Today this world is ruled by money, and most people take the existence of money for granted. Money is needed for everything from buying groceries and cars to build a new dam and to do space research. Scientists are dependent on money from government and/or investors to do their research. Governments are dependent on money to build schools and roads for their citizens. Citizens are dependent on money to travel and pay taxes and do most things in their lives.

It’s a rat race that no one can win, unless you are the inventor or the inheritor of the inventor of the whole system.

The truth is that we don’t need money. Once upon a time money might have been a measure for how much labor you put in and how valuable something was. If it ever was, it is not any more. Today, banks are basically casinos playing with Monopoly money, and the lenders are the true stakeholders. And money, yes today money is equal to debt. This is how money is created, through debt. The money supply on the planet is steadily increasing, and it is so by banks lending out more and more money. You see, every time a loan is created, so is the money for that loan. The bank doesn’t have the money in the first place. No, the money is created the moment the bank issues the loan and the customer deposits the money on an account. This is not speculation, this is ‘fractional reserve banking’, and is how the money system in the world today functions. If you don’t believe this, Google it.

Money is not a symbol for how much something is worth anymore. Money doesn’t even exist anymore. Money is only zero’s and one’s in computers. 97%, if not more, of all the world’s money today is electronic. Still, paper, coins or electronic. It doesn’t matter. One can not eat any of it. Money is only a thought in the mind of Humanity. And this thought is used to control the masses of this planet. And control it it does. Since most people believe that money is alfa and omega, that money will make them happy, and that money is needed to buy whatever they think they want, and to make this world go round, money IS controlling this world. People are working their asses off to serve the big Monetary System. But the monetary system doesn’t serve them.

We can, actually, make this world go around a whole lot better without money. Money (and ownership) is the biggest hindrance for a sustainable development on this planet. So many good inventions go undeveloped because a big corporation buys the patent, destroys the invention, or simply outcompete in devious ways the new (and often better) invention. If you have ever owned a car, you probably have had it in a shop one or more times. Cars cannot be made to last, nothing can be made to last in this system, because if it does, people will be out of jobs and the whole economy and the whole system will collapse.

Constantly, every day, every hour, every minute and every second, people complain about something in society that doesn’t work, because of the monetary system. Only, people don’t realize that it is the thought of money and profit itself, that is the problem, not whatever they are complaining about.

It is a crazy fucked up system. Insane. Of course, one can try with a more ‘sane’ type of monetary system, where banks cannot play with other peoples money any more and so on, but it will only still be a patchwork on a failing system.

WE DON’T NEED MONEY!

The whole world would function a lot better without money. Stop thinking about your next bill, your next paycheck, your latest investment, your next invoice, your tax report, your insurance, your house, your car, your living expenses. Instead you could start to use your brain to truly contribute to society. And the more you contribute to society, the better everyone will be, including YOU.

You would still have a house. In fact EVERYONE would have a place to live, food, clothing, transportation, medicine, and everything needed for living a good life. No more stress. The ‘overpopulation’ that is talked about so often is a huge hype. This planet can easily care for more than 5 times today’s population, when the resources are properly managed. Unfortunately money makes this very difficult, not to say impossible. Money has proven itself to be the worst carer for the planet’s resources. It has proven itself to be the worst means to supply the population with what everyone needs. It has created more stress, wars, famine (yes, famine is economically induced, not environmentally), corruption, instability, pollution and crime than anything else in the history of humanity.

I must say, though, that of course it is not money itself that is the true and real problem. Money, as any other thing in on this planet can be used for both good and bad. It is the love for money that is the problem. It is the thoughts that there is not enough, that we have to hoard, that we are not equal, that we have to compete, that we can actually own something (we can’t), that if we share we get less and that we have to earn a living that are the foundation for the whole Monetary System. These are the thoughts that created money in the first place, and actually make this system work. If we ever woke up to this awareness, there would be no Monetary System, no wars, no famine, no poor……and no money.

The truth is that this planet have an abundance of resources, food, land, air and water. And that when we realize that it will be much easier for everyone to simply share whatever we have. When we simply do what we like and want to do based on the awareness that we are ONE planet and ONE people we will automatically give to each other like we today give to a family member.

A world without money is not only possible, it is much easier for every one. It creates life, joy and celebration. It makes it possible for us to truly collaborate to make this world a better place, for real.

