Frequently Asked Questions – Asynalagonomy

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This page is designed to help answer the most common questions about incentivized asynalagonomy you are likely to have.

What is an incentivized asynalagonomy?

This is by far the most frequent question. It is pronounced with the hard "a" sound as in "ate" or "ace." If you are new to this subject, you will want to start here. The short answer is discernible if you know a little Greek and can figure out that a word ending with "onomy" refers to a type of economy (actually "nomy" means laws or principles). The Greek word "Synalagwn" (συναλαγων) means "trade" or "transactions." The prefix "a" means "not." An asynalagonomy is an economy or set of principles without trade or transactions. An incentivized asynalagonomy is an economy that has no trade but does involve incentives. Incentivized asynalagonomy is a new political movement and is associated with James Carvin, its founding advocate. He introduces it in chapter eight of The Restoration Party Manifesto: Pre and Post-Apocalyptic Alternatives for the Future as "Solution B." As founder of the Restoration Party, he does not ask the Restoration Party to require that members embrace it. He predicts a meltdown of the American economy of apocalyptic proportions by 2032 if the Restoration Party is unsuccessful and poses Solution B as the antidote to be implemented through "Solution B Units." Solution B Unit members can be of any political party affiliation and Carvin encourages them to organize as a fringe group among Restoration Party members. For a more expanded and precise definition of incentivized asynalagonomy, click here.

What type of incentives are used?

An elaborate system of incentives exist in an effective asynalagonomy. Instead of exchange of commodities or services that money formerly could buy, purchases belong to ownership classification, also known as prestige classification, or class. All products and services are free but they are only obtainable with sufficient classification clearance. They also can only be obtained in quantities specified by class.   Class is determined by the type, amount and quality of work a person does. Quality of work is assured through an auditing and ratings system. Incentivized asynalagonomies turn historical class on its head. The least desirable type of work receives the highest prestige and classification. To live in a nicer house with more luxuries, be a garbage collector, plummer, janitor or wash dishes, or perhaps a roofer in the summer time. Work that requires high skill is also highly rewarded by class but all classifications are determined by the people through a system of direct voter input utilizing the HAND System.

How is homelessness ended through incentivized asynalagonomies?

Nothing costs anything in an incentivized asynalagonomy. This includes housing. What type of house a person can obtain and own, (not buy), is based on what type of work they do, what their ratings for their work are, how much tenure they have and what various bonuses or penalties may have been applied to their status. Nobody is without work in an incentivized asynalagonomy unless they are disabled and the disabled also receive housing benefits so everyone qualifies for a home. If a person wants to live in a nice house, they won't have to pay a mortgage for thirty years. Their ability to move in is based on whether it is available. It is not dependent on cost. There is no real estate speculation. Either a property is available or it is not. The job of a property appraiser is to determine what rarity it has and what level of prestige it ought to be associated with. Homes that are located uniquely, such as those along bodies of water or other scenic views, or next to conveniences, are reserved for those who have earned the highest classifications. Since the business of construction does not require profit making, building is a continuous business in high demand. Construction workers themselves are rewarded with nice homes, which means new homes will be built sufficient to meet demand, very quickly ending homelessness. With no rent or mortgage required, homelessness will become a thing of the past practically overnight.

Why is there no unemployment in an incentivized asynalagonomy?

In an incentivized asynalagonomy, getting a job is something everyone will want. Otherwise, they will lose classification status. Getting a job is easy because there is never enough help and employers don't turn workers down because they can't pay them. They don't have to pay them because work is not for pay. It is for privilege. And the ones rewarding members of society with privilege are service and product suppliers. The employer's part is merely to register that a person has been working and doing an acceptable job. A person can choose to do any type of work they wish. If they are incapable of doing certain types of work, they will be banned from those jobs until they are trained. Education is free and consists largely of on-job-sight training. Job listings are posted on the Human Availability and Needs Database System (HANDS). Since it does not cost any money to be an employer, jobs should always be very plentiful. The jobs that offer the greatest level of privilege are those that are the least desirable to do. The "incentive" in an incentivized asynalagonomy is to do work in high demand but low supply. For this reason, the garbage collector and the plumber and the dishwasher are likely to live a nicer lifestyle than the store manager. Jobs in the field of medicine are also likely to be in high demand but short supply. Therefore, privilege is expected to be high among medical professionals and any work that requires a great deal of education.

