We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
More than half of all the people I know are farmers, own farms, work on a farm, or serve the Ag. industry... including me. Daniel Payne has made several over broad assumptions about farming and I suspect, the Amish. Personally, I only know Mennonite farmers. The Mennonites I know are among the nicest, hardest working, and most honest people I have ever come across. (BTW I have no qualms with informed criticism of farm subsidies.)
Money viewed as "stored labor" is about as clean as you can get. You work, i.e., labor.
You are paid money for that work. You hold that money for a short or long time then spend it to acquire what has been produced by the work of others.
The only tricky part is the battery analogy invokes long term storage such as a bank account, which by the way also sees the potential decline even if it just sits. Most money, i.e., labor, is more like the charge built up in those lucite rods they rub with fur in science class. It dissipates as soon as it comes near anything else, often jumping the gap in a bright flash.
Every few months or so we pay a pile of money for a guy to take his dumptruck up to some ranch or another, fill it with cow manure, and bring it back here. He's not careful in his pricing or picky about what he'll bring back, but if he were, we'd sure pay extra for a number of thing: (1) making sure it's fairly composted before it comes (we get some stinky batches sometimes), or (2) certifying it free of pesticides or pharmaceuticals. I might even fork out a little extra to know it came from a farm where the cattle were allowed to live like cattle.
oh how the worm turns.
the Amish didnt have electricity in their houses because it was too modern. Now they have it in their milkhouses because the dairies won't take their milk otherwise. (Regs on cooling).
The Amish didn't use rubber tires because they were too modern.
Now the Amish have dish satellite tv, cellphones, social security cards and credit cards And own vehicles that are registered by the state.
And are owned by the state themselves due to worshipping at the altar of the almighty $$.