A truly planned economy

I moved into a new, larger community recently, and we're trying to figure out how to share property maintenance fairly. Part of this is seeing how other communities, which tend towards the socialist mold, do things. Reading something like the Twin Oaks Labor Policy demonstrates that the occasional planned economy is still alive and well:

Yearly labor budgets are based on an estimate of labor availability made by the planners in November of the previous year. In the course of the labor year, population may change enough so that there is significantly more, or substantially less labor than predicted.

It is up to the planners to decide whether any changes will be made in budgets due to population changes. There are many factors that affect their decision, such as (1) need for additional income to support increased population; (2) requests from members to translate a population rise into lowered quota; (3) need to cut budgets to fit into actual labor supply when it is lower than prediction; (4) things that come up mid-year that seem necessary or highly desirable to do; (5) concern that population, though higher than predicted early in the year, may fall below prediction later; and so forth. The planners are under no legal obligation to lower quota when population goes up but may choose to do so.

Interesting to read, although we are leaning towards something a little more capitalistic, where instead of labor credits we use a more fungible currency known as "the almighty dollar" to value tasks and reward members.

But hey, strange though the Twin Oaks system seems in these post-collapse of communism days, at least people are entering it voluntarily.

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