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The end of money and the future of civilization

Author: Thomas H Greco
Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Like the proverbial fish who doesn't know what water is, we swim in an economy built on money that few of us comprehend, and, most definitely, what we don't know is hurting us. Very few people realize that the nature of money has changed profoundly over the past three centuries, or—as has been clear with the latest global financial crisis—the extent to which it has become a political instrument used to centralize  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas H Greco
ISBN: 9781603580786 1603580786
OCLC Number: 262883164
Description: 268 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: My purpose and my journey --
mega-crisis and metamorphosis --
can civilization be saved? --
the contest for rulership --
two opposing philosophies --
central banking and the rise of the money power --
the new world order --
usury and the engine of destruction --
the nature and cause of inflation --
the separation of money and state --
the evolution of money --
from commodity money to credit money --
the third evolutionary stage --
the emergence of credit clearing --
solving the money problem --
credit clearing, the "unmoney" --
the state of the alternative exchange movement --
how complementary currencies succeed or fail --
commercial trade exchanges --
their present limitations and potential furture --
a regional economic development plan based on credit clearing --
the next big thing in business : a complete web-based trading platform --
organizational forms and structures for local self-determination and complementary exchange --
the role of governments in establishing economic and financial stability --
exchange, finance, and the store of value.
Responsibility: Thomas H. Greco.
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Like the proverbial fish who doesn't know what water is, we swim in an economy built on money that few of us comprehend, and, most definitely, what we don't know is hurting us. Very few people realize that the nature of money has changed profoundly over the past three centuries, or—as has been clear with the latest global financial crisis—the extent to which it has become a political instrument used to centralize power, concentrate wealth, and subvert popular government. On top of that, the economic growth imperative inherent in the present global monetary system is a main driver of global warming and other environmental crises. The End of Money and the Future of Civilization demystifies the subjects of money, banking, and finance by tracing historical landmarks and important evolutionary shifts that have changed the essential nature of money. Greco's masterful work lays out the problems and then looks to the future for a next stage in money's evolution that can liberate us as individuals and communities from the current grip of centralized and politicized money power. Greco provides specific design proposals and exchange-system architectures for local, regional, national, and global financial systems. He offers strategies for their implementation and outlines actions grassroots organizations, businesses, and governments will need to take to achieve success.

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