Today is the first day I look at my emails with nothing coming in from the green economics discussion list. For the last 12 months there has been a long and fruitless debate between monetary conservatives who are unshakable in their conviction that it is right that private corporations should have a monopoly on money creation for the purpose of making profits, and monetary reformers who can see no earthly reason why government should not create at least a proportion of new money coming into the economy, for the purpose of protecting and healing society and environment.
What is really amazing to me is that the monetary conservatives include Derek the Red among their ranks. Others on the Green Left have dubbed monetary reformers as "mad" without even trying to justify this position with any form of rational argument. I cut my political teeth in defending Russian dissidents who had been put by the Soviets in psychiatric institutions, so I am sensitive to this kind of abuse.
This year's debate has imo been a total waste of time and energy, which should have been spent in debating and writing to audiences outside the Green Party. Though where to go is a problem. OpenDemocracy.net is the only place I know of, but that is infested with right wing trolls.
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