How Does Democracy Work in a Resource Based World Economy?

Democracy is a very active word now-a-days, mostly in The Occupy Movement. Due to the increase popularity of this word and the mass misunderstanding of it (even in circles of TVP and TZM supporters), I write this article to address what this looks like in a resource based world economic model.

Democracy is generally defined as a form of government in which all adult citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Ideally, this includes equal (and more or less direct) participation in the proposal, development and passage of legislation into law. It can also encompass social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.

What would happen if there were no limits on how you conduct your life, there were no laws or legislations, no politics or government, and no limits on the conditions of your life? Where does that leave democracy? It would be irrelevant and void of meaning.

In our society now, we have many limits upon our freedoms. We are limited to the resources we have access to based on the amount of money we have, we are limited to where we can travel throughout the world based on restrictions and policy of passports. We are limited on education based on the amount of loans we can get for college. We are limited on what home we can live in, limited on health care, limited on time, limited on almost every aspect of purchasing power; the list goes on and on. We do not live in a free society; we are restricted based on income and/ or policy at every turn.

Only in a society based on limits do people feel the need for what is known as "democracy." In a resource based economy, it’s not that you don't have democracy; it's that it's irrelevant because you are not limited. You conduct your own life based on how you see fit without any limitations. You don't need your voice heard because there are no restricts holding your voice down, there are no authorities to restrict you.

There have really been NO societies or movements in human history (until The Occupy Movement and TZM) that have had no leaders or controllers, so people have no examples to understand how such a system would work. Most assume it would be chaos without a commander organizing the whole show.

Here is a video showing exactly how this leaderless Occupy movement is extremely organized:

The reason this works is because people know what they have to offer and they know the information they have that can help the people involved, so they jump in and do their part. Unlike a controlled organization where everything is filtered and holding people back from contributing everything they have to give. Nothing is being asked of an uncontrolled organization, it is up to each individual to take initiative. They support the cause since they see the benefit in it.

If you want to help, you just do your part based on your skills and what you have to offer. It's as simple as that. When building a bridge, designing an aircraft reactor, installing a sewer system, building a medical laboratory; these are fields that only people who are trained and educated in these areas can participate. In other words, participation is based on what you are able to do.

When engineers are communicating on building a bridge there is no problem in the communication when it comes to the structure and process to carry out the completion of the bridge. The reason being is that all bridge engineers have the same exact information. When building a bridge everything is done by measurements and mathematics, there is no misinformation in the communication. Hence there is no gap in the translation since it is not based on interpretation, perspective, opinion, or any misinformation. When all bridge engineers are trained with the same up-to-date knowledge and information, there are no opinions in building a bridge, just a symptomatic format of information.

In other words, there's no democratic way or communistic way to design an aircraft reactor, a sewer system, a medical laboratory, or a bridge; since it's not based on opinion but up-to-date knowledge and training in relevant information to that given field. There's only an efficient way and a less efficient way, a way that works well and a way that doesn't work well, a way that is reliable and a way that gives constant trouble. If and when better ways are discovered on how to build and design such systems than the knowledge is updated according to the new information based on the scientific method of experimenting.

The Resource-Based World Economy system is not composed of opinions, beliefs, or groups of people based on ideas; everything is approached through the scientific method. The same method we all taught in school on how to find answers to problems (using this format terminates all forms of opinions or beliefs controlling or leading the system astray).You must be able to present facts for your beliefs or opinions. You must have verifiable evidence that what you claim is not just an opinion or belief for a selected few or group. With the scientific method everything is based on facts that can be proven and can be reconstructed by anybody.

If we don't apply the scientific method to all our approaches, the system will revert back to the same opinionated politics we have today in which the belief of a few are deemed effective for the whole of society.

Whatever else people decide to do based on similar beliefs, opinions, and ideas; they are welcome. There is no control. There is just an understanding that you can't participate where you don't have the skills or training.

