Aspects of a Natural Economy

I still feel much of what I’ve written is not accessible to the general public.  This post will focus on an easily understandable overview of what defines a natural economy (NE).  It may not include everything, but it will cover the most essential aspects.

Semi-Automatic

Little Allocation:

Provides information on minimums to fulfill a given demand.  Notice, the emphasis is on minimizing the number of resources used.  The modern economy attempts to maximize the amounts of resources used as part of the profit motive.  This is the exact opposite of what we should do.  Little Allocation ensures standards of services are met without simply making a copy of every single thing for every person.  It also allows us to have things without being encumbered by our property.

Rockström Restriction:

Rigorous constraints to prevent over-exploitation (using resources faster than they can be replenished).  This may appear to some to limit our freedom or standard of life, but exceeding these constraints will cause us to be worse off overall.  Examples of constraints that are currently being exceeded are carbon sinks (which causes climate change), ocean acidity (which causes shelled marine animals to die off, disrupting the food chain, among other things), and the replenishment rate of trees (which causes deforestation, contributing to climate change and mass extinction).

Voluntary (but not free-for-all):

The luxuries produced are chosen by people, but assistance is provided on intelligent provision, and overexploitation is prevented.  This allows for an economy representative of what people actually want, without being so representative of wants that it causes problems, which is what our modern market economy (ME) does.

Pre-emption and Prioritization:

Products are assigned priorities to deal with trade-offs.  Higher priority actions will pre-empt lower priority ones, if necessary.  The only time this comes into play, however, is when there is a conflict over resources for two or more possible outcomes.  If enough exists to fulfill every request, there is no need for pre-emption.

Inclusive:

A natural economy recognizes that no one should be condemned.  The modern ME society condemns billions to poverty, starvation, death, and inferior standards of living.  One group should not be elevated above the rest, especially because they are born into a luckier situation or are better at exploiting others for a profit.

Provision for all:

All people will be provided the necessities of life.  This is an unwavering part of the economy, and will not be ignored or overridden for any one person’s luxury, no matter how important they are considered.  If things come down to one man’s comfort or another man’s survival, comfort will never be treated as more important.

Communitization:

Sharing means there is more for everyone.  Emphasis is placed on shared resources, meaning most products are treated as infrastructure for the services they provide us.  Treating the world as if it belongs to everyone means that everyone has a stake in its outcome.

Pacifism in Practice:

NE recognizes that tribal communities are here to stay.  They will be accepted into an NE, without being forced to conform to a specific lifestyle.  An ME only considers these people to be part of its system inasmuch as they contribute monetarily, putting pressure on them to be part of the social norm.

Creativity Welcome:

NE does not expect artists to spend the bulk of their time making a living, just because their contributions to society cannot readily be measured.  Art enriches us infinitely more than destruction, marketing, arbitrage, or paper-pushing.

Society is a Superorganism:

Much like the inner workings of a biological organism, there is no expectation of reciprocity when resources are exchanged.  Things that are needed go to people that need them, no questions asked, no demands given.

Gift Economy:

Humans have had a gift economy for far longer than the modern exchange economy.  For hundreds of thousands of years, fair sharing has been the norm.  Ten thousand years ago, agriculture was invented, and since then, resources have been used for power and self-interest.  NE seeks to reverse that change, to take the abundance that we have and share it fairly with everyone.

Possession, not Property:

Property results in hoarding, conflict, control, inequality, and deprivation.  It requires tremendous overhead and the use of force.  Instead, people are given temporary possession over things for the time that they are in use.

We Walk the Same Planet:

The most nonsensical idea in the modern ME is that one person can benefit from the pollution, destruction, and liquidation of resources that, after all, are shared by everyone.  What benefits us all benefits one.  What hurts one hurts us all.

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