I think the concept they're groping towards discovering is known as "money", but I could be completely wrong.
"Some workplaces, such as a coal mine, have an average work rating that is lower than others. Across society, all of these work ratings are averaged, to get an average Work Empowerment Rating for all of society."
Imagine the Excel spreadsheet for that. No, seriously, imagine it, because that's all anybody will be able to do in the brief few hours of a Parecon world before clever people combine to employ to their own advantage the imperialist racist Alexander Hamilton's maxim that "power over a man's subsistence is equivalent to power over his will" -- and reconsider the problem of how to ensure fully staffed coal mines.
"Everyone in a Parecon system belongs to a Worker's Council where they work, and a Consumer's Council where they live."Mussolicious! Now, what could go wrong with that? But one important question is left unanswered by the video: what if I don't want anything to do with you and your Councils and your fist-wielders?
Enter a world untouched by economics, as you would a newly built Ptolemaic planetarium staffed by enthusiastic young Social Astronomy grad students eager to share some fresh ideas. Disregard the Freudian typos in the core values of "Divirsity" and "Renumeration according to Effort and Sacrifice". Hilariously, the teleprompter-reader even reads the word aloud as "renumeration".
HT LPPS, where you can let a fist be your umbrella.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Posted by Mike on Friday, February 15, 2008