Money Will Destroy The World: Why We Need To Transition To A Resource-Based Economy, Now.

In 2006, I set out to create music with the goal of putting the idea of trans-humanism and the Singularity into people’s heads.  The younger me was so blown away by the concept that I wanted to be a part of it somehow, and in time met a lot of people actively working on artificial intelligence, robotics, nano-technology, and more.  Initially, I was naive in thinking that everyone working towards a post-human era were all on one big team that all shared the same common goal of creating a better world for tomorrow.

I was so very wrong. It’s not a big happy club, it’s an arms-race to build the strongest robots smartest A.I. – to defend against what their competitors are building. I think that soon we are going to witness a war between the US Government and companies like Google and Apple.

It’s become fairly evident that, even when faced with blatant, obvious proof of corruption or abuse of power, most of you will simply do nothing. Look around you. Is this what you thought the world would look like in 2013 when you were 8? People complain about not being able to find a job, but never realize that maybe the entire economic model is now obsolete.  The jobs aren’t coming back, folks.  Things are happening so quickly that entire industries are going to disappear.  If you are a truck driver, or a fast food worker, things are not looking good for you, my friend.

The problem with our current economic system is that its not in any way based on nature.  Corporations, by law, have to turn a profit – even when things like the environment and public health have to take a backseat. Why do people need money? To motivate them to do things? It’s my firm belief that money is the ultimate loophole – to make lame people seem cool, to make dumb people seem smart and successful, and to make old dudes attractive to girls.  Wonder why a certain event is happening in the world? If you follow the money trail, you’re sure to find your answer.

For example, isn’t it a crazy coincidence how much lithium (which is used in every phone and laptop battery) and heroin, the world’s most addictive drug, is located in Afghanistan? Sure seems like a logical place to control via military to me. Isn’t it funny how they kind of… forgot to teach you basic finance skills in high school? If they REALLY cared about you, they wouldn’t fill prisons with people who have committed minor drug offenses – I’m pretty sure prison will ruin someone’s life more than smoking marijuana. If they REALLY cared about you, cigarettes would be illegal. Our education budget would be equal to, or greater than, our military budget. Every man, woman, and child would have a home and a healthy diet – because we have the resources to actually make that a reality. The reason they want people to be homeless is because it scares the middle class into corporate jobs that, at the end of the day, really don’t DO anything for the world.

Money is surely the root of all evil, and it is currently in the driver seat behind a very scary thing: Technology. Our current technology is set to outpace our human skills within not decades, but years. And who is in charge of this technology? Extremely wealthy, power-hungry people, and giant corporations that, by law, are required to put profit before anything else. Including human life. If they haven’t had a problem, say, destroying a small town’s water supply in the pursuit of oil in the past, what makes you think they will change their ways in the future? As automation becomes more prevalent, millions if not BILLIONS of people will be unemployed. The only logical thing to do at this point will be to switch to a system where money is obsolete or introduce a global, living wage for every person on the planet. The wealthy elite in power will not want to be “worth” the same as a poor farmer in China. Their net worth is what keeps their ego alive. But the government knows it’s obsolete. Through the internet, we can self-govern ourselves much more efficiently that the current government model.

So what are the wealthy elite going to do when they don’t need physical human labor anymore? The staggering world population is clearly destroying the planet and its eco-system. What happens when they have humanoid robots to do all their work, and fight their wars for them? I’m afraid they’re going to kill everyone they don’t need in the future.

But it doesn’t have to happen, and we need your help NOW before it’s too late. It may already be too late, but we have to try. We need to build a new economic system.

Imagine a new economic model – a resource-based economy. A system that ensures everyone is taken care of and is able to lead a happy life. How does this system work? The first phase of this plan would involve locating all the natural resources the planet has to offer. This will require an extremely powerful computer system to manage where all Earth’s resources are and how much is left to use. A global world government would need to be formed, and with it a new constitution. This constitution would make it mandatory that no matter what, natural resources must be used in the most efficient and sustainable way possible, and that everyone on earth has to be properly fed and kept healthy. Every product must be engineered to be recycled, repaired, or reused as much as possible. Using our new army of robots, we will increase our food production to levels previously thought unimaginable as the robot farmers work around the clock, never getting tired or sick. Another group of robots will be tasked to clean up and recycle the world’s garbage and add any new resources to the database via the internet. Everyone will be given internet access, and if anyone ever has a problem or needs help a robot will be made available to them. With poverty absolved, and most jobs eliminated, people will finally be able to work on what they WANT to work on – whether it be learning, teaching, creating art, inventing, exploring, or simply just fishing at a mountain stream.

You may ask, “If there’s no money, why will people be motivated to work when there is work required?” I believe that if we built a system that TRULY cared for them in ever way, there would be a line of people a mile long ready to help ensure the system continues to function.

But I don’t believe we will build this system. Because it will be hard. And because it feels good to have a nicer car than your neighbor. And because as long as you and your family are doing okay, you really don’t care about other people. And because you’re afraid that without fancy clothes and expensive sunglasses people will suddenly be forced to judge you based on your character, intelligence, and goodwill towards others.

And because you still haven’t figured out that even though it feels good to win that Monopoly game, all that wonderful money goes back in the box in the end; where it waits until the next deluded wage-slave comes to clack their tiny metal car across the board.

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Dan

Multi-instrumentalist lead vocalist of Ancient Lasers.

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