2 December 2011 Current Events: Business News
In November, the U.S. unemployment rate declines to 8.6%, its lowest level in two and a half years. Employers add 120,000 jobs in November. These improvements in the nation’s economy come at a time when the European debt crisis appears to be getting worse.
Unemployment is a consequence of the current Capitalist System and exists as a vicious cycle which will never end unless we change the Money System. In an Equal Money System ‘unemployment’ will not exist as all people will receive an income from birth until death.
Equal Money FAQ playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL292BB9D0CAFAF6BE
Why an Equal Money System?
It is our understanding that most of the suffering that is currently being experienced on earth is caused by human beings denying other human beings equal access to living resources. This has probably been going on since the very beginning. Though over the ages the system in which we exist has specialized in becoming ever more ruthless. The inequality and the absolute disregard for life that we’ve come to embody as a specie, is now placing us at a crossroads: will we stop and start honoring each other as equals or will we close the cycle and put an end to the human journey?
What we suggest is to have a platform established that will allow for human beings to take a break from the madness. This can be done through establishing an equal money-system, whereby every human being on earth will have a right to an equal unconditional income – from birth to death. The equal money-system would be aimed at removing fear and survival from the equation called ‘life’. This will establish a level of equality in which we can start to learn what it means to live together and how to trust each other.
Simplistically, money is the tool the system is using to perpetuate its control over human beings.
We say money can be used for good – if we understand how it works and then change the rules. Then we can come to a new agreement about how we want to live, where everyone is equally taken into consideration.
How will people be motivated in an free society in an equal money system
FAQ how will people be motivated in an EMS? In a free society? That is purely a question of character in fact, I mean, your statement in terms of who you are, in terms of motivation will indicate your character. Your value will indicate who you are and therefore you must consider this question very carefully. Because if you require money to motivate you, you are in fact making a statement, that you exist as greed.And that because unless you get money you will not move. That means you are completely and utterly subject to the system of profit and loss and because of that greed you do not care about life. So stop, breathe deeply and consider the following: lets remove money from society completely and start to look at what the function of life pertains or is here on earth. We require shelter, equipment, cars, food, all kinds of things and within that most people have not found what they truly love. Now start looking at what you really like, what you truly love. Within that context start to look at, why do you not allow what you love to be your motivation, because then your motivation will be pure motivation. And the love that you have and you a exercise to the benefit of others, as your motivation will make love manifest and proof that work in fact. And as Kahlil Gibran said, is love made visible, then all the stories of love that now exist in this world will get a total new view. We will no longer be controlled by love for money, but we will do what we love and from that perspective be proper examples for our children and you’ll be able to really appreciate what is made, because it will be made well and you’ll be able to see the love within the way it was made. You can go back in history and you will find things that were made by hand and through the hands of love and you can appreciate that those things do carry value, because the way it was made in whether it was made with a machine, wood, whatever it is, or food that is prepared, carries with it the very essence of the being or the person that made it and that is how one would like to live, truly experiencing what it means to be multiple beings in a reality, where you treat each other as equals. In that very recognition you will be motivated to not be left out from the society, but to be part of it through giving and therefore you would receive. And the words of Jesus will be made visible everywhere and therefore we will live heaven on earth. For more on astoundingly different approaches to life, read our blog books monthly, here are some links.
But if everyone has equal money, who will do the work that is required to sustain society?
Here I suggest we be very specific. Currently we have a system that consists out of uncountable jobs and tasks that need to be performed. This number of jobs and tasks is based in the starting point of the current money-system. Which is that everyone has to do a task of some sort to gain access to money, without which one cannot exist in this world. Thus if we go and look what is the nature of many of those tasks and jobs, we will see that they don’t necessarily exist to support human beings physical existence and the quality of life on earth. Instead, we will see that for instance a corporation is formed to sell a certain product that – if one is self-honest – it can easily be seen there exists no need for the product they are selling. Though the existence of such products and services is justified through the need for employment – where it becomes quite irrelevant if the product or service provided has actually any relevance to the quality of life on earth, as long as there is a market for such products and services that allow the corporation to make money and be a source of income for its employees, without which they would be unable to survive in this reality.
