Holes in the economic bucket are not economic. They are antinomic, economically toxic. Economic policy, by definition, trends toward kind competence. It includes all people. Following economic policy; We protect each-other. We nourish the physical and social environments of all, for all.
How can such a policy exist? It is natural. It has always existed, like gravity. We have always had the choice of whether or not to act in concert with others, or give those less favored a push over the antinomic cliff. Working together we have superhuman capabilities, including dignity, peace, prosperity, and joy. We need never again suffer the scourge of war, hunger, or inequity. We have a choice that can be described with one word, kindness. The tricky part is that no one can be excluded.
Policies that trend away from kind competence are antinomic, economically toxic. Antinomic behavior has been around since our history began. Looking back it is easy to identify. Economic policy gives people the ability to look ahead; identify and avoid economic toxicity, instead of poisoning their self-worth, and that of humanity.
History is full of people; “the bad” (them,) and “the good” (us;) all using antinomic behavior causing economic toxicity. Religions of many denominations joined the fray, along with a wide spectrum of groups and individuals who were willing to ignore cheating, bribing, and murdering to climb the ladder to nowhere, where they disavow economic responsibility. The blame is always passed on, and many of the atrocities were committed in God’s name. God was not the perp.
Economic policy has roots. It grows from the ground. Humans need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, and nurtured. They are not self-sufficient, hence specialization. The builders, the clothiers, and the nurturers turn existence into a better life. As more people are included in the economic chain, they become happier, kinder, and more competent. The more people in the chain, the better the outcome. Seeds of talent, economically nourished, become the luscious fruits of civilization. Those above serve those below, and as servants their needs and efforts determine their compensation, not their rank in the hierarchy.
These are the lessons that history has taught us. They teach us who we are. They help us understand others. We need the, “oops,” moment, the time we realize that we are in an environment where responsibility was replaced with blame. The economic lessons of living history are clear. We should be teaching them to our children. They need not be trained to be cogs in the antinomic machinery of inhumanity.