When planning for a year, plant corn.
When planning for a decade, plant trees.
When planning for life, train and educate people.
Chinese Proverb
NOW throws up some interesting issues. Fortunately with no budget concerns most of the issues are logistical. The biggest social issue that NOW will face will be mass unemployment. Let's face it, if New Zealand has a free local economy, then there's no profit to be made locally and more than likely most of the foreign companies in New Zealand will pull out. So how does New Zealand survive in a financial world where the local economy generates no revenue? We'll look at the Economics of NOW a little later.

So what do we do with all of these unemployed people? One idea would be to train them in cutting edge industrial practice, as well as encouraging them to job share. Normally that would cost a small fortune, but as New Zealand has the benefits of a free local economy, that isn't going to be an issue. We'll look at the benefits of NOW a little later too, as there are definite benefits.

One of the main functions of a NOW government will be managing the resources of the country. That's people and materials and the how, when and where they can, should and will be used. I'm hesitant to call it a Resource Based Economy, but essentially that is what we will have to put in place to make the best use of New Zealand and its available resources.

We will need to manage and maximise the use of our resources as quickly as possible. This will best be served by de-centralising as much of the logistics as possible to the community level. This will also provide a much more efficient means of "measuring" the available community resource. As well as highlighting the requirements of the community in regards to schooling, hospitals, housing, transport, roading infrastructure etc...

There really isn't too much more to be said about the logistics of the internal economy. Whilst that seems like saying that logistics aren't important, they really really are, but at the end of the day the communities will probably be able to coordinate themselves and their needs more effectively than the Government. However if the Government provides additional support, assistance and facilitates communication between our communities, things will settle into their patterns relatively quickly. With the number of unemployed available, the logistics could turn a community into something really rather stunning.

I'm pretty sure some of you are nodding your head and thinking, "Yup Communism by any other name", or Socialism, or Marxism etc... and it's understandable why that might be the case. NOW shares facets of each of the isms (even capitalism), but differs in that it has removed budget constraint unlike the other societal "models", also there is no medium of exchange locally. On that basis it isn't any of the ism's listed above. This has not been tried in the West for thousands and thousands of years, if at all. So put your preconceived isms away if you can and look at NOW in a slightly different light.

That's all fine and well, but you're going to want me to do something, why would I work for nothing? What are the Benefits?