This article was written by Michael Snyder and originally published at his Economic Collapse Blog.
Editor’s Comment: This is happening nearly as rapidly in the United States too, and other parts of the world aren’t too far behind. The system is working overtime to phase in what will become a mandatory cashless grid. It will make the real economy into a black market, where anyone and everyone can be criminalized for making unauthorized transactions of all kinds. It will make tracking of all financial activities default, and it will give all the control to the institutions that operate the system.
The banks want a cashless society because all transactions must flow through them, and each piece of circulating cash represents money they aren’t investing and profiting from, as well as money that they aren’t charging deposit fees and fines upon. The system of money reflects the freedom of a nation, and while America has already suffered enough under the Federal Reserve notes system, the cashless grid stands to be even more oppressive and enslaving.
The Cashless Society Cometh: European Nations Such As Sweden And Denmark Are ‘Eradicating Cash’
by Michael Snyder
Did you know that 95 percent of all retail sales in Sweden are cashless? And did you know that the government of Denmark has a stated goal of “eradicating cash” by the year 2030? All over the world, we are seeing a relentless march toward a cashless society, and nowhere is this more true than in northern Europe. In Sweden, hundreds of bank branches no longer accept or dispense cash, and thousands of ATM machines have been permanently removed. At this point, bills and coins only account for just 2 percent of the Swedish economy, and many stores no longer take cash at all. The notion of a truly “cashless society” was once considered to be science fiction, but now we are being told that it is “inevitable”, and authorities insist that it will enable them to thwart criminals, terrorists, drug runners, money launderers and tax evaders. But what will we give up in the process?
In Sweden, the transition to a cashless society is being enthusiastically embraced. The following is an excerpt from a New York Times article that was published on Saturday…
Parishioners text tithes to their churches. Homeless street vendors carry mobile credit-card readers. Even the Abba Museum, despite being a shrine to the 1970s pop group that wrote “Money, Money, Money,” considers cash so last-century that it does not accept bills and coins.
Few places are tilting toward a cashless future as quickly as Sweden, which has become hooked on the convenience of paying by app and plastic.
To me, giving money in church electronically seems so bizarre. But it is starting to happen here in the United States, and in Sweden some churches collect most of their…