A resource based economy, a gift economy, a spiritual economy and a moneyless society is a humane world where the population has awakened and understands that when it shares, EVERYONE gets more.

 

32 thoughts on “Money

  1. Thank You ! Thank You ! Thank You !

    I am soooooo glad i found this web site. i have been dreaming of this type of “thinking” for some time and can’t help talking about it to people who are always complaining about the “economy” !,… and they think I’m NUTS and that this type of world could never exist in our lifetime, IF ever !!!

    I am thrilled to find there are a lot of people who have thought about this before me.

    It restores my faith in my own sanity !

    Thank you again; I am looking forward to reading ideas people come up with to help institute this thinking “without a box” !!!

  2. The story of my life: Money to live. take out loans to go to university in order to make money to live well. too many people to compete with. Over qualified for a job that pays peanuts. Take out more loans to advance career and become competitive. Think up business ideas to get self out of student loan debt. Forget to enjoy life because I am too busy thinking of a way to get out of student loan debt.

    If I decided to have a child(which will never happen because my student loans equals the amount it costs to raise a child for 18 years) then I would raise them in NORWAY.
    I will be going to Norway for law school. I should have gone to Norway for undergrad or for my first masters but never thought to look there until I met my Norwegian friends in college who told me about free college education and healthcare. It blew my mind.

  3. Dear All,

    It’s lack of self awareness that is the root of all evil. One who realizes that one is in every body, loves every body. We need to cultivate love for all beings and see our self as everything and in that mindset any system will work. We need to sow the seeds of love in our progeny so that they grow forests of love for coming generations which will lead to material and spiritual abundance. Love is the only inexhaustible resource that there is.

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  4. Well, if you want to talk about “human nature” lets just keep using that as the crutch or excuse so that we can keep chiseling off each other and taking advantage of one another for pleasure. Oooh, I’m makin’ money yo!!!! Yes, that is sarcasm.

    Many have asked, where do we start and when do we start? Well the process, is already underway. Automation is going to render the monetary economy mute as purchasing power continues to die due the fact that less and less people will have jobs. Machines don’t consume endlessly, people do. That is what drives the growth based economic system.

    Among the things to consider are the following. Do we have distribution systems that are advanced enough to cater to say local community communes and such? I think we would need extremely advanced robot and computer technology to take care of this distribution. We’d probably even need some kind of nanotechnology based replication system (a descendant of todays 3d printers) to actually build goods and food at the molecular level. If hypothetically that could be accomplished, then the challenges of resources access by the population could be eased.

    With that said, will the competitive current human culture accept such changes? Will people abuse the newfound abundance they have to wreak havoc on their neighbors for their own pleasure? Or will they be responsible with the new freedoms and abundance they have? Furthermore, will the power elite that is in place due to the monetary system allow this to happen? Lets say we had a city that decided to implement a resource based economy and was successful in doing so. Would the county, state or nation this town is located in take steps to reverse the gains of this RBE city? After all, such a city would perhaps no longer need the services of the state as it would be self sustaining. So I think we have to account for the resistance of the state and the possibility of the culture lag that would follow. Everyone is corrupt in our current system. We can’t just blame the so called power elite. We are all part of this too, we drive it.

    We have to do away not only with the monetary economy, but also we have to reduce the powers of the nation state system. Both work hand in hand with each other and both are antiquated. They were fine up until say the late 20th century, but its a different story now. Sure, the nation state can exist as a cultural construct, but to let nation states maintain their military powers, especially in this age of nukes and bio warfare, is a recipe for our eventual suicide. Conglomerating nation states into continental unions like the EU and AU is an even worse idea. Look at the situation in southern Europe with all their austerity mayhem. Their elected puppets are being controlled by the masters in Brussels. Do the Greek people have any control over that?

    If power can be re-oriented to the local level, where local officials must face their citizens, greater accountability can be maintained. Well, hopefully…not necessarily always the case as even city official themselves are corrupt…but hell, there is monetary economics for you.

    You want to stop war? Then all cities and towns should be self sustaining. Once that happens where is the incentive to invade someone else over resources? Unless people take pleasure in doing it anyway. That’s the sick side of “human nature” our convenient crutch that we continually use to cannibalize and use each other.

