There are more than a few people today who believe that the world would be a better place without money and, well, capitalism altogether. I am one of those people.
And, just to nip any false impressions in the bud, ‘non-capitalism’ doesn’t automatically equate to communism. In fact, given current technical capability, it means a much freer, fairer and more sustainable world where everyone can enjoy their lives to their full potential without the traditional constraints of ‘earning’ a living. That’s the theory anyway. Read More
It’s usually the most important and valuable purchase you’ll ever make – your home. Most of us spend a good chunk of our working existence toiling to repay an enormous sum of money (often double when you add mortgage interest) just for a place to live.
So would you give it away for free to a complete stranger? Read More
Well of course I don’t ‘love’ tax, but even I must concede it is a necessary (and imperfect) evil in a money world.
Many of you will be familiar with the ‘taxation is theft’ memes that have been doing the rounds for the last few years. The suggestion that the system is unfair is perfectly fine with me, but I find this particular approach quite misleading and unhelpful to change movements as a whole. Read More
Delighted to announce that I will be taking these ideas to the stage at TEDx Galway in Ireland on February the 7th.
My talk will be a general focus on the shortcomings of our trading system and how a simple alternative based around cooperation and education is not so far-fetched as people might believe – and how many of us already unknowingly engage in this ‘free’ social contract. The talk will also be my first formal proposal for an Open Access Economy.
Many thanks to the TEDx organisers for having the vision to present what are – to all intents and purposes – heretical ideas in a devoutly trading culture.
The video of the talk will be posted here shortly afterwards and on our YouTube channel.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are locked in an insane cycle of solving problems through economic growth.
Take poverty for example: where it exists, we just think it means we don’t have enough growth in that area, or on that country as a whole. While fiscal growth does combat poverty to a degree, it invariably has other costs such as environmental degradation through resource extraction, and still has a long, long way to go to redress the chronic geopolitical and social inequality that epitomises our human culture. Read More
What would you do if money were no object? A familiar question I’m sure. Often we fantasise about the choices we’d make if we had enough money to act without fear. But there is another interpretation of this familiar idiomatic question that is much less considered.
What if money literally were no object? ie. what if it didn’t exist at all? What if we never traded? What if we never got paid, and everything was free? Sounds crazy, right? Well it’s not so crazy as you might think, and, chances are, you’re already engaging in this kind of behaviour. Read More
It has always been my belief that to solve anything, you must go to the source of the problem. Anything less is just easing symptoms. Sometimes easing symptoms can buy you time to focus on the actual solution, but in practice this rarely happens, and the false sense of security it gives usually means we end up living from one round of symptom-easing to the next.
Among the weird and wonderful money-free activist community, there are many doomsday sayers seemingly enthralled with the prospect of the imminent collapse of the financial system and capitalism. While I confess a part of me would certainly relish that spectacle, my overwhelming rationale draws me back.
Some might be familiar with the work of Steven Pinker whose book Enlightenment Now! makes an impressive case for the world being in far greater shape than we generally consider. Pinker presents data showing how our rates of violence are lower than ever, how many have escaped from abject poverty, and how much healthier and longer living we are. Read More