In 1887, Edward Bellamy wrote "Looking Backward",
In 1897, Bellamy elaborated on his ideas in a sequel entitled "Equality" which could well be one of the most important books on the planet.
Bellamy's description of the world that awaits us, if we could just let go of greed and competition, is absolutely brilliant. His books are a must read for all progressive thinkers and they are available for free here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/25439
Bellamy's ideas, however, imply increasing the powers of the State. Historically, political alternatives have always involved a trade-off between individual freedom (capitalism) and social equality (socialism/communism). Voters have been conditioned to believe that they can't have both. In reality, they can't have either.
With capitalism, individual freedom is only possible if you have a good supply of money. If you were not born rich, the freedom to live as you please is simply not available to you. To become rich, you must give up a significant portion of your individual freedom and submit to the authority of the marketplace. Even with a lifetime of hard work, very few people become rich enough to acquire true individual freedom, and most of those who do, become enslaved to maintaining their own success.
With socialism and communism, individual freedom is sacrificed to the authority of the State. It is assumed that State control over the affairs of the nation helps to moderate greed and corruption, creating a more egalitarian society. Historically however, all socialist and communist nations have maintained a privileged ruling class as dissimilar to the average worker as the wealthy capitalist elite. The larger the State bureaucracy, the greater the social inequality. (To be fair here, it must be pointed out that all capitalist countries today have adopted many socialist and communist ideas. True capitalism is already dead.)
When individual freedom can be suppressed for the "common good" the door to fascism is opened. The whole idea of "majority rule" is a totally unnecessary betrayal of individual freedom. If 60% of the people can impose their will on the other 40%, how free is a country really?
So how do we free ourselves from both the grip of government and capitalism? Once you realize that a possibility exists that is neither capitalism nor communism, a possibility that nearly eliminates the power of the State completely, the solution is a lot easier than you might think. A new and radically different political party has started in Canada. The Financial Party starts its thinking where no other political party dares to go... at the very heart of our corrupt financial & economic system. The Financial Party extends Bellamy's ideas of economic equality without sacrificing individual liberty to state or government control.
Their key ideas include:
Automatic Money Creation... directly by the people, not by the government or the banks.
When money is spent, it is extinguished. Money does not recirculate.
Free public capital and free public credit would be equally available to everyone.
All people contribute to society in more ways than just their paid employment.
Education would not only be free... students would be paid to attend college or university.
Life doesn't have to be this hard. We don't have to rent our money, or our lives, from private interests.