As the banks collapse everywhere, there is a lot of talk about alternative money systems. The Big Plan from TPTW (the Powers That Were) is for the One World Government with a global money system, or possibly no physical money, just accounts stored in embedded microchips in our bodies. Another plan is to have money in nationally controlled banks, where money is issued interest free by the state. I don’t like either of these.
A scheme to have a local trading currency, such as the Brixton Pound, is already going in many parts of many countries and has been for years. It keeps the trade in the local economy, and stops the rulers collecting taxes. This is a good step in the right direction.
The point of money is that everything and everyone must have a monetary value. And this controls us. It is now very difficult to get the basics of food, shelter, warmth and clothing without money. To get money to buy things, we have to sell things, or sell ourselves for wages. Hence we are slaves. To stop ourselves feeling like slaves, we use some of the money we have earned to buy luxuries, or treat ourselves, so we can believe we have a choice, that we are working for our own good, not someone else’s.
I am not sure we need money at all. I believe in the Gift Economy, and if you study the life of Jesus, rather than his death, it looks like he practised this too. In the Gift Economy, everyone just gives what they don’t need to people who need it, when they need it, and it works the other way when you need something. If things have no monetary value, then there is no need to hoard. You know that when you need something it will turn up. So there is plenty to go round. I practise that already, and have done for years, though obviously there are still quite a few things I have to pay for. It shocks people sometimes that I give things away and don’t want money, even though I have little money. Yet I always have enough. It’s not from being virtuous or moralistic. It just feels so much better, and everyone is happy, and lots of joy is spread.
It also means that no one is excluded. If you are down on your luck, you can still “trade” in the gift economy! The need for an exchange or deal goes away, and people aren’t worried that they were ripped off. The need for banks and accounting systems vanishes. That would save us quite a lot of collective energy in itself. Plus nature provides many gifts for free, plants, flowers, blackberries, sunshine etc. The houses will still all be here if there is no money, and maybe the millions of empty ones could actually be used! And people would work for what they believe in, not to earn money, so anything we don’t collectively believe in would gradually collapse.
Watch out for the false modern day definition of a gift. This is when you give someone something that they don’t need or want, that you have some vested interest in giving them, something you think they ought to have. This is then a burden for the other person, particularly if it has been bought for them. It may also feel like they need to be grateful, or give something back in return, an exchange has been attached to it. A true gift is one way and has no strings attached. Once the gift is given, it is up to the receiver what to do with it. The giver detaches from it once given. It may be an object, or a deed, or some words, or whatever.
Some people are already happily practising living without any money at all. We have become so accustomed to money, most of us believe it is essential to human life. I don’t think it is.
If more people practise the Gift Economy more often, the monetary system will just naturally die from lack of fuel. We won’t even have to try to kill it.