You may well be right. Things could change beyond what we can imagine.
Obviously money is not anything intrinsic to humans, it's part of a cultural construction. I wouldn't argue against that. It's intrinsic though to most of our modern institutions.
I think money itself will be around for sometime to come. The transition to a post money world would have to come in stages.
oh absolutely. my point is there's nothing so intrinsic about those institutions either. you know we may be witnessing the beginning of many of them breaking down. some have served us reasonably well. some have served only to wrap us in illusions. those illusions, many of them, have already begun to fray around the edges, and are unlikely to survive the environmental changes we have inflicted upon ourselves and continue to do so.
marxists used to say they would bury capitalism. well it isn't that. its that all ideology is digging its own hole that is burying itself.
i belive the more fanatical people get about trying to prevent this, the faster they are forcing it to happen.
how many of these institutions would survive something like an 80 or more per cent reduction in human population of a period of little more then a single decade? not many i would rather suspect, when nearly everyone is dying, not of some war or even the affects of war, but from famine and disease, resulting from what we are doing now, with our dependence on carbon, to, ultimately, nature's ability to sustain our own species.
this is not some way out there speculation, but a real possibility, even probability, not in some far off century, but quite possibly in a very few years.
many factors too, can blind side us with more raped then expected changes of many kinds. certainly almost no one, for the first 30 years of my life, would have believed what we have seen and are seeing, these past 35 or so years since.
only future events will probe me right or wrong, but i also suspect, those who believe arming themselves and the use of force can be any answer to this, will be among the first to remove themselves from the stage, by killing each other off. not always intentionally. but in accidents that happen for example, when local armed militants, fight over control munitions manufacturing facilities.
no gun can prevent the accelerated mutation of diseases either. so for all their bravado, they'll still be dying of them along with everyone else, even if they do settle this way who gets to loot that last can of peaches off nearly empty convenience store shelves.
not that it has to get that bad. but preventing it from getting that bad or worse, really depends on weaning infrastructure off of carbon and other non-renewables dependence.