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Examining the Conditions that Cause the Problems

Perhaps the problem lies elsewhere than in the enactment of more laws or appointing ethical people to government. Perhaps we should look at how we currently obtain and distribute the goods that we need.

This is done by “earning” money, either by exchanging one’s time, skills, and efforts, or by “investing” in the financial system with the thought of getting more money in return, and exchanging that money for goods and services. This may have been a good method in the past when goods were scarce and technology was in its infancy, but today our advanced technologies could be the tools for a very different scenario.

If we look at things scientifically, there is more than enough food and material goods on Earth to take care of all people’s needs – if managed correctly. There is enough to enable everyone to have a very high standard of living with the intelligent use of technology, resources, and technical personnel. When we say the use of technology, we mean technology that is not harmful to people or the environment and doesn’t waste time and energy.

Consider this: when there is a recession and people have little money to buy things, isn’t the Earth still the same place? Aren’t there still goods on the store shelves and land to grow crops? It is just the rules of the game that we play by that are obsolete and cause so much suffering.

The existence of money is hardly ever questioned or examined, but let’s consider our use of money. Money itself does not have any value. It is just a picture on a cheap piece of paper with an agreement among people as to what it can buy. If it rained hundred dollar bills tomorrow, everyone would be happy except the bankers.

There are many disadvantages to using this old method of exchange for goods and services. We will consider just a few here and let you add to this list on your own.

1. Money is just an interference between what one needs and what one is able to get. It is not money that people need, it is access to resources.

2. The use of money results in social stratification and elitism based primarily on economic disparity.

3. People are not equal without equal purchasing power.

4. Most people are slaves to jobs they do not like because they need the money.

5. There is tremendous corruption, greed, crime, embezzlement, and more caused by the need for money.

6. Most laws are enacted for the benefit of corporations, which have enough money to lobby, bribe, or persuade government officials to make laws that serve their interests.

7. Those who control purchasing power have greater influence.

8. Money is used to control the behavior of those with limited purchasing power.

9. Goods such as foods are sometimes destroyed to keep prices up; when things are scarce prices increase.

10. There is tremendous waste of material and strain on available resources from superficial design changes for newer later fads each year in order to create continuous markets for manufacturers.

1. There is tremendous environmental degradation due to the high cost of better methods of waste disposal.

12. The Earth is being plundered for profit.

13. The benefits of technology are only distributed to those with sufficient purchasing power.

14. Most important, when the corporation’s bottom line is profit, decisions in all areas are made not for the benefit of people and the environment, but primarily for the acquisition of wealth, property, and power.

Next Phase in Social Development.

What is it that we all have in common? Where should our priorities lie? All nations and people, regardless of political philosophy, religious beliefs, or social customs, depend upon natural resources; we all need clean air and water, arable land for food, and the necessary technology and personnel to maintain a high standard of living. Perhaps we should update the way society works so everyone on earth can take advantage of our technological ability to maintain a clean environment and a high standard of living. There is not enough money to begin to pay for this type of change, but there are more than enough resources on Earth to create it.

causes much suffering

To review: the Earth has abundant resources and our practice of rationing these resources through the use of money is an outdated method which

It is not money that we need but the intelligent management of the earth’s resources for the benefit of everyone. We could best work towards achieving this by using a resource based economy.

Recourse-based Economy

This is a very different concept than anything else put forth today. To put it simply, a resource-based economy uses resources rather than money, and people have access to whatever they need without the use of money, credits, barter, or any other form of debt or servitude. All of the world's resources are held as the common heritage of all of Earth’s people.

The real wealth of any nation is not its money, but the developed and potential resources and the people who work toward the elimination of scarcity for a more humane society.

If this is still confusing to you consider this: If a group of people were stranded on an island with money, gold, and diamonds, but the island had no arable land, fish or clean water, their wealth would be irrelevant to their survival.

What if all the money in the world suddenly disappeared? As long as topsoil, factories, and other resources still remained, we could build anything we chose to build and fulfill our material needs. The bottom line is that money is not what people really need; rather, it is access to the necessities of life.

In a resource-based economy, resources are used directly to enhance the lives of our total population. In an economy based on resources rather than money, we can easily produce all of the necessities of life and provide a very high standard of living for everyone.

Chapter Five From one System to Another

The Transition - Signs of the Times

Most people don’t begin to look for an alternative social arrangement until theirs no longer works for them. A change from a system as entrenched in our culture as money will most likely require a collapse of the current system. Some things that are happening today could be signs that this collapse is already underway:

The industrialized nations of the world are installing more and more automated technology in order to compete with low prices in the global economy. The result of this new technology is that more and more people loose their jobs and can’t take care of themselves and their families. With automation and cybernation used to their fullest potential, machines replace not only industrial workers, but also most professionals. Consequently, fewer people are able to buy the products that automated factories turn out.

A continuous outsourcing of jobs and manufacturing plants to overseas for cheaper labor, fewer environmental restrictions, and other benefits may seem good in the short run but will ultimately prove disastrous. It is likely that the loss of income for a majority of unemployed will become so great that they will lose their homes and possessions.

A number of scientists claim that by the year 2030, there will be a drastic shortage of easily extracted oil. Oil may not run out, but it may become monetarily and then physically impractical to extract it. Eventually, it will require more energy to drill for it and refine it than is practical. It is likely the same will happen with natural gas, only more rapidly.

