NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 15th May 2013)

"The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
Albert Einstein
So what's it all about? Well apparently the economy is supposed to be the best we can do. Now when I hear such a phrase uttered I find it hard not to scough. The triumph of flawed reason over logic. We are told that this is the best we can expect, because if there was a better way we'd be doing things that way. Moderately amusing given that if the conversation goes a single step further, you are instantly out with the bounds of reality. And out come the labels, but not just labels, unchallengeable labels. Labels that are backed up by a wealth of "learning" over the years. We have words to describe people like myself and unfortunately most of those words have seriously negative connotations.

The usual conversation killers are brought out of the dusty closet when the status quo is challenged, Communism, Socialism, Marxism, Utopianism (poetic license), Anarchism labels and by christ are they powerful in terms of ending conversations... irrespective of the fact that just about every person seems to have a different version of what Communism, Socialism, Marxist, Utopianism, Anarchism etc... are. For those who will listen on a little further, you just know that the minute you start talking about banking and how a financial economy views resources (that includes people) that the C card id warming up and ready to be played at the mere hint of doubt in your "story". It's a Conspiracy. Why? Because the financial economy is the best we can do. Not so much of a Catch 22, but definitely ending up where you started and with nowhere else to go.

Don't get me wrong, I've been stunned at the number of people that I have met who have instantly gone "Yeah, I get it, would love to live in a world without money". Some of them having thought it through before. Some of them starting to think about it. But the usual problem remains. The conversation is only every a conversation between small groups of people. I understand why, or at least have an inkling as to why THE conversation about a moneyless society doesn't go any further. Obviously I'm not the only person to have come to this realisation, non the less, it's new to me so I thought I'd pass it on just in case. If you're searching for a label, then you're shit out of luck. Don't even try to label it, it really doesn't sit well with any ism. From my perspective the idea behind a NOW (or alternative) is driven by a form of self actualisation. In other words, it's pointless me telling you something that you don't want to hear or point blank refuse to accept. So why would I try to ram "my" idea down your throat? It would make me no better than "The Man", man. Figuring out what you choose to believe is your job, not mine. It is up to me to offer an opinion, an idea, a potential set of solutions to issues that a financial system just hasn't been able to address and never will.

How can the only infinite resource on the planet be the most precious? It's moderately amusing. Now I recently watched a movie, read the book that accompanied the movie (I really don't read, but the future is important), and then watched the movie again. Economists and thinkers coming out of the walls and shrugging their soldiers, yet not a peep in regards to a solution that will work. Essentially the conclusion was to tax land, amongst other things of course, including a potential debt write off. Now even if the land tax was implemented and there was a complete financial amnesty for every man woman and child and even if we gave everyone a dividend of $10,000 per year from taxing those who use the land that we collectively "own" (belong to), what exactly are your trying to achieve? For shit and giggles let's throw in a policy reversal of one of the most idiotic decisions mankind has ever made to generate billions in new money. Cannabis legalisation. Yes, legalisation. Don't Panic, I'm not going to get into that here, but it's way overdue.

So given the new monetary system that is being implemented above (technically it doesn't matter what financial policy's are implemented), what is the best that we can hope for? A steady state economy with a truly free market and a floating exchange rate? This seems to be the collective wisdom as far as I can gather. Simplistic yes, but they certainly seem to be 3 of the main grails. This system cannot be Communistic in nature, in that people will be paid based on their perceived effort. STOP RIGHT THERE! There's really very little point in going any further with that analysis as we've stumbled upon the biggest issue that this planet has faced thus far. Human beings and their need to be valued in a way that they believe reflects their contribution to the company/economy. How is that contribution measured? Simple, it's measured via a salary and iffen you've been a really good boy, you'll get a bonus or stocks and shares etc... So if your company is doing well, so will you. Bank salary's prove this beyond a doubt. In fact every company that is not a cooperative proves this. In good times there's pay rises and incentives to excel and innovate and kiss ass and fuck people over and on and on and on. It's all financial. If you pay me 100k and there is someone who is better at the job than me, then surely they should earn more than 100k? Obviously that doesn't happen as there are many factors that come into play there. Are you personable? Are you dating the boss's daughter? Are you someone who asks too many question and is labelled as a troublemaker? Are you older and therefore due more money than someone else? and last but by no means least (yes I've missed plenty of factors, but hey) what does the market value your initial effort at? What a minefield and we've only just started looking at the system.

