Transition Economics is: the Science of adjusting social and economic government policies as needed to balance and ensure opportunity and monetization within a market economy

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Introducing Transition Economics

The Science

Transition Economics explains the importance of creating strategic Right Plans to improve self-sufficiency and export diversity in every country

Unfortunately for billions of people of people today, economics is not a science. If it was to become a science, could we all live the American Dream sustainably without social problems and wars? Transition Economics suggests a scientific approach to find this balance. If the Americans had it in the 1960s – and Norway, Ireland and the Netherlands have it today, clearly a solution exists for every time. Turning economics into a science, therefore, becomes as important and worthwhile a goal as realizing introspectively that most of our countries globally share a common problem today

Despite our investment in universities and the teaching of business and economics for almost a thousand years, 72?% of 200-plus countries globally today find large percentages of their population are made unproductive by a shortfall of opportunity. Recurring social collapses created by mature capitalisms have been 60-year events for thousands of years now; recorded since the time of Hammurabi’s 50-year debt-forgiveness Jubilee resets in 1763 BCE.

A cycle begins with abundant opportunity. A successful capitalism can monetize a nation, but this competition for wealth slows as “winners” emerge over decades. Growth slows because fewer citizens have the opportunity to contribute, governments begin fruitless currency wars to try to bolster growth, trade wars follow, and then real wars – or real opportunity – reset the economy so that it can start the cycle again.

Transition Economics suggests a pragmatic and scientific approach to managing these cycles, with government policy that is proven in research, Scientific Method, observation, and monitoring – until we are following the lead of the 20% of countries that avoid these correctable down-spirals consistently – and lead Good Lives (Aristotle’s term for the American Dream) today.

The Science of Transition Economics (TE) explains that Right Plans build and maintain sustainable economies. Aristotle’s Right Plans have two parts: first, worthwhile projects (see two approaches here: #WPProjects and Worthwhile Ventures) build economic injectors that work to eliminate trade-deficits and monetize economies; and then a second part,  ensures that only proven-sustainable Government Policy is permitted at ballot boxes in large democracies (it turns out that small democracies have recognized and voted for sustainable policies by themselves very well). By ensuring strong strategic planning, education, and communications, any impact caused by policy transitions are minimized – both in private lives and in business too. Unlike today’s interest-rate change announcements, Transition Economics changes ensure economic sustainability reliably.

Permitting high-inequity costs economies four-times more than the TE-Mature Policies that reset economies – and TE preempts austerity and war. Transition Economics flips between sustainable and unsustainable-capitalistic government policies – a bit like a light switch; from on and then off again – as needed to maintain opportunity within a society. Small-population democracies have an easy time with these changes as we see in the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, and Norway. These countries enjoy the American Dream still today – simply because they felt the impact of unaffordable unsustainable policy more quickly, and then they could then vote out that policy with just a few million votes. Large population nations need twenty-years to build 100-million desperate voters to rise up against a wide array of unsustainable policies that were easily hidden when citizens found others means of employment.

1835’s Great Depression was ended by a small-population U.S. citizenry of 12-million, who re-invested its ten-fold increased Gold Reserves from the California Gold Rush. Opportunity alone reset the U.S. economy from a Great Depression deeper than 1930’s. This created the Industrial Revolution of the 1850s. So – is offshore banking of corporate profit a sustainable policy?

This leads us to conclude that war was then, and is today, completely avoidable and even “immature” – in Transition Economics’ Maturity Modeling vernacular.

Read about the ACT Party to understand how to quickly implement Transition Economics Resets in any nation. Reserve your copy of the upcoming Reform of War – The Democratic Reform ACT book, for a fuller, cited explanation of how we can, and should, be reforming our systems of democracy within large democracies.

Larger civilizations should make life easier for everyone – in theory, but the reality is that our systems of democracy were designed when we were small-population nations. These systems were not designed to prevent oligarchies and therefore, to preempt the support of unsustainable policies that profited few and reliably led our economies to the same austerity and starvation wages that created World Wars I and II – again and again.

No Economic Policy is uncorrectable – in Housing, Unemployment, Welfare, Taxation, Commerce, etc. and Transition Economics explains the research and methods to make changes responsibly.

