Having spent an afternoon at a local ‘Green Fair’ manning (and there were some womanning it as well…) a stall about money for ‘Positive Money’ I have come to a few conclusions.
First, it is the easiest sales pitch ever to be able to ask people “are you interested in money?”
Of course there will be some that aren’t. Allegedly at least.
This is a ‘Green Fair’ after all.
But most are interested. And a surprising number do know something of where money comes from. I’d say probably about 2 in 10 – but again this is a ‘Green Fair’, so probably not representative of the world in general.
Then there is the prospect of how to further grab their attention.
‘Positive Money’ concentrate on a dysfunctional money system and the idea that money is created out of thin air by private banks. Which is absolutely spot on – but people seem now to be resigned to pretty much anything that banks do, so any element of surprise or even mystery is lost.
The tax message is a much better pitch.
Pay tax? Everyone does.
And even in ‘Positive Money’ solutions they seem to ignore tax until the last minute, as far as I can see, and that, I think, prevents them from selling their ideas properly.
So not only is ‘The Joy of Tax’ a good read it is also a selling tool!
Philosophically ‘Positve Money’ are absolutely correct. (Their solutions are, regrettably, more arguable).
But I think I’ve got to realise that I’m in a Progressive Alliance – ‘Positive Money’ is the only outfit trying to communicate how money works to the man in the street so I’m sticking with them.
It is a pity that in their solutions they seem to ignore tax until the last minute, and, even then, I’m not entirely convinced they have the right ideas on it.
And more importantly, the fuzzy tax understanding really is a handicap to properly sell their ideas – and that, unfortunately, is a major problem for all of us.