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A crash course in changing the world.

Its January 1st, 2020, and a revolution is quietly happening around the world. Local, reserve currencies, backed by grain and other stored food reserves, have finally been opened in every country on earth. The "Real Money Bank", a not for profit dedicated to starting local reserve currency banks across the globe, has finally realized its goal of providing access to "Real Money" for all the world's peoples.

It wasn't easy. At first, all the national banks and federal reserves opposed it. However, their model of inflationary fiat currency and their extractive financial industries had created a cancerous growth mechanism at the root of all capitalism. Instead of depending on natural abundance, their model relied on scarcity and inorganic growth. The pressures of having to constantly expand forced companies to make poor decisions, forced governments to keep investing and investing and investing into the financial sector, hoping to prop up struggling banks unable to meet earnings forecasts.

Eventually, the system collapsed. Panic spread at first, until people woke up and realized that those empty dollars and euros didn't actually have any inherent value. Instead, they rediscovered real value, the food, the energy, the goods and services people created. Instead of enslaving and exploiting people and the planet to meet unnatural expectations, they needed a system that could allow people to conduct business and invest without kowtowing to a leechlike financial sector.

That was when the "Real Money Bank" emerged. They partnered with a global network of time banks that were allowing people to exchange services for services, and supplied the much needed missing link of allowing people to exchange goods as well. The Federal Reserve tried to stop them, but when banks gladly exchanged their "real money" for hyper-inflated dollars so that taxes could be paid, discerning civil servants decided to support instead of attack this important movement.

Before long, "Real Money" had been adopted throughout the Americas. Businesses liked it because it meant higher velocity of trade; with no incentive for people to sit on money, they reinvested it and spent it on goods as quickly as they could. Economies that adopted "Real Money" saw huge gains in investment in all sectors outside of the already collapsed financial sector, and quickly other countries adopted similar plans to keep up and stay competitive.

Now all world citizens have access to a currency that has real value, just not permanent value. Use it or lose it!

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Comment by Sarah O.Connor Panamericana on May 10, 2010 at 5:50pm
Hi Nick, did you ever get a chance of reading this post of mine:
http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/gratitude-gardens-or-corp...
?
Comment by Nick Heyming on May 10, 2010 at 6:20pm
Yeah, I read it. Comments are closed, but I can tell you what I think about it. I initially was very distressed about this, but after reading the bill and speaking with quite a few different experts on the subject, it is very vague and will be difficult to enforce any of the sections you seem so concerned about.

My goal is not to worry about the failing systems that are clearly struggling to maintain control. Their models are so weak and prone to collapse that they're doing whatever they can to stay relevant.

I choose not to live in fear of their impending implosion, but instead start making resilient systems that are more nourishing, sustainable, and local. Its a massive movement, and no poorly worded, unfunded, ambiguous congressional measure is going to keep it down.
Comment by Sarah O.Connor Panamericana on May 10, 2010 at 6:25pm
Now you can comment.after accepting my friendship.
When to start worrying, when the law is passed,
or when the Homeland Security thugs knock on your door?
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on May 10, 2010 at 11:37pm
There is little more distressing to me than currency backed by food. This is a recipe for regulating the bounty that grows abundantly everywhere on the planet. If we regulate it not only will this food not be available to us human critters, it won't be available to the other critters we share this planet with. Talk about devastating eco-systems. I don't see how this can go anywhere good.

Might there be some things to consider here other than economic profit margins?
Comment by Sarah O.Connor Panamericana on May 10, 2010 at 11:43pm
Hi "The Garden Earth Project", you probably have been following Evoke loosely,
currencies backed with real goods like food is a very good idea as a complimentary
value storage currency.
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on May 10, 2010 at 11:53pm
You are correct, I have been following Evoke loosely, however, I am very familiar with complimentary currencies - I have used, and been involved in the formation of many.

First of all, I have come to the conclusion that the need humans have to exchange in currency is pathological, and is the root of the devastation we are experiencing on the planet.

To base a currency on food would mean that food would need to be locked up, rarified, regulated.

It would mean that it could no longer grow freely in yards, gardens, hillsides, containers - It would mean that guerilla gardening is now a criminal offense, not merely a civil trespass. To potentially criminalize the growing of ones own food, is dangerous.
Comment by The Garden Earth Project on May 11, 2010 at 12:14am
Geez Sarah - knock off the attitude. I come here for real dialogue about things that matter. Flaming is unacceptable.

I like many of your ideas - I've read most of your blogs, just don't have time to comment as much as I would like. I do make an effort to however when I see something I find important, and I feel I have an opinion, or some knowledge to share that I don't see being represented.

Human beings are the only creatures on the planet, as far as I can tell who exchange currency. From what I see from observing nature, not only is currency unnecessary for comfort and survival, it is detrimental to the rest of life, including most of humanity - those on the lower middle of the pyramid down.
Comment by Nick Heyming on May 11, 2010 at 12:18am
For me, currency is a means to an end, a way for people to exchange goods and services that are not necessarily directly analogous. Its hard to pay someone in kind if you don't have what they want. So we have currency.

With that in mind, currencies that reflect how nature actually works and encourage rapid reinvestment seem to be much more advantageous than ones that encourage you to sit on them as they appreciate. Ones that could be immediately redeemable for food also seem to have value, read the article I linked to about the Mendo Credits to see why this could be a good idea: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/5158.
Comment by Sarah O.Connor Panamericana on May 11, 2010 at 12:22am
You are right Garden
Comment by Sarah O.Connor Panamericana on May 11, 2010 at 12:23am
I have lived in Elk, CA

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