Resource-Based Economic Model

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A Resource-Based Economic Model (RBEM), or Resource-Based Economy (RBE), is a social engineering system that cannot be understood by analysing the words "Resource", "-Based" or "Economy" alone or in combination between them. RBEM is a label applicable to a group of beliefs, preferences, values and principles, and which has been documented in books, blogs, films and interviews by different people and in different ways. It has been deemed to be an entirely novel concept, and therefore not being able to be defined by any pre-existing ideologies or -isms.

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[edit] In short...

According to The Venus Project, it is a "holistic socio-economic system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money".[1]

According to The Zeitgeist Movement, it is "is about taking a direct technical approach to social management as opposed to a Monetary or even Political one".[2]

It has been also widely regarded as "the application of the scientific method for social concern"[3][4][5][6][7][8][9], and therefore, social engineering.

[edit] Reasoning behind the need to transition toward a Resource-Based Economic Model

Although this knowledgebase is not concerned with dealing with the perceived problems of the current system, there are some key concerns that are notable for its objectivity and criticality.[vague]

[edit] Continuous Growth in a Finite Planet

The basic common denominator mission of movements and projects of the likes of The Zeitgeist Movement, The Venus Project, The Free World Charter, The RBE10K Project, is to prevent the collapses of Human society and of Earth's natural environment as we have known it since the beginnings of Human History, as a result from continuous growth in a finite planet.

In the Natural world continuous growth always reaches a point of saturation, usually followed by a collapse. An example of this phenomenon is a malign tumor, which grows without stopping until it interferes so drastically with the metabolism of the organism of its host, that ends up causing the death of its hostand consequently its own death too. Another example are buffalo herds in Africa, which tend to grow in numbers until the savannahs they live on cannot sustain them any more, prompting individuals to starve, sometimes even causing mass famine and death.

[edit] Exponential trends

Naturally, once learned that continuous growth is impossible, many people feel motivated to prevent the possibility of Humanity's collapse, as they understand that business as usuall would do little or nothing to prevent such collapse. Examples of current exponential trends within the last 200 years are:

With these and many other trends that appear to be exponential, a telltale signature of continuous growth, it is not difficult to conclude that our species is accelerating toward a catastrophic end, and with it, many other species as well.

[edit] Sustainability

The heart of the solution to continuous growth is Sustainability, and unlike the many organisations that that promote Sustainability as an important issue where we have to make progress being less wasteful and achieve harmony with the environment someday somehow, all of the projects and movements which promote a Resource-Based Economic Model consider that Sustainability is paramount, is the only way our species has any chances of survival in the long term and past the next couple of generations, and that it is critical that we globally adopt systems and behaviours to ensure Sustainability with the highest degree of importance, and as a matter of non-negotiable top priority.

[edit] The Resource-Based Economic Model proposed as a solution

The social engineer and inventor Jacque Fresco coined a group of social and economic guidelines with the name of Resource-Based Economic Model, or now also known as Resource-Based Economic Model, or simply RBE or RBEM'. These social and economic guidelines cannot be derived from the meaning of the words Resource-Based Economic Model, so the name must be thought of just as alabel or an identifier, very loosely related to the actual concept.

Although there has not been as yet any formal and accurate description of a Resource-Based Economic Model, there are a number of premises that appear to be loosely agreed by all those who actively support the idea of an RBEM:

  1. Every action or endeavour Humanity takes must be sustainable, i.e. must ensure the feasibility of an age-long continuity of such action or endeavour
  2. Technology must be expanded and used in any and all areas in which it can be used to allow for, or increase efficiency of, a capacity for full freedom for any and every person, provided that Sustainability is maintained
  3. There is not recognition or protection of any individual's claims to physical or intellectual property

From those understandings, a great deal of principles and values can be derived, such as the replacement of authority with systems, the equality of all people on Earth, physical and psychological health becoming a top social concern, property becoming an obsolete notion, etc.

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