It’s human nature to examine and question things and concepts that are new to us. Some people I tell about permuta are on-board from the jump. Some are a little skeptical. If they have the latter reaction, it’s usually because of scale. ↗ “bartering for brain surgery”
this barter thing is all well and good, but at the end of the day, who’s going to pay the mortgage?!!— me (and no one before the year 1930*)
i looked up the etymology of mortgage. the chart on google is amusing. ↗ “mortgage: the death pledge”
i’m going to disprove the ‘i can’t afford it’ mentality with this site. you can afford everything you need (and a lot of things you want too).
let’s take a quick trip to the crossroads of etymology and psychology. afford traces back to Old English geforðian – ‘to send out, promote, carry out.’ but when you look up afford in almost any dictionary, the first definition is the way most of us mean/use it. ↗ “i can’t afford it”
as i write this, i’m trying to finish development of the permuta site so i’m not going to spend a lot of time on analysis and commentary.
here is how the federal government of the United States spent tax dollars in 2018. ↗ “allocation of tax dollars”
here’s a standard milk transaction:
jimmy goes to the ATM, takes out $20, drives to stop&shop grocery store and buys a gallon of milk for $3.65.
here’s who got paid*:
- the ATM company who contracted with the bank;
- the grocery store employees (cashier, shelf stockers, management team);
- stop&shop corporate (distribution, payroll, accounting, management, owners);
- the company stop&shop pays to do their cash registers and credit card terminals;
- stop&shop’s insurance company;
- stop&shop’s electric company;
- stop&shop’s internet company;
- a bottling/packaging company;
- a dairy farmer.