Maturity Models & TE-Mature Policy Book Transition Economics Collapse-trending Statistics among surveyed countries

Click here to read about TE Maturity Modeling and TE-Mature Policy

Fully 72% of global economies are in a Collapse trending today. Transition Economics (TE) offers an important teaching and learning framework that explains scientifically, statistically, that this is perfectly normal and correctable.

Opportunity is highest when Inequity is lowest

3d-te-8x5Transition Economics is critical today because our economies have run their normal course and are no-longer sustainable by the status-quo policies that worked so well at the start of a new “boom” economic cycle in the 1950s. Per the normal cyclic behaviour of 60-year repeating capitalist economies – recorded in academic research for 4000 years now, our economy will collapse unless we bend status quo to permit a responsible economic reset to take place.  To order the book Transition Economics, click here.

Transition Economics Opportunity Curve

We see the same phenomenon in any Monopoly Game. Strategies that worked well at the start of a game, do not work at all near the end of the game. But if we change the rules, so that the victor returns a significant percentage of assets to the players of the game so that all can be productive and enjoy the game, this game can continue sustainably for an indefinite period of time.

In the chart above we see Opportunity as a waving black line; high in the beginning of a cycle and low in a mature capitalism. TE-Mature Policies vary – from capitalistic, monetizing policies early on in the cycle, back to sustainable, affordable policies as needed to reset Opportunity. These adjustments have resulted in a steady line of Opportunity in Norway, Ireland and most small-democracy and Monarchy-led nations today.

Cycle Economists call these cycles Kondratieff or K-Waves; and these waves of economic boom and bust, have been documented back to Ancient Babylon on the Code of Hammurabi (1763 BCE) – as I mentioned above.

TE Maturity Models discuss #TEMature policies that sustain Spring Economies and avoid Winters altogether, but if these steps are not taught to governments and not enacted, Winter Phase economies MUST switch to a number of key new policies in housing, in guaranteed reverse-tax incomes, and in automation engineering supports which can safely and responsibly restore incomes, spending power and restart a new and viable Economic Cycle once again – without war and revolution.

Failing this Transition, economies continue right along a collapse-trending – until either “new wealth” (as in the California Gold Rush example above, which ended the Great Depression of 1835), or responsible government policy intervenes. Without these resets, we have seen wars / revolutions / populism / dark ages and similar disastrous events reset the economic cycle by distributing wealth forcefully.


It’s not fate nor evil nor luck nor faith that delivers populations into inequity; when these repeating cycles eventually collapse, its simply the inevitable results of a successful capitalism’s unsustainable compounding interests, year-over-year expectation of exponentially increasing profits, housing bubbles and similar unaffordable policies. These cycles in capitalism must be managed, and if inequity is not managed, it must be reset responsibly too – or society collapses into revolution under the weight of this inequity.

This is what John F. Kennedy said so well in his speeches:

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable”

Mature capitalisms are normal; predictable; and correctable. Once we teach our high-school students (and future voters) the strategies that proactively prevent these collapses, we should be able to maintain a sustainable capitalism indefinitely.

This is the true value and imperative for correcting Economics – and for making it a science now.

Today, we live in a K-Wave Winter; a Global Depression – or is it a lingering recession held aloft only by advancing debt due to little new growth. If we all simply call it what it is; if we acknowledge the problem, then we can begin to leverage the lessons of history that tell us to transition to the economy-restoring policies that put our buying power at useful levels again. The exact steps to resetting an economy are described in a book step-by-step – read about TE-Mature Policy here.

The quicker and more thoroughly we reset to a new 60-year Financial Cycle, the quicker we will all realize a Good Life in a new economy; and of course, the opposite is true as well.

TE Maturity Models

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Maturity Models and TE-Mature Policy

According to the AEA (American Economic Association) website, when observation shows phenomena that are absent in, or inconsistent with, available theories, Economic theorists look for new theories.

Transition Economics falls into this “new theory” category in that no previous work has taken a direct look for an “automation to export to guaranteed incomes” and “government automation investment vs. infrastructure spending” equation in previous theory, to name just a couple of examples. Transition Economics is a Science, where other Economic Theories fail the burden of proof in observation – and other validations required by Scientific Method. In other words, if current Economic Theory and Education worked, we would not be seeing 72% Collapse Trendings in Economies globally today.

