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Poor Because of Money

Poor Because of Money

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Poor Because of Money
Strohalm Foundation, 2001Revised, 2003
OutlinePart I
A. Farmers Without LandB. Mankind Lives By DreamsB.a. A Hopeful FutureC. Systematic Poverty Because of the Money SystemC.a. A money system that contains built-in povertyC.b. A money system with built-in growthC.c. The reason for the present money systemD. Anonymous Money and its EffectsE. Poverty is AdvancingF. How People Themselves can Start a Local EconomyF.a. Revolving Savings Clubs in NepalF.b. Banco Palmas, Credit in BrazilF.c. Being Creative with Guinea Pigs in Peru
F.e. Traditional Currencies F.f. Thailand CCS G. Looking for an AlternativeG.a. The Egyptian Harvest BankG.b. Towards a New Development Strategy?G.c. What you can doH. Poverty Experienced as a Local CrisisI. Let’s Trueque! Argentinian System Demonstrates the Possibilities of Local ExchangeI.a. Carlos MonacoJ. Micro Credits A Future with Little MoneyJ.a. Strohalm’s Bonus Microcredit Program
Part II
K. Leaving the money that creates unnecessary miseryL. Our Theory on InterestL.a. Usury is EverywhereL.b. Solon, the Greek EconomistL.c. The Consequences of InterestInterest as a catalystInterest as a tax on the poor imposed by the wealthInterest causes exponential growth of debts and creditsInterest obstructs quality, permanency and long-term planningHousing ExampleInterest leads to slaveryInterest leads to unnecessary high pricesM. The price we pay for wealth is that we cannot do anything about the problems it createsM.a. The cost of our wealthN. Poverty is UnnecessaryN.a. Winning together O. Creation of Money at Interest: Sorcery or Exploitation?O.a. A self-promoting money shortageP. One Money System is Not Like the Other P.a. The Golden Calf P.b. Why the USA is still in a position to buy too muchSynopsis 1
P.c. Developments of the money systemSynopsis 2Q. Hopeful Developments in Latin AmericaQ.a. Economy of solidarityQ.b. Red del Trueque Q.c. MST-A well organized network Q.d. Cooperative industriesQ.e. Building together Q.f. The Worker’s PartyQ.g. Building a Cooperative Association
Part III
R. Ten Ways Money Makes Us Poorer S. Crisis or Opportunity? From Fissures in the money bastion to the disappearance of moneyS.a. Part of the need of money to enable transactionsS.b. Mervin King and The Disappearance of MoneyS.c. Bretton WoodsS.d. Bancor S.e. Blasting Off from the Gold StandardT. WIR: A Swiss Company NetworkU. From Crisis to Opportunity: Consumer Commerce CircuitU.a. We Consume too little?U.b. The Consumer Commerce CircuitU.c. Organic farms, clean energy and support for poor countriesU.d. South American Consumer Commerce CircuitU.e. Turn the Crisis into a chance for Independent entrepreneursU.f. The impossible position of independent companiesV. Strohalm’s Never-Ending Search for SolutionsV.a. Exchange and Research NetworkV.b. Take Action Now!W. Help Us Write The Last Chapters
X. Graphs & DiagramsX.a. Rowbotham GraphX.b. Lietaer GraphX.c. Creutz GraphX.d. Natural Growth vs. Exponential Growth
This book is dedicated to you.Dear Reader,You now own a book that looks different from most books while in addition the distribution of thisbook is also different. The dedication above indicates that this book is a gift, a gift that hopefullyyou will pass on. The contents of this book are important and not always easy to digest, buthave been presented in such a way that it can be absorbed with the least amount of effort.In the Netherlands books classified as informative have become increasingly scarce. We havegrown tired of reading demanding material. Nevertheless we wish to discuss issues that areintriguing and sometimes difficult to accept. How did we manage to present these issues withouttaking the chance that we would antagonize our readers?Simply stated, by writing a book that we would like to read ourselves: an informative andfocused book in which new ideas have been presented in short and easily readable chapters.We hope that we have succeeded and that you will give it a try.We would like to involve you in new developments that offer new perspectives for the poor,through a new way of looking at poverty problems and promoting insight into lasting solutions.Through a new way of looking at poverty problems, we would like to involve you indevelopments that offer new perspectives to the poor while promoting insight into lastingsolutions.In this book we hope to make one thing very clear: poverty is not a fate. Of course, poverty hasmany causes, but many of these causes are in some way connected with the monetary system.How often did you and did we think about that system? How often did we consider if we couldchoose a different monetary system? Not often.Do we really have a choice? We definitely do have a choice! It is quite likely that money willchange in the near future. At this moment we cannot predict how it will change. Perhaps it willend up as a system that will increase the wealth of the rich even more, while making the poor even poorer.
[Zap R - Ten Ways Money Makes Us Poorer].
However, if many of us become involved, other developments should be possible. There arealready examples that show what can happen when we make use of new opportunities. Now isthe time for us to get together and push new developments in the right direction. It is because of this that we request your attention.When we discuss money, it does not take very long before the discussion becomes rather involved. In this book we intend to keep it simple.Therefore we present this book as a Zap Book, or a book just for browsing. Of course you mayread this book from cover to cover, but it is also possible to read a bit here and there. The Zapdirections will assist you to navigate the book.Should you wish to look for more information or a more complete understanding, then we wouldlike to refer you to the printed version of 
“Poor Because of Money” 
, a view based on an analysisof money. The electronic version of this book is in continual development which can be found at(http://www.strohalm.nl/english/materials.html). Of course you may ask Strohalm for the printedversion of the book, which is only slightly behind the electronic version.However, it will still take some time before we reach that goal. This book will be more involved,certain people in Latin America are still contributing theoretical and practical ideas. Professor 

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