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A proposal by a former pop-star to make Sweden a cashless society which we know is serious because he’s a multi-millionaire is a clear indication of the burgeoning authoritarianism here in Vancouver, because they like bikes in Copenhagen, and they like bikes here and there’s a law in Chicago that says if you don’t have a dollar in your pocket you’re a vagrant and HAHA off to jail with you and if you don’t understand all this you’re a teenager because Sweden treats it’s population like teenagers.
In other words, ipso facto.
This is, I understand, all supposed to be high satire and good fun,
despite the commentators taking it deadly seriously. Though I was under the impression that satire, at least good satire, doesn’t make you squint to see it being based on at least a kernel of reality. And not on, say, a logical fallacy.
Copenhagen is in Denmark, btw.
They use the Euro.
In recent weeks, Theodoros Mavridis has bought fresh eggs, tsipourou (the local brandy: beware), fruit, olives, olive oil, jam, and soap. He has also had some legal advice, and enjoyed the services of an accountant to help fill in his tax return.
None of it has cost him a euro, because he had previously done a spot of electrical work – repairing a TV, sorting out a dodgy light – for some of the 800-odd members of a fast-growing exchange network in the port town of Volos, midway between Athens and Thessaloniki.
In return for his expert labour, Mavridis received a number of Local Alternative Units (known as tems in Greek) in his online network account. In return for the eggs, olive oil, tax advice and the rest, he transferred tems into other people’s accounts.
All that huff n’puff. For nothing, apparently.