‘Better Than Cash Alliance’ Backed by Bill Gates
January 30th, 2013
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by Brandon Turbeville
It appears that while Bill Gates was content to play the role of Microsoft innovator and billionaire philanthropist early on, he has decided that the second half of his life deserves a more open and slightly more honest twist.
Indeed, in recent years Bill Gates and his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have funded a variety of initiatives aimed at reducing population, promoting toxic vaccinations, and now hyping and funding the development of the cashless society.
In a recent article by Peter McCoy published in Bloomberg Businessweek, McCoy reveals that Bill Gates is opposed to physical cash currency because, like vaccine-free populations who are able to determine their own reproduction rates, it hurts poor people (according to Gates).
Indeed, McCoy writes that Gates âhates cashâ âbecause of its effect on people at the opposite end of the wealth spectrumâthe worldâs poor and unbanked.” Of course, in third world countries that are suffering from starvation, civil war, and abysmal living standards, the answer is clearly âbanking.â
If only these nations had more banks and greater access to banks â the private banks of course â then we would finally see the living standards of these nations raised to truly acceptable levels. If only more people had access to digital transactions, then empty bellies would soon be filled.
Sarcasm aside, the push toward a cashless society under the guise of benefiting the poor and underserved is a very real movement. As McCoy points out in his article, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been instrumental in this regard as major backers of the Better Than Cash Alliance â an organization that was established last September whoseÂ stated objectivesÂ are to reach the following goals by 2017:
- Significant commitments by governments, the development community, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to implement electronicÂ payment solutionsÂ instead of cash.
- Delivery of demand-drivenÂ technical assistanceÂ to governments, non-governmental organizations, the development community, or members of the private sector that will dramatically increase the capacity of these stakeholders to deliver end-user-focused payment technologies.
- Improved economic security for millions of low-income and poor people, many of whom were previously unbanked, enabling them to use bank or electronic accounts to build savings and assets via innovative payment technologies.
The Better Than Cash Alliance founding members and financiers boasts of a list of organizations that have their own sordid histories from the distant past all the way back to present times. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is instrumental inÂ population reduction initiativesÂ via vaccination programs, abortion and sterilization, and other programs; Citi, the major international bank who wasÂ intricately involved in the 2008 derivatives crisis; the Ford Foundation, representatives of which actuallyÂ stated to Reece Commission Chief Investigator Norman DoddÂ that the goal of the foundation was to comfortably merge the United States with the Soviet Union;Â Omidyar Network; and VISA Inc. which hasÂ long been interestedÂ in creating aÂ cashless society.
Yet the Better Than Cash Alliance has more than just corporate and private sector sponsors as one of the key founding members and financiers is, in fact, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a âgovernmentâ agency that answers directly to the U.S. Secretary of State. It has been understood for some time that USAID is nothing more thanÂ CIA front operationÂ forÂ intelligence gatheringÂ and as aÂ facilitation mechanismÂ for the CIA funding of foreign governments andÂ organizations.
In addition, the Better Than Cash Alliance founder and financier roster contains the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UNâs âcapital investment agencyâ reserved for use with the âleast developedâ nations.
The Better Than Cash Alliance also boasts of participation by theÂ World Food Programme,Â Mercy Corps,Â Concern Worldwide, andÂ CARE. The governments listed as taking part in the alliance are the governments of Afghanistan, Department of Social Prosperity of the Government of Colombia,Â Republic of Kenya,Â Republic of Peru, andÂ Republic of the Philippines.
Yet, even without the establishment of the Better Than Cash Alliance or the recent comments by Bill Gates, it is very clear that the world is moving in the direction of an entirely cashless society. I, myself, have writtenÂ many articlesÂ on this issue.
Unfortunately, what is being introduced as a method of convenience and upward social mobility will soon give way to mandates and eradication of choice.
The creation of the Better Than Cash Alliance and the international push for digital transactions is one more step toward the ultimate goal of the Cashless Society and the requirement that even theÂ most personal individual informationÂ such as iris scans, fingerprints,Â vein scans, facial photographs, and evenÂ DNA swabsÂ be surrendered for the purpose of data security.
Obviously, in aÂ society whose citizensÂ are able to carry and make transactions withÂ cash, there is still some semblance of anonymity available to them. There is still the opportunity to purchase staples such as food and water (via third parties if necessary) even if a system of exclusivity were to be introduced and certain people were prohibited from making purchases directly.
In a cashless system, however, an enormous amount of trust is placed in the hands of the government agencies, banks, and corporations that would then control the money for the âconvenienceâ of the unwitting soul who has sacrificed his own personal responsibility and control for the luxury of his convenience. If even one of these institutions decide, for whatever reason, that the account of the user should be frozen, disconnected, or discontinued, the ability to purchase the basic necessities will disappear. That is, it will disappear if there is no longer the option of cash.
When all financial transactions eventually become digital, it is only a matter of time before banks, corporations, and governments begin to force citizens to bend to their will with the threat of cutting off accounts as punishment for resistance or refusal.
This is precisely why we need both resistance and refusal now, before it is too late.
Read other articles byÂ Brandon Turbeville here.Â
Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books,Â Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom,Â 7 Real Conspiracies, andÂ Five Sense SolutionsÂ andÂ Dispatches From a Dissident.Â Turbeville has published over 175 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST atÂ UCYTV.Â He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.Â
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