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GLOBAL VIRUS: Money vs. Wealth
08 Oct 2000
Impossible Mission Force - Instead of creating wealth, our money system is depleting our real wealth: our communities, ecosystems, and productive infrastructure.
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www.greens.org
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The problem is even deeper than money
09 Oct 2000
David Korten's article is very much to the point, but in my view it doesn't go quite far enough. It is possible to exploit other people's labor, and natural resources, even without having a formalized system based on exchange of money for "real use value."

What is necessary as a fundamental starting point is a value system that recognizes the destructiveness of acquisitiveness simply for the sake of acquiring more, precisely the character of capitalism as we now experience it. This means seeking to fulfill human needs, while preserving the ecosystem, without attempting to measure exchanges. Rather than the idea of "valuing" exchanges, so that they can, in principle, be made equal, or fair, we need to adopt the notion of "mutual aid."

That is not foreign to what we normally do in the face of severe emergencies, like tornados, floods, earthquakes. Or even in ordinary life without emergencies -- like giving our children food without "measuring the value" of what they eat. The role of money is of course initially as a kind of "universal" medium of exchange, a symbol of supposedly real value. David is quite right in pointing out how it's role becomes distorted under capitalism (a word he apparently did not encounter at Stanford or Harvard), since he doesn't use it for the economic system he's talking about.

The real task is not just to "regulate" the role of money, but to build a society, worldwide, in which people no longer aspire to "get more" than other people. This will entail replacing global capitalism with a humane society in which we all can live adequately. A strategy for beginning to do this is explored in an essay, "Getting Free", which is posted in the "Strategy for Revolution" folder of my website.
See also:
http://omega.cc.umb.edu/~salzman
Giving vs. Consuming
09 Oct 2000
We agree that a moneyless society would (will?) be optimal. Some of us practice this as much as we can in the present.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of society - especially in the US - is trained to believe that taking and consuming is more fulfilling than giving and producing.

We regard local, labor-based currencies (www.schumachersociety.org) and global, ecological-based currencies (www.grb.net) as pragmatic stepping stones toward a better world that will facilitate a global transformation of consciousness that you envision.


See also:
http://www.greens.org
Giving vs. Consuming
09 Oct 2000
We agree that a moneyless society would (will?) be optimal. Some of us practice this as much as we can in the present.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of society - especially in the US - is trained to believe that taking and consuming is more fulfilling than giving and producing.

We regard local, labor-based currencies (www.schumachersociety.org) and global, ecological-based currencies (www.grb.net) as pragmatic stepping stones toward a better world that will facilitate a global transformation of consciousness that you envision.


See also:
http://www.greens.org
Re: GLOBAL VIRUS: Money vs. Wealth
12 Oct 2004
I see the prudence and vision in all of your thoughts and agree. However, I do believe a essential element in the success of such a 'movement' is not yet on the table.... spirituality. Its quite simply, in order for a moneyless society to exist, all in society would have to freely choose to exchange, as it were, their 'wealth' for the greater good/real wealth/personal liberation, etc. This would be hard to accept for many, especially the self-made who are well-off. So, I propose a spiritual revolution. One that calls for stepping back, looking at the big picture, considering our collective future and that of our children, and our childrens' children.
It is essential that everyone freely chooses to participate or we'd end up with another form of dictatorship. Everyone would choose this new way because they would clearly see the immediate and long term benefits of such a society.
It would be a new beginning on so many levels. For example, how many crimes would never have happened if everything was provided for us by us; including shelter, food, clothing, healthcare, education, transportation. How many desperate men/women have commited a crime for money in order to feed their families? I tell you, many. How many amazing advances or inventions or revolutions of all industries have we missed out on because of so many individuals not being able to afford education up to all levels? Sad, so sad.
I'd love to be apart of such a movement with such a bright light behind it but lets not forget the cause of our suffering, our own ignorances. First we will diligently try to understand our spiritual sides then, surprisingly I think, everything else will magically fall into place. At least this is my hope.