about Monetary Reform - Making it Happen!
by James Robertson and John Bunzl.
Monbiot, Guardian columnist; author, Captive
State, The Age of Consent, and other books.
"This is a brilliant treatment of a question which has never been so urgent. James Robertson tackles the issue which underpins everything else we are concerned about and, as always, he does it with clarity and panache."
Douthwaite, author, The Growth Illusion , Short
Circuit and other books; founder of the NGO Feasta, Dublin,
"A wonderfully clear exposition of two very important ideas, which could be of mutual assistance although neither needs the other for support."
Legum, Chair of the Trustees of the South African New
Economics (SANE) network.
"These proposals for monetary reform - how money should come into existence - are really very simple, though the subject appears complicated. They are easily accessible to anyone who knows the present system is not working for most of humanity. The international civil society movement for change has reached a critical mass. It needs practical alternatives. Robertson and Bunzl present proposals applicable nationally and internationally that go to the heart of a new economic order."
Girardet, Chairman, Schumacher Society, UK.
"Creating a sustainable and just world remains an elusive yet deeply noble cause. The contribution of our debt-based monetary system to the workings of the global economy needs to be much better understood. Global monetary reform, as so ably outlined here, is an essential precondition for real change. This book fills an important gap in our knowledge."
Henderson, author of Beyond Globalization and
"[This book] clarifies the pressing need for monetary reform as one of the essential foundations of a sustainable global economy. Opposition to such reforms by the Washington Consensus, including even minimal taxes on currency trading to reduce speculation, is beginning to crumble! Developing countries are now banding together to oppose the hypocrisies of conventional trade, finance and banking promoted by the IMF, the WTO and their special interest supporters. Overcoming the global grip of this Washington Consensus will require continued and expanded civil society campaigning -- which can include promotion of the Simultaneous Policy strategy of concerted introduction of these reforms in many countries -- in a similar way that the Group of 21, led by Brasil, China and India were able to expose the hypocrisies of US and EU protectionism at the WTO Cancun Summit."
Lietaer, author, The Future of Money.
"I'm happy to see two good ideas merge into a single strategy."
Kennedy, author of Interest and Inflation Free Money;
director of international workshops on money reform at Lebensgarten
ecovillage, Steyerberg, Germany.
"This proposal of Robertson and Bunzl will create a new starting point for the discussion of realistic and practical ways and means to create the necessary changes for a more just global society. The combination of approaches to monetary reform and democratic-decision making across national boundaries could offer a win-win solution for both. It will resonate positively with a growing number of Cultural Creatives around the globe, aiming to promote the changes necessary for a more just and democratic world order."
Conaty, Senior Research Associate, New Economics Foundation,
"Monetary reform, land reform, and ecological tax reform are the key building blocks of a socially just, new economy. Simultaneous Policy is the essential organising tool to enable global citizens to achieve political implementation."
Hines, author, Localization: A Global Manifesto.
"As one would expect from the authors concerned 'Monetary Reform - Making it Happen!' makes a stimulating addition to a debate about one of the most important, but as yet too inadequately understood, changes required to the financial system globally."
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