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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (April 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978097300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978097301
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #830,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By bluegrass on Jan. 15 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an informative book.
If you are interested in the subject of money, including the way it is created, and would like to explore some practical alternatives to the present monetary system then I would definitely suggest reading 'The End of Money and the Future of Civilization' by Thomas Greco.
The End of Money and The Future of Civilization
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lois Kivipelto on Nov. 20 2007
Format: Paperback
An excellent overview of macro-economics and critique of the market system.

I was most intrigued with the chapter on Monetary Reform. Alternate currency systems are explored and the history of our present monetary system critiqued. A monetary system is analysed as having 2 essential functions and (optionally) 3 additional functions. The non-essential function, the speculative market, is described as a distraction from the "real economy". Three monetary systems are described. The Interest Bearing Monetary System is our present system. A Money System Requiring no Interest was experienced in Canada when the Bank of Canada was first established. Another system is the demurrage Monetary system with a storage rate or service charge on money saved. The merits and past uses of this system in essence have been cited.

In 1944, two proposals by Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White are briefly described. Some points are made of the consequence to the 1971 drop of the gold standard. Finally, brought to the reader's attention, a conference in Noordwijk ann Zee in the Netherlands in 2000 has drafted the Feasta Noordwijk Treaty designed for sustainability, stability and equity which is a proposal not yet acted upon.

The book also contains many Internet websites to view and a list of reference/further reading section.
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A new strategy Oct. 30 2011
By Bill M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Being somewhat politically conservative I was not eager to read this book, but once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I have over 30 years in the military and have worked in several developing nations and have seen and experienced things again and again that challenged the conventional wisdom about our system's short commings. While I didn't agree with all of Mike's points, I agreed with at 90% of them. I would even go so far to add that it would be wise for the U.S. military and State Department to adapt many of his ideas as a core part of our strategy for the future. To continue on our current path is simply foolish, and most people are aware of that, but they (we) weren't aware of options prior to reading to this book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A pick for business, economics, and social issues libraries alike Dec 15 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
LIFE, MONEY AND ILLUSION: LIVING ON EARTH AS IF WE WANT TO STAY is a pick for business, economics, and social issues libraries alike, providing an updated edition inspired by the realities of living on a finite planet with an economic structure wired for growth. It considers the impact and detriments of this objective, analyzing how the economy can be restructured to remain within planetary limits, and provides a powerful series of arguments against our current economic structure and objectives.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful look at Earth's future April 4 2010
By Pamela Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Mindless growth, proceeding without regard to the consequences to the planet, comes in for scrutiny in "Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as if we want to stay." What author Mike Nickerson lays out as an alternative is a rethinking of priorities, new policies and a general restructuring that preserves the Earth's health but still provides for its human and other inhabitants. These are not simple changes, like deciding to recycle; these are significant changes in thinking, tax codes, and political, economic and social policies. The book is intended for anyone concerned about the future of the planet and wondering what needs to be done to keep it healthy well into the future.

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