Keynesian Economic Theory is an example of economic theory proven unsustainable in observation and therefore many spin-off deep-dives in these theories in banking and monetary system management are unscientific as well.

Automation and Jobs

No-one is homeless when robots build life-cycle-managed housing automatically; and no-one starves when food is delivered to every home – without a human hand required. Like Google’s Driverless Car from 2013, food and shelter are both examples of automation projects that can be built within just 2 to 5 years. There is also no emerging technology needed here either; it only takes focus to build assembly lines that build an economy. Socially important innovation just takes good leadership.

Automations are forecast to reduce the total number of jobs by up to 50% over the next 20 years; that’s approximately 970  jobs (multiplied by % in the workforce) per million population, lost per month.

Jobs being lost to automation are not a new reality; the automated weave, Bessemer Steel Process, the cotton gin, water pumps, electricity, farm tractors, and modern assembly lines have all reduced the need for repetitive labour jobs.

Thousands of lives were lost to riots and hardship in these transitions when Governments failed to ensure a strong social contract. “Government for the People” (Democracy) must ensure that it supports the transit of its citizens to other forms of income and retraining through these innovation-driven changes.

Transition Economics studies the relationships between social needs automation, exports, guaranteed incomes, government investment, and infrastructure spending. This is not been addressed by previous theory scientifically.

Transition Economics - Rate of Automation

The Science of Cycle Economics

Any Science must be validatable in observation. Where Keynesian Economic theories were proven unsustainable in the 1930s by Keynes and again by Greenspan in 2008, Transition Economics are based on Longwave Cycle Economics proven in historical record for 4000 years. The primary concern of Transition Economics deals with the necessary adjustments which must be made in Economic Controls and Government Policy which manage the four phases of a naturally recurring 60-year phenomenon in Capitalism called Cycle Economics, Kondratieff Waves or Longwave Economics. Well-documented in academic research, Cycle Economists notice that controls in housing, monetary systems, interest rates, and wealth distribution must change with the changing phases of each cycle. Kondraitiev called these phases of Expansion, Boom, Recession and Depression – Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

The black line in the chart below notes Opportunity within an economy. Great Depressions have come every 60-years in Capitalist societies; shorter if inequity failed to reset properly – and the European Dark Ages (500 -1300 AD approximately) is an example of a global economy that never reset inequity until it remained in depression for hundreds of years. World War II was certainly created by inequity as was World War I and dozens of revolutions globally when governments failed to reset inequity after the Panic of 1893.

Transition Economics 60-Year Cycle Phases

Nikolai Kondratieff first wrote about this phenomenon of Longwaves in 1925; Howard Schumpeter brought the study of Longwave Economics to Harvard in the 1940s, which he renamed Kondratieff Waves in tribute to its founder – or simply K-Waves. K-Waves in Capitalist societies have since been confirmed back to 930 AD China in numerous academic thesis, and Edward Tilley suggested in 2015 that these phenomenon are confirmed again in records of the Economic Controls, the pre-emptive 50-year corrections made by “Jubilees” (Debt forgiveness & Wealth Redistribution), that are recorded on the 1760 BCE Code of Hammurabi.

Longwave K-Wave Economics

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23510_a_largeA Game of Monopoly permits us to view a 60-year Capitalist cycle in just 60 or 90 minutes of play. Notice that normal “status-quo” strategies from the beginning of the game, do not work near the end – in the hotel-round of the game – and also notice what happens at the end of the game; all property returns to the bank for redistribution so that the game can begin again. Debt-Forgiveness and Wealth Distribution – the return of Incomes and Spending-power to all – is needed to restart the game (the cycle) again at the end.

Making the Monopoly Game Sustainable

It might be easier to think of Transition Economics’ TE-Mature Policy in the context of a Monopoly Game as well. At the point where players begin to drop out of a Monopoly Game, based on normal capitalistic rules of play, Transition Economics introduces new rules that reset the ability of all players to continue – and to be prosperous indefinitely.

The same changes that restart a game of Monopoly, restart a new cycle of Capitalism the same. If #TEMature Policy have not controlled inequity, there must be a safe, pragmatic and successful Reset 0f Incomes and of Spending-Powers.

