Money cannot make the world go round because it is an inanimate object and inanimate objects cannot do anything. What makes the world go round is greediness of the human race and the desire to do whatever is necessary to get the money.
It seems a bit more extreme now because of the way the economy is. If it wasn't so hard to get money, then the world would be a bit less like it is.
You say it is inanimate thing. It is true actualy but there is but, in fact you have to have that inanimate thing if you want to live in this world. Here is you mistake. Money is very important for everyone than any other things. it is the stream of everything. we cant do anything without just that inanimate thing. If you take as an example even bread or water that we are living with OR THAT IS HELPIING US is cost money. so it means that money is controlling everything that we are surrounded by.
also, countries are exchanging goods. so,you see that money measures everything in the world. And also according to research person who has more money that person is as happy as much. It is because they are able to buy a lo of things, even they can buy happiness or everything in the world. ok, if you do not agree we can take as an example you. what will you do if somebody are offering money to help or do something else for them . of caurse you will help them, maybe not for money but for thanks.