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A Selection of Articles, Papers, Book Reviews etc.

1. Articles and Papers

2. Turning Point Papers

3. Book Reviews from my Newsletter

4. Other Book Reviews


1. Articles and Papers

A Good Question, As We Face The Hardship Years Ahead - why, in modern democracies, should we continue to allow commercial banks to enjoy the privilege of creating the national currency and money supply, instead of transferring responsibility for creating it in the national interest to a public agency? (May 2010)

Money Values and Ethical Values: Curing the Mismatch Between Them – a contribution to Laszlo Zsolnai (ed), Ethical Prospects: Economy, Society, and Environment, Springer Science-Business Media BV, 2009 – see my newsletter No 24.

The Root of the Present Crisis and its Cure: Who Should Create The Money Supply? Should It Be Created As Debt Or Debt-Free? - a one page note written for the 2009 G20 Monetary Reform campaign.

National And International Financial Architecture: Two Proposals - a memorandum submitted to the House of Commons Parliamentary Select Committee on the Treasury in January 2009 on national and international monetary reform.

Sharing The Value Of Common Resources: Citizen's Income in a Wider Context - a draft of an article that will appear in the December 2009 issue of the journal Basic Income Studies.

Money From Thin Air - an article that appeared on The Guardian's Comment is Free website on 20th March 2008. A screenshot of the article can be found here.

Exploring Northern Rock: The Stone That Must Not Be Left Unturned – an article on the current financial turbulence published in The Quarterly Review, Vol 1, No 4, Winter 2007.

Political Economy, Common Resources and a New Global System - a paper given to the 25th International Conference of the International Union for Land Value Taxation on 4th July 2006 in London. The conference was on "The Economics of Abundance".

Fairer Distribution of Common Resources: the pros and cons of carbon trading - an article published in  "It's Simpol!", The Simultaneous Policy News, Winter 2005/06, pages 3-4, in a feature called Thinking aloud about fresh alternatives.

The Future of Money: If We Want a Better Game of Economic Life, We'll Have to Change the Scoring System: a 5,000 word article in the journal Soundings, issue 31 (December 2005), on the practicalities of evolving a new political economy and its institutions, based on fairly sharing the value of common resources.

The Role of Money and Finance: Changing a Central Part of the Problem into a Central Part of the Solution - a paper given in a session on "Sharing Limited Resources And A Change Of Course" at the XXIX Annual Conference of the Pio Manzu International Research Centre in Rimini, Italy on 18-20 October, 2003.

Thomas Attwood - and Political and Economic Reform Today - Attwood Memorial Lecture, given at the Birmingham and Midland Institute on 11th November, and published in BM Insight - Issue 5 2003 (Nov 2002).


Forward with the euro - AND the pound . Looking forward to the dawning multi-currency world, this paper argues that Britain should keep the pound and learn to use both currencies to its best advantage.  

The paper was published in 2002 by the Economic Research Council.  Hard copies (£10) may be purchased from the ERC via its website.

Financial and Monetary Policies for an Enabling State - the first Alternative Mansion House Speech. Given on 15th June 2000 at the launch of the book Creating New Money: A Monetary Reform for the Information Age.

Free Lunches, Yes: Free Markets, No - fairer sharing of the value of common resources is practical politics, not just a utopian dream - an article in Resurgence extracted from the Alternative Mansion House speech of June 2000. (Jan/Feb 2001)

The Case for a Tax Shift - memorandum of evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Treasury (1999).

After Dependency: Healthy People and Places in the 21st Century - the text of a lecture given at the first Liverpool Schumacher Lectures at the Institute of Health (Liverpool John Moores University) and published in the autumn 1998 Journal of Contemporary Health. (March 1998)

New Opportunities For Social Inclusion: Through Useful and Satisfying Work, Paid and Unpaid - a paper written for the EU-Japan Club Symposium, which was held in November 1997.

ALTERNATIVES: An alternatives agenda for party politics by HARFORD THOMAS and JAMES ROBERTSON - an extensive paper published in The Guardian on July 3rd 1978 that is still relevant 35 years later.

"The manifestos for the general election need a new agenda. .. Political parties suffer from institutional lag. They fall behind the pace of events. They fall back on old dogma. Yesterday's dogma is irrelevant today, and still more so for tomorrow. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to suggest some necessary new directions for political thinking. .. The old orthodoxies of growth economics are being questioned .. And new approaches to more satisfying ways of life are being explored. We think it urgent to get this new thinking into the mainstream of political debate."

