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Tony Gosling tony at
Tue Oct 23 22:29:05 BST 2012

How to Start a Community Currency
by Mira Luna, originally published by Shareable  | TODAY

"Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than 
standing armies...The issuing power should be taken from the banks 
and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." - Thomas Jefferson

"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes 
the laws." - Banker Mayer Amschel Rothschild

The centralized creation of money and credit has a profoundly 
negative effect on local economies, sovereignty, and cohesiveness. 
Bankers value profit at all costs, while locally-controlled 
institutions tend to hold other values - like community, justice and 
sustainability - more highly.

Communities can regain control of the flow of money and credit by 
issuing their own currency as a complement to conventional money, as 
electronic barter networks, debit cards, mobile phone payments, 
Timebanks, LETS, or old-fashioned cash.

By altering the flow of resources, community currencies take power 
away from multinationals and put it in the hands of more accountable 
local entities. While community currencies can't be too similar to or 
compete with national money, most countries allow it and some, like 
Venezuela and the E.U., support their development. Mediating 
underemployment and poverty are often prime motivators, or specific 
purposes like small-business incubation, caregiving for seniors, 
community gardens, or providing healthcare for the uninsured, 
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