Their website is big on hype but remarkably devoid of actual information so I'm not surprised it looks like a scam. I was curious though so I emailed the guy and got a document explaining it. They may as well post the following on their website so people at least have some idea of what Copiosis is:
In a Copiosis society:
- There's no such thing as cash. All money is virtual.
- If I pay for something, the money will go out of my account but it will not go into someone else's account, it'll just disappear out of my account and out of existence.
- If I get paid for something, my payment doesn't come from someone else's account, it's instead just created in my account from nothing.
- People get paid according to their 'net benefit'. This means that if I do something that benefits you but negatively impacts either another person or the environment then my net benefit will be: the good I've done you minus the bad I've done someone else/the environment. This means it's in my financial interest to be as ethical and benign as possible.
- There are two types of commodities in the world: Necessities and Luxuries. Necessities are basic housing, clothing, food, electricity, clean water etc. All the stuff you need to live. This stuff is free for everyone in the world. Copiosis is founded on the idea that no one should have to 'earn a living' in a job they hate, earning just about enough money to stay alive so they can carry on going to the job they hate. We live in a civilization that could easily provide the basics of life for everyone for free, and in a Copiosis system it would. The only problem then is incentive to work. That's where Luxuries come in...
- If you want anything beyond the glorified prison itinerary that Necessities provide (say you want a TV, car, designer clothes, musical instrument, nice furniture, cellphone, coffee maker, umbrella, whatever) then you're going to have to do some nice stuff in order to earn some money!
- How people get paid is decided by a community called the Payers. A Payer (who themselves cannot participate in the Copiosis system but instead live on what the community offers them) will have an area they manage, say a zip code's worth. Their sole job is to pay everyone FAIRLY. If the community deems them to be fair payers then they'll be obliged to provide the Payer with housing and all the necessities of life. This Payer concept will certainly be the most debated area of Copiosis if it ever picks up momentum. It deserves a longer explanation than I'm giving here but hopefully my response will make you want to find out more for yourself.
It's a great idea in my opinion. It would give people and businesses financial incentive to treat each other well and not pollute the planet. Our current economic system (capitalism) works by rewarding exploitation and punishing kindness. Think about it, if I own a factory and I make sure all my staff have the best possible healthcare, comfortable working furniture, a company car, gourmet dinner in the canteen etc., then I'm spending (read: losing) money in the pursuit of kindness and equality. I'm being punished for being good.
Whereas if I sack all my UK staff and build a cheap factory in the Philippines that just about passes an inspection, where I can pay people a hundredth of what I'd pay them in the UK, I'm onto a winner! More money for me. Yay, I'm being rewarded for exploiting people. If I then dump my unwanted, polluting byproducts in the sea instead of paying huge sums to have it recycled or disposed of sensibly then I'm doing even better. While the system's being so good to me, let's create a new bank account in an offshore tax haven and hoard my share of the finite global economy as well. Way to go, Capitalism!
With Copiosis, I wouldn't pay my staff a penny because that's what the Payers are there to decide. But my local Payer will make sure I get more money paid to me if I'm treating my workers as well as possible, so it's in my interest to do that. I'll get punished for shipping my produce somewhere using a polluting petrol-powered truck so I'd better replace the fleet with electric trucks. No one build electric trucks? Then there's an enormous gap in the market.
If people help fix the plumbing in poorer areas then they'll get paid more than they would for installing a new jacuzzi in a mansion, so there'd be more market incentive to help the poor. Help the poor for long enough and what do you get? Equality. That's the ultimate goal of the Copiosis concept.
Bonus info: net benefit works like royalties. Musicians today get paid every time one of their songs gets played on the radio, even if it's 20 years after they released it. The same would apply to every job in a Copiosis world.
There are a lot of details and it's too complicated to explain it all in a Yahoo answer, but hopefully this gives you a basic outline. The site is very new and the concept needs a bit of ironing out, but it's already a thousand times better than the system we currently have.
Email the guys at the website and ask for the Introductory Packet.
But in response to your original question, no, Copiosis is definitely not a scam.
NOTE: I am in no way affiliated with Copiosis.
Direct communication with the people at Copiosis.
· 6 years ago