state services

The state services are those provided from general tax revenues free to consumers or the corporations who ultimately serve consumers. They augment nature's services in some respects, and this may be paid for by consumers. For instance road construction and maintenance are services that simplify and ease transport through natural passes and other locations - nature provides geography, man optimizes.

More to the point for full cost accounting, state services often make up for the loss of nature's services, including the payments of compensation, e.g. to those harmed by mudslides due to deforestation or crops lost to lack of pollination.

A pure service economy model would consider all these costs and regrets and contributions by nature to the state's mandates, and by the state to consumers. Adjustments may be required if some consumers are overly subsidized, e.g. those relying on truck-transported food or goods are using a good deal more road wear and causing maintenance expenses far out of proportion with the fuel tax that is paid by trucks, and those eating beef should be paying for The BSE Crises.

The green tax shift is in part motivated by the need to more fairly distribute state services and subsidies, especially energy subsidy, that go to those with political power who are often overloading ecological systems and depleting natural capital or social capital that the state relies on.

As a general rule, resource extraction and transport and inspection of risky food are heavily over-subsidized state services, making local extraction, production and use much more expensive than they should be. This makes commodity markets poor reflections of the comprehensive outcomes of the choices they facilitate. While product markets are in general more reflective and differentiated, they still benefit from the commodity-level subsidies to energy, transport, and materials extraction, and any government incentive to industry involved in aerospace or other military-supporting endeavor.

A pure service economy model would help remove these distortions and also help to integrate social economy and social capital contributions - services being provided by a volunteer or other nonprofit sector of society free of charge, e.g. gambling addicts helped or served by their churches, alcoholics served by Alcoholics Anonymous. While the state services consumed by these people are considerable - especially if they result in healthcare or crime - victims also rely much more on family friends and institutions.