A Prout Perspective on Democracy

Political democracy holds a vital place in society, but it can be improved in the following ways:

  1. by educating the populace politically and economically,
  2. by ensuring that political leaders are ethical and keep their campaign promises, and
  3. by preventing politics from being controlled or unduly influenced by moneyed and other vested interests.

Yet in order to improve people’s lives, PROUT emphasizes economic democracy even more than political democracy. While voting takes place every 2-4 years, economic engagement is, for most people, a daily activity. Thus economic democracy, in the workplace and in the local area, is a direct way in which people can take control of their lives. Through local economic planning, localities can build healthy economies by ensuring that:

  1. the minimum requirements of a particular age are guaranteed to all;
  2. people’s purchasing power increases with the changing times;
  3. all economic decisions are in the hands of local people;
  4. individuals or businesses from outside the local area are not controlling, exploiting, or interfering with the local economy;
  5. resources are sustainably and rationally used and that the rights of animals and plants are protected.

In PROUT, one of the essential roles of political democracy would be to support the goals and objectives of economic democracy.

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