|Gospel of Eliminating Money
~~ As told by the Prophets according to Logos/Logic ~~
(A Messiah will Abolish Money, Law & $tate)
|There is a very great deal to be said for the Anarchist plan of allowing necessaries, and all
commodities that can easily be produced in quantities adequate to any possible demand, to be
given away freely to all who ask for them, in any amounts they may require. The question
whether this plan should be adopted is, to my mind, a purely technical one: would it be, in fact,
possible to adopt it without much waste and consequent diversion of labor to the production of
necessaries when it might be more usefully employed otherwise? I have not the means of
answering this question, but I think it exceedingly probable that, sooner or later, with continued
improvement in the methods of production, this Anarchist plan will become feasible; and when it
does, it certainly ought to be adopted. — Bertrand Russell, Proposed Roads to Freedom, 1919
Money is a new and terrible form of slavery, and like the old form of personal slavery it
demoralizes both slave and slave-owner, only much more, for it frees the slave and the slave-
owner from personal, human relations with one another. — Nikoli Tolstoy, What Must We
Pelatiah Webster says of this paper and the continental currency: "We have suffered more from
this cause than from any other cause or calamity. It has killed more men, pervaded and
corrupted the choicest interests of our country and done more injustice than even the arms and
artifices of our enemies."
— John Knox, United States Notes, "Paper Money A Cause of the Revolution," 1899
MEPHISTOPHELES: Such paper, stead of gold and jewelry,
So handy is -- one knows one's property:
One has no need of bargains or exchanges,
But drinks of love or wine, as fancy ranges.
If one needs coin, the brokers ready stand,
And if it fail, one digs awhile the land.
Goblet and chain one then at auction sells,
And paper, liquidated thus, compels
The shame of doubters and their scornful wit.
The people wish naught else; they're used to it:
From this time forth, your borders, far and wide,
With jewels, gold and paper are supplied.
EMPEROR: You've given our empire this prosperity;
The pay, then, equal to the service be!
The soil entrusted to your keeping, shall you
The best custodian be, to guard its value. . .
This, your new dignity, to wear with pleasure,
And bring the Upper World, erewhile asunder,
In happiest conjunction with the Under.
TREASURER: No further strife shall shake our joint position;
I like to have as partner the magician. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, 1831
The love of money is the mother-city of all evils. — Diogenes, Apothegm, c.350 BC
Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. — Isaiah,
They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be as an unclean thing; their silver
and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord; they shall not
satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels; because it hath been the stumblingblock of their
iniquity. — Ezekiel, 7
The orthodox Jews are right about not touching money (among many other things) on the
sabbath – unless of course you are marking "666" (among other things) on the money. There is
a saying (in the Talmud): "If everyone honored the sabbath, Messiahs would come." In Truth,
which the Jews crucify, if no one touched money, there would be no need for a Messiah.
— Raquel Baranow
"So I say to you, use your worldly wealth to win friends for yourselves, so that when money is a
thing of the past you may be received into an eternal home. . . "No servant can be the slave of
two masters; for either he will hate the first and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first
and think nothing of the second. You cannot serve God and Money." ¶The Pharisees, who
loved money , heard all this and scoffed at him. — Jesus (Luke 16, NEV)
Revolted by the unscrupulous pursuit of wealth that marked the age, and shocked by the
splendor and luxury of some clergymen, Saint Francis of Assisi, denounced money itself as a
devil and a curse and bade his followers despise it as dung.
— Will Durant, The Age of Faith, 1950
It is an offence of this kind for a monk: to accept gold or silver with his own hand, or to get
someone else to accept it for him; to buy various articles with gold and silver; to engage in any
kind of buying or selling. — Buddhist Scriptures, E. Conze, ed.
Let there be a small country with few people,
Who, even having much machinery, don't use it.
Who take death seriously and don't wander far away.
Even though they have boats and carriages, they never ride in them.
Having armor and weapons, they never go to war.
Let them return to measurement by tying knots in rope. [Let them not need Money. — Raquel]
Sweeten their food, give them nice clothes, a peaceful abode and a relaxed life.
Even though the next country can be seen and its dogs and chickens can be heard,
The people will grow old and die without visiting each others land.
—Tao Te Ching (#80), Translated by Charles Muller
Money is the sinews of war. — Tacitus, Cicero, Plato, Massinger, James Payn, Libanius,
James VI of Scotland, Arthur Murphy, Plutarch, John Lyly, George Peele, George
Farquhar, Carlyle, Thomas Fuller, John Fletcher, Rabelias, Arthur Hull, O. Henry,
Michael Scott, etc., etc.
