NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 4th November 2013)
"The definition of insanityIn a perverse sort of way I enjoy the odd bout of melancholy. Not in a woe is me the sky is falling kind of way, but more of an exhausted sadness . Constantly ringing through the ears "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." - Albert Camus. While that may well sounds like a negative thing, it's not, as it is accompanied by an intense clarity. It shows the world up for what it is and oddly enough gives me time to think and reflect on what needs to be done outwith the usual "chores" that make keep your from such thoughts. Day to day life gets in the way and I have an envy for politicians in that respect as they have the time, well, they have a job that allows them to tackle these issues head on with all of the resources they need at their fingertips. It'd be nice if they made better use of those resources though, wouldn't it?
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
I guess the KISS example of how we get from here to an RBE might not make too much sense to people who stumble across the site. Again, that's likely back to not having the time to think about how an RBE approach to our economy, and each other, could benefit all of us v' show thing currently work. So here's the result of the latest bout of melancholy.
How the hell does that work? and how will it effect me and my life, well you and your life, in a positive way?
The second question is easy to answer and only you know the answer to that. Yes I said it was easy to answer, which while not strictly true, it can be should you wish it to be so ommmmmmmm. NOW that's not some hippy mantra, it's just the way it is. I can't tell you how to think and feel about anything, I can encourage you to see things in certain terms, but that really is as far as it goes. It only takes the smallest amount of thought. NOW it's much easier to help the thought process along verbally as questions can be answered in quickly and the idea can stay with you for longer afterwards as you have a clearer idea of what is being communicated.
That leads us neatly on to the first question, the How the hell does that work? Reading the overview of how it will function is a good place to start. When you're done, come back and carry on reading. You might decide it's madness to continue any further, in which case once you've finished reading, let me direct you to the Albert Einstein quote in the top right corner.
So we have a virtualised money system. How does it help? Let's say the country has a budget of $60 billion. We're going for $60 billion as it's a large sum of money and the country has debt and can't just print money without incurring the wrath of the financial gods of economics. The shopping list: You need 30,000 new teachers, 500 schools, 100,000 more houses, 10 desalination plants, masses of "green" technology, 500 new hospitals, some new roads, new public transport infrastructure, a brand new city for Chch and a bottle of sherry for the ladies. By all means throw something on there that means something to you... it could be house repairs, a new car, a veggie garden etc... How much would that currently cost the country to implement? $100 billion? $1 trillion? Well forget it, you've got $60 billion. This can be achieved using an RBE.
Teachers first and we'll tie them into the 500 school budget too. Right, let's make education free i.e. no course fees, no student loans, free books (such old technology, let's make it course specific laptops) and on and on... That's taken $0 out of the budget. A bit unfair perhaps as currently people would be getting paid, so let's pay the lecturers, admin, people costs at $10 per day. Say $1 billion for people. Let's say $5 billion for the schools and $1 billion for labor. So we lop $7 billion from the budget.
100,000 houses. Say the current average house price is $300,000. WOW, in todays money that'd cost $30 billion. Again, let's say the workers earn $10 per day and that costs another $1 billion. The materials can be charged at whatever unit price you like. Obviously that's only for the internal components, so if we import $1 billion of materials, we can't charge any less for those as that is the cost. Say $5 billion in total for resources... and we better throw in $1 billion for sundries. Another $7 billion bites the dust.
10 desalination plants and infrastructure, well to be honest it's broken record time, so whatever these 10 desalination plants cost to build, we'll use the same figures for the "green" tech, the 500 hospitals, the roads, the infrastructure and Chch. Costs: $5billion for materials, labor $1 billion, $1 billion for sundries. So $7 billion for each project.
Do we have anything left? 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 = $56 billion. $4 billion left for sherry. (if I have miscalculated, round the 7's down to 6's, and before you say you can't do that, read the rest of the post and then tell me you can't)
No doubt there will be some people sitting on the other side of the screen shaking their head and asking, how the hell does that work?
Quite simply, because your economy is an RBE, you can "charge" whatever you like for anything that is produced within your country. The value of labor doesn't matter other than to fit the budget available, similarly with materials produce in your country. It's not the people who are being paid. In an RBE the people don't require money to get "stuff" i.e. food, water, electricity, a house, a car, educated, healthcared etc... so why would you pay the people? All you are trying to do is live within your means so that you don't incur the wrath of the financial gods of economics.
Put it this way, the budget for the teachers, schools, Chch, hospitals etc... may as well have been $1. Yup we would have had to make do without imports, but there are ways and means. Essentially divide labor and materials costs by 1 60 billionth et voila, exactly the same can be achieved. So a person will earn something like (not exactly, I'm not going to do the maths, I'm just going to whack the 0 button til I can't be bothered anymore) 0.000000000000000001 as a wage. This will not limit the access to food, water, electricity, a house, a car, educated, healthcare etc... that that person is currently used to receiving. They will have exactly the same access to that which they need.
The financial gods of economics are appeased and people have access to first class everything, let alone a new city, "green" tech, hospitals etc... Money is not a requirement for getting this done, but in the context of a financial world, we must produce a GDP that fits and given the above example, you can produce the financial figures you like without being hit by budget constraint.
Virtualise the financial system into irrelevance (it's already virtual, why not treat it as such properly). Make it work for all of us instead of for a few of us. What have you got to lose? How's your answer to that second question coming along? Convinced yet?
For my education, whether good or blisteringly scathing, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. Seriously, be as brutal as you like, as I there dwells within me an invincible summer ommmmmmmmm. Do eet. email@example.com
Kia Kaha to all of you.
A "Begging" Letter.
Everything takes money. Raising awareness is no different. To that end, if you have excess funds and you would like to invest in a project with the potential to change the world, then come and say hi.
The above may sound like madness or the ramblings of a person suffering from delusions of grandeur, but I assure you that I am quite serious. Someone has to be about the future. I have a plan. It may not be a good plan, but that is for you to decide. Come to my house, drink wine and let me offer you a vision and a plan of how we get there. You will be an integral part of NOW helping to shape our future. If nothing else, you will have had a wasted journey and I will have less wine.
Change happening by itself is too slow. It needs a helping hand.
We do not need to be stuck with Einstein's theory of insanity! There is a Silver Bullet! and it is EASY to change our society quickly and with next to no consequences, in fact the positives by far outweigh the negatives!
A wee challenge for you. Can you think of a single reason why our financial system is better than a NOW approach for humanity. Be honest and open minded, but I think you'll find out that there isn't. NOW (or variations of) is/are required NOW more than ever. We live in a finite world, why continue to waste it?
"There is no Silver Bullet". I've heard that from professionals, experts, leaders etc... NOW they're either really really wrong or they're lying through their teeth. Again, take a look around you and ask if this is the best we can do?
I disagree with those professionals, experts and leaders who say that there is no silver Bullet and I'll make 3 very bold statements that would have them laughing in the aisles:
- There is a Silver Bullet!
- It is EASY to solve many of the major issues that the world faces!
- NOW offers positives that our current societal and economic models can't even come close to offering!
With the above 3 very bold statements in mind, I give you NOW
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