inspired by the Venus project
The end goal
The economy in the world works like this:
- There is no money
- edit: This was implied but needed to be stated there are no countries, borders or any form of citizenship that doesn't apply to everyone
- All government decisions are made using the scientific method
- Jobs are assigned to people according to need and skills
- Everything is free and shared equally between the people
- Since jobs are considered a burden, they are constantly being automatized and there is no repetition: only one company would make every product and make it as durable as humanly possible. As a result the working week rapidly shrinks to several hours at most.
- There is a very high quality of life for everyone
The question: how to get there?
Assuming the starting point is our world, how would a transition to this world work?
My assumptions is (and feel free to criticize it) that the only thing that needs to happen is a political / social change. I.e. no great leaps in technology are needed. It's just a matter or priority and discipline: everyone continue working without pay, and just do what is actually needed (farming - yes, marketing - less so) and you get a wealthy society with minimum effort.
- The very wealthy would have a lot to lose and would fight against such a thing
- This stands in contrast with various concepts of tribes: nationality, race, etc.
- Would people actually work when everything is free? would they innovate?
- Making decisions according to science may disregards many special interests of groups, such as religious groups or ethnic groups.
This question seemed to anger some people so I want to comment on this: The world I described is one in which everything is orchestrated with machines, algorithms etc to benefit all. As opposed to the current economical system which has no answer to many problems the world is facing.
The question of cooperation is a very big one in many fields of research (game theory, biology, economics, psychology..) and cooperation on a global scale is, to me, a fascinating question and one of dramatic consequences.
Does it have things in common with communism? sure. Communism is a vast school of thought that includes many ideas and concepts.
I don't think a "scent" of communism is a reason to throw an idea away and avoid the conversation. Almost all comment disregarded the question saying that communism doesn't work. That wasn't even the question.
To repeat, my question was under what circumstances do you think the world could develop a shared economy. Not "would it work". So "communism doesn't work" misses the question on two levels.
It seems to me like the question is tabooed because it reminds people of communism. I actually think this is one of the things that make it interesting. Communism is considered almost synonymous with evil, and here was a live example that this applies to anything associated with it, like sharing and money-less economies.
If the question is not interesting or doesn't comply with site standards, do down-vote. But don't do so because it doesn't fit your ideology.
by the way
A relevant answer could also be "It would never happen, here's why", or "An amnesia epidemic made everyone forget communism" etc. I just don't see why the mere discussion has to be censured.