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- Posted: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 01:31:16 +0000
Je Nique vos Merdiers
While admittedly I was unable to visualise your method of resource allocation, I find myself on the whole unable to conceptualise a human society where by we are even able to divide resources on anything other then price voluntarily. That is of course assuming we don't experience a fundamental shift in the psychology of human society.
Well, you've already started with the assumption that resources should be rigidly divided at all. We already have models that do not begin with this premise, such as the library model. Do you think libraries have any more trouble keeping track of their stock than book stores? They are certainly more efficient, with their lack of need to constantly replenish their inventory because someone bought a book that they read once and keep forever. What is the issue with applying the same premise to everything? Why can't I walk to the "home depot", grab a shovel, dig some trenches in my back yard, and then put it back for others to use? I only need the shovel for that one thing, after that I don't need to have a shovel lying around my house until I die or get rid of it.
There are relatively few things that need to be owned; in fact, I think all possessions could be reduced to a data profile that is carried on a flash disk or encoded in RF and embedded on or under the skin.
I mean in most situations where society is of sufficient mass, any form of non-price distribution has to almost be forced upon people through some form of "greater good" benevolence by a central authority during a time of war.
Uh, price distribution is forced upon us. Can you think of any country where it would be possible to completely avoid the price system? Almost all countries levy taxes, which is enforcement of the price system.
What about Food, Water, Medicine and other consumables that don't follow a rent model system because of the need to actually consume them?
Price is a voluntarily evolved system out of barter. It not forced because most of society accepts it's presence due to the fact that it's existed for a few thousand years.