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Finally Unveiling ‘Them’

OK, buckle up. This is going to be a bumpy ride of apparent contradictions and paradoxes – and maybe even some smoke and mirrors – but in the end (I hope) this might be the most important thing you’ll read today.

First things first, I have always had a low tolerance for people whose idea of activism is chucking abuse at agencies like governments, banks and corporations – blaming them for all the ills in the world. I have come under much flak for this attitude, and, not surprisingly, it seems that those who engage in this kind of ‘blame-hurling’ are ready to hurl their blame at pretty much anyone who appears to be asking for it.

So, why do I have a low threshold for seemingly legitimate blame-hurling? Continue reading Finally Unveiling ‘Them’

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Why is sharing the path to a money-free world?

Since I’ve start promoting sharing more vigorously as the path to a money-free world, quite a few people have asked me this question, so thought I’d create a post about it.

Why is sharing the path to a money-free world?

Well, for lots of reasons, but first… Continue reading Why is sharing the path to a money-free world?

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From hairpins to houses and beyond

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. Continue reading From hairpins to houses and beyond

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Would you give away your house for free? I would.

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? Continue reading Would you give away your house for free? I would.

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Taxation is not theft

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. Continue reading Taxation is not theft

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To fix human problems, first fix the human

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. Continue reading To fix human problems, first fix the human

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What if money were no object?

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. Continue reading What if money were no object?

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