Is money the root of all evil?

Critical Thinking discussed its research and analysis with a Positive Money group in London this week and a podcast of the discussion is now available:

Slides for the Critical Thinking presentation, which starts five minutes into the podcast, are here: BeyondMoneyCreation.pdf

The fuller explanation of Hierarchy and the Political Economy referred to in the podcast is here:

 

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0 #2 Clive Menzies 2017-05-15 12:26
Quoting James Walter:
The root of all "bad things" IS nature, the laws of the universe, supply and demand, fear of being without because of previous famines, "dog eat dog", capitalist thinking, might made right because it worked, all of these traits of human beings were instilled on them by their often cruel course dictated by evolution, competitors, and often cruel climate.

No one pops out of their mother and says, "I will become a mass murderer or great embezzler, whatever." Their genetic makeup and their environment including the behaviorism that was defacto applied to them by society, all of these make people what they are, not innate good or evil in people or things (Ok, excepting nuclear or other war weapons). People can be changed - it has happened throughout time. Not always for the better. We are dumber now since there are no life and death experiences for most of us fat, old dimwits. Our competitive/predatory instincts got us here - for better and for worse - not good and evil

Hi Jimmy
Much of what you say here is premised on the world view which has been inculcated over our lifetimes. Information has emerged which undermines this world view but to appreciate it we need to open our minds to other possibilities.

That is the subject of yesterday's post on Origins and Evolution - perhaps these things you assert aren't based on reality:
http://freecriticalthinking.org/daily-pickings/2211-origins-and-evolution
 
 
0 #1 James Walter 2017-05-13 13:54
"Evil" is supernatural, myth, fairy tale. However, money has enabled people to do worse things, like have armies, control land and supplies for their benefit and the public's loss, etc. It was cities formed for trading obsidian weapons and knives and things like furs and salt (salt much more valuable then as now) - and agriculture later that enabled armies and rule by the few, the non-elected.

The root of all "bad things" IS nature, the laws of the universe, supply and demand, fear of being without because of previous famines, "dog eat dog", capitalist thinking, might made right because it worked, all of these traits of human beings were instilled on them by their often cruel course dictated by evolution, competitors, and often cruel climate.

No one pops out of their mother and says, "I will become a mass murderer or great embezzler, whatever." Their genetic makeup and their environment including the behaviorism that was defacto applied to them by society, all of these make people what they are, not innate good or evil in people or things (Ok, excepting nuclear or other war weapons). People can be changed - it has happened throughout time. Not always for the better. We are dumber now since there are no life and death experiences for most of us fat, old dimwits. Our competitive/pre datory instincts got us here - for better and for worse - not good and evil
 

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