TO A HUMANE-FRIENDLY ECONOMIC SYSTEM “
In his book “Goodbye Wahnsinn – Vom Kapitulismus und Kommunismus zum menschenerechtchten Wirtschaftssystem” (Goodbye madness – From capitalism and communism to a humane economic system), Christoph Ulrich Mayer disproves the untrustworthy stories about the lack of alternatives in political decisions and the economic system. It points out perceptual filters that make even established economists blind, with the intention of drawing a comprehensive picture with a consistent argumentation. Mayer provides solutions to many of today’s problems in society and develops new ideas against fixed thought patterns of elitist structures.
Finally, you too can free yourself from your stuck structures and take advantage of all the opportunities that life has to offer. Take on the challenge and dare to break new ground. You won’t regret it!
The short interview to his book “Goodbye Madness”
Many people feel that we have manoeuvred ourselves into a dead end, but only a few dare to show us a way out of it. Why do you think that’s true?
„We live in a world where it is considered intellectual to criticize and articulate problems. Anyone who dares to propose something concrete, on the other hand, will be attacked from many sides. Unfortunately, hardly anyone takes the time to investigate problems in depth. Anyone who does so will realize that most of the ambiguities do not come from real complexity, but from superficial considerations and false information. Albert Einstein once said:’ If you can’t explain something simply, then you haven’t sufficiently penetrated it yourself:’ My experience is that when you get to the root of things, you integrate contradictory arguments, evaluate them without prejudice, and where intractable contradictions go to a higher level, you end up with something simple. Most people, however, do not accept the simple. In addition, the focus is always on self-interest. For this reason, most authors in their books accuse, for example, only of grievances, without proposing solutions. Here we return to Reality Distorionfield.
Ultimately, a change affecting many millions of people can only work with a clear focus and high mental and emotional energy.”
You are talking about core solutions for a human-oriented economic system. Can you outline in three sentences what a humane economic system might look like, or do you think that we don’t see the forest in the midst of trees?
“This could be discussed for several semesters. The short version: The economy must orientate itself on human values, otherwise these values will never really establish themselves in society. We should first of all release the hand brake and replace the debt-based global economy with a value-added-based economy. And directing this unrestricted growth in the direction of social values by adding a market mechanism for sustainability to the current system. The problem of not having money for environmental protection or nursing care for the elderly, for example, would then be history once and for all.”
You write in your book that the core problem is the creation of money. What would be the alternative and do we have to change our world-view of our problems?
“Let me try to explain briefly: money does not derive its value from debts or gold deposits, but from the value of goods, services, real estate and land. Debt-free new money, which is issued for value creation, i. e. work, is therefore available. Thus, the economic austerity gap is closed without debt and the demand affecting the economy increases. This results directly in an increase in the gross domestic product – without negative consequences for foreign trade, debt and currency. ONLY in this way, global economic growth is possible without debt growth! The debt-free money is gradually replacing the loans, so that finally the mountain of debt is shrinking. This in turn means that the cost of capital shrinks, which leads to a) an increase in the competitiveness of companies, b) a reduction in loan defaults to zero and c) an increase in the share of wages in company distributions. The measure thus simultaneously increases international competitiveness and income, which in turn increases the gross domestic product. The neo-liberal approach to generating growth from surpluses over others works for a few and is therefore not a concept for the global economy. In the long term, it will collapse because the debtors are no longer solvent. However, my theory of value-covered money works excellently for the global economy.
There will then no longer be any over-indebtedness “of the world”, instead there will be independence, fair income, sustainable growth without essential crises – it would be also a way out of the euro crisis!”
Many believe that they have an unsolvable problems. What advice would you give them?
“You surely know this story: when Christopher Columbus was at sea for weeks sailing around the world, the doubts of his crew grew stronger and stronger. At that time, the idea still prevailed that the earth was a disk and that the sea had to end somewhere. He summoned his crew and asked them to put up an egg so that it would stand upright. Of course, no one managed to do so. He bet he could and everybody laughed at him. Then he took the egg and put it on the table with a lot of strength so that the bottom broke and the egg remained standing.
What empowered Christopher Columbus to do what all the others couldn’t? Many would say his willpower, but that’s not the main point. He set a different frame for thinking and possible solutions – wider than anyone else.
If we only have bad alternatives or if there seems to be no solution, we have all chosen the wrong way of thinking.”