Our Future Is Free is a book about the impacts of a society organised by money and the alternatives for the future.
We know that very different social systems produce very different versions of human nature. The underlying social system we use today is the Monetary System. Money determines how we allocate power and authority, how we make decisions, how we utilise technology, how we interact with one another, and how we interact with the Earth and its resources. It influences almost everything we care about - friendships, government, climate change, education, terrorism, work, housing, war, and health to name just a few.
This book examines the far-reaching consequences of a society organised by money and the profound effect it has on the human experience. We see that, ultimately, money proliferates a civilisation that is unintentionally harmful to itself. We also see that a transition away from money isn’t a pipe-dream, rather, it’s a necessity. An increasingly urgent one too.
Recent studies of more than 130 countries repeatedly show the same thing: Almost 90% of us don’t enjoy our jobs. Despite this, we spend the majority of our adult lives doing them. Is all this work necessary to create a world we want to live in though? The short answer is no. The majority of today’s jobs contribute nothing toward producing the resources we need to survive and prosper. The majority of today’s jobs are fictitious manifestations of a society based on some pieces of imaginary paper (money).
Today we use money to buy nice things so we naturally assume it enables a good life. It doesn’t though. Money is a shackle, enslaving us into a hypnotic state of social paralysis. It’s both destroying the planet and psychologically damaging us.
While the book raises awareness of money’s inappropriateness at a fundamental level, it also demonstrates we can do much better. It details our ability today to produce an abundance of resources for all people in a largely automated manner by changing to a moneyless social system. In making such a change we’d gain the time and freedom to express our individuality and creativity, leading to a happier, more civilised, and more sustainable future.
Past failures will be examined, a new approach will be explored, a path to get there will be suggested, and projections will be made about the future implications of such a system. This book is a holistic all-encompassing story about us - where we came from, who we are today, who we could be tomorrow, and how we might get there.
The book aims to seduce the reader, getting them interested in things they didn’t know they were interested in. In trying to achieve this the writing is deliberately provocative and strident, although still maintains its scientific integrity (the book is grounded in current accepted scientific understanding with over 500 references to papers, data, or literature).
While the book is grounded in science, no single study can prove that money is the root of almost all our problems and the barrier to a better future. Money is too intricately weaved into our society and consciousness for one simple experiment to provide such proof. However, with introspection and philosophical arguments underpinned by evidence across a broad range of scientific disciplines, the goal is to persuade the reader of this reality. The goal is to persuade the reader that money is indeed the basis of almost all our problems, and without it, we stand on the threshold of a future almost beyond imagination.
While the book doesn’t reveal any new primary research, it does reveal a big picture story that will surprise and excite many. We are moving toward a post-scarcity world. With every year that passes, the winds of social change gust a little stronger across the increasingly barren plains of capitalist idealism.