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  •  Money is a measure of value, (1+ / 0-)
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    as worthless in itself as an inch, a measure of distance.
    The only reason this measure is limited is because some people have found it advantageous to artificially restrict the available quantity of currency to coerce behavior and/or concessions to which they are not entitled.

    The argument that "because I have the money, you have to work for me," can only be sustained by the mutual consent of society -- consent that's expressed by restricting access to the necessities of life to those who can pay for them.

    Some people have the skills necessarily to transform the materials provided by nature to sustain them.  We call those people workers.  Other people have no manual talents and have to rely on their gift of gab to exact the surplus produced by other people's work. Those people are called by various names, all of which serve to disguise that they are practically incompetent and need to be sustained by someone else. Where the insult occurs is in the assertion that the workers upon whom the transformation of matter depends, even if the physical energy they expend is supplemented by generated electricity, are deserving of a lesser social status or, as the slaves of old, even contempt. Letting incompetent exploiters claim a higher social status and impose their moral judgments on others is despicable.  Which may well be why we ignore it.  The face of evil is not pleasant to look upon.
    But, humans exploiting their own kind is evil, and not just when the victims are innocent youth.

    "In the name of the nation, and of the dollar and of the rule of law, you and your children shall sacrifice for the good of all." Rmoney's prayer

    by hannah on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 04:08:23 AM PDT

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