Exposing the destructive patterns of monetarism is essential to initiate the transition toward a money-free society. Capitalism, socialism, communism, it does not matter, they all follow the money. China is, by the way, conquering Africa where the slave wage pool is big enough to keep production costs low. Sounds familiar?
Our society is a house of cards of an absolutely Gargantuan proportion, and it is literally killing humans and nature alike. Actually if you tell this people, most will not believe you and rather use the argument that nobody is forced to consume. They will forcefully deny the influence of this programming, conditioning, because the realization is too painful to deal with.
Why People Avoid Information Threatening Their Happiness? https://earthcustodians.net/blog/2018/10/30/why-people-avoid-information-threatening-their-happiness/
Ritualistic Consumption could not have happened if individuals were not raised in an environment worshiping monetarism, which just exploits anything for the sake of commerce and has caused illusory attachments to things that we dispose of later on.
Buying works just as any hard drug addiction. Spending to conquer the material gives a high and rewards the ego instantaneously, which later fades and requires another spending fix. Many people today are already feeling the pinch and do not spend the way they used to, but still have the access to several credit cards. Most people do not buy a house because they want to but fall for the propaganda surrounding the housing market. They own a house and feel rich(er) about it. This wealth effect is a total fiction since the 2008 bubble has not gone away.
What individuals need to change are their perspectives about life, distance themselves from the notion their material possessions are everything they have to cling on. Instead of investing in materialism, choosing to discover the world, real life experience with Nature, and communicate with different points of views without judging too fast. Taking the time to live for oneself before having any kids. All this is impossible to do as long as monetarism remains a social premise.
Maybe the price to pay for the majority to way up is ultimately a crash. But it is going to make the “transition” toward a money-free society trickier. A steady flow of people recognizing the value of a non-competitive society would be ideal, but it does seem like it is not going to happen that way. We should ready ourselves for a wild ride and realistically to redouble our efforts to spread the word in the most efficient fashion possible.
If you have watched the YT doc, “The Century Of The Self”, and how Edward Bernays, Freud’s nephew, showed American corporations how they could use Freud’s theories to trick the public into wanting things they didn’t need by systematically linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires, there is one important piece missing to the puzzle, and which is that of the Victor Lebow character.
As the world economy moves toward a checkmate, the Lifting Of The Veil will cause many to rally against this current anti-humanity system. Perhaps no critical mass, but enough momentum for people to welcome the money-free alternative… and the word of mouth helping propagating the latter? Despite the so many headlines claiming that the economy did so well, and registered 3.5% growth, reality tells a different picture as corporate buybacks are skyrocketing, of course quarterly earnings look great.
Corporations spent 54% of their earnings on buybacks in 2018. https://earthcustodians.net/blog/2018/10/30/from-the-auto-bubble-to-carmageddon/
The reality is that monetarism is unravelling and the story that got us to this point is kinda terrifying. Terrifying in the sense that human conditioning was so easily achieved. A cake walk as Annie Leonard explains here below:
VICTOR LEBOW: Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfactions, our ego satisfactions, in consumption. The measure of social status, of social acceptance, of prestige, is now to be found in our consumptive patterns. The very meaning and significance of our lives today expressed in consumptive terms. The greater the pressures upon the individual to conform to safe and accepted social standards, the more does he tend to express his aspirations and his individuality in terms of what he wears, drives, eats- his home, his car, his pattern of food serving, his hobbies. These commodities and services must be offered to the consumer with a special urgency. We require not only “forced draft” consumption, but “expensive” consumption as well. We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever increasing pace. We need to have people eat, drink, dress, ride, live, with ever more complicated and, therefore, constantly more expensive consumption. The home power tools and the whole “do-it-yourself” movement are excellent examples of “expensive” consumption.
Who Was Victor Lebow?
He was a 20th century economist and retail analyst, perhaps best known for his quotation regarding the formulation of American consumer capitalism found in his paper “Price Competition in 1955” (Journal of Retailing, Spring 1955). Modern authors disagree as to whether Lebow was encouraging and prescribing conspicuous consumption or grimly acknowledging and critiquing its prevalence among American consumers.http://www.thefullwiki.org/Victor_Lebow
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Researching her film The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard discovered that of the materials flowing through the consumer economy, only 1% remain in use six months after sale(1).
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