Unbalanced economies have negative economic gravity. Only a small portion of money spent by the “rich” trickles down to the poor. Money spent by the “poor,” on the other hand, goes rapidly to the top. The net result is a constant pressure sucking monetary resources into a reservoir that is inaccessible to an increasing population, at an accelerating rate. These deprived populations are increasingly unable to secure adequate nutrition, shelter, and healthcare. They are invisible victims of accelerating economic genocide. The ethical reason for economic structure is kindness. This system of wealth distribution is unkind. Its acceptance devalues, what it means to be human.
Uncontrolled marketplace greed is the hole in the economic bucket that unbalances the economic scale. Those who cash in on the easy money, often feel that it is their, brilliance, hard work, or genetic superiority that allows them to be rich. Scroogerly they protect their money by paying workers increasingly less for working harder. Present monetary policy sacrifices children, workers, soldiers, mothers, voters and their advocates, for a system that makes “Wall Street” racketeers, self appointed monarchs to whom citizens and their political leaders must plead for mercy.
There is a solution. Every institution in which money is exchanged for goods or service, needs to define itself in terms of clear business cells. These cells are simple public disclosures of, who gets what, and why. The banking system is broken. It should be combined and collateralized with pools of businesses and homes. Investments, loans, and taxes would be in, or from the total economic banking system.
The reason this would work well is that the incentives to cheat are gone. The purpose of work is to do service for a fair wage. The purpose of investment is to finance the work for humanity, for a predictable return, the same interest rate that everyone else gets. All of the proper incentives are left intact. Working hard and investing in the economic infrastructure is well rewarded, and confidence and trust are protected by the clear business cells that leave no place for rascals to hide.
The transition could take place in one year. Those who have cash could buy stocks, At the end of the year new money would be printed and the old phased out. The new money would allow those who keep their cash in the stagnant reservoir to invest in the reincarnated banking system. If they failed to comply, their money would be obsolete, worthless. The ethics involved is universal. Kindness has been the ethical backbone of civilization since the inception of written records, and economic genocide is unkind.