BGE / Unconditional Income / Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen

This System is madness.

The short story of our debt-money system aka governmental system (because the politicians are largely “market driven” depend on money from banks, insurance companies, investors):

Let us assume there is only one private Bank.

Let us assume there are only 2 companies in the world that produce the same e.g. tables.

The Bank gives everyone a loan of 50Units with a term of 10 years and an interest rate of 5%.

The money to pay the interest is never generated.

This means company A can only pay back the credit if company A takes away away money from company B. (be cheaper, faster, better, competition)

This creates competition and unemployment when company B goes bankrupt.

Company A might now even have a MONOPOLY on tables, and the prices probably explode.

Creates a bubble for table prices to the point that nobody can afford tables – then the bubble bursts.

Do you think that’s funny?

Not me.

The Bank always wins, because its stake was never high.

You can say it lost 50Units because company B could not pay back the loan and went bankcrupt.

But that is not the case, the private Bank did not borrow the 100% from someone, it had only to borrow 10%/10Units of “real” Central Bank cash money at 0-2% had to borrow.

So 10Units the bank had to borrow 90Units it created itself.

So at the end of the 10 year loan, company B is bankrupt, company A has a monopoly and the bank get’s 63.75Units back – that people worked hard for – what gives the current actual fiat money it’s value.

In theory – 15% unemployment seems to be just a number – in reality – people that own nothing (no house, no garden, no farm, no nothing, can not grow a feed themselves or their families if job is lost, 100% dependence for survival on debt-money) will have to become criminal – just as company A maybe used unfair or even criminal tactics to bankrupt company B (spread lies about their products) – even the super rich want to roam the streets of this planet safe – without constant fear of being kidnapped or robbed. Now let me ask this more productive question:

How would a monetary system look like that is:

  • fostering stability, peace and security
  • fostering creativity and innovation that benefit all of mankind
  • beneficial for a more sustainable survival of mankind aka “everybody” on this beautiful planet

a positive story:

(need more of those)

one fine example what can be done: A city in Brazil was full with plastic waste, the city decided to do something about this (also bad for tourism if your beaches look like trash dumps).

So they accepted a bag full of litter and plastic waste as payment in exchange for one week of free bus and/or train riding. (obviously the bus/train system was still owned by the city and not some private company).

After a few months fishermen even collected trash from the ocean in order to use it as bus tickets.

The city became clean within a few years – the oceans – well that will take a bit longer.

A sentence from Bernard Lietaer, that i not quiet understand:

“money needs to be scarcer than it’s usefulness”

How Currencies Can Be Designed to Promote Environmental and Social Ends

In German:

Der Wahnsinn hat System.

Die kleine Geschichte unseres Schuld-Geld-Systems aka Regierungssystems, weil die Politik maßgeblich sich nach “den Märkten” (Banken, Versicherungen, Investoren) richtet:

Nehmen wir an, es gäbe auf der Welt nur 2 Firmen die das gleiche produzieren z.B Tische.

Die Bank gibt jedem einen Kredit von 50€ mit einer Laufzeit von 10 Jahren und einem Zins von 5%.

Die Zinsen werden nicht erzeugt.

D.h. man kann den Kredit nur zurück zahlen, wenn Firma A Firma B etwas weg nimmt.

So entsteht Konkurrenz und Arbeitslosigkeit, wenn Firma B dann pleite geht.

Firma A hat dann ein MONOPOL auf Tische und kann die Preise ordentlich explodieren lassen. (eine Preis-Blase bildet sich und gefährdet die Stabilität des ganzen Systems)

Findest Du das lustig?

Ich nicht.

Die Bank gewinnt dabei immer, denn ihr Einsatz war nie hoch, da Sie 90% des verliehenen (Giral/Buch)Geldes “aus dem Hut” bzw. Computer gezaubert hat und sich nur 10% “echtes” (Bar)Geld von der EZB für 0% dafür leihen musste.

Ein Satz den ich leider (bisher) nicht verstehe:

“Geld muss immer knapper sein wie sein Nutzen. (!?)”

Vielleicht kann jemand erklären, was das bedeutet.

backup:

How Currencies Can Be Designed to Promote Environmental and Social Ends

Bernard Lietaer is an expert in the design and implementation of currency systems. He has worked in this field for more than 30 years in various roles including central banker in Belgium, fund manager, university professor, and consultant to governments, multinational corporations, and community organizations. His latest book on monetary innovation is People Money: The Promise of Regional Currencies and Money and Sustainability (2012). The monetary system is implicated in many of today’s social and environmental problems. I had a chance to ask Bernard how a better system can be designed.

Allen White: You are well known as a monetary reformer. What led you to study and then rethink the money system?

