It was many decades after I developed the modern credit card, by sharing among multiple banks, that I realized I had also invented the first international currency. You can use a modern credit card anywhere on the planet regardless of currency.
I am beginning to think about the reason I am in a category of my own called pro-commerce. I hope to be able to write a complete article on the subject at some future point.
I have written a book on what I consider to be commerce. It is radically different than the conventional view. You can see some of my thinking in the heading of this blog. Most people do not think of commerce as the source of human diversity. But it is.
Nor do people think of commerce as the only creation resulting from meritocracy or of commerce being based primarily on the value: openness. But it is.
One of the reasons I want to be clear that pro-commerce is not the same as any conventional views is because I am occasionally treated as a conservative or a member of the right wing.
It is hard to conceive of me being a conservative. I am as conservative as a person who believes in Darwinian – punctuated evolution. Commerce is an evolutionary system based on survival.
I accept the real world as it is. That is why I love commerce.
That distinguishes me from Lefties, Liberals and others who have an ideological dream of future human beings and how they can be shaped by government.
Commerce is the most radical source of social upheaval that the human mind can imagine. Everything changes every day. It is not like Chairman Mao's slaughter of human beings in the Great March Backward. Commerce is a constant world of reducing costs and improving life using voluntary human interaction and technology.
Commerce is totally disruptive and could never be a source of comfort for a person who is comfortable with the status quo. You won’t find me defending some local sentimental business against a new superstore.
Commerce is always based on values. Those values are completely incompatible with conventional political ideas of the contemporary political world. The political world is made up of humans trying to find accommodation to power based conflicts.
Commerce resolves all problems by seeking new markets and new technologies.