649 - Why Money Will End (And How To Prepare)

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#645#646#647#648 Episode #649 - Why Money Will End
(And How To Prepare)

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This is a choice episode Sat 20 April 2013  Robin Upton, Gerrard Winstanley (reading), A 6 year old from YouTube
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2 This week, a special show featuring a 2-hour made-for-radio commentary on a recent presentation entitled Why Money Will End — And What to Do About It. Does a life beyond money have to be unthinkable? Or is it just that a highly funded campaign is trying to make it seem so? What if it was "bu$ine$$ as usual" that was in reality unthinkable, and there was a more beautiful world of abundance awaiting us, once enough people have the courage to say goodbye to money and its scarcity-inducing story of selfishness and separation?...
This week, a special edition, with one main speaker, Robin Upton, giving his recent presentation on the end of money, and how to prepare. The first part, Why Money Will End begins by emphasizing that money draws its power from a story, which naturalizes it and makes it seem like an ordinary part of everyday life. He then presents a series of arguments that the money system in its current form will not last for long, looking at its fiat nature, the fact that money is debt, the fact that throughout history wealth concentration has been balanced by periodic debt forgiveness, that money is a replacement for morality that of necessity fails to capture all but the very crudest realities of the interactions it is used to represent. What kind of science is "Economic Science" (as economics used to be called) if it has no predictive power but instead attempts self-justification by trying to deform the real world into its psychopathic image?

As we've noted many times on the show, before money has a complex and subtle, even insidious effect on its users, so why is the reality of money of so little interest to economists? Surely the effect of money on society is worthy of investigation? Is this lack of interest this perhaps a reflection that the government and regulatory agencies are best understood not as defenders of citizens' interests against the power of organised money but — as we noted in episode 572 — as exactly the opposite. The ecological argument, Upton concludes, is decisive — however aggressively the fantasy world of unlimited growth is promoted, we cannot simply keep ignoring the limits of the real world. Nature bats last. As the scarcity rewarded by the money system begins to force humanity to face its disastrous flirtation with separation, the public story about the utility and desirability of money is increasingly being revealed to be a pack of lies, and a more ugly, formerly private, story of money is becoming common knowledge.

Quotes-66.gifWhen plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.Quotes-99.gif

— Frederic Bastiat, 19th Century Economist

The second part of the presentation, "What to Do About It", begins 8 minutes into our second hour, with the broad argument that "bu$ine$$ as usual" is increasingly unviable. In the post peak oil age, the impossibility of ever increasing resource use is forcing the plutocrats to reveal their hand. Looking at USA, the DoHS is stocking up on bullets, while the pretense of legal protection for citizens or for the natural world is falling away faster than ever. An increasingly dumbed down populace on an ever more depleted land base are ruled by in an increasingly autocratic fashion by an elite apparently uninterested in the survival of either the natural world or the rest of humanity. Is humanity really reaching the end of the road, as some doomsters are predicting? Or is a radical change possible?

Quotes-66.gifI'm not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely.Quotes-99.gif

— Buckminster Fuller

New sections of the presentation cite various thinkers, such as Buckminster Fuller — inventor of the geodesic dome, based not on the traditional architectural principles of a strong framework supporting the rest of the structure but on the shared integrity of individual components — suggested that a radical change is afoot. Upton encourages us to think along similar lines, challenging the authenticity of the story of money, not just on an intellectual but on a personal level. Why not reconceive our way of life, together with our neighbors, and organise production of shared food, creatively avoiding the domination and control of centrally provided services, or any of the systems which perpetuate Wage Slavery? Did wage slavery, money or economics ever really speak to our hearts? Or were they different aspects of a one-size-fits-all divide-and-conquer yoke that was thrust round our necks while before we were mature enough to know better? The presentation concludes with some practical pointers to how we can make good use of the 'window of opportunity' we have, how we can use these centralized services of power, internet, credit cards, before we enter an uncertain time which may see their permanent end. He emphases the importance of growing local food together with ones neighbors as an act of re-connection with the land and with one another, a healing of the disconnection manifested in the money system.

The presentation ends with a couple of short quotes from Gerrard Winstanley, leader of the Diggers, after which we conclude with probably the youngest ever speaker on this program, an anonymous 6 year old from YouTube, sharing her ambitions of creating a Gift Economy.
This, our most popular episode to date, was the basis of my OHM 2013 talk. Sadly, no video was made available of that talk...
This episode is dedicated to Smithy of Wizards of Money who got me started on looking into money and economics...
One year ago, episode 600 features some other speakers on the idea quitting money. For a show full of practical advice on how to prepare, try out episode 285 by Dmitri Orlov on "Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century"..
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