How do Incentivized Asynalagonomies reduce crime?

The vast majority of crimes are related directly or indirectly to trade. Asynalagonomies have no trade and in an incentivized asynalagonomy, what a person can have is based on their status, which is earned through their work, not through their trades. Crime does only one thing - it risks loss of status. It provides no status benefit. There is neither the sale of contraband, since there is no value to a seller of such without trade, nor is their a demand for it, since the populace is weened off the supply for lack of it. This does not mean crime will no longer exist. However, a dramatic reduction can be expected. In a capitalist society, a person has incentive to take unlimited amounts of things that have value and store them up in banks and investments. In an incentivized asynalagonomy there are neither banks nor investments. There is therefore neither the supply of contraband, nor a means of storing up profits. The motive for profiting from crime is thus removed. The result is a much more peaceful and just society.

How is corruption ended in an incentivized asynalagonomy?

Corruption is systemically eliminated in incentivized asynalagonomies initiated according to the guidelines first proposed by James Carvin, using the HAND System. All the more so if prior to the transition from sociocapitalism they are well prepared with Constitution reforms that initiate adequate anti-corruption measures.  Such asynalagonomies are governed by the people and for them rather than by the few. In some asynalagonomies there may well be a blurred distinction between a public and private sector, where "governors" are essentially managers of various departments.

Under Carvin's guidelines, the reasons are systemic. First, management is accomplished through the Human Availability and Needs Database System (HANDS) and managerial employment, including government, can be handled just like any job if the people will it, even by volunteers, but for the sake of stability, elections and representative government are normative, where leadership is best vested in a few. Either way, the privileges of and need for various jobs are established through the HANDS. If governors need larger departments or not, they need only say so through the HAND System, where they can interview, vet and appoint as all agree.

Second, accountability of leaders is accomplished through random auditing and auditing of auditors with greater frequency than other job types, making such work less desirable for the devious and self-serving. Jobs related to resource management and planning provide fair privilege due to this inconvenience but it is not on the level of the least desirable jobs. If it pays more to be a police officer on the beat than a governor or chief of police, then it is likely that a person will avoid leadership for the wrong reasons. In the HAND System, it is the least desirable jobs that come with the greatest privilege. Since there is no shortage of people wishing to manage, due to the too many chiefs and not enough Indians tendency among arm chair critics, the system is inherently merit based and filters to those who have a passion for managing well.

Third, the tendency to preparation is not random. Adequate constitutional reform involving measures against corruption will typically precede an incentivized asynalagonomy because political willingness must be adequate for such a transition in the first place and this requires attitudes of true public service. Depending on the Constitution, government may or may not be a distinct entity from the people. If it is, its power and economic privilege is still limited so that public service as a career is not self-serving. As an example, there are the five initial anti-corruption measures of the Restoration Party in the United States - (1)Term Limits for Congress, (2)the American Anti-Corruption Act, (3)the American Prosperity Act, (4)the Equality of Influence Act and (5)the Better Voting Systems Act. While some of these measures become obsolete in an incentivized asynalagonomy, the HAND System naturally flows from the Better Voting Systems Act, which advances both intrinsically fair and unhackable unriggable voting systems.

How do incentivized asynalagonomies quell terrorism?

There are several ways in which terrorism is quelled through incentivized asynalagonomy. Four categories are - (1)media (2)international, (3)economic and (4)military.

