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Productivity and Motivation in a Resource Based Economy?

Introduction

I am writing this post in response to a question posed by Tyler Suard (an economics major) in my Facebook thread about a RBE where I posted a link to my blog post The Cancer of Capitalism and Its Antidote. I am writing this post to help solidify my thoughts and understanding on this issue which also, conveniently, helps to answer his question about productivity and motivation in a Resource Based Economy (RBE).

Most conversations about a Resource Based Economy (RBE), assuming you get anywhere with someone, will usually end up at the following place: the old productivity vs reward question. I struggle to answer this question too when talking with people about this. As a matter-of-fact, when talking to my dad about RBE, this is where we ended up too. The statement will be: “If people do not have monetary reward or a way to get more than someone else then there will be no drive to do anything and nothing will get done.“. Then they completely write off RBE. Conversation done. Being so steeped in and used to our massively failing capitalist systems it can be hard to consider anything else, because this is all we know.

There are many parts to this answer and it may be difficult to comprehend because it will be present in a world and social structure that is very different from anything that exists today. We need a different way of thinking, understanding, living, and valuing life and our place in existence. We need a different way of thinking to create a different world . The same thoughts and values that brought you the horrors of this world (poverty, war, pollution, etc) cannot be used to create a world without those horrors, so we must really stretch ourselves and to reach beyond and truly try to envision a world that is much different than our own. I am hoping that I can help you with that today with this, not so small, writing.

If you have not read my previous post mentioned above (The Cancer of Capitalism and Its Antidote) then you may want to do that as preparatory reading for this explanation. Perhaps, more importantly, you will want to have watched both sets of documentaries (The Venus Project and The Zeitgeist Movement) as mentioned in that post as preparatory materials for this if you do not have a basic understanding of what a Resource Based Economy is, why we need it, or what it may look like, otherwise this post may be very difficult to understand or even have a frame of reference to even try to understand. You have been warned! =)

Productivity and Motivation in a Resource Based Economy

So, below is the summary of my thoughts on this very complex and powerful RBE issue and question. I will state that I do not have all of the answers, since I am really just starting to research this specific RBE issue, but this should be a good start to helping you to understand how productivity and motivation may look. This is also very theoretical thinking since no one has tried to create an RBE in the real world.

Social Values Change

A powerful result of embracing a RBE is a required evolution in social values – a metamorphosis from a war torn, exploitive, and cannibalistic Darth Vader’esque caterpillar into a global, sustainable, and interdependence seeking bucolic butterfly. In order to accomplish this there will be a considerable level of social engineering required – to educate people in new values and a new way to thinking.

A RBE based society will evolve to embrace new values such as equity, justice, compassion, interdependence, sustainability, automation, global cooperation, and so on. With powerful changes in global social values we will see a different set of motivational drivers evolve along with it as each major social change does. Things such as: equity, efficiency, reuse, improving life for all, or making another large step towards that next scientific or social goal that seems just out of reach.

Currently, under the tyranny of capitalism, here is a small list of the social values and drivers for getting things done: greed, competition, cruelty, undermining your competitors, crime, poverty, exploitation, planned obsolescence, and so on.  This is a fairly ugly list with very harmful results.

When your resource needs (food, housing, education, health care, technology, transportation) are all met then those problematic social drivers for getting things done and the inevitable social problems created by it (war, crime, exploitation, etc) go away and then you are able to concentrate on more important issues beyond survival. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs sort of speaks to this too: when your basic (lower order needs) are met then higher order needs and desires are able to be fully pursued.

Universal Free Education Systems Create a Highly Educated Populace

A heavy part of RBE is universal access to free education and this will carry much of the burden of social engineering and solving the productivity problem. Although, to make that happen, our education systems will also need to evolve to focus on fostering problem solving, critical thinking, compassion, communication, and creativity as well as sustainability, and the interdependence of all things (and many other things); much of which is being stamped out by our current school systems (at least here in the US).

Having access to a lifetime of free education alone may ensure that people will be doing things (especially if we require 5 years of university or apprenticeship for all – not just high school). It is hard for a highly educated person to just sit there when their mind is crunching through their ever-expanding understanding of the world, because the more about the world that people understand then more they can see problems and the solutions to them.

Being highly educated is both a boon and burden to the individual. Because of this, however, when they can see both (the problem and a potential solution) it will be hard to not do something about it or to tell someone their idea for the solution which could be vetted by those who are working on that or a similar problems or solutions, or they could start their own collaborative project to gather with other like minded individuals to work on the viability of that solution.

