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In our consumer driven society we have so many options of the same product to choose from. We call this a 'good' thing - but only because we have been trained within our society to do so, as there are so many products that continuously break. So we look for the special deals or the products that will last longer as these products have a 'good' name. But have stopped and asked the question: "If we are living in a technologically advanced age, why are our products not lasting as long as they did 100 years ago? We have a thing called "engineered redundancy" which is how the products that we buy today are engineered to break after a set period of time. For the capitalist this is great for creating profit as the consumer have to continuously consume more and more products. So - In the name of profit we rummage through countries stripping the earth of all the resources to create more and more profit, creating mountains of excessive waste for the earth to deal with. And we call this life.... I mean survival.
The abusive nature of the capitalistic system is evident in how we act and behave as consumers. Our application and direction in this regard is abusive to one-another as well as abusive to our home called earth.
Let’s have a look at some products and show how a starting point of profit does not benefit humanity and how products will improve in an Equal Money System when it’s not profit driven but made to improve the livelihood of humanity as well as how the environment will improve immensely with the transition to an Equal Money System.
We have all sorts of cars available today with all sorts of selling pitches. You have the family car, the sports car, the hummer or the mini. Basically we have a vehicle for every use. Within these types of cars we have an assortment of makes and models and brands varying in quality depending on the price-range. These makes and models are all based on what the costs are for manufacturing them and what target group will purchase them and how long a life span the car should have.
Within the developing phase of a vehicle there are many points considered. What capital is available? That would determine the quality of the material in making the car. A car is only as reliable as the material it’s made of. Engineers use powerful computer modeling to forecast the life span of parts, if those parts prove to be weak they reinforce them during development; if they are too strong, they are slimmed down to save weight or cost. The result being that a car is reliable within the designed lifetime of the car, but when it reaches the end of its engineered life span those parts would have simultaneously reached the end of their road.
And that is how the motor industry keeps going. Vehicles are made so that they have to be regularly replaced in order to keep the factories going and to keep on paying those involved. A vicious cycle – the cycle of capitalism. There is no profit in making a car of top quality that will last a very long time – it would not be in the best interest of the company. And in the name of money we have all come to accept and allow this kind of abuse to exist.
Cars, like many other products, are manufactured in factories by machines in an automated process not requiring as much labour from humans.
We have the technology at our disposal to design and produce high-end quality long lasting reliable vehicles. The problem is that some technologies are patented and thus copyrighted and kept secret to give that particular company the edge above the rest. When competition and profit is taken out of the equation what will then be most practical solution in terms of transport? To pool together technologies and manufacturing techniques and design the most reliable, long lasting and best quality car for all to use. As when we develop cars that last and stand the test of time, it will reduce the amount of resources and energy used to manufacture cars and it will thus have a major impact in nature conservation. In the Equal Money System it’s all about improving the livelihood of everybody living on earth. We should not have to struggle to get what we need as our home 'earth' is unconditional in what it provides for us to live; it is the creation of man - 'the capitalistic system' that is conditional, thus it is through the creation of - 'the Equal Money System' that we restore balance to earth.
Let’s take Toilet paper as another example. A simple product yet vital to our daily lives and definitely something you don’t want to unexpectedly run out of. This simple product has many different brands all producing just – toilet paper. Toilet paper is mass produced by automated machines in factories – many factories – some from recycled paper or chipped wood . And these companies have their various methods for making the toilet paper – 1 ply 3 ply, super soft, pretty colours. All to suit the consumers needs depending on what they are willing to pay. In the manufacturing process they use bleach and other chemicals to whiten the paper and make it look better which in turn creates dioxins as a by-product that is harmful for the environment. There are alternatives to bleach that creates less harmful by-products but it can be argued if it’s really necessary and to rather have less pretty toilet paper that isn't as soft.
The main point here about toilet paper is that it doesn’t require allot of people to make it – machines do most of the work, showing that there is not much labor required by humans to produce toilet paper. The only reason why we have so many companies making the same thing with different quality is to make money / profit. If money and profit is taken out of the equation brands and different companies become unnecessary. In an Equal Money System we will have one manufacturer within a region producing toilet paper and supplying their community with this essential product, with the people in their labor conscription handling what the machines don’t. Different brands, the 2, 3 and 4 ply toilet paper, and the many colors will be investigated according the equality equation and assessed what is best for all - keeping in consideration people that have sensitive skin, babies and elderly people that may require a softer paper.