  1. Media: Force and messages communicated through violence tend to arise through systems where an insufficient voice exists for conveying what individuals or groups consider vital messages. The media is largely relied upon to display dissatisfaction through symbolic protest involving murder, generally for some political or religious reason because if it bleeds it leads and media is run for profit. In an incentivized asynalagonomy, the media is no longer controlled by a few companies and it is not run for profit. The nature of the news will be to inform and serve rather than entertain to gain viewers and advertising dollars. Therefore, the way people access information will be more diverse and everyone will have a voice. This includes the voices of the outraged and intensely dissatisfied.
  2. International: International terrorism happens when nations are perceived as evil. Terrorist acts take place in order to vent grievances towards those nations and disrupt their economies while declaring them enemies or placing judgment on them. Incentivized asynalagonomy is an inherently fair system that has no economy to disrupt or people to exploit. Any sense of outrage is destined to be systematically reduced while a superior way of life is simultaneously introduced.
  3. Economic: Since responsible use of resources is always the highest priority for incentivized asynalagonomies and trade no longer exists all forms of economic injustice become impossible. The result is less dissatisfaction and very little reasonable discontent. Using the HAND System, there are no lower class under-privileges that the people as a whole do not agree to. A type of religious perspective based jizya of under-privilege is technically available for societies that choose it but it is not likely to dominate in every society without aggressive international expansion. Such expansion is unlikely since international trade is based on the Foreign Resource Electronic Exchange (FREE). That is to say, nations agree on exchange of resources not because of capitalist exploitations contrary to the public interest but because resource managers of those nations agree that sharing such resources satisfies more needs. Nations begin acting like a human family and only with the consent of the people, who agree to share their national resources with other nations.
  4. Military: There is no such thing as an arms trade in an incentivized asynalagonomy. All international trade takes place through the Foreign Resource Electronic Exchange (FREE). This means all acquisition of military equipment and ammunition takes place under the agreement of national and state governments or is domestically produced. In either case, it is not a decision of private enterprise because the people are unlikely to vote for unregulated distribution of arms in any nation. Resource managers working for these states inventory and control arms and supplies directly so that it becomes very unlikely that individuals living in them will be empowered to use such weaponry outside of the state's will. Since the will of the state is the will of the people, city by city ordinances may exist regarding the right to bear arms. This may mean some allowance of weapons for self-defense but probably not on any level sufficient for mass attacks. As with many privilege possessions, certification is likely to be required. The people will quickly learn from their mistakes on this matter since public safety is always their concern.
How is hunger ended through incentivized asynalagonomies?

In an incentivized asynalagonomy, food production is designed to feed each person without regard to profit taking. In a capitalist economy, prices are raised as high as possible by producers and suppliers along the distribution chain so long as demand remains high for consumption. A price point balances demand in such a way that suppliers earn more by producing less if possible. The unfortunate result is that only those with sufficient money can purchase many foods. An asynalagonomy merely aims to meet demand without regard to price. If a person asks for any type of food, the only qualifier is if that type of food is in limited supply. If it is, it may be subject to class restrictions, but the majority of food can be produced in sufficient quantity to meet demand continually. Since purchase power is based on class rather than on cash availability, nobody is ever unable to obtain whatever food they need. The same applies to medicine. The only people who will not eat in an incentivized asynalagonomy are those who refuse to work though they are able. Since jobs are always available because employers do not have to pay labor expenses to workers, hunger is entirely eliminated. Food is both free and abundant, since it costs nothing to produce.

How do incentivized asynalagonomies reduce injustice?

Injustice takes many forms. It takes the form of oppression of classes. It takes the form of unfair judgment. It takes the form of depriving people of what they have earned. It takes the form of letting crimes, large and small, go unpunished, while victims receive no recompense. There is no taking back a life once taken. There is no restoring innocence to a victim of sexual assault. Incentivized asynalagonomy does not remove every type of injustice but it removes many of its causes. It checks managerial corruption through auditing by the people. It checks unfair judges and managers by voting them out based on their ratings. Job satisfaction increases when there is no fear of losing a job and workers are rewarded as much as managers. Economic oppression becomes impossible because it is very easy to find work. It is also very difficult to suffer economic loss. Unless items are irreplaceable, it is impossible to lose them so long as a person has earned the privilege of possessing them. There is no struggle to make payments on an insurance policy. Victims of accidental loss and of crime can easily replace the majority of their possessions because nothing has any cost. The result is a dramatic reduction in the level of injustice one typically finds in a sociocapitalist economy.

How does incentivized asynalagonomy end tyranny?

Tyranny exists when rulers dismiss the will of the people in favor of serving their own ends. Incentivized asynalagonomies directly reward public service by offering increased prestige and privilege for jobs well done for all citizens who serve. This same principle applies both to those who manage the public and to those who are managed. Government officials and managers are audited randomly and their auditors are also audited, in order to assure accountability and quality of performance, which assures that their attitude is that of service to the public good rather than serving their own ends. A sure way to end a career of public service in disgrace is to betray the public trust. The system of penalties can result in a permanent loss of privilege that can be difficult to recover from for those who abuse their power.

