Adventures in mutual credit

Audiobook: Justice is an option

I've been immersed in monetary theory for several years. At one point I realised that money-as-we-know-it and markets are actually just two aspects of the same idea, and that the two evolve together. So saying, I've read a lot about money, its sociology, history, philosophy etc, but very little about markets.

Another end of the world is possible

Following up from How everything can collapse, the french collapsologists now turn their attention to coping with collapse, psychologically, intellectually and even practically.

This is a thoughtful book drawing on useful experience, and covering a lot of ground in a fairly systematic way.

Audio chapters in this zip include

Audiobook: After progress by John Michael Greer

My recent research into societal collapse (watch this space) lead me to John Michael Greer, who offered an uncommonly wise perspective, so I purchased this book to update myself on his post-peak oil thinking.

It describes progress as a 'civil religion' and examines how deeply ideas and more importantly assumptions about progress lie in our civilisation's narrative compared, say to other civilisations which reified the past or the unchanging nature of things.

Tour of Portugal

Luisa and I toured Portugal in September 2018 to find out the best places to build a resilient life.

Which way for the ecology movement? (Audiobook)

Despite being repetitive, and often dense, Bookchin writing in the 60s, 70s and 80s makes arguments I've never heard before, and manages to be more convincing and more optimistic than many of his contemporaries, many of whom, he argues are shallow, woolly, misanthropic, or totalitarian!

Money: the Unauthorised Biography

This lucid and readable book traverses monetary history and philosophy to explain why money is no longer a tool for social justice, and indicates the kinds of solutions that could set it straight.

The End of Finance (audiobook, unabridged)

It is my pleasure to offer you this seminal book in audio format, and my tribute to the authors. It cuts to the root of the linguistic, semantic and structural paradoxes not only of modern fiat money, but its several 'paradigm-of-liquidity' precedents; and reminds us of Keynes' genius in showing us a way towards a stable financial system.

Ecovillage economy tour: Skala Sessions

I was honoured to be invited to Skala ecovillage in Greece. Anna and Nikiforos are 3 years into their fourth attempt to build a community on their property near Thessaloniki on which currently abide 7 adults plus 3 volunteers and some children. I'm still not sure what they thought I would bring, but their main concern is to take the project from merely living together to building a future together. Nikiforos is a highly skilled engineer running a family business 50km away putting all his income into Skala.

Ecovillage economy tour: Conclusion

[One condition for my GEN ambassadorship was a writeup at the end of the year. This is it, though I've written up a handful of individual ecovillages previously in this blog]

I've had the honor of spending a several days in several ecovillages, but I didn't manage to write economic profiles of all of them!

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