"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."
~~George Bernard Shaw
A car careens out of control due to a blowout on the Interstate, smashes into
oncoming traffic killing three and injuring eight. The highway is closed for
three hours. (I just made that up but something like it has probably happened
at some time in the last 50 years.) Police investigations reveal that the tire
was poorly made and failed far earlier than it should have. Who is responsible?
Our current money is a physical object money (POM).
All monies that have ever existed in the world have been either physical objects
(coins, bills, salt, blankets, spear points…) or representations of physical
objects (bank accounts). With this kind of money, when someone suffers injury
or damage to property, one can go to court and sue for damages. But usually,
nothing happens. When one does go to court there is but a small chance that
those who actually brought about the damages will in any way suffer for their
actions. The tire salesman was just doing his job. He had no way of knowing
the tire was defective. The guy in the shop who actually put the tire on the
wheel was just doing his job. The store manager who accepted the tire from
the manufacturer knew almost nothing about tires but their price. The truck
driver who brought the load of tires to the store was just delivering another
load of goods. The guys in the factory that manufactured the tire didn't see
anything that would have led them to believe that they weren't doing their
jobs well. They treated that tire just like all the others. If they made an
error in its construction somebody else should have caught it. Their supervisors
and managers didn't touch the machines nor the tire during its construction.
The management team of CEO and others are just setting company policy to generate
the greatest profits they can for the company. The unions that the workers
belong to are trying to keep the workers satisfied with their jobs so they'll
keep paying dues. The suppliers of the machines in the factory and the raw
materials from which the tires are made say that their resources must have
been used improperly if the tire failed because it wasn't their fault.
So as you can see from the above, all those people from the designers of the
machines and the tire through all those people who contributed resources and
those who helped get the tire on that car and even the engineers who designed
the highway and the workers who built the highway and on and on, nobody is
responsible the way things now stand.
But that's because we use a POM economy. Our economy and money is based on
a zero-sum game simulation,
a false simulation that leads us to believe and act as if we were the rivals,
opponents, competitors, and even enemies of everyone else. A POM does that.
It seems like the only way to get money is for some else to lose that money.
What one gains another must lose. That's the nature of a zero-sum relationship
and that's what we have in money transactions if one pays attention to only
the money. It may be foolish to do that but it's very seductive to refer only
to the money and notice only the money. For example, the balance of trade is
said to be out of balance if more money is going to one nation than to its
trading partner. But shouldn't the goods and services bought balance the
money that's going the other way?
In a non-POM society, one is paid for the consequences of one's actions. If
there is a net benefit from those actions, one's account balance is increased.
If not, there is no increase. Therefore, in the above case, those who judge
benefit would examine the accident and determine how each element in the crash
contributed to the damages. Everyone involved, the surviving drivers, the tire
manufacturers, the suppliers of the manufacturers, the road designers and builders,
everyone involved would find their pay reduced because of the accident.
It would not matter that they didn't do it on purpose. It would not matter
if it was mainly one person's fault. All would be affected adversely. But not
all would be affected the same. There would be no court case, no lawsuit, no
trial, no lawyers, and no settlement. Each person would have a percentage of
the responsibility assigned for the part they played in the tragedy.
The consequence of this arrangement is that those who provide resources will
be extremely careful about the reputations of those to whom they give
those resources. They will not want to risk their income by giving them to
incompetent or careless people. Those who design and manufacture goods will
not want to risk having their suppliers refuse to supply more materials or
having their distributors refuse to accept their products. Those who distribute
(sell in today's terms) the goods will want responsible agents who will be
sure that the consumers will use the goods appropriately. They stand to lose
income if they give dangerous goods to careless fools. In the car accident
case above, those who design and build roads will attempt to make them as safe
as possible and to minimize damages when the inevitable accidents do occur.
Contrast that with today's POM situation in which no one in the chain from
basic raw materials through design and manufacture to distribution and customer
service seems to have any real responsibility. In a non-POM society people
behave responsibly because their rewards depend upon being responsible. The
consequences of one's actions have consequences for the actor. Thus, every
producer, every worker will insist that those they work with act responsibly
and will not give their goods to anyone whom they don't trust. No one will
take the attitude of "I'm just doing my job" because their job is
to produce net benefits, not widgets. Saying "I gave it to Jones" makes
no difference because it's your property and you are responsible for anyone
you give it to. That makes all the difference in the world.
"The doom of a nation can be averted only by a storm of flowing passion, but only those who are passionate themselves can arouse passion in others." ~~Adolf Hitler
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