What the hell? You can’t change the system from within the system, that’s nonsense. The system has owners, and the owners won’t let you near their precious system. Good try, though.
as the post points out, the power actually lies with the masses, they just need a way of unifying it for leverage.
i know it sounds far-fetched within the current paradigm, but as i said in the post, i’m just one person who wrote this, if the thousands who want change were to think tank it, a solution would be relatively simple and quickly reached
The owners designed the system. They rigged it in every way possible. If the masses truly owned it, we wouldn’t be in this predicament. Thousands wouldn’t sway it—thousands of protesters didn’t stop them from attacking Iraq, et al. So instead let’s skip the credit cards (I’m sorry but wtf) and go straight to the mutual aid. We don’t have time to waste on change from “within the system” (it’s just not possible) when millions are oppressed and dying.
i’m sorry… but how does mutual aid stop a war? how does it prevent the oppression? how does it break the rigged system? i wish i could agree with you, because i understand your point of view. but the truth is that mutual aid requires the masses to agree with you and they don’t, in fact they don’t have the foggiest idea about what is really going on, and for the most part, they don’t care. the original point of the post was to come up with practical options that can change the system effectively, and mutual aid in a world where everyone looks out for number one just is not practical.
Do you even understand what mutual aid is? Check out the Wingnut Collective, since you clearly do not. It’s about helping others without the desire for something in return, because your actions are mutually beneficial to yourself and your neighbors, friends, and family. It rejects the very concept of competition, which is an environment that psychopaths thrive in (i.e. capitalism or any system where money “exists”). Mutual aid doesn’t (currently) prevent oppression, it combats it. It breaks the rigged system by allowing people to unplug from the “government” and connect with each other. Wide-spread mutual aid will eventually stop war.
Credit cards will not and cannot.
And why? Because credit cards won’t make people look at each other and go, “Wow, we’re so similar.” Won’t make them double-take on the world we live in. No, it’s not all smiles and sunshine and it can’t happen overnight, nor can it happen alone—that’s what a diversity of tactics is for. But it’s possible.
Unlike your credit card idea… Don’t validate the system like that, man. Because that’s what it does. Validates the system. It says, “This system is bad, but we’re going to use it anyway, for a brighter future!” Sounds like the rhetoric of politicians. The end justifies the means? I don’t think so. And that’s assuming you could ever put it into motion.
this is what i love about tumblr, the critical thinking and questioning i have gotten on here in the year i’ve been blogging here :)
i was lazy and simply copied and pasted my original post from last year which was a quickly written idea i had 3 years ago so i didn’t think to revise it before reposting
some points that the “simple plan” does not mention that were part of my thinking that did not get mentioned
1. the idea includes the concept of built-in obsolescence (a system designed so that by the time it is fully functional and implemented it is no longer needed, but rather a choice) which eliminates the “Replacement Crutch”… in other words by the time everyone has a card, the system is no longer required at all, because people’s understanding of value will shift the current paradigm encourages people to view
2. the cards would spread in virtual intentional community banks which would pool community resources (for leverage and buying power for goods from the external world) and make “profit” by distributing resources internally at cost price and using the resultant surplus for community improvement and expansion (not infinite expansion like the current monetary system, because it it grows and shrinks with the community)
3. the quick sentence version of the idea is “if money wasn’t a problem for anyone, money wouldn’t be a problem for anyone” as i firmly believe that getting rid of money as we currently understand it, i have written quite a few posts about how it would get rid of at least half the world’s major problems.
4. I have sworn to, and will swear again to: NEVER GIVE IN TO THE SYSTEM… my idea is aimed at separating people from their current fundamental link between money and value… this link diverts people from true value, which is not money and possessions and would not be money and possessions if everyone had TRUE equal WORTH established by the full value of their surrounding community (they would stop living for the sake of money, and would start living for the sake of life)
5. the post was written in a time when i first started understanding: if the system takes down anyone who rises up against it -> it can then can only be taken down from within… and since no-one within the system will take it down… it is up to us outside, standing up outside gets us dead, or worse… so the only choice is to clone the system, and adjust it to include built-in obsolescence to get rid of it or at least render it unneeded.
6. The use of the term “Credit Card” was extremely bad, and i want to make it clear that it is in no way a credit system and the cards are ver
my apologies for the misunderstanding, and i hope that if this still sounds like a bad idea you will point out problems so that i can rethink and maybe adjust
and thanks for the wingnut stuff, very cool :) once money is gone mutual aid should flourish very nicely. but until we find a practical means to rid ourselves of money, mutual aid would always apply only to a minority of people on the global scale.