Friday, 8 August 2014
Ownership of land ... and money
In the Syai Empire land is not privately owned; nor should it be in our world. What would be the difference here if we as equal citizens of commonwealth elected how land and other natural assets were to be managed? We would need a powerful agency, but as independent from politics as possible - an agency somewhat like the Dpt. of Conservation. Private households would lease their sections and have them renewed with a brief non-expensive inspection, say, every five years. Very little difference. For farms and the bigger more strategic holdings, the process would have to be more complex, but similar. A good farmer or land-holder would not need to be put through any radical change. But he/ she would need to accept that the requirements of protection for the ecology of the area would be more stringent. Perhaps the most radical change would be in inheritance and in passing on assets. In the Syai world, gifting is strictly limited, and inheritance doesn't exist. Again it's complex, but there's no god-given reason why a user of land and related assets should have the right to give over the use of it to another just because he or she is a descendent or associate of some kind. The would-be inheritor should have to compete with other interested parties, and put a convincing case for being allowed to take over the valuable asset and use it for the benefit of commonwealth as much as for his or her own benefit.
In a sense, money itself is not privately owned. You might say it should be owned (more as in the Syai world) by the commonwealth of land, sea, waterways, air and sunshine! Quantity of available money could be governed year by year by the seasons and yearly harvests. Money used to be anchored to gold, but in the Syai world it is anchored to nature and especially to what nature - in any given year - can produce without harming future productivity.
In our present world, money has come to be organized around the rich power-holders, who, by manipulating quantity, supply and to some degree circulation, are able to exploit the natural and human environment as suits them. They have achieved a growing domination over social change and have been able to draw to themselves a growing power to accumulate and maintain great "fortresses" of valuable assets and serviceable wealth around dynastic families (thus holding back real democratic change). They also have growing decision-making powers over the directions to be taken by science and technology.
Syai money loses value with passage of time - how that works cannot be briefly explained here. 'Tickets' of small value take the place of petty cash. On each ticket is the picture above (or something like it), of the mysterious Dark Flower of Syai legend, linking the mind-magic of money with the mysteries of nature.