Our Future Is Free is a confronting new book about the consequences of a society organised by money and the alternatives for the future. The following summary provides a good overview of the contents. You can also watch the trailer, get the book, or get in touch.
There’s a powerful anti-establishment sentiment around the world today. Despite this surging ideological upheaval, money itself is never discussed. It remains one of the most unquestioned forms of faith in human history. This book provides a refreshing antidote to the popular narrative which sways from left to right to left but misses the big picture. A future without money is radical, no doubt, but just because its far removed from prevailing opinions does not make it a bad idea.
The breadth of problems we can solve by removing money is enormous. Unfortunately, most of us devote our energy to issues which are mere symptoms of money, whether terrorism, climate change, inequality, poverty, disease, or corruption. All of these issues are fragmentary by-products of our cultural mother-ship – money.
Conspiracies abound about an elite group of powerful people manipulating the rest of us for their own benefit, such as the Rothschild’s or Bilderberg Group. Even if those conspiracies were true, these people are not causing the inhumanity in our Monetary System. Like the rest of us, they are a symptom of the inhumanity in our Monetary System. There are no villains or evil people driving our unfortunate situation. Money is a dynamic, complex, fluid entity unto itself and the time is ripe for its merits to enter our public discourse.
A world organised by money
We know that very different social systems produce very different versions of human nature. The underlying social system we use today is the Monetary System. Money determines how we allocate power and authority, how we make decisions, how we utilise technology, how we interact with one another, and how we interact with the Earth and its resources. It influences almost everything we care about – friendships, government, climate change, education, terrorism, work, housing, war, and health to name just a few.
This book examines the far-reaching consequences of a society organised by money and the profound effect it has on the human experience. We see that, ultimately, money proliferates a civilisation that is unintentionally harmful to itself. We also see that a transition away from money isn’t a pipe-dream, rather, it’s a necessity. An increasingly urgent one too.
Recent studies of more than 130 countries repeatedly show the same thing: Almost 90% of us don’t enjoy our jobs. Despite this, we spend the majority of our adult lives doing them. Is all this work necessary to create a world we want to live in though? The short answer is no. The majority of today’s jobs contribute nothing toward producing the resources we need to survive and prosper. The majority of today’s jobs are fictitious manifestations of a society based on some pieces of imaginary paper (money).
Today we use money to buy nice things so we naturally assume it enables a good life. It doesn’t though. Money is a shackle, enslaving us into a hypnotic state of social paralysis. It’s both destroying the planet and psychologically damaging us.
A future without money
While the book raises awareness of money’s inappropriateness at a fundamental level, it also demonstrates we can do much better. It details our ability today to produce an abundance of resources for all people in a largely automated manner by changing to a moneyless social system. In making such a change we’d gain the time and freedom to express our individuality and creativity, leading to a happier, more civilised, and more sustainable future.
Past failures will be examined, a new approach will be explored, a path to get there will be suggested, and projections will be made about the future implications of such a system. This book is a holistic all-encompassing story about us – where we came from, who we are today, who we could be tomorrow, and how we might get there.
The writing and research
The book aims to seduce the reader, getting them interested in things they didn’t know they were interested in. In trying to achieve this the writing is deliberately provocative and strident, although still maintains its scientific integrity (the book is grounded in current accepted scientific understanding with over 500 references to papers, data, or literature).
While the book is grounded in science, no single study can prove that money is the root of almost all our problems and the barrier to a better future. Money is too intricately weaved into our society and consciousness for one simple experiment to provide such proof. However, with introspection and philosophical arguments underpinned by evidence across a broad range of scientific disciplines, the goal is to persuade the reader of this reality. The goal is to persuade the reader that money is indeed the basis of almost all our problems, and without it, we stand on the threshold of a future almost beyond imagination.
What qualifies the author to write this book? Am I a specialised expert? No, but that isn’t necessary because moneys influence on humanity and the wider biosphere cannot be addressed by any one specialisation. It touches on history, biology, neuroscience, sociology, economics, psychology and many more. Rather than being a specialised expert, what’s needed is the motivation to understand the core principles of many disciplines and the time to understand the implications of it all.
The book doesn’t reveal any new discoveries at the coalface of any specific line of inquiry so it doesn’t require specialised knowledge. Instead, it takes blue chip information (widely known and accepted) from a range of disciplines and knits this together to tell a compelling story. Most specialised experts don’t have the time or freedom to explore this kind of broad multidisciplinary research.
While the book doesn’t reveal any new primary research, it does reveal a big picture story that will surprise and excite many. We are moving toward a post-scarcity world. With every year that passes, the winds of social change gust a little stronger across the increasingly barren plains of capitalist idealism.
About the author
Matt is a research-based non-fiction author from New Zealand. He studied business at university which initially led to a number of banking strategy roles and later to currency trading. Today he explores wide-ranging global issues as a freelance writer and online entrepreneur. His passion for writing and creation lies in curiosity. In his own words: “When you write research-based non-fiction about multi-dimensional issues you’re forced to confront your own ignorance. The deeper you go the more you realize you don’t know and the more you learn. The act of writing becomes a journey of discovery and often reveals new perspectives more interesting than any prevailing assumptions”