Building Nova Earth: Toward A World That Works for Everyone

The Principles of Largescale Employment Projects – Part 1/3

Work is a function of unworkability.

The following essay, which was originally written I believe in 1995, concerns a subject area that has always intrigued me: the distinguishing of principles that underlie a context. In this case, the context is “employment.”

Whether what I say is correct or not, I’d still like to explore these matters. It isn’t until ideas are set down on paper and released that improvement can take place. I have no resistance to these ideas being improved upon – or refuted for that matter.

I believe that the following principles can be adapted to the work of creating largescale employment projects. At a time when the bottom is falling out of the economy, when we have automated people out of work and shipped the remaining jobs overseas, I think we need to seriously look at how we might put our population back to work.

Readers of this site know that an abundance program is being worked upon and may render this whole discussion unnecessary, but I still wish to have it for whatever benefit it produces.

(1) Work is a Function of Unworkability

The first principle underlying the creation of largescale employment projects is that work is a function of unworkability.

If we think about it, workability is invisible and only unworkability is visible.

Any tool or machine that works usually does not attract our attention. But the squeaky wheel does and it gets the grease. My computer, so long as it works, receives little or no attention from me. However, the minute it ceases working, I swing into action, attempting to fix it myself or having it repaired or replacing it.

I perform work on this machine only when it ceases to work. With the exception of preventive-maintenance programs, we usually do no other work on anything until it ceases to work; that is, until the situation becomes unworkable.

Therefore all largescale employment projects will in the first instance arise as the result of identifying a largescale instance of unworkability and then turning that unworkability to workability.  We “do” work in order to turn an unworkable situation into a workable one. Put another way, there is no lack of unworkability, or what we call “problems,” and work addresses problems.

Examples of largescale instances of unworkability include global famine, disease, pollution, illiteracy, homelessness, etc.  Unemployment is not a function of a lack of work. There is certainly no lack of work to be done.

(2) Value is a Function of Agreement

Value is a function of agreement.

The second principle that underlies the creation of largescale employment projects I believe to be the notion that a change, solution, or opportunity has value only because we say it has.

Take for example the case of nuclear missiles. To the best of my knowledge, every intercontinental ballistic missile that I am aware of has only either sat in a silo or been launched up into the air to fall into the ocean. In fact ICBMs have value only because people regard them as valuable. They serve no direct useful function as, say, a car serves a function by transporting its passengers.

Some might say they serve the function of ensuring national security. I would argue to the contrary that they simply produce a condition of national insecurity. ICBMs have value because we say they do.

Moreover, though they serve no direct useful function in the same way that a car does, they are still massively funded.

What this principle demonstrates to me is that a new solution or opportunity shouldn’t be measured in terms of fictitious ‘inherent’ value, but in terms of the value that a reference-group attaches to it. If a country deems the ending of hunger and poverty within its boundaries as valuable, then money will be found to pursue those aims.

This principle gives us permission to allow ourselves to explore unheard-of or unthinkable opportunities and to focus our attention on how to create agreement around value rather than looking for non-existent inherent value. I believe that value is not inherent in a thing or event. Like beauty, value is in the eye of the beholder.

(Continued in Part 2.)

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  1. I don’t know if what I am saying here is of importance to anyone, but while reading this post I remembered how the common person was blocked from obtaining their daily wages to live a decent life.

    Free own created jobs, had almost despaired. Now those who were self supporting have no choice other than to get assistance from the governments. Those who sell their own produce or crafts have to pay so much to the governments that they end up with nothing. Only work for nothing, to end up looking for assistance, something that causes a person to feel diminished, because he or she is not rewarded by their work in a community.

    Work?; Everybody wants to work and do something right to live a decent life, but so many rules and laws had been set for certain controls of security and health that people are restrained from selling even bananas or apples at a street post.

    All of this started to supposedly avoid unhealthy products to be sold to the people; where supposedly bacteria or diseases could be brought to the table by these products not being treated with chemicals to be safe for us to eat. Health issues, huh? This is absolutely wrong. People had no health problems before by buying apples at a fruit stand on a street. Now we have many health issues because our food is being corrupted by those supposedly chemicals introduced into our food. People were healthier then than now.

    Many years ago, people had freedom to sell their own crated products, fruits and vegetables, but now it is not permitted by the governments by so many regulations. Apparently they have an agreement with big companies, so no one takes their sales away. Oh wait! It is money. Now I get it. Money to make them richer!

    If people could be allowed to freely sell their products, crafts, vegetables and all those products produced under the sun, then no one has to go the government for assistance. This assistance from the governments all is doing is, making lazy people with no desire to work at all, taking their pride away of being part of an economy development. Because they are also this.

    They have taken these street posts out because they are an interruption to the beauty of the city or because it looks ugly to the site or are unhealthy.

    Freedom of work and creativity is no more, thanks to those vampires that keep crushing those people who are the ones we have to thank for. Those are the ones who plant the seeds for us to eat. Those are ones who give their health, for us to enjoy a healthy life, and believe me, those are the ones that had made this country what it is today.

    So I believe if people are allowed to work in anything they want to produce and keep the economy floating, let them bring their products or crafts, and don’t impose so many regulations to them.

    I would not be so scared to buy an apple on the street than to buy it at the supermarket.
    If this freedom to sell products like before returns, it will start to produce more jobs for everyone. From the one who plant the seeds to those who sell the produce.