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Neosubsistence - a version of subsistence in the digital age, where it becomes feasible for communities to produce essential goods on the local scale, which formerly were possible only by using global supply chains. This assumes that open source economics allow for unprecedented efficiencies which perform better than global supply chains with their associated Competitive Waste.

Neosubsistence is used to produce a modern standard of living without typical violence of pre-21st century history. Neosubsistence is accomplished via an advanced level of import substitution. This relies on globally-generated open source design repositories and local production capacity, such as via Open Source Microfactories or RepLabs. Neosubsistence may include surplus production for outside markets, and it is a means whereby material security is generated - motivated by pursuit of Self-Determination and Higher Purpose. The requirement is lowered barriers of entry to acquiring productive skill and capital, such as via Immersion Training and Enterprise startup assistance in an open source framework.

One version of neosubsistence is the capacity to create a modern standard of living with 2 hours of work per day from local resources. This would assure a transition from most people disliking their jobs, to a world where people follow their true interests.


Neosubsistence is an un-revenue model, in that this paradigm lowers the need for revenue generation, and hence has the potential to free up one's time if the neosubsistent production is efficient.


In an economy that affords freedom, the issue of existential crisis must be addressed. With freedom comes a greater requirement to make decisions and be responsible for one's choices. This requirement exceeds the psychological capacity of most individuals, who are accustomed to wage slavery. This, transition to freedom and free enterprise must be accompanied by psychological maturation of people as civilization transitions to the Open Source Economy.

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