Finland YES to CASH is a member of the Global YES to CASH movement. It is a website, a Twitter account (@finlandy2c) and a Facebook-group for the pro-cash movement of Scandinavia.
The YES to cash movement started in Norway in the fall of 2014, after the biggest bank in Norway officially wanted Norway becoming cashless in 2020. January 7 2017 the Conservative Party, that has the PM also suggested Norway to become cashless. As of May 2018 Yes to cash has 43000 members in Norway.
Without knowing about each other a parallel movement was also started at approx. the same time in Sweden, “Kontantupproret”. Sweden was even “further down the road” becoming cashless. All the Nordic countries are seen by the global banking community as potential first movers for the bankers dream of a cashless world where all assets/money are controlled by them. Finland is not fully where Norway, Sweden and Denmark is yet, but unless the good people of Finland sees the signs they soon will be fighting themselves to keep their cash.
In both Sweden and Norway the cashless tide has turned after hard media and political lobbying by both movements. The Parliaments in both countries have started researching how access to physical cash legally can be better protected.
Why is physical cash so important? Cards or mobile payments are so easy and secure. Are they not?
This is a question we get all the time. A question having many and very serious and important answers, all being what this website will be about.
The extremely short version of the answers are that cash is the most important remnant “We the People” have left of our privacy and right to control our own money.
We all so easily forget that all information being digital can also be tracked. And very few understands how our moneysystem really works. Our money in the bank are not our money any more, This sounds crazy. But what has the last ten years thought us, about bail-outs, bail-ins, negative interest rates and so on?
Cash is also a major tool and premise for balancing of power in a democratic society, to keep democracy alive. In a democracy noone must get unchecked power. What balance of power do we get if the commercial banks controls all the money. even the ones created by the central banks? Physical cash are central bank money.
Modern warfare will be digital. What happens if our technolical grid is taken down by an enemy power, and in a cashless society that will be imply that our money are gone too?
The people behind Finland Yes to cash is pro-technology. We truly believe in a society were technology is for the people. But we always remind people that real “free choice” must be priority number 1 to avoid the opposite. Technology must never be the goal, better life for humanity must be the goal. We like to compare the idea of going cashless to a house where they install an elevator, to improve life. But do they remove the stairs at the same time?
Welcome to Finland YES to CASH!