Friday, January 30, 2009

The messy stamped money

One way to panelize (not do give liberty or freedom) the individual who don’t spend saved money or dumped one during the depression.    

The Economist reports that “IN 1933, in the depths of the Depression, Irving Fisher, America’s most prominent economist, wrote a pamphlet on “Stamp Scrip”. This was a type of alternative currency popular in America and elsewhere at the time that was periodically taxed with a stamp so that it would be spent, not hoarded.

Based on the theories of Silvio Gesell, a German “quasi-economist”, one such currency, the wära, was used to revitalise Schwanenkirchen, a Bavarian coalmining village, in 1931. “No one who received wära wished to hold [them], the workers, store-keepers, wholesalers and manufacturers all strove to get rid of them as quickly as possible, for any person who held [them] was obliged to pay the tax. So wära kept on circulating, a large part of [them] returning to the coal mine, where [they] provided work, profits and better conditions for the entire community,” Fisher wrote approvingly.”

This may be dangerous scrip.

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