I was at the gym today and on the TV was an ABC news story about how foster children are being medicated 13 TIMES THE RATE of other kids. Often in toxic 3, 4 and 5 drug combinations that are not even recommended for adults. These little kids pulled out their bags of meds—huge orange bottles jammed into plastic bags—and talked about the horrible side effects of the psychotropics, antidepressants, anti-anxieties and ADD meds. Like these foster kids hadn’t been through enough already.
I started crying while ellipsing.
These kids and every other innocent victim of a fucked up system need better.
Which leads me into my promise from my last post: Another way.
WHAT IF THERE WAS NO MONEY?
Now before you close this page and go running off and saying I’m a freakshow, let me state that there are already 50 million people all over the globe behind this idea. And science tells us (via this story on Discovery News) that to change the beliefs of an entire community, only 10 percent of the population needs to become convinced of a new or different opinion. That means we only need 700 million people to support this movement to make it a reality.
Here is just sampling of the problems with the monetary system (some taken from UnitingHumans.com, some written by me):
- Money is just an interface between what one needs and what one is able to get. It is not money that people need, it is access to resources.
- Waste is built into the system. Companies must produce products that have a set shelf life so that the customer will continue to come back and buy more. It’s called ‘planned obsolescence’ and started back with the light bulb.
- This waste leads to tremendous environmental degradation due to the high cost of waste disposal and/or recycling.
- Most laws are enacted for the benefit of corporations, which have enough money to lobby, bribe, or persuade government officials to make laws that serve their interests.
- People are not equal without equal purchasing power.
- Those who control purchasing power have greater influence.
- Money is used to control the behavior of those with limited purchasing power.
- Goods such as foods (and diamonds) are sometimes destroyed to keep prices up; when things are scarce, prices increase. Scarcity is an illusion.
- The benefits of technology are only distributed to those with sufficient purchasing power.
- When a corporation’s bottom line is profit, decisions in all areas are made not for the benefit of people and the environment, but primarily for the acquisition of wealth, property, and power.
Sooooo, we can all agree that money ain’t no good.
What if there was a way that you could do 5-10 hours of work (or more or less if you wanted) a week, doing something that you loved? Do you love yard work? Do you love building things? Do you love to paint? Do you love to work with kids? Do you love to read? Do you love to dance? Do you love to program computers? Some of us are lucky in that we have jobs doing what we love. Most of us don’t. Most of us slave away at a desk or in a factory for 40 plus hours a week and when we get home we’re too damn tired to do what we love. Or we get burned out doing what we love (like teaching) because it’s so hard and the really good results are few. But what if you didn’t have to have a “job?”
What if there was a way to feed EVERYONE on the planet? End all poverty? End all the suffering?
What if there was a way to end wars? What if there was a way to end government? (Any right wingers read this blog?) What if you were able to do whatever you wanted, as long as you contributed to society where your skills were?
What if people raised their kids properly? What if they were loved and cared for and encouraged to learn?
What if you had access to a great house, a car, a boat, and the best technology had to offer in every aspect of life?
What if you could travel anywhere you wanted to?
What if you could learn about whatever subject that interested you? And you could pursue that subject your whole life and not worry about having to earn a paycheck from it?
What if we had a resource-based economy?
There are a lot of points and reasons as to why and how a resource-based economy would work and I will get to them all in my blog at some point. But if you have a specific question, this site, Uniting Humans, has information listed in a lot of ways. In the right hand column down the page a bit there is a “Categories of Concern” section. Very useful. Because you should have concerns. You have probably never heard of this idea. It probably sounds impossible, or like a utopia. It is not impossible and therefore it’s not a utopia. Maybe you think it sounds like communism. It is not communism. It’s not socialism, fascism or capitalism. It is DIFFERENT than anything you’ve ever seen, except maybe in a science fiction movie. You should 100 percent do your own research, though. I’m not asking you to take my word on this.
The main support of a resource based economy comes from technology and automation. Right now, we have the technology and capacity to power this planet 100% cleanly many millions of times over. We have the technology to build irrigation systems in areas of drought. We have the technology to bring fresh water to every person.
What we don’t have is the money (or the political will) to do it.
If we had humanity’s will to see this movement through, we wouldn’t need it.
Peace out my loves.
Oh and just so you know, Captain Picard supports a resource-based economy:
And so does this marine: