It has become fashionable to oversimplify our global corruption and economic collapse by claiming that we need to “get rid of money” or “money is the root of all evil.”
I have difficulty imagining a world without a medium of exchange, so that if I need a new computer and you make them, and someone else transports them, we can use a practical, honest means of exchanging value. The option of not using any medium of exchange or storehouse of value (i.e. “money”) would of course be available in a true free market. Trading or bartering is ideal for certain kinds of transactions. Someday, perhaps, we will be able to manifest whatever we need — from toothpaste to transport to fine art — merely by thinking it into existence. Until then, some sort of representation of value (cash, credit exchange, gold, puka shells…) makes transactions a whole lot more convenient, so long as they are not rigged, subsidized and otherwise corrupted.
So the question of importance for me is, “Is the recommended ‘non-use of money’ mandatory? Is someone claiming the authority to tell us we can’t use it?” If so, then we are just going along with the instituting of another authoritarian state in the effort to be free and prosperous. And that has always turned disastrous.
I have spoken recently with some of the folks from the Zeitgeist movement who assure me that their vision of transition to a money free society would be entirely voluntary. That is good news, because that option would then simply be one of many that would need to show its value, convenience and trustworthiness in an open and non-coercive civilization.
I believe it is much more useful to realize that it is not money, but the dishonest use or representation of it, that is evil. Honest money is backed by real assets that have real value. And it is as natural to rent real money (loan at fair interest), if you have it and someone else needs it, as it is to rent a car or a house. It is fiat currency (made up out of nothing), fractional reserve lending (lending money you don’t have), naked short swaps (selling stocks you don’t own), and other forms of fraud, counterfeit, swindles, embezzlement and theft (most of the practices of the governments banks and mafias of the world) that are the real threat and what has to be stopped and individually prosecuted.
Free-market capitalism has not failed — because we don’t have free-market capitalism. We have state-intervention, centrally controlled, subsidy-ridden, bailout-backed, military-enforced, banker-skewed, “legalized” corruption. It is as arrogant, unjust and dangerous to try to “centrally manage” an economy, as it is to try to “geo-engineer” the weather on planet Earth. Whenever a real and honest free market is allowed, for even a little while, the prosperity that ensues is such a threat to the would-be controllers that they slam down on it as quickly as they can. (King George and the Rothschild/Rockefeller central banking cartel are just two examples in a tragic historic tapestry of deceit and destruction.)
“If that mischievous financial policy which had its origin in the North American Republic during the late war in that country, should become indurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debt. It will become prosperous beyond precedent in the history of the civilized governments of the world. The brains and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That government must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe.”
— Editorial in the London Times against Lincoln’s Debt Free Greenbacks (1860’s)