I'm about as independent as you can get. Oh yes I know the gov't built those bridges and roads that I drive over to get what I need. but I also paid a boatload of taxes that hired those people that built those roads. In a modern society you use what is made available. I've always been a fan of the bartering system. As a counselor I would have gladly provided my services for a sack of potatoes or a chicken, but that isn't what has been established and I'm only one person. No I don't like money or love it. I like and love people. Money is just another bartering system.<quoted text>I like money just fine, and so do you. Some like it less, many like it much, much more, but only the odd person you may know who lives "off the grid" is even close to truly independent.
Let me ask this - can one be "independent" in America without the pursuit of money? Can one of high ideals about humanity pursue money without making some compromises in principle along the way? When one sets out to be "independent", is it truly through their own efforts, or must they insert themselves into the system in order to achieve some semblance of "independence"? Unless you found your own secret gold-mine, exactly how "independent" are you?
Capitalism no matter the definition is a way for people to not only get what they need but what they want. The Obama administration is trying to establish a system that gives everyone not just what they need but what they want. Problem is that without capitalism you cannot create the kind of money that gives everyone what they want for free. And the people can't get those things without having to trade something for it.(barter) What they trade is their independence.