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What an evil money system we have where “...economic interests trump human rights in most instances.” (BBC, 1m54s, posted and accessed 4 April 2019)

So, this page looks at some alternatives to the current money systems of capitalism and communism. Until we can do away with money.

Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than GDP:
  • "The great breakthrough of the twenty first century will be to begin to assess success and failure in life other than merely through financial indicators." (Alain de Botton)
  • "We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered." (Martin Luther King Jr. 1967 speech, cited here, accessed 16 October 2012)
  • Universal Basic Income is required - see here and here. This can reduce or eradicate poverty and slavery. It supports real freedom and the power to say "no". Also see here, here and below...
  • Peter Taylor, an environmentalist, suggests a home with a plot and a basic income for those who farm that plot for themselves and the local community. (Based on a 2018 conversation; idea may not be accurately conveyed)
  • "To have enough is happiness, to have more than enough is harmful. That is true of all things, but especially of money." (Lao-Tse)
  • Love, Love, Love - NOT growth, growth, growth!
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The World We Deserve
  • Food - As a basic human right, everyone deserves healthy, organic food.
  • Housing - Everyone has a home, supplied with clean water and sanitation.
  • Energy - The Sun gives its energy for free and humans make sure solar energy is given free to everyone.
  • Drudgery - Thank you for robots!
  • Happiness - In terms of money, it has been found that a person living in the Rich World needs no more than about $70,000 or £55,000 per year to be happy (see here). Anything more does not bring extra happiness. Perhaps we need to cap anyone's income at this amount and redistribute the rest?...
  • Universal Basic Income - See 'GNH vs. GDP' above and consider this (BBC, posted and accessed 13 November 2017):
'If in the future human labour is less needed, keeping societies stitched together may require us to reinvent the welfare state. Not all economists think that's worth worrying about just yet. But those who do are reviving an idea that dates back to Thomas More and his 1516 book, Utopia - a universal basic income. It does seem utopian, in the sense of fantastically unrealistic. Could we really imagine a world in which everyone gets a regular cash handout, enough to meet their basic needs, no questions asked?
Some evidence suggests it's worth considering. In the 1970s, the idea was trialled in a Canadian town called Dauphin. For years, thousands of residents received cheques every month. And it turns out that guaranteeing people an income had interesting effects. Fewer teenagers dropped out of school. Fewer people were admitted to hospital with mental health problems. Hardly anyone gave up work. New trials are under way, to see if the same thing happens elsewhere.
It would, of course, be enormously expensive. Suppose you gave every American adult, say $12,000 (£9,000) a year. That would cost 70% of the entire federal budget. It seems impossibly radical. But then, impossibly radical things do sometimes happen, and quickly. In the 1920s, not a single US state offered old-age pensions. By 1935, Frances Perkins had rolled them out across the nation.'
  • Mother-centred world - The mother is the foundation of all things yet she is perhaps the least valued thing. If we must have a money system, mothers or those fulfilling that role (e.g. fathers, carers, extended family) need to receive a payment for their huge contribution to society. Indeed, a UK political party called Motherworld suggests this sort of policy. Mothers at the centre of any system, rather than being marginalised at the periphery. Mother Earth will then heal...
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