Bernard Lietaer: As a graduate student at MIT in the late 1960s, I was interested in the application of systems theory to international finance. My thesis, published by the MIT Press in 1970, described how a corporation operating in many countries could optimize currency management. It, among other things, explained how a corporation could best address “floating exchange,” an arrangement, at that time limited to a few currencies in Latin America, in which a currency’s value fluctuates based on supply and demand in the market.

The year after the publication of my thesis, President Nixon took the United States off the gold standard, initiating a global shift to floating exchange that was once a rarity. My research became extremely valuable, and a major U.S. bank negotiated the exclusive rights to my methodology.

I was in management consulting at the time, and my contract with the bank required that I work in a different field for at least five years so that I wouldn’t share my methodology with the bank’s competitors. I took a job advising the largest mining company in Peru and then, after it was nationalized, the Peruvian government itself, where I developed computer models to maximize hard currency earnings. From there, I went back to the Ivory Tower as a professor of international finance, then into the world of central banking via the Central Bank of Belgium. At the Bank, I was tasked with designing the ECU (European Currency Unit), the predecessor to the Euro. Later, after serving as the president of Belgium’s Electronic Payment System, I left government and worked as a currency trader.

Each step in my journey forced me to think about money in a different way: to shift from the perspective of a multinational corporation to that of a developing country to that of an academic to that of a central bank to that of a currency trader. This diversity of perspectives opened my eyes to the merits and flaws of different monetary systems.

AW: How would you describe the prevailing monetary system today?

BL: Today’s monetary system is characterized by a monopoly of scarcity—and debt-based national fiat currencies. Let’s break that down.

In the modern economy, money is inextricably linked to taxation. The government defines money by choosing what it will accept as payment for taxes, and then citizens must work, trade or invest to obtain that money to pay such taxes. Since the abandonment of the gold standard, national currencies have been “fiat” money. “Fiat” here refers to the first words that God spoke in the Latin version of Genesis: fiat lux (“let light be”). In other words, fiat money gains its value simply by virtue of government decree.

Money comes into existence when banks lend. When a bank provides you with a loan or a mortgage, it creates the principal, which you spend, allowing it to circulate in the economy. The bank expects you to pay back not only this principal, but also a certain amount of interest to cover the risk involved in providing the loan. However, the bank does not create any new money for this interest. Instead, it, in effect, sends you into the world to battle everyone else to secure the money required. “Bank-debt money needs to be scarcer than its usefulness” is a quote from monetary economics textbooks. By nature of its creation process, bank-debt money generates scarcity and competition among its users.

I do not think that greed is necessarily ingrained in human nature: it may be cultivated in part by this system of scarcity and competition. But it does not have to be this way. Since money and monetary systems are ultimately social constructs, we can design a monetary system better aligned with our goals on the national and global level.

AW: You have faulted the current monetary system for contributing to growing inequality, environmental degradation, and the erosion of social capital. How does it do so?  

BL: Money is not a neutral and passive medium of exchange, as is generally assumed. It exerts a major influence on human behavior. We design the monetary system, and it, in turn, shapes us, our behavior, and our social relations. The current design incentivizes behaviors antithetical to social and environmental well-being.

For example, our system of debt-based money creates pressure for economic growth because borrowers must secure additional money to pay back the interest on their debt. The payment of interest with debt-based money, in turn, leads to a compounding of interest, which tends to foster exponential growth. However, such exponential growth in economic output is impossible in a world of finite natural resources. Moreover, bank-debt money can be described as an extraction process whose net effect is that money flows to those already at the top, thereby increasing wealth disparities.

Social capital depends on trust, solidarity, and cooperation. These sensibilities are built through voluntary acts of sharing and generosity, such as helping a neighbor or mentoring a student. The monetization of all human transactions promotes the selfish, non-collaborative behaviors that erode community cohesion and, thereby, social capital.

AW: Many of our readers are familiar with the problems caused by monoculture in agriculture. Is monoculture also a problem when it comes to money?

BL: Yes, and some of the deepest thinkers in economics, dissatisfied with the failures of neoclassical orthodoxy, have looked to natural systems for new ideas and solutions. Biologists and complexity experts have shown that the long-term sustainability of a complex flow of networks depends on having the right balance between efficiency and resilience. Efficiency refers to the network’s ability to process a volume of flow per unit of time in an organized fashion. Resilience refers to the network’s ability to cope with change while preserving its integrity. Both of these depend on the same two structural variables—diversity and interconnectivity—but in opposite ways. Efficiency is maximized by reducing diversity and interconnectivity, and resilience is maximized by increasing them. The current economic system puts too much emphasis on efficiency at the expense of resilience. The result is a focus on—some would say obsession with—GDP growth that tallies all economic transactions equally even when they are socially and/or environmentally harmful.

