Future Money: Breakdown or Breakthrough?

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In plain language and convincing detail, this book explains how our money system is propelling us toward the self-destruction of our species—and what we should do about it. Our present money system frustrates the well-meaning efforts of active citizens, NGOs, and governments to deal with our present ills and problems, including worldwide poverty, environmental destruction, social injustice, economic inefficiency, and political unrest and violence within and between nations. Failure to reform the world's money ...

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Overview

In plain language and convincing detail, this book explains how our money system is propelling us toward the self-destruction of our species—and what we should do about it. Our present money system frustrates the well-meaning efforts of active citizens, NGOs, and governments to deal with our present ills and problems, including worldwide poverty, environmental destruction, social injustice, economic inefficiency, and political unrest and violence within and between nations. Failure to reform the world's money system urgently and radically from its roots up could bring disaster for human civilization before the end of this century. Future Money shows clearly how our money system operates and how it could be reformed so that it acts for the benefit of people and society rather than the opposite, and describes the obstacles that currently prevent that reform. The world's financial experts and leaders in politics, government and business, and most mainstream academic and media commentators, have demonstrated that they are not yet able or willing to diagnose and treat the profound and pervasive problems that are directly caused by the money system. This book speaks explicitly to active, independent-minded citizens with the hope that it will help them understand why people committed to careers in almost every important walk of life today find it difficult to recognize the problem. It shows why we have to take the initiative now, and urgently, to get the issue on to mainstream agendas worldwide.

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"With his usual clarity, James Robertson sets out the basics of what everyone ought to know about the global money system. Equally clear are his recommendations about what needs to be done about the system's manifest current dysfunction. It is to be hoped that they start a wide public debate that takes financial reform far further and faster than seems to be envisaged at present."--Professor Paul Ekins, Energy and Environmental Policy, University College London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900322980
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge
  • Publication date: 8/27/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Robertson set up and directed the Inter-Bank Research Organisation (IBRO) for the big banks, and set up the Other Economic Summit (TOES), later the New Economics Foundation. He has worked and lectured in many countries for many organizations and people, including the World Health Organization, the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He is the author of Reform of British Central Government, The Sane Alternative, and Transforming Economic Life.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the evolving money system
1. Some lessons from the history of money
2. Money and ethics
3. Managing the national money supply
4. Collecting and spending public revenue
5. The international money system : what can we do about it?
6. Money for localities, households and people
7. Some abstractions and distractions
8. Conclusion : so what's to be done? And how?
Appendix 1 : the Georgist and social credit movements
Appendix 2 : contacts for further study and research selected references and acknowledgements

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