Who sets salary ranges? Who is it that decides that IT should be paid more than conservation or that binmen should be paid more than cleaners or that a surgeon is paid more than a GP? From here it's quite easy to slip into conspiracy territory. According to the experts the market decides. Eh? If that was the case then I would be paid the same as someone else irrespective of the factors listed above. It's who your work for that decides how much you earn as not all business entities command the same market share. So I call bullshit in regards to the market setting the benchmark. No doubt it sets A benchmark, but it's fickle at best. To that end, how can you have a steady state economy? People will be making profits and that money has to come from somewhere. Have we actually changed anything at this point in time or is it all sounding very familiar? The simple fact is, where money is involved and incentives and rewards are a requirement for a healthy economy, aren't we just moving back to where we currently are? Haven't we just hit a giant reset switch and instead of addressing the issues, we've merely postponed them as generations before us have done? Classical and Neo-Classical economics, pah... they're both, what's the word, bunk! They will inevitably lead us back to where we are today. Money is much more than a mechanism for trade and it's time the so called experts woke up to that fact.

One last thing. How does a financial economy do anything in regards to protecting our planet? Where profit is a motive, the environment will always take a backseat. There be big money in precious materials and more often than not those precious materials end up in a disposable gadget. If money exists, needless consumption will exist. Apparently that's ok because the economy is important coz us dumb human beings wouldn't know what to do with ourselves without money. It's amazing how entrenched people are in the financial economy. It's also quite upsetting at times. I'll tell you something for nothing, the financial economy is not the best we can do, not even close. Time for the big brains to stop being so blinkered in regards to how we can conduct day to day life.

Is survival not more important than a quick buck? Where is the conversation in regards to NOW (or an alternative)? More to the point, why is it taking so long for that conversation to be had? It's an easy system to implement, much easier than any financial solution and much more effective in regards to providing a real future for our kids. Think about it.

Kia Kaha to all of you.

A "Begging" Letter.

Everything takes money. Raising awareness is no different. To that end, if you have excess funds and you would like to invest in a project with the potential to change the world, then come and say hi.

The above may sound like madness or the ramblings of a person suffering from delusions of grandeur, but I assure you that I am quite serious. Someone has to be about the future. I have a plan. It may not be a good plan, but that is for you to decide. Come to my house, drink wine and let me offer you a vision and a plan of how we get there. You will be an integral part of NOW helping to shape our future. If nothing else, you will have had a wasted journey and I will have less wine.

Change happening by itself is too slow. It needs a helping hand.

We do not need to be stuck with Einstein's theory of insanity! There is a Silver Bullet! and it is EASY to change our society quickly and with next to no consequences, in fact the positives by far outweigh the negatives!

A wee challenge for you. Can you think of a single reason why our financial system is better than a NOW approach for humanity. Be honest and open minded, but I think you'll find out that there isn't. NOW (or variations of) is/are required NOW more than ever. We live in a finite world, why continue to waste it?

"There is no Silver Bullet". I've heard that from professionals, experts, leaders etc... NOW they're either really really wrong or they're lying through their teeth. Again, take a look around you and ask if this is the best we can do?

I disagree with those professionals, experts and leaders who say that there is no silver Bullet and I'll make 3 very bold statements that would have them laughing in the aisles:
  • There is a Silver Bullet!
  • It is EASY to solve many of the major issues that the world faces!
  • NOW offers positives that our current societal and economic models can't even come close to offering!

With the above 3 very bold statements in mind, I give you NOW

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