¿Viviremos en una sociedad SIN DINERO en el futuro?

«The love of money is the root of all evil,» says a holy book. The ambition to accumulate it has been the cause of countless crimes, poverty and countless wars. Could it be that eliminating it would prevent all these evils? It seems impossible to imagine human groups that do not use money, but…

Could money disappear in the society of the future? This question was proposed by Pablo Andrés Díaz, who is part of the community of curious minds. You can also join us and participate in the selection of themes through the «Join» button or at We have not always used money. If we think that

Human beings have existed for about 300,000 years and the first currency itself, for just 3,000 years, it turns out that humanity has lived without money for 99 percent of its existence. Before, people traded things, shared things,

Lent them, gave them away, and of course, sometimes stole them, all without the need for money. Of course , transporting the objects could be difficult and, many times, what you wanted to give was not exactly what the other person needed, so other valuable and more portable objects began to be used

To serve as a «joker»: the The invention of currency facilitated the exchange of goods and services. Thanks to this technology, it has been possible to trade over long geographical distances, or to transcend time by facilitating savings and credit, as well as the concentration of capital to carry out large

Technological and social projects. Magnificent! Or not? Well, not everything is honey and flakes: throughout history, we have witnessed the problems that money causes. Whoever owns money obtains a series of advantages that make it easier for them to concentrate even more capital and the fact that

It can be accumulated in an unlimited way has produced, from generation to generation, an inequality of power that has led to the formation of social classes and oppression of some over others. Economic inequality, corruption, and greed are just

A few of the challenges that arise from a money-based system. This leads us to consider the alternative: a society without money. Proponents of a moneyless society argue that poverty would be eradicated because there would be equal access to resources such as

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Food, housing, and health care; cooperation and solidarity would also be encouraged because, without money as an incentive, people would be more willing to help each other; we would free ourselves from alienating work: it would allow us to dedicate ourselves to creative, creative, intellectual and emotionally satisfying activities : eliminate the need to

Work to earn money, it seeks to promote personal development and self-realization; Also, if the monetary system is linked to unsustainable growth and consumption that depletes natural resources and damages the environment, a moneyless society would better preserve the planet. The idea of ​​a moneyless society has been explored by anarchist currents. For them,

Money is a tool of oppression and control, and they argue that the abolition of the monetary system would allow greater freedom and cooperation between people. Piotr Kropotkin wrote in «Mutual Aid» that collaboration, rather than competition, has been a key factor in the evolution of species, especially humans. In an

Anarchist society, resources would be distributed «to each according to their need» and the work would be done «by each according to their capacity.» Decisions about big projects, instead of being left in the hands of those who have capital or the government, would be made democratically.

A different version, which we could call “techno-utopia”, was proposed by Jacque Fresco, a well-known futurist. His vision, called “The Venus Project”, is based on the idea of ​​a resource-based economy, where everyone’s needs are met efficiently using technology and scientific planning. Decisions would not

Be made by politicians or corporations, which would not exist, but by computers according to strictly technical criteria. Science fiction has also imagined futures No Money: The Star Trek television series portrays an interplanetary federation without a money economy. Technology has allowed such prosperity and abundance that everyone can have whatever

They need. Captain Picard says: (PICARD’S VOICEOVER) «We’ve overcome hunger and greed and are no longer interested in hoarding things.» People are dedicated to exploring and bettering themselves and humanity. But there is no abundance on the planet Anarres from the science fiction novel “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. Le Guin. The author describes an

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Arid world in which there is a scarcity of resources. It is the home of an anarchist society in which not only does money not exist, but even the idea of ​​possession has been banished and hierarchies do not exist either. Both work and resources are shared fairly:

Work combines volunteer tasks with assigned tasks, and the most arduous and boring tasks are rotated, so no one gets stuck in alienating jobs. The main objection to the idea of ​​a moneyless society is: If you don’t get paid to

Work, what incentive would people have to do it? Surely everyone would stay to be lazy. This might be true, but according to author Dan Pink, the economic incentive is far from the best motivation for humans. According to the scientific studies cited by

The author, a better salary does motivate you only if you have to do purely physical work, but if the work involves intelligence or creativity, a financial reward does not improve your performance but worsens it. Pink mentions that the best incentives to work are:

Autonomy: do what you decide. A study showed that in a company giving employees 24 hours to dedicate them to what they wanted generated more innovative and productive ideas than with directed work. Mastery. People love to learn and feel that we are really good at something. Why else would people

Spend so many hours learning to play a musical instrument or origami if they are not going to make an economic profit? The purpose. We are capable of dedicating great efforts to causes and projects when we are convinced that they contribute to a greater good.

We can give as an example projects such as Wikipedia, Linux, OpenStreetMap or Doctors Without Borders in which thousands of people, motivated by autonomy, mastery and purpose, achieve monumental works without financial incentives. And, although not so striking, there are currently real economic practices that do not use money: for example,

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In Latin American indigenous communities there are traditions of community work such as tequio in Mexico or ayni and minka in Andean communities. Although a moneyless society may seem like a distant utopia, there are organizations today that function without traditional monetary exchange. Public libraries, for example, provide free access to a wide

Range of resources, knowledge, and entertainment for the entire community. The same could be applied to water, streets and public transport. Without going any further: in any family, resources and work are expected to be distributed according to the need and capacity of each

Person without the need for monetary exchange. So could money disappear in the society of the future? It is difficult to know, or to ensure with certainty that it is a necessary condition to improve society. The ideas we saw today invite us to question the role

Of money in our lives and explore new alternatives for social organization. The main obstacle to change is not a lack of ideas or resources, but those who are interested in the continued existence of money and are obviously those who already have a lot of money. Manu Saadia,

Author of Trekonomics, says that achieving a society that overcomes scarcity is not a matter of material wealth or natural resources (we already have them in abundance), but an organizational choice of society. Ultimately, the answer to this question lies in

Humanity’s will and ability to adapt, evolve and seek fairer and more equitable systems. Curiously! Thank you very much to all these wonderful people who support us without receiving a monetary incentive, especially to Nancy L. Serrano and Pablo Andrés Díaz! Since we are not yet

In a post-money society, we need your help to continue producing videos. You can do it by clicking the “join” button or through As a thank you, you will be able to participate in the choice of topics and have your name appear here,

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