Kolzene wrote:Nothing, money is not needed. The Technate produces what the people want, then they get it. Energy Accounting is only there to keep track of what people consume, so that the production sequences know how much of every item and service to produce next time. There is no buying or trading done, at least for mass-produced items. There might very well be a secondary economy for things that are still scarce (like antiques and original artwork), but Technocracy does not deal with that end of things. People will come up with whatever they want to deal with those sorts of things. Check out the article I linked to in my last post for some more information on Energy Accounting.
Well I can see a couple of flaws in this line of thinking. Firstly lets identify some agents to see why they will need money. Firstly we have the Technate: this is a commune, commonwealth or state of some sort. So the technate is, in aggregate, an agent itself. Depending on whether it is a stratified hierarchy or a flatter headless association it will act more or less as a single agent in some interactions with other agents. Then there are the various persons that make up the technate, from presidents / CEOs down through offiicals, bureaucrats and other managers to the hoi polloi: workers etc we will call these technodes. Then there is everybody else: rival technates, rival states and all the persons within them.
So Energy Accounting might well facilitate production and distribution internally to the technate commune and may work very well for that purpose however it is of no use for facilitating external
- The technate cannot use it to trade with other states or persons not owned by the technate.
If the technate wants for its production inputs not already possessed in sufficient quantities it will have to take them by conquest (borg style) or barter for them (inefficient). Example problem: 3 tons of Strontium are required for various production needs but the Locus Lunus Technate does not possess the required element. Nation Zeta Prime does possess surplus strontium and regularly sells it on international markets. How does the Locus Lunus Technate aquire the needed Strontium? Buy it with some money or invade Nation Zeta Prime and seize its assets?
- Persons in the technate will have nothing except barter goods with which to trade if they interact with persons not associated with the technate. This means simple things like going on holiday are not simple. Example problem: How does technode Jim Jetson tertiary adjunct of the Californian Technate take his family on holiday to Abu Dhabi and pay a cab fare?