Gold and silver, we shall tell them, they will not need, having the divine counterparts of those
metals always in their souls as a god-given possession, whose purity it is not lawful to sully by
the acquisition of that mortal dross, current among mankind, which has been the occasion of so
many unholy deeds. — Plato, Republic, 400 BC
Money, which has hitherto been the root, if not of all evil, of great injustice, oppression, and
misery to the human race, making some slavish producers of wealth, and others its wasteful
consumers or destroyers, will be no longer required to carry on the business of life: for as
wealth of all kinds will be so delightfully created in greater abundance than will ever be required,
no money price will be known, for happiness will not be purchasable, except by a reciprocity of
good actions and kind feelings. — Robert Owen, The Book of the New Moral World, 1842-4
Contemptuous of wealth, [the Essenes] are communists to perfection . . . as with brothers, their
entire property belongs to them all. . . . They possess no one city but everywhere have large
colonies. When adherents arrive from elsewhere, all local resources are put at their disposal as
if they were their own, and men they have never seen before entertain them like old friends. . . .
Among themselves nothing is bought or sold. — Josephus, The Jewish War, c.75 AD
Compare the Essenes to New Testament Christians who, "held all things in common" (Acts 4).
In the opening stage of the transition from capitalism to communism, and prior to the
organization of a fully developed system for the communist production and distribution of goods,
the abolition of money is impossible. . . The Russian Communist Party endeavours to promote
a series of measures favouring a moneyless system of account keeping, and paving the way for
the abolition of money. — 8th Party Program of the U.S.S.R., 1919
Subsequent Party Programs didn't mention eliminating money.
Question 4: Why are your cities deserted today. Why have you abolished the role of money,
the system of monthly wages, and the trade network? ANSWER (Pol Pot): We had to ask the
people to go and live in the countryside in order to solve the food problem. . . Staying in the
cities meant starvation. . . As for the question of money . . . It is up to the people. If the people
want to use money again, we will use money again. If they see that it is not necessary, it is up to
them. — Pol Pot, Interview with Yugoslav journalists, 4/17/78, J. Contemporary Asia, 8 (3) 1978
On the lies about Cambodia see, After the Cataclysm (1979) and Manufacturing Consent
(1988) by, Noam Chomsky.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the
machinery of the night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness
of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,
who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and saw Mohammedan angels staggering on
tenement roofs illuminated,
who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light
tragedy among the scholars of war,
who were expelled from the academies for crazy and publishing obscene odes on the windows
of the skull,
who cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear, burning their money in wastebaskets and
listening to the Terror through the wall, . . . — Allen Ginsberg, HOWL, 1955
America I've given you all and now I'm nothing.
America two dollars and twentyseven cents January 17, 1956.
I can't stand my own mind.
America when will we end the human war?
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb. . . .
America when will you be angelic?
When will you take off your clothes? . . .
America why are your libraries full of tears?
America when will you send your eggs to India?
I'm sick of your insane demands.
When can I go into the supermarket and buy what I need with my good looks? . . .
— Allen Ginsberg, America, 1956
Almost any man knows how to earn money, but not one in a million knows how to spend it. If he
had known so much as this, he would never have earned it.
— H. D. Thoreau, Waldon, 1837-46
In Utopia all greed for money was entirely removed with the use of money. What a mass of
troubles was then cut away! What a crop of crimes was then pulled up by the roots! Who does
not know that fraud, theft, rapine, quarrels, disorders, brawls, seditions, murders, treasons,
poisonings, which are avenged rather than restrained by daily executions, die out with the
destruction of money? Who does not know that fear, anxiety, worries, toils, and sleepless nights
will also perish at the same time as money? What is more, poverty, which alone money seemed
to make poor, forthwith would itself dwindle and disappear if money were entirely done away
with everywhere. — Saint Thomas More, Utopia, 1516
I had visited a world incomparably more affluent than this, in which money was unknown and
without conceivable use. . . . These exchanges money effected -- how equitably, might be seen
in a walk from the tenement house districts to the Back Bay [Boston] -- at a cost of an army of
men taken from productive labor to manage it, with constant ruinous breakdowns of its
machinery, and a generally debauching influence on mankind which had justified its description,
from ancient time as the "root of all evil." — Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward, 1888.
800 Bellamy Clubs sprang up and in the election of 1892 the Populist Party, inspired by this
book, won over a million votes.
Gold? Yellow, glittering, precious gold? No Gods,
I am no idle votarist! . . . Thus much of this will make black white, foul fair,
Wrong right, base noble, old young, coward valiant. . .
Why, this, Will lug your priests & servants from your sides,
Pluck stout men's pillows from below their heads:
This yellow slave
Will knit and break religions, bless the accursed;
Make the hoar leprosy adored, place thieves
And give them title, knee and approbation
With senators on the bench:
This is it That makes the wappen'd widow wed again;
She whom the spital-house and ulcerous sores
Would cast the gorge at, this embalms & spices
To the April day again. . . . Damned earth,
Thou common whore of mankind, that putt'st odds
Among the rout of nations. . . .
O thou sweet king-killer, and dear divorce
Twixt natural son and sire! thou bright defiler
Of Hymen's purest bed! thou valiant Mars!
Thou ever young, fresh, loved & delicate wooer,
Whose blush doth thaw the consecrated snow
That lies on Dian's lap! Thou visible God!
