Problem: Monetary Collapse

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We see from https://wiki.arevolutionarysolution.com/index.php?title=Problem:_Countries_Collapse that countries around the world will likely start collapsing from their efforts at combatting climate change in an uncoordinated manner, and from the costs of dealing with the effects of the climate emergency.

The following excerpts from the book A Revolutionary Solution touch on this:


I do not look forward to or advocate for the demise of any country in the world. Based on current trends, however, I believe governments, countries, and their monetary systems will start collapsing, possibly by 2030, if not sooner.1 As more and more countries face economic challenges from climate related weather events, infestations, disease, and migration, how many more years before even the richest and most secure nations succumb to catastrophic crises? Do any of us believe this future holds any silver linings? I see none. I do, however, see the chance to secure our future by knowing about these consequences and changing our path forward so we can deal with them.

A society which devolves through collapse of the very structures and framework which support itself is a society in turmoil and failure. With no government to manage basic needs, our food, water, shelter, and security become the individual's responsibility. Monetary collapse will drive panic, hoarding, and lots and lots of death.2 Humans killing humans could see the largest increase ever recorded in our history. Suicide will likely become anything but unusual.

This is not a future I can embrace. It is not a future I would wish upon any of my fellow humans. This is a future I hope will largely remain the stuff of fiction. Unfortunately, humanitarian crises continue throughout the world, including wars in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen, and the crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico among others. The mass migrations coming will likely be due not to war but climate change. This will increase the likelihood of conflict and the possibility of more war as a result of climate change displacement.

I believe an alternative exists which is not only the appropriate logical solution, but at the same time can reverse the course of climate change, as well as address almost all of the societal problems facing humans and our fellow inhabitants on this planet. I understand if that sounds a bit utopian, but please hear me out.

As noted, stark lines of division are the root cause of defense buildup and wars. They typically come in the form of national boundaries (countries), but also appear as religious and other ideological divisions. The net result of wars is not the advancement of humanity, given the huge amounts of both human and natural resources consumed. With the collapse of civilization as we know it looming, perhaps we should take some time to evaluate the importance of these man-made constructs like money and countries. What could our lives be like without them? It is likely we won't have them for long.

Can you imagine a world with no countries and no monetary systems? Can you dream of a future without wars, famine, and inequality? Would your grandchildren be better off in an environment free of harmful pesticides, where antibiotics are no longer part of the food chain, and access to healthcare is a right of every human being?

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At the beginning of my process of searching for solutions, I first started thinking of the concept of a world without countries as they were the obvious roadblocks to real climate change. I took out a three inch by five inch index card, drew a line down the center, and started listing all of the pros I could think of on one side and cons on the other. Only one single item was entered on the "cons" side: monetary collapse worldwide, causing unrest and panic. That will likely happen. Helping all 7.5 billion humans to truly understand and grasp that there is no need for panic will be extremely difficult. In fact, it is possible that some governments (especially dictatorships and authoritarian regimes) will try to avoid relinquishing their power and will likely attempt to suppress these ideas from reaching their populations.

On the "pro" side of the line, I ran out of space fairly quickly, even after flipping the index card over and writing on the other side. Most of the items on the "pro" side actually result from that one item listed in the cons: monetary collapse throughout the world. We've already established that a deficient amount of resources is a belief that currently has no foundation. There is an abundance of food, water, clothing, and shelter for all of us, but immediate action is required to secure future supplies. It is our stewardship, how we manage the resources that exist on our planet, which will save or destroy us. A healthy, sustainable, deliberate, and compassionate stewardship must be our primary focus and priority. It means our very survival.

Most people immediately jump to the idea that removing money means moving to a barter system. No, although bartering does technically take money out of the picture, it does not do so in a true sense. Money actually assists in making a barter system work better, and was an appropriate and logical evolution of bartering. No, bartering enables the accumulation of wealth as well as many of the other concerns the existence of money creates.


Notes:

  1. Professor Jem Bendell BA (Hons) PhD, "Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy," LifeWorth, July 27, 2018, http://www.lifeworth.com/deepadaptation.pdf.
  2. David Wallace-Wells, "The Uninhabitable Earth: Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think," New York Magazine, July 10, 2017, http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html.