The Economic Dimension of Ecovillages ... As local groups and communities create their own local scrip currencies and exchange systems, they learn about economist's deepest secret: money and information are equivalent – and neither is scarce! – Hazel Henderson
Dominant Social Theme: "Austrianism" is a bad tool of the Rothschilds but paper money alternatives are good tools of the UN's Agenda 21.
Free-Market Analysis: Why is there so much cooperation between what we call "paper money promoters," green movements and the UN?
Last week we reported on this curious relationship, and since we were curious to see how much of a trend there was, we spent a little more time looking into it. You can see our previous article here:
Now, in fact, we've found many more of these linkages ... along with an article in Britain's leading socialism journal accusing these sorts of promoters as "infiltrating" the green movement. (See other article, this issue.)
Almost at random, mutual and social credit systems and Greenbacker facilities seem to have UN affiliations. Since we believe the green movement and the UN are basically promotions of an out-of-control power elite that wants to create one-world government, this is not exactly a comforting finding.
Austrian, free-market economics has been attacked by proponents of these systems and the linkages to the UN and what we call environmental fascism surely seem discouraging within this context. We don't know of any linkages between free-market proponents and the UN or its authoritarian agendas but almost at random, we found one called the Snohomish Mutual Credit System in Washington State.
Here's a little bit from one of the web pages on how it works:
We offer a local currency, a non-usurious medium of exchange for use between neighbors, a platform for executing transactions and tracking your transaction history and local currency balance, and a venue for advertising goods and services offered or wanted. We enable a resilient, sustainable, and autonomous local economy, independent of the shortages, risks, and usury inherent in the national economy.
Snohomish Mutual Credit System is "privately owned and operated by a Snohomish resident who also owns Triskelon Web Development and one of the references that Triskelon uses is Mr. Francis Ayley of the Fourth Corner Exchange.
What's the Fourth Corner Exchange? Here, from the Fourth Corner Exchange Website:
The Fourth Corner Exchange is the Pacific Northwest (USA) chapter of the Life Currency Cooperative Exchange, an Alternative Monetary System that supports a cooperative economy. The Life Currency Cooperative Exchange has hundreds of members in the USA and around the world.
What is the Life Currency Cooperative Exchange? Here, from the website created by Francis Ayley, who happens to be president of the Life Currency Cooperative Exchange as well ...
The Life Currency Cooperative Exchange Creating Sustainable Prosperity for Everyone ... The Life Currency Cooperative Exchange is a fully developed non-usurious, sustainable, cooperative, alternative monetary system designed to completely replace usurious bank issued money which is an economic disaster. Usurious bank issued money has a long and ugly history and is the cause of many of the social, political and environmental problems humanity faces today. Life Currency is an independent global currency designed to create, support and maintain a grass roots cooperative economy anywhere and everywhere in the world.
A bit about Francis Ayley himself from Fourth Corner:
Francis Ayley is a writer, entrepreneur, businessman, psychotherapist, astrologer, teacher, healer, martial artist and long time monetary reformer.
Francis Ayley and his family moved to the Pacific Northwest USA from London, England in 1998. Francis founded North London LETS (Local Exchange Trading System), the second largest LETS systems in the UK, in 1991 at a time when LETS systems were almost unknown.
Francis discovered LETS whilst attending the 1991 Findhorn conference on 'abundance', where he heard a lecture on LETS given by Jill Jordan.
Here's something directly from LETS via Wikipedia:
LETS networks use interest-free local credit so direct swaps do not need to be made. For instance, a member may earn credit by doing childcare for one person and spend it later on carpentry with another person in the same network. In LETS, unlike other local currencies, no scrip is issued, but rather transactions are recorded in a central location open to all members. As credit is issued by the network members, for the benefit of the members themselves, LETS are considered mutual credit systems.
The time-based currency mentioned in United Nations Millennium Declaration C6 to Governments was a UNILETS United Nations International & Local Employment-Trading System to restructure the global financial architecture ...
LETSystems often have all of the problems confronting any voluntary, not-for-profit, non governmental, community based organisation. LETS organisers often complain of being overworked, and may suffer burnout. Many schemes have ceased operation as a result.
One of the most prominent LETS systems is apparently in use at Findhorn itself, where Ayley first heard about it. What is Findhorn? According to Wikipedia ...
The Findhorn Foundation is a Scottish charitable trust registered in 1972, formed by the spiritual community at the Findhorn Ecovillage, one of the largest intentional communities in Britain. It has been home to thousands of residents from more than 40 countries. The Foundation runs various educational programmes for the Findhorn community; it also houses about 40 community businesses such as the Findhorn Press and an alternative medicine centre.