As is the case in agriculture, a monoculture in the money system increases risk. We’ve seen that play out in the crises of the last few decades. Since 1970, there have been 145 banking crises, 76 sovereign debt crises, and 208 monetary crashes around the globe. And if the current system continues to prevail, we’ll see many more.

AW: You have argued for breaking up this monetary monoculture through the use of complementary currencies. How would that work?

BL: Let us start by clarifying what money is: an agreement, within a community, to use some standardized item as a medium of exchange. There is no need to use just one medium. Complementary cooperative currencies can exist alongside our dominant competitive and national currency systems. These currencies can be managed by members of a community, a nongovernmental organization, or business network with the aim of linking unused resources with unmet needs.

A commercial example familiar to most people is frequent flyer miles: they connect the unmet need for airlines of customers’ loyalty with an unused resource, namely, an empty seat on a flight. Whenever there is an unmet need in an economy and an unused resource—and there are many—the two can be linked with a currency. Today, there are approximately 4,000 mature cooperative currencies in operation around the world.

These currencies need not be interest-bearing; indeed, some of them incorporate “demurrage,” a time-related charge for holding onto this currency, which creates an incentive to keep it in circulation. Currencies with demurrage do not contribute to the concentration of wealth and tend to foster a greater sense of community.

AW: Have you witnessed the success of complementary currencies on the ground? If so, what are some examples?

BL: The most frequently used cooperative currency system in the world today is the Local Exchange Trading System (LETS), which was invented in the town of Courtney outside of Vancouver in the early 1980s. After a military base in the town moved, the formerly middle-class town experienced an economic slump, with unemployment rising to 40 percent. But the town still had many unmet needs and a large unused resource in the form of a skilled labor force willing to work. What was missing was a link between the two: that’s what LETS provided. And it has proven to be a great success, encouraging people to use skills they might not have considered valuable (such as cooking, teaching English, or web designing) and giving access to services to people who in the past may not have been able to afford them.

Time dollars provide another example. This system was created by Edgar Cahn, a former speechwriter and counsel to Robert F. Kennedy. The time dollar is equivalent to one hour of service and can be spent on services within a given community, where everyone’s time has equal value. Today, approximately 300 TimeBanks operate in the US and another 300 in the UK, and time banking has spread to almost three dozen additional countries worldwide.

Or consider the Chiemgauer system in Bavaria. Regional nonprofit organizations that wish to participate purchase Chiemgauers for their members at a rate of 100 Chiemgauers for 97 euros. The Chiemgauers can then be used to purchase goods and services in participating stores. As the Chiemgauers are a demurrage currency, people are incentivized to keep them in circulation, rather than hoarding them. Currently, there are 600 participating businesses, and more than 500,000 Chiemgauers in circulation.

Torekes, a currency I helped design, illustrate how complementary currencies can foster greater community. Torekes are in use in Rabot, an immigrant district in the Belgian city of Ghent and the poorest community in the region. We asked residents what they wanted and found that those living in the high-rises dominating the district wanted access to a few square yards of land for gardening. The city had land sitting derelict after a factory moved. An unmet need and an unused resource provided an opportunity for a currency to link them. The city decided to rent out the land in small plots, taking payment in Torekes (Flemish for “little towers”), which people could earn by participating in various urban improvements and beautification activities. The city also arranged for local shops to accept Torekes for specific goods that it wanted to encourage people to buy, such as energy-efficient light bulbs or fresh, seasonal vegetables. The stores could keep the Torekes in circulation or get reimbursed in euros.

AW: How scalable are such complementary currencies? Do they offer a real alternative to the current system?

BL: As I noted before, whenever and wherever there are unmet needs and unused resources, a currency can be designed to link them. Experimentation will be necessary, and when approaching experiments of any kind, and especially social experiments like these, we must be ready to accept failure. Over time, however, the most successful ones will attract the most attention and be replicated. As in any disruptive social innovation, experimentation is essential because we still have much to learn, such as what governance structures are most appropriate for different currency systems. The proliferation of complementary currencies is a testament to human creativity, and I believe they are essential to revamping our socially detrimental monetary system.

AW: If the negative consequences of our monetary system are so clear, why haven’t they been recognized and addressed earlier?

BL: We suffer from a three-layered collective “blind spot” with regard to our money system. The first layer arises from the hegemony of the idea of a single currency. Many people believe that societies have always created, and indeed must create, a monopoly for a single, centrally issued currency. Monopoly has been the rule in many times and places, but there have been exceptions, and such alternative systems fostered economic stability, equitable prosperity, and a longer-term perspective.

