The economic model advocated by the Work-Standard is one characterized as a “Vocational Civil Service Economy.” Economic activities registered as Arbeit (Work) under the Planned or Command Economy of the Socialist nation-state must always come from citizens employed in “Vocations.” A Vocation is any profession or field where someone is intuitively compelled to pursue as their personal calling in life. It is a commitment toward fulfill an Obligation to serve the Totality by upholding the Duties of lifelong civil service to the State. Such a noble, honorable lifestyle is abhorred under Liberal Capitalism for defying the financial realities that Kapital itself imposes on all. That ends the moment Kapital is replaced by the Geld of the Work-Standard.
Vocations become feasible in the lives of young people after undergoing a period of discernment. The Faith that comes from staying true to one’s intended course in Life, the love that comes from doing what one was called to pursue out of Charity, and the Hope that comes from looking forever to everything that Life itself has to offer. Such Theological Virtues from the teachings of the Catholic faith have been stripped from the economic life of the Western world. It ought to be stressed that Liberal Capitalism has been a force for Secularization in the centuries since the Enlightenment.
Even if one is not Roman Catholic (or, in many cases within the Western world, irreligious), Vocations represent a special calling. They do not always have to arise from economic Obligations from God, the Church or the State. They can also emanate from the realization of latent personal talents or suprapersonal Destiny of their people.
But given the circumstances of the Secularized Western world, similar terms have been given to refer to this very concept within economic parlance: “jobs for life” and the “iron rice bowl.” The latter term has Chinese origins that gained contemporary relevance in Mainland China during the reign of Chairman Mao Zedong. Much like Vocations, both continue to be increasingly rare due to the economic circumstances associated with the prevalence of Liberal Capitalism on Earth.
Even so, Vocations are to be organized by profession within one of five different economic enterprises, organized according to their degree of State governance. Those five are State-Administrated Enterprises (SAEs), State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), National-Socialized Enterprises (NSEs), Publicly-Owned Enterprises (POEs), and Publicly-Directed Enterprises (PDEs). All five will be covered in a relevant Compendium entry.
Half of the problems in trying to revive the practice of pursuing Vocations by young people in the Western world has everything to do with Kapital. The Work-Standard, despite introducing the replacement of Kapital with Geld, must also tackle the issues of Taxation, Welfare, and Insurance. Their alternatives require fiscal, not monetary or economic, policies.
A Vocational Civil Service Economy has a formal need for Taxation, Welfare, and Insurance under the Work-Standard. The justification for this has to do with the methodologies employed by all three as old holdovers of Liberal Capitalist policies. Every new Taxation scheme is done to finance the State, just as each new Welfare and Insurance scheme is imposed as a ‘social safety net’ designed to prevent people from seriously considering true forms of Socialism. All three methods have consistently shared the same dialectic: expropriators and the expropriated, the exploiters and the exploited. A true Socialist nation-state would have these measures cut and replaced by different methods more attuned to the Work-Standard.
Instead of Taxes, there should be a Constitutional Obligation for the Totality of the nation-state to ensure that the Geld generated by all economic activities will be trickled-up to the State. The State shares in this Constitutional Obligation as part of ensuring that it continues to operate on a balanced budget, maintains and improves the economy, and trickle-down payments to the Totality in the form of Paygrades. As of this entry, there are two specific Constitutional Intents behind introducing this Constitutional Obligation.
“Paygrades” are denoted by the Work-Standard as being intended for the payments allotted to all members within every household on a weekly basis. The Paygrades are set according to a national wage scale based on years of service and number of dependents, with children, students, elderly and disabled being counted as dependents.
In the places of Taxation are “Sonderabgaben” (Special Charges) related to specific professions and economic sectors. The goal of Sonderabgaben is to be introduced by the State as part of aiding in the flourishment of the associated profession and economic sector. Special provisions are to be place to ensure that the Geld gifted to the State will only be intended for their associated clients and never misspent by the State for unauthorized purposes.
Furthermore, the purpose behind trickling up Geld created from all economic activities to the State and then trickling them down to the Totality also fulfills the dual purpose of diminishing the need for Insurance and Welfare. Geld that would have been spent on implementing nationalized insurance and social welfare programs can instead be allocated into profession-related accounts at State-owned savings and investment banks. Healthcare, childcare, housing, parental and sick leave, and training and education can all be gifted to each civil servant as part of their Vocation. Accidents and injuries from their Vocation will also be covered.
Should the Socialist State decide to pursue this alternative under the Vocational Civil Service Economy and Work-Standard, the most obvious result is the freeing up of governmental bureaucracies for more important Duties. That in turn will help alleviate the State’s burdens of dealing with the complexities of running the types of economies required by the Work-Standard.
In closing, it should be noted that the information covered here is only a basic introduction to the replacements for Taxation, Welfare, and Insurance models. More comprehensive additions to this particular topic remains forthcoming and may eventually be covered against in a subsequent entry to the Compendium.