PROUT is an acronym for the Progressive Utilization Theory which was propounded in 1959 by Indian philosopher Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar. PROUT presents a viable alternative to the outmoded capitalist and communist socio-economic models. Neither of these theories has adequately met the needs of humanity. Proutists are seeking to convey the comprehensive and visionary goals of PROUT theory, which combines the wisdom of spirituality, the struggle for self reliance and the spirit of economic democracy. As women who are Proutists, in this magazine, we are attempting to focus on the particular struggles that women face in attaining self reliance in society. However, we also wish to present the complete vision of Prout as a new ideology for a new world. Toward the goal of being inclusive, we invite Proutists and others who are interested in providing a platform for social change to submit articles, letters to the editor, poetry, blogs, and other writings to Rising Sun. We want to take the pulse of the 99 percent and to try to reflect in some small way the voice of the people.
Key Principles of PROUT and Neo-Humanism:
Neo-humanism expands the humanistic love for all human beings to include love and respect for all creation – plants, animals and even inanimate objects. Neo-humanism provides a theoretical base for creating a new era of ecological balance and planetary kinship.
Basic necessities guaranteed to all: In order to be able to actualize their highest aspirations, people need to have their basic needs met. Access to food, shelter, clothing, education and medical are fundamental human rights which must be guaranteed to all.
Balanced economy: Prout advocates regional self-reliance, cooperatively owned and managed businesses, local control of large scale key industries, and limits on the individual accumulation of wealth.
Womenʼs Rights: Prout encourages the struggle against all forms of violence and exploitation used to suppress women. Proutʼs goal is coordinated cooperation, with equal rights between men and women.
Cultural Diversity: In the spirit of universal fellowship, Prout encourages the protection and cultivation of local culture, language, history and tradition.
World Government: Prout supports the creation of world government with a global constitution and common penal code.
This short documentary, Economics of Prout, presents an overview of the basic economic principles of Prout, a socio-economic theory which was first presented by Indian philosopher, author, social revolutionary, poet, composer, and linguist P. R. Sarkar in 1959. Prout offers a viable alternative to the materialistic, anti-human philosophies of Capitalism and Communism.
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