…the flow economy systematically resolves the problems inherent in the capitalist system. Instead of appealing to people’s lowest motives - cynicism, nihilism and greed - the flow economy appeals to people’s highest ideals. Instead of being driven by corporate-induced consumerism it is driven by the need to sustain and promote life. Instead of overcompensating those at the top and disparaging those at the bottom it compensates everyone according to their contribution. Instead of being inherently exploitative it treats everyone equitably. And instead of rewarding marketability over merit it rewards us for making meaningful contributions to the world.
What is equally important, however, is that the flow economy does not resolve the inherent problems of the capitalist system at the expense of productivity, efficiency, motivation to contribute or economic growth - like other economic systems do (Socialism and Communism). Instead, the flow economy resolves these problems while putting us on a path to sustained growth and prosperity.
And yet the question remains as to what the transition process from the Market Economy to the Flow Economy would be like.
The beauty of the Flow Economy is that it does not require nationalization of industry or private property, violent insurrection or anything of that sort. The Flow Economy isn’t a totalitarian system – it is the exact opposite of a totalitarian system. It liberates the individual from the constraints and distortive effects of the Market Economy, and allows him to realize his full creative potential as a living being. It is based on the voluntary and peaceful transition of individuals who recognize the great benefits of participating in the Flow Economy.
The best analogy to how such transition would look like is the transition from a Barter Economy to a Market Economy. The Market Economy does not prevent individuals from bartering, it merely exposes the inherent limitations of such practice. Similarly, the Flow Economy will not prevent individuals from trading, it will merely expose the inherent problems of that system. This means that there is no reason why the Flow Economy and the Market Economy cannot peacefully coexist, or why any individual cannot participate in both economies.
Just like the only thing that was necessary for the Market Economy to operate is for the mechanism (money) to be in place, and for individuals to use that mechanism, the only thing that is necessary for the Flow Economy to operate is for its mechanisms to be in place, and for individuals to use these mechanisms (in particular, the Human Interface). To understand why this is the case, we have to consider how the mechanisms of the Flow Economy operate (for a comprehensive description of these mechanisms see here):
The RFM, KFM and LFM continually monitor the rate of flow of all resources in the economy, and how much each individual contributes to that flow. That does not mean, however, that all these resources must be employed exclusively within the Flow Economy. The exact opposite is the case – these resources can be employed within the Market Economy. It is just that when these resources are employed within the Market Economy they are likely to be used much less efficiently than in the Flow Economy. Similarly, those individuals who participate in the Market Economy are likely to be much less creative or productive than those who participate in the Flow Economy. Which means that individuals who decide to participate in both economies at the same time are likely to have less access to resources in the Flow Economy, because they would contribute less to the flow of life than those who participate exclusively in the Flow Economy. There is nothing about the mechanisms of the Flow Economy that targets individuals that participate in the Market Economy to designate them as less creative or productive. It is simply a logical consequence of participating in a economic system that is inherently less efficient than the Flow Economy. Thus, any individual naturally would have the incentive to voluntarily transition to the Flow Economy