But money is a fiction. Its value is determined by supply and demand like anything alse. We are endlessly manipulated into wanting money. Capitalism thrives on creating demand – i.e. creating scarcity. At one time, we could be persuaded that with a little more money we could have a happier life, and create jobs for others too which would help them have a better life too. But for the last 100 years that American dream has started to look more and more threadbare, and now it is revealed as a lie. Since Edward Bernays more or less founded the modern concept of marketing in the early 20th century, those with wealth and power have driven their agendas more and more by the sticks of fear, anxiety, depression, hatred and anger rather than carrots of real benefits. Each technological innovation has been a benefit to some at the expense of others, and each time it has been used to strengthen the hand of the wealthiest and most powerful and weaken the rest of us. On one side of the scales we have medical advances, increased comfort and convenience for some, on the other, rising poverty, war, slavery, hatred, racism, depression, anxiety, suicide, dependency, despair, and planetary destruction. We have become increasingly aware of the downside.