Selection of Articles, Papers, Book Reviews etc.
Articles and Papers
Book Reviews from my Newsletter
Other Book Reviews
Articles and Papers
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)
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.
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
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.
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
From Thin Air - an article that appeared on The
Guardian's Comment is Free website on 20th March 2008.
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
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".
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
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.
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,
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).
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.
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.
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)
Case for a Tax Shift - memorandum of
evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee
on the Treasury (1999).
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)
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.)
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
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
Bruce Nixon, A BETTER WORLD
IS POSSIBLE: What needs to be done and and how we can make
Anne B. Ryan, ENOUGH IS
PLENTY: Public and Private Policies for the 21st Century.
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,
John Stewart, PRIME
Fred Harrison, THE
PREDATOR CULTURE: The Roots and Intent of Organised Violence,
Martin Large, Common Wealth: For a free,
equal, mutual and sustainable society, Hawthorn
Edward Granter, Critical Social Theory
and the End of Work, Ashgate, 2009.
Herbert Girardet and Miguel Mendonça, A
RENEWABLE WORLD: Energy, Ecology, Equality, Green
Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, The Case
for Pluralism; "What Next" Vol. II; Development
Dialogue No 52, August 2009.
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,
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,
July 2008 Newsletter
A NEW MODEL OF THE ECONOMY, Shepheard-Walwyn,
Fred Harrison, THE
SILVER BULLET, the IU, 2008.
James Bruges, THE
BIG EARTH BOOK: Ideas and Solutions for a Planet
in Crisis, Alastair Sawday Publishing,
Renee-Marie Croose Parry with Kenneth
THE POLITICAL NAME OF LOVE, New European Publications,
Michel Glautier, THE SOCIAL CONSCIENCE: Can
a Caring Society Exist in a Market Economy?,
Shepheard Walwyn, 2007.
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,
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.
Porritt, Capitalism As
If The World Matters, Earthscan, 2005.
House Prices, Banking and the Depression of
A. Werner, New Paradigm in Macroeconomics:
Solving the Riddle of Japanese Economic Performance,
Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Gibb Stuart, Fantopian Update,
Mark Braund, The Possibility of Progress,
Shepheard-Walwyn, London, 2005.
Paul Hague, The Paragonian Manifesto:
Revealing the Coherent Light of Consciousness,
Robert Olson & David Rejeski (eds), Environmentalism
and the Technologies of Tomorrow, Island
Review No.2, Foundation
for the Economics of Sustainability (Dublin), Green
(2) Jakob von Uexkull and Herbert Girardet, Creating
The World Future Council, Green Books,
David Cook, The Natural Step; Towards a Sustainable
Society, Schumacher Briefing No 11, Green
Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent, The New Consumers
- The Influence of Affluence on the Environment,
Island Press, 2004.
James Bruges, The Little Earth Book, 4th
Edition, Alastair Sawday Publishing, 2004.
Owen Connellan et al, Land Value Taxation
in Britain: Experience and Opportunities,
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
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.
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
Joseph Huber, New Technologies and Environmental
Innovation, Edward Elgar, 2004.
2004 Newsletter - short booknotes
William E. Gibson (ed), Eco-Justice-The Unfinished
Journey, State University of New York Press,
(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.
Other Book Reviews
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)
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)
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).