Still struggling to get my head around the concept of money. Not the normal everyday concept, in which I emulate the great Dylan Thomas’ economic strategy – I do some work, produce something, someone else gives me money for it and I buy whisky. That’s straightforward enough and has worked well for many years.
What I’m having trouble with is the concept of money in the minds of our deranged leaders. They evidently don’t see it as I do. They see it not as a simple means of exchange that enables me to sell work to anyone, not just the distillers, and then use that exchange mechanism to pay the distillers. They see it as the end point.
Money, insofar as I can get into their mindset, trumps nature. All you have to do to stop the global climate changing is move some money around. Ignore the detail that mud flats, swamps, volcanoes and the water covering two-thirds of the planet and all life other than humans does not use money – indeed, has no idea at all what it is. Ignore the effects of the moon, the sun and other planetary bodies on the climate. Ignore the changes in the past. All we have to do to stop the Earth ever changing again is move money around. Money will save us if we worship it.
Is that an apt description of the Folding God these people worship?
It’s not a means of exchange for them. They produce nothing. They earn nothing. They aren’t using money as a way to feed themselves or their families. They are not at all interested in improving the lives of their people. Money is not a means to an end. It is the end itself.
Look at the events in Greece. If we throw money at them, they will be fine. Yet they don’t need it. As Old Holborn reports, they are setting up local groups to trade using something other than the Euro. Direct barter or dollars, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that the State is not involved. If you barter with chickens and they take twenty percent in tax, what are they going to do with them? Sell them back to people who have no money? The banks are unlikely to accept them as legal tender. The IMF are not likely to be interested in a national debt repayable in poultry.
Yet the poultry have value. Feed them, breed them and produce more poultry or wring their necks and eat them. They have value either way. What intrinsic value does a handful of printed paper have? The value ascribed to gold is a purely human value. No other form of life is remotely interested in it. It’s inedible and unreactive, so even bacteria have no use for it. It’s shiny junk, but we fight wars over it. Nobody has ever gone to war over a poultry farm.
Take this business with Libya. Countries all over the region are doing exactly what the Gadfly is doing to their own people and nobody minds. Nobody demands airstrikes and no-fly zones. In fact, wasn’t Syria one of those demanding NATO impose a no-fly zone over Libya? They haven’t asked for one over their own country. Neither has anyone else.
We all say ‘Oil’ to that because it’s the obvious answer. But do those other countries have no oil? They certainly have plenty of flies, what with the mounting piles of corpses. Where is their no-fly zone? Where are the airstrikes? Where, even, is the mention of these things among NATO countries?
I don’t think ‘oil’ is the answer to all these invasions and wars. Oil is just a step on the way to what those who claim to know best actually want.
There’s more to come on this. The subject of money at that level is a complex one and despite posting on it several times, I don’t think I’ve worked it out yet. I don’t even know how close I’m getting.
I can’t think about it for too long at a stretch. It makes my head hurt.