Decentralized currencies thriving in Greece during Euro crisis

via: ActivistPost
by: JG Vibes
Friday, July 27, 2012

Since the market crashes and bailouts that took place in 2008 it has been no secret that the world economy is on shaky ground. For years, those of us who were concerned about the future have been wondering and speculating as to what mediums of exchange would replace the sinking debt based currencies that now stretch across the globe.

The central bankers that got us into this mess will no doubt be using the media to propagandize the world into accepting a worldwide monopolized currency. This is already being hinted at by politicians and finance tycoons in mainstream interviews on an almost daily basis now. Their excuse for this move is that it would stabilize the economy, but this is provably false.

The real reason for this maneuver is obviously to centralize control of the financial markets. This was the same mentality that created the Eurozone, which is now crumbling and ruining the lives of millions. If what we are experiencing now has taught us anything, it should be that having an economy in the control of so few hands, and totally untouchable by market forces, will breed corruption, monopoly and poverty.

For the economy to really be in the hands of the people it is necessary to decentralize the currency, and to have an open-source network of competing currencies that are community based and easily exchangeable. While it is impossible to predict how we will trade a century or even five years from now, we can still observe how people are getting by in the areas that are falling first, and take those lessons into account for when the US dollar finally diminishes in value to the point where it is unusable.

In areas that have been most affected so far in the worldwide economic crisis, there has been an increasing use of online open-source currencies. These currencies help communities barter with one another easily and effectively without using the Euro, which is becoming increasingly useless by the day. Last month there was a lot of news about bitcoin being more stable than the Euro, with more and more investors transferring their funds into these types of currencies.

While bitcoin is still popular in Greece, and still growing in popularity by the day, another currency by the name of “TEM” is being used locally by the city of Volos.

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