Common purpose governments enable fulfilment and contribution for everyone. This requires equal opportunity for everyone. For this, governments use blunt instruments as they are simplest to understand and easiest to administrate.
Simple, straightforward policies for fulfilment without harm include a half share of all income and profits into a shared base income of direct and indirect measures, including free universal health care, free universal education, and a universal income.
Complicated methods of wealth distribution with lengthy policy justifications should be avoided. Government should not attempt to implement targeted policies in complex social systems. Blunt instruments allow complexity to flourish because they are easily understood and complied with.
The government distributes equality of opportunity to ensure no-one is harmed by the inequalities of earnings in free trade. Free trade is necessary for a complex system. Blunt tools, easily understood, are the best tool for distributing opportunity while allowing free trade to flourish.
How much should be provided by the state, and how much privately? The line between private and public sectors becomes blurred when organisation decision-making becomes decentralised and democratic, and fulfilment is the common purpose. When this happens all organisations serve the public, whether private or public.
For instance, free universal health care and education enables everyone to access it, regardless of whether it is through public or private providers. Online health and education information also enables people to access health advice and learning much more efficiently and productively, without physical institutions.
Government targeting and management can never work as well as people determining their own needs within universal schemes. External governance gets in the way and results in inefficiencies and inequity.
In common purpose organisations, people can set their own rules and self-organise themselves and their contributions to achieve the objectives they designate.
Real, widespread collaboration with government agencies and commercial corporations will not be accomplished without a shared base income. There has to be a sense of fairness: individual contributions benefit everyone and must be recognised by a shared income. With a shared income, ideas, labour and time are also shared.
Sharing the rewards and the contributions mean everyone can pursue fulfilment. Putting in mechanisms that enable self-determination, and eliminating those that invoke control, help people realise their fulfilment without harm.
[Excerpt from The Common Purpose Manifesto]