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The Social Clinic Movement

One way to bring about substantive social change in a peaceful, uplifting manner would be to develop a Social Clinic Movement, which might also be called a Social Beauty Movement, a Public Activity Movement, or a Public Economy Movement. The idea would be to encourage local communities throughout the country to develop their own, unique, creative Social Clinics—places (not necessarily, or only, physical) where social problems can be brought before groups of concerned people for collaborative assessment and treatment. The issues of concern would include those of political economy, health, education, social justice, social welfare, agriculture, industry, environment/ecology, social philosophy, culture, psychology/spirituality (both individual and collective spirit), and History, and these issues could be addressed at local, national, and international levels.

Components of a Comprehensive Social Clinic:

Just as a comprehensive Medical Clinic has sub-clinics (pediatrics, surgery, cardiology, psychiatry, preventive medicine, etc.), there could be many components of (interest groups within) the Social Clinic, each with its own (but overlapping and synergistic) concerns. The components (and their concerns) could include:

  • Economy: Development of a Public Economy, based on economic altruism and cost-based pricing (with wise public subsidization). Development of a Collaborative International Network of Creative Independent National Public Economies—in which nations help each other to be successful, with all nations benefitting.
  • Health: Development of a National Public Health Care System, organized and paid for by the Public—including a National Public Pharmaceutical component and a National Dental component .
  • Education: Development of an improved Public Education System that provides free education through the PhD level and teaches the full spectrum of social ideas, including Public Activity and critical thinking.
  • Social Welfare: Development of better social organization, including better and more innovative housing, more innovative community infrastructure, and better community services.
  • Agriculture: Development of safer, healthier, more locally produced foods. Development of not only local strategies, but national and international strategies.
  • Environment/Ecology: Development of strategies to address environmental destruction and global warming. This would include better Energy strategies.
  • Social Philosophy: Development of a set of philosophical and social ideas that can contribute to a foundation of understanding for Social Clinics.
  • Culture: Development of the Arts, with attention to ways in which the Arts could promote the goals and understandings of the Social Beauty Movement.
  • Psychology/Spirituality: Development of ideas regarding how a healthier social milieu and social organization can improve individual and collective spirit and emotional health, by creating a deeper sense of meaning and a greater appreciation of Life, Nature, and Humanity. The current poor emotional health of American society (as a whole) needs to be addressed—its pathologic levels of projection, insecurity, fear, denial, anger, unkindness, depression, selfishness, and even collective paranoia. The causal factors responsible for the psychiatric illness of American society need to be determined and addressed.
  • History: Awareness and critical analysis of History is an essential component of understanding and decision-making in the Social Clinic. A sub-project of the Social Clinic could be the development of a nationwide Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to educate and make amends for the history of US geopolitical/economic atrocities and missteps.
  • Immunology: Just as the Medical Clinic has an Immunology Division, so could the Social Clinic. The purpose of the immunology division would be to identify inappropriate immunization that has already occurred—i.e. aspects of the mass immunization that American propaganda has used to prevent the “infection” of American minds with non-capitalist ideas. The immunology division would work to prevent further mistaken vaccination in the future, determine ways to deconstruct past inappropriate immunization, and develop ways to immunize the Public against propaganda—not by indoctrinating people, but by giving them historical and philosophical background and critical thinking tools to ward off unhealthy propaganda.