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Alliance members and subscribers are invited to participate in one or more AFJM Book Clubs this fall. Book clubs will meet weekly or every other week for 1-3 months, dates and times to be determined among interested participants. Book club meetings will take place on Zoom; each book club will meet 4 or 5 times total, each time for 1.5-2 hours; and participants are expected to come having read, and ready to discuss, the assigned reading for that session. Book Clubs will be offered on the following books this fall:

  • How We Pay for a Better World (2019) by Virginia Hammon & Mark Pash

    •   Hard copies are available for purchase ($15) on the How We Pay website or the whole book can be read there via the pages under the “START HERE” and the “Just Money” tabs in the top banner. 
    • The HWP Book Club is good for newcomers to the money question AND for people who want to prepare to lead Book Clubs on it with newcomers in your own communities.
  • The End of Banking: Money, Credit, and the Digital Revolution (2014) by “Jonathan McMillan”

    • Info on ordering it–in a variety of formats ($11-19) from a variety of vendors–is available on the authors’ website here.
    • You’ll also find on their website info About the Book, the Story Behind the Book (and the authors), the Prologue and Parts I and II of a new three-part blog series they began this past March, and numerous older blog posts from May 2018 and earlier. You can read AFJM member and director John Howell’s review of the book here
    • The EoB Book Club is good for people already familiar with monetary critique and reform, but it is open to anyone who wants to read and discuss a serious and academic, yet accessible and incisive, book written by an investment banker and a macro economist who met up again years after going to university together and who say the book “is primarily addressed to our colleagues in economics and finance, [but] any interested reader can follow the arguments” (p. xii).
  • US Money: What is it? Why we must change. How we Can  (2018) by Virginia Hammon
    • This book is a comprehensive look at money. This book club will be a leisurely ramble through the chapters with a bit of quilting on the side.The book is divided into 100 segments, each with a quilt block that riffs on the topic. At some point in the future the book will be illustrated with quilt blocks and quilts. For now it is text only. Virginia has already created almost 50 quilts that were in a featured artist exhibit at NW Quilt Expo for two years running. She will be sharing the quilts as the topics that they illustrate are discussed.
    • Virginia is offering this book club to fellow quilters in other organizations she is involved with but is also opening it up to AFJM members and subscribers. The US Money Book club is good for people who are new to the money question AND/OR who want to witness and explore how to use the arts for monetary literacy and reform work. 
    • The book is available from major booksellers ($28-$35). Or it can be purchased directly from the shop on the website HowWePay.US/. All of the content is also available on https://USMoney.US.

If you are interested in participating in any of these Book Clubs this fall, email AFJM member and director Lucille Eckrich at [email protected].

Include in your message:

  • Which book(s) you are interested in

  • Which months you are available (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec)

  • Whether you prefer to meet weekly or every other week, or are open to either

  • Whether you have any preferences among daytime, evening, and/or weekend (morning, afternoon, evening) sessions

  • What time zone you are (or will this fall be) located in

    If you are not available this fall but are interested in participating in a Book Club next spring, on one of these books or on any other title(s) of interest to you on the money question, also email your interest to Lucille at [email protected].

We have some other titles in mind but are interested in members’ and subscribers’ suggestions as well.

A goal after each Book Club–if some or all of that Book Club’s participants agree–will be for Book Club members to present about their book and what they learned from it at an AFJM Monetary Reform Coffeehouse, which typically occurs the 4th Monday 8-10 pm ET. After that, the Book Club and the organizers of AFJM’s Coffeehouses may invite their book’s author(s) to present and answer questions at a subsequent AFJM Coffeehouse. 

Finally, book clubs may be repeated on a title in the future if there are enough newcomers interested in that book, and/or future Book Clubs may take on other books, including ones suggested by interested participants or, perhaps, the following:

  • Sovereign Money: Beyond Reserve Banking (2017) by Joseph Huber

  • The Ecology of Money: Debt, Growth, and Sustainability (2013/2015) by Adrian Kuzminski

  • Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist (2017) by Kate Raworth

  • We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform (2008-2009) by Richard C. Cook

  • The Lost Science of Money: The Mythology of Money–the Story of Power (2002) by Stephen Zarlenga

  • The Role of Money: What it Should Be, Contrasted with What It Has Become (1934) by Frederick Soddy

  • Wealth, Virtual Wealth and Debt: The Solution of the Economic Paradox (1926) by Frederick Soddy

  • And perhaps a few we don’t see eye-to-eye with, including:

  • Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems (2015, 2nd ed.) by L. Randall Wray

  • Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age (2019) by Ellen Brown

  • The Public Bank Solution: From Austerity to Prosperity (2013) by Ellen Brown

~~Lucille L. T. Eckrich, AFJM member, director, and member of AFJM’s Movement and Membership Committee, which is likely to be the AFJM committee hosting AFJM Book Clubs in year 3.

P.S.:  Contrary to what was stated in the AFJM August newsletter the book Wheels of Commerce: Money Circulates (2017) by Virginia Hammon will not be on the book club menu. Instead her book US Money: What is it? Why we must change. How we Can (2018) is on the list.

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