In the previous entry, we explored the various possibilities where such technologies can be employed on a tactical level. Here, we will be exploring those same technologies at an operational level. The Art of Socialist Finance will no doubt require its own Financial Technologies (“Fintech”) conducive to the Total Mobilization of Production for Dasein. Any Socialist conception of Fintech entails applications where accommodations are made for automated software and hardware to be more attuned to the Work-Standard. The most obvious example worthy of mention in this SMP Compendium entry is a way for the Central Bank’s Mechanization Rate to reflect the extent to which automated technologies are employed in the VCS Economy. While the Mechanization Rate operates at a strategic level, its overall practicality is heavily dependent on what is happening on an operational level.
The goal of developing operational level technologies under the Work-Standard is to ensure that every technological application is about as reliable as the person employing them on a tactical level. It needs to be designed in such a manner where economic growth allows the Mechanization Rate to gradually fall in real time, compelling the Central Bank to signal the VCS Economy that the Mechanization Rate has fallen. For instance, if the economic growth hovers at 4% and the Mechanization Rate begins falling from 8.70% in March to 8.40% by April, the bankers in command of the Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System need to be informed of this by the economic planners. It only takes a small sticky note attached to the financial ledgers of the economic planners when they deposit their ledgers at the end of each week. That will be the Central Bank’s chance to return the Mechanization Rate back to 8.70% once May arrives.
If the Central Bank decides that it is necessary to raise or lower the Mechanization Rate, its decisions will be communicated to the Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System, the State, and the VCS Economy that the changes are being made “Ahead of Zeit.” The Intent is to give the Socialist nation a limited window of opportunity to decide what will become automated. The State Commissariats of Wages and Prices must coordinate their activities with the economic planners to oversee the mobilization or demobilization of personnel whose Vocations are slated for automation. State commissars shall see to it that anyone affected by the changes in the Mechanization Rate are issued a refinanced Four-Year or Five-Year Work-Plan from Office II of the Kontore, the Service Fees to be reimbursed by the State. The Central Bank will also need to be made aware of these decisions as soon as they had been executed within the allotted Zeit.
Other possibilities exist for operational technologies under the Work-Standard. Another example includes the ability for the State to facilitate the creation of entirely new Professions and Enterprises for the VCS Economy. The applications include, but not limited to:
- Ways for entire Professions and Enterprises from different Industries to achieve a higher Quality of Arbeit with a lower Quality of Geld;
- Ways for those same Professions and Enterprises to reduce their upkeep and maintenance costs as well as minimize the risk of environmental degradation and resource depletion;
- Ways of curtailing the Attrition Rate and warding off the Inaction Rate among Professions and Enterprises, including simulated projections of what would happen if Attrition Rate gets too high;
- Ways for establishing efficient, secure and cost-effective communications systems to better coordinate the activities of economic planners, bankers, state commissars and investors with the State and the VCS Economy;
- Ways of implementing and installing cyberdefense systems against malware, spyware, cybercrimes, cyberterrorism and cyberattacks for the national Intranet;
- Ways of implementing and installing firewalls and authentication software designed to keep out unwanted guests and to facilitate the movement of encrypted information across different data networks within the national Intranet. Similar software for decrypting incoming information will also be needed for those receiving them;
- Ways for economic planners to expand their Auftragstaktik (Mission-Type Tactics) capabilities under the Work-Standard’s MTEP (Mission-Type Economic Planning), allowing a team of economic planners maintain the Intents of Command and Obedience and realize the Schwerpunkt (Focal Point) of all economic and financial activities both domestically and internationally;
- And ways for the economic planners and bankers to coordinate their activities with automated computer software, the software designed to eliminate confusion and any duplication of efforts by human error and miscommunications that would undermine Command and Obedience.
A number of recent technologies since the late 1990s have existed or currently exist as Liberal Capitalist applications of Fintech. However, their practicality and feasibility under the Liberal Capitalist conceptions of finance, Kapital and Schuld, have never been fully realized. The technologies that I will be discussing here are those which have only been applicable to the Total Mobilization of Production for Profit or Production for Utility, but never Production for Dasein until now. With Heideggerian Reference and Relevance, most can be Repurposed under the Work-Standard through an appropriate equivalent. The core fundamentals regarding the Work-Standard have already been laid out in earlier entries in the SMP Compendium. Everything now depends on whether the whatness of their thatness can further the Authentic Dasein of the Socialist nation.
