Angry Yorkshireman Plans Crowdfunded Book on Currency

Thomas G. Clark, the Angry Yorkshireman over at Another Angry Voice, has announced that he plans to write a book on economics, to be called the History and Future of Currency. In it he will put forward his suggestions on how currency can be reformed to break down the Left/ Right divide that dominated politics over the last century. He states

I am planning to crowdfund a book about economics. The working title is “The history and future of currency” – but I’m hoping to think up something a little more catchy before publication.

The essence of the book will be the importance of money in economic systems, and how redesigning money itself could break the tired old left-right paradigm that has utterly dominated political and economic discourse since the 19th Century.

There are two main reasons I have decided to crowdfund the project.

The first reason being that I am keen to crowdsource as much of the project as possible in order to turn it into a collaborative project. Perhaps you could think of it as a kind of open peer review, in which a wide range of people are invited to offer their feedback as the book is being written.

The second reason is that I really want to ensure that my book goes into physical print. I will of course do an ebook too, but I feel it is incredibly important to create a physical book so that my work is accessible to those that rarely/never use computers, electronic readers or the Internet. I don’t want my book to be something that just exists in the digital space, if I wanted that I could just write what I’ve got to say in the form of blog posts on this page.

He also states that he intends to produce a short video laying out his reasons for starting the project.

Economics isn’t the most riveting of subjects. There’s a reason why it’s been called ‘the dismal science’. The Angry Yorkshireman, however, is certainly very well informed about the subject. He has described the Coalition’s economic policies as ‘economically illiterate’, and produced some extremely well-argued, concise and readable posts to support this. His posts on economics are always worth reading and I’ve learned a lot from them myself.

There are already books on the history of economics. One of these is The Penguin History of Economics by Roger E. Backhouse (London: Penguin 2002). Unfortunately two of the most recent studies of the subject have both been written by men of the Right: Niall Ferguson’s The History of Money, and Vince Cable’s The Future of Money. It seems to me that the book’s suggested title, The History and Future of Currency, suggests that the Angry One is planning it partly to challenge the ideas of those two, and their support for destructive Neo-Liberal economic policies. And that certainly is no bad thing.

The article is entitled ‘The History and Future of Currency: Rewards, and is over at http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/the-history-and-future-of-currency.html. Please go there for further information, including his proposed schedule for various levels of funding and to what that will get you in return.

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4 Responses to “Angry Yorkshireman Plans Crowdfunded Book on Currency”

  1. Mike Sivier Says:

    Reblogged this on Vox Political.

  2. steve Says:

    It wont be read if its turned into a physical book…..It would need to have its own website where everyone could access it again and again.

  3. amnesiaclinic Says:

    Good. Will follow this up. Crowd funding is an excellent innovation and I like the idea of it being collaborative. Also the left/right paradigm is just a distraction as they are both heads on the same monster as the agenda rolls forward whoever gets into power.
    And yes, the government is illiterate when it comes to economics. But then most of us are. My son is a self taught economist who has not come through the system and has taught me a huge amount. We all need to learn about money, debt, credit and public banking.
    Love

  4. Guy Ropes Says:

    Whilst it may be anti everything that those of left hold dear, might you investigate ‘The Bradbury Pound’. On Budget day, next Wednesday, there will be folk in Parliament Square putting their point of view forward on this instrument which deserves investigation. You may already know of it (it’s been done before) and have dismissed it. Your negative comments would be welcome.

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