(Harford Thomas edited an "Alternatives" page for The Guardian at that time. He was a very supportive colleague and a good friend of ours.)


2. Turning Point Papers

The Redistribution of Work (1981)

Impressions of the New South Africa (1996)


3. Book Reviews from my Newsletter

July 2013 Newsletter

Peter Reason & Melanie Newman, STORIES of the GREAT TURNING with a foreword by Joanna Macy, Vala Publishing Cooperative, 2013.

March 2013 Newsletter

Andrew Jackson and Ben Dyson, MODERNISING MONEY: Why our Monetary System is Broken and How it Can Be Fixed, Positive Money, 2012.

Robert Pringle, THE MONEY TRAP: Escaping the Grip of Global Finance, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Mark Braund and Ross Ashcroft, FOUR HORSEMEN: The Survival Manual, Motherlode, 2012.

Fred Harrison, THE TRAUMATISED SOCIETY: How to Outlaw Cheating and Save our Civilisation, Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers, 2012

Michael Lewis and Pat Conaty, THE RESILIENCE ECONOMY: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy, New Society Publishers, Canada, 2012.

THE UK CO-OPERATIVE ECONOMY: Alternatives to Austerity.

Molly Scott Cato, THE BIOREGIONAL ECONOMY: Land, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, Routledge, 2012.

July 2012 Newsletter

Richard Murphy, THE COURAGEOUS STATE: Rethinking Economics, Society and the Role of Government, Searching Finance Ltd, 2011.

Brian Davey (ed), SHARING for SURVIVAL: Restoring the Climate, The Commons and Society, published in memory of Richard Douthwaite by FEASTA (Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability) Dublin, 2012.

Michael Lewis and Pat Conaty, THE RESILIENCE IMPERATIVE: Cooperative Transitions to a Steady-State Economy, New Society Publishers, Canada, 2012.

July 2011 Newsletter

Judi Marshall, Gill Coleman and Peter Reason (eds), LEADERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY: An Action Research Approach, Greenleaf Publishing, 2011.

Julian Pratt, STEWARDSHIP ECONOMY: Private property without private ownership, Lulu, 2011.

Ad Broere, ENDING THE GLOBAL CASINO?, Humane Economy Publishings, The Netherlands, 2010.

January 2011 Newsletter

Alanna Hartzok, THE EARTH BELONGS TO EVERYONE, Institute for Democracy Press, in cooperation with Earthrights Institute, 2008.

Ellen LaConte, LIFE RULES: Why so much is going wrong everywhere at once and how Life teaches us to fix it, iUniverse, 2010.

Frances Hutchinson, UNDERSTANDING THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM: Social Credit Rediscovered, Jon Carpenter Publishing, 2010.

Bruce Nixon, A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: What needs to be done and and how we can make it happen.

Anne B. Ryan, ENOUGH IS PLENTY: Public and Private Policies for the 21st Century.

July 2010 Newsletter

Mary Mellor, THE FUTURE OF MONEY: From Financial Crisis to Public Resource, Pluto Press, 2010.

Clark McGinn, OUT OF POCKET: How Collective Amnesia lost the world its wealth, again, Luath Press, 2010.

John Stewart, PRIME MINISTER, Shepheard-Walwyn, 2010.

Fred Harrison, THE PREDATOR CULTURE: The Roots and Intent of Organised Violence, Shepheard-Walwyn, 2010.

January 2010 Newsletter

Martin Large, Common Wealth: For a free, equal, mutual and sustainable society, Hawthorn Press, 2010.

Edward Granter, Critical Social Theory and the End of Work, Ashgate, 2009.

Herbert Girardet and Miguel Mendonça, A RENEWABLE WORLD: Energy, Ecology, Equality, Green Books, 2009.

Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, The Case for Pluralism; "What Next" Vol. II; Development Dialogue No 52, August 2009.

June 2009 Newsletter

David Korten, Agenda for a New Economy, Berrett-Kohler, 2009.

Laszlo Zsolnai (ed), Ethical Prospects: Economy, Society and Environment, Springer Science-Business Media BV, 2009.

Thomas Greco, The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, Chelsea Green, 2009.

David Boyle, Money Matters: Putting the Eco into Economics, Alastair Sawday Publishing, 2009.

January 2009 Newsletter

Molly Scott Cato, GREEN ECONOMICS: An Introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice, Earthscan, 2009.

July 2008 Newsletter

Brian Hodgkinson, A NEW MODEL OF THE ECONOMY, Shepheard-Walwyn, 2008.

Fred Harrison, THE SILVER BULLET, the IU, 2008.

