Graham Barnes identifies some of the challenges to effective investment that we're currently facing, and suggests two potential remedies: the re-emergence of the direction-setting state and the growth of value-based currencies.
Interest-free banking, such as that carried out by the JAK banks in Scandinavia, has been attracting considerable attention lately. But does it really matter whether a bank charges interest or not? After all, every bank has to charge for its services or it won't stay in business. This article by Richard Douthwaite and John Jopling from the second Feasta Review discusses the issue.
For the first time a cryptography-based currency or altcoin, Auroracoin, has designed-in a predistribution (via premining) of currency. This article sets out a draft vision of how an altcoin that is designed to give priority to positive aspects of living neglected by the financialised economy might operate. By Graham Barnes.
A Designer Currency can enhance local identity and spread awareness of local supply, but it can also go beyond that, helping to identify important gaps in local supply and forming an integral part of proactive local economic development. By Graham Barnes.
“The Fair Tax” was launched by Smart Taxes in Buswells hotel yesterday. Fr Sean Healy introduced the book with a call for general tax reform. He pointed out that Social Justice Ireland has always been a supporter of land value tax. A proposal for a land value tax to fund a citizens income has been floated in a recent European conference held on social justice issues, with which he heartily agrees. He commended the book using the words of economist Colm McCarthy in the preface.
Michael Hudson is always worth the time to read. In this piece in New Economic Perspectives he eviscerates the rating agencies. Here are his concluding remarks.. …No less a financial publication than the Wall Street Journal has come to the conclusion that “in a perfect world, S&P wouldn’t exist. And neither would its rivals Moody’s [...]