Throughout my career as a monetary transformer, I have drawn heavily upon the profound and insightful writings of E. C. Riegel (b. 1878; d. 1954). As I wrote in one of my books, I’ve learned more about money from Riegel than from any other source. Riegel left a great legacy of writings and correspondence. That legacy would have been lost to us except for the fact that Spencer MacCallum happened to meet Riegel a year before his death, and recognized the greatness of his work and its importance to the future of civilization – to peace, freedom, and general prosperity.Riegel wrote about all of those things because, as he showed so clearly, they are dependent upon the liberation of the exchange process from the dominance of political and banking interests, and he showed how private initiative and voluntary action could achieve it. Much of what he proposed and tried to implement in the 1930’s and 40’s has been reinvented in more recent times in the form of the mutual credit, LETS, and clearing circles that have been proliferating around the world, along with extra-bank credit clearing offered to businesses by the commercial “barter” industry. But there is yet something incomplete about these. Today’s initiatives could benefit from the deeper understanding and structural proposals that Riegel shares with us in his works.
I once told a colleague, “Why go prospecting in the desert when we’ve already found the mother lode?” This Riegel material is the mother lode of monetary truth. We are pleased to make it available. You can find several of Riegel’s books and monographs in their entirety at our main website, ReinventingMoney.com and also at NewApproachToFreedom.info. While both of these sites rely heavily upon Riegel, ReinventingMoney broadly covers the areas of monetary theory and history, free money and banking, and private exchange alternatives, while the latter will be essentially a showcase for displaying the Riegel “jewels.” – T. H. Greco
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