November 2007 Newsletter

James Bruges, THE BIG EARTH BOOK: Ideas and Solutions for a Planet in Crisis, Alastair Sawday Publishing, 2007.

June 2007 Newsletter

Renee-Marie Croose Parry with Kenneth Croose Parry, THE POLITICAL NAME OF LOVE, New European Publications, 2007.

Michel Glautier, THE SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Can a Caring Society Exist in a Market Economy?, Shepheard Walwyn, 2007.

Dec 2006 Newsletter

Fred Harrison, RICARDO'S LAW: Why Tony Blair's Project Failed: House Prices and the Great Tax Clawback Scam, Shepheard-Walwyn, 2006.

Bruce Nixon, LIVING SYSTEM: Making Sense of Sustainability, Management Books, 2006.

Herbert Girardet, CITIES PEOPLE PLANET: Liveable Cities for a Sustainable World, John Wiley and Sons, 2004.

July 2006 Newsletter

Derek Wall, Babylon and Beyond: The Economics of Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Globalist and Radical Green Movements, Pluto Press, 2005.

April 2006 Newsletter

Will Paxton and Stuart White with Dominic Maxwell (eds), The Citizen's Stake: Exploring the future of universal asset based policies, The Policy Press, University of Bristol, 2006.

Fred Harrison, Wheels of Fortune: Self-funding Infrastructure and the Free Market Case for a Land Tax, The Institute of Economic Affairs, 2006.

December 2005 Newsletter

Jonathon Porritt, Capitalism As If The World Matters, Earthscan, 2005.

July 2005 Newsletter

Fred Harrison, Boom/Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depression of 2010, Shepheard-Walwyn, London, 2005.

Richard A. Werner, New Paradigm in Macroeconomics: Solving the Riddle of Japanese Economic Performance, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

James Gibb Stuart, Fantopian Update, Ossian Publishers, 2005.

February 2005 Newsletter

(1) Mark Braund, The Possibility of Progress, Shepheard-Walwyn, London, 2005.

(2) Paul Hague, The Paragonian Manifesto: Revealing the Coherent Light of Consciousness, Paragonian Publications.

(3) Robert Olson & David Rejeski (eds), Environmentalism and the Technologies of Tomorrow, Island Press, 2005.

December 2004 Newsletter

(1) FEASTA Review No.2, Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (Dublin), Green Books, 2004.

(2) Jakob von Uexkull and Herbert Girardet, Creating The World Future Council, Green Books, 2004.

(3) David Cook, The Natural Step; Towards a Sustainable Society, Schumacher Briefing No 11, Green Books, 2004.

September 2004 Newsletter

(1) Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent, The New Consumers - The Influence of Affluence on the Environment, Island Press, 2004.

(2) James Bruges, The Little Earth Book, 4th Edition, Alastair Sawday Publishing, 2004.

June 2004 Newsletter

(1) Owen Connellan et al, Land Value Taxation in Britain: Experience and Opportunities, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 2004.

(2) Duncan Pickard, Lie of the Land: A Study in the Culture of Deception, co-published by the Land Research Trust and Shepheard-Walwyn, 2004.

(3) Clive Hamilton, Growth Fetish, Allen & Unwin in Australia, 2003, Pluto Press in UK, 2004.

(4) Nic Marks, Hetan Shah, Andrea Westall, The Power and Potential of Well-being Indicators: Measuring young people's well-being in Nottingham, New Economics Foundation, 2004 - (Also see the "Well-Being Manifesto" at Item 6 in the December 2004 Newsletter - click here).

(5) Joseph Huber, New Technologies and Environmental Innovation, Edward Elgar, 2004.

March 2004 Newsletter - short booknotes

(1) William E. Gibson (ed), Eco-Justice-The Unfinished Journey, State University of New York Press, 2004.

(2) Tony Fitzpatrick and Michael Cahill (eds), Environment and Welfare: Towards a Green Social Policy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

(3) Stephen A. Zarlenga, The Lost Science of Money: The Mythology of Money - the Story of Power, American Monetary Institute, 2002.

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3. Other Book Reviews

Big Change: James Robertson looks at the possibility of transforming money systems for the common good - a review in Resurgence of "The Money Changers: currency reform from aristotle to e-cash" by David Boyle. (Nov/Dec 2003)

A Partial View of the Future - a review in Foresight (Vol 1, No 2) of "The Weightless World: Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy" by Diane Coyle. (April 1999)

Redefining Technological Progress - a review in Futures (Vol 29, No 9) of "Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use" by Ernst von Weizsacker, Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins (1997).


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