“Socialism is the principle of public service.” In Part I, we began with the live training exercises of the student body at the SSE (Socialist Student Economy). In Part II, we explored the Tournaments of the VCS Economy. And in Part III, we were introduced to the details surrounding the Financial Regime. While everything covered here includes a variation of the preceding three Parts, do note that the Enterprises described here are either SOEs (State-Owned Enterprises) or else SAEs (State-Administrated Enterprises).
Terms like “State-Owned” or “State-Administrated” can be a little vague for people living under Liberal Capitalist regimes. Technically, the Enterprises that are PDEs, POEs and NSEs within the nation are a part of the State not because the State ‘owns’ them, but because the people involved in them have political-economic participation in the nation’s Council Democracy. Anyone who contributes any Arbeit to the Life-Energy Reserve falls under this umbrella, therefore entitling them to political delegation at their local council and eventually the State Council itself. The real exceptions are foreign Enterprises operating within the nation and domestic Enterprises operating abroad, which are all topics of Part V and beyond the focus of Part IV. What can be said here is that domestic Enterprises operating abroad have Economic Organization Ranks of NSE or higher.
The largest Consortiums from the VCS Economy will be brought under the indirect command of the State as “State-Owned Enterprises.” Alternatively, anyone who assumes an official governmental position like the State Council, Head of Government or Head of State automatically promotes their Enterprise to an SOE. Their Enterprise will be reverted to their original Rank once their term ends. The Intent here is to eliminate any conflicts of interest that may arise. Bringing the Enterprise under State oversight means an SOE’s activities are delegated at the state chambers within the State Council itself. This is different from NSEs being delegated at the regional chambers of their regional council or POEs and PDEs being delegated at the local chambers of their local council.
However, there are certain types of Enterprises more vulnerable to becoming a natural monopoly due to their inherent limitations. I am referring to telecommunications, schools and universities, scientific research and engineering consultation institutes, oil rigs and refineries, mining facilities, electrical power stations and substations, ferries and dockyards, railways and their stations, airlines and airports, highways, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, armaments, postal services, water and waste treatment, aerospace and shipbuilding, hospitals and clinics, nurseries and nursing homes, television and radio broadcasting stations, and data centers overseeing the nation’s Intranet and our connection to the Internet. The Enterprises within those types of Industries are under the direct command of the State vis-à-vis a government ministry as “State-Administrated Enterprises.”
The size and composition of any SAE is directly correlated to the size and composition of their corresponding government ministry, particularly its bureaucracy. Large SAEs require bureaucracies whose inefficiencies can always be offset by emerging technologies related to automation, computerization and robotics. Such technologies will help the central government reduce its spending by ensuring that the bureaucracy will have an easier time achieving a superior Quality of Arbeit. Implementing those technologies will require the Central Bank to raise the current Mechanization Rate. Be aware that there are limits to the Mechanization Rate because raising it will also restrict the creation of new Vocations by the Socialist nation. What could have been Vocations whose Arbeit is contributed by vocational civil servants and administrators will instead be taken over by automated machinery.
If the State’s SSE, VCS Economy, Kontore and State Commissariats and the Financial Regime’s Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System are achieving economic growth, the central government’s bureaucracies will also grow. What will instead be declining is the Mechanization Rate, assuming the non-automated proportion of the Socialist nation happens to be the source of said economic growth. In that case, the Mechanization Rate will gradually fall, allowing the Central Bank to automate aspects of the bureaucracy. Anyone whose Vocation is taken over by automation under the Work-Standard are to be given an NSFI, a Four-Year or Five-Year Work-Plan with its Service Fee paid for by the State to a new profession of the recipient’s choosing as reimbursement. There is no unemployment; full employment is a given in Total Mobilization of Production for Dasein.
Lastly, do note the state of Total Mobilization itself allows for the differentiation between SOEs and SAEs in wartime. If the nation find itself at war, those SAEs are going to be the first ones to be hit with rockets and artillery shells, unguided, precision-guided and incendiary bombs by warplanes, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, or sabotage carried out by intelligence agents and computer hackers. Additional SAEs to be targeted by the enemy include our SSE covered in Part I (Ministry of Education), the automotive industries from Part II (Ministry of Economy), and those State Banks, Kontore and State Commissariats from Part III (Ministry of Finance). The curriculum and training will include civil defense training manuals and films as well as actual preparations by the State, with functionaries being sent to train SAE personnel for the impending military conflict.
