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03/24/2009

Monetary Expert Tom Greco Pens New Book

For more than 27 years Tom Greco has been working at the leading edge of economic and financial restructuring. Greco authored the book, Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives To Legal Tender (Chelsea Green Publishing Co. 2001).

He�s traveled throughout the world lecturing and working with various communities to set up local currencies. Greco addressed the 2006 International Reciprocal Trade Association�s (IRTA) Annual Convention. His message: The commercial barter industry has a unique opportunity to be a major savior of the coming currency crisis � if the industry were to unite and develop a common currency for its use.

Tom Greco�s new 320-page book, The End Of Money And The Future Of Civilization, is coming soon. Here�s a look at Greco�s latest effort.

Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations

1) My Purpose and My Journey

My Personal Journey � Seeds of Disillusionment � Awakening � In the Wake of Inflation � E.C. Riegel � Why Yet Another Book?

2) Mega-Crisis and Metamorphosis�Can Civilization Be Saved?

Prospects and Prognostication � Exponential Growth � Limits to Growth � Paradigm Shift � Metamorphosis � The Egg, the Caterpillar, and the Butterfly � Get With the Program

3) The Contest for Rulership�Two Opposing Philosophies

Elitist or Egalitarian? � The Contest in American History: Monarchy or Republic? � Power by Other Means

4) Central Banking and the Rise of the Money Power

Central Banking, an Unholy Alliance � The Bank of England � Central Banking in the United States � The First Bank of the United States � Andrew Jackson and the �Bank War� � The Free Banking Era � The Federal Reserve � Central Banking Spreads around the World

5) The New World Order

The Power Behind the Central Banks � A Merging of Interests � Wars, Internal and External � Money Power, the Key Element in the New World Order � Erosion of National Sovereignty

6) Usury and the Engine of Destruction

Monetary Stringency, Past and Present � Increasing Instability � The Magic of Compound Interest � What�s Wrong with the Global System of Money and Banking? � How Debt-Money is Dysfunctional � Three Aspects of Money Dysfunction � Moral Arguments, Laws, and Practical Solutions � Keys to Transcendence � Exchange and Finance�Two Distinct Credit Functions

7) The Nature and Cause of Inflation

What Is Inflation? � Who Has the Power to Inflate? � Improper Basis of Issue by Banks Is Inflationary � Government Deficits and Inflation � The German Hyperinflation�A Classic Case � How the Inflation Was Ended � Constraints Upon Debasement of the Money � Responding to Inflation

8) The Separation of Money and State

The Separation of Church and State�A Comparison � The Disestablishment of Monetary �Religion� � Two Meanings of �Dollar� � Delinking from the Dollar as a Payment Medium � Delinking from the Dollar as a Measure of Value � Stable Value Reckoning � Toward Freedom of Exchange

9) The Evolution of Money�From Commodity Money to Credit Money

What We Don�t Know Is Hurting Us � Kinds of Economic Interaction � �The Ladder of Economic Civilization� � The First Evolutionary Step�Barter to Commodity Money � Commodity Money � Symbolic Money � The Second Evolutionary Step�From Commodity Money to Credit Money � Two Distinct Kinds of Money�Fractional Reserve Banking � Redeemability Abandoned � Checks and Checkable Deposits Displace the Use of Banknotes � Gold Versus Credit Money�A Comparison � How Credit Money Malfunctions

10) The Third Evolutionary Stage�The Emergence of Credit Clearing

Banks and the Credit Clearing Process � A Confusion of Language � Particle or Wave? Thing or Relationship? � Clearing Through Banks Versus Mutual Credit Clearing � Direct Credit Clearing Makes Conventional Money and Banking Obsolete

11) Solving the Money Problem

The Basis of Monetary Dysfunction � Reform or Transcendence? � Emerging Exchange Alternatives � Separating the Functions of Money � Back to Commodity Money? � The Unit of Account Versus the Unit of Currency � The Measurement of Value � Proper Relationship Between Commodities (Gold/Silver) and Credit � Confusion Caused by Legal Tender Laws

12) Credit Clearing, the �UnMoney�

What Is Credit Clearing? � A Simple Example of Clearing among Banks � Settlement of Accounts � Mutual Credit Clearing Systems as Clearing Houses � Direct Credit Clearing�A Simple Illustration Using Four Accounts and Ten Transactions � Balance Limits and Settlement � Providing Surety of Contract � An Insurance Fund

13) The State of the Alternative Exchange Movement

Two Currents of Alternative Exchange � The Tucson Experience � Why Exchange Alternatives Fail to Thrive � Failure of Reciprocity � Inadequate Scale and Scope of Operation

14) How Complementary Currencies Succeed or Fail

Architecture of the Currency Itself � Principle 1: Who Is Qualified to Issue Currency? � Principle 2: On What Basis Should Currency Be Issued? � Principle 3: How Much Currency May Be Issued By Each Issuer? � Implementation Strategies � The Situational Context � WIR � Social Money in Argentina

15) Commercial Trade Exchanges�Their Present Limitations and Potential Future

Limiting Factors � Limited Scale and Scope � The Value Proposition � Operations and Agreements � Proposed Remedies � The Real Deal�Credit Clearing Services � Tapping the Vast Potential Market � What About Taxes? � An Eventual Cashless Trading Network

16) A Regional Economic Development Plan Based on Credit Clearing

Approaches to Community Economic Development � Stage I: Mapping the Territory and Import Substitution � Stage II: Mutual Credit Clearing Provides an Alternative Means of Payment � Sage III: The Credit of �Trusted Issuers� Provides an Alternative Currency for Regional Circulation � Stage IV: Support Structures for Localization�Saving, Investment, Finance, and Education � Stage V and Beyond: Transition to an Objective Measure of Value and Accounting Unit

17) The Next Big Thing in Business: A Complete Web-Based Trading Platform

The Convenience of Cards � Improving the Exchange Process�Challenge and Opportunity � Significant Trends and �Disruptive Technologies� � Strengths and Vulnerabilities of Political Money and Conventional Banking � From Disruptive to Sustaining�Moving Upmarket � The Emergence of a Complete Web-Based Trading Platform � Essential Components of the Web-Based Trading Platform � Completing the Web-Based Trading Platform

18) Organizational Forms and Structures for Local Self-Determination and Complementary Exchange

Toward Economic Independence � The �Banjar� and the Balinese Governance Structure � The Mondragon Cooperatives � Ways of Organizing Credit Clearing Exchanges � Corporations � Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships � Mutual Companies � Scale of Organization

19) The Role of Governments in Establishing Economic and Financial Stability

What National Governments Should Do � Objectives � Rationale � Legislative Proposals in Brief � The Role of State, Provincial, and Local Governments � An Early Example of a Local Currency

20) Exchange, Finance, and the Store of Value

The Store of Value � Saving and Investment � Liberating Saving and Investment � Debt Claims Versus Equity Claims � A Shared Equity Mortgage � Savings and Investment within Complementary Exchange Systems



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