The “Policy Analysis Market” (PAM) was a proposed futures market developed by the US Department of Defense (DOD) during the reign of the late Donald Rumsfeld, an old guard of the Nixon presidency. The purpose behind PAM in its Liberal Capitalist conception, had it been implemented, was to provide DOD with a way of analyzing the probability of certain developments unfolding in the Middle East, which could have ranged from the likelihood of the Ayatollah’s Iran developing “an Islamic Google Earth” to whether post-Soviet Russia would intervene in a then-hypothetical Syrian Civil War. The problem with PAM was that it still operated as a financial market where the investors are technically investing Kapital into the probability of assassinations, terrorist attacks, coup d’états and civil wars. It does warrant ethical concerns about whether the investors themselves would carry them out to earn Kapital from those events being made a reality.
The Work-Standard’s equivalent to PAM is Office VI of the Kontor (Financial Office), “Priority Requisition.” To quote its description from Proposed Types of NSFIs:
Priority Requisition deals with the processing of transactions related to the logistics of Equipment by their Reference and Relevance. ‘Office VI’ is split into four Groups. Group A deals with those involved in the R&D projects of SAEs and SOEs, while Group B concerns the NSEs working on behalf of the State on technical patents and design documents. Group C oversees the affairs of those involved in mass communications applications, artists, video game developers, filmmakers, musicians, online personalities, university researchers and scholars, clergy and religious, intellectuals and philosophers. Group D, meanwhile, has the challenge of collaborating with inspectors, economic planners, and accountants overseeing the transfers of Arbeit, Geld, and Equipment across international borders. What distinguishes Group D from the rest of ‘Office VI’ and everyone in ‘Office VII’ (“Economic Foreignization”) is the nature of their activities: investors here are deeply involved in the logistical affairs of key governmental departments and ministries, the armed forces, intelligence agents, police forces, and the SSE (Socialist School Economy) of the national educational system. The military still needs the civilians to ensure the inconspicuous movement of supplies, just as the teenage students of the SSE need Equipment for their activities.
A Kontor’s Office VI employs NSFIs (National-Socialized Financial Instruments) designed to be carried by personnel or by automation “Ahead of Zeit” (prior to issuance), “Within Zeit” (upon issuance), “Against Zeit” (expedited issuance), and “Without Zeit” (emergency issuance). Service Fees increase exponentially from Ahead of Zeit to Without Zeit. Scientists, engineers and researchers are carrying out experiments and designing proof of concepts. Technical patents registered and prototypes preparing to enter production. There are people committed to Vocations on the national Intranet that would like to realize their technological innovations but lack the proper funding from the State and the NSBs (National-Socialized Banks) are uninterested in offering Work-Tenures. Meanwhile, the Socialist nation’s SSE and armed forces are interested in purchasing special NSFIs related to the production of specific components, software, hardware, and other special orders for whatever is not on the shelves of the VCS Economy. Those looking to finance unconventional proposals need Geld, but they are more than willing to contribute Arbeit as part of their Vocations being too short-term and limited for conventional Work-Plans.
Office VI will need software to make statistical predictions on the likelihood on whether any of those potential investors (students, military quartermasters and logisticians, analysts and researchers, scientists and engineers) are worthy of being paid Geld for their Quality of Arbeit. It is possible for certain technological innovations to remain as conceptual ideas on a drawing board and technical flaws rendering others impractical for any large-scale production by the VCS Economy. All of that can be done with the right set of technologies wielded by Office VI.
“Non-Fungible Tokens” (NFTs) are a subset of the Ethereum Cryptocurrency. The idea behind them is to turn digital data online into Commodities to be bought and sold like physical ones. There have been cases of academic literature, artwork, photographs and films being converted into Commodities vis-à-vis the NFTs’ Blockchain. The problem with NFTs is that they are relying on ideas conceptualized by Friedrich von Hayek, who was already anticipating the possibility of such technologies as far back as when he and Ludwig von Mises were arguing in favor of the Economic Calculation Problem. In fact, the very concept of Cryptocurrencies themselves are dependent on much of von Hayek’s ideas in his 1976 book, The Denationalisation of Money.
The proper alternative to NFTs and their Blockchain is to implement the digitized version of the Work-Standard’s Equipmentalities by means of a “Blockcycle” as described within the previous Compendium entry. The Blockcycle of those Digital Equipmentalities are dependent on the LERE (Life-Energization Reciprocal Electrification) process where any creation of digital Arbeit for digital Geld online can be immediately converted into physical Arbeit for physical Geld at an LERE Refinery. Anyone who does a secondary Vocation on the side like photography, graphic arts, academic journals, and filmmaking are applicable to this case. ‘Group B’ of Office III at a Kontor is capable of processing those digital Equipmentalities:
Equipmentalities refer to raw materials created from natural resources and can be purchased in bulk by enterprises in the production of goods and services. ‘Office III’ is split into two Groups. Group A is involved with Vocations tasked with harvesting those same natural resources, converting them into raw materials. The rest are with the Vocations of Group B, overseeing procurement of Equipmentality for the production of actual goods and services. Special arrangements can be made to allow for the transportation of strategic resources to enterprises that will be needing them. Deliveries are to be carried by regional and then local delivery units.
