Money-free economics floated

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATION - RICHARD MAYS

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.

PHOTO: ROB ED­WARDS/SUP­PLIED

Scott An­drew is re­leas­ing a film about global sys­tems col­lapse.

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