“Money is but a proxy for energy”, as you say, So banks are, if not exactly batteries, at least capacitors, and they are therefore, currently, bleeding capacitors. Building an economy that doesn’t cater to customers, but to consumers, means that the entire bond/derivative/credit machinery is dependent on continually increased consumption, so that so-called “economists” like NYT’s Paula Krugman can chastise people for cutting down on consumption with trite, misleading paradigms like “The Paradox of Thrift”, a catchy phrase that suggests private citizens’ austerity is bad for the overall economy. However, the amassing of enormous fortunes is nothing more than a very few individuals doing the same thing to the money supply that his “Paradox of Thrift” does, creating instability in the underlying economy by storing vast quantities of energy/money, the storage of which, likes all energy storage, itself takes energy, and the more of it that is stored, the larger and larger percentage of the energy/money produced is siphoned off for it maintinance. Because pursuant to the second law of Thermodynamics, it would tend to caos, ie disbursement, if resources weren’t marshaled to ensure otherwise. Thus, altho Ms.Klein may be right in her wish to establish a minimum income, it would be far more energy efficient to smash the monopolies of production and the computerization of, well, everything, that enables such massive cancerous concentrations of energy into one glowing radioactive unstable atomic pile.