State socialism, neoliberalism – it's all the same! Thus one could put one's finger on the net result which is drawn in this brochure. For it eloquently demonstrates that with one or the other economic and monetary concept of money too many people and too much humanity fall by the wayside.
A world without money: would it be at all possible? Would we make it possible? That is and remains the crucial question. Here it is asked and answered: we cannot imagine a world without money. Why? Read on ...
Abolishing Money, by Eske Bockelmann
A reader’s comment:
This booklet is a small wonder, both for its content and its language. Eske Bockelmann’s starting point is a speech made by the Germany’s president calling for increased volunteer work from citizens in the name of greater social solidarity. This was not a call to suspend the use of money generally. Rather, merely to help the state avoid the expense of providing certain services. And this is where Bockelmann starts his discussion of money. He does so in language more commonly found in novels, not economic theory.
Really reforming money will take far more than persuading people to work without payment. Bockelmann poses a highly provocative question: Since it seems to be serving its purposes so poorly, shouldn’t we simply abolish money? Could we do that, just get rid of money? He traces the many threads that money has woven throughout our society and how it influences our very ways of thinking. He considers other ways to assign value to labor and goods and challenges our dependence on money as the measure of all value.
Abolishing money is not an “easy read” but it is a highly rewarding one. Bockelmann brings unblinking focus and rich erudition to his examination of role of money in our world. It’s well worth its modest price of €1.99 per copy, print or digital.