Social Clout Is Tomorrow's Cash
As provisions of goods and services becomes increasingly automated, economies that reward people for accumulation of the truly valuable goods, i.e. social capital, will prosper.
What's the Latest Development?
As the manufacturing economy that brought the U.S. to forefront of world dominance wanes, economies will be forced to value something besides tried-and-true goods and services. "In the future, rather than a mystified system in which networking and fame lead to wealth only indirectly, the top economies will directly pay people to network and become famous," says the Economist. "Cash will become identical to social points, which is the ultimate point of the money system anyway." Smartphone applications may then display social points publicly.
What's the Big Idea?
A digital, networked economy is the natural next step for our cash-based system. In the same way that cash replaced purely barter systems, economies that pay individuals to network and become famous will replace the current economy. "In an economy in which the provision of physical goods and services becomes an increasingly marginal sector, socioeconomic stresses will centre on the allocation of intellectual resources." The Pirate party's recent victory in Germany points to a new kind of intellectual politics.
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- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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