How does incentivized asynalagonomy foster abundance?

Since the only limit to what people can possess is the limitation of resources and the time that may be required to make things, asynalagonomies are free from the restraints of funding and financial profit. The other limitation is planning for renewability, recycling, waste management and efficiencies. Efficiency refers both to reducing duplication of effort and avoidance of obsolete technologies and methods and also to the comparative inefficiency of sociocapitalism. At least 70% of all jobs in sociocapitalist economies produce no actual goods or tangible services. Human effort that is devoted to accounting, financing, sales and marketing could be redirected to work that actually improves the quality of life. Abundance is not the aim so much as quality of life. Asynalagonomy optimizes both and maximizes awesomeness.

How does incentivized asynalogonomy save the environment?

Since asynalagonomies are  resource-based, the environment is the overarching source of all goods from which resource managers plan for the sake of meeting human needs and the needs of other creatures. Since it is not driven by the need for profit, such planning is free from corruption and competitive forces that are likely to undermine it. Planning for an unending future that maximizes the quality of life for as many as possible is their primary job description.

How does incentivized asynalagonomy solve the health care crisis?

Rising prices, lost choice of doctors, unmet medical needs, dropped insurance policies, lost jobs, inadequate coverage and corruption in the health care and pharmaceutical industries are all intrinsic to sociocapitalist failure and would have no part in an economy that was driven by service instead of trade.  The core value of  incentivized asynalagonomies is meeting needs through well managed allocation of natural and human resources. Profit taking is not a consideration. Wealth is not a consideration. Coverage is 100% for all.

What does the transition to an incentivized asynalagonomy look like? If a person owns a lot of property, will they lose it? Won’t the very wealthy resist? What about if my house has a mortgage? Will I lose my home?

An incentivized asynalagonomy will normally emerge from the HAND System web site itself as a record of a majority vote so it fits Democratic models of government. It is not forced on the people. A dictatorship could employ such a system, as well, of course, restricting whatever features it chooses but the system is designed for Democratic rule or representative government with revised constitutions that eliminate trade and monetary systems.

Several measures are highly recommended in order to prevent any sense of loss in a transition to an incentivized asynalagonomy. First, is grandfathered rights. In short, if anyone has any wealth, they can keep it, no matter how much they own. A constitutional asynalagonomy will write this provision into its constitution. Second, along these same lines, is the constitutional template. A quick response to a global economic crisis could institute constitutional democracies across many nations instead of anarchy and mayhem by preparing constitutions for each nation in advance of collapse, approved by the people through the HAND System web site.

Reality is complex. Many assets are not actually owned by individuals but by corporations. Much property is also owned primarily by banks, which have lien-holder rights on properties that are mortgaged. In an incentivized asynalagonomy, corporations are not property holders; people are. In situations where no grandfathering benefit exists, people have to earn property rights through work. Their work may not qualify them for the same properties enjoyed by who have been grandfathered in. A sense of certain people enjoying grandfather privilege not deserving all they have is predictable. What, for instance, if a person purchases a property on a nice lake just before the transition that only a person with very high prestige would normally qualify for? This is a limited resource. Will the incentivized asynalagonomy take the property away if the grandfather owner lacks prestige?

No. Here is how this works. Nobody is required to forfeit their home, even if they formerly had an upside down mortgage and insufficient income that placed them into a likely foreclosure. They are not required to forfeit their property under any circumstances other than crime. However, if they do forfeit it voluntarily after a transition, as with any of their assets, this serves as a resource contribution. Not all resource contributions are human labor. Physical grandfathered in assets, including real estate, may voluntarily be contributed to the resource pool - or withheld.

In the event they are withheld, they are protected. They simply can't be used to increase prestige until they are contributed. Further, they can be contributed to family as an inheritance. Protection of the assets of the fortunate is a stabilizing feature in the constitutional transition to an incentivized asynalagonomy from a socio-capitalist economy. The wealthy do not lose their assets. The poor merely gain a means of obtaining them as unemployment is eliminated and construction and production of real goods flourishes in an economy where everyone is contributing. Gradually, the common people will have as much wealth as those whose assets were grandfathered in. Limited real estate properties, such as those on waterfronts, would be an exception. These can't be easily duplicated, but there can be plenty of value in making them available to those who have earned much prestige. With these transition policies in place, not only will there be peaceful change, but families will not lose their homes, not even the very wealthy.

