Money and Transitionary Economics

Once a given necessity of life becomes abundant and accessible to all, we soon forget of private property. We share access abundance to air, but should air somehow become scarce, competition for it will emerge – followed by ownership, theft, trade, money, jealousy, war – monetarism generally. The attainment of a Resource Based Economy is the harmony of global access abundance.

Not only does scarcity create monetarism, but monetarism creates artificial scarcity. Profits are maximised and privileged positions secured by planned obsolescence, property restrictions, withholding technological advancement etc. Therefore, we need to intervene with a transitional form of social economic relations that allows us to orient our actions to the goal of global abundance, eliminating competition and monetarism in turn.

The monetary method reduces all expenses to a numerical index, thereby allowing simple piecemeal calculation on the basis of cost-effectiveness. The goal method accounts for expenses by material measure to achieve maximally-effective use of resources holistically. But how is resource-accounting to objectively compare expenses so various as materials and, especially earlier in transition, human labour?

However increasingly automated and digitised labour may become, it is in the first instance a social collaboration. Data collection, calculation and the communication and carrying out of economic decisions will be laborious tasks on the eve of transition, not to disappear overnight. Only the collaboration of these labourers can be our transitional form – what Peter Joseph of The Zeitgeist Movement calls “Multidisciplinary teams”.

This blog makes the case that forming these teams is the first decisive step, and that these teams will first form out of existing workplaces. Once they do, they can progressively replace their inter-workplace monetary-relations with collaborative associations and their labour with automation, while meeting human needs. As the means to fulfilling each of our various needs reaches global abundance capacity, access to such means becomes non-monetary in turn – we arrive.

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