In my recent video, I said that while there are active and well-organized groups in the UK (Positive Money) and the USA (the American Monetary Institute, who are organising a very tempting Monetary Reform Conference in a few weeks time), efforts in the Eurozone appear to be fragmented.
In the last few days, I've been in contact with a number of other people, including Joseph Huber who was the co-author with James Robertson of a very important book on "Creating Money : A monetary reform for the information age" that came out in 2000. Joseph is active in Germany where there are a number of vocal groups. But we were bemoaning the fact that there don't seem to be many people in countries like Greece, Spain and Portugal who have realized that monetary reform could be THE solution for them.
One of the most active groups in Germany is the Monetative movement. Joseph pointed out that they have an interesting list of sister organisations and websites that I recommend.
The list includes the AMI and Positive Money of course, but also
- Vivant (in German), Belgium
- Vivant (in French), Belgium
- Osons Maurice Allais, France
- Geldsystem Verstehen, Germany
- LiebeAngelaMerkel, Aufruf zur kritischen Analyse und Reform des Geldsystems, Germany
- Sensible Money, Ireland
- Centro Studi Monteri, Italy
- Moneta@Proprietà, Italy
- Programma per la Riforma Monetaria Italiana, Italy
- Penazna reforma, Slovakia
- Positive Money NZ, New Zealand
- MoMo (Verein Monetäre Modernisierung), Switzerland
- Full Reserve Banking, UK
- International Institue of Certified Public Accountants, USA
- Plan for Monetary Reform, USA
But there are loads of holes. Only 6 of the 17 Eurozone countries appear to have anything - correct me if I'm wrong.
There are a few other ones that I can add:
- Bank of Joy, Netherlands
Given that Positive Money now has a New Zealand branch, could it be that we could build on the Positive Money framework and spread that across Continental Europe and in particular the Eurozone? Or maybe we could build up from the Monetative base?
Whatever option is chosen, it seems to me that we absolutely need to try and get an international movement going. And this is particularly critical for the 17 Eurozone countries. The current policies being implemented by Mario Draghi (ex European Director of Goldman Sachs, and now head of the European Central Bank) simply cannot be allowed to continue.