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Thursday

Money and Culture

Great stuff on the radio show Unwelcome Guests this week. The first hour is an audio adaptation of Money as Debt by Paul Grignon, a primer explaining how banks create money based on people agreeing to take loans. Then there's a short speech by Hugo Blanco on eco-socialism, and finally the first few chapters of a feminist anti-capitalist book about the gift economy called For-Giving by Genevieve Vaughan. (The text is available free online as pdf files also at www.for-giving.com.)

I'm skeptical that we need to (or could possibly) get rid of the concept of money, which is just a placeholder for things we would trade otherwise, but I'm interested to hear ways that we can make trading more fair and humane.

Unwelcome Guests: #379 - Money and Culture (Hour One mp3)
Unwelcome Guests: #379 - Money and Culture (Hour Two mp3)

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