Banks create money out of nothing when they extend loans and then charge borrowers interest on this newly created capital. The result is an ongoing multi-billion pound/ dollar subsidy breaking the basic rules of capitalism. What is perhaps even more surprising is that there appears to be no explicit description of the 'bargain' underlying this important arrangement. By Graham Barnes.
In 2011, Richard Douthwaite wrote in Fleeing Vesuvius that "Money once bought energy. Now energy, or at least an entitlement to it, will actually be money and energy firms may become the new banks." His suggestions for achieving this transition in the fairest way possible have a clear relevance now.
This article by Graham Barnes looks at three of the most poisonous aspects of Mainstream Money from the perspective of a currency designer exploring new money-forms.
To usher in the New Year, here's a paper by Willi Kiefel on Feasta co-founder Richard Douthwaite's profound and lasting impact on the green movement in Ireland.
The recent surge in interest in the design of new currencies is partly informed by a creeping realisation of the unfairnesses of the so-called free-market and its associated monetary dysfunction. Re-engineering money offers us the chance to imagine and create a more sustainable economic infrastructure. By Graham Barnes
Feasta’s Graham Barnes has been asked to present and do a panel session at Open Here in Dublin, on November 14th. Open Here is “a 3-day international festival and conference where online practices such as sharing, peer-production and open source meet real world material economies.” More information is available at http://openhere.data.ie/.…