Now here is something you didn't expect to see: a link from my blog to a Conservative one. Although, given the recent suggestions that I am incapable of using the word 'capitalism' in a critical way, perhaps you wouldn't be surprised. Although this post on Conservative Home begins with a childish and laughable indication of the blind hegemony of the pro-market ideology, this is to reassure readers who may be shocked by what follows.
The interesting news you can read between the lines of what follows is that the debate on monetary reform is on the move. This is one of those issues where the old left-right, capital-vs.-labour argument gets thrown into disarray, because those who own the capital appear to be becoming disgruntled about those who 'create' money undermining their holdings. Clearly, I have wildly different reasons for wishing to take the power to create money from banks, and in fact I doubt many Conservatives would agree that this right should lie with the people. But, as this Carswell makes clear, a minority are resuscitating arguments for a return to the fractional reserve system.
On a less cheery note, the policy motion on monetary reform to this year's Green Party conference was not passed, and cannot now be brought back for another two years. The US Greens, by contrast, have included in their policy platform for 2010 a full commitment to monetary reform and for political authorities to reclaim the power over money from the banks.
After the large number of responses to my last post, some of them rather forceful and a little unfair, I wonder whether I dare encroach onto this territory. I will be responding to the interesting debate that ensued in a later post. In the mean time perhaps I should take Harry Enfield's advice and 'know my limits'?