Brian Leslie is editor of Sustainable Economics , the bi-monthly newsletter of the green economy working group of the English Green Party. The build-up of debt caused by the way currencies such as the dollar, the euro and the pound are created threatens the global economy. Alternative currencies can only offer a partial solution. These two books, both published in , envisage an economic breakdown because of the inherent faults in the money system. Anyone with concern for a sustainable future for humanity and for the environment on which it depends should study their message. The increasingly-desperate competition and conflicts around the world have many contributory causes, but just one common one: money and the scheming to maintain the power which the control of its creation gives to the banks.
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This book is out of print, but a few copies are still available on Amazon UK. A digital version of this book is available for download at the bottom of this page. This book provides pragmatic solutions to each one of these issues. The debate it will create will be a contentious and passionate one. Lietaer starting point is that money is only an agreement within a community to use something as a medium of exchange.
This agreement is being placed under an unprecedented strain, due to a wide range of factors from the creation of cybermoney and currency speculation to social and political issues. This momentum of change could become even faster, and the effects more brutal, if the instability of the monetary system continues to spread.
And the indications are that it will. The global monetary crises of the s Mexico, Russia, Asia and Brazil proved that our money system is now sick, and that this affects everything.
In order to prevent a global monetary meltdown, a unique vision of sustainable abundance, and the mechanisms for achieving this, is proposed.
His book shows us such a solution in a bold and fresh manner, and it is in this sense that this is an epoch-making book. It provides witty revelations of what money is, how it is created and why money systems need re-designing for social equity and environmental sustainability.
This book is a roadmap for monetary reformers to complementary and local currencies. It shows how the Internet is changing the game for all the players and blowing out the old confidence games of generations of bankers.
Only such a mind could have produced so fresh and so lucid an analysis of how money has become an obstacle to abundance — and how conscious choices about new kinds of complementary money can help us fuse underused resources with underemployed people.
Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph. He pops the myths, shines light on the shadows, demystifies the unknown and blows the whistle on what really keeps it all going.
The medium is the message. As Bernard Lietaer points out, the money system is not neutral. One way or another, our behaviour is heavily influenced by it. Can we change the way it works?
This question concerns us all. The answer will help to decide the future of humanity and life on earth. Excellent food for thought and action. According to Nobel price winning physicist Ilya Prigonine the further you are from equilibrium the more traumatic, the more accelerated, the more non-linear is the behaviour of the systems unless placed on a new and sustainable level playing field.
The development of civilisation with its socio-economic and political institutions, together with the advent of the world monetary system have evolved into systems which are far from equilibrium. This book looks set to be the herald of the future money revolution. Chairman, Sawayaka Welfare Foundation, founder of the Japanese Hureai Kippu currencies National currency is cold and selfish by itself.
Bernard Lietaer gives the recipe on how we in the future can create a social economy which is more responsible, more friendly towards the environment, and less filled with conflict. Blogroll Dyndy TimeRepublik. Follow Bernard Facebook Twitter.
The Future of Money | Table of Contents | Bernard Lietaer (1999)
This book is out of print, but a few copies are still available on Amazon UK. A digital version of this book is available for download at the bottom of this page. This book provides pragmatic solutions to each one of these issues. The debate it will create will be a contentious and passionate one. Lietaer starting point is that money is only an agreement within a community to use something as a medium of exchange. This agreement is being placed under an unprecedented strain, due to a wide range of factors from the creation of cybermoney and currency speculation to social and political issues.
The Future of Money
In this book Lietaer defines the problem of bank created debt-money, quite well. Unfortunately, his solution is to ignore the problem and use local currencies to ameliorate the huge problems caused by allowing the private creation of fiat money with an interest charge attached. Nowhere in the book does he even suggest that fractional reserve banking should be eliminated and that the government should create its own money. Instead of proposing monetary reform, he proposes monetary supplements. Here are some quotes from the book which do help to define the problem. While these can be useful in emergencies, they are certainly not a solution to our monetary problem.
Review of “The Future of Money”, by Bernard Lietaer
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