He is a fascinating chap, check out his CV (.pdf).
In the first OpenCoin meeting he said (in a strong Scottish accent):
“I think there is going to be a global currency. I call it the Global. This will either be a top-down currency from the IMF and World Bank, like existing SDRs (Special Drawing Rights), or a bottom-up, grassroots initiative, like what you are doing, which is much more exciting”
He went on to say:
“either you guys are going to be billionaires, or its fines and jail”.
“I can defend you in court, I’ve not been to court for a while now, and then I can write a book about it”
Anyway, in his capacity as Professor in International Financial Law George teaches a popular course in Banking Law. He gives his students an introductory reading list which includes titles by authors such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Naomi Klein. I spotted some of these titles on his bookshelf in his office and so asked for him to send me his list of books (.pdf), which he kindly did. 🙂
Considering it is an introductory reading list for a course in Banking Law there are a surprising and refreshing amount of relatively radical titles in the list. I was surprised however that none of my favourite money books were included.
So George, how about adding some (or all!) of these titles to your list?
A great little book with links to lots of further reading and info.
Grip of Death is the literal translation of Mortgage. Read the first chapter here
Read this book online here
A academic look at money from a marxist/ feminist perspective. Very well written.
Check out Glyn’s excellent website on the same topic.
See the American Monetary Institute’s website for more details