The second layer is an indirect result of the ideological warfare between capitalism and communism in the twentieth century. Although the differences between these two systems have been studied ad nauseam, their similarities have not. And among them is a shared belief in a single national currency.

Our institutional framework is the source of the third layer. From the eighteenth century onwards, governance of the money system has been institutionalized through the creation of central banks, which have acted as enforcers of a single currency monopoly in each country.

Multiple forces conspire to keep all three of these blind spots in place. For instance, challenging the hegemony of the monopoly currency puts academics at risk of exclusion from the top conferences and top peer-reviewed economics journals because the gatekeepers in both cases are wedded to the current paradigm. As usual, the costs of nonconformity are high, and the forces of inertia are powerful.

An even deeper obstacle lies in our collective psyche. We are motivated by both greed and a fear of scarcity, both of which lead to an obsessive focus on money, making the issue emotionally charged and discussion difficult.

AW: What role can information technology play in facilitating the use of multiple currencies?

BL: Over the centuries, many different forms of “money” have been invented and used. Today, those in use include bank notes, bonds, and corporate equity as well as gift cards, loyalty points, and community currencies. Digital currencies are the latest addition, with Bitcoin, the first decentralized digital currency, arriving on the monetary stage in 2009. Bitcoin has been followed by a wave of other digital currencies and digital assets that have raised capital while avoiding the high costs of the usual sale of stock in public markets.

Currently, when changing one type of asset into another, one must rely on an intermediary who profits by matching parties with a coincidence of needs. This reliance on matching creates significant barriers, making it nearly impossible for small-scale currencies to be valued against and thus traded for other currencies at market-determined exchange rates. One breakthrough to address this age-old problem is the Bancor protocol. It is named after the proposal made by John Maynard Keynes after World War II for a supranational reserve currency that is nobody’s national currency. Utilizing information technology innovations, particularly “blockchains” that provide transparent, decentralized records of transactions, the Bancor protocol provides an effective way to provide convertibility and liquidity for small-scale complementary currencies without needing a counterparty or an intermediary.

AW: What role can monetary reform play in achieving a Great Transition?

BL: The current monetary system lies at the root of so many contemporary problems. However, because our system of money is a social construct, we can—and indeed, must—change it. A new monetary ecology that combines an array of currencies at various levels—local, regional, national, multinational, and global—can be at the heart of a Great Transition. Such an approach would open up a whole new range of alternatives that can promote the well-being and resilience of both human societies and the environment.

The complementary currencies already in operation today provide glimmers of hope as well as templates for others to adapt according to the needs of their specific communities. By rethinking money and carrying out experiments to connect unused resources and unmet needs, we can help usher in a new era of sustainable abundance.

src: https://www.alternet.org/2017/11/how-currencies-can-be-designed-promote-environmental-and-social-ends/

Aushang An Alle 00419 Wörgl Langsam umlaufendes Geld hat die Welt in eine unerhörte Wirtschaftskrise und Not gestürzt
Aushang Nr: 00419 Wörgl

“Slowly circulating money has plunged the world into an unheard economic crisis and millions of people creating unspeakable distress – the demise of the world has (purely economic terms) taken its terrible beginning – it is time by clear recognition and determined action to save the downward-rolling economic machine so that humanity is not driven into fratricidal wars, confusion and dissolution.

People live by sharing their achievements.

The slow flow of money has largely prevented the exchange of power and millions of people who are ready to work have already lost their living space in the economic transmission – the exchange of power must therefore be lost again lifted shaft transmission – the exchange of power must therefore be lifted again and the living space for all those who are already out

To this aim the bill of the market town of Wörgl: IT RELIEVES THE DISTRESS, THERE is WORK AND BREAD!”

“Langsam umlaufendes Geld hat die Welt in eine unerhörte Wirtschaftskrise und Millionen schaffender Menschen in unsägliche Not gestürzt – der Untergang der Welt hat (rein wirtschaftlich gesehen) seinen furchtbaren Anfang genommen – Es ist Zeit durch klares Erkennen und entschlossenes Handeln die abwärts rollende Wirtschaftsmaschine zu retten, damit die Menschheit nicht in Bruderkriege, Wirrnisse und Auflösung getrieben werde.

Die Menschen leben vom Austausch ihrer Leistungen.

Der langsame Geldumlauf hat den Leistungsaustausch zum großen Teil unterbunden und Millionen arbeitsbereiter Menschen haben dadurch bereits ihren Lebensraum im Wirtschaftsgetriebe verloren – Der Leistungsaustausch muss daher wieder gehoben und der Lebensraum im Wirtschaftsgetriebe verloren – der Leistungsaustausch muss daher wieder gehoben und der Lebensraum für alle bereits Ausgestoßenen wieder zurückgewonnen werden.

