What if money were no object?
Colin R. Turner
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We were early supporters of a moneyless system too, but how do you operate a global supply chain without a pricing mechanism? Let’s say the scientific global consensus limits tree cutting to 100 million trees for 2020, how is that lumber distributed in a moneyless system? I’ll assume you have some direct democracy functionality allowing for user input of planned future purchases, but who/how decides how to process that wood, where to ship it from the national, to state, to local, to individual level, all needing decisions and this distribution system needs to be fair, easy to understand and global.

What are the rules or system for distribution and ownership of things in RBE?

What are you going to do when the workers of one location decide they don’t like the current quota limit for their state, so they keep and deliver more locally instead. What are you going to do? You can’t fine them, there’s no money. Jail them? That’s a fail. You going to throw them out of their “volunteer” job? and bring in new workers by pleading to the good nature of other humans to take their place?

Just because we CAN produce a lot of things, even if it’s most things, in a sufficient quantity to meet demand that does not mean there still wont be scarcity of many products and services. Certainly there will always be scarcity of activities and events, for example: Who gets to go to the basketball game tomorrow night? What about playoffs or championship games?

Who gets to practice on the local sports fields? What if there aren’t enough fields for the demand and no time/space for more fields in foreseeable future, then what?

If my city of Portland, Oregon currently produces 100kw of energy a month, and it’s free, what happens once usage hits capacity? What happens if you use up your allotment of energy that month? What incentives or disincentives are there to conserve energy or water usage in a moneyless system?

You guys always talk about increasing production, capacity, efficiency, etc, but these are things people will have to build and work at, for decades, meanwhile, you automatically believe people will just continue to work where they work for the good of humanity instead of seeking their own personal desires? Our behaviors are different than our thoughts, words, and feelings.

You are correct in your criticisms of Capitalism and you are correct in your vision of what society should be like, but you are wrong in thinking that a moneyless system is viable as a solution to achieve that vision.

The goal should be to remove money from as many things as possible, but I’m not sure if we can ever get there completely and I’m not sure if we will want to. You know there’s another way of looking at money right? It is just a human story and it does have a role to play in production/distribution, it’s just that at present it’s also treated as physical, as property, and as power. Remove those parts, but keep it as a unit of exchange to compete for limited resources, and we have a useful tool that only humans are capable of imagining and using.
Remzi, www.Common-Planet.org