That solderest close impossibilities,
And mak'st them kiss! That speak'st with every tongue,
To every purpose! O thou touch of hearts!
Think thy slave man rebels, and by thy virtue
Set them into confounding odds, that beasts
May have the world in empire! — Shakespeare, Timon of Athens., 1606
JACK CADE: . . And when I am king, (as king I will be) . . . there shall be no money. . .
BUTCHER: The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. — Shakespeare, 2 Henry VI, c.1590
Commerce is of little use to them, but nevertheless they do know the value of money and they
mint coins for their ambassadors so that they can purchase with money the provisions which
they are unable to take with them, and they get merchants to come to them from all parts of the
world in order to sell them their surplus wares. And the children laugh when they see those
merchants giving so much merchandise for so little silver, but the older people do not laugh.
They do not want to have slaves or foreigners corrupting the city with bad customs.
— Tommaso Campanella, The City of the Sun, 1623
I blushed, and said, stammering, "Please don't take it amiss if I ask you; I mean no offence: but
what ought I to pay you? You see I am a stranger, and don't know your customs -- or your
coins." And therewith I took a handful of money out of my pocket, as one does in a foreign
country. . . "I think I know what you mean," my new friend said thoughtfully, "you think I have
done you a service; so you feel yourself bound to give me something special. I have heard of
this kind of thing; but pardon me for saying, that seems to us a troublesome and roundabout
custom; and we don't know how to manage it. And you see this ferrying and giving people casts
about the water is my business, which I would do for anybody; so to take gifts in connection with
it would look very queer. Besides, if one person gave me something, then another might, and
another, and so on; and I hope you won't think me rude if I say that I shouldn't know where to
stow away so many mementos of friendship." And he laughed loud and merrily, as if the idea of
being paid for his work was a very funny joke. — William Morris, News from Nowhere, 1891
As soon as dinner was over, both Candide and Cacambo thought they should pay very
handsomely for their entertainment by laying down two of those large gold pieces which they
had picked off the ground; but the landlord and landlady burst into a fit of laughing, and held
their sides for some time. When the fit was over: "Gentlemen," said the landlady, "I plainly
perceive you are strangers, and such we are not accustomed to see; pardon us therefore for
laughing when you offered us the common pebbles of our highways for payment of your
reckoning. To be sure, you have none of the coin of this kingdom; but there is no necessity for
having any money at all to dine in this house. All the inns, which are established for the
convenience of those who carry on the trade of this nation, are maintained by the government.
— Voltaire, Candide, 1759
Money is our madness, our vast collective madness.
And of course, if the multitude is mad
the individual carries his own grain of insanity around with him.
I doubt if any man living hands out a pound note without a pang;
and a real tremor, if he hands out a ten-pound note.
We quail, money makes us quail.
It has got us down, we grovel before it in strange terror.
And no wonder, for money has a fearful cruel power among men.
But it is not money we are so terrified of,
it is the collective money-madness of mankind.
For mankind says with one voice: How much is he worth?
Has he no money? Then let him eat dirt, and go cold. --
And if I have no money, they will give me a little bread so I do not die,
but they will make me eat dirt with it.
I shall have to eat dirt, I shall have to eat dirt
if I have no money. It is that that I am frightened of.
And that fear can become a delirium.
It is fear of my money-mad fellow-men.
We must have some money
to save us from eating dirt.
And this is all wrong.
Bread should be free,
shelter should be free,
fire should be free
to all and anybody, all and anybody, all over the world.
We must regain our sanity about money
before we start killing one another about it.
It's one thing or the other. — D. H. Lawrence, Pansies, 1929
Sallust tells Caesar that the whole world will be "set in order by land and sea . . . if you deprive
money, which is the root of all evil, of its advantage and honor." (Ad Caes. Or. 7.1-3)
Fidel Castro says: "We've done away with a lot of privileges and inequalities and we want all of
them to disappear, but the real problem isn't to redistribute income or equalize wares. We must
break from the mastery of money, get rid of money altogether. — Jerry Rubin, Do It!,
Rubin visited Cuba and spoke with Castro.
George Read thought the words [allowing the Federal government to "emit bills of credit" i.e.,
print paper money], if not struck out [of the Consitiution] would be as alarming as the mark of the
Beast in Revelation. — James Madison, Debates, 1787
That shall come forth from hollow caves which shall cause all the nations of the world to toil and
sweat with great agitation, anxiety and labor, in order to gain its aid.
— Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519), "Prophecies", Notebooks
And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame;
And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame;
But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It, for the God of Things as They Are!
— Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), L' Envoi
QUESTION: If you had the power to create or erase any one law, what would it be?
ANSWER: I would create a law that says everything in the world would cost 10 cents. I would
want this law because a lot of poor or homeless people could afford a house and food.
— Courtni Birks, 11, Naylor Middle School, Tucson, Arizona.
In Arizona Daily Star, October 19, 2007
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