Transition Economics Balancing Act for Sustainable Policymaking
  • In Spring and Summer Phases of this 60-year K-Wave cycle, wealth is well distributed and society has opportunity. People can own homes, cottages, start families at age 20, easily – so Wealth Creation can go on under Capitalistic Policies that monetize the economy; everything works in a Boom Phase basically, so the Social Contract is protected by opportunity.
  • In Autumn, wealth begins to accumulate in a few households, and now Socialistic policies are needed to sustain a Good Life and Social Contract for all. This is the reason that Norway and The Netherlands have a Good Life and strong economy still today – in our present mature capitalism. Strong Social Contract nations have strong economies – examples are Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, UAE, China, and so on.
  • In Winter – Yes of course we are in a Great Depression today. Socialistic Wealth Redistribution Policies are needed urgently in housing (Land-Grants instead of Mortgages), Interest Rate recovery protections, Usury Prevention Laws, Graduated Tax (92% for Rich), Offshoring & Foreign Ownership Protections, Income guarantees and working Safety-nets, Automation of Basics of Life – see #WPProjects.

The Good News? The deeper the Wealth Redistribution in a Winter Phase, the longer and more successful is the next 60-year Cycle.

Cause and Effect

Kondratieff noted these waves in time coincided with Technological Advances also. The Cause for this Effect, was high opportunity; take the Great Depression of 1835 for example – a Great Depression as bad as 1930s’ or worse. It was ended by the California Gold Rush which multiplied the Gold Reserves in the US ten-times. This great infusion of capital meant that banks could extend lending easily to engineering firm and industrialists as was needed to build the Industrial Revolution of the 1850s. Similarly, the high opportunity climate of the 1960s, inspired the Cold War-times great advances in technology. With no war to slow research, and unlimited resources afforded to them, scientists created some of the greatest advances that mankind have ever know in the short span of just 25 years.

Inequity is expensive

Who is paying the bills? In any discussion of Economy, it’s important to realize that WE ALL ARE paying the bills. Inequity costs $4 for every $1 spent to maintain it. We can have performance bonuses and rich people, but when a large percentage of citizens do not have the opportunity to produce export wealth for a country, it costs economies trillions of dollars annually

To understand the important role of supports for the Middle Class AND for “The 49%”, see this article.


During this next turn of the cycle, we are also transitioning from our current Manual Economy to an Automated Economy. Our technology has advanced sufficiently to support this important event in our Human Evolution and this is a really exciting time because automation that gives us the basics of life – like food, energy, shelter, and transportation automatically – can be considered – Renewable. Once Renewable Automations are scaled to the entire planet, we might never have to transition out of another Capitalist Cycle again – not 60-years from now – nor forever. Our reliance on money diminishes with this automation until we can finally ween off of any counter-productive influences that debt and monetary policies have brought into our societies as well.

“Imagine how foolish will we all look once we have permitted special interests to safeguard inequity – even at the potential risk of obliterating all in a nuclear war – at the very same time that humanity could be deploying our renewable automations to make money as completely unnecessary as we might like?”

Transition Economics – Edward Tilley, 2016

Transition Economics guides you through a Scientific Method of aligning policies that work to accomplish both Automation and a renewed, sustainable Cyclic Prosperity easily.

 Democracy and Change


Visit our ACT Party concept pages to view how Democratic Parties will operate in a Transition Economic’s TE-Mature manner in future.

The Code of Hammurabi Stone

When a trained Monarch governed the Economy in ancient Mesopotamia, King Hammurabi’s “Jubilees” corrected the problem easily. When untrained Democracies governed, and voters were not trained in how to implement these resets, tremendous human suffering followed. In approximately 50% of Great Depressions historically, War or Revolution was required to redistribute wealth and create opportunity. 1835 – the California Gold Rush reset opportunity for sixty years; 1893’s “Panic” was never properly reset and resulted in an unpresedented number of Revolutions (in Russia, Poland, Romania, Argentina, and Mexico) cuminating in World War 1. 1930’s Great Depression was ended by World War II – largely due to Economist’s insistence that Keynes’ capitalistic policies were sustainable (Keynes himself noted “And then we’ll be dead”). Transition Economists should file this event away for what it is – a scientific fact validated in observation – that status quo Capitalistic Policy is inappropriate during Autumn and Winter Economic Cycle phases.

