The debate
Stores throughout Florida have many options when it comes to getting paid, from cash, credit, debit and digital transfers of funds to any combination of those forms of payment or others. In recent years, however, a growing number of businesses are forgoing cash — a trend that’s only accelerated during the pandemic. While that arrangement works for people with the benefit of having numerous payment options, it excludes some of Florida’s less well-to-do residents, said Democratic state Rep. Matt Willhite of Wellington. “A cashless economy is not an inclusive economy,” he said. “Getting a...

Why protecting Cash is still so Important - 10/08/2021

Most people will have found they are using cash less these days. We now tap our card, even for small purchases, when previously we would have handed over coins. We send people money through mobile apps rather than handing over bank notes. As a result, cash accounted for 17 per cent of all payments in the UK last year, when a decade ago that figure was 56 per cent. At the same time, there has been a significant rise in the use of digital payments – last year contactless accounted for more than a quarter of all UK payments, up from just seven per cent four years ago. Read more

Why Cash is King in Switzerland and is a sign of good Governance - 10/06/2021

When I audited an economics class in the Rice University School of Business, the lecturer compared inflation to slow-growing cancer and deflation to a heart attack. The implication was that deflation – declining prices – is fatal and worse than inflation. This Keynesian fearmongering, which empowers central banks to water down currencies, is common but hollow. Switzerland, one of the world’s most sophisticated and economically prudent nations, stands as a counter example. That country has affirmed George Selgin’s contention in Less Than Zero, first published in 1997, and reaffirms that...

Contactless card: convenient but... dangerous - 10/04/2021

During the pandemic we have all been encouraged to use contactless card payments to reduce close contact between customers and staff, and last week banks informed us that the spending limit on contactless payments was to be increased from £45 to £100 from October 15. However although this will be welcomed by many who use contactless card payments to purchase expensive or multiple goods on a regular basis, there are already warnings that crime may rise as an unintended consequence. READ MORE  

Less inclusion, more inequalities: the heavy assessment of the Cashless Economy - 10/01/2021

Online banking, mobile finance and various payment technologies are extremely popular nowadays. Some already use their mobile phones as a true replacement for a wallet, and some would not remember the last time they paid in cash. And then, there are others – those who, for various reasons, continue to use coins and bills as their main means of payment. In the cashless debate, their voices are not so loud, but they still deserve to be heard.   A complete shift to the cashless society would mean the suppression of a daily and central means of payment for the poor and the elderly. How is...

The hidden costs of Cahsless Society - 09/28/2021

A cashless society describes an economic state where financial transactions are not conducted with money in the form of physical banknotes or coins, but rather through the transfer of digital information (usually an electronic representation of money) between the transacting parties. Cashless societies have existed from the time when human society came into existence, based on barter and other methods of exchange, and cashless transactions have also become possible in modern times using credit or debit cards, mobile payments and digital currencies such as bitcoin. However this article...

How to lose millions by turning Cashless - 09/23/2021

Over $104 million in Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls were lost last year as the agency switched to all-electronic tolling, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Around 11 million out of 170 million turnpike rides in the year that ended on May 31 generated no revenue, the report said, and millions of drivers who don't use E-ZPass had a one in two chance of a free trip under the state's license plate camera system. "We take this issue very seriously. It is a big number, there's no question," turnpike Chief Executive Mark Compton told the AP. "But we, as an organization, are leaving no stone...

The Cashless Debate about Freedom and Risks must exist - 09/20/2021

The average citizen has become aware of the threat of government overreach, acutely cognisant of the fact that their communications and digital transactions are not hidden safely away, that their every movement can be and is being tracked by unknown agents. Oh the wonders of modern technology… The public debate about the merits of cashless societies has encouraged us to once again wade into esoteric deliberation on how to conserve our civil liberties, to fight back against this inaffable government- and big tech-led foray into our private-sphere. In the United States, citizens have become...

The EU stands for cash! - 09/17/2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, consumers have increasingly faced “No Cash” signs when trying to pay for purchases. For some, this poses no problem. For others, this means being unable to buy the goods they need or having to travel a longer distance to find a store that accepts cash. In October 2020, Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra announced he would keep an eye on the increasing number of the country’s stores refusing cash payments during the pandemic. He explained that people should be able to choose how they want to pay for purchases and that he would evaluate whether...

Why Cashless Society means Danger - 09/15/2021

Are they trying to abolish cash? It seems that the national Covid panic, including wild suggestions that cash spreads disease, has been the pretext for a fierce attempt to march us towards a cashless society. Getting actual banknotes grows harder every day, as cashpoint machines are closed and banks disappear. Even shops that still accept cash often complain that they have no change. A cafe near my office has claimed for weeks that it is mysteriously ‘unable’ to accept money, so I must produce a card to pay for a £1.25 cup of coffee. Increasingly bureaucratic pubs look shocked if offered...
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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

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The debate

The State of Florida wants to Protect Cash for an Inclusive Economy

Why protecting Cash is still so Important

Why Cash is King in Switzerland and is a sign of good Governance

Contactless card: convenient but... dangerous

Less inclusion, more inequalities: the heavy assessment of the Cashless Economy

The hidden costs of Cahsless Society

How to lose millions by turning Cashless

The Cashless Debate about Freedom and Risks must exist

The EU stands for cash!

Why Cashless Society means Danger