An article entitled “America Will Not Survive Without Alternative Markets” features a couple of videos on barter systems in Greece and Argentina.
In the BBC report from Greece, one of those interviewed notes how the poor become invisible and powerless. A time bank or barter system helps overcome that by giving people the means to get what they need and be of value to others.
The video on Argentina’s Global Barter Network mentions that the “new poor” there are comprised largely of former public service workers. Could we see such an underclass in the U.S. as money fails in city and state governments?
I’ve included the video report on Argentina below for your consideration. We may find our survival depends on alternative economic arrangements sooner than we think.
Are you involved in a barter or credit exchange program where you live? Can you see yourself being part of such a community? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
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