What is the Findhorn Ecovillage? Again, according to Wikipedia:
Findhorn Ecovillage is an experimental architectural community project based at The Park, in Moray, Scotland, near the village of Findhorn. The project's main aim is to demonstrate a sustainable development in environmental, social, and economic terms. Work began in the early 1980s under the auspices of the Findhorn Foundation but now includes a wide diversity of organisations and activities.
Numerous different ecological techniques are in use, and the project has won a variety of awards, including the UN-Habitat Best Practice Designation in 1998.
A recent independent study concludes that the residents have the lowest ecological footprint of any community measured so far in the industrialised world and is also half of the UK average. Although the project has attracted some controversy, the growing profile of environmental issues such as climate change has led to a degree of mainstream acceptance of its ecological ethos.
The Findhorn Ecovillage apparently uses a local (LETS) currency. Wikipedia:
Launched by Ekopia, the community's development trust, it is accepted by almost all Ecovillage organisations. There are roughly £20,000 of notes in circulation and issuing them has enabled Ekopia to make low interest loans and donations to support various initiatives including an ecological guest facility, the wind park and the local Youth Project.
According to Findhorn literature, "People deposit £s in exchange for Ekos, and while individuals spend these locally, Ekopia uses the £s as loans to support the growth of community projects."
Wikipedia also cites a number of UN awards and connections:
- In September 1995 The Findhorn Ecological Village Project was awarded the 'We the Peoples 50 Communities' award given by the Friends of the United Nations as part of the 50th Anniversary of the UN Celebrations.
- In October 1998 the Ecovillage Project, together with other 100 leadership Initiatives "which are inspiring innovative action on Earth", received Best Practice Designation from the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements — UNCHS (Habitat) and Dubai Municipality.
- In September 2000 the conservation charity Trees for Life received the Millennium Marque Award in recognition of its work in helping to restore the Caledonian Forest in Glen Affric.
- The following year the United Nations Environment Programme noted that "most of the problems identified by Agenda 21 have their roots at the local level, therefore UNEP appreciates your significant contribution at the local level to models for holistic and sustainable living in harmony with the environment."
Note, please: We are not fans of either the UN or Agenda 21.
Agenda 21 seeks to CONTROL ALL HUMAN ACTIVITY with environmental issues either real or fabricated. Therefore, Agenda 21 is any environmental issue that seeks to change your life. That includes everything from your property rights to what you eat to where you drive, to what you drive, to your healthcare, to your children's education, to any and all aspects of your life. (BillWink.com)
Here's an article we wrote on the UN:
Wherever you look, these paper money promotions seem to have exposure to globalist, UN programs. The "Ecovillage Network of the Americas" website (of which Findhorn seems to be a member) quotes Hazel Henderson prominently (see excerpt at the beginning of this article.) Wikipedia:
Hazel Henderson (born 1933 in Bristol, England) is a futurist and an economic iconoclast. In recent years she has worked in television, and she is the author of several books including Building A Win-Win World, Beyond Globalization, Planetary Citizenship (with Daisaku Ikeda), and Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy.
Henderson is now a television producer for the public television series Ethical Markets. She has been Regent's Lecturer at the University of California (Santa Barbara) and held the Horace Albright Chair in Conservation at the University of California (Berkeley) ...
Henderson has been in good part concerned with finding the unexplored areas in standard economics and the "blind spots" of conventional economists. Most of her work relates to the creation of an interdisciplinary economic and political theory with a focus on environmental and social concerns. For instance, she has delved into the area of the "value" of such unquantifiables as clean air and clean water, needed in tremendous abundance by humans and other living organisms. This work led to the development, with Calvert Group, of the Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators.
In 2005, Henderson started Ethical Markets Media, LLC, to disseminate information on green investing, socially responsible investing, green business, green energy, business ethics news, environmentally friendly technology, good corporate citizenship and sustainable development by making available reports, articles, newsletters and video gathered from around the world.
Okay, to sum up ...
We can see from the above that social/mutual credit systems were at least to some degree brought to America by Francis Ayley who learned about them at Findhorn. And Findhorn appears to be a kind of foundational UN linkage as regards its Agenda 21 implementation. Findhorn's ecovillage has received multiple awards from the UN. And Findhorn uses a LETS system.
We're sure Mr. Ayley is not a bad guy. In fact, we admire him for setting up alternative currency systems at a time when the world needs alternatives beyond monopoly central banking. But what is it about these programs and their participants that makes them so sympathetic to UN green goals?
Conclusion: And why have these promoters, of late anyway, proven so bellicose about Austrian economics and free-market thinking?