Completely agreed. Elimination of cash means the government knows everything you are doing.
Exactly, I enjoy having and spending cash.
It is largely anonymous, and I find that if I take out my spending money and see myself spending cash and the amount dwindling away off my money clip...it means more to me.
Credit cards and the like, abstract money like chips in a casino do...and I don't find myself fretting over spending nearly as much when money is abstracted in this manner.
Credit cards are less abstract to me when I use a budget. Start with the amount I can spend for the week, subtract from that each time I use the card and if it goes negative, the next week starts with a smaller number. Admittedly I have a head for numbers (they have a size or weight in my head, rather than just a squiggle representing a value) so this probably works better for me than for some people.