Create Equal Opportunities for Everyone
We believe that to remove global poverty, end local wars and solve other global problems we have to create equal opportunities for everyone. Here is how we could do it.
Everyone can have an access to Education
It helps to develop human rights, reduce crime and opens opportunities to excel the standard of living, solve problems or innovate. Just imagine that the key of a cure from cancer is in one person’s mind but he can’t know about it because he didn’t go to school. The other is that 780 million adults in the world can’t read or write and about 30 million of them live in the USA. As the world is moving toward automation and manual labour is eroding, countries which will have high illiteracy won’t be able to catch up with the rest of the world in the economic developing and be dependent on other nations’ aids. We think that internet access will help to achieve this. But we are far away of that because there are only over a 3 billion internet users. The Good news is Google is trying to add more people to the internet by developing an alternative connection.
Everyone has its own energy source
As you know some countries have an abundance of oil or gas reserves and others don’t. This creates a couple of problems. First, we have local wars. It doesn’t matter what global leaders are saying to their public, everything goes down to the underlying cause - resources and influence in the world. Second, oil and gas rich countries have a leverage on countries who have to import black gold. For a decade, Russia used this card in it’s foreign affairs, and Saudi Arabia used its cheap oil to cripple the USA’s shale oil/gas producers. The third is energy poverty. IEA’s data shows that 18% of the global population doesn’t have access to electricity. So, what is the solution for all those problems? Ellon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors has proposed solar energy and battery combination as one of the solutions. Which is, in our opinion, very realistic.
Without long-term subsidies, everyone is better off
Economists state that government’s subsidies will lead to overproduction of goods and services, price drops of those goods and services, and disruption in competitive markets. Although, subsidies are acceptable in a short run when there is a need to introduce a new technology (e. g. renewable energy), or support an economic sector (e.g. agriculture, car-industry), it becomes a damage for the economy in the long run, and discourage innovation. For example agriculture and fishery subsidies in EU. EU spent about 56 bn EUR (40% of EU budget) in 2014 to support its farmers and fishermen. This is taxpayers’ money which should be spent on public goods, and benefit the community, not the small part of a population (12 million (2013) farmers out of 500 million of total EU population). Without subsidies, everyone would be on the same ground and compete with the same rules, making innovations, and moving the world forward.
We think that these three pillars are important to deliver equal opportunities for everyone. Of course, there can be more of them, but the goal stays the same, that no matter where you are born, what skills do you have, who you are, you will be able to achieve your dreams! But we will do this only by working together because when a huge crowd of people works on same goals, wonders can happen.