The End Of The World As We Know It.  I found that on a survivalist web site when I was browsing “moneyless societies.”  Money-obsessed society we know well, and it sucks there’s room for improvement.

Janice didn’t much like money and would have loved to live without it.  Based on our bank balances over the years, she damn near did.  She liked to barter, introduced me to thrift stores, and I bet would like Copiosis.  I hardly ever guess about what Janice would or wouldn’t like or think, but I’d put money on this one, at least for the time being.

A friend mentioned Copiosis some months ago as an economic system without money, which it is, mostly.  It also incorporates anarchism, and that self-reliance, freedom, and shared responsibility appeal to me even more than killing the Federal Reserve Bank, which appeals to me a great deal.

I’ve been talking and conference-calling about Copiosis for a while now, and I’m only just starting to think I might know a couple of things.  First, it’s enormously complex.  Everything depends on the Algorithm (from a book by Al Khwarizmi, the Persian scholar who refined algebra and explained Hindu numbers and mathematics), the formula that attempts to quantify social reputation for every person.  That’s right.

The idea is that we’d all be rewarded individually by society to the extent that each of us benefited other people or the Earth.  How can that be reasonable and fair?  That’s what we’re trying to find out.

Fortunately, it’s also open-source, and enough people can handle the data involved.  Actually, that everything about Copiosis is open-source and available for anybody’s scrutiny makes a big difference to me.  There’s so much government secrecy, from the National Security Agency to the Chico Silly Council, that complete transparency—I think government employees’ pay should be on their uniforms and i.d. cards—is all I’m interested in.

Copiosis requires no government.  Nobody’s in charge, even now.  There’s a founder, and a little working group and that’s about it, maybe fifteen people.  The founder, Perry Gruber, directs things more or less, but just barely.  Things are starting to stir, and I suspect he’s mostly just keeping up.  The plan calls for some sort of organization to assign each person’s reward as determined by the Algorithm, but the people involved have no authority and no other responsibility.

Copiosis also promises everyone access at no cost to what are considered the necessities of life—healthcare, clothing, education, shelter, and food.  It sounds far out, and that’s fine with me.  It’s got to be far out to be worth a damn.  Fiddling with the system we’ve got is like painting a sinking ship.

Frankly, I’d be surprised if a Copiosis society as planned ever thrives worldwide.  I’d also be surprised if Copiosis doesn’t turn out to be the impetus for big changes in the way we do things.  The discussions I’ve had and the little I’ve read make me think that, win or lose, Copiosis is an idea worth refining.  Perry Gruber is gonna talk at 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway in Chico, Wednesday, November 5, at 6.  Come decide for yourself, before the SHTF.

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