Tuesday, 12 April 2011

The Plan (Just The Outline)

Okay, so saying something like  "we should get rid of all the money in the world and make everything free" is a pretty naive and ridiculous statement. But factor in for a moment the fact that I am actually quite a smart fellow and quite far from naive, and you are left with a statement that needs further explanation.

Let's have a look at the sentence then... I'm saying:

  •  we should (which is  indicative of advice), not we must (tyranical), or might (inconclusive),or could (speculative). 
    • One of the most important lessons my diverse life has taught me, is that advice, should always at least be listened to. Once you have listened, you can make up your mind about everything else, but without information, you cannot make a single accurate decision, because the mind will make it's own conclusions in the absence of facts. 
  • get rid of, not replace, or rethink, or reinvent. I mean to be rid of completely, where no trace of it or anything like it remains.
  • all the money in the world
    • Mirriam-Webster definition of money
      • something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment
    • So this will include bartering systems, pricing systems and currencies (including debt and credit)
  • and make everything free
    • Nobody owns anything. You just think you do. It's a figment of your imagination. It is your inner caveman hoarding his prized possessions. When, in fact, the only reason we have prospered, is we figured out how to use fire and created a tyranny of power throughout the planet. All creatures fear us. For with our fire came safety, and from safety to freedom to create instead of simply surviving. And with that creation we cemented our superiority. We are the only animal to significantly evolve since that first fire was lit on purpose. So we created our dominion over the world. Claimed our ownership of territory. Forever expanding in our conquest, until, finally the globe was covered, and the concept of ownership securely tied to the fate of man.
Now we are living in a world ruled by ownership, and those who own the majority squeeze it for every ounce of profit they can. while those that own the minority are constantly pushed further and harder to make ends meet, until slowly, everything is assimilated and consolidated under a one world economy. And this is not as far off as one might think. Simpy put, the time of choice is upon humankind, and to err now could prove costly to not only people, but the world as a whole.

Now, obviously this is not a random thought that I had quickly scribbled onto a blog and posted. This idea has been slowly festering for 16 years. I have thought it through, spoken to several hundred people, had some amazingly vehement arguments and slowly brewed the plan down, distilling it to a point of clarity that has convinced me of its possibilities. Now 16 years, of which the first half is puberty and the second half is the harsh reality of life today, is no small time to contemplate a single subject. Especially when contemplating it during discussion with those opposed to it. But it is a good time, solid and yet new enough to be of use.

The trick to all of it will be the Transition from a system where we claim ownership of the planet and it's resources to a system where we share the planet with all those around us without grudging anyone anything or hoarding anything because of assumed ownership. This one was tough, but the simplest answer turned out to be the right one. The easiest way to get rid of money without causing upheaval is to disassociate actual value from imagined value. This can only be done by offering a replacement for commonly accepted credit practices. I will cover this in more detail in Plan for Transition.

Of course none  of this is practical unless the result is an improvement on what we currently have. So the next two Blogs will be dealing with the first in a series about Broken Sytems and How to fix them, and a closer look at the Plan for Transition. 

Thanks for reading
Rob Cayman

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