  5. Excellent article and comments. I have been thinking on this subject for quite some time. The real issue is how to get from our current money system to a moneyless society. It seems to me that first we must start to change the mindset of society. There does seem to be some ways that we could begin to do this.

    One way would be for us to begin to form Consumer Collectives. These collectives would gather like minded consumers together into buying clubs. These collectives have no profit motive. As the membership grows because of the low pricing the collective achieves more buying power and gets better pricing, just like Wal-Mart. These collectives would include all aspects of the economy. By this I mean we would have Banking, Insurance, Autos, Food, everything…The idea here is to use the tools that Capitalism allows us we take over the entire economy and eliminate the profit motive out of every industry. for Instance we form a collective bank and move all of our investment activities through this bank. The Collective would have vast holdings and would purchase stock in the companies that our collective buys products from. As our ownership in these companies increases we would reduce the the cost of the products by eliminating the huge profits and management cost and pay our employees a living wage. You know we would invest in eachother not we would spread the benefits among the collective by sharing the proceeds. We do this throughout the economy. By doing this we could totally change the way Capitalism functions. We do not have to become that big before this effects the entire economy. Wal-Mart could not possibly compete with this business model.

    This is just a quick snapshot of the idea. What say you my fellow dreamers. Let us use Capitalism itself to dismantle this Unjust, Unfair, destructive, Hateful world we live in and build something wonderful.

  6. Haven’t wrote on this for a while but I think it is now time. Thanks Clive for that.

    First off, human nature. True human nature can only be observed on unaffected children. By unaffected I a mean , children that live only on their own (provided food and necessary stuff) or as close to it as possible. Human nature, from this point, is beeing creative and sociable. If you have doubts on this, you may want to listen to Ken Robinson’s view to better understand how we, adults, kill children creativity. If you doubt we are sociable by nature watch this video -> youtu.be/wUwhVUy2uTo

    Free will. You will be amazed with how many things influence your free will. Starting on the day you born, you are always collecting information in huge amounts from your surroundings. All this info will determine, later on, your free will. But even with all that past knowledge, we tend to change our actions based on the immediate surroundings of any given problem/situation. And the surroundings can very easily be manipulated. (Any good marketing worker can explain this) Einstein once said : ‘Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’, have you ever applied this before voting for a president/prime minister in your country, you haven’t. Because if you had, you haven’t voted.

    Slavery.

    A lot of people (sometimes, me included) tend to see and explain multiple events, by connecting them only by their time succession, which in many times gets confused with casuality. I can extend on this, but typically this leds to perceive past, as something entirely before the present. When in fact past was, in the best way it could, preparing the present. Looking at slavery from an historical point of view, one might think slavery was only possible due to the given circumstances at the time. But at first, there’s the people who can only see the moral side of it, and completelly oversee what really led to the problem, justifying slavery with the evil human nature, that they, so slightly, attribute to themselves. Worse than that, what people really tend condemn is laziness. What I mean is, what they really condemn is a social group imposing another social group the obligation of working to assure production, reserving for themselves the political and management tasks and a lot of free time. But no one says that it was that free time that made possible all the great works we still admire today. If you think about it, it was not man ‘crushed’ by work that wrote the great books or great musics, or even dreamed about science that later on, would have been used to free the slave. We don’t have to abolish slavery if that means that no one will have time to do anything else than assuring sustainability. What we have to do is came up with slaves, that will not affect our consciousness. And we have invent them already, at the cost of millions of men lifes, but we have invent them. The machines we have today are nothing more than metal slaves, wainting for us to have little bit more of intelligence, to free ourselves from outdated monetary systems and used them at full power.

    Along with the ‘moral viewers’, there’s also people who see slavery as an entirely historical concept, and, as such, overcomed. Ignoring, with or without effort, the world reality. Talking about the salves that came from Africa for example, not talking about the slaves that still exist in Africa today (Feb, 2013). Or even ignoring the slaves that exists in his own country, slavery masked with human rights.

    Life can ‘blind’ us from certain things, one can sometimes imagine how the life of a children in Africa might be. Or even how is the life of a man that has to live in a political system he doesn’t agree with, and has to work in a long and monotonous job, without any security of having a job, in a market subjected to supply and demand rules. But there are other forms of slavery that we are completelly blind to. Getting back to Ken Robinson. Children, nowadays, have to live in a world created by and for adults, and by adults ruled. This explains why ‘creativity and social behaviour’ present in children, is long gone by the time they get to adults. They learn that it is not useful.

