economic competition or cooperation?


Well-Known Member
Feb 24, 2007
I propose two separate, but mutually dependent socio-economic organizations. I will call them the alpha organization and the beta organization. For the sake of discussion I will assume that no legal barriers to these organizations would exist (and all legal barriers that do exist would be repealed) The members of the alpha organization would pay taxes as they would do otherwise, but neither the alpha nor the beta organization would be subject to property or income taxes.

The alpha organization would be like a chamber of commerce for business owners that have something in common other than that they own businesses or own businesses in the same industry or own businesses in a particular geographic region. Membership would be based on something like political ideology so the organization could represent every possible type of (legal) industry or business and thus represent a cross-section of the economy as a whole.

The alpha organization would have a board of directors that would set codes of conduct and fair competition (modeled after the codes that were created by the National Recovery Administration that was set up by the National Industrial Recovery Act of the New Deal). The board would also set price ranges so each of the organization’s members could make a profit without engaging in price policies designed to drive competitors out of business. The board would also set wages and salaries for the organization’s members’ employees, while employees would not join any union or engage in any kind of strike.

One-third of the board members for the alpha organization would be elected by the organization’s members. Another 1/3 would be chosen by the employees of the alpha organization’s members. Labor was not given any guaranteed say in setting the NRA codes so the NRA had no mechanism to represent the interests of labor and consumers- so the NRA was bound to lead to monopolies and ultimately fail even without the SCOTUS. The last 1/3 of the alpha organization’s board members would be chosen by the beta organization.

The beta organization would be a non-profit organization designed to provide social welfare services and run schools and colleges for the employees of the alpha organization’s members. Social welfare services would include things like housing assistance, medical care, pensions and unemployment insurance. People like doctors and school teachers would work for the beta organization full time (along with anyone else the organization needs to do its work). The beta organization’s directors and employees would be paid a salary.

The beta organization would have a board of directors that would manage the organization. The beta organization would be allowed to run some businesses that would compete with alpha organization members and (hopefully) make money, but the beta organization’s business would be designed mainly to provide enough competition for the alpha organization to make sure its members obey its own board’s codes. The beta organization would not have any say in choosing the alpha organization’s board members that represent that organization’s members. The beta organization wouldn’t be allowed to gain any more seats on the alpha organization’s board of directors by virtue of running businesses.

Funding for the beta organization would come from dues that alpha organization members and their employees would make, but the beta organization would also run lotteries. These dues and any other fees the beta organization charges for its services would either be tax deductible or the government would provide vouchers that could be paid to the beta organization but count as taxes that are paid to the government.

Both organizations would be allowed to work in tandem to lobby the government to adopt policies favorable to their members, directors and employees.