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The End of Money and the Future of Civilization

Greco, Thomas H. (Book - 2009 )
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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. Ultimately,The End of Money and the Future of Civilization provides the necessary understanding-- for entrepreneurs, activists, and civic leaders--to implement approaches toward monetary liberation. These approaches would empower communities, preserve democratic institutions, and begin to build economies that are sustainable, democratic, and insulated from the financial crises that plague the dominant monetary system.
Authors: Greco, Thomas H., 1936-
Title: The end of money and the future of civilization
Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2009.
Characteristics: 268 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
ISBN: 9781603580786
Statement of Responsibility: Thomas H. Greco
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-260) and index.
Subject Headings: Power (Social sciences) History. Finance History. Banks and banking History. Money History.
Topical Term: Power (Social sciences)
Finance
Banks and banking
Money
LCCN: 2009000789
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