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Comment on Definancialisation, deglobalisation and relocalisation by Graham Barnes

Jan 20, 2012 Comments Off on Comment on Definancialisation, deglobalisation and relocalisation by Graham Barnes
Tend to agree with that. It probably springs from Dmitry's strong focus on self-sufficient 'lifeboat' responses to the crises. This can be a problem with many of the doom and gloom analyses - they seem implicitly or explicitly to rubbish many of the grass roots initiatives that try to work (for the time being at least) with the world as it is. This 'carelessness' can offend people doing great work in those communities. The real impact of local currency initiatives to date is, though, an issue worth discussion. While they have often done well in terms of local identity and local networking, the impact on local economic health and liquidity has been limited; and the scalability of these initiatives to regional or national level has been elusive. All issues being confrionted by the Liquidity Network projects.
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Good news from Brussels?

Dec 09, 2011 4 Comments
The news overnight from Brussels is that the 17 euro countries, led in this particular respect by France, have refused to allow the UK to exclude itself from their emerging plans to regulate financial transactions.
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Comment on Liquidity Networks: local trading systems using a debt-free electronic currency by Graham Barnes

Nov 25, 2011 Comments Off on Comment on Liquidity Networks: local trading systems using a debt-free electronic currency by Graham Barnes
Geoff - As the article says and Bruno re-explains in his point 5, Quid are designed to be spent, not saved. So your points 3,4 and 5, which assume that Quid should also act as a store of value are not relevant. Savings are accomplished via another currency or asset.[...]
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In Praise of Non-Debt-Based Money

Nov 01, 2011 4 Comments
by Graham Barnes. The debt we accumulate as individuals, companies and governments is instrumental in depleting the planet and deepening the rich-poor divide. This 'value-led' critique is powerful and compelling to those wishing to listen, but it is not enough, of itself, to procure any meaningful systemic/ structural change in the monetary regime. We need to communicate widely about the side-effects of debt-based money, and to help people to imagine non-debt based alternatives.
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The Parallel Punt

Sep 17, 2011 7 Comments
Feasta has been exploring the potential for parallel currencies for some time, largely through the Liquidity Network project which is aimed at boosting local economies at a time when euros are scarce. Now a related idea is gaining traction at a national level in the form of a Parallel Punt. This surprisingly conservative option was discussed at Feasta's Autumn Conference held in Dublin on 22nd/ 23rd September. In this preview Graham Barnes set the scene for what could be a gamechanging development.
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Economics Unmasked : Review

Jun 23, 2011 Comments Off on Economics Unmasked : Review
Philip B. Smith & Manfred Max-Neef's Economics Unmasked leans more towards conspiracy than cock-up as it compellingly spells out the disastrous effects of the 'free' market on individuals, communities and the planet.
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