How Americans can have it all

 America is a land of abundance. We have so much of everything. Everything we need to get done can be done. All that we want to have can be had. Anything we need from other countries we can trade some of our abundance to get it.

What keeps us from having it all?

In a word: Money.

See those potholes in your street, the congestion on the freeway at rush hour? The people demonstrating in your city?

Remember that little girl who got killed trying to cross a busy intersection because there wasn’t a stop light? Ever heard “no” at work to your request for a raise because money wasn’t in the budget for it? What one thing could make install a stop light, give you a raise and stop people demonstrating? Money.

It’s not just societal, it’s personal

You want that new car, but you don’t have enough money. Your kids need new shoes, but you don’t have enough money. Retired people want to eat well AND afford their prescription drugs…but they don’t have enough money. If every person had enough money there’d be no such thing as “fixed incomes”, telling your kids you can’t afford it or having to choose between food and medicine.

I think you get the picture. Money-based economies are keeping us from having it all. But we can have it all. All we need to do is choose an economic system that doesn’t depend on money to get things done.

“But you have to pay people to get things done.”  Yes. I know society trained people to believe that.

“But people won’t do anything unless you pay them.” Yes. I know society trained people to believe that too.

“Things have value, you can’t just get them for free.” This is true. Things are valuable.

Copiosis economies don’t use money and yet all these things get done, people get paid and value gets recognized. Copiosis just does it differently than traditional economies. It’s a paradox that goes like this: Reward people so they get things done, but do it in a way that doesn’t keep other things from getting done.

“Other things” like reparations to American Descendants of Slavery, known as ADOS. With money, it’s near impossible to give what is due. Take money out to the picture and making reparations to ADOS is easy.

Too much shallow thinking keeps us in place

In conversations about Copiosis, I get pilloried describing this paradox to people who know things must change, but aren’t open-minded enough to think through how the paradox can work. Folks are intrigued, but we often get bogged down in objections. Objections I don’t think such people would have if they took time to understand how Copiosis works. Objections like this one:

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An example of the kind of shallow thinking we often hear at Copiosis about what we’re doing.

We have to get money out of the way of getting things done. We all are aware of the problems. Authors, think tanks, forward thinkers have described them in mind-numbing detail. What we’re short on are practical solutions on a systemic scale. We just can’t come up with something that can practically replace capitalism. For all it’s terrible outcomes, it still creates so much value and wealth for so many people, doing away with it seems absurd. So we stay with what we have.

The past offers alternatives but they have their own problems.

  • Barter economies, for example, are a problem because of the presumed coincidence of wants theory. By the way, anthropologists have done a lot of research on this kind of economy and no one has found credible anthropological evidence that such economies existed, even though Traditional Economists claim differently.
  • Gift economies offer grand promises. But getting there will require major leaps forward in human consciousness. It’s also going to take major advances in our ability to break free of addictions to beliefs; typified by the picture above, before we can even conceive of even the possibility that such economies can work. That said, there is one guy I ran across who believe such an economy must happen, if we’re going to make it.
  • Communism – Forget it.
  • Socialism – Ditto.

Besides, both of those have had their chance and proved that central planning simply doesn’t work.

Capitalism is proving absurd too

Sticking with capitalism should be on this list of absurdities. For the last five years I’ve been thinking about what we’re going to do to get out of our conundrums. Capitalism isn’t going to fit the bill.  Copiosis can.

I believe America can lead the world towards a future where not just Americans but everyone on the planet can have it all. I think Copiosis holds the promise of being the tool we need to make that shift.

A shift is going to happen no matter what. What that shift looks like will depend on all of us recognizing our nation’s abundance, then getting money out of the way.

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