Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Girls (a story of revolution) 27

read the beginning here


Israeli Knesset, Jerusalem

"A pleasure, as always, to listen to Avi's passionate speeches about love. But to practical things.

"In our audience today we have a crowd of very unhappy people. They've come to tell a tale of woe. They once were rich, now they are poor. Or at least no richer than anyone else. What should we say to them?

"Let's begin with a question. Was it true, what they told us, that they gained their wealth by virtue of their extraordinary creativity? I for one have doubts. But let's give them the point. We are building a new politics on a strong foundation. The formerly rich, creative as they tell us they are, can contribute to the creative adaptations we must surely make, day by day. They can invest their energies in as many cooperative enterprises as they wish and have time for. The can create great tools, buildings, arts. They can't create immense piles of things they can't use.

"Say though we take pity on them. They're human beings. They are used to a certain kind of life. They can't live without amassing things they can't use. I thought a moment, and came up with this solution. I'm sure with their creativity they can come up with solutions of their own, better ones. This is my idea:

"They throw themselves into our new economy as executives. For their great creative discernment in which new companies to participate in with their managerial skills, they are entitled to their share of rewards each of those companies hand back to their participants. But they can only keep what they can use. That's the rule. So why not issue a counter, a coin, a marker, a standardized marker to reflect the property they must return? The rich have been satisfied in the past to amass useless metals and stamped paper as symbols of their piling up activity. Let them in the future make a sport of collecting these harmless symbols. That ought to satisfy them. No?"

to be continued