Yes, Tek, I agree, most people don’t know very much about the real working of finance and money. So it’s good to state how the old system works and then go from there into new suggestions that are acceptable for the masses. Unless the masses change, there won’t be any significant change.
Some ask how to live without money. It is easy. 10 years ago we moved to our self-sufficiency homestead and indeed, we learned to make everything that we really need to keep our body in good shape. That is one thing, but how would I get a netbook and an internet connection without spending money? The service providers don’t want my organic food (yet).
I’ve also been raised in a middle class society with running warm/cold water and all the mod/cons. They are cons! I feel much happier now without all this humbug that we are made to believe we need to buy. The important thing here is that we don’t live like they lived 300 years ago. We have more knowledge and can produce food in much easier ways. We can construct small houses using natural material, it is easy to learn and easy to do. And so it goes on. We can afford to live without bills and mortgages, because we’ve learned and tried out new ways of living.
BUT, unless others do the same, I have no means of exchange than money. Yes, we make craft objects we sell on local markets, yes, we sell some organic food produce, but at least here in Spain there is a situation of massive unemployment and even supermarkets selling the cheapest junk food seem to get into financial problems.
So we simply carry on living frugally, without the mod/cons, earning the few Euros we think we need (we think! ), but know we can do without them. It’s just nice to write a few articles on the internet as well and get another few dollars in. Ticking over.
Ticking over here means definitely living a healthy and happy lifestyle. Others moan about fair wages, wanting work etc. No, they don’t want work, they want somebody to pay them money for doing as little as possible to buy the goods industry forces on them with pure propaganda. That is the mind of the industry slave. But those times are over! In an up-economy those “workers” can be supported, but in a down-economy they cannot.
I will state it now for the umpteeth time! There is work for everybody. Enough work, enough food, enough to sustain life and be happy and healthy. It is a matter of wanting to. “Oh dear, I’m unemployed, I have to sit all day in front of the tv set and do my boring computer games, there is no work!” Humbug, total humbug. There is enough work, so work! The rest will fall into place. Don’t believe me? – Too bad.