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Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
18-Feb-05 - 08:25 PM
Thread Name: BS: Why do we need money?
Subject: RE: BS: Why do we need money?
There are a whole range of activities where it would be much easier to dispense with money, and just have things freely available. Public Transport and supermarkets could operate perfectly well on some basis where people would take what they required, perhaps with some credit limit - modern technology woudl make that relatively simple.

I imagine that at some time there will be a society operating on that basis - Little Hawk's quoting of the imagined world of the Star Trek Next Generation is relevant here. It sees to me that money is a phenomenon of a certain phase of society we are going through - there was a time before money, and there will be a time after it. The pseudo-socialism of the 20th century came a few generations too eary, before the technology was there to make it practicable.

Wanting more than you conveniently need is a reflection of a sense there isn't enough to go around, and you might need it tomorrow. It's a bit crazy really, but it's a crazy world.