A RBE creates a ‘problem‘ with loads of highly educated people and then also gives them the method and unlimited opportunity of solving or sharing the solution to that burden by allowing them to collectively solve that problem.

Universal Resource Access and Automation Enables of Exploration of Solutions to Problems that Matter

With high levels of automation and connectivity resulting in the elimination of menial work for humans, collectively we will be able to concentrate on solving problems that matter instead of just grinding through the week trying to get the bills paid, which is really a complete waste of human potential.

Universal access to resources to work on solutions – work rooms, remote collaborative tools, mechanical tools, computing power, software, high levels of automation, AI, 3D Printing, etc – will enable our highly educated and problem seeing populace to understand and analyze vast technical problems like that interest them (like long term space travel, terraforming, and sustainable planet ecosystems, drone swarm path efficiency, increasing carrot yields in less arable soil) and to be able to have the resources to create project cooperatives to be able to solve whatever problem springs into their mind.

For the solution to many smaller scale problems all it may take to get many things done is to have someone design a robot or sensor and have it manufactured through an automated process, or create and AI to do the work and then it gets done. (Keep in mind that this this is highly simplified and we are talking about a very futuristic world here.) Having access to the resources and technology makes solving problems so much easier. Now, however, we are incredibly limited to what our resources can give us access to since we are not more than wage slaves and higher education cannot be achieve by everyone.

Problem Solving Is Its Own Creative Reward

As mentioned above, a highly educated populace with such very holistic values can see problems and potential solutions. A problem or solution can sit in someone’s mind like a splinter that they cannot get out or itch. Our innate drive, creativity, and problem solving will drive things forward. Solving a problem – getting out the splinter or itching that itch – is its own creative reward. Being able to say that I saw this problem and created or fostered a solution is rewarding in and of itself. People look upon their creations and solutions like children, something they take great pride it. When they see it in action they can say I did that.

I can say this myself that because I have a degree in computer programming. I did not get into programming because of the money. I got into programming because I could do things with it and the fact that, currently, I do not get paid for this does not mean I will stop writing programs, because programming is my passion. I can’t tell you how many projects I have been working on in my personal time to try to solve this issue or that and how many are not finished because I did not have the assistance or time I needed to keep moving forward. People will not stop being passionate about the things they are passionate about. They will be enabled to pursue those things to their fullest extent and humanity can reap the rewards for that.

Let us take a look at a great example of open source software or Wikipedia. Many, many people work on these projects without pay because they are passionate about this or just want to solve a problem with it/by it.

Many of the greatest inventions throughout history happened not because of their desire for a money reward, but because they wanted to solve a problem: Da Vinci, the Wright Brothers, and so many, many more. Whether or not there is a monetary reward will not change that drive in humans. As a matter of fact, a RBE will enable that desire to solve problems and increase it many times, due to resource access and having their basic needs met.

Public Recognition and Leadership Responsibility

Cultural Emphasis on Science and technology:

This will also be a byproduct of the needed social changes. Instead of socially venerating soldiers, football players, and other sports people and having them on TV, with Nobel Prizes only being granted once each year, this would change to be the opposite situation. Social awareness and celebrating of brilliance, conservation of the environment, and making life better for all is what will matter in this new world and not violence, aggression, competitiveness, and destruction. Perhaps sports will have smaller events and have their big event be the Olympic games every 4 years and we will have many yearly awards ceremonies and celebrations of the various technical professions – like the Academy Awards for Horticulture.

Recognition

Weekly announcements about identified problems, different solutions, and the people that made them, and how they made them. That person which came up with an algorithm which increases swarm drone path efficiency would be on the news and not the most recent football touchdown. Statues will be made of scientists, engineers, conservationists, and peacemakers and they will have a hall of fame.  Serial dramas may be made of them and their path to innovation.

Stats of how much energy they saved those swarm drones, how much someone increased asparagus yield, or how they increased nano-tube antenna resilience in space conditions during solar flare events will be on the news and on TV and ring through their profession or technical networks.

Or maybe they will even go on a world lecture tour so that all may gaze upon them or talk with them, and so they can share their thoughts and experience so that others in their field may benefit. You honestly think that Neil de Grasse Tyson, Bill Nye or the late Stephen Hawking didn’t have ‘groupies‘ come up to them where ever they go? I know I would be starting a conversation if I ever saw them!! ‘Look!! the Notorious NdT! Squeee!!” Faint. =)

Leadership and Responsibility

Those people who make large discoveries or creations would most likely be granted their own research or manufacturing center with people who would want to work with and learn from them so all of the world can benefit from their brilliance. Perhaps they will be asked to join an ongoing research project to provide their expertise or a be asked to come on and breathe life into an important and related but slowing project.

