The secret to the realization of the Work-Standard and its promise of a Socialist world order is simple. One must recognize the need to go “beyond good and evil,” beyond Kapital and Schuld (Debt/Guilt) and the Incentives of Supply and Demand. Such recognition requires transcending the old values through the creation of new ones or, more specifically, the restoration of older values once despoiled by Liberal Capitalism. The Work-Standard relies on a different conception of Currency where Money (“Geld”) is pegged to the Work (“Arbeit”) of a Socialist nation through an Intent that depends on a “Synchronicity” between a Unity of Commands and a Unity of Efforts. This Unity of Commands and Unity of Efforts are appropriately titled “Command and Obedience.”
The adoption of Command and Obedience marks a departure away from the essence of Supply and Demand that characterizes the Market/Mixed Economy. In a Planned/Command Economy, there are “Equipmentalities” (as opposed to ‘Commodities’) whose Values and Prices are affected by their Reference, Relevance and potentiality for context-sensitive Repurposing. Values and Prices of goods and services are affected by the Sustainability, Frequency, and Quality. Unlike the Market/Mixed Economy and its reliance on quantitative means of production, the Planned/Command Economy is more focused on the qualitative means of production. Any emphasis on quality over quantity requires a different understanding of economic life beyond what is already known under Liberal Capitalism.
Command and Obedience’s “Sustainability” refers to the ability in which the production process can continue at the current Price without any major complications. A good analogy involves a food packaging manufacturer producing foodstuffs and delivering them to the local grocery stores and supermarkets. Based on a listed Price, can we expect the production process has enough Sustainability to ensure that there will be no empty shelves like what happened towards the end of the Soviet Union’s existence? Does one simply ‘increase production’ and ‘give approximate estimates’, like what the Soviet economic planners had done, or does one try to understand why the risk of empty shelves is becoming inevitable despite ‘increasing production’?
Affecting the production process are the “Frequency” of transactions and the “Quality” of the goods and services themselves. As the Frequency of transactions increases, it is natural to expect the overall Quality of goods and services to decline as attempts are made to expedite the production process. The goal here is to ensure that the Quality of goods and services are aligned with the Frequency at which they are being bought and sold to ensure Sustainability of the production process. Economic planners under the Work-Standard are to be embedded in every aspect of the production process as opposed to simply claiming that ‘production will increase’ from inside a government building away from the production process itself. They must socialize with the people they are working alongside, familiarizing themselves with the goods and services intended for the people who will ultimately buy and sell them at the stores.
Suppose the Quality of goods and services cannot match the Frequency of transactions. There may be possibilities where attempts at realigning Quality and Frequency cannot be achievable. Sustainability declines as the production process struggles to maintain a proper pace. When this happens, the logical response is to increase Prices to reduce the Frequency of transactions, allowing Quality of goods and services to catch up and restoring stability to the Sustainability of the production process. Prices under the Work-Standard are not static as in Price Controls; they can and will change according to overall economic conditions within the Socialist nation.
This in turn is where the concept of Command and Obedience applies. The Obedience side, the Unity of Effort, oversees the production of as many goods and services as possible based on a given Quality. The Quality must meet or exceed the Unity of Command, the Command side, affecting any increases or decreases in the production process based on a given Frequency. As Obedience begins to be in lockstep with Command, the likelihood of attaining Synchronicity increases as the production process maintains Sustainability. Greater Sustainability in the production process causes fewer alterations in Quality and Frequency, resulting in few or no changes to the Price of any goods and services.
When there are few or no changes in the Price of any goods and services, the economic planners begin to reassure themselves of achieving “Synchronicity” in the Intents of Command and Obedience. Synchronicity is discernible for the economic planners when they discover that a full connection exists between what is being said and what is being done. Everyone knows what is to be expected of them and everyone knows what needs to be done. Everyone works toward a common goal, achieving enough force and mass to ensure there will be plenty of cheap, high-quality food available for sale at the grocery stores and supermarkets.
For those not involved in the production process, the Intent is consistently upheld by the economic planners and the personnel producing the goods and services. The Command side and the Obedience side are both synchronized, cognizant of economic conditions and acting accordingly.