Continuing the Open Lifespan and the economy of time series here. The following draft contains top level theses and foretells conclusions, a Grundrisse if you like, not as formally elaborated argument yet, as content beats the form currently. As such, this post is the most significant so far in terms of leading into the heart of the analysis and emerging new insights, but not in a yet analytical way. The ampleness of the draft material enforces this and the modified summary reflects the current status. Conceptual hardship remains but the robust outlines shine through. For the basic thought experiment and vocabulary please check Open Lifespan Possible World part of Part 2.
Summary of the whole study
Open Healthspan as a Service (Product) completely re-defines production as an activity by re-producing, re-generating indefinitely Open Lifespan bodies and lifetimes, including that of Open Healthspan workers providing these very services. This service leaves no space for alienation anymore. No objectification of labour, no externalisation of work -> no alienation. An Open Life Society, equipped with Open Healthspan as the main service product implements the real economy of time by exclusively producing additional healthy human lifetime. It neutralises the logic of capital but not killing it off with a revolution or anything. Just makes it redundant by making abundance in only one dimension by default, that of biological human lives. Leaves scarcity in other dimensions as it is. An Open Life Society is the Free Association of Open Lifespan (Citizen) Producers. It continuously produces abundant human labour time and indefinitely and mutually reproduces all of its citizens.
Working out the distinctions
The main conceptual angle here is Marx’s crucial and connected bundle of distinctions he has worked out to describe economy and the world of production. Marx also used these concepts normatively to advance his critics around the existing capitalist society and to establish the future free association of producers by keeping some oppositions separated and not let them intermingle. We are talking about the distinction between material and social aspects of production, between instrumental and goal-setting aspects of human activities, between technical and social aspects, between people working on nature and people communicating with each other. Also in another dimension between individual and collective goals.
- (Reflectivity) OH worker producing OL lifetimes for other OL citizens is OH worker maintaining a body similar to their own.
- (Transformative Reflectivity) OH worker puts their life into other OL citizens’ lives. This way OH worker’s labour lifetime transforms into and is encapsulated by their OL clients’ lives. But those lifetimes are (materially) produced (see Thesis 6)/(socially) serviced (see These 7 & 8) by the OH worker lives.
- (Material dependence of OH worker on OH work and OL lives) OH worker providing the means of subsistence to themselves by producing lifetime for OL citizens. (Basic reproduction of the same body) (Material – Social fusion or entanglement) Only by maintaining other OL citizens’ bodies can an OH worker be guaranteed to produce (additional and necessary) work time to their bodies being maintained further.
- (Primary Social dependence of OH worker on OH work and OL lives) In an OL society the OH worker’s social role has the strongest justification. Think about the status of doctors in all societies.
- Secondary Social dependence of OH worker on OH work and OL lives: material dependence on one hand, social dependence on the other) Only by maintaining other OL citizens’ bodies can an OH worker reproduce their own society to which they belong. The more lifetime they are producing the more reality they build for themselves. Think about the status of settlers, builders and engineers in all societies.
- (Material dependence of OL citizens on OH work and OH workers): In an OL society most of the lifetime of OL citizens will physically depend on ongoing OH work.
- (Primary Social dependence of OL citizens on OH work and OH workers): In an OL society most of the labour time convertible to social roles (jobs) of OL citizens will physically depend on OH work.
- (Secondary Social dependence of OL citizens on OH work and OH workers): OH work reproduces the OL society around OL citizens, including everybody else.
Thesis (3) and Thesis (5) provides the 2 main drive(r)s behind OH work: 1. material drive, Thesis (3): rebuilding their own body, their very own existence 2., social drive, Thesis (5): rebuilding their own world, the context of their existence.
These formulations above are motivating the following conclusions below, but only contain a contribution to a particular bundle of the explicit premises, reflecting the immature state of the study.
Conclusion 1: In an OL world OH work activity unites material and social, individual and social, instrumental and goal-setting aspects in a way as to this kind of fusion resolves theoretically the main problems that might have arisen by the entanglement of these aspects with different type of ‘usual’ work activities.
Conclusion 2: From the point of view of an OH worker, the tension between individual goals and collective existence all but disappears.
Conclusion 3: From the point of view of OL citizens, they are very strongly recommended (mandated) to do OH work as well in one of their professional lives to experience same OL world-enabling unity guaranteed by OH work in an OL world.
Conclusion 4/A variant: OH technology and work provides necessary and sufficient conditions to establish a free association of Open Lifespan (Citizen) producers.
Conclusion 4/B variant: Or to put it another way as to reflect the role of OH workers and the pool of other, non-OH duty OL citizens at the same time: Open Life Society is the free association of continuously producing abundant human labour time and indefinitely reproducing Each Other.