posted on Mar, 18 2010 @ 12:09 AM
reply to post by MaxBlack
Sounds a lot like what potential 'off world colony' life would be based on.
It's not copying the Mayan way, you can't forget their rituals like the solar sacrifices, but the money-free system is kind of like a natural
A colony lifestyle would be based on everyone having shelter and providing for the community. Some provide food while others offer technical
expertise, and others manual skills.
Though a slight monetary introduction wouldn't break the system as you consider that luxuries aren't exactly covered by a need basis and causes an
eventuality that can dishevel the money-free system.
A person making luxury items would amass many 'favors' that would attribute wealth, since those luxury items aren't specific. Unlike food which is
necessary and anyone can do, those food makers aren't going to amass any favors because their needs are filled by the other necessary providers.
Thus a luxury provider has a blank field as they can give to everyone without really needing everything they get in return creating a surplus. Though
in time the food provider may gain favors if nothing is needed, granted they actually want them.
An example being that they provide to three food producers that make food only, and offer nothing else the luxury provider needs, thus they now have
three times the food as the technician would have by offering to fix a broken generator, or something. Again though, any provider in that community
could eventually amass favors with the others in time, thus they would come to need some sort of 'placeholder'. Also again, if they actually
wanted those favors to begin with.
Money would eventually end up existing in a base form, for the sole purpose of relegating immediate needs and unnecessary needs into seperate
categories. If they follow that structure of course. Even the Mayans would have had some sort of eventual trade idea that wouldn't stay the same
It's may not be needed if everyone doesn't take favors for their provisions, but that's a social development that people may not take to very