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Foreword                                         of Personal Rights, and page 35,
                                                                                    (See page 4, Reinstatement

                                                                                         Freedom and Dignity.)
        Did  you know  that  the  Social       We have entered the Fourth         l  It is important for the
            Dividend  could  save  the  Industrial Revolution . Do we         reader  to understand why we
            planet but that consumer-  not recognize  that  progress          call this income source a  So-
            ism will destroy it?           and automation  could liberate     cial Dividend. Each citizen is a
            Yes! Technology and auto-      us to a life of leisure and freely   capitalist, the owner of a social
        mation  render  human  labour      chosen activities? Instead we      and  commonly-owned  capital.
        obsolete in production. The        are  stressed because  of eco-     When this capital is fruitful, each
        present  shortage  of manpower     nomic insecurity.                  citizen must receive their share
        in some regions is temporary           What  is missing in  our so-   of the profits in the form of a So-
        and is related to demography.  cieties? Why must we always            cial Dividend.
        Progress in robotics  and artifi-  run? Work, work, work! Why                 (See page 35, The Social
        cial intelligence have led us to a  are people so stressed?                  Dividend and Commonly-
        new industrial era. According to       These  questions will be  an-      Owned Capital, and page 37,
        the consulting firm, McKinsey &    swered in this booklet.                      Inheritance and Heirs.)
        Company, 800  million workers
        risk  losing their jobs  to robots                                        l We have a situation in
        by 2030.                                                              which  products that  people
            Finding new jobs to replace                                       want are not sold due to a lack
        those made redundant  by ro-                                          of purchasing power.
        bots will require that new needs                                            (See page 39, The Chronic
        and new types of consumption                                           Shortage of Purchasing Power,
        habits be created. This will be at                                          and page 41, Progress and
        the expense of the planet’s re-                                                       Unemployment.)
        sources.                                                                  l Social  Dividends would
            The  Social  Dividend  de-                                        permit the self-realization of in-
        scribed in this booklet would                                         dividuals, families and society.
        solve both the employment and
        environmental  problems facing                                              (See page 43, Beneficial Ef-
                                               Social Dividends would
        modern economies.                   protect the environment while         fects of the Social Dividend,
            Readers are invited to study    allowing individuals to reach             and page 45, Objections
        this booklet on the  Social Divi-         their full potential.                to the Social Dividend.)
        dend  and  further  their  under-                                         l Social Dividends are feas-
        standing  of the  economic phil-   A Social Dividend, but what for?   ible.
        osophy of Social Credit.               l Each person has the right          (See page 46, From Where
        There are many questions that  to life, integrity, dignity and free-           Will the Money Come?)
            need answers!                  dom. In this century of plenty, of   Louis Even et the Social Dividend
            Does the production system     progress and instant communi-
        exist to create jobs? Must we      cation, it is unconscionable that        Louis Even explained  the
        create new needs for  the sole     there are people who live in po-   Social Dividend in many articles
        purpose of replacing jobs lost to   verty.                            on the  topic which were  pub-
        automation? Are we stuck on a      1  The Fourth Industrial Revolution   lished in Vers Demain between
        treadmill of consumption for the   (4IR) is the fourth major industrial era   1939 and 1974. This booklet is a
        sake of job creation? Is it inevit-  since the initial Industrial Revolution   summary of these articles.
        able that the planet’s resources  of the 18th Century. It is characterized   We have developed a Ques-
        be depleted?                       by a fusion of technologies that is blur-  tion and Answer format. The
            Production economics works     ring the lines between the physical, dig-  questions are ours and the an-
                                           ital, and biological spheres, collectively
        well.  Why  does the  economics    called the cyber-physical systems. It is   swers are from Louis Even’s ma-
        of distribution lag? Why is the fi-  marked by emerging technology break-  terial.  Enjoy your reading!
        nancial system so outdated and  throughs in a number of fields (www.          Lise Rodrigue-Fournier
        contrary?                                                                       Free issue of MICHAEL     3
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