In reply to a comment by Stone Bridge Studio
Agreed on the last point [It will not suffice to limit our thinking to changing the way people behave within the system as it is. We need to push further, to be bolder, to change the systems within which people can and will behave.].
I strongly suspect the the operating system of finance is itself in need of a major re-write – actually a total replacement. The fundamental operating assumption of any market based system (that of scarcity driving a need for exchange) is actually being exponentially eroded by computers and automation.
So I see a need for systems that have a hierarchy of values of Respect for Individual Life and Respect for Individual Liberty, in a social and environmental context.
Automation will deliver an exponentially expanding set of goods and services with similar characteristics to oxygen in the air – ie they will be important to individuals, will be universally abundant, and as a result will have zero market value. As that set of universally abundant goods and services grows, the utility of markets will shrink. As the tendency of market based values to oppose any universal abundance becomes more obvious to more people, the ethical groundswell of opinion to remove markets from their current dominant role, and to actively encourage the expansion of the set of universally abundant goods and services will grow.
What emerges thereafter will be very interesting. I suspect that the works of Elinor Ostrom and Robert Axelrod will gain ever greater notice and favour.