    I hope human nature and free will can now be seen, in a different way for many people out there. Human nature is shaped by the environment. As I said before, if there something left to do, someone will do it. But that might not be true, if they have to get paid for it.

    A more philosophical approach, Pedro Rodrigues.

  7. I want to believe in an RBE, however I have my doubts it will work. Firstly we are territorial beings and that’s a fact. It is our nature to be jealous and protect our own family (even before the monetary system was invented). In an RBE people are still going to protect pieces of land or possessions that they do not want to share because of reasons of overcrowding, not wanting change etc. I think an RBE goes too far in believing that we are selfless. If we were selfless then the monetary system would not have existed in the first place. If one looks at the animal kingdom, they do not have money but they live in separate units, packs or whatever you want to call it where group rivalry often results in death or resource starvation. We are no different, except humans have developed the monetary system to negate the need for people to fight. Sadly, it is not fool proof, but is the best of two ‘evils’.

    I wish I was wrong about this, but it’s my view at the moment. Regards, Clive.

    1. Were you also jealous and protective when you were, say, 3 years old? My guess is, that you were curious to how things worked and curious in knowing things. In my humble opinion, every human being is born being curious about almost everything.

      1. Why do you think we are jealous and protective when born? I do suggest you reasearch on that, living with natives from some tribes and you’ll not find jealous any where.

      2. If you know many children, they go through a phase where “everything’s mine”. This is our jealous and protective phase, and we grow out of it by realizing how ownership works. Without a solid understanding of ownership, people are greedy and want to get everything to themselves.

        This is a vast simplification, but it is human nature to be jealous and materialistic and greedy. This, among many other things including sharing and kindness, are all part of human nature.

  8. Frappy, thanks for sharing, but Venus project is still about education and sharing of info, there is no implementation plan, timeline, etc…to transist into a resource base economy. i suppose we have to let nature take it cause, wait for monetary base economy to collapse and replace it with RBE.

  9. so many inspiring talk, but nothing will happen until we put it into action, which is something fall short so far…we can keep on talking or make it happen tomorrow, do we have a leader out there?!

  10. Excellent. And here’s an article I wrote a couple of weeks ago, before stumbling across this site:

    Here’s a thought: let’s abolish money altogether.

