[A-List] Making a Case for Money Reform
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by James Gibb Stuart
Prosperity (January 2003)
That the economies of even the most developed countries, have failed to
maximise upon the great advantages of modern technology for the benefit
of their peoples.
(a) decaying social infrastructures;
(b) an unsustainable exploitation of irreplaceable resources;
(c) the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.
A money system founded on debt, whereby democratic Government, which
should be the nation's arbiter, and dispenser, of both social and
economic justice, has traditionally financed itself through extensive
and irredeemable borrowings from the private banking system, thereby:
(a) limiting its expenditures to what can be afforded in debt servicing;
(b) putting undue leverage and power in the hands of private financial
institutions, inevitably to be used for their own selfish aims.
To redress the balance by restoring to representative government - or
one of its delegated instruments - the right and responsibility for
creating sufficient money to carry out Government's essential functions
Creating Money Without Borrowing
Before the invention of the modern banking system, economies were based
on "coin of the realm".
Even when banknotes become the accepted form of legal tender, their
creation and issuance remained a privilege of Government, a situation
which persists to this present day.
For instance, when the United Kingdom requires an increase in its stock
of physical "cash money" - notes and coins - to cover the expanding
needs of commerce and industry, HM Treasury raises a form of Treasury
Credit authorising the Bank of England to mint the agreed amount of
extra currency. These are sold at face value to the banks, and the
revenue credited to the public purse. No borrowing!
But with the increased sophistication of banking, involving credit
cards and the drive towards a cashless society, notes and coin now make
up a drastically reduced proportion of the total money stock, the
ever-widening gap being filled by interest bearing private bank debt.
For example, whereas in 1963 around 35% of the British money stock was
debt-free notes and coin, by 1996 this proportion had fallen to less
than five percent, the remainder being bank-created money.
This now represents such a severe loss of revenue to the Exchequer, and
to the nation as a whole, that pressure is increasing upon both HM
Treasury and the Bank of England to widen the scope of those Treasury
Credits for the financing of government expenditures that do not
involve physical cash money - what we can term "non-cash money".
Objections to Treasury Credits
Whenever they are challenged, Central Bank and Treasury officials and
their political spokespeople have stoically maintained that any
extension of government self-financing, beyond what is required for the
creation of banknotes and coin, would result in immediate inflation.
Thus far no open debate has been held on the subject, and officialdom
has never been obliged to enlarge upon its alarming contentions.
But Money Reformers, mindful of this, have been at pains to elaborate
on the disciplines that would have to be imposed on Government Money
Creation, so that runaway inflation did not indeed emerge as a
It has been suggested, for instance, that the powers should be vested
in some statutory body, and that, initially at least, the use of
Government Money Creation could be limited to the funding of some
unavoidable item of public expenditure.
Servicing the National Debt
Here a neat solution emerges. It was suggested in The Money Bomb
(1983), available from Prosperity for GBP 5 at the address below,, that
if a Treasury Credit were issued to fund the annual ongoing interest on
the National Debt, it would remove the main cause of Government
borrowing, stabilise the Debt itself, and leave taxation to take care
of all other legitimate outlays.
When The Money Bomb was written, debt interest and public borrowing in
the United Kingdom were tending to track each other very closely, so
that to find a way of funding one would be virtually to eliminate the
In the escalating figures for Debt interest, we have a debilitating
factor which has bugged the chancelleries of democratic societies for
the whole of this century, causing cutbacks in social spending and
renewal of national infrastructures, mitigating all attempts at the
elimination of poverty and inequality, and putting an undue emphasis
upon the extraction of non-renewable resources.
It's been said that, "In a journey of a thousand miles, it is necessary
to take the first step". Here is that first step.
At this point let the debate begin.
Please print out, photocopy and distribute these articles. Also copy
and paste them to emails, and circulate widely, and please include all
the essential contact information below. Thank you.
Essential Further Reading:
Prosperity: Freedom from Debt Slavery is a four-page quarterly Journal
which campaigns for publicly-created debt-free money. Prosperity is
edited and published by Alistair McConnachie and a four-issue
subscription is available for GBP 10 payable to Prosperity at 268 Bath
Street, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, G2 4JR. Tel: 0141 332 2214 Fax: 0141 353
6900 Email: contactus at ProsperityUK.com http://www.ProsperityUK.com All
back-issues are still available:
The forty-page Report, Clarifying our Money Reform Proposals, launched
at the 2006 Bromsgrove Conference, is available for GBP 10 payable to
Prosperity and is essential reading for beginners.
The Grip of Death: A study of modern money, debt slavery and
destructive economics by Michael Rowbotham [Jon Carpenter Publishing,
1998], Goodbye America! Globalisation, debt and the dollar empire by
Michael Rowbotham [Jon Carpenter Publishing, 2000], and Creating New
Money: A monetary reform for the information age by Joseph Huber and
James Robertson [New Economics Foundation, 2000] are all available from
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