The term “Command Economy” (or Planned Economy) is highly toxic in democratically governed nations. This is to note immediately that although terms like “prioritized” or “resources committed”–at the national level–sound like top-down planning, the process here trusts that though these functions are necessary, they can be shorn of old inefficiencies, through modern means. We are describing here a bottom up system, though certainly fully utilizing modern information systems.
Without the money-related profit-motive regulating market dynamics, a non-monetary dynamic must have a means of determining how broadly labor and resources can be committed throughout the nation. Production must provide for all our needs–fundamental and leisure, using ever diminishing resources. No longer can production rely on the topsy-turvy gamesmanship of individual wealth accumulation for satisfying broad needs. With the conscious pursuit of best-practices available throughout most industries–public and private–the broader bottom line is within our grasp.
Operating without money, but good system dynamics, permits inclusivity, as well as environmental integrity.
The outline below is an abstract of the interactions which create a systems-based enterprise. They are configured particularly for access to resources, which being held in common, require new mechanisms for efficient acquisition.
I. Industrial Congress
(Determines generic Production Priorities only)
Staffed by representative manufacturers and the academics who train them in the assumed priorities listed here. No lobbyists are required of this system. The necessary expertise is already at the helm. That is to say, the very practitioners operating production and human development provide the drivers .
Food and Clothing Housing
Transportation Communications Energy
Education Health Government
- [Sports, Arts and Religion will negotiate needs within the Health Priorities, where it is deemed they will be perceived with greater Voice. It is noteworthy that this condensed presentation makes these end products of human thriving appear only as a footnote; whereas the greatly increased opportunities for travel, study and vigorous exercise become the very stuff driving these enterprises.
II. Banks: [Business Plans are submitted to Banks for due diligence, and then authorized, in line with Resource availability]. Banks are staffed with organization analysts and demographers. [Although no money is involved, the term for this function still carries the notion of resource management.]
- Expertise and population statistics for market demand
- Business Registries (to identify collaborators, not “competitors”)
- License individual proprietors for access to resources
Provide Resource Accessibility IDs to enterprises, based on Business Plan. Linked sub-contracts authorize resource access to suppliers.
** In Constant Interaction With **
Trade and Professional Associations
- Define production and durability standards of goods and services
- Certify professional and trade skills
- Hold competitive Trade shows
- (Winners build prototypes, under supervision and resource access of licensed mfg.)
[Although all raw resources are held in Common, this accountability is the only similarity between Central Planning and a system operating without tender.]
III. Make all Resources accessible through National Resource Availability Board
- (Posts electronically, in the manner of our current Stock Exchange, by the minute, all Resource Availabilities and Accessibility (in commonly used units).
- (Mfrs make production and design decisions from this data)
- (Immediate feedback of orders filled is fed back to Industrial Congress, for subsequent assessment of priorities. That is to say, authorization to access the resources is provided with electronic codes that enable instantaneous debits from known Resources.)
- (As Production IDs (from Banks) authorize use of resources, tracking of these commitments can be followed both by generic Industry at the Prioritizing councils, and by individual Mfrs and Suppliers.
IV. National Labor Tracking Board
- Identifies labor flows and regional deficits–thereby providing critical feedback to prioritizing groups.
V. Operational Sustainability Management
(Tracks and restrains commercial and residential waste, by electronic feed-back systems.)
VI. Built-in Behavioral Tools manage consumption guidelines pro-actively, to both cap untempered “grabbing” and facilitate trust and security in supply and dissemination of goods and services. The Social Science Research arm of the Industrial Congress will be heavily involved in consumer affairs.