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Sean T
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Abolish money and create a better world

Money, specifically the lack thereof and the finite amount of it, brings about starvation, homelessness, criminal activity, personal inequality, and health care issues as well as hindering our technological development.

Why do people starve when there is plenty of food to eat? The answer is: it costs too much to get that food to them. Why does the USA have 3.5 million homeless while simultaneously having over 19 million vacant houses? Again, the answer is: they don't have the money nor can they obtain the money to afford a place to stay. Why is it that most non-violent and some violent criminals originate in poor families? Once again, the answer is: they don't have the money to obtain what they need/want so they steal from others, scam others, prostitute themselves, etc. These issues as well as others originate with our usage of money and specifically our thought that everyone receives compensation equivalent to his work.

I am suggesting that we abolish our usage of money and replace it with a society controlled (read: not government controlled) resource management system. In this system, we use the resources we have without restriction to ensure that no one goes hungry or remains homeless while simultaneously advancing our technology into the next era. We have adequate resources to fuel our military and feed our people; money prevents us from doing this. In this system, a person can have everything he needs and all the reasonable material wants he desires so long as he contributes to the society in some positive fashion.

Decreased crime rates, prevention of homelessness and starvation, equal education for all, and health care available to everyone are just a few surface benefits. Is there anyone out there who can see the benefit of this change? Anyone who would like to help make it a reality?

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    Aug 21 2011: More or less that's called communism. Believe me, it has been done and it doesn't work.
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      Aug 22 2011: You're correct that modern communist societies have failed horribly and the reason is also due to economic collapse. The money becomes so devalued that the government can no longer sustain itself and it either falls apart of its own accord or the people revolt. Despite the fact that they still have resources at their disposal, the societies fall apart because of their money.
    • Aug 25 2011: Communism can work, in a way and in an ideal world (if thats not a contradiction in terms). It's limitation is the lifespan of man. Take Cuba as an example. In my experience, the older generation see Communism as liberating, as they remember what it was like before Castro, and understand that they are poor because that is how it must be to maintain SOME SORT of equality in their society. The younger generation feel it as oppressive, because they see the rest of the world and want what they have. In these cases, tighter and tighter restrictions have to be imposed to keep order, as without everyone would grab what they can. I'm not saying it's right, but I have had these conversations with Cubans, and this is how some of them feel about it. I daresay that they would all prefer it to be different, but they are a poor country, and it's easier to be equally poor than equally rich.

      What of power and corruption, I hear you cry? Castro leads a comfortable life, while his population do not. That is a tragedy, and something that Castro wasn't fighting for. But the position and power have obviously corrupted him. Does this always have to be the case I wonder? That is not a problem with Communism as such - it occurs in all political systems, even in buddhist societies. It is a problem with man, then, and his irresponsible use of the power he has. But given that money usually equals power, we're back the the beginning. One thing is for sure, Capitilism pretends to give equal opportunity, when in actual fact it is far from fair.
    • Aug 25 2011: when i say buddhist societies by the way, I don't mean countries that adopt buddhism as their religion, nor do I mean practicing buddhists outside of the organisational levels. I mean the actual higher buddhist monks and lamas. They have corruption and backbiting that would rival any other government, and many of them are searching for more power.

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