Matching Real Wealth Resources with Unmet Needs

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A properly designed money system facilitates the matching of idle real wealth resources with unmet needs, most particularly the needs of ordinary individuals for meaningful, sustainable livelihoods and of the society for essential services and infrastructure. The proper performance measure for banks and bankers is not how much money they make for themselves, but rather how effective they are at facilitating this matching by getting money to where it is needed in the economy.

When bankers are reaping multi-million dollar bonuses for themselves while essential needs of millions of people go unmet in the midst of widespread unemployment, it is a powerful indicator of a failed economic system and more particularly of a failed money system.

If the power to create and allocate money were democratically rooted and distributed within place-based communities, the money would more likely flow in response to the needs, values and priorities of those communities and therefore support real wealth creation, economic stability, a just allocation of society's resources, and environmental balance.

The values, rules, and institutions of the systems by which money is created and allocated are the product of human choices that determine whether collective resource allocation decisions are made democratically and equitably in the interests of all or by a small ruling elite for purely private gain. The public has little awareness of the options and their implications, because those who control the money system also control the political system, the educational system, and much of the media.

The first step toward change is to create public awareness of the true nature of money, how a privileged few use their control of the money system to reduce the rest of society to silent bondage, and the potential to redesign the money system to serve the needs of living people and communities. [See Money System Design Options]