I just finished watching Robert Reisch’s film, Inequality for All, and I highly recommend it. It’s available on Netflix. It gives a wonderful insight into the issue of inequality, that is, the disparity between what the lowest and highest employees are paid. Interestingly, the only conclusion he comes to is that the system is really messed up and it’s going to take some real innovative thinking to correct, or perhaps, reinvent it. My fear is that the whole thing will collapse before there’s an opportunity to showcase what we’re trying to do. That’s why I’m thinking of trying this in Costa Rica, away from the divisiveness and political climate that’s appearing in the United States.
I’m finding the works of Reed Kinney and Thomas Greco are providing excellent guidelines in community building and economics, with many examples of successes and failures. So, let’s start building a model!
Decentralized Economic Social Organization …DESO Okay, now I see it! So here’s a fictional layout of the basic concepts:
Our landlord, Douglas, is a well-known restauranteur who, due to a drop in global tourism, was forced close his downtown restaurant. He has a beautiful piece of property comprising: several cabinas and multifamily apartments, a swimming pool/bar, a soccer field, several tilapia ponds, a conference area, and several citrus and banana plants. In addition, we have restaurant gear: refrigerators, freezers, tables and chairs, cooking grills, sandwich presses. This property is located near to a major city, and on several bus routes. What Douglas needs is capital.
Our first level comprises my landlord, myself and any other of the 5 or 6 residents of our compound who are interested. We can provide food, entertainment, meeting space, and the physical focus of a node. For we residents, it is the epicenter. We all have immediate contact with one another. Virtually everything we do impacts all of the other members of the family. Therefore, anything we do should benefit all members while disenfranchising none and, everything we do must be completely transparent!
For services we can provide the following:
- Assisted Living
- Convention Facilities
- Design/Build Services
We would like to get 10 investors at $10,000 each for a $100,000 base.
Proposals might include:
- Production of All-Terrain Wheelchair
- 3-D Printing Facility
- Cabinetry Shop
- Restaurant/catering facility
We ought to develop a type of pamphlet, if you will, to show clearly what we are trying to accomplish. The advantages and responsibilities must be clearly shown. We must also make clear that the process of “dialogue” is not simply complaining nor is it strictly majority rules. It is more an effort to find and fund projects which are to everyone’s advantage. I can see developing an app for use on cell phones, which could display the activity of the community as a whole.
Locally, Suzanne Smith (large family farm), Dr. Laura (Dentist/Cattle), Douglas’s brother (an Attorney), Betsy (Registered Nurse), Russ and Sherry, Sheila Rogers are all potential nodes. Each has their own extended family and desire to be free of centralized government and usury based monetary systems. I think we could easily build to 150 nodes within our region of Costa Rica. Additionally, if the first experimental projects proved successful, it could very easily spread throughout the country. A key feature of Costa Rica being the lack of expense of the standing Army, the government focuses more on keeping people employed. Much of the maintenance of infrastructure is still done by hand, including roadbuilding, plowing of mountainside fields, etc.
Other big advantages are a large, central downtown farmer’s market, adequate Internet/DSL, excellent medical system available to everyone and, an educational system capable of turning out qualified workers at all levels.
Next, we’ll consider the economic structure and see if we can’t extricate our local economy from the grips of an increasingly oppressive international banking system. Stay tuned!