I don't believe there is one agreed-upon definition of "an economy", but the one I like to base my reasoning on is "The means by which a society obtains and distributes the resources necessary for living to its members."
2. I have read that "economy" comes from the Greek for "housekeeping." Makes sense. Each household has to run itself, get food, water, shelter, clothing. These are the absolutes, our needs as biological creatures.
Our current economy is, by that definition, pretty poor.
3. Some people have enough resources to blast themselves, encased in a giant phallus, to the edge of the gravity well.
Some don't.
All in one country.
Piss poor economy, I'd say.
4. Our economy is kind of a Rube Goldberg machine.
The way we get food, water, clothing, and lodging is, we extract hard resources from Earth, apply high levels of energy to them, and convert them into what is called "products."
Then we can advertise this products thing, and sell
5. No one has direct access to food or water. If the nationwide gas station system went down and took the electricity with it there would be mass starvation in America's cities. Death by thirst in the desert southwest. We get our food and water by this convoluted system
6. Where everyone participates in the product economy. Some make product, some sell it, some drive it around, some put it in boxes, some print orders, some haul it to the dump, some drive the bulldozers that bury it in the dump, and the cycle never ends. Using fossil energy
7. We extract physical resources from Earth - minerals, fuels, soils, biological resources, everything we use to make and move products, we extract all of that from Earth.
With fossil fuels.
We used to use slaves.
Slavery was evil.
So is climate change.
But - I digress.
8. And the instant the fossil energy necessary to extract that resource is embedded in that resource, that resource is converted to product.
Then that product is bought and sold, shipped and handled. All by people getting their share of the national resources.
Who decides?
9. Who decides what is your share of the resources obtained and distributed by our economy?
How come some people get to fuck the sky and other people have to sleep in a twenty year old minivan?
It's hard wired into the system.
Anyway, back to my point. (Yes, it's out there.) 🔭
10. Through their participation in the products system, Americans get stuff called money. Money is really weird stuff. It doesn't exist but you can't live without it.
They take their money - along with, usually some concentrated energy which they bought with money ⛽🛢️🚙🚕🛵🏍️
11. And they give one person money for food, which is a sub-category of product, itself still definably and monetizably product, and take it home. 🚛🚈🚎🚉🚘🍞🥑🍟🍕🥮
12. But the person they gave the money to for the food didn't own the food and doesn't get to keep the money - I told you this was convoluted.
13. Imagine if we turned that one on its head?
The purpose of an economy is to obtain and distribute resources to its member humans. What if we made an economy where what humans did was to enhance and guide the natural growing Earth to produce necessary resources directly?
14. Food, water, homes for ourselves and the many animals who have partnered up with us over the millennia, clothing to keep us comfortable and safe.
It all comes from Earth now. There is no place else to get it.
We just go through these high energy processes, and we've broken
15. The carbon cycle.
And it turned out to be *really* important.
We need to fix it.
The same things that would fix the carbon cycle would provide all we need.
Not necessarily everything we currently want.
16. Before I can go farther into my hypothetical economy I've got to talk about money.
Money is really weird stuff and I don't claim to understand it deeply.
Money is created by banks. As debt. With interest.
It is just *poof* created.
We have this mental image of a bank
17. Reaching down into its deposits, and lending some of that more-or-less real or existent money (various stages of imaginary / agreed upon geeze my head aches)
Anyway, that's not how it works. Banks don't lend their deposits out. The deposits stay right there in the ether 🖥️💻
18. And magic nonexistent numbers are put into a different computer file and somebody then has the power to spend money to buy product, perhaps to use to make product.
So we'd have to all agree to place value in a healing, growing, carbon sequestering, highly energy efficient
19. System which produced enough water, food, fiber, and shelter materials for all the people to live in reasonable comfort, safe, warm, physically comfortable, well fed, dressed, sheltered from the elements. You can make a roof out of grass that will last a hundred years. Why 🚫
20. That's where Maggie Thatcher got her name.
21. The way I am able to live the life I have chosen is, I am a disabled veteran. 100%.
Please do not thank me for my service. Seriously. Please.
It is neither generous nor stingy. I have enough money, and spent my life's earnings acquiring a piece of land.
22. People often say to me, "How you gonna make people do this? Gonna take a big police state you'll have to be Stalin..."
Based on what?
How I would make people do this is I would say, "Here's a piece of land. Spend your time enhancing it. Subsistence income, housing assistance,
23. lifetime occupancy with right of inheritance as long as you work within the established energy efficient guidelines. Two good trained donkeys and necessary implements included."
And then I'd take applications.
24. This economy would balance production and products to specific needs. If somebody needs a new wagon, somebody makes a new wagon. There is no need for advertising and the only things that go in landfills / dumps are roughly the same things that did in 5,000 BCE. Broken pots.
25. The vast majority of human needs can be satisfied with the annual production of properly functioning ecosystems. We figured out, 8000 years ago maybe, how to strip the soil and get annual grasses / grass seeds (cereal grains.)
We've learned maybe four or five things since.
26. I mentioned grass roofs. Houses can be, and are, made of local hardwoods, grasses, mud - nice houses. We don't call it mud we call it cob, because mud sounds like, you know, living in a mud hut...
27. We can run an entire national economy where 100% of our energy needs are made of and powered by naturally extracted atmospheric carbon.
Donkeys are. Horses. Bulls. Camels. Yaks. Water buffalo. Hay, hay, hay, grass, atmospheric carbon purpose extracted.
28. You're not going to believe this, but the product economy defines "efficient" as "requires the minimum possible amount of human activity."
Can you believe that?
Then everyone says, "There are too many humans, we've got to tear down some ecosystem to make Jobs for the bastards
29. While we're ripping the guts out of living Earth to obtain energy to make all the people redundant while speeding up the rate of product moving from extraction as resource to burial as waste and at least the guy driving the bulldozer on the landfill has a Job
30. Big farms go bankrupt in the United States virtually every day. If Bill Gates actually gave a flying fuck about climate change he could subdivide a few hundred thousand of his acres of farmground into five and ten acre plots and fund carbon removal and long term sequestration
31. He could fund one 25 hp compact utility tractor plus implements for every six to ten household work group, plus maintenance.
We've got the humans - Joe Biden wants to put them to work bulldozing and paving ecosystems and claim it's For the Climate™.
We've got donkeys Horses
32. You don't have to pay a family enough to buy a car. Or insure it. That's kinda the point.
Apply human intelligence to the land and biome. Do everything in our human ability, using 100% atmospheric carbon based power, to enhance the land to produce widely diverse foods,
33. To restore beavers to every watershed where they naturally occurred...
We could coppice trees in some areas, use the coppice output to produce biochar, getting as a byproduct localized high energy for appropriate us, say washing machines, machine shops - only produce to need.
34. Instead of creating money out of thin air to pay for degrading Earth, create money out of thin air to heal Earth. It's all done by extracting atmospheric carbon. Products result. Automatically.
You just gotta slow down and look.

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