Diesem Ziel dient der Arbeitsbestätigungsschein der Marktgemeinde Wörgl: ER LINDERT DIE NOT, GIBT ARBEIT UND BROT!”

1932: A small community in Austria decides to print their own money – backed by the official currency, they successfully battles unemployment, poverty and the economic crisis aftermath of the 1929 new york stock market crash that send ripples of economic shockwaves around the globe.

  • 170 municipalities and cities in Austria had to follow the example of Wörgel, but it has been adjusted to official (central bank) instructions
  • 170 Gemeinden und Städte in Österreich waren drauf und dran dem Beispiel von Wörgel zu folgen, es ist aber auf behördliche (Zentralbank) Anweisung eingestellt worden
  • Fischer advises Roosevelt to overcome the economic crisis in the style of Wörgel, Roosevelt decides against it, why? Everything just to cover the Seniorage / money-creation monopoly of the (not democratically legitimized) central bank?
  • Fischer rät Roosevelt die Wirtschaftskrise im Stile von Wörgel zu überwinden, Roosevelt entscheidet sich dagegen, warum? Alles nur um das Seniorage/Geldschöpfungs-Monopol der (nicht demokratisch legitimierten) Zentralbank zu decken?
Wörgl 1932: Bridge build and paid in local currency
Wörgl 1932: Bridge build and paid in local currency

Fritz Thyssen (* 9. November 1873 in Styrum; † 8. Februar 1951 in Martínez bei Buenos Aires)
Fritz Thyssen (* 9. November 1873 in Styrum; † 8. Februar 1951 in Martínez bei Buenos Aires)
https://www.amazon.de/I-Paid-Hitler-Fritz-Thyssen/dp/B0007J04TQ
https://www.amazon.de/I-Paid-Hitler-Fritz-Thyssen/dp/B0007J04TQ Review: “This book shows the betrayal of our own citizens against us and for Hitler’s regime? Why? Money!” “Thyssen provides very valuable insight into, and detailed information concerning the period between the end of WWI (the Treaty of Versailles), and the end of the Weimar Republic, explaining the root cause of it’s failure. Since the German economy was the greatest issue on which Hitler and the Nazis built their politics to win over enough Germans to get elected to the chancellorship, Thyssen’s expertise in finance is especially welcomed in understanding the many financial problems Germany faced nationally and internationally. It also gives some insight into how politics work in Germany, which is very different from what we know and understand in the U.S.”

read it for free here: (thank you archive.org!)

https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.239690/page/n7

Book Source: Digital Library of India Item 2015.239690

70 years later… it seems all “the wrong way around”

is USA under Trump now a defacto fascist country?

“The push came hours after Trump bashed Germany for “being captive to Russia” because it imports much of its natural gas from there. That tirade, over breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, was rare in its bitterness.”

“A favorite target of Trump’s ire has been Germany, which has not met its NATO spending commitments and has granted permits for a second natural gas pipeline to Russia. Germany and other European NATO partners argue, however, that they have boosted their contributions to the military alliance and plan to kick in more in coming years. Germany’s leadership has said the pipeline is a private business decision, and it has been reluctant to interfere.”

“The accusation of Russian influence may have been particularly biting for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in Communist-controlled East Germany.”

“I myself experienced a part of Germany that was controlled by the Soviet Union, and I am very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany,” Merkel told reporters as she entered NATO headquarters. “We decide our own policies and make our own decisions.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/trump-says-germanyis-captive-to-russia-in-fiery-opening-salvo-against-nato/2018/07/11/56aa7174-7f0a-11e8-a63f-7b5d2aba7ac5_story.html

well… you can DEFINATELY say, Europe and in particular Germany has A LOT MORE US influence through various think tanks such as Bertelsman-Stiftung (located in Berlin) and people like ex-IMF Lagarde now ECB CEO!?

Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde (French: [kʁistin madlɛn ɔdɛt laɡaʁd]; née Lallouette, IPA: [laluɛt]; born 1 January 1956) is a French lawyer and politician serving as Managing Director (MD) and Chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2011.

Lagarde joined Baker & McKenzie, a large Chicago-based international law firm, in 1981.

IMF’s lending program for distressed European countries was “a very massive plan, totally unexpected, totally counter-treaty, because it wasn’t scheduled in the treaty that we should do a bailout program, as we did.” She also said, “we had essentially a trillion dollars on the table to confront any market attack that would target any country, whether it’s Greece, Spain, Portugal, or anybody within the eurozone.” With respect to the French economy, she stated that besides short-term stimulus efforts: “we must, very decisively, cut our deficit and reduce our debt.”[45]

Liberte, Fraternite, Austerite

will get right-wing radicals elected.

