De Engelsman James Robertson is een van de voorvechters van het eerste uur voor de hervorming van het financiële systeem. Hij onderhoudt een website James Robertson, working for a sane alternative. Op de website publiceert Robertson regelmatig een nieuwsbrief.

In Newsletter 33, July 2011, besteedt Robertson aandacht aan mijn boek Ending the Global Casino?

Ad Broere, Ending the Global Casino? Humane Economy Publishings, The Netherlands, 2010, paperback, 205pp.

Clearly and simply written, this is another excellent book that I commend warmly. It clarifies in an accessible way how our economy and our monetary system work, and is "an imminent danger to us all".

It argues that " the extent and persistence of the financial and economic crisis to which the world is still exposed indicate that the sustainability of the global financial system has expired" ... and "it is necessary for us to act".

It explains why ending the global casino will make way for a truly better world, with money in a supporting instead of a leading role.

Het spreekt voor zichzelf dat ik bijzonder blij ben met de aandacht die Robertson geeft aan mijn werk.

Over wie James Robertson is kunt u meer lezen op zijn website. Over zijn motivatie zegt hij het volgende:

Looking back now, I can see more clearly the formative impact of my early-1970s changes of career. They made me learn and think more widely about things that were happening in the world. These included:

• the rise of feminist and ecological consciousness;

• the insights of systems studies and futures studies;

• the failure of traditional world faiths to stand up to the juggernaut of conventional economic development;

• the possibility that the modern age of Euro-American world domination - and its application of narrowly "scientific" thought to human affairs - might be coming towards an end; and

• the possibility that both Marxist and conventional capitalist ideas would be less relevant in a post-modern age.

I found that, after twenty years among the centralised institutions and assumptions of Whitehall and the big banks, I was attracted by the small-is-beautiful and convivial-society teachings of thinkers like Fritz Schumacher and Ivan Illich.

I still am, but I have come to accept that localisation and personalisation must evolve together with globalisation as complementary parts of a new multi-level approach to the organisation of human affairs, and that we must reconstruct our institutions to allow people to live normal lives as active members of families, active residents of neighbourhoods and districts, active citizens of regions, nations, and the world, and as conscious participants in the evolution of the universe.

In 2003 I received a gold medal with a citation from Mikhail Gorbachev for "an outstanding example of a modern thinker at the service of society".



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