Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Recent exchanges with someone who subscribes to anarcho-capitalist ideology has helped me clarify my own thinking on the issue of money.
This individual appears to think that money is a thing that has no consciousness and only rules the minds of imbalanced individuals. Seeing the benefits of money as a unit of exchange and the material benefits that can and do occur through free trade and free markets, he believes that capitalism, i.e. the system that runs on capital, is a force for good.
I, on the other hand, do not think money exists as an objective thing. Rather I know that it is a quantity that exists only in consciousness and therefore the mind control aspect of money cannot be divorced from its practical uses. Money has for only value what we decide to give to it through our care and attention on a collective scale.
The British Isles used to use tally sticks as their measure for exchange which are no doubt objective things but the value they had in people's minds existed only in their consciousness. Tally sticks, much like gold, have no objective value: you can't eat them, can't use them to protect yourself against the elements, can't use them to build, can't use them as a weapon of self-defence.
I agree with thinker Mark Passio (whatonearthishappening.com) that it spells danger to allow proxy currency, even as mere unit of exchange, to determine the value of the fruit of our labour and nature's resources. The result will always be to divert people's energy away from themselves to suit whatever nefarious elite agenda of the day - money having always been centrally controlled - and encourage the totalitarian quantification of all that is under the sun, such as Conservative ministers in the UK valuing in pound sterling the entirety of Britain's public forests, whose value are simply not quantifiable for those who are not perverted and closed hearted enough to think like that.
if care and attention is what it takes to produce goods and services, why the need for a unit of exchange when these fruits can be based on mutual aid as well as a critical mass insight into the benefits of collective cooperation without coercive control?
As I've written before true money is mon-eye (see Money and Mon-eye), spiritual vision located in the third eye chakra of the pineal gland, and that the only (bank) accounts that matter is what we're ultimately account-able for in terms of our life's thoughts, emotions and actions. If these accounts don't shape up and stand in the negative then we are bankrupt in the true, non financial sense of the word (see Accounts and Accountability).
Carroll Quigley's understanding of European identities is demonstrably profound in his great work Tragedy and Hope. To neatly sum up his understanding we may say that
- The British are the most socialised of Europeans
- The French the most civilised
- The Italians the most gregarious
- The Spanish the most individualistic
- The Germans the most outwardly disciplined
Of course each nationality contains all of these traits but I find that this generalisation has some worth, particularly if read in the context of the book.