Capitalism and communism can be considered opposites - but they are both incentive economies - they both rely on incentives.
Economic systems which attempt to organize behaviour by incentives, whether material, social or spiritual, whether rewards or punishments, can tap individualistic self-interest, but miss most potential energy. Incentives are substitutes where inspiration is lacking.
Inspired economies are possible within both capitalism and communism - in organizations and within families. Want help transforming a stuck system into an inspired economy? Let's talk.
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"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite." - John Kenneth Galbraith
Human nature, I dare say, is a passion to create beauty. That instinct can be frustrated, corrupted, when we discover that we do not live in a world of love. When we love life, we don't need incentives to motivate - we are spontaneously devoted to becoming eco-logical. We are curious and innovative. Incentives pervert as they create conflicts of interest - do what the world needs or sell-out.
Less is more: Being ecological does not mean 'living with less', being prudent. As I become ecological, I become intelligent, free, and vital. I sense being harmonious with Gaia/God; my life is rich.
Beyond the exchange economy, beyond the give:receive paradigm, let's co-create. Inspired Economies are not Gift Economies, where I give some already-existing thing to you, or vice versa. In Inspired Economies, we co-create.
Whence Violence? Violation! Our system requires us to violate our values, to follow $ to buy a mini-paradise in my self-centered world, instead of spontaneously doing what I believe the world needs, treating Earth/God as my employer, knowing that Spontaneity begets Serendipity, that Earth First! = me first, because a healthy ecosystem is a hospitable home.
Faith in chaos: A classroom which appears chaotic may have a higher level of order than one which appears ordered. If students are 'all over the place' engaged in diverse activities, its organizing principles are more intelligent than a classroom where all are seated neatly. There is a type of chaos which I don't trust: as demonstrated in some gardens, humans lacking faith in natural systems will seek to impose an order which fits their aesthetic capacities, and thus they disorder. This is war - people have an aesthetic ideal of order, and, trying to impose order, disorder. If we have faith in divine/natural chaos, we will not create war. [By this model, is anti-war activism not just another arrogant attempt to impose an idea of order? It relies on being able to distinguish natural/divine chaos from man-made chaos; fighting natural chaos is war, but striving to un-do man-made chaos is wise.]
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Ideas - free to a good home. Perhaps I should employ hundreds of people to develop and market my ideas. I think my world will be richer, however, if I give my ideas to whomever I think can use them best. Perhaps they'll "steal them", and then make me pay if I want the finished product. That's okay - I have too many ideas to develop them all myself. Perhaps they'll collaborate, because they see that if I have this interest I'll be helpful in the further development and marketing of the product. Besides, they're not my ideas, they're ideas that originated within me, but as a result of the flow of ideas in our culture, and, well, they belong to the world because the world needs them. Ego will only hold me back.
[Challenge: This does not mean that I should not consider the product of my labour as my property, but rather that I should get government grants to fund the research and development of this work. The application process is not a waste of time; it ensures my work has real and optimal impact.]
More powerful than money or might, 'namaste' makes resources flow my way. Namaste: "The highest good within me honours the highest good within you." If you first learn to manage a garden, resources (machines, money, people) will beg to come under your management, for they know you have the heart and skill to help them fulfill their purpose. And they know that you honour them - you do not conceive of them as resources, but as partners - they fulfill you as you fulfill them.
Work is love made visible.
If it weren't for industrialization, we would not need industrialization [bottled water image here]. Anything interior design can do, permaculture biotecture landscaping can do better. yet: The promises of technology have been delivered - practical post-scarcity is now available, but we escape freedom. Like TV, there is a demand for work, to escape our power (response-ability) to do what the world needs. Be how you wish the world to become.
Deep ecology is not anti-technology, it is the ultimate technology - by developing love of life, we boost efficiency of consumption, ecological productivity, and human productivity.
Spontaneity begets Serendipity. Adam Smith wrote a parable against spontaneity. He described a man who thought the world needed his wooden duck sculptures, so he cut down 10 trees and carved 100 ducks. Each carved duck cost $8 in materials plus 5 hours of his time. When he tried to sell them, he sold 20 for $10 each, 30 for $5 each, and 50 for $1 each (possibly bought for firewood). So he spent $800 + 500 hours and received $400. Some people blame the free market for the sufferings of business failure, but he should have tested the market first, and it is thanks to the free market that he got feedback (a reality check) before he cut down more trees. The logic of this market-praising argument relies upon an assumption that labours of love are narrow-minded: the carver's idea of what the world needs was not an informed idea. Eco-centric people, lovers of life, however, ensure their decisions are informed - informed better than they would be if we relied upon the market. We are disciplined by a reality more powerful than the market, we are disciplined by the planet.
Inspired economies do not reject the market. Inspired economies are not anarcho-communist economies; inspired economies save capitalism from capitalists. I want to do a thousand things for the world, but scarcity is as real as abundance, so I must choose which projects I will join. Since being eco-centric is anthropocentric and ego-centric, I am eco-centric; I allocate my resources to the greatest wholistic profit. So we listen to the market, but we are aware of its limits. We are aware that it doesn't reflect the fact that the non-renewable energy input for getting non-organic eggs onto my plate is 9 times the energy value available in the eggs (that prices do not reflect true costs). We are aware that even in an ideal Pareto-efficient market, the market is not efficient if people's values are inefficient/unsustainable.
Exercise market leadership, don't just satisfy demand, claiming virtue while "just following orders".
The most efficient and ecological way to improve quality of life is via imagination - conscious interpretation, Pragmatic Poetry.
This is not to say in an inspired economy you would buck off bosses - I would be happy to hire a manager to manage me.
From a previous election, but still pertinent:
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