Vision of Humanitymoodinmotionmancunian green: Boon - or Bobbins?As the banking crisis continues, alternative or complementary currencies are back on the agenda, as evidenced by George Monbiot's last piece in the Guardian , and a feature on Lewes Pounds on BBC's radio 4 in the last couple of days. The idea of an alternative currency is not new, and back around 15-20 years ago, LETS schems (Local Exchange Trading Systems)were seen as a key part of the move to a sustainable society and there were close links between Green party activists and LETS schemes in various places around the country. The scheme in Manchester used a currency called 'bobbins' after the cotton industry and for a while local Green Party membership could be paid for in bobbins, though hardly anybody ever did. Unfortunately in recent years I have heard much less about them, and even their co-ordinating body, Letslink, reports a likely drop in membership since the early days. I can think of two reasons why this might be.
Philosophy BroHome | M-Lisada.orgThe Riddle of the Gun(Photo by Zorin Denu) Fantasists and zealots can be found on both sides of the debate over guns in America. On the one hand, many gun-rights advocates reject even the most sensible restrictions on the sale of weapons to the public. On the other, proponents of stricter gun laws often seem unable to understand why a good person would ever want ready access to a loaded firearm. Between these two extremes we must find grounds for a rational discussion about the problem of gun violence. Unlike most Americans, I stand on both sides of this debate. Most of my friends do not own guns and never will. But, unlike my friends, I own several guns and train with them regularly. Like most gun owners, I understand the ethical importance of guns and cannot honestly wish for a world without them. Of course, owning a gun is not a responsibility that everyone should assume. Some Facts About Guns Seventy mass shootings have occurred in the U.S. since 1982, leaving 543 dead. Twenty-two children injured.
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