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:
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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