How is debt eliminated in an asynalagonomy?

All debt, both public and private, is eliminated in an incentivized asynalagonomy because money has no relevance or meaning in a society without trade. Everything is free. It can be obtained without cost so long as personal privilege exists for possessing it. Privilege is not something that is traded. It is merely exercised. It cannot be depleted. It can only be lost if a person decides to stop working, performs in substandard ways when audited or breaks laws and is so adjudicated. The result is complete and permanent relief from debt for all citizens. As for the nation as a whole, only foreign debts are owed during the transition, where that may apply. The difference may be resolved through the Foreign Resource Electronic Exchange System (FREE).

How does an incentivized asynalagonomy establish security?

There are two types of security - economic security and national security. Economic security exists in an incentivized asynalagonomy because nothing can be taken away from anyone through trade or taxation. Ownership is permanent and can only be forfeited voluntarily or through crime. There is no such thing as bankruptcy, foreclosure or debt. There is no pressure to pay bills on time. Everything is free. All are equally insured by one value - classification. And classification cannot be taken away by anyone or anything. It is protected by tenure and enhanced by exceptional performance.

National (military) security is established in incentivized asynalagonomies wherever sufficient national resources exist for the purpose of defense. The job of fighting enemies, foreign and domestic, is one that requires skills in combat and involves high classification, since few wish to risk their lives for a living.  There is never a shortage of police or other security forces in an incentivized asynalagonomy because prestige is not expendable the way money is. Defense is a priority activity for the nation. Security is not for everyone but there will be no shortage of human resources devoted to it because local and national budgets are never even required, much less problematic.

How does everyone in an incentivized asynalagonomy have a voice?

There are bad incentivized asynalagonomies and there are good ones. A fascist asynalagonomy would not. This question would probably be better expressed as "how does everyone in a good incentivized asynalagonomy have a voice?" Incentivized asynalagonomies work best in constitutional democratic republics that have been thoroughly revamped for the elimination of systemic corruption. This is why James Carvin introduced the five Anti-corruption Acts of the Restoration Party. (More accurately, the first two were adopted rather than introduced and the fifth also moves on existing efforts). This is also the purpose of the HAND System. For more information on the five Anti-corruption Acts, click here. For more information on the HAND System, click here.

The HAND System is a web portal for expressing needs and posting availability so that needs can be met with utmost efficiency. It not only serves as a job posting board but provides an unhackable voting system and a means for all views to be expressed, given that expressing concerns for society are a category of need. With HANDS, each person has access. The HAND System is a portal that builds on the Equality of Influence Act protocol. The Act equalizes or eliminates unfair economic power and special interest factors from dominating public discussion. The protocol supports alternate non-profit communication and discussion forums that are not filtered through news feed algorithms controlled by private corporations.

Why is education free in an incentivized asynalagonomy?

Everything is free in an incentivized asynalagonomy, not just an education. Education is a very important value for society as many types of jobs require technical skill and knowledge. Much education is on-job-sight. Subjects taught are based largely on supply and demand. Preparing students for high demand, worker-shortage jobs is the foremost goal of educators. Books, supplies, equipment and teachers are all available without cost since everybody who works does so not for pay but for privilege and resources all come without cost. Anything in limited supply is not used in education. Taking classes boosts privilege for those with full time jobs. Being a student and being a teacher are both forms of employment. For students it is generally part time work that is in addition to full or part time jobs. Good performance in school boosts privilege and therefore results in more highly motivated student bodies. Part time work yields partial privilege. The level of privilege for both students and teachers is determined through the HAND System, which is by the people, and will likely be divided according to grade, age and subject. The people determine the level of prestige to be associated with various jobs by voting through the HANDS.

Where has incentivized asynalagonomy been tested and proven?

People are hardwired for incentivized asynalagonomy from birth. Every family uses it and proves it works. Incentives are rewards for good things family members do. Psychologists have proven that positive reinforcement is ten times as effective in raising a child as negative reinforcement. Parents do not charge money to their children for the things they give them. They use the family's common resources. They communicate each other's needs and they work together, using what they have, to maximize their quality of life. If a family member wants breakfast, they don't have to trade anything for it. They simply ask for it, and if resources are sufficient, breakfast is served. That is how incentivized asynalagonomy works.

