New Economy, New Ways to Do Money
|The measure of a healthy economy is a growing GDP.|
|A healthy economy meets real needs within ecological limits.|
|All you need is money.|
|You can’t eat money. What we need is healthy families, communities, and ecosystems.|
|Booms and busts are inevitable in a modern economy.|
|The boom/bust cycle is a result of letting banks create money.|
We usually think of money as neutral—it allows buyers and sellers to make deals, and that’s good. But it’s not neutral when we give private banks the right to create money that we taxpayers have to borrow. It gets worse when banks get entangled in exotic speculation, creating trillions of electronic dollars that inflate financial bubbles. Then—because the paper wealth is disconnected from the real economy—the bubble pops, and finances crash. The banks don’t know how to untangle the mess, and they stop making loans. Even when things are going well, there’s this little problem about interest-based money—it concentrates more and more wealth in the hands of those lending it at the expense of your average home buyer, credit card holder, or tuition-paying college student. In the new economy, there are better ways to get money circulating.
|Stephanie McMillan for YES! Magazine|
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