We no longer have la corvée, or bridge repairs to undertake once a month. In place of these original societal obligations our society gets things done by spending money.
Money is, or ought to be, the equivalent of the common good, which is societies’ method of actually getting things done – for the common good.
The fact that I have to insert ‘ought to be’ in the previous sentence shows just how far money’s original purpose has been shifted and so largely privatised.
So ‘dignity’ becomes earning and working for money at rates that do not respect your requirements for living a decent life.
Thus we have what used to be a moral principle to never punish a man for the absence of work, thrown away. The original Beveridge idea was to give him enough to live on until he got back on his feet.
That original principle appears to have been lost. As similarly has ‘monetary dignity’.
Dignity becomes anything but. We are constantly told that we must find a job at all costs – even when most of those suggesting it have not real working jobs but jobs that are actually in financial extraction.
It is abundantly clear that if you don’t properly tax the wealthy, they will actually take your income as rent.
That, I’m afraid, is where we currently are.
That is no Dignity at all.
Monetary Dignity is in fact, both spending and receiving it for its proper purpose, which is for the benefit of us all in society.
Indeed I’d suggest that philosophically, the third option – of saving, is really necessary only when the monetary system does not actually work for the general benefit.
After all if we realise that the government of our society creates the stuff at will, why are we so frightened that we have to save it?
It is certainly, I suggest, a democratic failure and I fear we are actually forced to the conclusion that our current so called ‘government’ is just corrupt and captured…..