by Jeff Ganaposki
I could tell you of a wondrous future, where pain and suffering is minute in comparison to your present situation. And that your children’s children will live in a better world, a more prosperous world. But you would not believe me. Few bother to verify the future ‘casts anymore. The Perpetual Tranquility Broadcasting System is infallible, right? We don’t call them the “Powers That Be,” for nothing, right?
Living in the Ecological Paradise of Earth 128 is hard to explain. A planet, whose civilizations have shed the deadly parasitism of its most tenacious predators, is not easy to explain to those entrapped in the “old ways.”
Let me expand further. It is the year 128, or the 128th year after the Ascension of the Humani. The Humani was the term adopted by those who broke with the past, and instituted the New Marketplace. The Newmies, as they were dubbed by the slicksters and slime throwing segment, had embraced a startling philosophy. They deemed that they would no longer accept the indoctrination of money madness, nor tolerate usury or other scams to incrementally rob, cheat or otherwise injure another. They sought equitable trade for that which they produced, labored, or moved, and treated others with respect.
Under the New Marketplace, if an entrepreneur wished to “capitalize” a new endeavor, he merely issued a portfolio of private promissory notes, denominated in that which the enterprise could produce or perform, to be used to trade (purchase) for labor and materials. It was usually preceded by a public notice of the issuance, with the credentials and resumes of any particularly skilled individuals attached to the project, and the estimated discharge date for all notes. Some projects could begin discharging notes after only a short interval of time. Other projects predicted decades before extinguishing the notes. In any event, those promissory notes entered into the marketplace, as a vessel of future value, to facilitate trade until they were tendered and extinguished, in accord and satisfaction.
This had a profound effect on the nature of business and trade. Under the old money maddened and usury plagued rules, any enterprise spent into circulation a sum of money tokens to purchase labor and materials, which were then used to generate goods and services. The selling price had to be high enough to recover all costs (and taxes) -and- a profit margin, which was necessary to pay the usury embedded in the system. But since the money token supply was finite, and insufficient, and the usury required ever more tokens to be created, the marketplace was more like a battlefield, as competitors fought for market share and increased revenues with which to placate investors and creditors.
Due to contrary forces of government taxation and bureaucracy, protected usury, and a scarce money token system, the culture was skewed into “making money” (acquiring excess money tokens) but not necessarily making prosperity. In fact, it would appear that most were unaware of the concept.
Prosperity is the result of production, trade and enjoyment of surplus usable goods and services. Doing more with less so more can enjoy advances happiness. Doing less with more so few can enjoy produces misery. This is common knowledge, today, but not in the past.
As the “Newmies” grew in prosperity and in size, there were conflicts with the guardians of the “old Way.” But as with all obsolete and unproductive predations, they were no longer tolerated nor subsidized.
What then resulted from unleashing the productive capacity of over seven billions of people, was a fundamental transformation of civilization, local, regional, and national. No longer were people fighting over the finite resources of the planet. With clear and logical discussion of each problem, rational solutions were proffered and a consensus reached.
Though the planet had a finite surface area, it was realized that life existed in a volume. Thickening the life bearing volume of the planet eliminated the conflict between wildlife habitat versus human habitat and its adjunct, agricultural habitat. The Humani, with ever greater surpluses and resources of creative and industrious people, set about making their world anew.
Industrial sites were transformed into art, or relocated into areas that would not be indelibly scarred by their requirements, effluent and detritus. Some were moved underground, into mountains, onto floating islands, or within submerged complexes, whichever made the most sense. Cost was no object, because there was no money involved. Those who saw the benefits pledged their surpluses and made it happened thus.
You must realize the immensity of overhead that predation causes in civilization to comprehend the unleashing of potential of the Humani. Assume that the nonproductive “rich” – those who “skim” enough from the productive masses – are a mere 1% of society. They are also targeted by predators, which we will grant is ten times their number, or 10%. To defend against those predators, the “rich” hire protection – private security – personal guards – and pay bribes to government for “special” treatment. This adds at least 2 to 3% of people doing labor that is not generating useful goods and services (Protection from predation is a terrible waste of resources).
Recalculating, we have 4% doing non-useful activities to maintain their parasitic predatory status, with another 10% preying on them and others, for a total of 14%. But the biggest brake on civilization is the privileged recipient class and its attendant bureaucracy. This accounts for upwards of 40% or more of the useless activity – administration and overhead costs, too.
Subsidized nonproductivity is a strange result of the disconnect between the means to acquire money tokens (labor and usury), and the necessity to have the money tokens to trade for one’s necessities.
With mass production, technology, and automation incrementally reducing the amount of labor embodied in goods and services, “the system” keeps shedding jobs, while still generating sufficient goods and services. This has a negative feedback effect. In essence, while the embodied cost in labor keeps dropping, the dwindling number of laborers means many more cannot purchase that which they need. Since money madness rules the day, the purported solution to poverty is “give the poor some money.” And since money is scarce, it is taken, by government, from the productive and given to the non-productive, pitiful or not.