Using this format to arrive at decisions each individual would have more control of their life than they can ever imagine possible because there are no limitations holding you back from being you. No money limits, no border limits, no purchasing power limits. No limits on health care, free education, no limits to the resources of life, etc. - since all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude (terminating all forms of manipulation and control). You lead your own life without restrictions on the manner it is lived; this is what true freedom is all about.

If you can follow and understand what is being said here; you will begin to see that democracy is a con game, it is a word invented to outplay people, to make them accept a given institution. All institutions sing ‘we are free’. The minute you hear ‘freedom’ or ‘democracy’ – watch out, because in a truly free nation, no one has to tell you that you’re free.

For more articles that address issues of the evolving times, please see: http://www.unitinghumans.com/

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Tue, 11/29/2011 - 10:54pm | Thanks for the well-written (Score: 1)
Tue, 11/29/2011 - 11:50pm | Actually it is very simple, (Score: 1)
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 5:53pm | "There is an opportunity cost (Score: 2 Informative)

Brandy Hume

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"There is an opportunity cost to resources. That is to say that any resource used for one purpose, cannot be used for another."

The purpose of the price mechanism is to allow individuals to recognise the opportunity cost of decisions: in a state of abundance, there is no such cost. (Fom Wikipedia, regarding the ECP)

Ironically, the 'opportunity cost' rebuttal you've presented is precisely the point (or one of the points) being addressed in this article, that in a RBE - which allows a state of relative abundance, opportunity costs would be too low - if existent at all, as far as utility is concerned - to have any significant impact on decision making.

"I am a football fan so obviously I would much prefer if the material were used in a football stadium, but my neighbor prefers the arts... you see where i'm going."

No, because in a Resource Based Economy we could easily have both (assuming that competitive sports are still of interest as we evolve into a Type 1 civilization). The point is that due to scientifically efficient production and construction methods, we can afford to do much more with less. There would be no more "nationalism" so things like sports would be purely for recreational and fitness reasons; we'd build them according to need and proximity, not simply so people can wear T-shirts with their team's colors.

"Why should I be happy to allow materials that could be used for something I deem much more pressing, be used for something I completely disagree with?"

The first and most obvious reason would be, because in an RBE, allowing the resources to be used for one thing does not automatically preclude the production of another. (See the iPod example in my Blog post: http://tvpchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/06/response-to-jacobspinneys-respo...) But more importantly, because it does not come down to what you "agree or disagree" with, but what is most beneficial for the social and economic welfare of society, so it is not your decision to make, or to "be happy with." If the mental or physical health of a person is in jeopardy (again, assuming unwanted pregnancy is still an issue in a system where education, birth control, healthcare, and all of the necessities of life for any child brought into the world, including childcare, are provided...) then the necessary procedures to allow for the least amount of pain & suffering to that person and their unborn/born child would be put into place. In a system like that we would be able to reach a technical & social solution, not a finanical one (or a religious one, etc.); therefore alluding to the situation of abortion under the current circumstances - the complete opposite of all of the above - does not appear to demonstrate any point against the position of the OP.

Granted, in terms of all that the RBE encompasses, this article is indeed written in very simplistic terms, but (IMO) not for the reasons that you present. Overall, I feel you're missing the point, as derived from one of your closing statements: "...difficult choices will need to be taken, by humans - not machines." It's not whether or not decisions are made 'by humans or by machines' - as even the variables used to arrive at decisions made by machines are, necessarily, programmed/inputted by humans - but rather the ultimate goal and thought process by which those decisions are made: applying the scientific method for social concern, in all situations. Using that method, we can decide 'what' to build to most safely and efficiently meet the same (if not more) needs and desires that are currently fulfilled by things like football fields and theaters, which may turn out not to be either one of those things, but something else entirely.