    The imaginary stuff we call money has been used as the measure of trading between humans for around 3,000 years and has arguably been the cause of more violence, corruption, killings, fraud and downright unsavoury behaviour than anything else, even testosterone and religion.
    So isn’t it odd that this stuff we call money doesn’t actually exist? It’s not like chickens, or cabbages, or rocks, or anything else that is of immediate, tangible value. Money is just a concept. The trouble is, this concept, this thing that doesn’t exist, has become more important than anything else, perverting our value system and creating a distorted society. Money doesn’t oil progress; it delays it, clogs it up and creates disgraceful iniquity in the process.
    Imagine popping down to the supermarket, putting what you need into your trolley and going home without using cash or a card. (Items would still need to be scanned, but only to monitor stock levels.)
    Aha! But how does the supermarket pay its suppliers; the farmers, manufacturers, etc? Easy peasy; the supermarket doesn’t pay them. It just tells them what is needed and the stock gets delivered.
    Aha! But how do the farmers pay for their animal feed and fertilizer and how do the manufacturers pay for their raw materials? Again, easy peasy lemon squeezy. Everything they need is given to them.
    Aha! But how do…?
    You get the idea. Goods and services are obtained as and when needed by those who need them, but without those who need them paying with money. Likewise, goods and services are supplied to meet the need, but without the suppliers being paid with money.
    So, we can all lie around all day scratching our arses, getting up only to get things from the shops. Well, no. We would still have to work, to give of our time. People who make things would still have to make things, lorry drivers would still have to drive lorries, nurses would still have to nurse, teachers to teach, farmers to farm, builders to build, bankers to bank…. well, no, there would be no need for bankers in a world where people give their time instead of money.
    (A quick word about perks. What is the perk enjoyed by someone who picks strawberries for a living? A few punnets of strawberries. And what is the perk of someone who works in a timber yard? A few planks of wood. And what is the perk, or bonus, of bankers? Exactly! They make off with as much of the commodity they handle as they think they can get away with.)
    But could a moneyless system ever really work? Well, beehives and ant colonies seem to get by reasonably well. Like ours, these societies comprise a wide range of individuals with different responsibilities and levels of seniority, yet as far as entomologists can tell, they operate smoothly and efficiently without money ever being exchanged. Perhaps we could learn from them.
    Admittedly, in a world where nobody has to pay for what they need or want, other than giving their time to their vocation, the waiting list for Bentleys and ocean-going yachts is likely to be a bit on the long side. But at the same time, we’d see an end to youths mugging old ladies for the price of a packet of cigarettes. In fact crime, much of which is driven by the desire to possess, would nosedive.
    And the quality of everything – yes, everything, would gradually get better.
    Take a chest of drawers. You might say that a chest of drawers is a chest of drawers is a chest of drawers. But in fact there are chests of drawers and chests of drawers. So when you need one, you’re hardly likely to go into a dodgy retail warehouse and make do with some inferior chipboard held together (but not for long) by nails and glue. No, you’d choose another supplier, one who provides sturdy, well-made pieces that could last for centuries. Gradually, the crap that is manufactured, in all categories, would cease to exist because nobody would want it, and the people who made it would be obliged to start making better quality goods, or to go and give their time to a company that already does.
    Yes, time. If time equals money, as some are so fond of saying, then maybe just the giving of our time could be enough to keep the wheels turning. And of course time is available to everybody in equal measure.
    Aha! But surely some people’s time is more valuable than that of others? Surely a doctor’s time is of more value than that of a street cleaner? Maybe so, but would doctors be happy traveling around in filthy streets? Would teachers agree to their domestic rubbish not being collected? And would office workers tolerate their working environments not being kept clean and tidy?
    In 2009, research carried out by the New Economics Foundation found that childcare workers, hospital cleaners and waste recycling workers were considered to be of more value to society than bankers, tax accountants and advertising executives.
    Of course, people are not born with the same abilities. Intelligence, say, is not distributed equally and only those in the upper few percentiles are capable of learning and of practising certain professions. But should it necessarily follow that the rest are not deserved of a reasonable standard of living?
    In a moneyless society (and God knows it would be a herculean task to effect the change) many of today’s ills would disappear. There would be instant full employment, for one thing. The only members of society excused work, of giving their time, would be those who are incapacitated. The rest of us would have to be of some use, to give of our time, to the whole.
    All of this is highly simplistic, and perhaps some stepping stones may need to come first; a global currency and a global minimum wage, for example (think about that) but we should not kid ourselves that the UK summer riots, the occupy Wall Street movement, the St Paul’s protest et al are just empty events born out of nothing.
    No, they are all symptoms of a real and deep-rooted malaise and it is the existence of money or, rather, it’s distribution that is the cause.
    Maybe we really could do without the stuff. Time will tell.

    1. “Take a chest of drawers. You might say that a chest of drawers is a chest of drawers is a chest of drawers. But in fact there are chests of drawers and chests of drawers. So when you need one, you’re hardly likely to go into a dodgy retail warehouse and make do with some inferior chipboard held together (but not for long) by nails and glue. No, you’d choose another supplier, one who provides sturdy, well-made pieces that could last for centuries. Gradually, the crap that is manufactured, in all categories, would cease to exist because nobody would want it, and the people who made it would be obliged to start making better quality goods, or to go and give their time to a company that already does.”

      Nice analogy. And I am still trying to understand the RBE model, so please clarify one thing. What is the motivation for the supplier to make a better product? Okay, people have stopped using his product, but he does not need people to use his product anymore. So why would he put the extra effort to change/modify his product? Either he will have to be forced to stop manufacturing his product or else he might just keep producing it, no matter if someone uses it or not, because he has nothing to lose in that case. If he is forced to stop manufacturing the product, then who will be responsible for this policing? Who will decide who should manufacture and who should not? Do all people take a vote? If yes, then there will be a lot of things to vote for, and we will have to spend all day voting for things. And we will need a police system to enforce the decision, which again leaves ground for corruption. This is a question with no obvious solution, but a question which needs to be addressed.

