Friday, 10 March 2017
-SM Stirling, The Protector's War (New York, 2006), Chapter Ten, p. 289.
It is interesting to read about money being described as "useless." But it is inherently useless and would become totally useless after an event like the Change.
There was a time before money and there will be a time after it. I am confident of that latter statement because either there will come a time when technology produces such abundance that money is no longer necessary to control distribution or there will be a time when humanity is extinct. It is to be hoped that the former time comes first.
a standardization of exchange;
an improvement on barter;
a means by which many survive and some, like van Rijn, become rich;
a speculative commodity, abstracted from material production and exchange.
Life will be better when it is no longer organized around money.