As of half an hour ago I am now a candidate in the 2014 General Election.
I am standing for the Kaikoura Electorate.
I am standing as a member of the “Money Free Party” – but the party is not officially registered as contesting this election, so is not available for a party vote.
It is one way of gaining some exposure for the idea that we need to move to a values set that is beyond market values (money).
We are technically capable of delivering an abundance of all of the necessities of life to everyone, all that is really stopping us is our societal addiction to the values of the market place (money).
We could all live in peace and security and abundance and freedom – except that there is no money to be made from that. There is much more money in insecurity and scarcity and war and restriction.
It seems difficult for many to see that markets must value abundance of anything at zero, and must also tend to push most people to the margins of survival – though both of these concepts as well developed and well acknowledged in the realm of economics. There is a good podcast with economist Robin Hason on Singularity Weblog where 1hour 13 minutes into the interview he states “people at the margin will just barely survive”, which is true of any economic system based on market values, yet need not be an attribute of society generally.
We all have the choice to do something about it.
I wonder how many will make that choice in the ballot box?
My own ideas are not universally shared in the Money Free Party, and my ideas are well developed in the many posts on this site.
Authorised by Ted Howard – 1 Maui Street, Kaikoura