These developments will create tremendous social and environmental disruptions as businesses scramble to protect their profit margins and exploit more of the earth’s land, water, and natural resources. It may take the failure of the debt/money system for the majority of people to loose confidence in it. Then they can examine seriously how a global resource based-economy would operate, and envision what life would be like in such a society. In the chapters that follow, we will glimpse the processes involved in adapting ourselves to this new way of life.

Chapter Six Future By Design

Emerging Into a Saner Future First Steps

To begin implementing a resource-based economy, social designers must utilize the scientific method and pose the question “What do we have here?” With the requirement that all be provided for in the most efficient, comfortable, and enduring manner possible, the first priority is making a purely technical assessment of basic needs of the total global population. The amount of housing, food, water, health care, transportation, education, and such needed, must be compared to the available resources the planet has to offer. This has to be balanced with the needs of other species that make up the web of life on Earth.

The main objective is to overcome scarcity and provide for the needs of all the world’s people. In order to create a workable and sustainable civilization as quickly as possible, we need vast amounts of energy. What is desperately needed is an energy development strategy on a global scale, requiring a joint venture of international planning on a level never before achieved.

Energy

One of the most useful measures of the development of civilization is the amount of available energy per person. To a large extent the degree of physical comfort you enjoy today correlates with the energy at your disposal. Imagine the paralyses that would occur if your electricity and gasoline supply were cut off, and you had to use your own muscles to get things done.

The resource-based economy quickly goes to work on clean sources of energy. This is only possible when there are no more monetary limitations in the way of accomplishing or providing what’s needed. With the restrictions of profit, property, and scarcity eliminated, research labs would quickly begin working together and sharing information freely. There would be no need for patents or proprietary information since the end goal is not to make money in order to continue working, but to achieve results that are freely and quickly available to the planet’s entire population.

This is a project that many people would be eager and grateful to work on, when the results immediately benefit all people. Interdisciplinary teams of qualified personnel, in line with the project’s requirements, will work on energy and automated systems to produce and supply goods and services on a massive scale. Even the university students will help participate in arriving at fast methods of solving these problem.

accomplish this new direction

These can be the armies of the future, a large peaceful mobilization to restore and preserve the earth and its people. This has never been done before and can only be done when money is no obstacle. The question is not do we have the money, but do we have the resources and means to

During the transition from one system to another, scarcity regions are provided with heat concentrators for cooking and sterilizing water. Foods for those areas are dehydrated and compressed to save shipping space. The packaging is biodegradable and may double as non-contaminating fertilizers. Regions without arable land will use hydroponic farms, landbased fish farms, and sea farming. To conserve energy during the transition, instead of each family preparing food, there are food distribution centers with food shipped directly to homes and restaurants. These massive methods of supplying goods and services are applied throughout the world.

Vast sources of energy will be explored and developed. These include wind, wave and tidal action, ocean currents, temperature differentials, falling water, geothermal, electrostatic, hydrogen, natural gas, algae, biomass, bacteria, phase transformation, and thermionics (the conversion of heat into electricity by boiling electrons off a hot metal surface and condensing them on a cooler surface). Additionally, there is the potential of Fresnel lenses to concentrate heat.

Fusion energy is the same energy that drives the cosmos and the stars. When we learn how to harness it, the world’s energy problems will be solved forever, without any detrimental effects or dangerous toxic materials to be disposed of. The only residue would be the clean ash of helium.

Oceanographers told us in the late twentieth century that if we tapped the vast energy potential of the world's oceans occupying 70.8% of the earth's surface, we could easily meet present and future energy needs for millions of years to come.

A key element in the design of cities in the resource-based economy is the embedding of all necessary energy harnessing within the structure of the city itself. This will be further explained in the “City” section.

Another vast untapped energy option is the development of piezoelectric materials, or laminated systems inside cylinders, activated by the rise and fall of the tides.

Geothermal power, or power extracted from the heat of the earth, is being used throughout the world with tremendous success. Scientists predict that if we develop and harness only 1% of the geothermal energy available in the crust of the earth, our energy problems would be eliminated. With no monetary restriction in the resource-based economy, society would have the chance to prove those scientists right.

Geothermal energy can supply more than 500 times the energy contained in all the world’s fossil fuel resources while reducing the threat of global warming. Geothermal power plants produce very little pollution compared to fossil fuels, and emit no nitrogen oxide or carbon dioxide. A relatively small area of land is required for the power plant itself. Without oil and natural gas companies controlling a monetary economy, geothermal power would become the most economical and efficient way to heat and cool buildings. If we were to apply just one tenth of what is currently spent on military equipment to the development of geothermal generators, we could have long ago solved our energy shortages.

In areas such as Iceland, geothermal energy is used to grow plants year round in enclosed areas. In the resource-based economy using this method, enormous amounts of fresh vegetables can be cultivated in all seasons. A similar process can be used for fish farming and in regions where heating and cooling are needed. Massive underwater structures could run a portion of the flow of the Gulf Stream through large turbines to generate clean electric power. The turbines would have a centrifugal separator and deflectors to prevent harm to marine life.

A land bridge or tunnel across the Bering Strait between Asia and North America could generate electrical power and collect and process marine products. Beneath and above the ocean surface would be tunnels to transport passengers and materials. Pipelines could bring fresh water from melting icebergs to other parts of the world. This structure

serve as an avenue for social and cultural exchange

would not only provide a physical link between continents, but would also

In our resource-based economy, there are comprehensive studies of the environmental and human impact before starting any large projects. The major concern is to protect and restore the environment for the benefit of all living creatures in the community of life. The purpose of the construction and development of these power projects is to free human beings from unnecessary laborious tasks. In order to achieve this society, we will need to automate most jobs as quickly as possible.

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