11. The emergence of a new social contract

These changes will bring the old system to a crisis point. In the short term it is likely that things will get worse before they get better. The emergence of a new money system on the lines which I have described will involve some fundamental changes in the relationship between government and the individual. For starters, to use money you will need to join an organisation and agree to its rules. There will still be a need for the common law to regulate and where necessary punish the basest of human instincts in a fair and impartial manner, but much social harmony can be achieved through the codes of conduct governing voluntary associations. These rules are typically treated as having the status of a legally binding contract between two parties when tested before the courts unless there are good reasons to ignore them.

Many are still thrown into jail for non-payment of fines or taxes etc. When there is no such thing as money outside of an account this practice will seem medieval. So much crime could be traced and would be prevented if there were no longer a financial incentive or much prospect of it escaping detection. There is no reason why our society should have to accept having one in ten or more of its members excluded from making a contribution or receiving an economic reward.

No system can alter man's basic nature or result in a perfect society, but people can change and in doing so they will inevitably seek improvements in their social conditions and those of others; without this basic desire we would never have known the end of slavery or the beginnings of democracy. A LETS based money system may enable us to tackle some of our problems but this will inevitably leave others for future generations to solve.

These changes will result in a radically different perception of our relationship with government. Instead of regarding the government as them, we will have to get used to thinking of it as us.

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Written by Richard Kay  rich@driveout.demon.co.uk