    2. Bravo! Great stuff well said! Been trying to get this stuff across since 1986. Now, many more of us are able to think about some of the previously unthinkable principles, etc., necessary to The Solution — a world without money. Yet, without a new theoretical basis for transitioning to a moneyless sociocultural paradigm, there will be no way to transition from this corrupt system to a sustainably humane way of culture. Hence, I wrote “Awareness & Value: A theory of fundamental economics & natural values” (see the page at ).

    3. Jacque Fresco said in his movie that only 3% of the entire population is needed to make everything we need. All the rest is automated.
      We have all the resources, technology, knowlegde and energy to do all that.

  11. Yeah! Without money you can`t buy anything you want. To solve your problem. You work hard to earn money. But money also can`t buy anything like love. I agree of that.

  12. i think when all 6 billion of us realise, we all own the world. Ur world is my world. my happiness, is dependent on ur happiness.

  13. OK but how to you expect to accomplish this and to keep order?? it would take an authoritarian regime to keep that kind of sustainability. i am anti authority and id like to be explained how a scientific world would be ran without force. and logically wouldn’t it lead to killing off populations to preserve resources for others?? i agree with all your points on a resource based society i just don’t understand how it would be administrated without totalitarian force.

    1. It’s a very good question, and one I’ve been asking myself several times. The only answer I can come up with to this is this:

      The global population in general has to have a ‘spiritual awakening’ where we see all people as One, as we see our close family, wanting to share equally with them.

      In addition, the ‘no money’ paradigm has to be seen as more beneficial for everyone that the money paradigm we’re in now. People have to share more and more without money, and this praxis has to ‘take over’ from the trading praxis with money.

      I can see huge evidences for both of these directions today. There is a huge global rising awareness about ‘who we are’, about consciousness, about how our thoughts influence the world, etc., both within and outside science, and there are more and more people doing things ‘for free’ all over the planet. I am thinking about everything from volunteers in, which you find millions of, in all kinds of projects and organizations, free software (like Linux, WordPress, etc. etc.), free information (Wikipedia, + + + + + + ), and free efforts in all kinds of places.

      Throughout history, there has been several ‘paradigm shifts’, like when the earth turned from flat to round, or when the earth was not longer the center point of the universe, but actually circled around the sun.

      We’ve been living in a ‘money paradigm’ for millennia, and I think we are on the tipping point today. On one hand, money has a stronghold on the planet than ever before, with millions of people in need of money, not knowing about anything else. On the other hand, there’s a strong rising of people wanting to simply share and stop this whole ‘money charade’ and create a moneyless society.

      In any case, most people on the earth are fed up today with the situation we are in, and something has to happen. Which way we will fall depends on the totality of the people on this planet. But the more people wake up and become aware of the ‘no money’ possibility, the bigger is the chance that we will get there.

      So, I can not see any ‘totalitarian world regime’ controlled by machines. Far from it. What I see, IF we get a no-money-paradigm, is something completely different.

      What we have to try to picture is HOW WILL PEOPLE ACT WHEN WE SIMPLY SHARE, RATHER THAN TRADE.

      How will people act? And what will the world look like?

      Of course, most greed has to be gone, most ego has to be gone. We have to realize that what we do for others we actually do for ourselves. And this can be illustrated well when one person makes an invention that will benefit both her AND society. When someone comes up with an idea to a betterment of something, one usually does that because it is something that one wants oneself. So, to realize this invention through the joint effort of others will of course a very exiting thing. It has got nothing to do with money. The same goes for art, or food, or basically everything you can imagine. Creating and sharing something and taking part in this is what it is all about. Not hoarding, competing and trading. This is a game we have played for so long. Now it is time to change.

      People think that ‘we need money’. They live in this mindset and that is why everything is the way it is on this planet right now. The so-called ‘scarcity’ is money based. There is no real scarcity, and there definitely is no need to ‘kill off’ parts of our population to ‘save resources’. All of these thoughts are based in the old money mindset.

      ‘Famine’ is economically based, not environmentally. Today, we have the ability to change, design and help nature give us it’s best. We can produce food for everyone, there’s no doubt about that. 50% of all food is thrown away today. And this is because of our economic system, the monetary based market system. It is because food needs to be sold to those who have money. If is was simply given away instead based on who needed it, one could streamline the distribution 100% without waste.

