and geometry. These students not only fail to learn these subjects, it also makes them feel inadequate. A complete waste of time when that same time could be spent mastering an area they love and can excel at.
I would outlaw corporations as having the legal designation as being a person. Corporate rights should never hold the same or more standing in our community as people do. We’ve seen an erosion of human dignity and quality of life as these corporations have grown to dominate the justice of our communities. Corrupting them to where they are above justice.
I would hold all persons from the current corporations liable for their directions that harmed and killed people with blatant disregard in their pursuit of money over people. This also would be extended to forcing work conditions to be humane. In the current climate of corporate efficiency, working conditions and the quotas associated with them are not healthy to families and individuals.
In this same vein, I would dismantle most of the current prison system. It would no longer be a for profit venture, no longer be the loophole that has allowed slavery to continue in my country. The first part of this dismantling would be the release of all people who were found guilty of victimless crimes.
There is much violence in many of the more impoverished areas of my country. Often one sees it along racial lines. Unlike the current pandering we see from politicians who pretend to care as they pass laws designed to exacerbate the problems, my approach would be different.
The violence would no longer be allowed. To help reverse it, real meetings discussing the very real grievances would be held. Empowerment as I mentioned above for local communities would be tailored to address these real grievances, as we explore returning dignity to these impoverished areas. The days of their extraction and forced impotence would come to an end.
I would withdraw the military from most of the world, demanding a stop to being an empire under the pretense of policing the world. Those resources would no longer be wasted interfering in the doings of other nations. Most of that money borrowed to finance.
Speaking of financing, the international bankers who hold ownership over the creation and maintenance of the economy would come to an end. The nation would once again control and create the money supply, and it would be tied once again to real goods such as metals and possibly other commodities. I suggest other commodities so that there could be an elasticity to the supply as the needs of the nation demand, without it just being created backed by nothing.
I would do away with most taxes. This would obviously affect things for those who have been enslaved by the social net programs that so often lead to many making damaging choices for themselves and their families. Working with local leaders, we would find a way to transition these people into being productive and learning they do have value and skills that make them a unique and worthy person.
In many cases, taxes are simply outright theft. Stealing from one table to place on another in exchange for a sacrifice of free will and dignity from those it is given to. And in the larger scheme, it so often is funneled to the monopolies I would do away with aiding them in their conquest of the community.
I could go on, but this is already over 900 words.
I hope there will be participation in this challenge, and more so that it will produce some interesting comments as we share what we would see change for our communities and nations. I look forward to reading your posts and comments.