Within our research and presentation of the Equal Money System, we’ve encountered people supporting the idea of bartering and/or ask if Equal Money can be equated to bartering.
Here I quote the simplicity of this point explained by Bernard Poolman today:
Bartering is still capitalism – I have capital value i.e. a fruit which I exchange for your thing with capital value
If you have no capital to barter
Placing any value separate from the thing as product itself is capitalizing – whether you’re simply trying to equate an exchange between tomatoes and potatoes, you’ll still be resorting to place a certain amount of tomatoes for potatoes – same with let’s say paying for a horse with vegetables = you would still have to somehow manage to ‘equate’ both points to create a ‘fair trade’ which is the problem in itself.
Being able to barter implies an obvious point that Bernard pointed out which is: ownership – if you don’t own anything, you wouldn’t be able to barter and thus be out of the game which would then simply re-create our current scenario as Capitalism.
As we’ve explained within the Equal Money System no one will be able to ‘own’ anything as we recognize and ponder the natural order of what’s here which is: everything that is here belongs to the Earth and we as human beings can only use it for the purpose of sustaining ourselves and supporting other living beings to live effectively. That implies that we do not need to own anything if we all have equal access to what’s here on Earth.
The moment we start owning, we start creating a separation as ‘value’ is then added to ‘that which you own’ and that’s how the accumulation process begins wherein the more you own/ have, the more you’re able to gain from others eventually through the means in which you’ll eventually barter/trade goods with others. See that greed is the main factor that emerges if security is not established. Within a bartering system besides the added value or capitalizing process, there would be no guarantee that everyone would be able to have something to trade – hence there is no Equality in place at all and still, the rules would have to be placed by someone who would most like seek their own benefit to maintain the least ‘loss’ possible or generate the most ‘profit’ as ‘having more than others’ as this is in essence what’s currently existing in our current money system.
Thus, the Equal Money System establishes a single starting point of everyone being able to be supported equally and have access to the resources that are required to live. No need to own something to be supported, no need to establish value and eventually have to ‘pay’ to another for a perceived loss or gain in such agreed-placement of fictional values upon what’s here.
Once the one and only value of what’s here is established as Life, we’ll understand that Equal Money is in essence giving to another what we want for ourselves – even beyond the ‘wanting’ but giving to each other what we require to live and is readily available as part of this world. The only point that requires to be directed is then the labor and how each human being will contribute to sustain the system for an establish mandatory period of time which will be a LOT less than the current amount of years an individual must work to ‘continue making a living’. Such amount of years will be reduced up to a 10% in some cases taking into consideration the average of years spent working in detrimental conditions in most cases.
So: we are not promoting bartering as that leads to ownership and capitalism. We are promoting a system of equal distribution as part of our living-right of being born in this world where we can in fact care for each other as ourselves.
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