There is an awful lot here that I totally disagree with and that to me obviously misses the point. But as a general observation on value, money, and especially the hidden and intangible nature of “modern money” I think the author made some brilliant observations.
And I do not think that can continue, at least not in the current sense, because it is being constantly exposed by technology. On the other hand both technology and culture is allowing for the very opposite of what I said in the previous sentence, the “invisibility of immediate and perceptive value.” In a general sense.
I also have nothing at all against exploitation, or manipulation. Both are merely methods, it depends entirely upon how you put them to use. Exploitation and manipulation by tyranny, and theft, and seizing of the property and money of others is equally bad whether this is done by a street thug, or a government in the guise of taxation.
On the other hand the positive exploitation of your own talents, and of the talents of others, for some good end is entirely honorable and to be pursued at every opportunity if profits are shared equitably and fairly.
And manipulation of yourself and of others in a Virtuous and self-disciplined manner, that is entirely noteworthy and good. That is to say you want to increase Virtue, just as you do profit, and every available opportunity. That’s exactly how you should be manipulating things.
I know modern people love to think in either/or terms: them/us, wealthy/poor, have/have not, genius/stupid, and that terms like exploitation can only possibly mean, “bad, wrong, immoral, etc.”
They’re propagandized to think that way. That’s why they have so much bad, wrong, immorality, poverty, etc. They can’t get past their models and their paradigms to what should be their real objectives – everyone prospering, everyone fully exploiting what is best about themselves and others (rather than just being consumed with exploiting for entirely malignant advantage), etc. etc.
That is what cannot continue indefinitely.
Then again look at human history. We’re pretty damned good at it… and we don’t much bother to explore any more profitable venues.
At the core of our societal structures, economic and political systems is exploitation.
Exploitation creates value in the most simplistic way by imposing a basic deficit model – I have, you do not.
Exploitation is systematic unfairness. It divides and separates people. It motivates the worst aspects of our human nature and utilises our innate ability to blinker, separate and abstract ourselves. It divorces us as individuals from what made us successful as a species the very idea of what is shared and common.
Value is created through exploitation which is then represented by “wealth”. Wealth is the abstracted concept of value and the process of having what others do not.
Money is the evolved representation of wealth. Before money wealth was tangible through physical manifestations such lands and treasure. Easily seen, easily coveted, easily taken. Money, in particular it’s digital form, abstracts wealth into something more pure and…
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