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You may think of card and electronic payments as conveniences. But beyond their practicality, the phasing out of cash in cities around the world has implications. Brett Scott, a journalist, financial activist and former broker in London, argues that a cashless society will undermine people’s privacy and limit their lifestyle choices. getAbstract recommends Scott’s passionate call for maintaining dual payment options to financial industry executives and concerned citizens.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why governments and electronic payment providers are promoting a low-cash economy,
  • How a cashless society undermines people’s privacy,
  • Why maintaining cash-based payment options is a prerequisite for social inclusiveness and diversity.

About the Author

Brett Scott is an independent journalist and campaigner based in London. He is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money.



With little opposition, governments and digital payment systems providers are promoting the benefits of a cashless society. Advertising campaigns for credit cards and other electronic payment services like PayPal emphasize the increased convenience and safety of not carrying cash. Many governments, among them Sweden and the United Kingdom, argue that evading taxes and laundering money will be much more difficult when all transactions occur electronically. Moreover, central banks in low-cash economies can introduce negative interest rates more easily during a ...

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