Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Occupy Money

Spain now boats a variety of alternate currencies, The Washington Post reports. From scrip -- parallel paper money -- to online exchanges, to 'time banks' where expenditures and credits are accounted for in hours, the number of Spaniards who are augmenting their world with non-Euro currencies is increasing.

These schemes is tiny, compared to the population of Spain. But acceptance is growing significantly, according to The Post. Like the conceptions of both Bernard Mandeville and Silvio Gesell, the goal of these currencies is to block hoarding and to keep the local money circulating for the benefit of the community. So, for instance, the Catalonian currency called Turutas does not grow with interest if you hold it for a time. As Ton Dalmau, one of the founders of the effort, told the paper, "We are returning money to its origins and making it purely a system of exchange.”

Money quote, from Peter North, a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool who has written two books about local currencies: “Instead of just being a desperate way for people to survive a horrible economic crisis, this is part of the cooperatives, credit unions, community banks, organic farms and recovering factories — the alternate economy — that the Occupy movement is groping towards.”

2 comments:

Stephane Laborde said...
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Stephane Laborde said...

A Universal Dividend money system is possible that allow any humain(t) and human(t+dt) the same relative amount of money.

That is to say a UD money system in which the human in 80 years after the life expectancy and 2x80 years and nx80 years will always live with the same relative amount of the exchange tool.

Like if from 1929 + 80 years = 2009 any member of the $ money system (US Citizens) had been considered as the fundamental value producer.

The free software project OpenUDC developp such a tool, a free money system where all members will receive the same % amount of money during their life.