Conclusion

Let us just take a quick look at poverty in the world today and in many minority communities. Those who suffer from poverty, lack of resources, poor education and so on find it very, very difficult to even come close to reaching their potential, which is a huge loss to all of humanity and ends up with unnecessary human suffering. A recent study showed that, in order to get out of poverty, almost nothing can go wrong for like 20 years. That is 20 years of wasted human potential and needless suffering when they could be doing something good for themselves and others.

Creating a social structure where people are given the opportunity to reach as close as they can to their greatest potential will be a reward in and of itself,  should be celebrated, and will be something that all of humanity will benefit from.

I cannot give you a 100% accurate representation of what it WILL be like because there are no RBE‘s in existence, but this should give you a great feel for how productivity and motivation may look if we should strive to get there.

The Cancer of Capitalism and Its Antidote

The Venus Project Concept City

The Venus Project Concept City

Updated: 23 Nov 2017 due to merging a related Facebook posting

Updated: 30 Nov 2017 – added graphic for Mad Max vs Star Trek

Update: 8 April 2018 – added link to my new RBE post: Productivity and Motivation in a Resource Based Economy?

Introduction

I have spent over a decade reading, writing, thinking, and researching why our world is sooooo messed up and what we can do to try it fix it. I have studied such topics as:

  • America: the Constitution, Revolutionary War history, our Founding Fathers
  • Religion: Christian theology, Christian history, religious history, Pagan theology, religious history, divine feminine theology, philosophy
  • Sexuality: sexuality, monogamy, polygamy, homosexuality, prostitution, polyamory
  • Sciences: evolutionary psychology, evolutionary biology, advancing technology, green technology, alternative energy
  • Politics: constitutional law Second Amendment issues, poverty, minimum wage, electoral reform, problems with the 2 party system, money in politics

… and so much more. You can see this in much of my blog posts.

As a part of this process I have come up with ideas that others have as well:

  • International Fixed Calendar
  • converting to the 24 hour time and the metric system; having a world standard decimal time
  • religious humanism, evolutionary creationism,
  • progressive taxation, public funding of elections

… and many other things in my education and journey.

The Final Problem

However, the most important conclusion I have come to in the last few years is that our economic/monetary system is that the prime culprit of all of the problems that humanity faces today, although I could not wrap my head around the totality of the idea or the magnitude of it. Below are a few of the facts that has led me to this conclusion:

Features of Capitalism

Here is a small list for you to consider. These are the features of Capitalism throughout the world. These are features and NOT bugs:

  • recession and inflation
  • greed, corruption, and exploitation
  • pollution and destruction of the ecology
  • income inequality
  • planned obsolescence and waste
  • war and violence
  • crime, poverty, homelessness
  • systemic ‘isms (racism, sexism, nationalism, patriotism, etc)

This is a great list, right? Below I will give you a small set of examples to show my point.

Poverty and homelessness

We live in a country where we:

  • throw away enough food to feed 3 times our population
  • have enough housing for 3 times our population
  • are the richest country in the world

and yet we have:

  • the second highest Child Poverty Rate
  • and over 600,000 homeless people

…which shows that we have enough resources and money, so homelessness and poverty should not be a thing in America.

Profit Over Society and Advancement

We live in a country where:

  • the works of the brilliant Nicola Tesla are buried
  • the Hemp Car (made of hemp and powered by a hemp based bio fuel) which was created by Henry Ford was buried by the oil companies and other industries
  • alternative energy technologies are railed against and thwarted politically
  • other patents and ideas are purchased and buried so that no one can use them

… because such technological inventions and advancements threatened the profits of big businesses.

Profit before the environment or people. Profit no matter what the cost. That is the motto for Capitalism and our monetary system. There are so many more examples of abuses caused by Capitalism, but that is enough for now to give you a picture.

Capitalism’s Systemic Corporate Corruption

Now, with this discussion I am going to assume a few things just to give Capitalism’s advocate’s the benefit of the doubt. Let’s assume that everything in my posts regarding the Two Party System, Electoral Reform, and the 28th and 29th Amendments are enacted, and also that laws are passed so that:

  • the Maximum Income Disparity is set from the horrific 347 times which we have now down to 10 times like Japan
  • progressive taxation is implemented such that the Marginal Rate is set to 90%.
  • Hell, lets even throw in Universal Basic Income just to really make this nation great again.