The repercussions of creating a class of recipients is that once they reach a majority or even a substantial bloc, they will influence the government officials to “Tax others and bribe them.” The net result is a society plagued by a government that penalizes the productive for the benefit of the non-productive. Such a civilization cannot long sustain and collapses into poverty. Which is ironic, since money madness is partly to blame for poverty.
Of course, poverty is not caused by lack of money. If that was true, poverty could be eliminated by granting everyone a bank balance of a billion billion quatloos – a substantial sum. Unfortunately, once everyone believes that they are “set for life,” with all the money tokens that they can ever spend, they cease to do those productive activities that generate the goods and services bought with those money tokens. In short, civilization collapses.
We realize that “seeking wealth,” is an illusion, and we no longer embrace such foolishness. Real prosperity and happiness is dependent upon the productive and creative people, who generate the useful goods and services we all enjoy.
Money is not prosperity. Nor does money make prosperity. Prosperity is not dependent upon the intrinsic value of the money token or whatever is used to carry value forward to a future transaction. The reality is that in all non-barter transactions (where the equitable exchange is completed for all parties), one party to the trade has what he wants NOW and the other party has a promise that he can tender LATER at a future transaction for that which he wants THEN. The only barrier to the acceptance of alternatives to government authorized money tokens is the TRUST in the issuing party. Those who build a reputation for honoring their notes are “Noteworthy.” Their word and their promises are ironclad, unbreakable, and dependable. Such individuals are the pillars of their community. Their word is their bond, and they are truly the “richest” men in town.
Large scale industries that have developed a reputation for excellence and dependability also benefit in the sense that they can “capitalize” their production with their promissory notes, and avoid the losses caused by usurers and other skims. Instead of paying dividends, denominated in money tokens, they issue private promissory notes denominated in that which they manufacture or can perform. The net result is zero pressure for increased market share and no destructive competition. The more you can produce, the more notes you can issue for customers to trade for your production.
Another benefit of private promissory notes – each holder of a note becomes a potential customer for the issuer. Businesses do not have to “fight” nor advertise for new customers, as their own notes create a ready pool of customers. And after redeeming all notes, any further transactions are pure profit (surplus), since the capitalization cost was embodied in the notes extinguished. And frankly, any enterprise should multiply the value of the embodied labor and materials into that which is of greater value or greater utility. Otherwise, why bother?
With intolerance of predators, and the end of their rule, Earth has changed. The net result of this transformation is a civilization that can fully utilize its varied skills and capacities. With each “labor saving” advance, more are free to do “other things.” As more and more people are “doing other things,” and creating the “money” with which to trade for them, the marketplace of goods and services is overflowing with the necessities and the luxuries once thought impossible or rationed to the favored few. No longer are people forced to compromise and budget their paltry sums of money tokens. No longer can producers generate junk and foist it on the public. Excellence is now the new standard. Quality is the new watchword. For if one will not produce to the best of his ability, the customer can and will go elsewhere, and the word swiftly spreads.
Among those “other things,” individuals, groups, and nations have embarked on ambitious projects that have improved the human condition and bestowed a better future for our children’s children.
To name but a few:
 Globe spanning vacuum tube maglev transportation system. Hypersonic travel (4000 to 5000 mph), at minimal cost, linking the people of the world and their prodigious production.
 Habitat multiplication. Subterranean cities. Intermountain enclaves. Terraced and contoured mountainsides. Floating cities along coasts. Submerged habitats and industrial parks. Hemipyrs. Multiformed architecture with engineered wildlife habitat. Dual Ring villages and cities.
 Engineered waterways. Flood prevention. Transportation. Habitat multiplication. Expanded agricultural habitat. Entertainment. Engineered ecological reserves and parks.
 Side effect of “thickened” life bearing volume has boosted the knowledge of augmented biological environments. This has been successfully applied to gigantic self sufficient orbiting space colonies. (Technically speaking, they are “surplus generating” space colonies, but that they can self support without resupply for upwards of 200 years is the important feature. And since they are dependent upon the Interplanetary Transport Network, “speedy delivery” is impractical.)
 Orbiting space colonies. Habitats, vessels and hulls, created by robotic miners and fabricators, mined from asteroids, filled with resources collected from moons and comets, launched across the solar system, have been harvested by men, stocked and crewed, and now fill the heavens. At night, the twinkling of immense multitudes of vessels makes for a “Firefly sky.”
To the Humani life is the gift of pure being. Life is its own answer to the question : What is the meaning of life. Accept and embrace life and enjoy it, day by day. Live as well as possible and work toward perfection in all things. Expect nothing more from life nor make demands upon it or others. Destroy nothing without a purpose to build something better. Humble no one. Look for fault in no one. Leave unsullied and untouched all that is beautiful, if possible, make it even better. We all know what is needed to be done, when we all consider the impact upon the seventh generation to come … even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine – as the Iroquois once said.