Money is Time

The new movie Time has a pretty interesting concept.  I haven’t seen the movie so I’m making some assumptions from what I can glean from the trailer.  Anyway, it sounds like you spend minutes for whatever you want to buy.  Minutes off of your life.  “8 minutes for a cup of coffee!”  But apparently if you are rich you can somehow buy more minutes.

This brings up some interesting thoughts. For example, if everything that we did and everything we bought cost us minutes, would we choose more wisely?  Would we treat our time more like a commodity? Would I be sitting here watching a movie I’ve seen 4 times?  Maybe we would all be better off if we thought this way.  How many people would buy a snuggie for 30 minutes of our life or better yet a gun for 96 hours?  How many of us would sit around and spend 30 minutes watching Jersey Shore if it cost the same as a case of beer?  I think decisions would be a lot harder to make. That is until our minutes became as meaningless to us as our money has.

Consider this:  How much more upset would we be if we were paying 350 minutes for a gallon of gas and ExxonMobil was earning billions of minutes every quarter – virtually ensuring themselves near eternal life?  How many more people would be Occupying Wall Street if our government bailed out the banks to the tune of a couple thousand years – the very banks who manipulated our minutes to their own benefit?

Hope this post was worth the Starbucks Mochachino that it cost you to read it!

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Who is the George Washington of 2011?

As the Occupy Wall Street Movement continues, the local paper included a very interesting article about the Movement coming to Harrisburg, PA.  For those of you unaware of Occupy Wall Street, they are a loosely affiliated group whose one general principal is that  “We are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.” The gist is that the money controls the politicians and the politicians control the money. And about 99% of us are forgotten about.  I’m with you brother.  It is time for a revolution.  Actually, in my opinion, a total revolution is the only thing that could possibly change the current situation.  Didn’t anyone see “Wall Street:  Money Talks”?  Not a great movie but scarier than Amityville Horror.  An account for those of us who don’t read the Wall Street Journal about how the banks failed.  How rich people got richer by leveraging the welfare of the 99% and how the government probably knew and assisted.  I know its fiction but I don’t think it is far off the mark.

The biggest issue for the proliferation of this movement appears to be that they have no leader.  This isn’t were I am looking for a George Washington.  This is where I am looking for a Sam Adams. No, not a cold beer but a grassroots guy to topple the applecart.  For those of you who aren’t history buffs (and I count myself among you).  Sam Adams at times was maligned for his tactics prior to the Revolutionary War.  He was more apt to spread propaganda and promote mob violence – remember the real Tea Party – than negotiate with his adversaries. I read part of that in the paper and did a little more research.  A funny connection here is that Sam Adams’ original hatred of the English came because of the power of English banks.

Anyway, Adams and some of his Colonial buddies, in order to further the movement, solicited the assistance of George Washington.  What this movement needs is a George Washington.  Someone with stature; someone who can consolidate the ideas and make a statement.  Anarchy will get peoples minds working but it won’t get us to the next step. As Seth Godin has said, we have to Ship It.  If we ship from 75 different places, the final product is going to need put together.  What this movement needs is a single shipment.  Maybe a Continental Congress of sorts.  Everyone bring their ideas together and allow them to coalesce into one list of demands.  And then a shipper.  A George Washington!

If this is going to be the United States’ version of the Arab Spring or the Spanish 15-M movement or maybe the 21st Century version of the “real” Tea Party, it needs a George Washington. Who?  I don’t know but I am sure that if the pressure on Wall Street is kept up, the right leader will arise.