Christine at her time at the IMF was pretty much pro Austerity: Latest News: (2013) “OOOPS! We were wrong”

Oooops! We were wrong: IMF report details the damage of austerity

HOW ON EARTH is the President of the ECB Elected?

“the European Council, de facto by those who have adopted the euro, for an eight-year non-renewable term.[2]”

Who the fuck is the European Council?

comprises the heads of state or government of the EU member states, along with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission

WHAT?

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in English:

The miracle of Wörgl-could it have prevented the Second World War? now also as a feature film:

20: 15 the miracle of Wörgl TV film Austria 2018 tip

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/078113-000-A/das-wunder-von-woergl/

89 Min.
due to absolutely harassed media laws only available until: 11/07/2019

Tirol, 1932: The world economic crisis is at its peak, radical political movements. In a small Austrian community, the driver Michael Unterguggenberger accepts the mayor’s office against better knowledge. But how is he supposed to save Wörgl? The power of despair and the support of his wife Rosa form the basis for a daring Experiment: Unterguggenberger wants to print his own money – so-called work confirmation certificates. For this, he must not only convince the community of his city, but also, above all, lean against the powerful banking system.
Michael Unterguggenberger is a newly elected mayor of the municipality of Wörgl in Tyrol. There he stands in front of a question that is not easy to answer: “and, you know, how you save the world?”

We write the year 1932. In the midst of the global economic crisis, unemployment prevails in the small Tyrolean town; money to pay the wage is scarce. The result: famine and poverty in the population.

However, these circumstances appear Unterguggenberger absurd, because the work and the food there is actually enough – only you can make no one. So why not just print your own money? In the absence of other ideas, they at least consider a test-like attempt. Only money cannot be called the new means of payment, which would be a gross violation of the National Bank’s currency monopoly. Unterguggenberger gives up his secure position as a train driver and finances the first pressure of the new currency-the so-called work confirmation certificates.

It is now up to various parties to convince: firstly, the workers must accept the money printed by Wörgl as a reward for their work, and secondly, the shopkeepers must accept the bills as a means of payment. Against all scepticism and resistance even on the part of his own son and despite the ever – widening radical political groupings, Unterguggenberger succeeds gradually in winning people for his Plan-the community is building up again, the economy begins to flourish.

While even the mayor of the neighbouring towns want to follow the example of the Wörgler a very powerful enemy: the banking. Unterguggenberger’s endeavours are to be stopped, all those responsible go to prison. Does the community find a way out to continue the Experiment?

“The miracle of Wörgl” tells the story of a daring money experiment, initiated by the Tyrolean Mayor Michael Unterguggenberger, based on real events in the early 1930s. Director Urs Egger succeeded already in 2017, with the award-winning ARTE co-production “A child is looking for,” a successful reality-based Film. Egger is particularly active in the field of television films, his works have been awarded several times. “To the border “from 2007 and” the Fall of Bruckner ” from 2014 received the Adolf-Grimme-prize. For the latter, Egger also received the award in the category Best Director of the Deutsche Akademie für Fernsehen (German Academy for television) in 2015.

The main role of Mayor Unterguggenberger is embodied by Karl Markovics. International awareness of the actors, erlang due to its main role in the 2008 Oscar-winning Film “The counterfeiters”. In 2011 Markovics made his multi-award-winning debut as director and author with the feature film “Breathe”.

in German: Das Wunder von Wörgl – hätte es den zweiten Weltkrieg verhindern können? jetzt auch als Spielfilm:

20:15 Das Wunder von Wörgl Fernsehfilm Österreich 2018 Tipp

https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/078113-000-A/das-wunder-von-woergl/

89 Min.
aufgrund absolut bescheurter Medien Gesetze nur Verfügbar bis: 11/07/2019

Tirol, 1932: Die Weltwirtschaftskrise ist auf ihrem Höhepunkt, radikale politische Bewegungen entstehen. In einer kleinen österreichischen Gemeinde akzeptiert der Lokführer Michael Unterguggenberger wider besseren Wissens das Bürgermeisteramt. Doch wie soll gerade er Wörgl retten? Die Kraft der Verzweiflung und die Unterstützung seiner Frau Rosa bilden den Nährboden für ein wagemutiges Experiment: Unterguggenberger will kurzerhand sein eigenes Geld drucken – sogenannte Arbeitsbestätigungsscheine. Dafür muss er nicht nur die Gemeinschaft seiner Stadt überzeugen, sondern sich vor allem auch gegen das mächtige Bankwesen auflehnen.
Der Lokführer Michael Unterguggenberger ist frisch gewählter Bürgermeister der Gemeinde Wörgl in Tirol. Da steht er gleich vor einer nicht einfach zu beantwortenden Frage: “Und, weißt du schon, wie du die Welt rettest?”