The more extensive the Wealth Distribution, the longer and richer is the next Economic Cycle. 1893’s Cycle lasted just 40 years as that “Panic” did not reset opportunity. This failing created the underpinnings of economic hardship needed to inspire World Wars I and then the 1930s’ Depression, slave wages, and Versaille Treaty austerities in Germany – created World War II.

Back to Monopoly

A Monopoly Game permits us to view a 60-year Capitalist cycle in about 60 or 90 minutes. Notice now how “status-quo” strategies from the beginning of the game, do not work reliably (or at all) near the end of the game – and also notice what is needed to restart and begin the game (the cycle) again; restarting requires wealth distribution and debt forgiveness.

Again, this Reset was an easy thing to accomplish when King Hammurabi was the supreme Monarch of all Mesopotamia in 1763 BC, but this change becomes a lot more difficult in democratic times where we do not teach our students about responsible proactive Economic Controls like “Jubillee”.

What do Economic Resets Look Like?

This second area of Transition Economics is designed to correct the numerous changes in capitalist societies caused by the cycle phase’s as they advance from Spring’s one-income-household and one-job-for-life model, to Winter’s very interrupted income and social support systems.

Example 1: Wealth Distribution Targets and Graduated Tax are important to maintain in any society. The Netherlands (#5 on The CMI and an RAI Maturity Level 3 Country) has universal healthcare, daycare, guaranteed incomes, retirements, housing and offshore hiring controls – and as a result they also have one of the highest Per-capita GDP export (wealth creation) rates in the world.

Why is this true? Because all citizens can participate in commerce – and clearly citizens do just that when they are afforded the opportunity. In North America during the 1980s, we implemented Reagonomics (Trickle-down) and began lowering interest rates; by 2010’s U.S. Federal Reserve Report, neither policy had distributed wealth into the hands of lower-income citizens and so inequity and social problems climbed steadily for 25 years; the problem is so extreme that U.S. incarceration rates are 5-times that of the next G7 nation. Canada (#100) and United Kingdom (#29) citizens have one-third Holland’s export per capita; Australia (#106) creates 1/6th; Americans (#60) create 50% less exports than a Dutch Citizen.

What does this lost productivity cost each nation when they fail to permit socialistic or capitalistic policy changes as explained by Transition Economics? In America – as much as $8 trillion is lost in exports annually (based on 160 million people being unable to participate today) and in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia – $600 billion are forfeited annually on average. This is a very high cost to pay in defense of inequity.

Transition Economists argue that tax-neutral and revenue-neutral changes that support basic services, avert a “Penny-wise and pound-foolish” decision to continue current status quo policies which prevent 100% of citizens from participating in commerce.

Example 2: Capitalistic Housing Policies must be reconsidered when a Winter Cycle is permitted by poor economic controls. Mortgages can often turn into Usury as interest rates fall over a long period, until Bubblenomics takes control. In the GTA area in Canada, a 5% interest rate increase would turn 50% and more, of new homeowners homeless, and turn whole communities into ghost towns at the same time. Solving this problem is straight-forward, Socialistic Land Grant Housing Policies would not only give a second option to homeowners who cannot afford mortgages, but it would also permit young people to start a family at age 20 without the stress of waiting for University to finish, jobs to pay student loans, on-and-on. Could we switch back-and-forth from Land Grants to Home Ownership? Of course, yes.

Why must Transition Economics address Government Policy broadly in Finance, Technology, Social Supports and more? Because managing Reset requires this and it is important.

Take for an example a situation where Science might solve a major issue in Emissions-related Global Warming. Science might create Thorium Reactors, Cold Fusion, Carbon-Polymer batteries and zero-emission fischer-tropsch distilled (non-fossil) diesel fuels and diesel-hybrid cars, and this would quickly resolve the problem of Global Warming within five years.

Financial pragmatism, however, prevents these technologies from being developed and also adopted. How many governments could afford to lose up to 40% of their GDP Export revenues if Oil Production stopped trading tomorrow for example? How many legal contracts, companies, and employees would be uprooted? Politicians would be evicted; and politicians are people and organizations that generally prefer to take credit for their tremendous economic leadership – than be removed. So, Transition Economics must solve these Finance problems as well.

