I only know vaguely where I fancy going on this one. But, not contrived to be inflammatory, I would like to hear people's views on cash! mazoma, dosh, ackers, folding, greenbacks, whatever.
I haven't chosen the proverbial 'Money is the root of all evil' as a title, and yes, most societies use a token of worth in order to function. Clearly we all do need money, but it is still only a 'token' as was Hilter's Riechmark post 30s depression.
I don't want to encourage the 'it's alright for you you've won the lottery comment' but hey ho, I WILL share it out with you guys, fairly and equally.
I read somewhere recently ( from a member ) that the reliance for Europe ( read in there, therefore the rest of the World ) on a monetary system is collapsing.
And from an Economics pundit that the days of Government, Welfare States, Pensions etc. are over, only the Business sector will finance schools, health, pensions, civil engineering, and qualified it with 'and that may not be a bad thing'.
I would pose this child like question. In the light of the Leeman Bros, uberselling, Fanny Mae, Northern rock Blah de Blah do we need cash at all?
On the assumption that we all eat carrots, maybe not? I use the carrots parallell as before, for a purpose which will become clear later.
Here goes. Take out cash from the equation, take out debt, balance of payments, the whole shooting match. Take out the 'ethos' ,the study, the mechanics of ECONOMY all together. Take out credit, and probably Profit. Certain Religions ( or is it one ) forbid the notion of 'profit' making.
Anyway, with all things stripped out , you are left with 7 billion hungry mouths to feed. But most, able and keen to 'work', to function, to do their bit. The carrot growers grow, the carrot packers pack, the delivery guys deliver, the supermarket sells the end user crunches. ( apart from my daughter who hates carrots ).
If it were to be a serious alternative then, yes, profit has to be eradicated, what are you left with? Totalitarianism, communism, Utopia? But pre -barter sticks, it seemed to work.
I think the 'profiteering element' is key here. The law of the jungle , survival of the fittest thing, amass and proper.
Your squirrel invests time in the gathering of nuts to see him/her through the Winter....economics? or just common sense?
Much of this is is idealogical clap trap shut up Birks! But where are we going, depleting the planets resources, heading for a new Jarrrow, WW3?
Rainng it back in a little. Picture this. You awake in a sorched Dessert , dying of thirst, you don't know where you are? ( hell of a Stag do ).
I front of you is a pitcher of clean water, a large ingot of Gold, and a 5 gall drum of DERV. Which has the the most value? Everything is relative. Anwsers on a Postcard please.
I don't really want to go down the avenue of half the Globe is starving why are we sending probes to Alpha Centari? I am keener to explore the Budhist (etc) theory, that the more you give, the more you get back.
The notion of favour swapping, altrusim. I have touched on these issues n previous profferings.
When it comes does what does human animal need?
Food, shelter, clothing? entertainment, transport? Not really a lot more at all. All of the above are, in fact, free, and some. How much an Oligarch's Yacht? A designer Dress, a Hollywood Mansion, an in-house Cinema set up. A shirt is a shirt, ? isn't it. Thank you Casper.
'l'll leave it there, see what happens. I don't need money. I have everything I need Govenor.