Today there is already a massive infrastructure in place for distributing goods. The logistics is in place as well as the warehouses. There are very specific distribution networks and outlets that ensure very effective and efficient distribution.
From an Equal Money perspective we need the infrastructure for the distribution of goods through a one-set channel to get to all cities in the world to where it can be distributed to the people and each person’s basic needs and requirements can be fulfilled effectively.
The distribution system will function with a computerized system that manages the distribution of goods as the needs and requirements of all living beings. Requests of individuals may be placed via the internet from home or any other access terminal, which enables you to place your order and then collect that which you have ordered.
The fear question that comes up here often is "Won't people abuse this system?" With the current human programmed in fear of survival, gaining access to 'anything they need' yes - this will be a concern as they will still be acting from the pre-programmed design on fear of not having enough. This is why the introduction of the Equal Money System will be a gradual process as it is not just about everyone 'getting' what they believe that they require; it is also about an educational process of letting go of fear of survival and being able to take full responsibility for that which you have and that which you ask for. Without the component of self responsibility which is a trademark that one obtains through self education, the Equal Money System will be abused. Which is again why we impress that Education is the backbone of the Equal Money system.
Credits within an Equal Money System is only a 'word' and only serves to facilitate the allocation and movement of goods -- credits will not hold any other intrinsic value as money or credit do currently (where money is used as a 'store of value'), but only have a mathematical and accounting function. The credits within the Equal Money System will indicate the available resources, what is available for each one and accordingly credits will be allocated and then get distributed.
The amount of credits and types of credits each one receive, will be based on a formula as set out within the Constitution, that we all have agreed on.
When you view your Life Profile where your available credits are displayed, you then either would indicate "Yes, this particular allocation I am going to use" or "No, I am not going to use this particular allocation". If you’re not going to use it, it remains in your main available resource ‘bank’ so to speak. Which is where your credits are ‘stored’. Note that you won't ‘own’ the credits, it’s purely available resources on Earth.
The tracking and gathering of individuals' information is a problem currently, as this data is being abused in the name of profit and is an outflow of inequality. Within a system of equality however, tracking of information is an essential component. In order to distribute resources most effectively, one requires to have information as completely as possible – to ensure that the basic needs of everyone are satisfied to the best of our ability. Within a system of harmony, one wants their information available – as a lack of information might result in one not receiving their part of the resources and support relating to one’s specific individual needs and requirements. In such a case, one would be the cause of one’s own disharmony.
Due to the transparent nature of any movement of information within an Equal Money System and its organizational structure – any point of abuse occurring will immediately become visible and will be dealt with accordingly (see the Politics wiki page currently for more information on the point of abuse).
If profit is taken out of the equation and we change the starting point of producing goods to actually benefit everybody it opens up new possibilities. Today anything that in any way would cause less profit for major corporations is seen as a threat and is dealt as such. The electric car for example. In the documentary Who killed the electric car they clearly show how the oil driven companies did everything in their power to stop the electric car. The reason for that is an electric car doesn’t run on oil – the more electric cars on the road the less profit for the companies so the electric car never came to be as it was designed for. It’s not in the best interest of the profit driven corporations to benefit humanity. Only when we take out the need for profit can we then start designing products that are convenient and of high quality and long lasting, because only then will the starting point be to benefit all beings on earth.
Almost all essential goods that are mass produced are done by machines in automated factories. Washing machines, computers, kettles, beds, lights, stoves, kitchen utensils and cooking appliances, baths, tools, building materials. And all are made with various quality. In the Equal Money System brand names will not exist. We will, like with the example of the car, make sure all products are the of the highest quality that will last and will be allocated to everybody who needs it. This will be the end of wasteful low quality goods and the beginning of reliable long lasting products.
We live in a finite world where some resources will run out. Therefore we will have to have a look at what goods are really actually necessary and practical. This quest to make money has caused us to invent thousands of useless products to sell to people just to make money which is a waste of resources. Also we have to look at the environmental impact a certain product has on the environment to asses if it’s worth producing or not. Many factories, shopping malls, storage facilities etc. will then no longer be necessary which will result in a massive drop in energy and resource use and work towards conserving and regenerating nature.