1. Taking somebody’s money without permission is stealing, unless you work for the IRS; then it’s taxation. Killing people en masse is homicidal mania, unless you work for the Army; then it’s National Defence. Spying on your neighbours is invasion of privacy, unless you work for the FBI; then it’s National Security. Running a whorehouse makes you a pimp and poisoning people makes you a murderer, unless you work for the CIA; then it’s counter-intelligence.
    — Robert Anton Wilson (via anarchei)

    (Source: thinksquad)

     
  2. conza:

    The Story of Trade and Money (by Walter Block) - A short presentation. If you believe that ‘money is the root of all evil’, you might want to watch this with an open mind.

     
  3. desertofreality:

    “The big lie about capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That’s impossible. Capitalism works only if the vast majority of the population are kept poor enough to never quit working, are kept poor enough to accept distasteful jobs society cannot function without. If everyone were a millionaire, who would empty the trash or repair the sewers? It follows that the poorer the general population is made, the greater the worth of the money held by the wealthy, in terms of the lives which may be bought and sold with it.”

    — Michael Rivero (via fucknobigbrother) (via fuckyeahmiserablethings) (via zeitgeistmovement)

    Millionaires have evolved to such a high level of existence that they no longer produce excrement? Have they become so efficient in everything that they no longer produce any waste? Have they evolved to a point that no longer requires any action? They take on no hobbies, work on no projects? Do they sit still, stagnate, and let their wealth sit in a dark room never to be touched again? Obviously not.

    So really, do you think millionaires enjoy sitting around in garbage heaps? Or maybe they enjoy finger painting with human waste? Again, obviously not. So I ask, will there really be absolutely no jobs in trash collection or wastewater systems?…

    btw, the premise and the implications derived from that premise. All wrong.

     
  4. It should be evident that the establishment of money tremendously broadens the range of choice open to everybody. The range of alternative uses that can be satisfied by units of money is far wider than the number of uses to which individual goods can be put. Horses or houses can be allocated to several uses, raw materials to many areas of production, but money can be allocated in expenditure on every single type of exchangeable good in the society, whether a tangible commodity or an intangible service, a consumers’ or a capital or a natural good, or claims to these goods. Money serves greatly to expand the range
    of choice; and it itself becomes a key means to be allocated to the most highly valued of alternative ends.
    — Man Economy and State, Murray Rothbard
     
  5. ryking:

    “Record food prices are likely to be sustained this year because of high crude oil costs and smaller crops, said the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization. “The potential risk is crude oil may continue to go higher, and if floods and drought happen again, we’ll face further price increases,” Hiroyuki Konuma, the FAO’s regional representative in Asia, said in an interview today. “Now we’re in a much better situation than the crisis in 2008.” Global food costs advanced to an all-time high in February, according to an index compiled by the FAO. The increase has contributed to riots across North Africa and the Middle East that toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia. Prices surged as bad weather ruined crops from Canada to Australia and Russia banned grain exports after its worst drought in a half-century. “We will get an increase in production but not sufficient to ease the market,” said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior FAO economist. “High, volatile prices will continue in 2011 and even in 2012,” he said in a video briefing today in Bangkok.”

    Global Food Prices Will Probably Be Sustained at Record This Year, UN Says

    Rising prices on anything in the market. Always the fault of riots, or floods, or droughts. But NEVER the fault of monetary policy.

     
  6. money: savior of mankind

    whatembersconsumed:

    “Money perfectly manifests the desires of our culture. It is safe. It neither lives, dies, nor tots. It is exempt from experience. It is meaningless and abstract. By valuing abstraction over living beings, we seal not only our own fate, but the fates of all those we encounter.”

    Derrick Jensen, A Language Older Than Words

    Where there is no sound economic theory, or plenty of misguided theory, there will be be people spreading ideas like these.

    Money, which is nothing more than the most commonly accepted medium of exchange is, contrary to the author’s claim, full of meaning and of importance. It allows for a more perfect calculation of profits and loss that would have been impossible to make under a barter economy. Money is what has allowed civilization to progress beyond the extreme poverty that is our natural state. It has raised our standard of living.

    The lack of money and its concomitant market processes and calculations, as defined above, are the reason you’ll never see isolated tribes produce beyond what they’ll need tomorrow. 

    Derrick Jensen on the other hand, fights to impoverish man kind. He fights against the civilization that money was instrumental in creating. He wishes to reduce our standard of living and plunge us back into the poverty from where we came.