"Just look at us. Everything is backwards. Everything is upside-down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information, and religion destroys spirituality."---Michael Ellner
To really understand the entire Economic system, you have to see it from a totally different perspective. Right now we live in a Society where Artificial Scarcity is everywhere, meaning that there is a False sense of Belief that there isn't enough to go around for everybody to use. IN a Free Market there is Ownership, and Property. In a RBE, it is a Self Management System, where almost everything is accessible and can be shared amongst the community, like Hammers, Bicycles, and Guitars. The only reason we are not in that type of system is because our economic system serves only a top portion of the Population hence "The Top 1%". The system does not support Economic Growth in sense if there was Growth there would be an Increase in living standard. So we live in an Anti-Economic System. A System that is based off of old ideologies, old beliefs, and old Structures. It Does not form a Free Society, but it forms an Enslaved Society. The Debt is another issue, we cannot continue printing money or creating money out of thin air and think that this money has any sort of value, when true Valued Commodities are Food, Water, Fuel, Technology Information, and Tools.
OWNERSHIP AND PROPERTY:
This notion that we need to own Property is an old term. it is meant to hold on to something as long as we possibly can without letting it go. That is either Land, Resources, Money, Buildings, or even People. Our Property is basically a slavery word, because if you think about it, you are continuously letting go of your stuff every single minute when you get up from using your computer, when you get out of your car, when you put away your tools, when you put up your bike. So we are only using our things temporarily for the time being, and For some who do not want to hear this, your things will disappear from your life some day down the line either in a week, a month, a year, or even 20 years. You will lose your stuff, because it always either gets recycled, trashed or moved to someone else or place.
Our things is a chain around our neck dragging our lives back from exploring a rich and wealthy world around us. We truly enslave ourselves on this planet. To truly understand Freedom we must see that it is our current old out dated beliefs and Values that keeps us enslaved. It is the way we see our Planet and it's Resources. We can either abuse it, and rape it's precious minerals, rocks and plant life to meet our own selfish immoral greedy desires, or we can learn to work with our planet and the environment to balance out what we need when where and how much.
An Army of the Undead
Record numbers of people, including children , regularly take medications and mind-altering pharmaceuticals for one reason or another. And if you don’t have a prescription, you still receive hefty doses of this garbage from our contaminated water supplies and from food produced with contaminated ingredients. These drugs pollute the natural faculties of the mind and alter one’s personality, often making one numb to the emotional realities of life.
Television , for many, is an all day/all night affair. It doesn’t matter if you watch The Discovery Channel or Jerry Springer, the brain reacts the same; by slipping into a low alpha state , growing groggy and slow, mushy, suggestible and reptilian. The effects of watching programming on the boob tube are dastardly mind numbing.
We are also a heavily poisoned society and there seems to be no reprieve in sight for the degradation of our environment. GMO’s, nuclear power, vaccines, water fluoridation, depleted uranium, Chemtrails, arrogant oil barons and a grotesque addiction to plastics , are all signs that our respect for life is near zilch. Living in a world so stressed out by toxicity can feel like being dead already. And this course is a guaranteed death sentence for all, given sufficient time.
We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.
- Buckminster Fuller,
mechanization is more productive, efficient and sustainable than human labor in virtually every sector of the economy today. Machines do not need vacations, breaks, insurance, pensions, and they can work 24 hours a day, everyday. The output potential and accuracy compared to human labor, is unmatched.
The bottom line: repetitive human labor is becoming obsolete and impractical across the world. And the unemployment you see around you today is fundamentally the result of this evolution of efficiency in technology. For years, market economists have dismissed this growing pattern which could be called “Technological Unemployment”, because of the fact that new sectors always seemed to emerge to re-absorb the displaced workers. Today, the service sector is the only real hub left and currently employs over 80% of the American workforce with most industrialized countries maintaining a similar proportion. However, this sector is now being challenged increasingly by automated kiosks, automated restaurants, and even automated stores.
Economists today are finally acknowledging what they had been denying for years: Not only is technological unemployment exacerbating the current labor crisis we see across the world due to the global economic downturn, but the more the recession deepens the faster the industries are mechanizing. The catch, which is not realized, is that the faster they mechanize to save money- the more they displace people- the more they reduce public purchasing power. This means that, while the corporation can produce everything more cheaply, fewer and fewer people will actually have money to buy anything regardless of how cheap they become. The bottom line is that the “labor for income” game is slowly coming to an end. In fact, if you take a moment to reflect on the jobs which are in existence today which automation could take over right now if applied, 75% of the global workforce could be replaced by mechanization tomorrow.
