The gifting idea is fine,,,, except that, in the long run, more and more people will expect a free lunch. That's the way that human nature works.
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!"
"should be rewarded according to how much he works."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_each_ ... d_examples
Those 2 phrases spell out the essential details between capitalism and socialism.
Socialism works fine for ants because they're all equal. and all do the same work.
Pre-historic shamans probably invented socialism. They wanted to commune with the gods all day rather than doing any actual work.
I do believe in an economy based on sharing like the Amish. They don't allow anybody to join them so they have pretty good control on work imput. In the real world, it's far more difficult to establish work imput. We tend to relate it to wealth produced. This is a big fallacy foisted on us by society and power groups.
We need a new paradigm for establishing value. Fuck the money standard. With computers, we can create a new accounting.
Suppose that everything was accounted for. All your contributions and all your misdeeds.
Everything that you did would measured against it's value to society.
Raise good kids,,, that has great value.++++++++
Execute your job competently ++++
DUI crash - - - - -
Intentionally mess up somebody's life - - - - -
The support that you receive from society would be based on your contribution to society. The creativity at Burning man would be a ++++++++
Why should Madoff get 50 years and Milken get only 3 AND $55 million. He ruined the lives of hundreds of people. If he had been judged on his total effect on society, he would be so negative that society would just withdraw ALL support.
This system would recompense the charity worker AND the researcher.
It wouldn't compensate the able-bodied layabout.
There are flaws. I think that most of them could be compensated for. This system would wouldn't be cold-blooded like bare-knuckles capitalism. It wouldn't destroy incentive like socialism.
The system could be jiggered until it had the best parts of both capitalism and socialism.
Give me time to figure it out.
I don't post things because I believe that they are the absolute truth. I post them because I believe that they should be considered.