Wed, 11/30/2011 - 2:26am | Very well written response (Score: 1)
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 4:36am | There's a simpler argument to (Score: 1)
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 5:08am | I agree with everything here (Score: 1)
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 8:34am | Without all the ideas around (Score: 2 Interesting)
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Occupy Solutions

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Without all the ideas around a RBE (the sustainable ideas) and just taking the RBE framework: It can be said that a RBE happens everyday with your children, friends, family, loved ones, etc... ones we call in "our circle".

In other words, when your child asks for a bowl of cereal, you don't charge her for that. You make sure you have the available resources: a bowl, spoon, cereal, and milk and if you have it then you pour him a bowl.

Likewise when your friend needs help moving, you don't charge him. You make sure you have the available resources; in this case "your time". There is no middle man dealings. The only question is "do you have the resources?". The RBE already works in everyday life in limited pockets of people we call "loved ones".

Based on this definition, one can say we are already transitioning into a RBE through the occupy movement.

Most of humanity agrees that the monetary system should be here, how do I know? Because it's here. Yet, that idea is changing, how do I know? Because the occupy movement is growing everyday. People's collective values are changing and therefore their actions are changing.

The resource based economy is about a value shift, not only about a new economy and sustainability. Once the majority of values change, the resource based economy will naturally unfold based on those values. A resource based economy requires the collective to have the value system of "one world; one humanity". That is all we all have to agree on. If that value system is active in the collective, everything else a RBE offers and all the ideas around it will naturally unfold because the main value system and goal of "one planet, one species" is established.

And based on the occupy movement growth, it seems to be shifting into that.

Anything towards a sense of community; giving and providing for each other in whatever ways we can. Enlarging our idea of 'our circle' and family. Through the occupy movement they are feeding the homeless in NYC, standing together with support for all occupies and all people, even the police who seem a threat to the occupy are seen as one of the 99%.

So this is a huge step in evolution and toward the needed value system! Still the mind-set of "us versus them" (99% versus 1%), but it is a required step in evolution to start joining together for the whole of humanity. The world doesn't realize itself as one and start moving in that direction without cause, it has to be a process. Now this "99% versus 1%" allows the window for the last step "one world; one humanity". Without the '99% versus the 1%", this evolutionary change couldn't happen.

So let's not forget that we are all on the same team here. Our value system only needs to go past the ideas that somehow the occupy movement is separate from us. The needed value shift is the acceptance that "they are us and we are them" hence we are all human. Where is the dividing line except in thoughts and ideas that only exist in the limit mind of uneducated understanding. Education is always key.

Yes actions are equally important but actions are motivated by education. Once one is educated they have no choice but to act based on that value system and that programming. Actions are in direct link with values and values are in direct link with our conditioning (learning/ education). So actions are not something we do but something we arrive at once educated. The education is the action. It's all linked, not separate. One who is extremely educated has no choice but to act based on that value system. When the action arises that we can take a step further and start building a resource based economy, we will arrive at that and it will obvious.

A new thought can't come from nowhere-land and all a sudden you think differently. It comes from being exposed to different people and different cultures saying different things than what you previously were exposed to. Coming from this perspective, perhaps we can learn a little something from this label we call "the occupy movement". After all, what it is, but us, our collective actions speaking together for change. We use all these labels as if they are separate and we are separate from this whole of humanity. A resource based economy value system sees the whole of humanity as family. For that is our true state without all these labels we identify with.

Thu, 12/01/2011 - 1:20am | "The RBE already works in (Score: 1)
Sat, 12/31/2011 - 3:12am | Thank you, thank you, thank (Score: 1)
Wed, 11/30/2011 - 10:11pm | I see a few problems with (Score: 1)
Thu, 12/01/2011 - 11:46am | There have really been NO (Score: 0)
Wed, 01/04/2012 - 2:21pm | Very good explanation to give (Score: 1)
Mon, 04/02/2012 - 12:50pm | I agree that democracy is a (Score: 1)
Fri, 08/30/2013 - 7:53am | There would be no more (Score: 1)