Let's Face it; the Usefulness of Money is Over
We are the wealthiest and most powerful nation; but will we survive? We have complex and ugly economic problems that have
no apparent answers. We have inequities and hypocrisies that make a mockery of our moral values. We have a future that is
grim and uncertain.
What is happening to us? Is there an answer? Let us, for a moment, consider the following analogy:
There was once a master in need of a servant. He found a servant that proved to be most valuable. The master was able to
achieve great wealth with the help of this unusual servant.
One day, the servant stumbled and fell; but the master lifted him to his feet. The servant stumbled and fell again; but
again, the master lifted him to his feet. The servant, however, continued to stumble and fall; but the master kept lifting
the servant to his feet. In time, the servant was carried by the master.
A medium of exchange has proved to be a valuable servant to civilized man. It has played a vital role in the success
of our economy. We accept the problems it creates as part of our way of life. We do not question its need.
What is happening to us? The answer is clear. We have allowed the use of money to take control of our way of
life. Indeed, what was once a valuable servant has become the master of our way of life.
Let us free ourselves. Let us learn to work and live together without the use of money. Yes, we have the ability.
Yes, we will still use money when dealing with other countries. Yes, it's a whole new ballgame and here are the ground
We must provide for ourselves according to need. Everything will be free. It is the most efficient and humane way to distribute
our goods and services. Surely, we can provide both the necessities and luxuries for everyone.
We must eliminate wages. We must allow the incentive to work to come from within ourselves. We all have the need to work
and succeed; it is a matter of finding the right job or occupation where one can be productive and be appreciated by his fellow
man. We will choose our work according to our abilities and desires without any economic fear. The labor needs of the country,
therefore, must be satisfied on a voluntary basis. In the case of the more menial occupations, perhaps some type of compensation
Our free enterprise system will remain in place the same as it is today. Cooperation, however, will replace competition.
Government, industry and the people will work together as a team to meet the ever changing economic needs of our nation and
of each individual. We will strive for quality and safety in our products without the hindrance of the profit motive. We will
conserve our resources and protect our environment with a new vigor.
Thus, we are perfectly capable of conducting our internal economic affairs without the use of money. It is the way of life
we are searching for. It is the American Dream come true for each individual.
We will first serve the neediest and those engaged in the more menial occupations. Our sense of value will therefore be
lifted to a higher plane. We will live in an atmosphere of brotherhood. We will gain economic freedom without infringement
on our present freedoms.
We will no longer suffer the hardships and the indignities of poverty and unemployment. The serious threats of inflation
and depression will be removed. Crime for profit will diminish. The sale of illicit drugs will cease.
We will provide free medical care for everyone. We will provide a free higher
education for all students. We will no longer worry about the payment of bills. We will
live together as human beings rather than as individuals caught up in "the rat race".
A way of life without money has one demand. We must be ourselves. The task, however, of changing our way of life appears
to be overwhelming. Do we have the strength? Do we believe in ourselves?
Today, the use of money dictates our way of life; but we have the ability to free ourselves. We can learn to
distribute our wealth according to need. We can learn to satisfy the labor needs of our country on a voluntary basis. We can
learn to all work together as a team.
What do people think of a way of life without money? One person said, "We're not ready for it yet". Another person
said, "It's a good idea; but it will never happen". Most people, as one would expect, scoffed at the idea. Their comments
are as follows:
"It smells like socialism to me." Yes, we will become economically equal. A man will be judged by what he is; not
by what he has. Ownership of property, however, will remain the same as it is today. Our government will remain the same.
The Democrats will still do battle with the Republicans. President Eisenhower said, "What is right for America is politically
"Why should I work if I don't have to?" Yes, we have a negative attitude toward work. In a way of life without money,
however, we will be free to choose a job that is challenging. Work will become a stairway to learning, creating and achieving
rather than be a means to "make a living".
"No, it just won't work; it's too idealistic!" Yes, we pride ourselves in being practical and we dare not allow
ourselves to dream. Yet, we allow the use of money to dictate our way of life without a question being asked except, perhaps,
by a curious child.
Let us free ourselves. Let us learn to work and live together without the use of money. We have the strength
within us. It is the most powerful force on Earth. It is waiting to be unleashed. It is a time for courage and common
Today, we learn not to trust one another "when it comes to money". It is a sad note on our present economy. A way of life
without money, however, will lift the economic barriers that prevent us from living together as human beings.