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Bernard Lietaer, Christian Arnsperger, Sally Goerner, and Stafan Brunnhuber, Money and Sustainability: The missing link | Basic Income News

Bernard Lietaer, Christian Arnsperger, Sally Goerner, and Stafan Brunnhuber, Money and Sustainability: The missing link | Basic Income News | money money money | Scoop.it

This report, written for a European group affiliated to the think tank The Club of Rome, stands in a long line of publications that identify the creation of money via bank debt as an economic, social, and ecological problem. Money created in this way, and the ways in which we have turned money into a variously packaged commodity, amplify boom and bust cycles, result in short term thinking, require economic growth to sustain the system, concentrate wealth, and damage the trust on which social capital is built. Repeated banking crises are a clear signal of a system in trouble.

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Taking stock of the Euro Crisis on the Keiser Report (video)

Taking stock of the Euro Crisis on the Keiser Report (video) | money money money | Scoop.it

I always enjoy being interviewed by Max Keiser, despite our differences on a number of issues (the merits of the Gold Standard, Bitcoin – gold’s e’reincarnation), I beg to differ from him on his hypothesis that Greece fell to a well thought out conspiracy. There was no such thing. Just a badly designed common currency whose inevitable fragmentation gave an opportunity to a multitude of spivs, corrupt politicians and bankrupt bankers to help themselves to public assets and push whole populations into permanent poverty (so as to preserve their own privileges). In this interview Max waged an accusation at ex Greek PM, George Papandreou, insinuating that the latter bet on CDSs that were later triggered as a result of Greece’s bankruptcy (also known as PSI) (go to 4.’49” of the video). This allegation I know to be false, malicious and defamatory (hear my reply on 6’38”). As perhaps the most ardent critic of Papandreou I think I have the moral authority to dismiss this rumour as unfounded. And to suggest that those of us who want to chastise George Papandreou for his inept handling of the modern Greek calamity, his almost criminally negligent approach to the Greek crisis, are seriously undermined by such false accusations.

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Wheels coming off southern Europe

Wheels coming off southern Europe | money money money | Scoop.it
Europe’s debt-crisis strategy is near collapse, but key actors are hoping to paper over the cracks until the German elections in September. (Next round of Euro-crisis after German elections in September?
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The (a)political economy of Bitcoin

The (a)political economy of Bitcoin | money money money | Scoop.it
"In a true Peer-to-Peer (P2P), Commons-oriented currency, the peers must be humans, not computers" http://t.co/9FE32kvKvU
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Plain Old Money Has Gotten Buggy

Plain Old Money Has Gotten Buggy | money money money | Scoop.it
Dan Kaminsky argues that bitcoin's success so far stems from the success of the Internet itself, and also from the failures of plain old money.
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In Kenya , Bitcoin linked to popular mobile payment system - PCWorld

In Kenya , Bitcoin linked to popular mobile payment system - PCWorld | money money money | Scoop.it

A project underway in Kenya is linking Bitcoin with M-Pesa, a popular mobile payments system, in an experiment designed to spur innovative payments in Africa.

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Look Who Bernanke Just Blamed for the Financial Crisis - Businessweek

Look Who Bernanke Just Blamed for the Financial Crisis - Businessweek | money money money | Scoop.it

The global financial crisis has been blamed on everybody from bankers to rating agencies to politicians. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday cited the baleful influence of two people whose names rarely come up in the blame game: Nobel Prize-winning economists Franco Modigliani and Merton Miller.

 
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China: Li Keqiang prepares economic 'shock therapy' - China Worker

China: Li Keqiang prepares economic 'shock therapy' - China Worker | money money money | Scoop.it
Many commentators say China’s economy is turning into a Frankenstein monster: “It’s a giant and powerful creature born of unorthodox experiments, and its makers are increasingly losing control,” said Bloomberg. One could say the same about the US and European economies, and the new leaders’ pro-capitalist policies do not offer a solution. But the explosion of debt throughout the Chinese economy since the onset of the global capitalist crisis, starting with the regime’s 2008 stimulus package, is unprecedented for any large economy. Overall credit jumped from US$9 trillion to US$23 trillion in 2008-12. “They have replicated the entire US commercial banking system in five years,” says Fitch’s senior director in Beijing, Charlene Chu. 
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Germany's Bitcoin.de and Fidor Bank AG form partnership - CoinDesk

Germany's Bitcoin.de and Fidor Bank AG form partnership - CoinDesk | money money money | Scoop.it

German bitcoin marketplace bitcoin.de and Fidor Bank AG have formed a large-scale partnership, with the online bank agreeing to provide a ‘liability umbrella’ to the marketplace operator Bitcoin Deutschland GmbH.

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It's the Political Economy, Stupid: The Global Financial Crisis in Art ...

It's the Political Economy, Stupid: The Global Financial Crisis in Art ... | money money money | Scoop.it
Alternately a depressing, frustrating, and inspiring call to action for the left in the face of the diminishing economic and social returns of global capitalism.
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It's possible America learned nothing from the financial crisis - Washington Post (blog)

It's possible America learned nothing from the financial crisis - Washington Post (blog) | money money money | Scoop.it

When mortgage rates shot up by a full percentage point in June, analysts at Discover (as in, the credit card company) Home Loans saw an immediate reaction from their customers. They didn’t go looking for less expensive houses. They started asking about adjustable-rate loans.

