Community Currency with Paul Glover

“Money is and always has been political. Our central concern should not be with [money’s] technology but with the political and legal framework with which it operates.” ~ Dr. Rebecca L. Spang

By Catherine Austin Fitts

At the end of the Great Depression, there were 3,100 community currencies in America. That’s approximately one for each U.S. county.

Since that time, there have been very few community currencies that have met with success in America—despite the potential benefits to local communities. One of the few that enjoyed success for a period was Ithaca HOURS.

This week, The Solari Report will publish my interview conducted late last year with Paul Glover, the founder of Ithaca HOURS. Paul shares his experience and the potential for community currency and other tools to optimize local exchange and resources. I reached out to Paul after a mayor—working to increase economic activity in his own town—asked if we could do more on community currencies.

Paul is a former professor of urban studies at Temple University. He has authored six books, including Hometown Money, Health Democracy, Deep Green Jobs, How to Take Power, Los Angeles: A History of the Future, and A Crime Not a Crisis, which details corruption in Pennsylvania’s insurance regulation.

Paul emphasizes that regions can take control of the economy to meet their urgent needs. He says, “We are the treasury, and we are the treasure.” He is founder of more than a dozen organizations and campaigns that convert average citizens into job creators, health system managers, urban planners, environmental stewards, and publishers.

Given pressures on global currency systems as well as interest in digital currencies, the time has come for us to spend more time on The Solari Report discussing the state of our currencies.

In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will review the documentary Fiat Empire, which explores some of the challenges of living with a fiat currency that serves as the global reserve currency.

Also, check out the latest on community currency efforts in France.

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