Re: The Simpler Way
> I think this "Simpler Way" is a great accounting andlong as
> synthesis/distillation of a lot of ideas out there now, and as
> the required change in values can come about then it would be agood way
> to live. We certainly cannot keep on in the style of society weUnfortunately, idealistic as it sounds, I think the communist
> currently have, and this seems like a plausible way forward.
experiments of the C20th century are rather too convincing as
evidence that it simply doesn't work. We can't change human nature -
like all organisms we look out for #1 first, and primarily focus on
short-term gains. Put too much power into the hands of the 'state'
('commons', whatever you call it), and note only will the power
corrupt, but we risk missing out on the wealth created by those who
have the natural skill and drive to do so.
No-one has managed to come up with a model other than an essentially
capitalist economy with a moderate and (more-or-less) democratically-
determined level of state regulation that is able to maintain any
sort of stability and productivity. So our best bet is to work
within this framework. The state regulation part is obviously what
needs the most work - I wouldn't advocate any greater amount of
regulation, but we certainly need much more <i>intelligent</i>
regulation, one that looks at gradually moving from a "convert non-
renewable resources into surplus wealth" model to a "convert
innovation, technology and efficiency into surplus wealth" model.
And note that *without* surplus wealth, we would all suffer - as our
lives would be fully controlled by our basic subsistence needs. I
don't think anyone really wants that.
For a start, as I've said before, if we truly care about the long-
term future of the human race, then we need to keep advancing our
technology: eventually nature will throw something at us that
currently we just couldn't handle, whether it be a sudden ice-age,
an asteroid, a supervolcano, whatever. Any of those things could
occur within the next 1000 years or so. With sufficient technology
we'd have a good chance of surviving such an event more or less
intact. But you can't generate advanced technology without surplus