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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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