Money is a form of unaccountable power.

It doesn't matter what you did to get the money; if you have a lot of it, you can make things happen.

(There's a small amount of accountability around what you do with it, but enough money makes it possible to hide from that as well.)

...and let's not forget that it's often easier to use money to make bad things happen than to make good things happen.

In fact, you tend to get more of it when you use it for bad things.

Remind me why this is a good system, again?

@woozle Because when people have tried out systems without the ability to acquire money, there's still unaccountable power, but also mass poverty, starvation, and death.

@dredmorbius

Also, @stevefoerster has not responded to my question: Do you have any examples of such systems being implemented with benevolent intentions?

At this point, the claim fails with two strikes against it.

@woozle @dredmorbius An interesting question, but perhaps difficult to answer. Did Lenin, Stalin, and Mao truly see themselves as having benevolent intentions? You'll have to ask them.

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@bhaugen @woozle @dredmorbius That's true, although the point revolved about one's ability to acquire it, not its existence.

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