Chapter 7 — The Symbol and the Thing
than anyone else, the Social Credit school knows how to distinguish
between wealth and money. If, in its studies, it gives so much
importance to money, it is because money today is necessary to have
access to wealth.
normal times, when war does not introduce wholesale destruction, the
civilized world abounds in wealth. The storekeepers then never complain
of not being able to find what is needed to replace sold stocks.
Warehouses are full to bursting. The hands of able-bodied men are more
numerously offered than can be employed.
civilized countries have so many products that they search everywhere
abroad to sell them. By all means, they favour exportation, and they bar
the road to importation, so as not to be glutted with products.
is Canada's situation. Canada is a country overflowing with wealth, and
capable of producing even more.
what is the use of saying to Canadian men and women that their country
is rich, that it exports a great many products, that it is the third- or
fourth-ranking country in the world for exportation? What goes out of
the country does not go into Canadian homes. What stays in the stores
does not appear on the tables of the Canadians.
mother does not feed her children or provide them with garments by going
window-shopping, by reading product advertisements in newspapers, by
listening to beautiful product descriptions on the radio, by listening
to sales talk from countless sales representatives of all kinds.
is the claim on these products that is lacking. One cannot steal them.
To get them, one must pay; one must have money.
are a lot of good things in Canada, but when the claim on these things
is absent from the Canadians' hands, when people do not have money, what
is the purpose of the display of all this wealth?
does not mean that money itself is wealth. Money is not an earthly good
capable of satisfying temporal needs.
cannot keep yourself alive by eating money. To get dressed, you cannot
sew dollar notes together to make a dress or a pair of stockings. You
cannot rest by lying down on money. You cannot cure an illness by
putting money on the seat of the illness. You cannot educate yourself by
crowning your head with money.
money is not real wealth. Real wealth is the useful things which satisfy
human needs. Bread, meat, fish, cotton, wood, coal, a car on a good
road, the doctor's visit to a sick person, the teacher's science —
this is real wealth.
in our modern world, each individual does not produce all the things he
needs. People must buy from one another. Money is the symbol or token
that one gets in return for something sold; it is the symbol that must
be presented to get something offered by another.
symbol ought to reflect the thing
is the thing; money is the symbol of that thing. Logically, the symbol
ought to reflect the thing.
a country has a lot of things available for sale, there must be a lot of
money available to dispose of them. The more people and goods, the more
money in circulation is required, or else everything stops.
is precisely this balance which is generally lacking. We have at our
disposal almost as great a quantity of goods as we could possibly wish
for, thanks to applied science, to new discoveries, and to the
perfecting of machinery. We even have people reduced to forced
unemployment, who represent a potential source of goods. We have loads
of useless, even harmful, occupations. We have a great deal of
activities, of which the sole end is destruction.
was created for the purpose of keeping goods moving, of selling goods.
Why then does it not always find its way into the hands of the consumers
in the same ratio as goods flow from the production line?
Because goods come from one source, and money comes from another source.
The first source — production — works well, but the latter — money
— does not work properly.
source of goods is the natural resources with which Providence has
favoured the planet; other sources are applied science and the work of
producers. All of these supply products in abundance.
source of money is elsewhere. Money comes neither from Providence, nor
from science, nor from the farmer's furrows, nor from the fisherman's
net, nor from the blows of the woodcutter's axe, nor from the workman's
the source of money does not run parallel to the source of products,
since money was lacking before World War II, in front of an abundance of
goods available for sale, and since money came during the war, in front
of the stores lacking in products.
come through production, and they disappear through consumption. Money
too comes and disappears, since it is plentiful at times, scarce at
other times. Money comes into being and dies.