Take a call center job for instance: many companies employ call centers to increase their sales. But if we now look at those companies: they are merely trying to sell a product because they need to survive as a company to generate income. Many companies are actually quite deliberate in this, where they will emphasize the need and the importance of their product, knowing full well what they’re saying is not true. So the employees of such a company together with the employees of the call center are performing a task that is not actually contributing in any way to the quality of life on earth – or at least where the quality of life on earth is not seen as having any priority.
In an equal money-system such jobs will no longer be necessary to be done. Because the only reason why they exist is to generate income. We’re not even talking about those jobs, tasks and professions in the current system that are harming and destroying life on earth. Of those jobs and tasks that currently generate an income that allow people to survive in this reality, there are many. (e.g. cutting rain forests, hunting for animal fur or ivory, weapons development and trade – one merely need to consider America’s military spending to understand the vastness of this arena – ; soldiers to be trained for war and killing – would anyone join the army if they had no need for the income? – ; alcohol trade, etc.)
Now, let’s look at the kind of arena’s, tasks, jobs and professions where it can easily be seen that they are critical to the quality of life on earth.
• The manufacturing of clothing
• The building and maintaining of housing & living infrastructure
• Energy production, such as electricity
• Providing clean drinking water
• Sewage system building and maintenance
• Agriculture/Food production and distribution
• Education and schooling
• Health care
• Computer and software
So what many argue is: who will do those necessary tasks? why would anyone be motivated to do anything? Let’s look at it this way: do people require to be payed to have the motivation to wash themselves? No, because most understand it is necessary to be done as a matter of hygiene and also because they enjoy doing it! So here we have an example of an action that is based on understanding and that is not done out of profit, because it’s part of ‘taking care of oneself’. Though, to wash yourself, you would actually require water that comes out of your tap. And because you live in a community and you understand that everyone would benefit from having water, you understand that it would be far more effective to have one coordinated system of providing water for everyone, instead of each individually having to sort out their water-issues by themselves. So within the community you come to an agreement as to who will take responsibility for making sure there is water. This is basic common sense. It has nothing to do with profit-calculations, but with looking after oneself in the understanding that ‘what is best for all, is best for me’. The same procedure can be applied to any requirement that would then form a public service.
With the current technology that is available – it would not even be necessary that everyone does a job. Because the jobs that exist would not be based on the need for income but on the understanding of what is best for all.
To practically arrange this, would require a ‘Dual-Money-system’ – because the first step is to have the basics of society organized, which would result in a Labor-system. This would then be the physical support for the entire society. To manage the access to the basic goods and services the Equal money system would be introduced: simply, everyone receiving the same amount of money unconditionally – that would allow for a regulation of the distribution of basic goods and services. Meaning, this money one would only be able to spend on what is agreed to be the necessary requirements to live a dignified life, such as: proper housing and electricity, water, food, clothing, education and health care. Those that are actively involved in the labor-system would receive an extra income. This income would be the same for every participant according to the time-units they have worked, regardless of the nature of the activity.
Note that with what we’ve established thus far – everyone is already taken care of.
Now the labor-income will be a different type of money, that has no restrictions with regards to what it can be used for. Thus a space is created for anyone wanting to engage in providing certain goods and services, that are not strictly necessary – but that many would regard as desirable in some way. This space will function as a free market within the equal money-system. People performing a job will have access to a greater variety of goods and services according to their preference. Note that, even though there will be a difference in private wealth resulting from this arrangement, actual poverty will not be able to exist, as each one has a dignified minimum, which is according to each one’s equal right to live a decent life.
Where Ends Meet – The Retirement of an outdated Money System
By Anna Brix Thomsen 04/12/2011
Have you ever seen those advertisements for retirement companies – you know, the ones that are showing happy men with silver stained hair and tanned with huge smiles standing on the golf course? Or the older couple sitting on a balcony in the sunset drinking margaritas and playing scrabble? Do you also dream that it will be you one day – walking barefoot in the sand with no worries and a loaded bank account?
Well, most likely that is never going to happen. And in this article, we are going to expose why – and how you can do something about it yourself, here and now, without having to slave away for years until you get the payoff of retirement.
