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A MONEY-LESS FUTURE LIKE ON ‘STAR TREK’? IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?

June 13, 2015

Yep, several countries are on the cusp of introducing a ‘Unconditional/Universal Basic Income’, which will go to everyone to cover the cost of housing and food, everything ‘earned’ is on top of this.

Many Economists and Philosophers on the left and right have written at great lengths in support of UBI, including Thomas Paine, Friedman, Freidrick Hayek, etc, etc.  Left leaning economists see UBI eradicating poverty. Right leaning economists see UBI as providing the billions of people who will shortly lose their jobs to cheaper machines with income to buy the products these cheaper machines will produce more cheaply!  Without UBI the vast proportion of the population will have NO money to buy products… and the system will crash.

UBI will be funded by scrapping most social benefits and by placing a more realistic tax system in place, i.e. the greatest proportion of tax is currently raised from those on low income, whilst billionaires pay little if any tax.

Moving from ‘providing money to buy products’ to just ‘supplying products free’ is then not a very big step. We will move into a ‘moneyless society’ which will be based on ‘Resource Based Economy’ (RBE).  The Earth will be declared the inheritance of the entire human race.  A global audit and computerized system management will provide products to meet needs, NOT to create profit. The math has been done and under RBE everyone on the planet can have a better lifestyle than all but the current billionaires (who will unfortunately have to be taxed back to being mere millionaires).

Please check out Home – The Venus Project who’s founder, Jacque Fresco, invented RBE.

This is for YOUR information.  The answers to the many questions you may have are out there. I don’t wish to debate any naysayers, the argument is already being soundly won.  If anyone is interested in learning more then ‘Google’ is your friend.   ‘Universal Basic Income’ will take us on the first steps towards the ‘moneyless society’ of a future ‘Star Trek’ Earth.

“Make it so!” 

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If you are self-sufficient you can ‘retire’ from the outside world… but should you?

December 8, 2014

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I am sharing here an interesting article by Matilda A. Juliette called “How I retired at 25”. I find myself being attracted to her ideas, but it seems ultimately to be a cop out and extremely “self” centred.

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/11/how-i-retired-at-25-never-looked-back/

I had to retire early from my government job, due to ill health and I now have to be more self sufficient. I do think self-sufficiency is cool, we should probably all be more self-sufficient, but I think people need to do something for ‘others’ too. There is something called social responsibility, unless we are going to deny that we are a member of a large species and part of a wider thing called ‘Life’.

As a model for life, self-sufficiency cannot achieve what co-operation can. It does not produce life-saving medical advances, it does not produce what we NEED ‘now’ by way of food, drinking water, or housing and education for the world’s growing population. It won’t help us migrate to other planets, when this world is full.

If you are ‘self-sufficient’ but use ANY technology, i.e. computer, fridge, cooker, car, bus, aircraft, ship, your lifestyle is only possible because of the existing infrastructure that millions before us have strived to create, so that WE can have the choice of paying back to society, paying forward to society, or copping out of paying into society at all.

At the end of our days if we look back and we have been ‘self sufficient’ but done nothing to move humanity forward, then we have betrayed our ancestors and wasted the opportunity to be more than just ‘self’.

Yes, we could live in a cave with a great view and survive on nuts and berries, but a monkey could do that. We are each capable of greatness. We may not achieve all that we attempt, but I think we should at least try. Don’t you?