This all is an amazing situation, I mean like a really dreamlike situation.

With that being assumed, it honestly does not matter what reforms we enact, it will always only be temporary. Republicans and Corporations will always work towards undermining and destroying whatever reforms are enacted because they worship greed, power, and the cancer of the “Free” Market which is anything but free. A feature of the free market is income disparity. With any level of income disparity there are health issues due to biophychosocial issues. Capitalism also has recessions and bankruptcies inherent due to there not being enough money to pay back the interest in the monetary system due. Why is this you ask? Because of the way the Federal Reserve, which is private corporation, works to add money into the economy. And, of course, our favorite friend  – income disparity.

The list of corporate corruption is systemic and will always fester itself back in. It will never be a matter of “if” it does, it is a matter of “when”. All of the reforms in the world can and will be undone as we all very well know. It is a matter of time and then we will repeat the cycle just like we did with the Great Depression.

Some examples to give you an idea of the inevitability of the undoing of any progress made:

  • The Glass-Steagal Act, which was passed following the Great Depression, to prevent that horror from ever happening again – well that was undone 60 years later due bank lobbying during the Clinton administration, and the result of that was the 2008 Market Crash.
  • In 1973 Nixon allowed the Health Care industry to be for profit. Prior to that it was a non-profit industry.
  • Ronald Reagan overturned the Fairness in Reporting Act which enforced fair and balanced news reporting
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Organization thingy which was set up by Elizabeth Warren a few years ago was recently gutted or dismantled by the Trump administration.
  • There is also the fact that the CDC has been prevented from researching gun violence for over a decade due to powerful lobbying by the NRA.

Even with the Max Income Disparity Ratio @ 10 and Progressive Taxation implemented with Marginal Rate set at an amazing 90% the corporations and the rich will always have more money than the rest of us and will always be able to afford people to lobby our representatives in whatever form they can manage. We, the middle class, do not have the time or money to do as such since we have to get the bills paid. It is not a matter of if they will get their way, it is a matter of when. And then, we have the sad fact that conservatives vote religiously and liberals do not. So, eventually Republicans and Corporations will win again and get what they want with the rest of us paying for it. It is just a matter of time. To think otherwise is naive.

The Final Answer

Introduction

A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. We cannot ever expect to solve the issues that are visceral and inherent to the archaic Capitalist system using Capitalism. Why should we work so hard to control a system whose rules are predetermined to have negative and deadly outcomes when other far superior options are available?

We change our technology when it becomes outmoded and so we should also change our social and economic systems when they have far outlived their usefulness. It is far beyond time especially with 18 million people dying each year due to the structural violence inherent in Capitalism. Can we honestly afford that price in the blood of the innocent in order to maintain the cancer of Capitalism? Is keeping this broken system that important?

The Domestication of the Velociraptor (Commentary on Capitalism)

Your tribe has the option of continuing to unsuccessfully domesticate wild velociraptors or to try to domesticate those wolves that have been coming close to your tribal lands, eating from your garbage, and on occasion eating from your hands.

For thousands of years your tribe has been unsuccessfully trying to domesticate wild velociraptors . You capture them, cage them, and train them up. They act right for a little while, or at least you think they do, but you still see them look at you and your family like they are its next lunch. For a while they even perform as you would like: guarding your homes and flocks, allowing you to pet them, playing with your children, pulling your plows.

Eventually, it acts out tearing off you arm or clawing you. Your people capture and then retrain it. Then it eats your dog. You repeat the retraining process. Then it escapes eats most of the family next door. With a new color of harness you retrain it again with tremendous cries of support and religious services dedicated to it and its amazing potential, because this is how we have lived for thousands of years and this is what is right. You even set the raptors upon the wolves who come near and eat from your hand.

Now the raptor is roaming throughout the streets of your tribe eating whoever and whatever it wishes. Your people live in fear while espousing the wonderful traits of velociraptors: strong legs, powerful jaws, sharp claws, great hunter… even while its fangs are disgorging blood from your spouse’s neck. Your tribal members cry out “Velociraptors are amazing! In fact they already are domesticated, but maybe we need a new harness to make sure this time.”.

