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Can you suggest a different or better rule/s to use in our society instead of the current exchange rule?

Why is our society based on the exchange rule? For instance if we go to the supermaket and get food, in exchange we have to give some money to the owner of the supermaket. If we want to have water in our houses we have to pay a water company so they can supply it to us.

I can see this rule being adopted thousand of years ago by our ancestors and back then it probably made sense. They possibly could not come up with a better idea. But why in the 21st century are we still using it? Why can't we come up with a better or different rule?

Has anyone a different rule or rules to suggest that we could use instead?


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  • Jun 21 2012: Thanks for all your replies.
    Bartering or credit contracts are always based on the principle of exchanging something or services.
    I am instead looking for a rule or set of rules where exchange is not necessary.

    1. you give, but you don't receive. i doubt you want that.

    2. you get, but you don't give. it is luring, but where do you plan to get things if nobody gives?

    3. you don't get and don't give. this is the neanderthal way of life, and not very pleasant.

    What about:

    4. you must give and you must get ??

    Why do we have to exchange goods or services in order to survive? Why cannot we support each other
    without exchanging?

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