There is the limited “Desert Bar” from the Hershey’s Company, a chocolate bar developed for DOD in small quantities during the Persian Gulf War. Most of them never reached US personnel due to the short duration of that conflict. The Desert Bar is a small chocolate bar designed to withstand high temperatures and can be repurposed as a chocolate fudge bar. Its Socialist equivalent is a chocolate bar capable of being baked into a slice of chocolate cake when exposed to high temperatures during the summer months as a cost-effective camping and survival dessert. Similar dessert items can also be manufactured for the winter months.
There is that one-time “Big Mac dispenser” that McDonald’s unveiled in Boston as a marketing stunt in 2017. The Big Macs were prepared on-site and stored inside a dispenser for ease of convenience. The machine itself is designed to dispense Big Macs in exchange for a Twitter handle to send an automated advertisement. Meanwhile, the Socialist equivalent is an automated dispenser accepting both physical Geld and digital Geld on a Smartphone app or the official website, where the order gets sent to a chosen location. Somebody receives that order, prepares the meal, and stores everything inside a specially designed Automat that keeps the meal warm until the customer arrives. Alternatively, for contexts where drive-through options are unavailable, the restaurant may deploy a Miniature Automated Tractor Vehicle (MATV) to drive into the streets, obeying all traffic rules and delivering the meal to the customer with laser-guided precision.
Speaking of laser-guided precision, there really is no point for self-driving cars and delivery trucks when it makes far greater sense for certain Enterprises within the VCS Economy to field platoons of MATVs led by a superior commander, the MARV (Miniature Automated Repair Vehicle). While MATVs are deployed for carrying out repetitive tasks, MARVs are programmed to relay commands to MATVs and can provide general repairs and maintenance if personnel are absent. Unlike a self-driving car or truck, MATVs and MARVs can specifically designed to operate inside the narrow hallways of buildings, ride a service elevator to the upper floors of high-rise skyscrapers, help janitors and housekeeping, as well as repair and restock vending machines.
For those ordering goods from online eCommerce websites, an aerial equivalent called the C-Wing (Civilian Aerodyne Wing) is able to store packages inside of its fuselage or carried with a servo-mounted winch, can achieve either STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) or VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) capabilities from a parking lot, and deliver the package at a laser-guided drop zone. A C-Wing, whether it is a plane or helicopter, is small enough to navigate metropolitan areas while being remote-piloted by somebody or else automated from a control room. It may not fully eradicate the State’s postal service, but it will help the State postal service address any large influx of online orders and offline mail. The conceptual technologies behind MATVs, MARVs and C-Wings had already been developed in the Soviet Union, Third Reich, and United States during the 20th century, and the possibilities are there for their conceptualizations in the 21st century.
And for those concerned about Climate Change or Peak Oil and for those interested in how the Socialist nation achieves Autarky without dependency on drilling or fracking crude oil for petroleum, the Socialist nation has its ways of sustaining the energy needs of the Totality vis-à-vis the Work-Standard and Office VI of the Kontore. The past two decades alone had witnessed various scattered, unfocused developments of alternative synthetic fuels that do not involve the old Fischer-Tropisch Method of creating synthetic fuel from coal. The Intent is either Autarky for the armed forces or else to address the looming issue of Climate Change. Neither effort was fully realized on a large scale under Liberal Capitalism because they lacked an Incentive under Supply and Demand. The Marginal Cost was too high and the returns in investments too low for Kapital.
The Socialist nation can and shall develop zero-carbon synthetic fuel at special production facilities whose Intent is to sustain the energy needs of the Totality. The goal of zero-carbon synthetic fuel production is to have the Work-Standard, facilitating the long, arduous potential of converting Arbeit into Geld at increasing rates of Quality and Sustainability, to provide the impetus behind industrial-scale production. With Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as their feedstock, the possibility of achieving Autarky for the Socialist nation can be done gradually over a long-term period. Potential synthetic fuels include electrofuels and biofuels. Those technologies already exist because “Total Mobilization by the State equals the Will-to-Power of the Arbeiter and the Electrification of the Totality’ (‘State = Self + Totality’ or ‘State = Totality + Self’).” It will depend on whether the Socialist nation is able to find ways of lowering costs and increasing efficiency, allowing for greater fuel production at a fraction of the required electrical power.
Total Mobilization is alive and well. The 20th century has had no bearing on it except for the death of Bretton Woods leading to a financial nihilism through Fiat Currencies pegged to Schuld (Debt/Guilt). What is not being taken seriously and should be discussed in relation to the Political Organization Problem is emerging conceptualization of “Financial Warfare” in the wake of the Great Recession. All this and more will be explored in the next entry.