Money is the economic fuel upon which our world runs, but human nature inevitably exploits it for personal gain at the expense of others. Without a standardized monetary system, society today as we know it could not exist. A catch-22 of any social or financial system is that inevitably a handful of individuals will gain too much control. Conversely, a  system in which the individual is not free to gain wealth/control as he pleases also leads to the same end result. In our 21st century North American society, the power balance is such that the money lenders have dominated the power market. The gap between the rich and poor is growing, and fast. The richest members of society have become so powerful that they can simply buy the legislations they want, in most cases. Capitalism is sold to the public as the system in which you are free to achieve your own goals, on your own terms, but because capitalism requires a central bank to print the currency, a nucleus of control is created.  The power/money distributors then use their influence to rig the game in their favor. Eventually, massive cartels form, such as the Houses of Rothschild, Rockefeller, and Morgan. 

One of the most obvious sign of this escalating disparity is the lowering of non-upper-class standards of living. In the United States, the top 20% of income earners control 93% of the wealth (2010). The next 20% of income earners, the middle class controls just 6%, with the remaining 60% of income earners, the lower class, controlling just 1%. What happens when the economy takes another turn for the worse, and the upper class moves to protect its investments with layoffs, or send manufacturing jobs overseas? People are willing to work for less pay because there is less work, and the lower classes are forced to acquiesce to the upper classes' economic strategies. Economists are predicting an eventual  "phasing out" of the middle class, creating a modern feudal system in which the majority of the populace is in the working class, serving the economic interests of the power holders. Is this a reality you want your children to grow up in? 
 
 So what is the solution to our society's ills? Is money inherently evil? The staunch opponent of capitalism, communism, proposes that a system in which everyone is given an equal share of resources in exchange for work on a government-run progrom is the logical solution to the capitalist problem. As we can see, this does not work in the real world. This also leads to the same problem: power consolidated in the hands of the few, to the point where it is detrimental to the society as a whole. This is much worse than our system in which the working man is held to a low standard of living, but is still free to vote with his dollar. Another alternative suggested is Anarchy, in which there is no financial or government system, and individuals are free to live however they want, on their own terms. For obvious reasons, this is not a suitable system. Capitalism, for all its flaws, really is the best system man has invented thusfar. Man is accountable for his own success, there is mobility between social classes (although it is difficult to move up a rung), and man can live the way he wants to, within reason. Everyone is free to accumulate as much wealth as they can, and the more you make, the more you are taxed. So what could possibly go wrong here? The problem is that those who win the game get to make the rules, and they start acting in their own selfish interests. Society as a whole suffers. How do we stop those with vast amounts of power from damaging society?

The winners have won, and have reached an endgame state where they are able to influence global policy in their favor. The only weapons we have against the problem of power consolidation is to give the government more oversight, increase progressive taxation, and end campaign donations. Unfortunately, the system we have created for ourselves here will likely continue in perpetuity. There will always be those who win the game, and those who live in poverty. The money movers at the top of the power pyramid will continue to dominate world affairs, and the working class will continue to serve their wishes. This is morally wrong, but this is the system we have created for ourselves. There is no question about it: too much money is evil incarnate, but the absence of a monetary system is just as bad. The consolidation of power is society's oldest struggle, and is not a foe that will be vanquished any time soon.
 


Comments

08/12/2012 10:46pm

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Joseph Aidan
www.arielmed.com

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10/03/2012 11:49am

well i think this is funny

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Lala
09/23/2012 9:28am

Too much big language too wordy hard to understand d and get the gust of it as a whole rather than in little parts

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10/06/2012 4:47am

Um.... This essay's structure is really good..
But it's hard to understand the words.
TOO BIG WORDS for me to understand clearly

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hunter
02/05/2014 9:23am

if its to hard to understand theres a thing called context clues. and a dictionary

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10/06/2012 4:48am

A great essay!!

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Angelina
10/09/2012 5:41am

I'm a student in my 6th grade. Your essay helped so much!! Thank you!

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Randy White
02/13/2013 5:52am

I thought the article was well written. As a persuasive argument, however, it didn't go far enough. You didn't clearly state your argument and stick by it. In the end, it seems like you are arguing that there is no better plan that what we have now. If that is your argument, then you should state it more clearly and defend it strongly. I don't really think that is your argument, however.

I disagree that "too much money is inherently evil." I also disagree that government control is the way to keep that "inherent evil" in check. I'm not so sure the "obvious reasons" that anarchy is not an option are so "obvious."

You're a great writer. You should continue the work!

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03/26/2013 10:47am

Good but to many big words to use very easily

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07/22/2013 9:00pm

The populace is in the working class, serving the economic interests of the power holders. Is this a reality you want your children to grow up in?

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12/03/2013 9:29pm

"Too much money is a bad Thing"this is really awesome topic for essay.I agree that Money is the financial energy upon which our world operates, but human instinct certainly uses it for personal gain at the price of others. Without a consistent financial system, modern community as we know it could not are available.

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01/01/2014 2:18am

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bob
02/14/2014 7:25pm

to wordy but good

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Samuel
04/07/2014 9:15am

too much money is a bad thing. all those rich people who think it isn't (Randy White) are completely retarded and have no sense of intelligence what so ever.

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merv the perv
04/07/2014 9:22am

too much money is like so bad because then you get like so snotty. real house wives of Vancouver are like that they are so snotty and dramatic cause they have like too too too too much money. so yay.

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Chester the Malester
04/07/2014 9:24am

I agree with Merv the Perv. Rich people are snotty and spoiled. Let's face it, nobody likes rich millionaire people. The only people that like them is themselves.

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Pubert
04/11/2014 9:07am

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cauy clark
04/11/2014 9:09am

money money money is my life

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Chester the Malester
04/11/2014 9:12am

Too much money is a terrible thing. I don't care what anyone else thinks because you can't argue this topic. The truth is rich people are retarded, snotty, spoiled, *ucked up little fuck tards. Beat that!

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nerd
04/11/2014 9:20am

snotty rich peopel suck, they are so stupid and spoiled. Plus, they're gay.

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Chester the Malester
04/11/2014 9:21am

cauy clark. I'm sorry but you suck.

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Chester the Malester
04/11/2014 9:26am

Hunter has a point. if you're so stupid go get a dictionary.

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Michael Harring
05/05/2014 10:36am

Im in 8th grader and i think this article is very well written and it's very helpful

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