• Jim Costa

Jim's Rant- Looking Forward: Life Systems; Maslow; Warm Fuzzy; Reverse Engineering; Restructured Job

Life Systems Cooperative

We are creating something new to the business world: a Life Systems Cooperative. It is essentially a corporation owned by, managed by, worked by and for the benefit of the residents only. Its sole purpose is to provide all life support systems to maintain a decent, secure, worry free life for all residents and their offspring for life. The dividends: Happiness!

Maslow Economics

What would happen if you took the best of communism and combined it with the best that capitalism has to offer, and in the process dropped the negatives associated with each of them? This might produce a system that guarantees life necessities such as food, shelter, heath benefits, pension etc. to insure a dignified living. It would also offer luxuries to those who are willing to work harder for them if they so chose.

Currently, the U.S. attempts this to a degree, but it is not working all that well. One problem is that money is given to some persons to create parity, such as Social Security. It gets intermingled with luxuries as well as providing for others who do not qualify for benefits. What is suggested here is to provide a house; provide medical coverage; guarantee meals every day to all persons. Simple as that. If you want more than “just a house” then work towards a fancier one. But in the meantime there is no suffering.

Warm Fuzzy

The new corporate economic system created by the village will not be cash hungry like its outside cousin corporations. Nor will it be burdened by wages, taxes, worker’s compensation insurance and large overhead. It will be a lean, mean non-cash hungry machine that can cherry pick the profitable business contracts and take them away from the large established businesses. It will be like genetically creating a new small, warm fuzzy animal similar to a rabbit to be released into the jungle. It will not be very hungry. It will just sit in the bushes. But when it does get hungry it will be able to easily devour any lion it chooses.

Reverse Engineering

In the early 1980’s as mainframe computers began to drop below $250,000 in cost, reverse engineering came into vogue. Knowing that the current computer technology would be obsolete in just three years manufacturers decided not to patent the machines. Schematic drawings were required in order to file a patent. A competitor only had to review the drawing now made public, make a minor change, apply for his own patent and compete in the marketplace. Manufacturers realized that if they didn’t file a patent for protection their competitor would be the first to purchase a new machine. But the reasoning was that it would take competing engineers at least two years to disassemble the machine, understand it and copy it, which was longer than the one year to copy it if they had the drawings.

We are reverse engineering an existing village economy system to work in our time and location.

If we assume that there is intelligent life in space, and some of it is probably much more advanced than we are, then some of it must be at a higher level of evolution than we are. If that is the case then we must also have to believe that they would surly have worked past the inequalities and sufferings our current culture visits upon millions of people in the form of famine and ill health, the result of poverty.

What we are trying to do is to imagine that system of living that a far more advanced race would have in place and to reproduce it to fit us here and now. We intend to build such a system. By reverse engineering we are free of all of our preconceived notions of how things should be, free of discrimination, biases and cultural demands. We are free to start anew to once and for all eliminate poverty.

Restructured Jobs

Jobs in America are plagued with the polar problems of either consuming too much time (up to 60 hours a week), and no jobs available to others. What if you restructured the jobs so that there were far fewer jobs, but able to be worked by most everybody, paying the same rate to all, with a maximum workweek of 20 hours?

This is doable! By going to an internal cashless society, 80% of most jobs are eliminated. This would then create the above situation in which job sharing is the rule. Because there would be no competition for jobs, those with the skills would be most eager to share their knowledge and skills with the untrained so that the 20 hour maximum is not exceeded – the pay is the same.

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