Peter Joseph. 'Zeitgeist: Moving Forward'
Resource Based Economy
What is a Resource Based Economy? I'm sure you've all heard about it. But a Resource Based Economy is entirely different than anything that has ever existed in the past. Most decisions were made by kings, politicians, statesmen but nothing based upon resources.
To better understand the meaning of a Resource Based Economy picture an island somewhere in the South Pacific. And you really want to know how many people can that island support and to what degree can the extravagance of the island be maintained. First, you have to know how much wood there is how much water, how much arable land. Once you do a survey of the resources of that island that can best be the method for determining how many people it will support. If the materials do not exist, you can only design a culture based upon the materials that do exist. You can only grow food based upon the arable land area and the water surrounding the island the fish, crustaceans, all the other things.
And if you have an agronomist on your island or a series of them, they can advise you as what is best to grow in that tropical region. So you really need technical competence in order to arrive at decisions that make sense. You cannot arrive at decisions that make sense by consensus. By asking people what they want. You have to find out what the island has to offer. And that's what you can determine the future by.
All other systems will fail. Politicians have opinions about everything and information about nothing in particular. Therefore you understand that the decisions are not made by the majority of people. They are made by the majority of people that have technical competence that have information in the areas you wish to excel in and methods of scientific scales of performance. If you have a million sincere people that have no technical competence I can assure you, nothing can be accomplished. So you have to ask the questions: Can we build a society of sustainability? If you have no information as to the availability of resources you cannot undertake such a project.
Suppose you have a shortage of resources. That's the function of research labs: to make alternative materials that will substitute for lack of materials. Technicians do not tell you what to do or how to live. They merely carry out the function of designing elevators transportation units, bridges, housing systems. They do not tell people what to do, what to think or how to live. That's a mistake that most people make. They think that a Resource Based Economy has technicians that also tell you what lifestyle to use. No they don't. The resources determine that. All that the technicians do is build a system that can utilize those resources for the benefit of all the people involved.
It has to be global. If it's not global, if you have most of the resources and most of the building equipment and most of the automated machinery and most of the arable land and most of the drinking water countries that do not have that will attempt to invade your country and take what they need. Every nation wants a piece of the pie. Keep that in mind. So, to the degree that you try to live a sustainable life to yourself will not work because other nations that lack material will invade you.
In the rebuilding of cities throughout the world you have to consider how far those cities are from resources. That means available materials: concrete, steel reinforcement, etc. If the cities are near that source then it becomes more efficient to design the cities as systems operations, meaning that the city itself must meet the needs of the people that live there. We announce on television what is available and what is not available at the time and when it probably will be available. So the public has information of where to go to access whatever it is that they need. So people will have access to more things than they've ever had in a monetary system. More things and more opportunities will be available.
All of the cities are designed to utilize the minimal amount of energy for maximum service. In that way, we conserve energy so that we can handle more people. There are people throughout the world that do not have access to high energy systems. We will be able to provide more for human need if we use efficiency. Naturally, if we fail to do that you can only take care of a limited amount of people.
The Resource Based Economy has millions of slaves. But they are machines. And machines do repetitive boring and dangerous jobs. That's what the machines are for. They are not to put you out of work. If they can turn things out faster than you, we don't need you working. In fact we don't want you working in industrial plants. We want you to go back to school and study whatever you're interested in whatever you think you'd like to study whatever you feel you'd like to understand better.
Unfortunately, money doesn't represent things in existence. If you set a value on every tree every inch of arable land, all the water and you printed money proportionate to the resources so that the money represents resources then it can have meaning, but today that is not accomplished. Although they may tell you that demand will really bring about these things. No, demand doesn't bring about the things. Available resources do. And if money doesn't represent available resources it has no basis for social management. When you live in a false society that bases its wealth upon money then that society itself will collapse eventually. Not because I say so. Because it's not based on physical referent.
In a Resource Based Economy, where production and automation can turn out more goods and services there's no need to use money anymore. If you really wish to put an end to war, poverty hunger, territorial disputes you must utilize all the world's resources as the common heritage of all the world's people. Anything less than that will remain with the same problems that you've had continuously for centuries. Now you have to consider what I'm saying. The reason nations invade other nations is because of scarcity. When a few nations control most of the earth's resources you've got to have territorial disputes. No matter how many treaties you sign or laws you make if you don't declare all the earth's resources as the common heritage of all the world's people and bring all the separate nations together in one unified system - there is no solution other than that. And this is why we recommend the Resource Based Economy.
- Jacque Fresco
"Just look at us. Everything is backwards. Everything is upside-down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media dest…More