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Anarcho-syndicalism , an ideology centred on self-management of labour , socialism and direct democracy. Heritage check system[ edit ] Heritage check system, a socioeconomic plan that retains a market economy, but removes fractional reserve lending power from banks and limits government printing of money to offset deflation with money printed being used to buy materials to back the currency, pay for government programs in lieu of taxes, with the remainder to be split evenly among all citizens to stimulate the economy termed a "heritage check" for which the system is named. As presented by the original author of the idea, Robert Heinlein , in his book For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs , the system would be self-reinforcing and eventually result in a regular heritage checks able to provide a modest living for most citizens. The participatory economy focuses on the participation of all citizens through the creation of worker councils and consumer councils. Hahnel emphasizes the direct participation of worker and consumers rather than appointing representatives. The councils are concerned with large-scale issues of production and consumption and are broken into various bodies tasked with researching future development projects.

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Anarcho-syndicalism , an ideology centred on self-management of labour , socialism and direct democracy. Heritage check system[ edit ] Heritage check system, a socioeconomic plan that retains a market economy, but removes fractional reserve lending power from banks and limits government printing of money to offset deflation with money printed being used to buy materials to back the currency, pay for government programs in lieu of taxes, with the remainder to be split evenly among all citizens to stimulate the economy termed a "heritage check" for which the system is named.

As presented by the original author of the idea, Robert Heinlein , in his book For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs , the system would be self-reinforcing and eventually result in a regular heritage checks able to provide a modest living for most citizens. The participatory economy focuses on the participation of all citizens through the creation of worker councils and consumer councils.

Hahnel emphasizes the direct participation of worker and consumers rather than appointing representatives. The councils are concerned with large-scale issues of production and consumption and are broken into various bodies tasked with researching future development projects. In a participatory economy, economic rewards would be offered according to need, the amount of which would be determined democratically by the workers council.

Hahnel also calls for "economic justice" by rewarding people for their effort and diligence rather than accomplishments or prior ownership. Consumption rights are then rewarded according to the effort ratings. The worker has the choice to decide what they consume using their consumption rights.

Hahnel does not address the idea of money, currency, or how consumption rights would be tracked. Planning in a participatory economy is done through the councils. The process is horizontal across the committees as opposed to vertical. All council members, the workers and consumers, participate directly in planning unlike in Soviet-type economies and other democratic planning proposals in which planning is done by representatives. Planning is an iterative procedure, always being changed and improved upon, that is accomplished at the level of either work or consumption.

All information and proposals are freely available to everyone, those inside and outside of the council, so that the social cost of each proposal can be determined and voted on. Long-term plans such as structuring public transportation, residential zones and recreational areas, are to be proposed by delegates and approved by direct democracy i.

Hahnel argues that a participatory economy will return empathy to our purchasing choices. Capitalism removes the knowledge of how and by whom a product was made: "When we eat a salad the market systematically deletes information about the migrant workers who picked it". Introducing worker and consumer councils would reintroduce the knowledge of where, how and by whom products were manufactured. A participatory economy is expected to also introduce more socially oriented goods, such as parks, clean air, and public health care, through the interaction of the two councils.

For those that call the participatory economy utopian , Albert and Hahnel counter: [8] Are we being utopian? It is utopian to expect more from a system than it can possibly deliver. To expect equality and justice—or even rationality—from capitalism is utopian. To expect social solidarity from markets, or self-management from central planning, is equally utopian.

To argue that competition can yield empathy or that authoritarianism can promote initiative or that keeping most people from decision making can employ human potential most fully: these are utopian fantasies without question.

But to recognize human potentials and to seek to embody their development into a set of economic institutions and then to expect those institutions to encourage desirable outcomes is no more than reasonable theorizing.

What is utopian is not planting new seeds but expecting flowers from dying weeds. Socialism[ edit ] Socialism often implies common ownership of companies and a planned economy, though as an inherently pluralistic ideology, it is argued whether either are essential features.

Helpful definitions surrounding socialism: Socialism , an economic system based on public or cooperative ownership of the means of production where production is carried out to directly produce use-value , that includes a moneyless form of accounting such as physical resource accounting or labor-time and based on the direct production of utility rather than on the capitalist laws of accumulation and value. Some models of socialism imply economic planning for the allocation of the factors of production in place of capital markets , while other models of socialism retain market-based allocation of capital goods.

Some Marxists believe socialism would eventually in turn evolve into communism. Planned socialism , a type of socialism where some form of economic planning substitutes markets for allocating the factors of production and for coordinating the economy. There are various types of planning, including central planning and decentralized planning ; material balance planning , input-output planning and computerized planning. Market socialism , a type of socialism based on socialization and public or cooperative ownership of the means of production, but retains monetary calculation and market competition and utilizes markets as the primary way of allocating the factors of production.

Communalism , a political theory based on the writings of Murray Bookchin. Bookchin developed Communalism after he broke with anarchism believing it to be individualist and lifestylist. It is based on libertarian municipalism , confederalism and social ecology.

The evolution and increasing sophistication of both automation and information technology is said to threaten jobs and highlight internal contradictions in Capitalism which will allegedly ultimately lead to its collapse. A modern example of this technological unemployment is the replacement of retail cashiers by self-service checkouts.

Information technology[ edit ] Postcapitalism is said to be possible due to major changes information technology has brought about in recent years. It has blurred the edges between work and free time [13] and loosened the relationship between work and wages. Information is abundant and information goods are freely replicable. If the normal price mechanism of capitalism prevails, then the price of any good which has essentially no cost of reproduction will fall towards zero.

But many significant commodities in the digital economy are now free and open-source, such as Linux , Firefox , and Wikipedia.

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Among many now discussing this question are the participants in the s debate over whether central planning or a market-based system of socialism represented the best hope for a human future. One of the theorists most prominent in this debate, the philosopher David Schweickart of Loyola University in Chicago , has recently contributed a short book in specific recognition that people involved in the growing resistance movement to capital are indeed looking for ways to think about the alternatives. Schweickart wants to show that the primary negative aspects of capitalism — which he sums up as excessive inequality, unemployment, overwork, poverty, lack of democracy and environmental degradation — are necessary results of its structural features, and that a differently structured system which he calls Economic Democracy is viable, practical and superior to capitalism regarding all six of these negatives. Moreover, Schweickart argues, the transition from capitalism to Economic Democracy will not require a thorough social restructuring and can be carried out on a national scale by way of a few major reforms implemented by an elected radical government. But Schweickart starts from scratch in order to ground his analysis on an original foundation, and his first chapter lets us know his intention to found a new tradition. We are vastly better situated than was Marx or even Lenin in this respect, for we have accessible to us not only a century of unprecedented socioeconomic experimentation but also data and conceptual tools that were unavailable to the founding theoreticians of socialism.

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