Oh, Now You’re In Favour Of Untraceable Payments..?

The health food chain Tossed has just opened the UK’s first cashless cafe. It’s another step towards the death of cash.

Well, umm….yay?

Electronic banking put paid to the cheque. Contactless payment is now doing the same to cash, which is becoming less and less convenient. In the marketplace convenience usually wins.

Hurrah?

That’s fine as long as people are making this choice freely. What concerns me is the unofficial war on cash that is going on, from the suspicion with which you are treated if you ever use large sums of cash to the campaign in Europe to decommission the €500 note. I’m not sure the consequences have been properly considered.

Ah. Of course. I forgot where I was reading this for a moment. How silly of me, to think that any new invention would be wholly good.

There’s always the potential for an identity group or two to be ‘disadvantaged’. Especially if there’s a chance some SJW will get a CiF column out of it.

We already live in a world that is, as far as the distribution of wealth is concerned, about as unequal as it gets. It may even be as unequal as it’s ever been. My worry is that a cashless society may exacerbate inequality even further.

By not allowing the dishonest ‘poor’ to evade taxes and conceal their earnings on the black economy, you mean? Well, isn’t that a good thing?

In a world without cash, every payment you make will be traceable. Do you want governments (which are not always benevolent), banks or payment processors to have potential access to that information?

But I thought the prevailing wisdom on the Left was that government owns all the money, generously letting us keep some of it, because it knows best how to spend it?

I’m not saying we should all take our money out of the bank, but that we should all have the option to. Cash gives you that option. Why remove it? It’s our money. Not the banks’.

Excellent news! If it’s ‘our money’, I’ll expect no more screeching from the Left when we choose to spend it on things they don’t approve of.

That’ll happen, won’t it?

4 comments for “Oh, Now You’re In Favour Of Untraceable Payments..?

  1. April 4, 2016 at 11:33 am

    My worry is that a cashless society may exacerbate inequality even further.

    My worry is the total control it then gives the PTB. Come the crash and suddenly the computers are down. No runs on banks any more.

    • April 10, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Good point.

  2. Hereward Unbowed.
    April 4, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    It’s all about control, just think about it.

    Iphones, sat nav, micro chipped cars informing the car giants how many miles you do and all-in-all; sat nav iphones tell ’em where you are at all times of the day and where and what you buy and whereabouts that you do it, by the shorts and curlies do they have you.

    I pay by cheque still, cash always when I can and never have used the tap facility on the bank card – a facility incidentally that, I never solicited.

    What is needed now is, a concerted, determined, coordinated, collective campaign of: civil disobedience and pay all government offices by cash.

    • April 10, 2016 at 6:33 am

      I’ve found it pretty useful, because it reduces the chance of being mugged, if no-one carries cash.

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