Wir schreiben das Jahr 1932. Inmitten der Weltwirtschaftskrise herrscht Arbeitslosigkeit in der Tiroler Kleinstadt; Geld, um den Lohn auszuzahlen, ist Mangelware. Die Folge: Hungersnot und Armut in der Bevölkerung.

Doch diese Umstände erscheinen Unterguggenberger absurd, denn Arbeit und Lebensmittel gibt es eigentlich genug – nur kann sie sich niemand leisten. Warum also nicht einfach eigenes Geld drucken? So abwegig der Vorschlag dem zerstrittenen Gemeinderat zunächst scheinen mag: In Ermangelung anderer Ideen erwägen sie zumindest einen testweisen Versuch. Nur als Geld darf das neue Zahlungsmittel nicht bezeichnet werden, das wäre ein grober Verstoß gegen das Währungsmonopol der Nationalbank. Unterguggenberger gibt seine sichere Stelle als Lokführer auf und finanziert von der Abfindung den ersten Druck der neuen Währung – die sogenannten Arbeitsbestätigungsscheine.

Nun gilt es verschiedene Parteien zu überzeugen: Erstens müssen die Arbeiter das von Wörgl gedruckte Geld als Lohn ihrer Arbeit akzeptieren und zweitens müssen die Ladenbesitzer die Scheine als Zahlungsmittel annehmen. Gegen alle Skepsis und Widerstände auch seitens des eigenen Sohns und trotz sich immer weiter ausdehnender radikaler politischer Gruppierungen gelingt es Unterguggenberger nach und nach, Menschen für seinen Plan zu gewinnen – die Gemeinde baut sich neu auf, die Wirtschaft beginnt zu florieren.

Während selbst Bürgermeister umliegender Städte dem Beispiel folgen wollen, haben sich die Wörgler einen sehr mächtigen Feind gemacht: das Bankwesen. Unterguggenbergers Unterfangen soll gestoppt werden, alle Verantwortlichen ins Gefängnis wandern. Findet die Gemeinde einen Ausweg, um das Experiment fortzusetzen?

“Das Wunder von Wörgl” erzählt – basierend auf wahren Begebenheiten Anfang der 1930er Jahre – die Geschichte eines gewagten Geld-Experiments, das der Tiroler Bürgermeister Michael Unterguggenberger ins Leben rief. Regisseur Urs Egger gelang es bereits 2017 mit der prämierten ARTE-Koproduktion “Ein Kind wird gesucht”, erfolgreich einen auf der Realität basierenden Film umzusetzen. Egger ist insbesondere im Fernsehfilmbereich tätig, seine Werke wurden mehrfach ausgezeichnet. “An die Grenze” aus dem Jahr 2007 und “Der Fall Bruckner” aus dem Jahr 2014 erhielten den Adolf-Grimme-Preis. Für Letzteren bekam Egger 2015 auch den Preis in der Kategorie Beste Regie der Deutschen Akademie für Fernsehen.

Die Hauptrolle des Bürgermeisters Unterguggenberger wird von Karl Markovics verkörpert. Internationale Bekanntheit erlang der Schauspieler durch seine Hauptrolle im 2008 Oscar-prämierten Film “Die Fälscher”. 2011 gab Markovics mit dem Spielfilm “Atmen” sein vielfach preisgekröntes Debüt als Regisseur und Autor.

everything lives off a balance:

if things get out of balance – it’s always bad – buildings collapse, nations collapse, ecosystems collapse, the human body collapses if blood is accumulating to massively at one spot or maybe going into areas where there should be no blood at all (brain stroke) leading to death or paralysis.

everything depends on balance

Bernard Lietar once said, our monetary system is prone to failure because it is not an ecosystem of many systems and currencies – but rather for the sake of efficiency (as if efficiency would solve all problems) it becomes highly instable. (no bio diversity)

the whole picture

there are many micro cosmos on this planet – and if you not have never seen and lived at least a hand full of them (you need to at least spend one month in a country/in a micro cosmos to actually understand and “feel” what is it like to live like this) – then you only see a small glimpse of what this world is like – you do not have the full picture – just a section – if you want to understand the world (and hopefully change it to the better) – this section is not enough – otherwise you live in (worst case unsustainable) bubble.

why is sustainability important?

Because unsustainable means: it is going to end.

Even the life of your children.

Freedom/Liberty:

The rich lock themselves away – they are too afraid to share the streets with the poor (and in the worst case rush from one appointment to the next).

At the same time they dream about freedom.

What kind of freedom did they expect to find in this bubble?

consciousness is the compass

It is absolutely paradox and even worse: In the worst case their consciousness is not well trained, hence they are lost without a compass.

