What Comes After The Euro?

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So the euro is in ‘real danger of collapsing’, is it? We’re expected to worry about that, but I wonder what it actually means. Would it really matter if our currency was suddenly worth nothing at all?

I don’t know about you, but I’d be fine frankly. It’s true there probably isn’t a lot of work for a cartoonist in a collapsed economy, but I have other strings to my bow – which these days is getting to more resemble some sort of harp. Something I am not at all bad at is making broken things go again. I started as a small boy on alarm clocks, I do it now with computers and such. I reckon I’ll be getting plenty work after the currency collapses and no one has the means to buy new things. I will accept payment in food and body warmth.

What happens though if someone needs my services, but doesn’t have anything I can use right now? I can’t eat when I’m not hungry after all. It will be down to good old barter. You could give me some copper wire and I could exchange that with someone for, say, a big ball of wool, which someone else may be willing to barter for a bag of salt, which I could then swap for six bundles of sticks, which I can finally trade for the Blu-ray of The Adventures of Tintin I need.

It would be a lot easier though if we had some system of tokens, so you could trade with those instead of carrying goods with you everywhere. Say, special printed documents with distinctive designs on them. And as luck would have it, there’s one readily available. We could use all those unwanted euro notes.

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6 thoughts on “What Comes After The Euro?

  1. Let’s begin by suggesting that from now on use of the term “the masses” for the people shows the kind of disrespect that has been typical of the masters toward their slaves. From now on it is “the people” not “the masses.” Let’s also serve notice to the masters that their day is nearly done, that we the people will refuse to be their slaves for very much longer.

    The author has made some very good points concerning his own resilience and I’m sure that more people will discover all sorts of roles for themselves that they never dreamed existed because we have all been living under one pall or another to keep us fearful, miserable and at war with each other rather than directing our energies toward overthrowing those who if we continue to follow them assure us of nothing but our own deaths.

    The answer to the present financial drams is clear; let them fail, bring them to justice and DO NOT DO IT AGAIN. The present banking model has FAILED not just once but MANY times. The political order on which this system depends is not a NEW WORLD ORDER but an OLD WORLD ORDER that will fail and must be removed and destroyed once and for all. That will certainly come, unless we stupidly march off to yet another war WHICH ONLY MAKES THEM RICH WHILE WE AND OUR CHILDREN DIE!

    Yes, there is a solution. First read these books. If you are in a foreign country it would be worth your while to translate them so they can be understood by all.

    http://riegelexchange.com/downloads/NewApproachToFreedom.pdf
    http://riegelexchange.com/downloads/PrivateEnterpriseMoney.pdf
    http://riegelexchange.com/downloads/Flight_From_Inflation.pdf

    Then you can join us here:

    http://ecriegel.blogspot.com/2011/11/1-riegel-exchange-monetary-system-rems.html

    Your comments are welcome.

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      1. “Why would it be disrespect to call the “people” the “masses”?”

        All right. It has been clear to me since my days in college where the phrase was first heard by me that those using it regarded themselves in some higher order than THE MASSES. Once one considers people nothing but masses of whatever, they can very easily disregard anything that anyone from THE MASSES might consider important. It is an expression which should be discarded as it suffers the burden of the prejudices of the people who at present are “privileged” to be using it. Hope that helps.

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      2. That’s an interesting take on it. I understand your train of thought on the subject. I do believe that it’s all a matter of perception. I’m not disagreeing with your statement on eliminating the “masses” as a way to identify individuals, but I feel using the “people” represents the same idea. In our society, most people have a perception of where they are in their lives. Even if we use the “people” to identify a large majority, the “people” still refers to a group of individuals that are perceived to be of a lower class per se. Like I said earlier, I think it all goes back to how we perceive things in our society.

        I appreciate the dialogue!!!

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