The capitalism system relies on a monetary system for exchange of goods and services. This appears to cause a large number of problems. For example, we shun those that don't have money.

Is there an economic model that embodies and actually encourages hard work while discouraging laziness and at the same time makes sure that everyone has what they need to live, to survive? Is there a model that marries the best of the other economic models into one that promotes motivation and community unity?

A model where your basic needs are cared for. Food, clothing, housing, education, and medicine is available to everyone. Yet everyone strives for more in their lives. There isn't a massive amount of laziness and instead people live for the things that make them happy and benefit society.

What would that entail? How would I embody such things into one model? Is it even possible?

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    $\begingroup$ It's called Scandinavia. You should visit some time :) $\endgroup$ – Thorst Mar 3 '15 at 6:58
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    $\begingroup$ It's probably a good rule of thumb that any post with more than, say, four occurrences of first person pronouns is off topic. $\endgroup$ – Steven Landsburg Mar 3 '15 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, I will spend some time on that later. $\endgroup$ – Patrick Mar 3 '15 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ No, we don´t. But we should. $\endgroup$ – Lumi Mar 4 '15 at 0:09
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    $\begingroup$ I still found it too wordy for my personal liking. I majorly edited the question. If you agree on the rephrasing still carrying your essential question and not rolling back my edit, I will favor a reopening. $\endgroup$ – FooBar Mar 4 '15 at 20:26

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