As I consider the story of the full novel of PLENZES one of the moral dilemmas my protagonist, StuartPauls faces is: Are we living in a #ParasiticEconomy where we never really contribute to the overall good, but instead live off the back of a dying world, where the money that changes hands in the United States is a zero-sum merry Go round?
Look at how we lived before the railroads came to the Midwest. Before interchangeable machine parts changed how we use machines forever. Before the general store put the local blacksmith and the seamstress out of business for good.
Before the railroads came to the midwest, bringing mass produced goods like shovels, saws, pickaxes and horse harnesses; before a store-bought dress became vastly more coveted than what before your wife made at home; before you could order a pocketwatch from Sears and Roebuck…
I mention that because that is how Sears the man, created the first mail order item, there by founding the once dominant Sears chain. There was a totally different economy rising then that what would quickly come to exist from then on continuing into today.
Previously, small communities made, grew or transformed raw resources into everything they needed (almost, sugar coffee and tobacco where the luxuries then that came from outside sources) and every one contributed to the good of the community. We grew crops in our fields for sale, we grew our vegetables in our garden, the Miller ground our grain, the sawmill cut our timber and men could even work at the local sawmill to supplement their family’s income. The blacksmith made your steel parts for you when something broke, and you got your eggs from your hen house.
Money was of little value, trade for services and the barter platform served small communities in the US well back then. If you are old enough, think Little House On The Prairie… Two chickens for a shovel hammered out by a blacksmith? Sure, turning the chickens into money and then paying for the shovel and losing a small part of the chicken’s worth in the transaction is a great example of a parasitic economy.
Now let’s look at the idea of the #ParasiticEconomy more closely
When you take raw natural resources and turn them into products, you virtually create wealth. To cut to the chase and as you all know, we no longer make anything, the United States is now a service based economy, based on selling information in one form other another, even if it is just Googling information or how to get a cab faster.
Consider UBER the is rumored to net $2 billion by taking 20% of every cab transaction in a 2015 $10 billion gross.
Did UBER bring value to their Apps users? Yes! Did they bring value to the cab companies? Yes! But did they bring $2 billion in new revenue to the cab industry overall? We may never know, will we? You can tell me what you think about that on Google+.
And so I have my protagonist’s dilemma as he begins building the PLENZE network and it’s predictive machines. Will his machines bring value to the average person? Will Stuart Pauls change the world for the better? Or is he just out to live in the God like world of boy billionaires? The question remains as I think of KIMI and Stuart often, and just who is building yet another big money parasite that simply takes money out of the working class?
It is Stuart? Or is it The Machines?
Hopefully I will be able to answer that question by spring…