This Saturday I'm giving a talk in a panel debate on Bitcoin at the O2. I've been asked to be the critic of an alternative currency that has some very enthusiastic fans.
Adair Turner, former chairman of the Financial Services Authority, is still sounding the warning bell with regards to the current housing bubble:
On Friday 21st I saw Lord Adair Turner speaking at a high-profile conference at the London School of Economics. The title was simply "Creating Money: What Purpose?"
A number of writers on monetary reform have argued for the banning of charging of interest. They see the use of interest as a major contributor to inequality and destruction of the environment. It's well worth reading some of these arguments, such as those of Margit Kennedy - Interest and Inflation Free Money or Money & Sustainability: The Missing Link by Bernard Lietaer, and there's further research to be done there.