      The capitalistic system produces more waste than any other system on this planet. Which means that without this system, but RBE instead, the resources we HAVE will go a whole lot longer. That’s the point of RBE. It is resource based, not money based. Instead of hundreds of TV and computer producers competing with each other, releasing hundreds of new models each year, each model doing almost exactly the same, and depleting resourced needed to produce these models, a resource based economy would never let that happen. In RBE, we would rather produce ONE model, the best. Or maybe 5 models, of say different sizes, to cater for some different needs. But we don’t need one model WITH USB, and one model without. ALL models would have USB, if you see what I mean. There are minuscule differences on different models of products today, only to give the manufacturers more to sell, and the consumers (it’s a shame we are called ‘consumers’) a so-called ‘choice’.

      So, what will society be like when people wake up from this mindset? If people woke up, say, tomorrow, what would happen…?

      Well, that is many things. With a ‘no money’, ‘no property’, mindset based on sharing, compassion and real resources instead of trading, competition and fake money, we would:

      1. Close down all banks and other so-called ‘financial institutions’.
      2. Get rid of the so-called ‘government’ and develop a direct computer aided democracy instead to take care of real needs, rather than fake ‘money needs’.
      3. Start to survey what we actually have in terms of resources on this planet. Both human, animalistic, plants and minerals. Both locally and globally.
      4. Start to make sure everyone has what they need in terms of food, housing, clothing, medicine, etc.
      5. Start to develop new more efficient and automated distribution systems.
      6. Start to develop and use new sustainable energy and materials.
      7. Start to respect each other more and more.
      8. See this planet as ONE HOME for everyone, and think in terms of all people on this planet, rather than ‘this country’ and ‘that country’.
      9. Get rid of all artificial borderlines.
      10. Get rid of all military.
      11. Start to organize ourselves based on need, want, skills and abilities, rather that ‘heritage, money, ego and greed’.
      12. Utilize and develop local and global systems and databases of both planetary and human resources.
      13. Educate everyone about real and important aspects of life.
      14. Not get too many children, knowing that we have to stay within the caring capacity of the planet.
      15. Not need to punish each other, but rather help each other reach our full potential and get well of any disease.
      16. Utilize this planet and this world to work for everyone in every way, everywhere.
      17. Work together to develop the best technology for the planet and everyone.

      When we truly get out of our money mindset, this is all feasible. Not only feasible, but desirable and the best we can all experience. ‘When we all share, we all gets more’. Instead of being limited to ‘one car each’, we could have automated cars (Google have developed that already) that we can simply order when we need it. Much fewer cars would be needed, and we would all have access to a whole lot more cars!

      Access, rather than ownership would be the new value, when people really open their eyes. Instead of ‘owning land’, we could use land where and when we need it. We could travel anywhere we want. We could move to anywhere we want and live anywhere we want. We could basically DO anything we want, as long as we all live in this NEW MINDSET. As long as MOST PEOPLE live in this ego-, money- and propertyless mindset, this mindset of sharing and collaboration, this will be the prevailing mindset, and the world will change automagically based on this mindset.

      This whole blog is about ‘what it will be like’ and ‘how society will work’. This blog is about visualizing this new society, keeping a steady focus on this until we get there, and then keep focussing.

      These new times is not about ‘grabbing positions’, ‘running in the rat race’ or ‘competing for resources’. No, these new times is about realizing that every little thing I do, I do not only for myself, but for everyone. For everyone to benefit. When everyone benefits, I will benefit too. In a much much higher degree than ever before, because it will all be free. For everyone. Even the richest of today will be freer, since they too will benefit from this new society. A society where true collaboration and sharing is possible.

      It is about doing things for the joy of doing them. Just like I do now. I write this because I enjoy using my mind to visualize this new world. Not for money. Not for any egotistical reasons. Not even to be credited, as I even do this anonymously. And everything written here I share freely for anyone to copy. Not that I we don’t need or want crediting in the ‘new world’. Nothing wrong with being credited.