Global Automation of our presently Manual Economies

The technical field of automation is advancing at a rapid rate and no economic theory is presented to manage it, Transition Economics is suggested to set guidelines on how to weather the storm of the next 20 to 30 years of consistent automation change within our societies. Transition Economics develops new skills in core transitioning algorithms and is also explains the application of these skills in specific real world examples and business cases.

A criticism of mine for Keynesian and other economic theorists is in their often exclusive use of mathematical proofs as evidence or measure of deductive reasoning. Any theory may be true in unrealistic isolation, similar to the 12th-century Fibonacci Sequence’s description of plant growth, but both in Science and in practical terms, 800 years later – Observation remains the only valid measure of a forest. The importance of the forest’s many thousands of other ecosystems cannot easily be modelled one on top of the other and many systems can be too easily forgotten as well. In Economics, mathematics works to model very specific and isolated systems like Supply and Demand, Interest Rate reactions, but it cannot as yet accurately predict the effect of hundreds and perhaps thousands of external economic influences that each relies upon probability and even luck (exceptions to highest-probability outcomes).

Science & Finance

Scientific Method insists on both Observation and Calculation; one must confirm the other to credibly call itself a Science and Observation is the more important of the two measures. Keynesian Economics delayed critical Wealth Distributions that resulted in a world war killing 40 million in the 1930s – failing its test of good science when its theories were observed to be unsustainable; these results were observed again in 2008 again as well. We would hardly want to revisit an unscientific and proven unsustainable course again in today’s mature Nuclear Era.

Longwave, or K-Wave Theory, is an excellent example of an economic science divined through observation of repeating patterns almost entirely; K-Waves are to economics what geysers are to geologists. K-Wave Cycles are far more useful in determining which economic controls are appropriate for our capitalism’s cyclic needs, than any other mathematically modelled economic theory system that we know of presently.

A Transition Economist would:

  • Counter 972 Job-losses (per million population per month) created by Automation with Guaranteed Incomes, Retraining and an Automation Engineering Fund. Why? Because observation in other countries proves that creating these supports, also creates a new economic injector at the same time that citizens are proven generate more wealth (higher export-per-capita) for their country by these policies.
  • Counter Interest Rate increases with Anti-Eviction and Land-Grant Policy alternatives. In the E.U., there are twice as many empty homes as their are homeless people; and there are 5.5 million homeless in Europe. Where has the adult sensibility in Financial Policy decision-making gone? Homeless people commit suicide 5% of the time and many are denied access to return to jobs and a viable life again.
  • The extent to which a Country’s Exports are impacted by resource-market swings, is dictated by its GDP Export diversity and quality, so a Transition Economist would seek to balance export and import quality carefully. Like any portfolio of assets, resource and food (Oil, Coal, Oranges, etc.) exports should represent a risk-managed percentage, alongside high-profit engineered products, packaged foods & goods, and other manufactured exports which can be automated and sold most profitably.
  • Renewable Automation – #WPProjects ( is a new global export marketplace that also builds sustainable Renewable Automation for all basic Production Economy goods and services, shelter, energy and so on. By participating in this plan, each country becomes a World-Leader in assigned Hi-tech Technologies at the same time that they create abundance.
  • Energy Poverty and Oil – Diesel-hybrid vehicles could be running 100-mpg with near-zero emissions on zero-carbon-footprint synthetic fuels within a year or two; Audi makes this fuel in Germany today. Fuel would not cost more at the pump – but in order to do this we would need to support jobs as they shift from companies pumping fossil fuels out of the ground. Workers would now be needed in local companies who are refining clean fuels where needed. Electricity Generation must change to full-time alternatives like Geothermal, cold-fusion and safe, inexpensive thorium nuclear reactors too. See Energy Policy here.

Transition Economics solutions are mandated to resolve Financial and Legal realities that encumber sustainable success as a community and nation. In keeping, Transition Economists recommend electing leadership who are builders, doers and engineers; individuals with solid track records in building by SUSTAIN Project Management Method process and problem-solving.

Problem Solving

SUSTAIN Project Management BookSUSTAIN Project Management Method is standardly called-up to run Transition Economics projects. Pre-order SUSTAIN Project Management here.

Considerable work was done in 1986 when the Soviet Union failed to monetize its economy as did its also-communist neighbour China, and the USSR changed their economic model to adhere with other G8 countries back in the 1980s.

