- Price system
For more information of the technocracy movement's use of this economic phrase, see
technocratic views of the price system.
The term price system is used to describe any
economicsystem whatsoever that effects its distribution of goods and services by means of goods and services having pricesand employing any form of debttokens, or money. Except for possible remote and primitive communities, all modern societies use price systems to allocate resources. However, price systems are not used for all resource allocation decisions today. A variety of Non-market economicstype proposals have been presented as alternatives to a price system such as Energy Accounting. [http://telstar.ote.cmu.edu/environ/m3/s3/05account.shtml Environmental Decision making, Science and Technology]
Fixed price versus free price systems
A price system may be either a fixed price system where prices are set by a government or it may be a
free price systemwhere prices are left to float freely as determined by unregulated supply and demand. Or it may be a combination of both with a "mixed price system".
Fundamentally, price systems have been around as long there has been
tradeor money. From its beginnings, the price system has evolved into the system of global capitalismthat is present in the early 21st century [http://www.technocracy.org/Archives/I%20Am%20The%20Price%20System-r.HTMI Am The Price System R. B. Langan Great lakes Technocrat April 1944, # 66.] . The Soviet Unionand other communistnations were controlled price systems. Whether the ruble or the dollar is used in the economic system, the criteria of a price system is the use of money as an arbiter and usual final arbiter of whether a thing is done or not. In other words, few things are done without a view to making a profit in a price system.
Free price system
History of economics
Technocratic views of the price system
* [http://www.technocracy.org/Archives/I%20Am%20The%20Price%20System-r.HTM I Am The Price System R. B. Langan Great lakes Technocrat April 1944, # 66]
* [http://www.technocracy.org/Archives/History%20&%20Purpose-r.htm History and Purpose of Technocracy]
* [http://ecen.com/eee9/ecoterme.htm Economy and Thermodynamics: Borisas Cimbleris (1998)]
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