What is power?
Power represents the level of influence an entity possesses over their environment. It is not inherently good, nor is it inherently bad.
Like most things, it is highly dependent on how it is obtained and utilized. Concern is warranted when considering how power is typically acquired, and subsequently maintained.
Power is the direct result of exerting control over an environment. Control is typically procured by minimizing the power of others.
Historically, this has been accomplished with the use of physical force and threats of violence. Succumb, or suffer the consequence.
As the civilized world grew, the weapons evolved with it. From battle axes to bullets and bullets to bombs. Violence and its tools have substantially changed in the modern era, as have the methods for taking power.
Outright aggression is particularly effective for disrupting an opposing societal construct, whether it be a form of government, religion, or social movement.
Once control of the target population has been achieved, aggressive tactics prove counterproductive to maintaining influence over the population.
Bullets and bombs become bills and baggage.
These new tools substantially increase the power differential between the rich and poor. Citizens now must meet their societal debts and obligations by working for the rich; ultimately furthering the divide in a feeble attempt towards personal growth and economic mobility.
Today, slavery is not powered by whips and chains, but hopes and dreams.
While societal control is maintained by pushing financial obligation to the masses, both debts and taxes represent the nuclear upgrade to capitalism that unilaterally enforces the system.
Debt grants its users a taste of what they can not yet afford, subsequently reinforcing the notion that work is equal to progress while also ensuring continuous participation within the larger financial system.
Taxes guarantee the debt-free still participate in commerce. One cannot simply be self-sufficient when property taxes are due annually.
Within this system, every citizen must participate in some form of commerce to meet those obligations. Neither goats or gold can satisfy this bill; hard currency is required.
This construct does not benefit the majority, only those who hold power and seek to keep it. Neither currency nor commerce represent the underlying problem; they are merely instruments designed to thieve power from man.