Would society be better without money?
This question is made irrelevant by the unprovided definition of what a good society is.
And since this answer lies in personal preference it is unattainable as a definitive.
Though a rough generalization can be given through common themes of aggreement.
This can be decsribed loosely by the notions that basic needs need to be accessible to all, not necessarily provided, but accessable.
What many communistic idealists often lose sight of is the efforts needed by them to keep these accessable, not the efforts needed to obtain them, but to keep them accessable.
Where they tend to fall flat is in giving away their rights and responsibilities to watch over their rights and care for their needs, ergo their responsibility to keep themselves alive, not to expect others to do it for them and not resent this burden or take advantage of it.
What so many capitalists fail to understand is that to have excess at some point means to take from others. And that "free markets" are actually less free when unregulated (unbalanced), because someone other than a force for balance for the good of all then has the "freedom" to take over and always does. But they are too blinded by their own greed and delusions of grandure to see that's already the case.
Both end in tyranny.
The above question is also irrelevant because of all the little things hinted at but never fully articulated or expanded upon throughout this entire thread.
Which is why is the question asked to begin with. Which is why society doesn't seem to be better.
Money is not the issue. Money is but a tool.
How it is used is the issue that concerns money.
Money is not the root of all evil, evil is. But as has been thuroughly discussed, what is evil. Other than a term mired is mysticism and ambiguity.
I suggest another term, I feel the common and more easily definable ailment of both money and society is corruption.
Corruption of individuals and systems, of any natural balance that allows anything to sustain.
Balance is kept by regulation between freedom and common law, basic rules that are general enough to extend to all as a whole and flexible enough to cater to all individually.
But regulation has to be regulated by these individuals as well.
That is why America was beautiful, in theory.
It was a democratic republic. A constitutionally based society with freedom that was regulated as simplistically as possible and governed not by a few, but by the masses, but not the masses over the few either, hence inalienable rights.
But all of that has changed, and in fact, barely, if ever, actually was.
What was brought up but not fully articulated and definitely not likely absorbed or understood was what Trippy and GM1258, and while I was typing KGB, and briefly fearless, or bluntly by Decius were mentionings of corruption in one sense or another.
It comes down to fucked up people doing fucked up things and the rest of us either greedily or ignorantly helping or cowardly or ignorantly doing nothing to stop it.
Those who think that "the system" of money and the governing bodies over it and other systems aren't corrupt and manipulated are wrong.
Money and government are not evil. Evil is.
Trippy was trying to explain how money is wrongfully used. Which is what is needed to know in order to correct it as others have suggested.
And you can't just teach your kids to live right then throw them into a corrupt system. They will be persecuted untill conforming to corruption.
Let me elaborate on trippy's point.
Our money, and this covers most of us in all our varying countries through two main methods, is lent to us at instant debt, interest.
As he mentioned, it was once backed by something with a more consistent value, gold. It was more consistent because of its stability of physical existance. It could not be generated at will. And when exchanged responsibly without rediculous accumulations of interest it retained it value as well.
The initial key is still the fact that today money is lent to our governments/us at interest. With debt instantly attached. This includes the once mighty America.
For those who don't know, the "Federal Reserve" is not Federal at all. It is owned by private banks, banks designed for profit.
There is a lot to be explained in the details of its creation and supposed oversight but it is all a sham. They have never been audited. It is not even public record as to all of which banks own the Fed.
The second key comes in the form of Fractional Reserve Banking.
This is where, once debt and the need to borrow to pay it has exceeded physical resources backing the currency, gold, it is generated out of thin air based on fractions of the worth of the initial resource, at debted interest of course.
Once the gold was taken off as the standard so this could continue indefinitely, it did.
Then those lending the money lend us more money that they don't have any backing for, yet still charge interest on, by typing numbers into a computer, usually deemed as fraud if you and I were to do it.
Why does this matter if it helps us grow right? Well, you would only be asking that if the debt portion hadn't sunk in yet.
But if you need a little more, here's another tidbit. These are the people who determine how much money is in circulation and how much various interest rates are, and when to call in outstanding loans and debts.
What that equals is total control.
Ever wonder where our unconstitutional, unratified, supreme court reiterrated unauthorized, unaportioned income tax goes to pay?
Those who believe the system isn't a corrupt scam haven't seemed to watch how over and over these banking interests have generated all this debt, called in loans and debts and then bought or confiscated resources, land, property, businesses etc. at pennies on the dollar or for nothing but through force of "law".
There is a reason why approximately 1-10% of the population controls some 90% of the world's wealth.
And it isn't capitalism.
These are the same people and entities that have funded communists, fascists, and capitalists alike, as well as funded and fomented their wars, at debt and interest.
It all equals a concentration of wealth and power for them.
And it is only possible due to the greed, ignorance, and cowardice of the rest of us.
I'll direct you to a link to help make the point should you choose to bother. http://www.captaincynic.com/thread/36405/conspiracy-confessions.htm