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Global financial crisis shifts kids' attitudes according to study - The Daily Telegraph

Global financial crisis shifts kids' attitudes according to study - The Daily Telegraph | money money money | Scoop.it
Young people showed signs of being more interested in conserving resources and a bit more concerned about their fellow human beings.
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Merkel's 'deutsche Michel' ploy is bad economics - Financial Times

Merkel's 'deutsche Michel' ploy is bad economics - Financial Times | money money money | Scoop.it


The crisis of the eurozone did not happen because the southern states failed to enact German-style labour market reforms. The crisis was a transatlantic banking crisis from which the German banks were in no way exempt. Labour market reforms would also have done almost nothing to address the underlying institutional problems that are to blame for diverging competitiveness within the eurozone.

 
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Bitcoin sells out as big business moves in - New Scientist

Bitcoin sells out as big business moves in - New Scientist | money money money | Scoop.it


IT IS a currency founded by revolutionaries that went on to become the world's dominant payment method.

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Schaeuble says euro zone can manage unrest

Schaeuble says euro zone can manage unrest | money money money | Scoop.it
The German Finance Minister has dismissed fears that the euro zone crisis might be starting up again amid political turmoil in Portugal and pressure on Greece.
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A Grim Future for Bitcoin in Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Star

A Grim Future for Bitcoin in Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Star | money money money | Scoop.it


Ticos are far from being Luddites; they enjoy technology, and in this regard Costa Rica would actually welcome an alternative to the colon and the USD.

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Is it the end of the European crisis? - Aljazeera.com

Is it the end of the European crisis? - Aljazeera.com | money money money | Scoop.it
Begg points to a blueprint for recovery devised by the European Commission, made up of four main components: an integrated financial framework or banking union, an integrated budgetary framework or fiscal union, closer economic coordination, and greater political unity within the eurozone.
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Bitcoin and M-Pesa: Why money in Kenya has gone digital - CoinDesk

Bitcoin and M-Pesa: Why money in Kenya has gone digital - CoinDesk | money money money | Scoop.it


When thinking about the future of money, many of us now invariably have thoughts about bitcoin. Where is it going? What role might it play in our financial lives?

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It's The End of the World as They Know It. They Feel Fine. - Bloomberg

It's The End of the World as They Know It. They Feel Fine. - Bloomberg | money money money | Scoop.it

Merk’s topic at FreedomFest is “The Dollar and the U.S. Empire: How to Protect and Profit from Currency Wars!” His premise: The U.S. and other developed nations are spending too much on war, easy monetary policy and the welfare state, and that will cause our currency, like Rome’s, to collapse. “It’s great to have a sophisticated society, but it gets expensive," says Merk. "In order to deal with those expenses, we debase the metals content of the coins or we use the printing press of the Fed.”

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Portrait of a Bitcoin miner: How one man made $192K in virtual currency - ITworld.com

Portrait of a Bitcoin miner: How one man made $192K in virtual currency - ITworld.com | money money money | Scoop.it

For all the attention that Bitcoin receives in the news, the most interesting peculiarity of this crypto-currency has largely been ignored. Sure, we'd all like to know whether the currency will ultimately succeed without any ties to a real-world economy. And Bitcoin's rapid fluctuation in value over the past six months has certainly turned some heads.

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Asia Times Online :: A new Bretton Woods

Asia Times Online. The Asia News Hub providing the latest news and analysis regarding economics, events and trends in business, economy and politics throughout Asia.
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The Mob Began to Think and Reason | Hazlitt | Random House of Canada

The Mob Began to Think and Reason | Hazlitt | Random House of Canada | money money money | Scoop.it
David Graeber, an anthropologist and key figure in the Occupy Wall Street protests, dissects the deeply undemocratic origins of America and the meaning of anarchy in this excerpt from his book The Democracy Project.
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Ideology and alternative market systems: the case of complementary currencies | EPIC2013

Ideology and alternative market systems: the case of complementary currencies | EPIC2013 | money money money | Scoop.it
More 'on the money' papers featuring at EPIC this year - this is on alternative currencies http://t.co/qhdZ3NwJJd
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The wheels are coming off the whole of southern Europe - Telegraph

The wheels are coming off the whole of southern Europe - Telegraph | money money money | Scoop.it
Europe’s debt-crisis strategy is near collapse. The long-awaited recovery has failed to take wing. Debt ratios across southern Europe are rising at an accelerating pace.
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Africa's first Bitcoin wallet launches in Kenya - Wired.co.uk

Africa's first Bitcoin wallet launches in Kenya - Wired.co.uk | money money money | Scoop.it

Africa's first Bitcoin transfer service has launched in Kenya, piggybacking on M-Pesa, the country's highly successful mobile banking platform. The service, called Kipochi, will allow Kenyans to move money abroad while dodging the hefty transaction fees charged by companies like Western Union and MoneyGram

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation