Incorporating Cascadia Universal Protections

Cascadia should ensure it’s citizens the right to live - with every person making the choice how to live. As we enter into the 21st century, and with newly emerging instability, inequality and technology - this means providing every citizen with the basic tenets of society for life , liberty and happiness.

As part of this,

  • Government task forces led by experienced civil servants and experts in their field to conduct regularly scheduled audits in program effectiveness, incorporate better & data driven examples from local sources, as well as from around the world - and work to continually increase livability, functionality, with public input and feedback, and assess functionality.

  • Universal Basic Income. Every person should have the right and ability to succeed in life, it should be their choice how they spend it.

  • Universal Basic Education. Every person should have the right and ability to gain as much education as they see fit, for as long as they see fit, as long as they are able. This includes pre-K for children, and post-high school education. For those who do not wish to attend four year or post-graduate institutions, the availability of trade schools.

  • Universal Basic Insurance. Every person should have the right to live without fear that injury, health, or unforeseen circumstance may lead to bankruptcy or financial ruin.

  • Universal Electoral Participation. Every person should have the right to vote, to participate in electoral policies, and to have the most say in the issues that will impact them the most.

As a measurement of success - the use of the well being and livability for all of the inhabitants of Cascadia as the bellweather for whether or not these programs are being successful. The focus should be on continual improvement.

To fund these measures using non-regressive sources of funding, so that it is not financed by taxing households, or depriving individuals from other social benefits that they would otherwise have. Financing options should be progressive and sustainable in time, and could include a mix of the following: re-allocating public expenditures, subsidies, the gains from lesser administrative costs compared to targeted social assistance benefits; increasing tax revenues, improving compliance and raising new taxes or on the gains from technological change; eliminating illicit financial flows, including tax evasion, money laundering and corruption, estimated at 5 percent of global GDP; managing or restructuring existing debt; and (v) aid.

While restructuring would cause fundamental society shifts, basic UBI for most countries would cost only 0.68 per cent of global GDP, or roughly 3 per cent of the amount announced by G20 governments to rescue the financial sector from financial collapse in 2009.