I chaired a meeting of Candidates at which Charlotte spoke very well. Richard posted the above.
Agree that we have the technical capacity to provide those goods and services to everyone.
Agree that such is a desirable outcome.
Where we disagree is in the notion that it is simply a matter of stopping using money.
Money and markets do actually perform many levels of very complex and very important functions in our society.
We need to have alternative systems instantiated and tested, before we dismantle the monetary system more generally.
That is not a trivial exercise.
It is doable, and it contains many levels of very complex problems, related to levels of communication, trust and governance – and how those are effectively safely networked and distributed.
To me, we align on the need to reduce the impact of money on decision making, but not on the minimum necessary conditions for transition, nor necessarily on the need to distribute decision making at all levels.
To me, some sort of Universal Basic Income (UBI) would seem to provide a necessary transition ground from where we are now, to where we need to go.
And it is a profoundly complex set of problems, with at least 5 levels of abstraction present that I have thus far identified.
Not simple – even remotely.
And certainly required, if any of us want a significant probability of living a long time with reasonable degrees of freedom.