Human physical and psycho-social needs are universally-preferred and measurable. Peter Joseph explains that we can therefore arrive at economic decisions on a “near-empirical” basis. But near-empirical is different from entirely objective. Let’s explore and solve this problem to ascertain how to best arrive at decisions.
Aesthetic considerations are also universally-preferred yet variable and only measurable as expressions of opinion. More importantly, we have the resources and technical ability to fulfil all human needs on Earth with much to spare, so what next? Decisions regarding this surplus and aesthetics too involves the registering of subjective preferences.
For a solution, let us explore the scientific method. The scientific community is a debate where all participating parties attempt to convince the majority of their view. In essence it is a democratic association for determining the best approximation of the truth at any moment of the continuing discussion. The best approximation of the best possible economic decisions is our goal, an accountable form of economic democracy our method.
Peter Joseph says to questions technical in nature “it is not who makes a decision but how the decision is arrived at”, indeed, such calculations may be relegated to computers. But when those involved in determining the tasks to be done are not those involved in performing the labour of the tasks, especially where drudgery is not yet overcome by applied technology, does it not matter who? This question is not technical, but social.
Peter Joseph of The Zeitgeist Movement describes those who maintain the workings of a Resource Based Economy as forming Multidisciplinary teams. Such teams must self-coordinate and coordinate inter-team up to the global level as necessary to apply systems-theory to an industrial society. A given resource can be worked only once and a given tool fit only one hand at a time, so complete autonomy is impractical, negotiations must ensue and agreements democratically made.
In his criticism of politics, Peter Joseph always says we should “value people on what they have done, not what on they say they will do”. Under the management of multidisciplinary teams, an appreciation of their tangible contributions will ensue, ensuring a dynamic that secures a meaningful democracy for the benefit of all, and a transition to a Resource Based Economy.
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