Did you know that in order to even get a retirement fund, all you have to do is to work the next 20 – 40 years in a job you will most likely hate or change every couple of years for less pay as you wait for that retirement fund to kick in? All you have to do is to give 40 – 60 hours pr. week working and many more hours commuting in cramped subways or on packed highways for then to go home to sleep, only so that you can be ready to go to work again in the morning. You can then go out drinking in the weekends to get all the anger, that you’ve built up towards your boss, colleagues and yourself, ‘out of your system’. You can even go on holidays once in a while to really reload so that you can manage to spend one or ten more years slaving away.
Is this really what we live for? What we give our lives for, each and every day slaving away in jobs, one more horrible than the next? We even make ourselves believe that what we are doing is wonderful and purposeful and satisfying, just so that we can push and force ourselves to keep going.
So – what if we did not have to work and live these exhausting lives where we have to lie to ourselves and everyone around us? Later we shall discuss how this is in fact possible.
An estimate from the European Union shows that the working population will fall by 50 million between 2008 and 2060, where the amount of people over 65 will have increased by 67 million. At the same time the fertility rate is decreasing, which means that the smaller younger generations will be responsible for caring for a large group of elderly people.
According to an analysis made by Russia Today, it is estimated that in Britain 7 out of 10 people cannot afford to retire on their pensions. And thus if the elderly are forced to remain on the job market because they cannot afford to retire, less young people are able to get into the job market. Subsequently there is in the US there an estimated 24 % youth unemployment rate. This is the same country where the richest 400 Americans, has more money than the bottom 150 million people combined. The lucky few can obviously afford to retire whenever and wherever they wish to do so. Depending on our age, our income and where we live, you and I are more likely to have to work literally until we die. Of course none of this is even mentioning countries where there is no such thing as retirement and where people suffer in poverty from the moment they are born.
The solution is not to simply raise taxes on the rich as the problem is within the entirety of our systems and how we’ve allowed ourselves to exist and live accordingly. The problems is a system, where we accept and allow millions of elderly to suffer and to die in poverty through the justification that the few who has all the money, has gotten to that position in life fair and square and that we would do exactly the same, were we in their shoes. To support this belief, advertisements suggest that everyone can win a happy life on an exotic island somewhere, playing golf and sipping cocktails in the sunset if they just believe in it and work for it. Pension funds are created to further legitimize this belief and make it more probable than possible and the problem is that once we reach the age of 70 and realize that it was all one big scam, it is too late. There is no exotic island, just as not all little boys can become multimillion soccer players or NFL stars. Yet these are the fantasies that are instilled and installed into us by the very system that we’ve created to manage ourselves and our lives.
How will the equal money system be implemented
Obviously there will be a process of realization through education, and within that there will be the BIG answer first, which is the Basic Income Grant – that is a BIG answer because that will become quite big, for awhile, and then there will be the Equal Money answer.
The implementation of that is based on the effectiveness of information. Therefore, the effectiveness of our census’ and how the information that is available about every single human, and plant, and animal, wherever it is possible, we can bring it together within a logistical format to establish the level of needs, and requirements, and establish how it will be fulfilled – this will be a gigantic task and will take, initially, extensive planning and management to bring the point together until it is running automatically.
It will include, obviously, the how to store products, how to create products, who is going to do the work, for instance? and who is going to be the doctor, who is going to be the dentist, are the qualifications acceptable? Is the approach one that is effective?
I mean, what will happen to a doctor that no more needs to work for profit, or needs to sell particular medicines just because they make more profit? and now they have the choice to choose the best for the patient, and do what’s best for the patient. Being a doctor will change completely from what it is now.
Lawyers will not exist, because there is no point to it – you don’t have to laws anymore – lawyers exist because of the amount of laws there are; just like criminal exists: the more laws you have, the more criminals you have. So the less laws you have, what do you have? Less criminals.
I mean, that is the clever thing about the Chinese philosophy of the Tao. So, study a little bit of Lao Tzu’s work, because that will really help you to see that that has been one of the oldest, shall we say, practical living statements, ideas, that has been around, and it’s never been practically applies – it was carrying all the answers that one can work out for yourself if you dare not be controlled by money.
So, we will remove money by having money – Equal Money – and therefore equal power, equal participation, equal choice, and therefore free choice, because the choice that you give to another is the choice you have.
So, join us at the freedom blogs; find out more about what it is Equal Money actually entails.
The Book – Equal Money System FAQ: http://store.desteni.org/inventory/arosouw-bernard-poolman-what-the-faq-equal-money-system