[the Berkshire region's] great socioeconomic experiment, one in which several dozen businesses agreed to include an alternative currency in their daily transactions and give a discount to those who used it. Now people can pay for groceries, an oil change, even dental work with currency bearing the likenesses of local heroes like Herman Melville and Norman Rockwell.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The Ultimate Sinn Fein Move: Our Own Currency
From today's New York Times article, we learn about BerkShares, described as
Wanna support local businesses? Pay them in New Orleans's (or West Florida's) own currency.
The Crescent City Farmer's Market has a micro version of this, but I think we ought to do this city (or region) wide. The new First NBC or First Bank could be the issuing bank.
In BerkShares, they have bills with pictures of W.E.B. Dubois and Herman Melville.
We get to pick the people on the bills: Huey Long, Jean Lafitte, Louis Armstrong, Walker Percy, and so on . . . 100 = a Huey, 50 = a Privateer, 20 = a Louie, 10 = a Walker.
We could also let tourists exchange alien dollars for them at the airport and rental car places too. Whaddya think? Sinn Fein.