A Sustainable Economic Model

In this blog I explained why we need to replace the standard predatory capitalist (i.e. business is war and war is hell) economic model with a more egalitarian model, and in another blog I further explained the long term consequences of continuing business as usual. This raises the question, how do we do that? The answer is surprisingly simple. Now, what I’m about to propose isn’t the only answer, but it’s a powerful one.

The current standard business modal is to lease an existing office building that’s plastered inside and out with toxic chemicals that prolong the life of the building. You suck water and power from the city utility grid, and you hire workers from all over town who commute to and from work everyday to the severe detriment of their health and morale. You pay your workers as little as possible. You make up for the lack of incentive to excel by setting high work quotas, threatening to fire them,” hiring expensive and superfluous middle management teams to crack the whip and brainwash them into believing willful slavery is maturity.

Under this system, even if your business turns a profit, you still lose by destroying the environment, wasting resources and making your workers’ lives miserable. You can begin to fix this problem by redesigning the office building itself. You can build a cheap, sturdy office building off the grid where land is cheap using the following design:

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This architectural model minimizes building expenses, which frees up capital to equip it with solar panels and its own water collection/treatment systems. This will eliminate utility bills in the future. The building will also be strong enough to survive any natural disaster, and it’s fireproof.

The main benefit of this model though is that it provides living quarters for the workers. Plus, it can be easily expanded by adding additional rings for more offices and condos. By bringing the workers’ houses directly into the business you eliminate the need for commutes, which will improve worker health and morale. It allows workers to have more flexible work hours and eliminate response time in case there’s an emergency at work. It also facilitates a tight-knit team mentality without having to resort to psychological manipulation. It also gives your workers financial security as it eliminates the need to pay rent and transportation costs. It also gives the workers a feeling of attachment with their business, which will motivate them to work harder without a boss cracking a whip at them.

Instead of paying your workers the lowest amount possible within the limits of supply and demand, simply give them a generous percentage of the company’s profits. Reserve a portion of the company’s profits to go towards improving the building with better amenities like hot tubs, gardens, extra storage space, better kitchens, etc. Finally, give the workers ownership of their condo upon retirement. This will give your workers a vested interest in the success of the company without having to bully them. This eliminate the need for middle management whose primary job is to monitor worker performance and build paper trails leading to termination or promotion. Your workers won’t need to back-stab each other as they vie for promotion, and you won’t lose your best workers to management. They can simply get on with doing their job, mentoring each other and motivating each other. Best of all, your workers will have minimal motivation to quit and find a higher paying job with better benefits elsewhere. This will eliminate constantly training new employees.

If your company does well, which it should, and grows to employ thousands of employees you’ll incidentally create a major social organization with all the economic might of its members backing it. Then organizing your friends, family and coworkers to take political action is simply a matter of sending a company-wide E-mail. And you won’t have to worry about unionizing because the entire business will already be unionized. And the CEO won’t have to worry about exploiting the workers to build his mansion because the office is the mansion and all the workers will get to use it.

This business model is suited for any type of business from warehouse distribution to computer programming to assembly line production to publishing houses to farmers in third world countries. It can even be used as an intellectual monastery where resident intellectuals (or intellectuals on sabbatical) can complete their life’s works. Writers can work as a team to quickly produce quality literature and share the profits without relying on the outdated publishing industry that hordes writers’ profits and stifles innovation.

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One response to “A Sustainable Economic Model

  • R

    Hi! I’m really glad you’re talking about the excesses of capitalism and how to improve a country’s economic system, which people usually dismiss as that thing the Russians once tried to do which clearly was dumb because they weren’t able to make it work properly.

    One thing that your model of a sustainable economy doesn’t address is that, if what you call predatory capitalism disempowers individuals by creating conditions of poverty, this model also fails to empower individuals because it still places them at the mercy of companies. In this model, workers literally live in the company, so their choices are ultimately controlled by the company, and since, as you say, the company would have a very strong social organization, individual dissent would probably also be limited due to tight social control. Furthermore, since this company would theoretically still try to maximize profit, even though workers share in the profit, there would still be an incentive for the company to provide the lowest costing services to the workers living in the company that would have them not complain while still trying to sell as much product/service to people outside of the company as before. Worse, the company leaders may even psychologically manipulate the workers into believing that low cost services provided are actually beneficial when in reality they aren’t. Taken to an extreme, this just creates a servile worker class who is serving some powerful company leaders that claim to represent their interests.

    For a concrete example of how choices might be limited, we can use an example of food – presumably, the company would provide some kind of grocery store or something so workers can get food. But, it’s still cheapest for the company to provide heavily processed foods instead of sustainably grown foods that have much higher nutritional value. And if only a few people say something, they’ll probably be shut down by everyone else saying that buying more expensive food is unnecessary, even if it is better for you. And since the idea of having the workers live in the company was that they wouldn’t have to travel, they probably won’t have cars, so then they are forced to eat the food provided by the company. This could eventually lead to these workers getting health problems based on low nutrition, making them less productive workers but, more importantly, also reducing their quality of life as people. And when they have health problems, they have to go exclusively to those doctors that the company has made available for them, which also doesn’t allow these patients to have care that is tailored to their own needs.

    Basically, my concern is that in this structure, companies actually have more power over the lives of people because the workers living there become a captive audience to the services provided by the company, which incentivizes them to provide the least costly, but still acceptable, services to the workers, while still maintaining the money-hoarding motivations for the company.

    Cheers to you for trying to think about poverty and capitalism though, and I look forward to reading more of your posts!


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