Mutualism FAQ



  1. What Is New Mutualism

    New Mutualism is Mutualism in New Zealand. Mutualism is an economic school of thought that originated with the anarchist philosopher Proudhon. New Mutualism is Mutualism revamped and popularised by New Zealand COMMUNITY LEADER Michael Law.

  2. Who will build the roads?

    It is in the best interests of the people who wish to use the roads to have them built. Because they built the road they will have the right to use the road along with everyone else.

  3. Who can use the roads?

    Anyone who is willing to agree to the terms set by the community where the road is built. The conditions are likely to be based around safety. (Sober driving, careful driving, break’s working …etc.)

  4. Are rent, interest, loans and investments banned?

    Nothing is banned as no one will be enforcing any bans; however, a person with Independent Sovereignty would have no need to purchase a product that is overpriced due to non-labour additions. And a free market economy will weed out any business that over prices their products.

  5. If you have no employees, are you against large enterprise?

    Worker owned enterprises are a fantastic utilisation of resources and specialisation of labour. Each member within a company will obtain their share of the full value of the product they produce or help produce.

  6. What happens when hundreds of people on the wharf are trying to catch fish?

    Each community can come up with it’s own ways of dealing with such situations. Perhaps in this case there might be 35 legitimate spaces to fish the wharf from (before it becomes unfishable) and have a first in first served agreement. It is always important to consider the sustainability of any fishing/hunting grounds.

  7. Without Loans how will production increase?

    I can’t answer this one Michael. What is the mutualist view on shareholding. My problem with a shareholding system is that Investors hang on and all profits are about them. Perhaps once they’ve tripled there money it’s time for the contract to end.

  8. Is there fixed pricing or a central company that dictates prices?

    No. Each person may charge whatever they deem suitable and the customer decides whether they wish to pay or shop elsewhere. Free market price signals will determine prices in real-life economies.

  9. Is there any redistribution of resources based on need?

    No. Communism is based on need. It sounds great in theory. In practice, not so much. Mutualists are anti-communist because freedom of the individual being to associate (or not associate) with whomever they like is a constraint.

  10. What about companies that do not resolve their products up front, should the worker not get paid until the end?

    Proudhon (the grandfather of Mutualism) considered this scenario and proposed the following resolution: worker credits or a form of salary from the coffers of the company. This may be more applicable in big business and then the dividends of the company at the end of a set term are spread out among the workers as per their involvement.

  11. Would CEOs get paid more?

    Only if it is deemed that the labour proportion of the CEO is more then the other workers. I highly doubt that workers would agree much variance unless the CEO can show a larger production of yield through his or her actions.

  12. Can I go on holiday?

    Yes, assuming no electronic notification board for such a thing. Put a note on your farm that your be back and that anyone can use it while you’re gone. However your Private Property can be locked up and any action against such property is theft.

  13. Sounds great, where do I start?

    Start your own business. Become independent of society and trade with other like-minded people using a non-nationalised currency such as Bitcoin.