Money Free Party
The Money Free Party (MFP) is unlike other political parties in all kinds of ways. While we seek to interface with the existing political system, we do so to help bring about the next evolution in societal structures, one which would obviate the need for political parties at all. The MFP, therefore, through its actions and policies, hopes to make itself obsolete and irrelevant.
“It is important to make clear right at the start the MFP is not about the abolition of money.”
Rather it is about recognising that money is a BAD tool for organising human affairs because, as history so clearly demonstrates, its use will always and inevitably lead to corruption, hoarding, exploitation and extreme socioeconomic stratification.
So, as the name indicates, the long term goal to to completely obsolete the need for money, by creating an environment of abundance and collaboration such that money no longer serves any useful purpose and simply fades away.
In such conditions, it is our belief that incentives and therefore behaviours would change completely. Can you imagine trying to charge this rabbit for carrots, or that it would rob or deceive another rabbit to get hold of its carrots… ridiculous, right?
Clearly this cannot be done all at once and so the idea is to start with the obvious domains in which the use of money could be reduced/eliminated. Areas in which we could all agree that doing the thing is far more important than making money.
Things which we all need and to which universal access should exist, things like shelter, food and water, energy, transportation, communications and so on clearly belong outside the transactional economy in any kind of a decent, civilised society.
Maintaining “scarcity” in these areas so that they stay profitable is, quite simply, inhumane, exploitative, profoundly damaging and completely unnecessary. These things should be Commons, with the right of access and the responsibility for maintenance being everyone’s.
“An inspiring vision of what is possible will be a crucial factor in bringing us together”
And so the idea at the heart of what the MFP is advocating for is first and foremost that of gradually transitioning the mechanisms for meeting basic human needs out of the transactional economy and into the Commons.
Once that process is underway and people start to become free from the shackles of wage slavery, debt and monthly payments, the benefits of collaboration over competition, sharing over owning, commoning/gifting over buying/selling are felt and seen.
From this position it will start to become clear to everyone that money was always a terrible way of doing things. We only stuck with it for so long because it was all we knew, but actually it was a cancer, a sickness, a form of collective insanity from which we managed to recover.
To achieve this, the nation will need to come together to demand real, meaningful and lasting change. An inspiring vision of what is possible will be a crucial factor in bringing us together to make those demands.
The Money Free Party UK has been created to allow the people of the UK the opportunity to support ideas such as Resource Based Economics through the electoral system. We want to use the existing political structures as a platform to advocate for the redirection of resources and manpower to achieving sustainability, efficiency and a dramatic living standard increase for everyone.
“…a way to use the levers of the existing apparatus to help to dismantle itself and to build something better…”
The roadmap we have in mind is a relatively simple one:
- Building an ever stronger membership base, increasing the skills and capacities that can be brought to bear in…
- Expanding and creating chapters all over the country to engage in grass roots development, promoting and facilitating the creation of local initiatives to experiment with and manifest these principles and ideals in the real world.
Things like tool libraries, community farms, co-operative businesses, local currencies, community based arbitration and conflict resolution panels… these are just a few of the possibilities, but the list is potentially endless.
Access to the necessary influence and resources can be aided by…
- Candidates standing at all levels of local government, from Parish up to Mayor or County Council. This presence in the grass roots and mid level administrations is not only a way to use the levers of the existing apparatus to help to dismantle itself and to build something better, it is also a step towards building a meaningful platform to…
- Field as many candidates as possible in the next General Election, currently scheduled for 2024. National elections are an opportunity to get hold of a giant megaphone and a visible platform from which to wield it. And with an already established grass roots presence in place, this has the potential to be a great springboard.
“…can start to create something WAY, WAY better than we currently have and start us off in a good direction.”
We have no delusions of actually getting elected, but if some of these ideas were to become part of the political discourse and national conversation then we will have accomplished something meaningful.
The MFP does not pretend to have all the answers to the question of how to transform the world into a more humane, sustainable and beautiful place.
There is no such thing as a perfect solution and the ideas presented here are just that – ideas.
But ideas which can be seeds to create something WAY, WAY better than we currently have and start us off in a good direction. Once we head down that road and begin living, embodying and codifying some of these principles, whole new domains of possibility will open up that we cannot even imagine from where we currently stand.
Below are links to Money Free Party chapters all over the world. Some are very active, such as the USA and New Zealand chapters, others less so. If you are interested in starting a MFP chapter, whether in the UK or elsewhere, click here.
A very simple outline
A more complete articulation of the overall vision can be found in the POLICIES section of this website, but very briefly and very broadly, one might say that there are 3 key strands to making this happen:
- Expansion of the “Commons” – Both our understanding of what properly constitutes Commons and our capacity for effective stewardship.
Using up resources faster than they can be replenished and dumping waste faster than it can be processed are OBVIOUSLY pathways to eventual destruction. We MUST start thinking in ways that allow us to figure out how to stop doing this and pretty much everything else that follows is in service to this principle.
But pollution takes many forms. Poverty, poor health, social stratification, mental illness, unreliable media and information – these are all forms of “pollution of the Commons” too.
- Localisation and decentralisation – moving towards greater self reliance, resilience and independence at neighbourhood and community levels. Food/energy production and waste management are key starting areas.
Along with localisation of production comes a need for new structures of decentralised, distributed governance. The idea of semi-autonomous agents nested within each other is a key notion – households nested within neighbourhoods nested within towns for example, each responsible for decision making at the appropriate scale.
3. Social Therapy – Distributed, collective governance doesn’t work if we can’t trust and communicate with each other. Generations of exposure to our current economic paradigm has damaged us deeply, making trust and open, honest communication almost impossible.
The widespread deployment of effective strategies to reverse this trend and start to revitalise the social fabric is an essential component of the overall social transformation.
“Taken together, these 3 principles, if enacted widely, would transform our society into one which is healthier, freer, more resilient, more sustainable and more wholesome.”
Many of the ideas promoted here are rooted in and inspired by the work of Jacque Fresco and his vision, based on what he calls Resource Based Economics, as articulated in his brainchild The Venus Project. The Zeitgeist films and Paradise or Oblivion are excellent starting points if you want to learn more about RBE. If you prefer a written account, you can go to An Introduction to Resource Based Economics here