Moving on to another aspect of the central government, besides the bureaucrats overseeing the SAEs, other functionaries are tasked with coordinating personnel who are not of the SSE, VCS Economy or Financial Regime. The armed forces, intelligence services, police agencies, judiciaries, prosecutors, customs officials, scientists, engineers, park rangers, public transportation, and postal service are all examples. Our state functionaries from any of those examples will always be somebody from within those specific professions, elected by their own comrades and colleagues like in the SSE, VCS Economy and Financial Regime. All of these people and the state functionaries that they elect as their delegates to the State Council are also contributors of Arbeit. They may not be people generating any Geld like the VCS Economy or the Financial Regime, but they are still people who do contribute Arbeit regardless. Unlike the State Council–the national legislature, the bureaucrats and functionaries do not necessarily have to be members of the People’s Party or any other party governing alongside the People’s Party as part of a “United Front.” As long as they are not members of any banned political parties plotting to overthrow the central government, bureaucrats and functionaries may be apolitical on the condition that they do not try to overly politicize internal affairs unless it becomes absolutely necessary to address, for instance, any corruption, espionage, subversion, waste, fraud and abuse.
These considerations which the Socialist State, like the SSE, VCS Economy and Financial Regime, takes for granted under the Work-Standard are also related to the Work-Standard’s version of economic planning, MTEP (Mission-Type Economic Planning). MTEP requires a massive degree of social trust between superiors and subordinates and a sense of ethics which can only be instilled through socialization among peers, competent leadership, a moral compass and a functional educational system. Those are important considerations which the Soviet Union had failed to grasp towards the end of its existence because their functionaries and bureaucrats conducted themselves as though they were party officials in positions of power, tolerating corruption and inefficiency as long as it conformed with Marxist Theory. True Socialisms under the Work-Standard begins where Marxism, “Scientific Socialism,” ends because any realization of Socialism demands a far greater emphasis on actual practice than mere theories.
This brings us to the political role of the Socialist nation’s Council Democracy and its State Council. Members of the State Council are elected from members of a regional council whose members themselves are elected from the members of a local council. If the People’s Party are able to practice sound governance and can live with a higher sense of purpose and meaning under the Work-Standard, the People’s Party will govern the Socialist nation without any fear of being overthrown by the Totality. At the same time, the Totality’s participation in the Council Democracy will also involve most of the population being members of the People’s Party. And even then, the Totality still expects the State to govern under the rule of law and the Constitution.
As with any other political party, it is realistic to expect Tendencies and Factions to be existing within the People’s Party. There are Tendencies which adhere to the political philosophies of specific personalities and Factions that rally around their leadership within the State Council. The most powerful and influential Faction gets to define the official party line, including which version of Socialism will be defining the People’s Party. And if the State Council only has the People’s Party, the most powerful and influential Faction will be the one with the most seats.
It is possible for Councilor governance to allow accommodations for other parties to join the State Council, and this can be done democratically and non-violently. It will depend on whether the People’s Party can be able to form a “United Front” with the other parties, their United Front informing the Totality and foreign observers that they constitute the leadership in command of the central government. The ability to create a United Front is affected by whether the Socialism of the People’s Party is congruent with the ideologies and philosophies of the other parties, including their own Factions and Tendencies. As long as the Intent of the other parties is not to overthrow the central government, reimplement Liberal Capitalism, and unpeg the Currency from the Work-Standard, there will be political pluralism under Councilor governance.
The Head of State shall be elected by members of the Electoral College within the State Council. Unlike the rest of the State Council tasked with legislation, the Electoral College is responsible for the electing of the next Head of State. The Totality must elect State elector from each regional council within the Socialist nation. Whoever the Totality is going to elect at their regional councils must be somebody whose political-economic views, political philosophy, service record and background are openly transparent enough for the Totality to scrutinize. This needs to be done because the electoral vote is decisive in who becomes the next Head of State. The Head of State will be elected to serve two consecutive terms of five years. This means the Head of State’s first term lasts five years and their second term also five years. It is up to the State Council to decide whether the Head of State should govern for a third term or even fourth term.
When the Electoral College elects the next Head of State, the new Head of State will be asked to appoint their Head of Government and their “Council of Ministers.” In addition to the Cabinet of Ministers for each governmental ministry, the Council of Ministers will also include any advisors, secretaries and others working under the direct command of the Head of State. The Electoral College is the highest authority within the State Council to decide who will be allowed to work with the Head of State. The last things that the Totality wants is political corruption at the highest levels of the central government, where cronyism, favoritism and nepotism allow for abuses of power by the Head of State at the benefit of their friends and relatives as favors. If the Totality is genuinely convinced and not under the subversive influences of hostile governments in other nations, it is possible to consider working alongside the State Council and the Electoral College to impeach the Head of State or Head of Government. The Electoral College will always be the final authority to decide whether their rule continues or not.
Always remember that Councilor governance is still a Democracy. Unlike Parliamentary Democracy and its Market/Mixed Economy, the Totality has legal Rights and legal Duties as well as constitutional Obligations and constitutional Intents concerning political participation. Any naturalized, law-abiding citizen who contributes any Arbeit and generates any Geld through the Meaningful Work of their Vocation needs to participate in the political affairs of their State. Just like the bureaucrats, one may be either a member of the People’s Party, another party in its United Front or else apolitical. Anyone from a banned political party known to advocate for the overthrow of the central government will be tried for sedition and punished accordingly under the rule of law.