As the Open Source (software) Movement has shown us, money causes unnecessary duplication of effort. Sure, you say, I can see that with software, because of how easy it is to copy information - but you can't do that with cars or houses.
Well, let's look at the scientific community in the modern era, which has given us all the neat stuff - from cars to computers, from refrigerators to airplanes - that we enjoy today. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Source_Culture
"The principle of sharing predates the open source movement; for example, the free sharing of information has been institutionalized in the scientific enterprise since at least the 19th century. Open source principles have always been part of the scientific community. The sociologist Robert K. Merton described the four basic elements of the community - universalism (an international perspective), communism (sharing information), disinterestedness (removing one's personal views from the scientific inquiry) and organized skepticism (requirements of proof and review) that accurately describe the scientific community today. These principles are, in part, complemented by US law's focus on protecting expression and method but not the ideas themselves. There is also a tradition of publishing research results to the scientific community instead of keeping all such knowledge proprietary. "
Did you notice the second to last line ? " These principles are ... complemented by US law's focus on protecting expression and method but not the ideas themselves." So, business/government allows this " communism " at the creation stage, because they know it's more efficient and effective, but then makes the results of that communistic creation ( the tech we have today ) " proprietary ", so they can charge us kazillions ( see " It's A Scam ", below ).
Without this unnecessary duplication of effort to make money, how much productive capacity could be freed to create a high standard of living for all? And what about the billions of people worldwide who never had the chance to find out what greatness they could create, that might benefit us all, simply because they had to make money to survive?
But wait, there's more. As Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation has labored to point out for many years, the "open source" movement itself was created to make the free software movement more palatable to Business; of course something valuable ( essential? ) was lost in the translation ( see http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-software-for-freedom.html ).
Money is inefficient, impractical, and immoral.
It's A Scam
1.) The Federal Reserve orders some money printed.
2.) The U.S. Treasury prints the money.
3.) The Federal Reserve buys the money ( it doesn't cost much to print the money ).
4.) The Federal Reserve then lends the money to business and government at interest.
5.) The Shareholders of the Federal Reserve then buy real goods ( gold, minerals, land, productive businesses ) with the fake money ( the interest paid ).
So, the whole U.S. economy is built on a scam.
For a glimpse of how deep the rabbit hole goes, see " The Myth of the Rule of Law " at http://www.solari.com/gideon/q301.pdf .
Oh, I can hear you now: " that's because of paper money ", or " we need to go back to the gold standard ", or " blah blah blah ". Really? Were these problems non-existent then? They existed, and have only gotten worse. The best you can hope for with those solutions is to make massive problems slightly less bad. And in Reality, so long as there is money, it will always only be a matter of time 'til we reach the present state again.
Not good enough.
Money was created so that some ( very few ) would have a lot of it, and the rest ( the vast majority ) would have little to none; that is Evil. Money literally causes poverty. At the level of the individual, obviously having money is the opposite of poverty; at the level of the human race, though, the fact that money exists consigns the majority to poverty - that is why it is done.
From David Chandler's http://www.lcurve.org/ :
" Quoting from After Capitalism by political philosopher David Schweickart,
If we divided the income of the US into thirds, we find that the top ten percent of the population gets a third, the next thirty percent gets another third, and the bottom sixty percent get the last third. If we divide the wealth of the US into thirds, we find that the top one percent own a third, the next nine percent own another third, and the bottom ninety percent claim the rest. (Actually, these percentages, true a decade ago, are now out of date. The top one percent are now estimated to own between forty and fifty percent of the nation's wealth, more than the combined wealth of the bottom 95%.) " [ emphases added ]
( George W. Bush, John F. Kerry, and Osama B. Laden are all members of the richest 1%, BTW - but I digress ... )
As Thom Hartmann put it, " For example, every year, millions of Americans revisit Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" about Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob (and Tiny Tim) Cratchit. Yet somehow Americans fail to realize the subtext of the story (and so many of Dickens' other works). That subtext is that the middle class is not a normal thing: exploited workers are the norm. In fact, in the six-thousand-year history of the "civilized" world, a middle class emerging in any nation has been such a rarity as to be historically invisible. " [emphasis added] http://www.thomhartmann.com/articles/2004/06/scrooge-marley-inc-true-conservative-agenda
We are taught, almost from birth, that civilization began @ 5,000 years ago; we are also taught that money began @ 5,000 years ago. They want us to believe that we have to accept money if we want the benefits of civilization.
What if it's a lie?
What if there was a technology that was pollution-free and so efficient, it obviated the " need " for money?
Richard Hoagland, in trying to figure out why some planets " radiate more energy out into space than they receive directly from the Sun ", created what he calls " The Hyperdimensional Model" ( http://www.enterprisemission.com/hyper1.html ). In it, he explains how 4D energy is " pulled down " into 3D by spinning bodies ( whirling dervishes, Neo spinning and hovering while fighting the Agents Smith in Matrix Reloaded ) - it's like " free " energy ( there's that word again ... ).
For those not versed in physics, an excellent intro to 4D is at http://tetraspace.alkaline.org/introduction.htm.
Some " conspiracy theorists " would say that the Secret Government already has this tech. However, because of The Culture Of Obedience, most of the " leaders " in business and government are quite stupid; so, it's entirely possible that they can't figure it out. Their modus operandi is to get us to figure it out for them, then declare that it's their property and charge us to use it just a little bit.
I have an even better idea ...
We must eliminate money now; not " eventually " - this year, 2005.
( Note: The people and websites referenced here have no affilition with the author, and do not necessarily endorse the ideas advocated in this article. )