News & Articles

Bernard Lietaer - From Finance Crisis to WarAbundance instead of Scarcity – it is possible. Nature provides often more than we (currently) need. And then people come and buy all the corn on the planet to sit on it – and wait – until scarcity drives prices up.

That is called speculation.

So if you abolish scarcity – you abolish the power speculators have over your life.

It would be a major step forward for mankind.

Are we capable to take it? Or fall back into middle-ages structures of barbarianism and dictatorship.

prof-lietaer-tedx-berlin-30-11-2009-why-the-crisis-and-what-to-do-about-it

Too Big To Fail Banks - blackmail states

whoever-you-vote-for-the-dollar-empire-remains

prof-lietaer-tedx-berlin-30-11-2009_9-balance-in-natural-networks-slide-sustainability-two-factors-efficiency-resiliance

prof-lietaer-tedx-berlin-30-11-2009_2

Check out Book presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4sTFkHeHtw

Published on Dec 18, 2013

In 2010, the IMF reported that 425 countries had gone through a major systemic economic crash over the previous 30 years — that’s 10 countries per year suffering the consequences of poorly designed monetary systems.
Why do industrialists have short-term thinking? Why do governments charge taxes? What do tree farms have in common with giant pandas?

rethinking-money-book-cover

A foreword by John Perkins

author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

We have entered revolutionary times.

People across the globe have lost faith in the ability of government and business leaders to resolve the problems facing humanity. The global economic depression has shattered the lives of Andean peasants, African fishermen, corporate executives, and the average house hold alike. Despite claims that the current economic malaise is ending, the general public remains unconvinced, suspicious, and shaken. The promised “recovery” is uneven and uncertain; monumental issues still remain to be resolved […].

 

About the authors

BERNARD LIETAER is a leader in the field of money for more than thirty years as a central banker, a fund manager, a university professor, and a consultant. In 1992, Business Week named him “the world’s top currency trader”. A co-designer of the European Currency Unit — the precursor to the euro—he is currently a research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resource Development at the University of California, Berkeley.

View Bernard’s full bio here.

JACQUI DUNNE is an award-winning journalist and founder of Danu Resources, an emerging leader in helping entrepreneurs develop technologies and initiatives that restore the earth. The company is an interface between donors and projects, creating a flourishing paradigm shift for a quadruple bottom line: people, planet, profits, and power within.

View Jacqui’s full bio here.

Order your copy now NOT on Amazon (because they do not pay their taxes) but on Berrett-Koehler publishers!

Bernard Jacqui-6379a-cropped

About the psychological effects of money.

unfortunately it’s in German and the auto-translated subtitles suck.

Rough Transcript: If you have money on your mind – it gives you the illusion of independence and self-sufficience.

If you think about money all day long – it makes you avoid society – it will make you lonely – and lonelyness is roughly the opposite of happyness.

http://positivemoney.org/

positivemoney-org_logo qu-protest-1

 

 

What We Need to Do

We’ve spent the last six years researching the problems caused by the current debt-based monetary system and how to fix them. This is what we think needs to change to fix our broken money system:

1. Take the power to create money away from the banks, and return it to a democratic transparent and accountable process

2. Create money free of debt

3. Put new money into the real economy rather than financial markets and property bubbles

The End Goal: Democratizing Money

We think that the economy would be more stable and society better off if we transfer the power to create money from the banks back to the state, working in the public interest. These ideas have been around since the 1930s, but we’ve done a lot of work to update them for the modern financial system. You can find out more below:

Right Now: Making the Recovery Sustainable

When we rely on banks to create most of our money, then the only way of getting more money into the economy – and allowing it to grow – is to encourage people to go further into debt. But the financial crisis was caused by a huge build-up in private debt, so allowing that debt to increase even further could lead us into another financial crisis. What we need right now is to have a way of getting extra money into the economy, but without relying on households borrowing even more. This can happen if the Bank of England creates money and transfers it to the government to be spent into the real economy (rather than the financial or property markets). Read more

Report: Creating a Sovereign Money System

Sovereign Money (Cover)(Report, 56 pages) This document presents a reform to the banking system that would remove the ability of banks to create money, in the form of bank deposits, when they make loans. It would transfer the ability to create new money exclusively to the state, creating what we have termed a ‘sovereign money’ system. Read more & free download

VIDEO: Why Quantitative Easing was a waste of £375 billion

In the years following the financial crisis, the UK wasted £375bn on a failed scheme to stimulate the economy and end the recession. This was one of the biggest missed opportunities in history. Watch Now (6 mins)

INFOGRAPHIC – The Current System vs. Sovereign Money

Debt-Based-vs-Sovereign-Money-ScreenshotThis infographic shows the main differences between the current dysfunctional monetary system, and how it could be… View now

In more depth: Sovereign Money – Common Critiques

There are a number of common objections and concerns with the proposal to switch to a sovereign money system:

  1. Would there be enough credit? (Paper)
  2. Would it be flexible enough?(Paper)
  3. Other common critiques

INFOGRAPHIC: Quantitative Easing vs. Sovereign Money

QE-vs-SMC_Screenshot This infographic shows how QE was ineffective, and how the creation of sovereign money by the state would have been up to 37 times more effective in creating jobs and boosting the economy.View now…

Latest Research

Recovery in the Eurozone

Using Money Creation to Stimulate the Real Economy
Eurozone Recovery (Cover) This report shows that the European Central Bank’s Quantitative Easing programme will fail to deliver the type of recovery that the Eurozone needs. Instead the ECB could create new money and inject this money into the real economy rather than the financial markets. These alternative monetary policy mechanisms can be expected to be many times more effective than QE in boosting demand and output. More info & download

Digital Cash

Why Central Banks Should Start Issuing Electronic Money
Digital Cash This report explains how all adults could be given the option to store digital cash at accounts at the Bank of England. These accounts could be administered by private firms which compete with each other to provide payment services, debit cards and account information. Unlike traditional banks, they wouldn’t take any risk with customers funds, and wouldn’t require taxpayer-backed deposit insurance. The report also outlines some other potential benefits of adopting Bank of England-issued digital cash. More info & download

A Guide to Public Money Creation

Outlining the Alternatives to Quantitative Easing
Sovereign Money (Cover) Currently, there is a number of unconventional monetary policy proposals, also known as ‘Helicopter Money’, ‘Overt Monetary Finance’, ‘Strategic QE’, ‘Green QE’, ‘Green Infrastructure QE’, ‘People’s QE’ and ‘Sovereign Money Creation’. Our new guide will help you better understand ‘conventional’ QE, each of these various alternative proposals and its implications for the economy. More info & download

See all our research here .

Stay in touch