Money-free economics floated
The love of money is the root of all evil, so the saying goes. Award-winning Palmerston North based theatre director Scott Andrew is convinced the ruling economic growth model is the cause of the world’s social, economic and environmental ills, and has put together a film explaining why.
100% Pure Delusion, a film Andrew has been ‘‘composing’’ for the last year, is almost ready for on-line release.
‘‘It’s an experimental feature-length film. It’s not strictly a documentary - it’s a dramatic mosaic of our collapsing social construct,’’ Andrew said.
Delusion is an expose of an economic system based on a fiction that Andrew likened to a giant Ponzi scheme, where debt is a product and money is created by banks out of thin air.
However, there is not enough money in the world to pay back the total amount of debt.
The film was due out this month, but there had been a production delay due to Andrew’s decision to contest the general election as a Palmerston North candidate for the Money Free Party.
‘‘Economists are high priests and propagandists of a money-based religion that doesn’t recognise the planet,’’ Andrew said.
Others had pointed out that the economic growth model propagated by big business, politicians and economists is unsustainable, and that it would take the resources of four more planet Earths to continue to maintain the western lifestyle.
‘‘The growth idea doesn’t work on a finite planet with finite resources.’’
Andrew said his political campaign may have delayed the movie, but he had encountered plenty of people wanting to learn more about alternatives to the existing ‘‘pathological’’ economic system.
Scott Andrew is releasing a film about global systems collapse.