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The War Against Cash

The plot to empty your wallet and own your financial future – and why you MUST fight it

By Ross Clark

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About the Author

Ross Clark

Ross Clark is a journalist who writes extensively for the Spectator, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and for many other publications. For many years he wrote the Thunderer column on the Times.
Ross is also the bestselling author of How to Label a Goat: The silly rules and regulations that are strangling Britain, The Road to Southend Pier: One man's struggle against the surveillance society, A ... Read more on Ross Clark

Contents Listing

About the Author
1. My Little Car Park Problem
2. When Cash Stops Flowing
3. A Matter of Choice
4. The Cashless Nightmare
5. Crime
6. The Big Guys
7. Who Would Trust a Bank?
8. Tax Evasion
9. Dependency
10. The Negative Interest Rate Trap
11. Snooping On Our Shopping Habits
12. Finding Guinea Pigs in the Developing World
13. Cashless and Unfree
14. What Would a Cashless Society Really Look Like?
Conclusion
About the Author
1. My Little Car Park Problem
2. When Cash Stops Flowing
3. A Matter of Choice
4. The Cashless Nightmare
5. Crime
6. The Big Guys
7. Who Would Trust a Bank?
8. Tax Evasion
9. Dependency
10. The Negative Interest Rate Trap
11. Snooping On Our Shopping Habits
12. Finding Guinea Pigs in the Developing World
13. Cashless and Unfree
14. What Would a Cashless Society Reall ...

Jacket Text

We are constantly being told that we are on the cusp of a cashless society. The financial services industry would certainly like to see it that way. We are being enticed with contactless cards, mobile phone payment apps, and methods of bank transfer: all, apparently, for our convenience.

But as Ross Clark argues in this compelling new book, it is not in our interests to surrender the right to use cash. Commercial interests want us to pay electronically in order to collect valuable data on our spending habits, while governments would love us to move to cashless payments in order to control the economy in ways which suit them, not us.

If we choose to pay electronically, that is one thing, but we will regret it if we do not defend the right to pay with cash.

Professional Reviews

Mr Clark’s interpretation, if enough people pick up on it, might just stop the world being changed for very much the worse. Neil Liversidge writing for the FT Adviser

The message and the takeaway [in The War Against Cash] for programmers, arguably, is... think just a little more about the extreme long term effects of creating a networked IT framework that completely digitises our world, because some of the consequences may end up on our own doorstep. Adrian Bridgwater, Computer Weekly.


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Media Coverage

Computer Weekly

Clark argues that we should cling dearly to our notes and coins and protest loudly whenever anyone tries to stop us using them.

“We will regret it if we do not,” he says. “We should boycott ...

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Daily Mail

Going cashless is indeed convenient - but it is for the convenience and profit of faceless corporations and the tech giants.
A 'cashless society' might sound modern and efficient but we will live to ...

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David Icke Blog

The cynical conspiracy to stop us using cash: Ross Clark says the push for a cashless society is all about greed

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BBC Radio 5 Live

Adrian Chiles remarked "Ross, it's good to have you on the programme. I'm a keen admirer of your work..."

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BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

During the lively interview, Ross Clark was asked to read the opening page from his book whilst on air.

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Talk Radio

The Two Mikes (Mike Parry and Mike Graham) interview Ross Clark

"It's a fascinating situation"

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The Times

Ross Clark, author of the polemical The War Against Cash, makes the opposite case, arguing that one day we will regret surrendering the right to pay cash. Loss of privacy and choice, the risk of ...

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The Spectator

Politicians want to move us towards a cashless world. It would be a disaster

Abolishing hard currency would disadvantage the poor and jeopardise the economy

... It would take a little longer ...

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Express

Abolishing rail tickets is a typical example of what the Government calls its “digital first” strategy.
It wants us to do everything online, all the time, not because it is always more ...

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Talk Radio Europe

Buy this book - you'll need to pay electronically!

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Dialect Radio

In this interview, Ross Clark remarked, "We can resist it. We make it absolutely clear that we want to use cash as an option for paying for things and boycott businesses which refuse to take cash; ...

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Informed Choice Radio

"A compelling, new book."

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Professional Adviser

Warren Buffett, ESG and the end of cash: This year's best Xmas reads

Lawrence Gosling's top financial books

Stuck on what to buy the financial services professional in your life for Christmas? ...

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Investment Week

This one is punchy, well-argued and thought provoking, and if Christmas makes you angry about the amount of money spent - a lot of it cashless - then this is the book for you.

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MoneyWeek

Book of the week

Governments and experts keep telling us that the future is cashless. But would doing away with physical money really make our lives easier? Or is it intended to help firms and ...

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FT Adviser

Mr Clark’s impeccably-referenced 177-page work took me a weekend and was worth every minute invested.

... Mr Clark’s interpretation, if enough people pick up on it, might just stop the world ...

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Almaktoum Initiatives

"It is inevitable, in the Middle East as in the rest of the world, that consumers will gravitate towards cashless payment systems where they find them more convenient and are happy that they are ...

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The Times

... The huge lobbying operation to create a cashless society – David Cameron considered announcing that Britain would become a cashless society by 2020 – is heavily inspired by the desire to make ...

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Coins Weekly

The fight against cash money is quite bizarre - Ross Clark shows just how bizarre. He is an extremely successful journalist in Great Britain who has made nonsense of many modern myths in different ...

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The Guardian

In Sweden, where 81% of all payments are digital, VAT receipts are up 30% in five years. But, says Ross Clark, author of The War Against Cash, that argument is just another bogus way in which ...

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