posted on Jan, 24 2008 @ 03:24 PM
I might consider barter, but only if the exchange would significantly improve my own situation.
The risks of dealing with another person or group would have to be weighed aginst the benefits of the barter.
As in any envirorment the population can not exceed the resources.
To establish a large enough group to constitue a significant barter location would require alot of resources to maintain the primary group, and the
larger the group and area the more resources that would have to be dedicated to security.
A full time security force is not productive in as much as they consume more than they return on a daily basis.
Even a part time security force where some alternating schedual allows every able bodied person to take part in security still only allows for part
time contribution from all the able bodied.
I think as i originaly said, i would be very discriminating in whether and with whom I engaged in any transaction with.
If you have enough surplus resources to maintain a full time security force, you also have enough resources to become a very desirable target.