… and thought of you all.
Let’s call this “the illusion theory of money.” Note how it differs from the theory of the power of money we have been discussing in class. The Onion article makes it seem like the power of money is simply a “delusion,” something we could all wake up from and be free of. By contrast, what I have been arguing is that even if we wake up from it, we are still trapped by it, because if we “see through” the illusion we are still subject to suffering if we, individually, stop recognizing the power of money.
In order for the illusion theory to solve the problem of the power of money, we need to imagine some scenario as fantastical as the one described by the The Onion: a situation where everyone suddenly comes to their senses. But what would happen if a small group of people suddenly came to their sense, but those in power (namely, those whose decisions deploy police violence) did not? Or, even more likely, what if every has already seen through the illusion, but those who benefit from the illusion maintain it as “the only way to run a complex society”?
Things to think about