posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 03:30 PM
Says people will always be competitive.
We didn’t get the civilization we have today without being co-operative first. Co-operation is just as deeply ingrained and should be encouraged
rather than suppressed.
Says a RBE society will still need enemies.
These will be enemies that are common to all people, old age, heart disease, etc.
Says system will have to be enforced.
All systems imply an order. If you mean violent, oppressive enforcement, this is not necessary in a fully mature RBE.
People will have to be re-educated to conform.
All education is self-directed. JF himself came from a self-directed educational background.
Says property rights will cease.
Yes and no, big property (land, cars), yes. But you can still have small property that is still yours (books, personal items). Private property
would be a burden in an RBE as you have access to everything you need to survive, maintaining your “things” would be a waste of time and energy.
Look at the root cause of why property rights were so important, when we were hunter/gatherers property rights had little meaning as we roamed from
place to place following the herds and the seasons, once agriculture was established we became stationary, it was paramount to be able to defend our
claim to land as it was necessary to our survival.
Property rights are not so much as our claim to our land, but rather our ability to restrict other people’s access to our land. Mr. Badnarik speaks
about this in his talks about rights and privileges in the example of you walking across your land in contrast to you walking across your neighbours
land. You have the right to cross your land; you have the privilege to cross your neighbour’s land, if he grants it. He has the power to restrict
access as evidenced by the granting of privileges.
In an RBE, resources are for the common heritage of all, everyone has access and no one has the right to restrict access, because we have advanced to
the point where we no longer are dependent on one strip of land for our survival. Believe it when I say that we have to ability and the means to feed
everyone today in perpetuity, but yet we do not? We would rather let 1/7th of our population starve and struggle.
Says the system will own all resources (i.e. control)
The system will manage the resources and production for the benefit of everybody, but ultimately we control the system. You either believe we are
capable of that or you don’t. We can agree to disagree.
Says we cannot dispense with the need for a measurement of worth.
We have scientific measurements that are not subject to fluctuations of value, i.e. weights, volumes, area. You can, if you must, infer value by the
following equation, amount of material required to sustain one person for one day*by the number of people (globally or in the region)/the total amount
of the material produced by day(globally or by region). The closer this figure is to 1 the higher the importance of the resource. Values higher than
one indicate a shortage and therefore a priority to fix either through greater efficiency or through available substitutes.