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Adventures in mutual credit
The black community complaining loudly the police have decided not to arrest an alleged murderer. Rightfully so. What kind of state is it that lets murderers walk free? Is that what freedom in America means?
I have now designed and implemented (in drupal 7) an API suitable for mutual credit sites to 'intertrade'. This means that exchanges can coordinate payments into and out of accounts nominated for the purpose of external trade. The API links up mutual credit exchanges into a mutual credit network of mutual credit exchanges. This is unlike normal money because each exchange, just like each user, must vacillate around zero balance within the network.
Our Dollar, which art in the Bank
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread, and enforce our debts
As we enforce the debts against us.
Lead us into temptation
And deliver us our containers from China
For thine is the Pecuniocracy, the military and the vassal states,
Happily my suit and I are in the same city, and together we slipped in to the launch of The Corporation of the City of London's £200,000 report on the 'capacity trade' industry. This was my first brush with the politicised side of commercial mutual credit systems. Daniel from Ormita who had contributed to the report warned me that many people in the industry don't actually understand mutual credit, and were putting the collapse of some exchanges in several countries down to other causes than the massive deficits being run up by the franchisee.
Yesterday I surveyed 12 occupier-volunteers (from kitchen, medicine, pastorial, IT, Library, and info) as I could find at St Pauls, London.
1 There are enough people doing my work. 4 agree
2 Everything in the camp should be equally available to all occupiers 5 agree
A new breed of web site seeks to reconnect us to our neighbours - through the internet! Using up-front capital a polished web service can be built to mediate and encourage relationships between neighbours. But what happens when these sites are competing for territory?
I always get the feeling that USA is where things happen, and that Europe is dull in comparison. I came for the ContactCon in New York, followed by the Metacurrency collabathon, but much more happened besides, not least the Occupation of Wall Street, where the money system is on the agenda and where the world's media is focused.
The activists currently demonstrating on Wall Street (and other financial hotspots) are bringing necessary media attention to the abuses of the banking system. They understand that the activities of banks, or banksters are responsible for a global misery and environmental degradation. Indeed the public at large is becoming aware of the role of 'banks' and 'banksters' in an unprecedented, continuous, and immoral (but not illegal) transfer of wealth from the middle classes to the richest one percent.
We've all had the experience of skipping some routine expense to save a bit of cash, and then everything being ruined - at a much greater cost. The poverty trap could be defined as not being able to scrape together a penny in order to save a pound. And this is a dilemma I grapple with all the time.