Going beyond money

Money free Party post of a picture of Homer Simpson’s Brain

So much in this that is true, and also so much that is very easily misunderstood, and capable of being viewed as will-full ignorance.

It seems clear to me that our long term security requires of us that we transition to a system that places the values of individual life and individual liberty above all others and to apply this universally, specifically including any market value (money). Clearly this is not the current situation in society.

At anther level, in the sense that “nature to be commanded must first be obeyed”, we need to understand the very real levels of complexity that do in fact exist in the economic and social systems that we currently have, and to demonstrate a reasonable appreciation of all the risks associated with any form of change. It is only when we can show a clear conceptual map that expresses all of the major systems, all of the major risks, all of the risk mitigation strategies, and simultaneously, show a clear set of systemically stable steps of how we transition from the current system to the new system, that there will be general acceptance.

Doing this does not require a Homer Simpson style walnut sized brain.
Doing this requires a large team of people who are skilled in all the technical and social nuances of the current system, and can document the process at many different levels – from a level that is understandable by an average person who works, supports their family and community in many ways, and is left physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted by the process most days, and has little or no time or energy for complex conceptual systems, right through the spectrum to specialists in the various fields of economics, games theory, politics, technology and systems.

I am 100% clear that such a thing is possible, and am only about 60% confident that we will in fact achieve it. Posts indicating that it is simple don’t actually help. Possible, yes certainly, simple – no, not at all, not even a little bit.

I am also clear that saying it is simple is the surest way to close the minds of the experts in their fields who we need to have on board to create a sense of security in the minds of the ultra-conservative people who actually make most of the decisions that have the greatest impacts in the lives of most people.

And I am also clear that we need to work at all levels simultaneously.

So while I remain committed to a world where the highest values are individual life, and individual liberty – for everyone, not just a select subset – I do not see an approach which says it is a simple thing to do as being at all helpful or useful to the process.

Certainly one needs to be able to see that it is possible, and that is an important first step. Then one needs to acknowledge the complexity under that, and enrol all the many levels of individuals who are interested in such things to engage and deal with the identification of risks and risk mitigation strategies at every level in the process. And at the end of that process will be a map of many possible paths, and to my understanding it will be clear that one of them will have the least risk, and it will not be a “business as usual, market based path”. Not simple, and doable.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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