A tribal member cries out “Look at those tribes over there. They have wolves. They are being successfully domesticated.” Your tribe angrily rages “We already have the superior domesticated velociraptors which eats wolves! How could you even suggest? Those tribes are the enemy. They use… wolves. You are a traitor. You are not a member of our tribe.” The member points to the trail of blood left by your spouse’s lifeless body as it was dragged out by the velociraptor. You say ‘It is my spouse’s fault for not petting the raptor properly.” as you think ‘The raptor just needs a new harness of a different color.’

You go to the mass grave where your spouse and many of your neighbors are buried as the “domesticated” raptor fed upon their unsuspecting bodies as it was meant to do. Excitedly you say. ‘Yes, a harness of a different color is the answer!”

Resource Based Economy (RBE)

We need to evolve beyond Capitalism and use the far superior system which I shall talk about below which prevents all of the issues of Capitalism and utilizes the benefits of technological advancements. The following two movements which have come into my research can explain and provide examples much better than I can. These have defined the problem and the solution for me. My mind is blown!

Both movements state that Capitalism, which is based on scarcity and money, causes pretty much all of our global problems and their answer to this is a Resource Based Economy (RBE).

TVP: Jacque Fresco has been lecturing about societal issues and the many problems with our economic system for over 50 years. As an inventor and all around brilliant man, he has also been involved with designing the future world based on a Resource Based Economy. The manifestation of his works is what is called The Venus Project. I have known about The Venus Project for a few years now, but have not delved into it too deeply until the last few months. Once I started reading into it I read 3 of his books and the TVP website, and have also started to volunteer for them.

TZM: The Zeitgeist Movement, which was started by Peter Joseph in 2007, I have heard of over the last few years, but did not really know anything about it until the last few months while educating myself on The Venus Project.

During the process of reading about The Venus Project I found out that there was a powerful relationship between these two movements: they both talk about and advocate the same things – Capitalism is the problem and a Resource Based Economy is the answer.

As a matter of fact, this last week I have been on vacation and have watched all 3 TZM documentaries and have read his new book, ‘The New Human Rights Movement‘, and that book gave me the clear answer as to why Capitalism and money is the problem and why a Resource Based Economy is the answer. Peter Joseph’s book does that all with studies, facts, experts, end notes, glossary, and so on. Hell, the book is really worth it just for the appendix on Sustainable Energy facts. Please, seriously, read The New Human Rights Movement by Peter Joseph. This is the first book I bought for my dad who is a moderate conservative and a banker and that is how important I think this book is.

Mad Max Vs Star Trek (Economies)

Mad Max Vs Star Trek (Economies)

Continuum of Capitalism (Oligarchy vs Communism vs Socialism)

Continuum of Capitalism (Oligarchy vs Communism vs Socialism)

The Suggested Research Process

For those who really want to research this, here is the process I recommend for delving into it: Start with the documentaries because they are something you can just watch and absorb, and will introduce you to the topics with visuals. Then you can delve into the reading. Start with the Zeitgeist Movement first since they explain things more cleanly, then go into The Venus Project which has amazing visuals for a future with a Resources Based Economy.

Honestly, if you have to choose only one thing to do, then please read ‘The New Human Rights Movement‘. It will radically change the way you think about things. It has for me. Then, please share this post and share the book. Even if you think that this will not come to pass, everyone needs to know that there are other possibilities. The more that people are pissed off, the more change is possible. People cannot be pissed nor advocate for a change if they do not know about it. Share it. Educate the world.

  1. The Zeitgeist Movement
    1. Documentaries:
      1. Zeitgeist, The Movie (2007) (start at Part 3 – Money – which is at about 1 hr and 9 min)
      2. Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008)
      3. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
    2. Books
      1. The Zeitgeist Movement Defined (Feb 2014) This will give you some great background and will make reading the next book easier.
      2. The New Human Rights Movement (Mar 2017) This is a very dense book so prepare yourself.
  2. The Venus Project
    1. Documentaries
      1. The Choice is Ours (2016)
      2. Paradise or Oblivion (2012)
      3. Designing the Future (2006)
    2. Books and Reading
      1. The Best Money Can’t Buy (7th edition, Jan 2015) This is the largest and most in-depth of the three.
      2. The Future and Beyond (free online)
      3. Designing the Future (2007) (free online)

If you have any questions about any of this then please let me know. I am here to help.

Hungry for More

Their social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter and their many related websites and resources are other ways to expand your knowledge if you are hungry for more: