Economic Agendas: 3. IOPS

International Organization for a Participatory Society

IOPS seeks new economic relations such that:

  1. no individuals or groups own productive assets such as natural resources, factories, etc., so ownership doesn’t affect anyone’s decision making influence or share of income.
  2. there is no payment according to property, bargaining power, or the value of personal output.
  3. workers who work longer or harder or at more onerous conditions doing socially valued labor (including training) earn proportionately more for doing so.
  4. those unable to work receive income nonetheless.
  5. workers have a say in decisions to the extent possible, proportionate to effects on them, sometimes best attained by majority rule, sometimes by consensus or other arrangements.
  6. there is no corporate division of labor giving about a fifth of workers predominatly empowering tasks and four fifths mainly rote, repetitive, and obedient tasks.
  7. each worker enjoys conditions suitable to be sufficiently confident and informed to participate effectively in decision making, including having a socially average share of empowering tasks via suitable new designs of work.
  8. there is neither market competition nor top-down planning, but instead decentralized cooperative negotiation of inputs and outputs, whether accomplished by workers and consumers councils or some other suitable method.