I’ve always been bored by talk of money. The economy? Big fat yawn. I ghostwrote a financial planning book back when I fancied myself a blossoming writer–my client was ideal and his ideas for the book very layman-friendly–still, while writing I had to bribe myself through it with perpetual bags of chips.
For years, quote collector that I am, I had only one quote I liked about money, by the writer Henry Miller.
To walk in money through the night crowd, protected by money, lulled by money, dulled by money, the crowd itself a money, the breath money, no least single object anywhere that is not money. Money, money everywhere and still not enough! And then no money, or a little money, or less money, or more money but money always money. and if you have money, or you don’t have money, it is the money that counts, and money makes money, but what makes money make money?
I added another Henry when I first began to understand The Federal Reserve conspiracy.
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. Henry Ford
I’ve often wondered why I find it as a topic so damn dull. Maybe it’s because it’s natural to get tired of reading and hearing and experiencing the same old stories again and again.
“Now and again there rose above the din the shrill voice of some radical who declared that the stock collapse had been brought about deliberately; but such statements seemed so preposterous that they were received with ridicule whenever they were heeded at all. To Montague the idea that there were men in the country sufficiently powerful to wrech its business, and sufficiently unscrupulous to use their power - the idea seemed to him sensational and absurd.”
The Money Changers (1908)
I must accept that, like I will never find sports interesting, I will also never find money interesting. I’m setting my hopes the rest of the culture will become more like me, since I know the opposite is impossible.
I’m holding out hopes for the P2P economy and managing pretty well to force an interest in this burgeoning solution to the current bankster economy and its cyclical failures.
It’s all still new to me, but I already have one experience of bartering under my belt! I’ll be writing about that in my other blog, Kensho Homestead Practicals.
As usual, I’ve found much inspiration and knowledge at the Corbett Report.
In fact, there are thousands of such community currencies, barter exchanges, mutual credit systems, time banks and LETS systems currently in use all around the world, and not just in places in the midst of economic crisis. From Brazil to Kenya to London to the United States to every other corner of the globe, people are catching on to the benefits of being able to exchange directly with those around them.
Now let’s be clear what these systems are not. They are not “the” solution to the financial crisis in Greece or anywhere else. They will not make the macroeconomic problems disappear or make the government and central bank (and international creditors) that caused those problems suddenly go away. But they will (and do) allow for local economies to continue even when those larger systems fail. And they have the idea of community and trust woven into their very fabric. By participating in one of these complementary currency systems you are not just engaging in another nameless, faceless economic transaction, you are engaging with the community around you and forming the support network that will be crucial in the event of whatever collapse may be coming.
I’ll be continuing in my P2P education and posting more in future. I hope you’ll check out some of the links here in the meantime!
The Community Exchange System (CES) is a community-based exchange system that provides the means for its users to exchange their goods and services, both locally and remotely. It could also be described as a global complementary trading network that operates without money as it is commonly understood.