Future Money explains in plain language and convincing detail how our money system is propelling us toward the self-destruction of our species - and what we should do about it. Our present money system frustrates the well-meaning efforts of active citizens, NGOs and governments to deal with our present ills and problems - including worldwide poverty, environmental destruction, social injustice, economic inefficiency and political unrest and violence within and between nations. Failure to reform the world's money system urgently and radically - that is, from its roots up - could bring disaster for human civilisation before the end of this century. Future Money shows clearly how our money system operates and how it could be reformed so that it acts for the benefit of people and society rather than the opposite, and describes the obstacles that currently prevent that reform.
The world's financial experts and leaders in politics, government and business, and most mainstream academic and media commentators, have demonstrated that they are not yet able or willing to diagnose and treat the profound and pervasive problems that are directly caused by the money system. Future Money speaks explicitly to active, independent-minded citizens, including young people, with the hope that it will help them to understand why people committed to careers in almost every important walk of life today find it difficult to recognise the problem and grasp the nettle. It shows why we have to take the initiative now, and urgently, to get the issue on to mainstream agendas worldwide.
James Robertson studied classics, history and philosophy at Oxford. Described as "the grandfather of green economics" he worked in Whitehall and accompanied Harold Macmillan on his 'Wind of Change' tour of Africa in 1960. He is an independent economist who helped to set up The Other Economic Summit and the New Economics Foundation. His other books include The Sane Alternative, Future Wealth and Future Work.
Introduction and summary: the basics Part 1: The historical and ethical background Part 2: National money reform - model for a democratic world Part 3: Worldwide money system reform Part 4: Objections, complications, abstractions, distractions Part 5: Dealing with obstacles to money system reform Conclusion: What are we to do?