Capitalism. Socialism. How About “Mutualism”?

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We came across a very thought-provoking point-of-view from Brad Hewitt, President and CEO of Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 300 company. He’s not running for public office, but he presents a 5 point “Mutualist Philosophy” that would be his platform if he were running for office. This Mutualist Philosophy in brief:

THE MUTUALIST PHILOSOPHY

1.  Both individual and community responsibility is required in a civil society. This is not an “either/or” proposition.

2.  Self-interest is not the same as greed, and greed is not good. Checks and balances are good, because greed is an easy trap to fall into — for everyone. Equal opportunity is also good.

3.  Fair is not equal. Fair is proportionate to the effort, risk and investment you put in.

4.  You get more of what you subsidize. Subsidize industriousness, responsibility and generosity, not dependency.

5.  We can make the world a better place, but it takes mainly relationships and risk, not rules. That’s why grass-roots solutions will work the best.

What are your thoughts? As independent voters, is this something we can or should embrace?

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  1. Bernadette June 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    This is how I have been living my life. While I have been tring to live a mutualistic life, I understand that there will be some who will always view life as a race, something to be one with other to be the loosers. I love this list but I also live in the real world…

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  2. jake June 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    here is my edit:
    THE MUTUALIST (economic) PHILOSOPHY

    1. Both individual and community responsibility is required in a civil society. This is not an “either/or” proposition.

    2. Self-interest is not the same as greed, and greed is not good. Checks and balances are good, because greed is an easy trap to fall into — for everyone. Equal opportunity is also good.

    3. Fair is proportionate to the effort, risk, and investment you put in while taking into account the privilege you gain from being the “majority” ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexuality, physically and mentally able, nationality, etc.

    4. You get more of what you subsidize. Subsidize industriousness, responsibility and generosity.

    5. We can make the world a better place, but it takes many relationships and risks, not just rules. That’s why it will take grass-roots movements along with government activity and reform.

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    • D June 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      You miss the points Jake. It was said right the first time. THere are no privileges or disadvantages by majority or minority, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexuality or nationality unless you believe that in your head. What you believe in your mind you can achieve. If you use your minority, gender, ethnicity, sex etc as an excuse for why things aren’t fair, then that is exactly what you’re going to get. You add in excuses, dependence, and government activity. This is the problem! Stop blaming and start doing. GOvernment isn’t the solution. Government is the problem. (Ronald Reagan).

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  3. Jeff J June 9, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Now here is something that at the very least is sure to become a part of my views. Especially #4, I wonder if that holds the keys to improving the welfare system. Anyway, I’m bookmarking this for the future.

    Thanks

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