The work to transition from Communistic to Capitalistic Policies was later called the “Transition Economy”: the one-way transition of a communistic policy system to a capitalistic policy system. “Transition Economics” studies the reverse change as well.

Transition Economics explains that a change in Government Policy is needed every 30 to 40 years – where Capitalistic Policies are best to use in high-opportunity Boom Economies, and then changing over to Socialistic Policies to ensure opportunity is not diminished by normal healthy capitalism. In this way, economies are reset and boom economies can restarted again and again sustainably.


Example TE-Throttle Calculations

  1. How to make automation charges simple, fair, and not labor-intensive for businesses.
  2. Should a surcharge or higher tax rate be requested from an employer when releasing a worker due to automation? Automated plants are more efficient and also use fewer working lights, security, worker amenities, and can run 7/24 in many cases. What is the socially-responsible thing for a company to do when enjoying a higher rate of productivity and profit? What should the rates for workers automated be – per industry?
  3. Workers wishing to transition to either maintenance technician or automation development & improvement roles should be permitted and paid a higher business salary or government income? Rules for offshoring restrictions should prefer local workers; should retrain and make all parties successful here at home wherever possible.
  4. If 20 men are rated as needed for road construction – which is now automated, should construction companies bid an equivalent cost per man and remit to government; or should the road owner pay a charge per kilometer of road installed – over and above the contractor’s bid?
  5. When bus, taxi and truck drivers are no longer required – and passengers or goods are picked up and dropped off automatically, how will displaced drivers be charged for?
  6.  Construction equipment replaces local jobs at a mine in Kenya. The Government of Kenya requests salaries equal to the crew required to build the road manually. Which algorithm to follow?
  7. Modelling turns what-ifs questions and KPIs (key performance indicators) into charts which permit smart optimization of automation decisions. Which models are important to each tier of the production economies? To mining, forestry, farming, fishing; to manufacturing, baking and food packaging; and to tertiary economy needs as well.

Important Data

CSQ Research is presently seeking leading University support and sponsorship for more than a dozen PhD Thesis in support of International Transition Economics Planning and Development:

  • GDP Exports
  • GDP Imports
  • Highest Value GDP Industries World Wide
  • # of Workers per Industry
  • Number of Production Economy Automations
  • Rate of Automation per Industry
  • Cost of New Safety Nets per Automation
  • GINI
  • HDI
  • Unemployment and Underemployment
  • Minimum Wage
  • Housing, Mortgage, and Usury Debt Limits
  • Military Spending
  • Underfunded Retirements
  • Debt
  • Real Estate & Housing
  • Social Problems – see Wealth Distribution is Good for Business

To name just a few measures…

Optimal Rate of Transition

Automations Target Top Export

With a basic understanding of which industry exports benefit the country most, and return investment most quickly, engineers should be enlisted and WP automation projects started in earnest.

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Guaranteed Incomes and Social and Engineering Safety Nets permit these changes easily and in our TED Talk slide presentation explains more in World Peace – The Transition.

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The following suggests a number of charting tools for determining our current inventory and trends in each country economy. Edward introduces a number of these charts in the book and then works through specific case studies.

Accelerating Trends in Industry Automation

Automations have started already in many industries and some of the safety net costs may need to be offset by revenue generating initiatives quickly now – in order to avoid national debt problems from becoming unmanageable in just the next few years.

Other Cycle Economics considerations

Unemployment and Underemployment

Consumption is the biggest percentage component of the GDP and economy. Consumers consume when they’re working, growing income, and are confident about their short-term economic circumstances. Not only do we have chronically high unemployment, it’s not going down, and the number of workers defined as “long-term unemployed” is at record levels.

The next chart shows the change in unemployment in this recession versus the prior ten recessions. Note that seven years in, we show unemployment comparatively higher and more consistent than in any other recession since the last great depression, which this certainly is as well.

Underfunded Retirements

Corporate layoffs of twenty-year workers, unfortunate investment instability and choices, and inadequate saving habits are creating very real concern for long term. Our corporations are failing us and they have a lot to answer for now.

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 47% of workers age fifty-six to sixty-two are probably going to come up short in meeting all the expenses that retirement will throw at them. That’s half of the working population!

