The power of change?

Earnt through sweat and worry,
Beer tokens flow:
Out and in,
Down and up.

Decade-spanning cycles
Seem to merrily move;
The misery of the downs
Lost in distant fog.

Folding paper,
Chinking coins
Representing…
What?
Stored labour?

Money is power.
Money is paper.
Money is electronic bits.

Doubletake:

Energy is power.

Hey, let’s get fit!
Cycles, to generate
Stored energy.

Abolish wage slavery;
Work for each other.
Redefine money.
Redistribute wealth.

The banks are dead.
Long live the Ergbanks!

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About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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3 Responses to The power of change?

  1. Polly says:

    I always wondered why they didn\’t, or how they could use all the energy generated in a gym to power the lights and air conditioning, and why ergometers need batteries when the flywheel could produce the electricity using a dynamo, swimmers could heat their own pool. The more popular gyms might even be able to contribute to the natiional grid.I like the idea of shared ideals, thats how families work, or don\’t work, as the case may be; and getting fit sounds fun, as does being free of the shackles of wage slavery, though I worry that I couldn\’t afford that

  2. Colin says:

    Hi Polly :)Your last comment makes it clear I\’ve missed the mark, again.Once upon a time, "I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of five pounds" meant just that: five pounds – OF SILVER. That all changed, and I believe this to be the root cause of all our current financial woes: money is worthless unless we have faith in it – and indeed, to some, money (and its acquisition) has become a full-blown religion.If I\’m right and this is the cause of the problem, then the solution is to have a base for money once again, as we used to have in the past. That base need not be simply a rare metal, it need only be something rare – such as, given our existing technology*, energy.In the next few decades, energy will become increasingly rare as fossil fuels run out and our demands for it increase: we need reasons to conserve what we have. We already have good reason (global climate destabilisation, though many are still in denial about that) to want to reduce the amount of energy we use.Just think how liberating it would be to have a basis for money that allowed anyone to acquire it through physical labour. We\’d have no more \’unemployed\’ people – if energy were to become the basis of money then anyone could, quite literally, get on his or her (static, hooked up to a generator) bike, and MAKE \’money\’ :)So, you see, you shouldn\’t worry about not being able to \’afford\’ it!*** Our sun puts out immensely more energy than the tiny sliver of its rays that hit our planet. It\’s there for the taking, and it\’s all FREE. All we have to do is invest in ways to trap that free energy… and I can\’t think of a better way of encouraging people to invest in space exploration (one of my favourite hobby-horses) than to make energy the basis of money. Want to get rich? There\’s energy in them thar stars!** As long as you\’re physically capable of exercise – granted, we\’ll have to make allowances for those who genuinely aren\’t, but society already does that.

  3. Polly says:

    I think your poem hit the bull\’s eye, and I\’d love to earn a cup of coffee for my efforts in the gym!

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