They do not even know what makes them truly happy.

There is a meditation (and any true guru will teach this for free) that is about breathing it is called: vipassana and it is exactly for this: to enhance your awareness.

In my humble opinion every human being shall do this for 10min a day one month straight.

Everyone can spare 10min a day. No excuses.

It is rather a question of: are you willing to.

nothing to trade:

the “problem” of the poor is that they have nothing to trade with “the market”.

It could be that they do not know what the market needs or even that the market currently does not need a lot of humans to operate. (machines/robots/software replace human labor)

Someone even said, maybe it is good to have some unemployment because this is free time people can use for something else… well… it’s not so funny if you have to spend this time under a bridge in the winter because you have nothing to trade with the market and the market does not want to give you a home for free.

no child is born and says: “i want to be stupid, poor and dependent on subsidies”

every child wants to develop it’s full potential.

nobody is born and says “i want to become a waiter”

everyone wants to develop one’s full potential and become a rockstar. (of course)

understanding:

In a world where people do not understand or care about the problems of others – is a reckless – ignorant – and (worst of all) unsustainable world – unsustainable means: it is going to end.

that will inevitably lead to violence, uprisings, revolutions and even war.

Fun fact: even the rich – do not want their factories, banks, cars, properties to be leveled.

So let’s come to a solution!

Any government that is not working towards a solution for all – shall step aside.

Do you expect the market will fix this by itself?

I don’t think so – the market is partly an autonomous program that only cares about it’s numbers (profit) at worst it’s a stupid unsustainable game without meaning played by “big boys” that only care about – if they can get their own private jet yacht golf course etc.

Only people that have seen and lived many micro cosmos can understand the problems of mankind and work together with others to fix it before it becomes a catastrophe for all.

The rich are so afraid to sit down at the table with the poor or even walk the streets and in poor shoes for one month.

the rich: I challenge you:

live one year poor. And you will see the world with a different view.

You will understand mankind better.

With rich i mean:

  • people that can not remember when they cleaned their own bathroom the last time (because they pay others to do it)
  • and/or managed to generate (legitimate or illegitimate) claims to charge a someone or some company or institution (state) a certain amount of money per month/year.
    • after all the monetary system is a law system, hence lawyers know how what they can claim and how to generate the claims out of the system.

legitimate grievances and race discrimination:

Actually all the whole race discrimination thing (that leads to hate and violence) – is about unsustainable concepts for survival.

If the Africans could survive sustainable in their country – they will never leave it – because they love their home country just as (usually anyone else) does.

But there is resource discrimination – the wealth from trade of oil of Nigeria is not well distributed – the soil in many countries is so expensive – even if the unemployed would like to “back to farming” they can not – because they can not afford the land – making them completely dependent on insecure jobs and unstable monetary systems.

  • usage of non-renewable resources plays an important role as well:
    • this planet has nice spots and places – fruitful hectares of land (good to grow food) and barren deserts (good for solar power)
    • but not everyone is entitled to use them, you will need land-rights, the right to build a house on the land – everyone needs a house so how can you not allow people to build one?
    • even worse: some of those resources will never come back (oil, gas) they are not renewable – which will create violence and conflict if nations demand on them for survival (to go to work, to generate income).
    • poverty is still the #1 factor for refugees to flee a country and they do in masses to knock down  the doors of western nations where they get into conflict with the poor (mostly white) people already living there (i have witnessed this first hand)
    • a key factor is to enable people to live sustainable lives – not block the development – because of short term financial gains (the worst way to do business really… imho this should be investigated by the secret agencies and people should get seriously jailed for it, it’s a crime against all of mankind)
    • to replace finite resources (like fire wood) with renewable resources (like solar power) e.g. for cooking – how to proliferate the technology to the poor so they will stop chopping down all trees on this planet to cook their meals? (like they have done for centuries… but if they do not change, they risk of getting even poorer by worsening their micro climate (trees produce shade which let’s rain soaked soil stay wet longer, allowing more plants to grow) and degrading the soil by erosion leading to more refugees and human misery.

live long and prosper! Everybody!

… and please, walk in each other’s shoes for one month otherwise the poor will not understand the rich – and the rich will not understand the poor and things escalate very violently.

it does not have to be this way – again and again.

If all sides are dedicated to constructive behavior – we can sit down – talk – solve the problems peaceful instead of being stupid and jumping at each other’s throats.

Not even the rich will want that – because they also do not want their palaces to be leveled by war and burned down by violence or their friends murdered by a mob.

So i urge you: please homo sapiens be sapient (wise) and come up with better solutions – better for everybody – better for the planet – better for mankind.

Don’t stay stupid out of fear!