Welcome

Welcome to ReinventingMoney.com and the new world of exchange and finance.

The mission of this site is to demystify money and liberate the process of exchange by making available important documents and resources from the past and present which can contribute to the advancement of economic democracy, self-determination, and global harmony.

For those of you who are visiting here for the first time, we hope you will  take the time to dig deep into the site to discover the range of resources we’ve assembled for you. For those making return visits, I’m pleased that you have discovered at least some of the quality materials we have archived here and are inclined to come back.

I especially encourage visitors to this site to avail yourselves of the Case Studies and the Library files that contain many of the works from what John Zube describes as the “Swiss, German, Jewish school of monetary freedom.” This is a unique collection of works by important authors from the first half of the twentieth century that you won’t find elsewhere. Foremost amongst the Germans are Heinrich Rittershausen and Ulrich von Beckerath. Zube’s description is based on the fact that this particular school of monetary thought included also Edgard Milhaud, a Swiss, and Walter Zander and Walter Unger, as the two Jewish contributors to the Four Law Drafts. He notes that Unger was murdered by the Nazis, while Zander managed to escape to England. Had the Four Law Drafts been enacted in Germany during the 1930s, Hitler might never have come to power and World War II might never have happened.

The case studies provided on this site are of particular importance in light of the recent financial crises and resultant economic distress.

EoM coverMy latest book, The End of Money and the Future of Civilization (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2009), has been widely acclaimed and is attracting a great deal of attention. It can be ordered from the Chelsea Green website or from Amazon.com, but it would be most helpful if you would order it from your local independent bookstore and encourage them to stock and display it. It would also help “the cause” if, after reading it, you would post a brief review at Amazon.com. I’ve posted a detailed Table of Contents and a number of reader comments on my blog, beyondmoney.net. That is where I’ve also been posting my most recent articles, interviews, and presentations, along with pertinent materials and links. Included are many of the presentations I’ve given over the past several years in China, Malaysia, India, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and the United States. You can access them at this link, http://beyondmoney.net. That is a site that I recommend you follow.

My previous book, Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to MoneyCoverLegal Tender (Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2001), in addition to explaining the mysteries and realities of money, describes both historical and contemporary examples of private currencies and exchange systems and outlines some innovative designs that can empower communities and bolster local economies.


IMG_2134TG4x3Thomas H. Greco, Jr. is a community and monetary economist, educator, writer, and consultant. He is a former tenured college teacher who has spent more than 30 years studying and writing about ways to achieve greater harmony, equity, and sustainability through business and economics. His special expertise in monetary and financial structures has led to innovative designs for private community currencies and payment systems. Learn more.


Background and Rationale

The intention of this project is to provide general access to the best ideas and sources of information about transcending the limitations and dysfunctions of conventional structures of money and banking. If you want to escape the “box” of conventional thinking and debate about how to address “the money problem”, ReinventingMoney.com is where you’ll find the materials and resources you need.
Here you will find works by the keenest minds from both the past and the present; descriptions of actual successful exchange alternatives; and strategic studies that deal with the opportunities and problems of their implementation. Learn more


Toward Economic Democracy

The fundamental approach of ReinventingMoney.com is based on private initiative, openness, and voluntary participation – the foundations for economic democracy. The material available on-site explains and supports free market, non-governmental, non-monopoly exchange options, in short, free money and free banking. It also provides numerous links to a variety of significant sources relating to the community currency and private exchange movement. Learn more.

5 responses to “Welcome

  1. Thomas! I read the five stages in your book – borrowed from a friend and realized that the work we have been doing with voluntary time currency (where you can “invest” the currency and get it back when you perform services) actually fits the bill for several of the stages. Do see my blog and the article on resilience.org
    http://stephenhinton.org/2013/09/18/case-study-using-complementary-currency-to-drive-volunteering-and-collaboration/

  2. Congratulation Thomas for your new website location. It looks great.

  3. Congratulations Thomas with your new website location. It looks great.

    I like to offer my view on the Bitcoin issue. I agree it is not the solution we’re seeking, but why? Because Bitcoin has become a commodity in itself and most of the coins are still in the possession of those who created it. It is a pyramid, a ponzy scheme that confuses the issue more than it solves it.

    The first thing we need to clarify is what we want the money medium for? What are the characteristics that would make money the ideal system of exchange.
    Money has two functions:
    1- As a medium of exchange of goods and services, and
    2- To store value, especially in a way it is easily transportable and safe.

    The first use works best when money itself is worthless and merely represents the value of the things it “measures”, just like a measuring tape has no value regarding it measuring a gold bar or a bar of soap. In both cases that measurement is objective and the tape’s value is irrelevant. Unfortunately the way money works today, including bitcoin and the cryptocurrencies, they have become commodities to “invest” on and therefore their own value is unstable and suffers the same fate as all things under the supply and demand syndrome. This how the famous Tulip mess happened.

    This describes the best reasons to reject ALL currencies and instead embrace the Credit Exchange systems bypassing altogether the money conundrum. We end up in fact with a money-less system that can measure accurately what we actually need to measure, the real things we require to live, the goods and services that create the only real wealth.

    However for the second use of money as storage of wealth, it gets more tricky to resolve. As we accumulate wealth when having a large surplus in our account with all other traders in the exchange because we have a product or service that is popular, and we can’t possibly spend all the income on our daily expenses, what can we do to take that accumulated “capital” in a portable form without turning the solution into another commodity that will again fall into the same speculative trap?

    To resolve it I think this problem demands we re-think the whole current capitalist system and the application of capital property, and even the practicality of charging interest for it. The issues of entrepreneurship, the creation of jobs, the incentives to invent new technologies to enhance efficiency, the elimination of poverty and the setting up of an equal playing field to offer the maximum opportunities to the largest amount of people, are going to have to be addressed. It is clear the “money problem” will be resolved when things like the infinite legal possibility for an individual to accumulate wealth is addressed and contained.
    The capitalist system is cannibalizing itself to the point it is no more. The “financialization” of capitalism with pseudo “profits” of more than 40% coming out of it, is proof of a virus that has taken over the “patient”, (the economy) and is self-destructing while it destroys the host it feeds from.

    The question is how to resolve the second use of money without relying on gold and silver. Is there a use for cryptocurrencies after all? (albeit with a different design?)
    Bitcoin’s flaws are many. An important problem ironically is one of its attributes. Its limited numbers. It is not flexible enough to expand and contract according to the needs of the economy. Another one is its structure allowing speculation by not forcing every coin to stay in motion once it has been created. As it is today coins can be mined but be kept out of circulation to create scarcity in order to push its price up ( I didn’t say “value” for a reason) As stated I think the proper value for the medium of exchange itself should be neutral, that means zero. From this perspective a properly designed cryptocurrency should merely represent the value of THINGS and services to be exchanged with it. By itself it should be worthless. How we design that?

  4. Hi Thomas,
    After a lot of planning and deliberation the WorkTrader ‘Work Credit Bank’ site campaign is underway through http://www.pozible.com. I met you in Adelaide through an ERA gathering. Hope to have further discussion later….

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