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You cannot eat money, or make clothes, or build a house out of it.

In this day and age when it is politically correct to be out of work and complain on being hard up I propose to reflect whether this widely proclaimed poverty is real or faked. If it is MONEY that you are after, then I have no remedy. You will be poor (in the sense that you have not enough) forever. If however you are able bodied and need food, shelter and security for yourself and your loved ones, and live in a town or a city and no-one wants to employ you and pay you for your work enough to cover your basic needs, then move to the country, grab the fork and shovel and produce your own kitchen veggies, keep a pork or two and some chickens. Chances are someone will help you build a decent house in exchange for the food which you have in excess. I agree individual small scale farming and husbandry is not efficient, but who wants the efficient when clearly efficiency does not prevent hunger and what is more is directly the cause of so much unemployment. Believe me, you will be happy as a lark provided it is not money that is your object in life!

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  • Dan F 50+

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    Jan 28 2013: Our numbers on this planet and lifestyles demand sophisticated social systems just to maintain our needs let alone our wants. The use of money is basic to a certain amount of convenience and security. Unfortunately it is also used by those wealthy among us to gain power and impose their will and influence on how thing are done to their benefit. Sometimes justifiable, but all too often too self serving for them and those that rule.

    I share your concern about the short comings of capitalism, etc., but in my way of thinking, we no longer have the liberty or option to reinvent or redirect to any significant degree the status quo and the vestment of what got us to where we are now. The monetary system aspect of governments is subject to failures. The wealthy can become victims of their own greed if the system(s) breaks down. Short of that potential crisis they will undoubtably stay the course, even as Rome burns.

    On another note, the production of too many babies by the poor is a self defeating practice by continuing to INCREASE our planetary numbers which is only making the monetary system function to better favor the wealthy. Look around the world. Kids are wading in sewage and sifting through garbage in significant numbers and the money system is meaningless to them. Too many people essentially operate without money now. We recently broke the seven billion mark and many of you (I'm likely too old) will still be alive when we likely will break ten billion. Does anyone really believe that this fact isn't a huge contributer to the lowering of the worldwide standards of living and quality of life? People with less will alway be easier for the rich to manage, so the problem will only get worse with time as the population numbers grow.

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