As the Great Recession brings out protesters from Lower Manhattan to Greece and India, alternatives to today’s greed-based economy are again in the air.
Two of the most popular ideas, each with an über-popular cult following online, play at far poles of the spectrum of Plan B schemes to free the peoples of the world from the oppression of corporate control.
In the first corner, extreme libertarianism and the nostalgia for a simpler time before the Fed, fiat currency and government red tape when markets were free and money was gold. And in the second corner, a sparkling vision of a utopian future of shiny-glass, circular cities planned out and managed by science.
It’s gold. No, it’s computers.
Ron Paul, Texas Congressman and once-again GOP presidential contender, has become the current face of a decades-long movement to abolish the Federal Reserve Bank, bring back sound money and cut government regulations that favor the big boys. All this to unleash the power of truly free markets that would help the middle class and small businesses.
Meanwhile, director Peter Joseph’s three Zeitgeist documentaries have gained a following for techno-prophet Jacque Fresco, who thinks that the globe can free itself from the dictatorship of moneyed interests and the market economy they control by putting human affairs into the hands of a super-computer that would rationally and fairly manage all nations’ use of natural resources.
In Rap News Episode #9, Robert Foster at The JuiceMedia has pitted a Zeitgeist super-computer robot against a Ron Paul gold-standard robot. It’s a battle royale for the future of the economy and the winner is…love?
Foster wraps up his witty and insightful rap by suggesting that the only way to save the economy may be to kill it. Not so different than what ecological economists like Herman Daly or Richard Heinberg have told us already, that we may be reaching the permanent end of economic growth. But this time, you can dance to it.
Watch the video and smile. Then think about it.
– Erik Curren, Transition Voice