We all want to live in utopia. In a utopia we would all be happy. There would
never be any problems. We wouldn't even be bored.
Like it or not, utopia will never be more than a dream. Philosophers and sages
down through the ages have given us visions of near perfect societies based
on religion or a clever philosophy. But they all have foundered on the realities
of national economies and human nature. Can you imagine a nation in which there
are no problems? I cannot. Even the non-POM society will be peopled by ordinary
folks like you and me and nobody's perfect.
Just because there is no poverty and no taxes and no oppressive government in a non-POM economy that doesn't mean there are no problems and that no one
suffers. People are, after all, people. They still will make gross errors from
time to time. They will still be irrational and emotional and grumpy and afraid
of dying and so on. Men will still fail to understand women and many women
will be unable to tolerate men leaving the toilet seat up. Disease will be
a constant threat. Earthquakes, volcanoes, tornados, hurricanes, and floods
will continue no matter what kind of economy we use. There will still be global
warming and the planet will still have more people than it can comfortably
support. Pollution will still exist despite our best efforts. Insanity will
But these are things that no economic system can prevent though a non-POM
society can cope with them better than POM societies. That still ignores problems
that come with a non-POM society that simply don't exist in a POM economy.
For example, in a non-POM society what does one do if one's spouse becomes
a payer? Payers can never have luxuries (things so designated, though this
designation can change). So that means they could not live in a luxury house
or apartment. Your spouse might therefore have to move out of your home. They
could not have luxury foods so you would not be able to bring luxury foods
for fear that your spouse would be suspected of eating them. (It would be legal
but risky.) They could not go on vacations with you to the beach or the mountains.
They could not wear luxury clothes. Your life would be adversely affected by
your spouse becoming a payer. Of course, you could also become a payer but
let's assume you aren't ready to give up all luxuries (like wine or cigarettes).
This is a problem not faced in a POM economy.
What if you had some "crackpot idea" that you wanted to pursue.
In a POM society if you have the money you can buy the cooperation of others.
In a non-POM society you would have to persuade others to cooperate with you.
You would have to gain their willing cooperation rather than being able to
buy it. (Please note that in my situation of trying to get people to consider
an "outside the box" economic system I should be the last one to
call the unusual ideas of others "crackpot.")
When things go wrong in a POM society we can always blame the government,
particularly the head of that government, and with some justification. In a
company one can always blame the chief executive officer. But in a non-POM
economy, there is no individual to blame. There is hardly any government worthy
of the name and what little there is has no control over day-to-day life. Therefore
one cannot blame the President if one doesn't like what is happening. If one
works with others in a producing organization, one is cooperating voluntarily
rather than obeying in exchange for money. Therefore, one shares the responsibility
for what the organization does.
Of course one can always blame the Payers but there are millions of them and
they don't tell anyone what to do so it's hard to get that strong emotional
release from blaming them.
There would be almost no laws. The fact that something is legal or illegal
in a non-POM society would have almost no influence. It would be difficult
to feel like one is controlling the behavior of others by getting a law passed.
Let's say one is opposed to pornography. (You can fill in some other behavior
that you consider bad if you like.) In a POM society, it may be legal or illegal
depending on the nation. But in a non-POM society, if someone produces pornography
there will be no adverse response from the police unless that pornography does
some harm. Then everyone who contributed to the production of that pornography
would lose potential income. The manufacturers and distributors of the film
and camera (if it uses film) would lose income. The people who allowed the
pornography to fall into the wrong hands would lose income. Thus, pornography
would exist, as it has in every society, but there would not be any law needed
nor paid attention to in deciding what to do, if anything, about each individual
instance of pornography.
The lack of law will be most uncomfortable to some people. They are used to
being told what they cannot do and what they must do. This gives them a freedom
from having to think for themselves. In a non-POM society one must consider
the consequences of everything one does in order to avoid losing money.
To maximize income, one must be thoughtful and considerate. Many people will
this irksome. The requirement (not required by law, just the way things are)
that one be responsible for one's property and actions is something that many
will find most annoying. One will be unable to say "that's illegal" and
thereby justify some behavior.
But beyond that, one will be unable to excuse one's self by saying "he
made me do it." For example, today, one can say, "I was just doing
my job." "I had to do it to keep my job." In a non-POM society
that will be no excuse at all. No one can make you do anything in a non-POM
society. (This is an exaggeration, of course.) If you are doing a particular
kind of work it is because you choose to do that work. You are working for
luxuries only, so you could get along just fine and your family could do all
right without your earning any money at all. You are not compelled
by fear to do anything. You are lured by desire to do work. Therefore, one must take
responsibility for everything that one does. This, too, can be disturbing.
Many people don't like responsibility but it comes with the non-POM.
Finally, for those who always wanted to inherit a fortune, non-POM money
cannot be inherited. If your father dies rich he took it with him because no one in
the world will ever be able to spend that money. He could have given you luxury
items or paid for luxury services while he was alive but that ends at the moment
of death. Any luxury items (like that big house and all those jewels) can be
inherited, but not the money. This will disappoint many who would like to get
money without effort on their part.
So though a non-POM is a definite improvement over a POM in terms of living
conditions, lifestyle, security and so forth, one still will have problems,
concerns, jealousy, envy, annoyances, and the risk of an untimely death in
a non-POM society just as today.
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