Incentivized asynalagonomy needs to be contrasted with every other system. Every other system tested on a national level so far has had a currency. There is only one purpose for a currency - trade. When Lenin's Bolsheviks took over the means of production in Russia,  "state capitalism" was implemented, along with "mixed capitalism" of the NEP. In no way was trade eliminated at any point. The state simply took over private enterprise to varying degrees, until it realized it was unable to manage it effectively, and had to hand over some of the operations to private entrepreneurs. The ruble remained its currency and entrepreneurs were taxed, just as in the economy of the United States today. The Russian chevronets was created so that its currency could be backed by gold. Asynalagonomy was not tested in Russia, except in families, where it worked. What was tested and failed on a national level was state capitalism, though many in those countries, especially followers of Trotsky, prefer to think of it as state socialism.

The same holds true for China, North Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba. Communism has implemented various forms of state capitalism wherever it has been tested. Mao Zedong called this the "preliminary stage of socialism." So called "communism" has always suffered from this. It has never advanced beyond its "preliminary" stages, which mixes capitalism with socialism. When its economy staggers, it introduces private enterprise and ownership to increase productivity.

Libertarians and critics of socialism mock them for this while dismissing valid complaints concerning class struggle and the frustration of labor. When inflation outpaces wage increases, when unemployment is rampant and homelessness abounds, when homes are in foreclosure and the gap between rich and poor widens, when large corporations merge smaller ones and every city looks the same because small businesses require significant capital to start, free enterprise can't be called a success except in a relative way as it is compared to "preliminary socialism." It isn't an incentivized asynalagonomy it is being compared to. It is state capitalism.

What is missing in state capitalism that is improved on through mixed capitalism, is an element called "incentive." People have an incentive to work in capitalist societies and that is what makes them produce. Capitalism fails, however, when there are obstacles to starting businesses because only the tiny funnel of profit making, both short and long term, makes private business ownership feasible - the rest belongs to the few. There is thus failure both for capitalism and for socialism. And neither have their hybrid sociocapitalist forms solved the problem. Incentivized asynalagonomy is the obvious solution because it reintroduces incentives to produce through prestige. No one is bound by class. They all have the opportunity to transcend it. Class is a matter of choice. Transcending it directly contributes to production. The result is all the social benefits of socialism, only without the uncomfortable preliminaries and all of the productivity of capitalism, only with a transposition of the restrictions.

The restrictions of capitalist production presently are the need for profit. In an asynalagonomy, the restriction of production is the need for responsible use of resources - so that both the economy and the environment can be permanently sustained. In short, planning is necessary so that the resources of the earth are not depleted. With capitalism having no inherent concern for the earth's resources outside of what it needs temporarily for profit making, there can be no question which form of restriction is superior. Incentivized asynalagonomy thus works in families. It will also work for nations and states. And nothing else works.

What is the HAND System?

HANDS is the Human Availability and Needs Database System. It is the computer system that assists the incentivized asynalagonomy to provide whatever citizens need by matching what can be offered with what is needed. There is no cost to anything in the HAND System but there may be limited resources and availability. To put it simply: on the one hand it is a job board. On the other hand it is a shopping catalog. The HAND System also sends automated alerts to Resource Managers when demand is high and supply is low, or limited so that the amount of need met can be maximized. Non-renewable resources are not made available in the HAND System catalogue but they are included as inventory. The system measures literally everything.

What is the FREE System?

The Foreign Resource Electronic Exchange System (FREE) is an interstate and international function of the Human Availability and Resource Database (HAND) System. For nations or states lacking natural or manufactured resources it allows for trade that is agreed upon by each country, province, region or state. Trade does not have to mean equal value. It can be philanthropic. The only requirement is that resource managers must request permission from the people by vote through the HANDS before releasing anything through the FREE System.

The FREE System is operable as an interstate resource exchange. International exchange may involve exchange with nations utilizing sociocapitalist economies. If there is an abundance of resources and they are not depleted by such an exchange, there is little reason to deny an export request.