posted on Jun, 8 2010 @ 02:04 AM
To go into a barter system would radically change society, and not just in terms of the hard work it would involve, but in terms of society's values
(for example, define wealth in a barter system), and particularly the prestige associated with different lines of work. For example, people who grow
food would be in greater demand than say, managers. There probably wouldn't be any call centres. Merchants and trading agents would become important
for people with less in-demand skills.
People would have to develop a wider range of skills, too, in much the same way sole traders do, when they have both their core business, as well as
administration, management, business analysis, marketing, recruitment, etc. Rather than concentrating on their core skill, say, food growing, a person
in a barter system would also have to spend time looking for trading partners, travelling, etc. It would be a lot more work. For some, it would be
rewarding as you can see direct connections between labour and appetite, survival, health, property, etc. For others, it would be torture.