Is anyone else hating those Visa commercials? You know, the ones where everyone's shopping and in perfect synch, then someone tries to pay with cash or a check and everything comes to a screeching halt and everyone stares at the offender like she's a serial killer? Since when, I'd like to know, is it socially irresponsible not to buy things on credit? To pay for one's purchases with money one, say, had already earned? Perish the thought!
Or maybe I'm just oversensitive because I just re-read the Handmaid's Tale. For those unfamiliar with it, it's Margaret Atwood's feminist dystopia. It's set in a vaguely defined future where an act of terrorism has wiped out congress, leading the president to suspend the Constitution and impose martial law. Problem is, those in power are religious extremists intent on rolling back any gains women have made since biblical times (and then some). In a cashless society, they effectively rob women of all economic power simply by suspending their bank accounts. So right at the moment, the thought of anything that nudges us even further into a cashless society kind of freaks me out.