One of my favourite subjects is liberation economics and I've written about it many times before. Go to these links for essential background to this subject:
I'm proud to say that
my own hometown, is now a pioneer in this department. We now have our own
"complimentary currency", see: http://www.oxfordpound.org.uk/. Here's
a news story about it: http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10490331.Hoping_to_be_quids_in_with_an_Oxford_pound/?ref=rc.
This is a system of economic exchange that is intended to be used within a
small-scale local area, and it is run independently of the usual banks,
governments and other monetary authorities. One needs to sit back for a moment
and think carefully about the implications of that; the links above will give
you an idea. Small independent currencies have saved lives! The Ithaca Hour of
New York State, USA certainly did in the terrible aftermath of the 1929 stock
market crash; and it's still in circulation today. Now Oxford
has joined this noble quest, and this is wonderful news after the sad demise of
The People's Supermarket on Cowley
Road, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/new-tesco.html.
The Oxford Pound is being coordinated by the Turl Street Kitchen, a charming little place in the University
heartland of the city centre, see: http://www.turlstreetkitchen.co.uk/.
It's going to be modelled on highly successful schemes that are already
established in other areas, like the Bristol Pound and the Totnes Pound. In terms
of the danger of economic oppression, nothing gives me more hope than news like
this; we're looking at people in a local community proactively cooperating and taking
control of their own lives, not sitting around waiting for their governments to
save them, governments who are the very people who ruined them in the first
place. To say that I wish the Oxford Pound luck would be a gross
understatement; I hope to have a wallet full of them soon.