Labor is money. It's why we work. To get money, right? Without it, 99.9999999% of us couldn't survive more than a few months. It's how we pay for everything. Rent, mortgage, vehicles, cell phones, food, internet, etc etc. Including taxes. We work, and get taxed for working. Why? Because that's just the way it is, right? Why is it that way? Because that's just what we all learned growing up. If you wanna have anything, you gotta work for it. The value of our labor is set by those who are also looking to make/save money. They set the value of your labor. If you disagree, then you don't get the job. Someone will agree to the terms set by the employer, regardless of what you think. Money determines everything about our lives. Including how we think. A resource based economy revolves around ones labor. The difference is there is no monetary value placed on ones labor. There's value. Plenty of value. More so than there is now. Just no monetary value. An RBE is a lot like our monetary system, except there's no money. And with no money, comes no taxes. An RBE system would virtually eliminate unemployment. It would also eliminate a lot of crimes. A ton of divorces. And more than likely a lot of wars. And since money is the biggest obstacle of new technology & medicine, new inventions and technology would boom faster than we've ever seen. Of course, there are a few draw backs. But nothing major, IMO. Everyday, most of us get up and go to work. In an RBE, that wouldn't change. But because there's no money, employers could hire as many employees as needed (not afford). Work days/weeks would become shorter. Meaning more time to enjoy more of our personal lives. Hard jobs would become easier, because a lot of employers could get equipment that would make jobs easier. Technology would make almost every job easier. Some of the best "pro's" I can think of with an RBE: (Besides those listed above) No more "lower end" vehicles or devices. Cheap crap they snap together, because it's cheap enough for the low income people to buy. Food would not have to be filled with "crap." When I drove a truck, I hauled a lot of chemicals into soda plants that required me to have a hazmat placard. Corrosive 8 and Flammable 3. That went into Pepsi, Coca Cola, Wrigley's candy and many brands of ice cream. Just about anything with flavor in it, will have these chemicals. Of course, there would still be a need for some government, local, state and federal. As well as police. But when someone is caught doing something bad, they can't just get out of it with money. And IMO, traffic tickets would be minimized to only those that adversely affect other drivers. Welfare: As it stands, doctors who deem someone disabled, have a monetary gain by doing so. So they tell the disability judge that someone is disabled, when they're truly not. So only those who are truly disabled, will be allowed disability. And honestly, I believe that jobs would become so easy and stress free, that there'd be almost no reason for a healthy person to work. This post is just an extremely small part of what an RBE would look like. But the bottom line, it doesn't get any closer to a "free market" economy than an RBE.