Hi all, I hope everyone is keeping well. I know right another entry, I guess I have a lot to say on the topic iv been covering in my last three posts. I worried though, I worried what people might think i mean in a system of full reciprocity as I described in post 069. I worried that some may think I was meaning that things would be free, I guess it depends on how you conceptualise free.
For me in such a system as full reciprocity, I don’t feel things would be free. The entire social agreement revolves around the concept of work, perhaps a better way to describe would be on the grounds of energy. Everything takes energy to do to achieve, its costs or takes energy to produce anything. Be it goods, services or otherwise. The same is true for individual transactions, a transaction involves energy be it a physical or electronic transaction it takes energy. All transactions involve labour to some extent or another. In short work requires energy and all things work. In a system of full reciprocity, the exchange then is the exchange of energy, thus the promise of return is inherent in the system rather than being represented by promissory notes or token if you like.
This does not mean barter; one would not directly be exchanging on an individual basis service or goods. That’s not how I think it would work. It would necessarily be that one works and contributes on the promise that one in return can take, thus society would revolve around this promise. Ergo things are by definition would not be free. I hope that makes sense.
If your concept of free is that it would not require money or debit, you would be right in the sense of money but wrong in the sense of debit. By this agreement or understanding, one is both in debit to society and owed to by society. This would be in equal measure; it would be to enshrine the value and means of people into the social contract as apposed to placing the value in material. Too, in my opinion it would be very different than what we have currently have. As it stands in my view things are set up with the understanding you owe society, that one is born into debit to society without the inverse being true. It is true that we owe something to society, I’m not denying that. However, that’s not the whole story in my opinion. Society I feel owes something to individuals and future generations, most would agree with that. However, most I think most feel that money does this just fine. That bit reciprocity is satisfactory to cover this debit we owe to individuals. Hover I pointed out in my last post that bit reciprocity is disparic.
People might think that if there’s no bits no token, then how would society keep on functioning? It would necessarily function on the understanding that people need to work and produce in order to consume and live. Without this understanding then things indeed would fall apart. It is true that there will always be selfish people, however selfish people do not exist in isolation, none of us do. There will always be people that think for whatever reason they don’t have to work and that the state can just provide for them, this is true. However, I get the feeling that the nature of such a society that has full reciprocity, selfishness and hording would not be much of a problem. People would recognise that in order for things to work and for them to in a sense live, the element of reciprocity is required. Too, a lot of the barriers to work would fall away, I think. The reasons for not working would not be the same, again the element of reciprocity would be recognised. It wouldn’t be perfect by any means. There would still be such people as drug addicts, those with mental health problems and other types of unemployed people for various reasons.
What we must understand is we live in w world that can feed itself three times over, provide food and shelter, infostructure, technology and medicine enough for a population over double the size of the global population. We have achieved that through hard the hard work and miracle of industrial and technological revolution as well as capitalism. That’s with a global work force of a measly 2.9 billion people at the high end of the estimate, think what we could do if a lot of the barriers to work fall and more people are able to work. Yet 10% of the global population still live in poverty, in the UK 18% of the population live in poverty. Theses figures too are unstable, as bit reciprocity is unstable. More and more people fall into poverty every day. It’s a sad situation.
Anyhow, these are just my thoughts on the topic. There are many problems in the concept of full reciprocity that need to be resolved. So thank you all for reading my ramblings, stay well all.