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Barter systems only work in small communities.
Do you honestly think New York City could function on a barter system? A city of over 9 million people?
How would a barter system benefit large manufactures?
The ones who actually build the equipment we need in a modern society.
I doubt that such a system could support the efforts of energy production, or electronics manufacturing.
I think this country is too big, and states are even too big. I'm for small communities helping each other out, and cooperating and looking after the less-able and children.
if we're not already destitute and homeless - thank capitalism for THAT reality
It wouldn't. But it would promote so-called "cottage industries."
They can be "paid" in-kind - with housing, food, clothing, on-site day care, etc.
Think about it some more.
It could work.
Originally posted by Sankari
Love it or hate it, consumerism will never die because it's predicated on an eternal principle: humans are greedy.
And no-one ever went broke selling stuff to greedy people.
There is no way
'no way' we can revert to some sort of agrarian-socialist society
it is impossible.
The country is too big?
Well, there is not much we can do about that. Human population rates are progressive and only get larger and larger.
Heheh....but the Baby Boomers are known for their tendancy to make a big deal out of whatever they are currently doing, and loudly proclaiming it as a "new" or revolutionary morally superior act. It was predicted that they'd continue to do so right on into their elder years, and they are.
Originally posted by wildtimes
Okay, cool. You can rent out a room, or a dress, or your car, or an unused vacation condo - these ARE NOT NEW ideas, folks! Back in the 70s and 80s it was very common for people to "share" - and they still do.
Young people and adults share housing - been done forever.
Cars are shared by households, borrowed by friends, etc.
"Yes, you can borrow my dress for your date."
"Hey, can I borrow your air compressor to wash my boat?"
We've been doing it for YEARS - DECADES.
but the Baby Boomers are known for their tendancy to make a big deal out of whatever they are currently doing, and loudly proclaiming it as a "new" or revolutionary morally superior act.
Erm...... yes, we can. Evidence is: right now, today!, people getting by with what they have, trading and bartering! Their skills, their 'stuff', their products.
When people used to work decades in the same job, that is not gonna work anymore. It is predicted for this generation and the next ones, jobs would change every couple of years, whether internationally or locally.
I sometimes get called 'hippy chick' lol.
I lost everything when I lost my job, home, car, standard of living etc. I learned to live without 'stuff' and 'things' for years because I couldn't afford them. Nowdays it's a way of life for me, I get by on a tiny amount and my family think I must be miserable because I never have any spare money, but it really doesn't bother me one bit.
I am happy that I am able-bodied, I have sisters, brother, cousins, aunt & uncles, nieces and nephews, I have friends, and I have my dogs, I have my uncomplicated, simple life. All these are my important 'things', all are precious and priceless, and all cost absolutely nothing. I was too busy to appreciate them before I lost my job, because it was more important for me to flog myself to death in the rat-race so I could pay for all the 'stuff' I really didn't need.
Money, and the frantic rat-race/treadmill we have to endure in order to procure it, distracts us from appreciating the priceless things in life which cost nothing.
I realised that since losing everything, my cup is far from empty - it is overflowing.edit on 5-6-2013 by doobydoll because: (no reason given)