Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender

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Cash. Loot. Scratch. Lucre. Bread. Coin. Scrip. Moolah. Green. We all think we know intuitively what money is, and what it can do for us. Tom Greco, director of the Community Information Resource Center, understands and explains money on an eye-popping, fundamental level. Moreover, he provides a roadmap on how to make alternatives to the "legal tender" work for individuals, communities, and local economies.

Money will set your mental gears spinning with fantastic ideas. This ...

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Overview

Cash. Loot. Scratch. Lucre. Bread. Coin. Scrip. Moolah. Green. We all think we know intuitively what money is, and what it can do for us. Tom Greco, director of the Community Information Resource Center, understands and explains money on an eye-popping, fundamental level. Moreover, he provides a roadmap on how to make alternatives to the "legal tender" work for individuals, communities, and local economies.

Money will set your mental gears spinning with fantastic ideas. This book explains the mysteries and realities of money in clear and accessible prose, and reveals the true workings, and alarming fragility, of our existing financial system. It also describes concrete and realistic actions that individuals, businesses, social service agencies, and governments can take to enhance productivity and purchasing power, to protect local economies from the ravages of globalization, and to strengthen the bonds of community.

Money is a radical critique of our existing financial system, but also a practical and inspirational how-to manual for creating a vibrant and effective community currency system.
You'll learn:

  • The truth about how money is created, and what it actually represents
  • Why we're all in debt
  • How the financial system is structured to inevitably transfer wealth from the poor to the rich
  • How to start a financial revolution in your local community

A retired professor of business and economics, Tom Greco has spent twenty years studying community currency systems around the world, including historical models (such as during the Great Depression), and the scores of contemporary examples now operating in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. He helped establish the Tucson Traders currency in Arizona, and he has served as a consultant for many others. No pie-in-the-sky idealist, Greco offers a realistic vision of how healthy local economies can be supplemented with flourishing community currencies.

Anyone who works routinely with money needs this book--this means bankers, stockbrokers, merchants, community organizers, loan sharks, gamblers, investors, bank robbers, hedgefund operators, sports agents, and ordinary people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890132378
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Radical Weeds Titles Ser.
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas H. Greco, Jr. is the director of the Community Information Resource Center, which he founded in 1992. CIRC is a nonprofit consulting organization and networking hub dedicated to economic equity, social justice, and community improvement, specializing in community currency and mutual credit design, development, and implementation. He is a former engineer and professor of business administration. Tom's books include Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis, Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender, and The End of Money and the Future of Civilization. For more information on re-creating money systems, visit another webpage of Tom's, Reinventing Money (reinventingmoney.com).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Pt. I Monetary Realities and Official Illusions
1 What's the Matter with Money? 3
2 Community Currency and the New World Order 13
3 The Power and Place of Money 18
4 What Is Money? 22
5 The Disintegration of Local Economies 34
6 Money, Power, and the U.S. Constitution 41
7 Restoring Local Economies 46
Pt. II Complementary Currencies, Past and Present
8 A Brief History of Community Currencies and Private Exchange Systems 57
9 Global Finance, Inflation, and Local Currencies 76
10 New Wave Pioneers 86
11 Recent Models and Developments 101
Pt. III Monetary Transformation and Community Empowerment
12 Currency Fundamentals 127
13 Mutual Credit: The Foundation for Community Currencies 136
14 Basic Currency Types: A Classification Scheme 145
15 A Note on Interest 164
16 Medium of Exchange or Savings Medium? 172
Pt. IV Currency Design, Improvement, and Innovation
17 Improving Local Currencies, or How to Make a Good Thing Better 181
18 How to Design and Implement a Community Exchange System 197
19 A Business-Based Community Currency 213
20 Currency Alternatives for Impersonal Markets 220
21 Good Money for Good Work 227
22 Youth Employment Scrip (YES) 241
Epilogue 255
App. A Note on Banking as a Profession, and Its Reform 257
App. B Note on the Proper Basis of Issue for Currency, and the Means of Financing Capital Investments and Consumer Durables 260
Acknowledgments 263
Notes 264
References 274
Sources and Resources 277
Index 289
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