      So, in answer to your question I would say that this new world will not work through any dictatorship of any kind. No, it will work through self governance, with people deciding over their own lives wherever they might live, or want to live. And it has to be based on the notion that ‘it is better to share and collaborate than to trade and compete’. This notion has to be the NEW BASIC VALUE, like money and trading is the basic value today. It has to be like this: Instead of the majority of people thinking ‘what’s in it for me’, the majority has to start thinking ‘what’s in it for all of us, both locally and globally’. This mindset has to WIN, somehow.

      Many people think this way already today, working ‘for free’ on projects, but they haven’t realized that it might be possible to build a world totally with this mindset. Even those people; volunteers, developers of free software, artists, doctors that work for free, etc. etc. think that ‘yes, I suppose we need money to build roads, hospitals and schools and to pay for resources, teachers, doctors and nurses’ and so on. Actually, most people don’t even think this. Most people think of money and ownership as AIR: It is something that’s always been here, that always will be here, and that we can’t live without. Most people doesn’t really think about the possibility that we can live without money. It doesn’t occur to them. It didn’t occur to me either, until I heard about TVP and TZM a couple of years ago.

      As you can see, the new ‘no money’ mindset will change this world so drastically in itself, that it is difficult to imagine exactly what it will look like in praxis. But if you imagine a world where the emphasis lies on global cooperation, rather than competition, global sharing, rather than hoarding, fee travel, rather than restricted, a focus on fast development of new efficient technology, rather than sticking with old models, global and local direct democracy, rather than fake politics, and compassion rather than cynicism, well, then you’ve come a long way in picturing this world.

    2. Eric, your view point is very natural. And might actually be very important, because the implementation of a system with no money, in the mindset of the ‘money based population’ is very complicated, for the reason you just pointed. But, anyway. Suppose that a resource based economy actually comes to action (personally, I don’t believe such a thing could happen globally ‘out of the box’, it should be gradual and take it’s own time). Why should you need an ‘administration’ to ‘keep order’ ? And this is a thing I didn’t read on this website, in a resource based economy about 90 to 95 per cent of crimes, will have no reason to occur (crimes are either monetary motivated or sexually motivated). And if people don’t contribute to, at least, it’s own well being, what will they do ? Walk around all day ? Siting all day ? No, they will have a natural desire to feel usefull to someone or, in best case, for everyone.

      But your point is very natural, on money based society. Imagine how difficult it would be to implement a monetary system in a society like, … ants have. I know it may sound crazy, but ants have natural social behavior, and it works brilliantly for the well being of every single ant.

      Cheers,
      Pedro Rodrigues, from Portugal.

      1. I agree with most of the things you are saying, and the idea of such a society based on RBE is very intriguing. But I am also trying to think of the ways which might lead to a possible collapse of RBE. I have read some posts where people question the HUMAN nature which might not allow RBE to function, and I have also read some excellent counter arguments. But I have a question that bugs me. What about the free will of humans? As an example, suppose you build a system that provides food for everybody, build Maglev trains to connect places to each other, I have all basic needs at my disposal. But what about other eccentric needs of humans? Suppose I want to go to a trip to Antarctica for exploration. I have a list of things I will need for that. But no one manufactures those things as no one ever needed them before, because no one before me wanted to take a trip to Antarctica. Now who will approve whether my action (or rather my requirements) are justifiable or not? Who will decide what is okay for a human to demand and what is not? If we talk about the basic needs, all humans need is food, clothing and shelter. Suppose RBE arranged that for everybody. But what after that? Who will decide whether a particular luxury on top of the basic needs are required or not? You obviously cannot supply people with everything. So if there is a central body which has this power, and if it decides that my trip to Antarctica is not necessary, I will be forced to ask someone for help, someone who has the technical knowledge and the resources to make some products for me that I need, and I will have to promise something in return. Thus, I will be creating a demand. When a demand is created, people will start coming up to fulfill it in exchange of something. And if we extrapolate this process over a few years, it will again give birth to some form of currency, and hence all other evils. How does RBE solve this problem?

  14. I will definitely agree to that today, all of us are ruled by money. Money is everything and that’s the only reason why we need to work hard to get the money that we need to buy all our basic needs. Some say that “money is the root of all evil” which is true but think again, in this crisis world, we really need money to survive.

  15. I think it is obvious that the question of money is our most pressing problem.
    Every other problem we have stems from it.
    To solve the money problem is to solve every problem, for there will no longer be “the imaginary obstacle.”

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