8 Epilogue

Greed and envy are among the most negative human traits. Greed is to be able to buy as much as possible and envy is to want what the neighbour has. These two characteristics are the cornerstone of the market economy, and without them it would not work. The system will therefore do everything in its power to promote these two properties. Greed and envy are the oil in the gears of the market.

The real basis of the market economy is competitive thinking. Since it is contrary to the willingness to help, the today system will naturally strictly combat the willingness to help, even if officially the contrary is claimed. It is euphemistically called competition. But in competition it is deadly to help competitors. This thought continues into our everyday life. We see that there is something to be done and we could easily do it, but we tell ourselves that others are paid for it.

In order to live in the system of the market economy, one has to accept these facts. Unfortunately, this leads to the fact that we think that people are naturally so predisposed. But it is not like that. Our good qualities lie dormant within us, ready to develop when the conditions are more favorable.

I am a good example of this myself.

Ten years ago I was a private entrepreneur with several employees. My biggest customer was the energy giant Vattenfall, for whose coal-fired power plant Reuter West in Berlin my laboratory carried out the emissions monitoring. I also worked with attorneys to enforce a patent that I wanted to make a lot of money off of. With information from the toll system, truck flows should be diverted to rail transport.

I gave up these endeavors when I realized that my children needed more time and attention. And today I am engaged to the transition to a society in which there is no money, but fraternal interaction with one another.

When we go to the cinema or watch a Netflix movie, what do we want? A happy ending or a bad ending? Who should win – the good guys or the bad guys?

Brussels, 02/03/2021

Eberhard Licht


1 The idea
2 Why do we have to abolish money?
3 Sociopolitical considerations
4 How can we achieve it?
5 Private property
6 The transition
7 Development of the economy
8 Epilogue

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