According to Public Integrity, the number of pensions at risk inside failing companies more than tripled during the recession. But not to be outdone, the public sector has even bigger problems. Related to the Municipal Finance Crunch referenced above, and poor investment results since 2000 have put many public retirement plans in dire straits.

This is a chart showing the state-by-state comparison of retirement fund status. To these statistics we also need to add Social Assistance and Medicare/Universal Healthcare as well.


The USA has record debt at $18.1 trillion by today’s count, which is approximately a debt to equity ratio of 15%. At the current rate, we’ll hit a point where we’ll be issuing debt to pay the interest on our debt. Fortunately the world has not lost interest in buying US debt. As borrowing rates begin to climb, debt will accelerate and we have to manage currency debasing leading to inflation and hyperinflation.

This is a look at the trajectory in debt accumulation.

Real Estate

By many measures, real estate is in a bubble that has become completely separated from economic indicators altogether. All Federal attempts to turn real estate around failed in 2010 and we stand poised to repeat the Usury Mortgage practices that created the 2008 as those that lost their houses then are coming back after seven years of bankruptcy forgiveness. Here at least we’re seeing correction pressure.

This shows the real estate mortgage purchase application index. Note the decline since the end of 2005.

I discussed Bubblenomics in Chapter 13 – Land Ownership. We will expand on managing these KPIs throughout the Transition in the next book.

Worldwide Markets

The Top 10 Markets in the world were “crashing” in response to China’s Black Monday meltdown in August 2015. The United States was down 2000 points from highs, with two consecutive daily drops of 500 points. Japan’s Nikkei is extremely volatile and down more than 3000 points as well.

China plummeted 40% from highs earlier this year. Germany has lost one-fourth of the value of all German stocks. The UK, down 16% and their economy is on shaky ground. France’s stock are down 18%. Brazil plunged 12,000 points and is officially in recession as is Canada. Italy is down 15% with shaky economy as well. India stocks dropped 4000 points and finally Russia, was doing better than others, but half of their exports are oil and will suffer as long as oil prices stay low as they are today.

Point is, Financial Markets are of little and often negative benefit to low-income and middle-income families during Winter Cycles.

Reward Systems

Reward Systems in Capitalist societies can arguably, but also easily, be said to be upside-down from or opposite Social Benefit. I do not think anyone could credibly argue that a cancer care, burn unit nurse, or even elderly caregiver – does not deserve to come home to a well supported household with scenic vistas and a quiet backyard. At the other obvious end of the spectrum, financial-system leads produce little, evade tax professionally, off-shore engineering, and release long-time employees as high-pension-risk employees, while they themselves retire easily while drive fast cars to high-end homes, send their kids to private schools, and afford well-padded bonuses, parachutes and retirement packages.

High-Performance is ever important to incent in any society; reward systems should be based on meeting goals which include accountable Socially Responsible goals.

Transition Economy versus Transition Economics

Transition Economics is the two-way transitioning of the “Transition Economy”, which was a one-way shift only.

The USSR failed to monetize its 1960s & 70s economy until it decided to change its Socialist States into Republics during Perestroika in 1986. The systems put in place to transition communist states into capitalist republics were called the “Transition Economy“. The “Transition Economy” built a Capitalist Economy that went on to build housing bubbles and inequity in Russia – as it typically does in every Capitalist Economy society.

The Chinese did monetize their economy, but rather than abandon their Socialistic Policies – as did the USSR altogether, the Chinese adopted a Dual-Policy approach which permitted the benefits of both approaches. China monetized their economy and empowered their one-billion-strong population to create wealth.

“Transition Economics” study the need to transition between Socialistic and Capitalistic Policies in response to Capitalism’s normal and unproductive inequity levels. Opportunity is highest when inequity is lowest, so Transition Economics creates a sustainable economy in perpetuity by changing policy from capitalistic to socialistic, and back, as needed to maintain opportunity and prosperity through the normal course of historically proven 60-year boom and depression economic cycles.

Transition Economics Opportunity, Maturity Models & TE-Mature Policy


A weak economy is most felt when citizens are denied access to incomes – whether from Employment, Business Ventures, or Guaranteed Income Programs. Governments have the most interesting work to do during the Winter Phase – but we have been through this many, many times before as well.

Science solves Global and Social Problems
Finance prevents Science
Transition Economics fixes Finance

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