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A Summary of these Various Measures

In this set of webpages, I have described many different measures of the various aspects of societies. In fact there may have been so many that you are likely to forget some of them. Here I will briefly remind you what these measures are.

            In my first webpage I tell you about the three current measures. They are: Economic Growth, Wealth and Lifestyle Footprint. The trouble with these measures is that they tend to be mutually contradictory.
            Economic growth is the major measure we consider most. Economic growth is good because it tends to give a country full employment. But this benefit is limited because this economic growth doesn’t last. There is a logic as to why this must happen - and all history confirms that this is indeed the case. In the long term, whether this economic growth is good or bad, depends on what this growth has been used for. People in capitalist states avoid thinking about this question.
            The trouble with the wealth and the footprint measures is that they mutually oppose each other. And most people want both aspects of life. So the opposing nature of these measures worries us.
            Fortunately my main four measures of - Equality, Freedom, Democracy and Variety, are mutually supportive. So we can all strive for these goals without us having to worry too much about any mutual conflict.

            In my webpage on equality, I consider four different aspects of equality. But only one of these measures could be defined in a clear-cut definite manner. This measure was the equality of wealth i.e. how equally are the assets of a nation owned by the people of the nation. Fortunately this measure tends to incorporate the other three aspects of equality. So this was the main measure I considered.
            The full nature of an equality situation needs to be described in a graph (which I give for both Income and Wealth). But these graphs can be summarised in two possible different ways in terms of just one number. These numbers are explained in reference to these diagrams.
            So it is possible to summarise the nature of equality (or inequality) in a nation in very simple ways. And this result is very important.

            Freedom is a much more difficult subject. There are some forms of freedom, which some people believe they have the right to have, but which involve the loss of freedom for other people. I certainly do not allow such freedoms.
            The freedom, which I do give all people, is the joy of having a fully adequate lifestyle, but, at the same time, these people will have plenty of “free time”. And all this “free time” can then be measured in a precise manner.
            This measure is in a way related to the “economic growth” measure. But this measure is not subject to boom or recession periods. And this concept gives all people greater freedom to do what they like to do in their ample spare time. But, when it is necessary, this spare time can be used to produce economic growth.

            Most people believe that a country is either run democratically or not. This statement is partially true because it does make a huge difference if the leader of a country is elected in a democratic manner. Because of its importance, I spend then some time on the subject of how safe a democracy is (and how this can be measured).
            But some countries can be run much more democratically than others. All countries must have many sub-leaders or officials of many different kinds (supervisors, managers, judges, etc). So my measure of democracy is - the proportion of officials who are publically democratically elected - to all other officials (who are mostly appointed by the official above them).
            Unfortunately to understand whether this extra level of democracy benefits a country or not is an easy question. And most people refuse to consider this matter. In this webpage I try to give a few reasons why this extra democracy will be very beneficial in the running of a country.
            So there is a measurable degree on “how democratically a country is being run”.

In the current world, on the whole, equality, freedom and democracy are progressing well. But our love of globalism is destroying our world’s cultural variety. This can be measured in terms of the decrease of the number of languages that are being used. And our economic growth is destroying the world’s wildlife variety. So our world’s variety is being destroyed.
            In this webpage I spend my time explaining how the communities in my Green Living - book”(pdf) can revive this variety, which we are currently destroying. This is the hardest problem of all.


So there many different ways of measuring how well a country is doing. But, if you consider all these different measures, then you should gain a good picture of how well a country is progressing.
            Ultimately, whether a person judges a country to be doing well or not, must depend on what this person imagines to be “the purpose of life”. I give my own personal answer to this question in my webpage called The Far Distant Future and Negativism.



If you haven’t read the details of each measure yet, they are: Current Measures – Economic Growth, Wealth, Low Footprint”, “Equality Measures”. “Freedom Measures”, “Democracy Measures”, “Variety Measures.


You might now also like to look back at:

either my "Home Page" (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages).


My next normal webpage is  “Known Mathematical Political Results.


Updated on 10/11/2016.