"Are you crazy?!?" Yeah, yeah, hear me out. First off, the saying that 'Money is the root of all evil" is kinda true. Out of all the crimes that are committed, most are committed out of greed, and most of the remainder are committed out of need. True, some aren't money related but IMO most are! Even the recent troubles in Iraq were (allegedly) over oil and therefore money. Money also encourages dishonesty and corruption, while eroding common goodness. For example: Can't get that building permit? Got caught in possession of illegal substances? No, problem, just slip a blank cheque (check) to the right people and you're sorted! It doesn't *always* work that way, of course, but that kind of thing happens. Also, people with more money 'look down' on those without, as though they're somehow a better person; even if they inherited it all and never worked a day in their life! And think about this: If you could get everything you need without having to pay for it, wouldn't your life be better? No more insurance payments, no more grocery payments, etc... See, the problem nowadays, as I see it, is that money is connected with work, and is needed for everyday necessities. We work to get money, and we use money to get food. If we can't work, we don't get money, so we can't get food. (In the real world, people can get government benefits which help them to at least survive, but poorly). If people lose too much money, they lose the ability to afford necessities like food and shelter. Then they can't get jobs because they're not "good enough", so they can't get money, so they can't get food... and they end up in the same 'lesser person' status until they die. So then: What If We Abolished Money? Well, firstly, all jobs would become voluntary, and all goods and services would be 'free'. In fact, with no money, everything is free. Jobs: All jobs and companies that involve money would become obsolete, eg: banks, insurers, stockbrokers, etc. Also, all jobs and companies that involve advertising, marketing, sales, etc would be obsolete, since these jobs are solely focussed on increasing sales and turnover; in other words, 'making money'. This significantly reduces the amount of work available, but that's okay because no-one needs to work anyway. But they will work on a voluntary basis. Note: People who have retired and don't need to work often will do so anyway for 'something to do' or 'to feel useful'. With a huge portion of 'unnecessary' jobs removed, there will be plenty of volunteers willing to do the necessary jobs. It's amazing what people are willing to do once they're not 'forced' to do it. Necessities of Life: How are we ever going to buy food with no money? No problem. All jobs are voluntary, even farmers and truck drivers. In short, everything will be basically the same, except the incentive is no longer money. The incentive is the benefit of the community and society. All people will work as much as they are able and as much is necessary, and will receive food, shelter, and everything they need. People with more stuff will no longer be 'better', just 'greedier' or 'needier'. Oh, yeah, and people will have more respect for each other, so instead of poor people, it would be lazy people that are looked down on. It wouldn't solve all problems, but it would make things a lot better. Well, that's what I've thought about on this subject, but I'm sure I haven't thought of everything. What do you guys think? :D [Edited to add:] As far as I can see, the only people who wouldn't want this kind of society are those that are already 'rich' and enjoy being "better" than others.