Man, it's an interesting time of the year. Jobs going down the chute because companies don't have enough money to keep them. Houses going down the chute because people don't have enough money to keep them. Companies going down the chute...; Well you get the idea. Is it just me or does nobody seem to have enough money anymore? This is a really funny thought to me. There should always be enough money, because when you look at it, money is accessory to the whole operation. We work to make money, we spend it to stay alive and have fun and feel happy. The reason I find these money troubles funny is simple. Everyone has them. Literally. Everyone has them. (Little voice in background) Well that sounds horrible... why is that funny? Well, see, because if everyone has them, it means everyone just needs to do the same thing to stop having them. If everyone in the world agreed to stop charging money for everything, and then went on to do whatever they would enjoy, as almost anything would help us as a whole, then noone would be in a situation of not enough money. Not a system of barter, mind you, just free exchange. (Little voice in background) So wait, you're talking about communism! He's a red commie bastard! Not even in the slightest. See, Marx was indeed right. Capitalism does become Socialism. Socialism eventually becomes Communism. But what he didn't pay enough attention to was timescale. Marx thought that you could quickly jump to the "better" system. The problem is that in order for the "better" system to be "better" you have to have the benefits of the lead-in governments. You need Capitalism to set up technology to be on a high enough level to support the population; Check, we may be out of money, but we'll never truly be out of food these days. With responsibly managed social programs to secure the health and survival of the population. It is then and only then, that a conversion to Communism can work. With the socialist systems, the people are cared for 110%. With the technology available from capitalist times, the people are able to do far more of what they care about, while still adding to the greater whole's survival. So, how would we get there? We would have to arrive at such a system through an application of Capitalism designed to create it. Well, funny thing is, we've been in Capitalism so long that the technology is significantly powerful. So we just focus on it. Start building massive automated food production plants. Take every concern to make it green and humane in whatever way possible. In the meantime, this creates jobs for lower level workers, creates, later, jobs for higher level workers, and so on. You do the same with roads, and the internet. Ooo... but where do you get the money? Still capitalists, still have to think of that.... Oh wait... give incentive to those who do have it to invest in these projects. Not just little tax breaks, but massive ones, even full tax write-offs per capita invested. You want to make it perfectly lucrative, a guaranteed gain for those who have money, because that's what they listen to. So, that one little thing that needs to change? That tiny.... almost insignificant thing that prevents this all from happening? So small, yet such a hindrance.... so simple, yet so complex. We just all have to decide to do it. At least, everyone in the United States. Easiest way to do that would be to write a simple contract. Line 1: You hereby are granted citizenship on the grounds of your promise that your future productivity, whatever it may be, whatever you choose it to be, is primarily towards this country, the United States of America, or a company operating within this country and in exchange all necessities and requirements for your happiness shall be provided. Line 2: Sign here Really, that simple. Basically a contract of citizenship and work-force availability between the society of the united states(the people), and the businesses and government of the united states(the country). Money is not necessary to exchange between individual people these days, only between businesses and countries. Oh, and if you are plagued by visions of poor communist countries... not going to happen. See, what this is referred to as is a Technocracy. A rule by scientists, sociologists, psychologists, physicists, which make decisions according to benefit of technological advancement. What a world where everything was free, would be so strange.... You would have super-durable custom fit clothing that almost never wears out.... because it doesn't make any sense to produce anything less. You would have the absolute biggest and best electronics for the exact same reason. All companies would be happy because the engineers behind them could work non-stop on the most advanced piece of technology they can, because they can, they don't have to pay 50x more to make computer 2 than computer 1. Capitalism gives us the knowledge of what works, and drives it forward as successful. Socialism gives us the safety, security, and satisfaction to be happy. Communism is the next step, not because of a change of system, but for a lack of a need to exchange legal tender for anything. If your worry be of materials... we already have technology at the doorstep of solving that, all we have to do is be able to work on it(Not enough money now... :frown1: <- sad face). Little extra reasoning nugget: The economy has attempted on several occasions to tank, because that's the natural desire it has. So let it tank, and just change the system to exclude it, so its impact is not felt.