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Systems 2017, 5(1), 16; doi:10.3390/systems5010016

A Balance Paradigm for Post-Plutocracy: Toward Sustainable Development with Integral Harmony

International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics (IIAS), Canada, and Tokyo International University, Saitama 350-1198, Japan
Academic Editors: Josue Antonio Nescolarde Selva, Hugh Gash and Josep-Lluis Usó-Doménech
Received: 30 December 2016 / Revised: 12 February 2017 / Accepted: 13 February 2017 / Published: 22 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Complex Social Systems: Theory And Practice)
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For a sustainable human future, a rapid paradigm shift is a must from the prevailing “Explosion Paradigm” to a more reasonable “Balance Paradigm” by means of constantly enriching the existing diverse society-specific holistic cultures (“Cultures”). This means inviting a new age of balanced and integrated socio-economic systems worldwide with the help of the most important human common property—diverse Cultures. Generally speaking, each Culture has been deeply interwoven with its social value system, belief system, natural-social environments, and experience-based knowledge and wisdom. Such Cultures all over the world, however, have been mostly devastated by the modern ideology of lopsided market fundamentalism (“Market”) that has favored the plutocracy-driven power structure (“Big Market”) of the world. In order to seek a sustainable future by achieving the paradigm shift, the devastated diverse Cultures need to be restored, invigorated and enriched by long-term worldwide collaborations. For such a purpose, we cannot rely totally on the existing line of modern thoughts and theories of economics and other disciplines. Therefore, the present article introduces an alternative theoretical framework of balanced socio-economic development, which is argued for on the assumption of respectively and differently enriched diverse Cultures. View Full-Text
Keywords: balance paradigm; balanced socio-economic development; sustainable development; society-specific holistic culture; integral harmony; culture-oriented employment; human self-destruction; reckless run of modern civilization balance paradigm; balanced socio-economic development; sustainable development; society-specific holistic culture; integral harmony; culture-oriented employment; human self-destruction; reckless run of modern civilization
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Hiwaki, K. A Balance Paradigm for Post-Plutocracy: Toward Sustainable Development with Integral Harmony. Systems 2017, 5, 16.

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