• John
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    ALTERNATIVE LOCAL CURRENCY – INTERIM PROTECTION MEASURES

     

    Once the first town has become self sustained and produces all the basic foods and other goods mentioned before, it will be impossible for surrounding towns to continue operating on the old capitalistic model. It will create a domino effect that will influence every aspect of our lives in ways that are impossible to predict. What we have to do, is keep an open mind to deal with the unlimited possibilities that we have never had to deal with before. The neighbouring towns must be treated as brothers and sisters and an extension of the greater UBUNTU family. They should never be seen as competitors or the ‘dark side’ which still operates a capitalist system. What will most likely happen in the initial stages is that the people from surrounding towns will start to buy all their necessities from the UBUNTU town. Then the greed issue will begin to play a role and someone will attempt to buy all the goods from the UBUNTU town at a reduced price, so that he can re-sell it in his own town at the full price. Or – someone will try to get one of the production factories in the UBUNTU town to produce items for him to sell outside of the town, for his own enrichment. There will be many attempts by selfish individuals to exploit the UBUNTU community’s ability to create things virtually for free. As always this greed aspect comes down to money which we need to guard against in the initial stages of transition. Always keep at the top of your mind our united intention: a world without money.

     

    It is imperative that the communities are acutely aware of this and ensure that the Council of Elders is in a position to prevent such exploitation of its own people and resources. It may be necessary to create an alternative local currency for the town to prevent such exploitation. As the community progresses towards higher levels of self sustainability and Contributionism, all transactions in the town will be done with the town’s own currency. It can be in any form imaginable, as agreed to by the COE, but it would be crazy to repeat the money printing exercise that has already caused all the problems. The most obvious solution lies in electronic cards that can be streamlined for all the activities in the community. There are existing sophisticated electronic currency card systems available that have been tested and are ready for use with minimal initial cost to the community. They can be programmed to allow different people to benefit according to their contribution to the community. These are not linked to banks in any way but simply create an electronic form of payment. This can be controlled by the Council of Elders to ensure that no outsiders can exploit their town. It must remain uncomplicated as opposed to what we have endured in the financial sector until now. Everything that is made, traded, bought or exchanged in any way within the town, will be done with the currency of their own community. The external sales of goods and produce to outside towns, tourists, or anyone else, will be done at markets or specially arranged events controlled by appointed people by the Council. These will generate the regular currency used outside of the community, which will be used by the community for acquiring the materials and other goods not produced in their own community and in so doing replenish the materials needed to keep the community projects going . As this external funding increases, the community will be able to build more factories and initiate more projects to produce other items to benefit the community. A good example of such community models are the many kibbutzes in Israel. Some of the kibbutzes have become great success stories in their own right, by manufacturing products that they export to outsiders, amassing large amounts of money for the members of the kibbutz. By the year 2013, Community Talent Exchanges have been operating for more than a decade with amazing success, and without any money at all. This simple system will be an intricate part of the early transition phase. This will be a particularly attractive alternative to city dwellers with diverse skills, allowing them to move away from using money. Although it has strong aspects of bartering, these talents or skills that people exchange will eventually become their LOL that they contribute to their communities. I have interviewed some people who claim that they have hardly used any money since they joined the Community Exchange system. It is a well managed online system that provides very diverse skills and services by thousands of people. This will be a perfect solution in the initial transitional stages making people accustomed to not needing money. There will also be those who sit back and watch the process unfold without getting involved or too excited. That is to be expected given our schooling. Many people will not wish to work three hours a week because it interferes with vital television time. They will not believe that this will work and will keep falling back into the old system, while they watch the abundance around them grow. This should be tolerated because sooner or later they will see the benefits and will not be able to resist them. What must not be tolerated is any attempt by them to sabotage the plans either vocally or practically. Non-contributionism is acceptable in the short term, but anticontributionism must be avoided.

     

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